For an eventful and adventurous Iceland winter vacation, you should consider the winter edition of our Iceland South Coast Sensation tour. With a plethora of available activities such as snowmobiling, glacier hiking, riding tours, hiking tours and many more. And last but not least you also have 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.
Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik
Welcome to your Iceland winter tour! 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 a 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. Stay the night in a Hotel in central Reykjavík.
Highlights of the day: Reykjavík City
Day 2: The Gullfoss and Geysir Route
Today you will receive your rental car and your Iceland vacation begins for real! Start the day by driving east towards 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 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. By Gullfoss and Geysir are popular lunch stops and for a chance to enjoy a traditional Icelandic meal we recommend the Icelandic lamb soup.
From there, 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. Another interesting visit we recommend should you have the time, is to visit Hellisheiðavirkjun geothermal power plant. Stay overnight in the Hvolsvöllur area. Approx. driving distance: 220 kilometers/140 miles.
Highlights of the day: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir spouting hot spring, Gullfoss waterfall, Kerið crater, Hellisheiðavirkjun power plant, and more
Optional activities: Snorkeling tour
Day 3: Sensational Winter South Coast
It’s time to travel further east along the beautiful south coast. Shortly after leaving Hvolsvöllur, you will reach the wonderful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, partly covered by icy layers in wintertime. Continue to Skógar where you’ll find the picture perfect Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar Folk museum where you can see reconstructed turf houses and ancient artifacts on display. Drive further east to the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier and enjoy optional activities such as glacier hiking and or snowmobiling with professional guides. Continue to the charming village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, home Iceland’s first monastery (built in 1186) where you will stay for the night. Stay the night at Kirkjubæjarklaustur and search for the Northern Lights in the evening. Approx. driving distance: 210 kilometers/130 miles.
Highlights of the day: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Skógar, Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, and more
Optional activities: Snowmobiling tour, glacier walk
Day 4: The Famous Glacier Lagoon Jökulsarlon in Winter
After breakfast continue along the Iceland South Coast to Skaftafell, a part of the Vatnajökull National Park. Skaftafell is a site of immense beauty and variations. It’s a lush green oasis between a mighty glacier and vast black sand beach. In Skaftafell 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. After that, continue to the village of Höfn – the lobster capital of Iceland. On the road between Skaftafell and Höfn you will find Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, considered by many the crown jewel of Icelandic nature. This is a great spot for photographing. The glacier lagoon is the turning point of your tour. In the afternoon you drive back to Kirkjubæjarklaustur where you will stay for a second night. Approx. driving distance: 250 kilometers/155 miles.
Highlights of the day: Skaftafell, Vatnajökull National Park, Svartifoss, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Höfn, and more
Optional activities: Glacier walk, ice cave tour (available between November and March)
Day 5: Rugged Cliffs and Volcanic Beaches
Last day on the road on your Iceland South Coast journey and time to turn around and head back towards Reykjavik. On the way, nature lovers will want to visit the village of Vík in Mýrdalur and walk along the Reynisfjara beach with its beautiful view of the Reynisdrangar cliffs and the stunning Dyrhólaey Peninsula with its natural stone arch. In the afternoon you can experience the Icelandic horse in an amazing way by visiting the Fákasel Horse Park. There you can enjoy a spectacular horse show and also a lovely dinner. Head back to the capital and drop off the rental car before checking into your downtown hotel. Approx. driving distance: 290 kilometers/180 miles.
Highlights of the day: Dyrhólaey, Reynisfjara, Vík, Mýrdalsjökull glacier, and more
Optional Activities: Horse back riding
Day 6: Free Day in Reykjavik
Enjoy a free day in the capital. Reykjavik is an exciting city with a rich cultures life. You might want to visit some of Reykjavik’s many art and culture museums and exhibitions. 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. If you are interested in some more adventure we can also organise an exciting super jeep tour for you today. You could visit some great places in the countryside which are not accessible with a normal car during winter. In the evening enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Reykjavík many gourmet restaurants.
Highlights of the day: Harpa concert hall, Perlan landmark, Hallgrímskirkja church, Laugavegur shopping street
Optional activities: Super jeep tour, winter whale watching
Day 7: Departure Iceland Winter Tour
Your Iceland adventure is about to come to it’s end. Take the shuttle bus to Keflavik International Airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you still have time to stop at Blue Lagoon and enjoy a soak in the milky blue earth sea, a perfect end to your stay and a nice way to relax and unwind before your flight home.
We wish you a nice journey back home and hope you will leave our island with fond memories of Iceland and its inhabitants.
Highlights of the day: Reykjavík city, the Blue Lagoon Spa
We offer three different accommodation categories for this Northern Lights Reykjavik tour:
Budget 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.
Comfort 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.
Quality 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
Rental Cars available for this tour are:
C: VW Golf (or similar) – Manual (autumn only)
D: VW Golf (or similar) – Automatic (autumn only)
E: Skoda Octavia Station – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
F: Skoda Octavia Station (or similar) – Automatic (autumn only)
G: Dacia Duster – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
H: Skoda Yeti – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
I: Toyota RAV4 – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
J: Kia Sportage – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
K: Toyota Land Cruiser – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
L: Land Rover Defender – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
- 6 nights accommodation (Budget-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
- 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
- Use of an Icelandic mobile phone with 1,500 ISK worth of calls
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes & service fee
- Flights to/from Iceland
- Meals & drinks at restaurants apart from what’s stated in the itinerary
- Personal travel insurance
Please contact us and get a price quote for this Iceland winter self-drive tour. 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.
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