Iceland Winter Tour - North & South in 10 Days

Iceland Self Drive Tours Winter

Iceland Winter Tour – North & South in 10 Days

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Come to Iceland in winter and visit the pearls of the North and South of Iceland. This 10 days self-drive tour includes numerous natural highlights of Iceland. During the day you visit glaciers, beautiful waterfalls, volcanic beaches,  geysers, volcanoes and more and in the evening you search for the magic Northern Lights. This Iceland winter tour includes the best highlights Iceland has to offer.



Day 1: Arrival Iceland Winter Tour

Iceland South CoastWelcome to Iceland – a magic island located in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. Our private driver will wait for you in the arrival hall of the airport and gives you a private lift to your accommodation in the centre of Reykjavík. In the next days you will explore the natural highlights of the South and the North of Iceland. During the day you will explore waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, beautiful beaches and more and during the night you will search for the magic Northern Lights also called Aurora. Aurora is like an unpredictable lady and you never know when she will decide to turn up. This diva keeps you waiting, so whenever you go hunting for the Northern Lights, make sure you set aside the whole evening.

Highlights of the day: Reykjavík City

Day 2: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysers

iceland self drive toursAfter you received your rental car in the morning you are ready to start your Iceland winter self-drive tour. You will visit the so called Golden Circle a popular tourist route in the South of Iceland. The three primary stops on the route are the National Park Þingvellir, the waterfall Gullfoss and the geothermal active valley of Haukadalur, which contains two geysers called „Geysir“ and „Strokkur“. Before driving to your accommodation in the area of Selfoss we recommend a stop at the Fontana Spa in Laugarvatn where you can relax in the warm geothermal pools and natural steam rooms. Approximate driving distance on this day: 190 km/ 118 miles

Highlights of the day: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir spouting hot spring, Gullfoss waterfall, Kerið crater, And more
Optional activities: Snorkeling tour

Day 3: The Day of the Waterfalls

iceland winterToday can also be called „the day of the waterfalls“ since you will visit the three waterfalls Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi and Skogafoss. Seljalandsfoss offers one of the most iconic images of Iceland. It is a waterfall that you can walk right around but please be very carefull the path is often wet and icy. The Gljúfrabúi waterfall is sometimes called the „hidden fall“ since it is located behind a large cliff which gives it a mystical aura. The Skogafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland with a drop of 60 meters. On sunny days a rainbow is often visible over the waterfall due to the amount of spray it consistently produces. In the afternoon you drive to the charming village of Vík where you will stay for the night. Approximate driving distance on this day: 130 km/ 81 miles

Highlights of the day: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Gljúfrabúi, Vík and more

Day 4: Black Beaches and White Glacier

self drive icelandToday you explore the surroundings of Vík. The combination of black sand and impressive rock formations makes it a very scenic place to visit. Offshore lie fingers of basalt rock and folklore tells that these are former trolls who were unable to land their ship before dawn and turned to stone — as will happen when trolls are caught in sunlight. The sea around them is rather wild and stormy but if you like the ocean, the wind and the sand it is the perfect place to go. Later you will drive back in the direction of Reykjavik and on the way we highly recommend to stop at the glacier Mýrdalsjökull. Drop-off your rental car in the evening and stay in an accommodation in the city center. Approximate driving distance on this day: 190 km/ 118 miles

Highlights of the day: black beaches around Vík, basalt rock formations, glacier Mýrdalsjökull, And more
Optional activities: Snowmobiling tour, glacier walk

Day 5: Flight to the North of Iceland

Jola HusToday you take an inland flight from the domestic airport in the city centre of Reykjavik to Akureyri in the North of Iceland. At the airport of Akureyri you will receive your second rental car and in the next days you will explore the North of Iceland. This area is normally a bit colder than the South and you can expect a winter wonderland often with a lot of snow and ice. Stay for three nights in an accommodation in the area of Akureyri. In the afternoon you can relax in the swimming pool in Akureyri, we can arrange an optional riding tour or you visit the Christmas garden where you find a magical Christmas world.

Highlights of the day: Flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri, Akureyri and its surroundings, Christmas Garden, And more
Optional Activities: Snowmobiling tour, horeseback riding tour

Day 6: The Beautiful Lake Myvatn Area

winter in icelandToday you visit the lake Myvatn area and you will explore a unique landscape formed by intense volcanic activity. You should definitely visit the geothermal area Hverir by Námaskarð. This is a high temperature area where you find steaming fumaroles and bubbling mudpools. Visit Krafla area, one of Iceland´s most active volcanic areas and walk around in the Dimmuborgir lava park. In the afternoon we recommend to take a relaxing bath in the Mývatn Nature Bath where you should not forget to try out the natural steam bath. Drive back to Akureyri and stop on the way at Goðafoss waterfall. You stay for a second night in Akureyri and you should look for the Northern Lights in the evening. Approximate driving distance on this day: 235 km/ 146 miles

Highlights of the day: Lake Mývatn, high temperature area, Krafla, Dimmuborgir, Mývatn Nature Bath, And more
Optional Activities: Mývatn Nature Bath

Day 7: Tour around the Troll Peninsula

iceland winter tourToday you will go on a tour around the so called Troll Peninsula. If the weather allows you should visit Siglufjörður, a small fishing town in the Northern part of the peninsula. The town grew up around the herring industry that was in much bloom in the 1940s and 1950s. After the herring was gone everything changed a lot but you can still see many signs around the city that reminds a little bit of the long passed gold rush. In winter Siglufjörður is a paradise for skiers and you can try some cross-country skiing. In the afternoon we recommend to visit one of the most beautiful swimming pools of Iceland in Hofsós. The best thing about the pool is its location next to a stunning fjord. You stay for a third night in Akureyri. Approximate driving distance on this day: 245 km/152 miles

Highlights of the day: Troll Peninsula, Siglufjörður, Hofsós swimming pool, And more

Day 8: Flight back to Reykjavik

winter tour icelandToday you drop off your rental car at the airport of Akureyri and you flight back to Reykjavík. In the afternoon you can go on a winter whale watching tour in Reykjavik, you can visit the famous Blue Lagoon or you visit one of the museums of Reykjavik. We recommend to have a look at the Aurora Centre where you can learn what causes the Northern Lights, in which areas they are visible and how different they can look. You can also read some interesting folklore stories about these magic lights. Stay for the night in an accommodation in the center of Reykjavík.

Highlights of the day: Flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik, Reykjavik
Optional activities: Whale watching from Reykjavik, visit of the Blue Lagoon

Day 9: Free Day in Reykjavik

holidays in icelandEnjoy a free day in the capital of Iceland. We recommend to visit Halgrimskirkja where you can enjoy the view over the city from the church tower. You should also have a look at Harpa Music Hall located by the old harbor. Situated on the boundary between land and sea, this modern glass building is a gleaming sculpture reflecting both sky and harbor. It is also possible to join a guided tour where you can learn more about the architecture and where you visit the four halls. In the evening we recommend to celebrate your last night in Iceland in one of the gourmet restaurants of Reykjavik. You stay in the same hotel as the night before.

Highlights of the day: Reykjavik, Halgrims church, Harpa Music Hall, And more

Day 10: Departure Iceland Winter Tour

iceland winter vacationUnfortunately this is the last day of your Iceland winter tour. Transfer to the airport by bus. Have a save flight home and thanks for traveling with Iceland Unlimited.



Detailed Information Iceland winter tour


We offer three different accommodation categories for this Iceland winter 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.


Car rental:

Rental Cars available for this tour are:

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



  • 9 nights accommodation (Budget-Comfort or Quality) with breakfast
  • Return flight between Reykjavík and Akureyri
  • Rental car of your choice for 3 days with unlimited mileage/CDW & VAT – pickup and drop off in Reykjavik
  • Rental car of your choice for 3 days with unlimited mileage/CDW & VAT – pickup and drop off in Akureyri
  • GPS unit for easier navigation
  • WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
  • Unlimited 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
  • Written guides of the regions you will be visiting
  • 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 tour. Note that this tour is fully customizable and days and activities can be added upon request.

If you are looking for a similar tour but do not want to drive during winter time – we offer a similar winter tour with guided bus tours included.

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