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Geothermal Wonders, Waterfalls & Northern Lights – Iceland Winter Getaway: 4 Day Tour

Being short on time doesn’t have to mean you are going to miss out. With this exciting self-drive tour, you will get to explore the most stunning places in Southern Iceland in a wintery aura. The South Coast offers some of the most spectacular natural features that can be found in Iceland. Not to mention the opportunity to witness the wonders of the Northern Lights, that ever so often grace the crisp arctic sky over Iceland during the winter months. This self-drive holiday package focuses on unique places like Geysir, Gullfoss, the stunning Þingvellir National Park with its diverging tectonic plates, as well as mesmerizing waterfalls and black sandy beaches. Bathe in the rejuvenating geothermal waters of Sky Lagoon and choose from other exciting activities that Iceland has to offer, such as snowmobiling, glacier hiking, riding tours, ice cave tours, and many more.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this tour, please click on the “Request a quote” widget on the left side of the page. A quick form will open up where you will provide us with more information about your travel expectations. You will then be connected with your specialized travel agent who will assist you throughout the planning and provide a fully detailed quote.

Please note that this itinerary can be adjusted and customized to meet your travel needs and preferences. The package can also be offered as a privately guided tour if a self-drive option is not what you had in mind for your Iceland experience.

Tour Code

NL-13

Season

Sept - Apr

Travel Style

Self- Drive

Duration

4 days / 3 nights

Location

South Iceland

Accessibility

Not Recommended

Included

  • 3 nights accommodation (Comfort or Quality) with continental breakfast
  • Rental car of your choice for 4 days with unlimited mileage, CDW & VAT
  • GPS unit for easier navigation
  • Unlimited extra drivers for the rental car
  • WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
  • Admission to Sky Lagoon
  • Handwritten, detailed map with route, sightseeing recommendations, and accommodations highlighted
  • Written guides of the regions you will be visiting
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee

Not Included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals, drinks at restaurants, and entrance fees (unless otherwise agreed upon)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gasoline
Day 1 | Arrival in Reykjavík and Relaxing Time at Sky Lagoon

Welcome to Iceland! After you have cleared customs, you will pick up your rental vehicle at the airport and you will drive straight to the charming city of Reykjavík. After you have checked at your hotel and received your travel documents, you will get to relax and rejuvenate both your mind and your body at the newly opened spa just 15 minutes away from your accommodation. Sky Lagoon is known for its 7-step ritual, a unique experience tightly connected to the roots of Icelandic culture. Bathe in the geothermal waters in an infinity pool, relax in a warm blanket of steam and revitalize your skin with a nourishing body scrub. Afterward, you’ll have free time in Reykjavik to explore and enjoy the northernmost capital of the world. Alternatively, you can join a Northern Light to admire this breathtaking, natural phenomenon. Stay the night in central Reykjavík.

Day 2 | The Astonishing Golden Circle

Today you will start the day by driving East towards the amazing Þingvellir National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, rich with its incredible natural beauty and history. There you will be able to see how the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are diverging. Continue to the famous Geysir geothermal area and witness the great spouting spring, namesake of every other spouting spring in the world. Even though Geysir itself has been dormant for decades, his brother Strokkur gets to erupt every 6 to 10 minutes, spouting water to the average height of 20 meters.

After a short drive, you are going to arrive at Gullfoss (Golden Falls), which has been voted as one of the 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world. If you fancy grabbing some lunch, the area around both Geysir and Gullfoss is your place to go. From there, make your way towards the South Coast and drive through the farmlands, but make sure to make a stop at Kerið, a volcanic crater displaying its crystal-clear water. Stay the night in the Hella area.

Approximate driving distance: 225 km / 140 miles

Day 3 | The Wintery South Coast

After having breakfast and packing, it is time to travel further east along the beautiful South Coast. Shortly after leaving the Hella area, you will reach the spectacular Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Take the opportunity to enjoy a 360° view of the waterfall, as it is possible to walk behind it but watch out – it can get quite icy during wintertime! Don’t forget to have a look above, as you can get a very good view of Eyjafjallajökull volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption. Don’t skip paying a visit to the majestic falls of Skógafoss, with the impressive heights of 60 meters. If interested, visit the Skógar Folk Museum where you can see reconstructed turf houses and ancient artifacts on display. From there, continue to Dyrhólaey promontory with its impressive stone arch and Reynisfjara beach, with its black sand, stunning cliffs, and basalt columns. If you wish, grab something to eat at the adorable town of Vík í Mýrdal and head back all the way back to the capital city. Overnight in the center of Reykjavík.

Approximate driving distance: 310 km / 193 miles

Day 4 | Departure

Your wintery Iceland adventure is about to come to its end. Drive to the Keflavik International Airport, where you drop off your rental vehicle. If your flight is in the afternoon, you still have time either to explore the lovely city of Reykjavík or for an optional stop at Blue Lagoon to enjoy a soak in the milky blue waters. It’s a perfect end to your stay and a nice way to relax and unwind before your flight home.

Approximate driving distance: 51 km / 32 miles

Highlights:

  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Comfort

    Comfort accommodations offer access to private facilities (shower and toilet). This type of lodges belongs to the 3-star hotel category. Most of these properties have an in-house restaurant. This section offers an upgrade in comfort and service compared to the budget category. Breakfast is included.

    Quality

    Quality accommodations offer private rooms with en-suite shower/bath and toilet. These rooms are the best available accommodations in 4-star hotels or the highest quality lodges in each region. Luxury accommodations - the highest class of lodges, suites, and penthouses - are available upon request. Breakfast is included.

    4×4 Hyundai Kona


    or similiar

    Type: SUV Economy
    Passenger: 5
    Luggage: 3
    Doors: 5
    Transmission: Automatic
    (Manual option available)

    4×4 Kia Sportage


    or similiar

    Type: SUV Full Size Intermediate
    Passenger: 5
    Luggage: 4
    Doors: 5
    Transmission: Automatic
    (Manual option available)

    4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser


    or similiar

    Type: SUV Full Size
    Passenger: 5
    Luggage: 4
    Doors: 5
    Transmission: Automatic
    (Manual option available)

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