Iceland Winter Holidays - South and West for 10 Days

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Iceland Winter Holidays – South and West for 10 Days

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The Iceland winter holidays version of our Snæfellsnes and South Coast tour. Ten adventurous days in the land of ice and fire. Snæfellsnes being one of the most spectacular places in Iceland combined with the rough landscapes of the South, creates a combination not to be missed.

This self-drive winter holiday package gives an opportunity to see the perfect scope shaped mountain Kirkjufell, fishing villages of the West, the Vatnajökull National Park and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, just to name a few.

On your way you will have a great opportunity to get acquainted with Icelandic Sagas and you will see all the major natural attractions including volcanoes, geysers and waterfalls. If you are lucky, you might also witness the magical northern lights during the long and cold, yet peaceful Icelandic winter nights.

 

NL-10 – Iceland Winter Holidays for 10 Days

 

Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik

honeymoon icelandWelcome to your Iceland winter holidays! After you have cleared customs, you will be welcomed by our representative outside the customs area. He will transfer you to your hotel in Reykjavik. If you arrive around noon, it is possible to stop at the Blue Lagoon before continuing to the capital. After you have checked in to your hotel and received your travel documents, we would like to have an optional private information meeting during office hours. After the meeting you’ll have free time in Reykjavik to explore and enjoy the northernmost capital of the world. Overnight in downtown Reykjavík.

Highlights of the day: Reykjavík City, Hallgímskirkja church, Laugavegur shopping street, Harpa concert and conference centre, and more

Day 2: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

winter-in-icelandToday, a representative from our car rental company will be picking you up in the morning, taking you to their headquarters, where you will sign the rental agreement and receive your rental car. You should then be ready to leave town and head to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. In the town of Stykkishólmur, the largest town in the area, you will find the dark and magnificent Norwegian House (built in 1832 as the first double story timber house in Iceland), which is now the folk museum with rather interesting objects. On your way around the peninsula you will find a number of stunning nature attractions such as Arnarstapi, the small church in Buðir, the shark museum in Bjarnarhöfn, Kirkjufell mountain and the Eldborg crater.

It is also possible to go on a guided tour to a lava cave called Vatnshellir which is located in the Snæfellsjökull National Park and is 8000 years old. In the evening, if the skies are clear, and it’s chilly outside you should definitely go out and search for the northern lights, – and this goes for all the nights ahead of you. Most hotels in Iceland offer wakeup-calls during the night, should these mystical forces of nature choose to appear in the wee hours.Stay the night in the area. Approx. driving distance: 190 kilometers

Highlights of the day: Snæfellsnes, Church in Buðir, Eldborg Crater, Arnarstapi, and more
Optional activities: Lava Cave Tour

Day 3: West of Iceland

iceland-in-the-winterAfter breakfast and packing, start your day by visiting the attractions you missed out on yesterday, if any. Then, start making you way back south again. If you’re up for a small detour, we recommend that you check out the volcanic crater Grábrók, Hraunfossar waterfalls, Deildartunguhver (the largest hot spring in Europe) and finally the settlement centre in Borgarnes. Today, it is also possible to visit Iceland´s second largest glacier Langjökull. and join an “Into The Glacier” tour. This truly is a unique experience where you witness the glacier´s beauty from the inside! Stay overnight in the area for a good night’s sleep. Approx. driving distance: 270 kilometers

Highlights of the day: Grábrók Crater, Settlement Exhibition, Reykholt, Hraunfossar, Barnafossar, and more
Optional activities:
Into the glacier

Day 4: The Golden Circle

iceland-in-winterDrive south towards Mosfellssveit, and then off to the amazing Þingvellir National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, rich with its incredible natural beauty, history and where you can see how the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are diverging. Continue on to the famous Geyser geothermal fields and witness the great spouting spring, namesake of every other spouting spring in the world. Close by you’ll find Gullfoss (Golden Falls), recently voted one of 10 most beautiful waterfalls of the world. In the area you will find popular lunch stops where you should definitely stop for a traditional Icelandic meal. We strongly recommend the Icelandic lamb soup. Then, make your way towards the south coast and drive through lush farmlands, but be sure to make a stop at Kerið, a volcanic crater displaying its crystal clear water. Stay the night in the Selfoss area. Approx. driving distance: 230 kilometers.

Highlights of the day: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, Kerið crater, and more
Optional activities: Snorkeling Tour

Day 5: The South Coast

reykjavik northern lightsToday you are continuing down to the beautiful South coast of Iceland. Drive east to the picturesque waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Close to Skogafoss you will find Skógar museum, where you can get a glimpse of how Icelanders used to live in the old days. Next stop is Mýrdalsjökull glacier where you can join a guided glacier hike or a snowmobiling tour. Drive further along the south shore to the village of Vík. Once there, visit the black volcanic beach of Reynisfjara with a view of the Reynisdrangar ocean cliffs. This is the perfect opportunity for a nice afternoon/evening walk. Take extra care though, as the waves are especially strong and have caused serious and fatal accidents. You stay the night in the Vík/ Kirkjubæjarklaustur area. Approx. driving distance: 230 kilometers.

Highlights of the day: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Skógar Folk Museum, Dyrhólaey, Black beach of Vik, and more
Optional activities: Glacier Walk

Day 6: Skaftafell & Jökulsárlón

iceland-winter-holidaysWhen ready to leave the Vík / Kirkjubæjarklaustur area behind, continue to Skaftafell, a part of the Vatnajökull National Park. On your way, make sure not to miss the amazing Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, just outside the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The canyon reaches down to 100m in depth, and has the striking length of 2km, with the Fjaðrá river flowing through it. Skaftafell is a site of immense beauty and variations. There you’ll find many different hiking routes. We recommend a light hike to Svartifoss waterfall, that features pitch black hexagonal basalt columns and a rugged canyon.

Continue east to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon; and enjoy the floating icebergs in this crown jewel of Icelandic nature. This is your turning point, unless you would like to continue on to the village of Höfn for a nice dinner, as it is dubbed “the lobster capital of Iceland” – before turning back). This night you will be staying in the area of Kirkjubæjarklaustur/Jökulsárlón. Approximate driving distance: 260km

Highlights of the day: Skaftafell National Park, Svartifoss waterfall, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, and more
Optional activities: Icecave tour (available between November and March)

Day 7: Way Back West

10-days-in-icelandIn Kirkjubæjarklaustur, where the Iceland’s first monastery was built in 1186, there are several sights to be seen, for example the Systrafoss waterfall and Kirkjugólf (The church Floor) – although never a church floor in reality, it is a 80m” of columnar basalt, eroded and shaped by glaciers and waves. On your way back west, nature lovers will want to make another stop by the village of Vík in Mýrdalur, which is Iceland´s most southerly village. It is the only seaside settlement in Iceland left without a harbour, due to natural circumstances. When in Vík, you can expect a lot of rain, snow, wind and/or fog, as the average precipitation there is the highest in the whole of Iceland. Because of this, rainbows are also more frequent and vivid in this area than anywhere else.

In the afternoon you can join a horseback riding tour where you will meet the Icelandic horse. This is the only breed of horse in Iceland and it displays two gaits in addition to the typically walk, trot, and canter/gallop commonly displayed by other breeds. Overnight in the night in the area of Hella/Selfoss. Approximate driving distance: 197 km.

Highlights of the day: Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Systrafoss, The “Church floor”, Vik area, Hella, and more
Optional activities: Snowmobiling tour on a glacier

Day 8: Reykjanes Peninsula

Iceland HoneymoonToday you will discover the geothermal wonders of Reykjanes peninsula with its endless lava fields and black beaches. You will find several geothermal areas around, and you should definitely visit the Krýsvík area. Here you have the chance to visit the geothermal area in Krýsuvik with boiling mud pools and colourful mountains. A well-maintained path winds through the bubbling and hissing field and information boards explain the geology of this geothermal area. This geothermal field is situated in the middle of the fissure zone in the mid-Atlantic ridge which traverses Iceland. In the afternoon, you may choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon (optional) and relax after a few exciting days on the road. Then, drive back to Reykjavík where you drop off your rental car and stay at a downtown hotel. Approximate driving distance: 140km.

Highlights of the day: Reykjanes, Geothermal areas, Grindavik, Reykjavik, and more
Optional activities: Blue Lagoon Spa

Day 9: A Full Day in Reykjavik

holidays in icelandEnjoy a free day in the capital. You might want to visit some of Reykjavik’s many art and culture museums and exhibitions. To name a couple, there is the National museum and Saga museum, which traces Iceland’s Viking history. If you are lucky with the weather you might enjoy a stroll around the city and some of Reykjavík sightseeing spots and landmarks, such as the Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa concert hall, The Sun Voyager sculpture by the sea and some more. You could also join a guided walking tour in the old town and hear stories of Reykjavík in the olden days. Don´t forget to grab yourself a hot dog at the infamous hot dog stand “The Town’s Best”, and if it happens to be a weekend, make sure to check out Reykjavík’s flea market Kolaportið.

If you are not the city type, or would simply like to experience a final adventure in Iceland, there are various day tours to choose from which we would be happy to book for you. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Reykjavík many gourmet restaurants. Stay the night at same hotel as the night before.

Highlights of the day: Reykjavík city
Optional activities: Helicopter sightseeing flight

Day 10: Departure Iceland Winter Tour

iceland-holidays-northern-lightsIt is time to leave! We hope you have had a wonderful time experiencing the Icelandic winter. A bus (budget or comfort package) or our private chauffeur (quality package) will bring you to the International Airport Keflavík. We wish you a nice journey back home, and hopefully we will be seeing you again someday!

Highlights of the day: Reykjavík city

 

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Detailed Information about our Iceland Winter Holidays for 10 Days

Accommodation

We offer three different accommodation categories for this Iceland Winter holidays tour:

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationBudget Budget accommodation includes shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some you might find a TV and a washbasin in your room. All offer breakfast that’s included in the price. In some places in the countryside you can order an evening meal as long as you give at least a couple of hours of advance notice.

 

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationComfort In Comfort accommodation you will have access to private facilities (shower and WC). These would be 3 star hotels and better guest houses many of whom have their own restaurant. All offer a continental breakfast that is included in the price.

 

 

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationQuality Rooms with private shower/bath and WC. These are the best available rooms in 4 star hotels or the best hotels in each region. Suites and Jr. Suites are available upon request within the Quality category in Reykjavik only.

 

 

Season: Mid of September until mid of April (during this time you have the best chances to see the Northern Lights)

Car Rental:

Rental Cars available for this tour are:

A: Skoda Octavia Station – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
B: Skoda Octavia Station (or similar) – Automatic (autumn only)
C: Dacia Duster – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
D: Skoda Yeti – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
E: Toyota RAV4 – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
F: Kia Sportage – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
G: Toyota Land Cruiser – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
H: Land Rover Defender – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual

Included:

  • 9 nights accommodation (Budget-Comfort or Quality) with continental breakfast
  • Rental car of your choice for 7 days with unlimited mileage, CDW & VAT
  • GPS unit for easier navigation
  • WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
  • Unlimited extra drivers for the rental car
  • Private pick up and transfer from Keflavik International Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Optional private information meeting with our travel consultant in Reykjavik before your tour starts
  • Shuttle bus transfer with pickup at your accommodation in Reykjavik upon departure
  • Big, handwritten, detailed map with route, recommendations and accommodations highlighted
  • Written guides of the regions you will be visiting
  • Use of an Icelandic mobile phone with 1,500 ISK worth of calls
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes & service fee

Not included:

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals & drinks at restaurants apart from what’s stated in the itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gasoline

 

Please contact us and get a price quote for this Iceland winter holidays in 10 days. Note that this tour is fully customizable and days and activities can be added upon request. This tour is also offered as a fully guided private tour.

Our terms and conditions can be found here

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