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Christmas in the Countryside

South Iceland & Northern Lights

(5 days / 4 nights)

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Spend the holidays in the cosy countryside

Winter is rarely more beautiful than in South Iceland. On this 5-day self-drive tour, you will have a chance to explore regions like the classic Golden Circle and scenic south coast, bathe in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon, and enjoy exciting optional activities like exploring like snowmobiling, glacier hiking and visiting a natural ice cave. You will stay at the carefully selected luxurious countryside hotel, Hótel Grímsborgir, which is close to many attractions in the south of Iceland, and is also remote, far from city lights, giving you a great chance to catch a glimpse of the majestic northern lights.

5 days / 4 nights

Price p.p. from

The amount will be charged in ISK

Approx 159982 ISK

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— Why book this tour

  • Free private transfer from airport on arrival
  • Handpicked hotels by local travel experts with breakfast included
  • Reliable rental cars from our trusted partners Enterprise & Hertz
  • Comprehensive itinerary, personalised map and travel guide
  • 24/7 helpline throughout tour
  • Local travel experts with firsthand experience

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  • Optional cancellation insurance
  • Affordable deposits from 10%
  • Covid test cover at your arrival destination

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Tour Highlights

  • Watch the northern lights dance and flicker in the sky
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • Feel the power of the thundering waterfall Gullfoss
  • Marvel at eruptions at the Geysir geothermal region
  • Tour the scenic south coast of Iceland
  • Bathe in the world famous Blue Lagoon
  • Enjoy a festive Christmas dinner in the countryside
  • Spend your nights in a handpicked, charming countryside hotel

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Christmas i

Season

December

Departure

21,22,23 Dec

Driving distance

778/483 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Iceland

    Upon arrival in Iceland you will pick up your rental car and customised Nordic Visitor travel documents at the airport. If you arrive early, we recommend a leisurely drive through the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. The downtown area offers a great variety of museums, art galleries, coffeehouses, shops, and of course sights like Hallgrímskirkja, and Harpa concert hall by the Reykjavik's old harbour where you can join optional whale watching tours. Next up is a drive over to Hellisheiði where you will see white steam rising straight from the earth. The Hellisheiði power plant is on your way driving to the small village of Hveragerði.

    Continue the drive to Hotel Grímsborgir, a beautiful hotel located along the Golden Circle, just a short drive from the UNSECO park – Þingvellir. You will spend 4 nights in a superior room which gives you the convenience of not having to repack and change locations. After checking in at the hotel, we recommend unwinding in the outdoor hot tubs.

    Spend the next four nights at Grímsborgir (Superior Double Room).

    Driving distance approx. 108 km / 68 mi.

    Attractions Optional Extras
  • Day 2: Explore the renowned Golden Circle

    Head to the geothermal area of Haukadalur to visit Geysir—the original geyser—or its ever-reliable neighbour, Strokkur, which erupts water and steam high into the air every few minutes. Here you can also see the bubbling mud pots, boiling pools and other geological phenomena before making the short drive to your next stop, the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. Considered one of Iceland’s star attractions, this mighty cascade plunges into a 70-metre deep canyon, creating a beautiful cloud of mist and, of course, a spectacular photo opportunity.

    Today you also have the opportunity to go visit the lava tunnel or go snowmobiling on the Langjökull glacier. For a relaxing end to the day, we recommend visiting either the warm pool at the Secret lagoon or the Fontana Spa at Laugarvatn (dependent on availability).

    Driving distance approx. 161 km / 100 mi.

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  • Day 3: Icy Waterfalls, Vast Black Sand Beaches & Christmas Eve Dinner

    Start the day with a visit to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can experience walking behind the misty cascade. Just a short drive brings you to yet another gorgeous waterfall, the 60-metre high Skógafoss. At the volcanic black sand beach south of Vík, we recommend a stop to enjoy the fantastic views of the Reynisdrangar and Dyrhólaey rock formations. Dyrhólaey is a 120-metre high promontory jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a spectacular sight to behold with its natural arch and prominent hole, sculpted over millennia from the force of the waves.

    Tonight you will be enjoying a festive dinner at Hotel Grimsborgir's restaurant where traditional Christmas dinner will be served.

    Note: The dinner on Christmas Eve is set on the 24th December at Hótel Grímsborgir.

    Driving distance approx. 288 km / 179 mi.

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  • Day 4: Relax in Coastal Villages or explore the Þingvellir National Park

    Today you can enjoy the pristine nature and tranquillity that South Iceland has to offer during the winter. Explore the magnificent Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is ideal for an enchanting day out with short hiking trails and a scenic landscape. Nearby, also pop by the spectacular Kerið volcanic crater. If the weather allows, hike along the crater‘s edge.

    If you would rather relax and unwind, Grímsborgir is located in a beautiful setting for a peaceful day out. You could take some time to discover it further, walking through the neighbourhood, enjoying a delicious meal out or visiting the local hot tubs.

    Or the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, is only a short drive away. If you didn't have time to explore it on arrival, you could go for a day trip.

    Driving distance approx. From 100 km - 288 km / 62 - 179 mi

    Attractions Optional Extras
  • Day 5: The Blue Lagoon & Departure

    Enjoy your last day in Iceland at the vast volcanic wonderland of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Here you have a chance to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, surrounded by surreal, sweeping black lava formations. The warm, soothing water is rich in silica and blue-green algae, giving the lagoon its renowned healing powers and muted milky-blue colour. For extra relaxation, take advantage of the saunas, steam baths and the Blue Lagoon waterfall or book an in-water “floating” massage (optional; not included).* Included with the comfort experience package at the Blue Lagoon is the entrance fee, a silica mud mask at the Silica bar inside the lagoon, loan of towel and one drink of your choice at the lagoon bar.

    Head to Keflavik airport in time for your flight and drop off the rental car at the car rental agency. Please note that if your flight is leaving early in the morning your travel consultant will make necessary adjustments to your itinerary for this day.

    *Skin treatments and massages can be booked at the Blue Lagoon for an additional charge. We recommend booking these services well in advance.

    Driving distance approx. 124 km / 78 mi.

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Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Stay in well-located hotels and guesthouses that are highly rated by visitors and handpicked by local travel experts.

Look forward to getting a good night’s sleep after each day of driving in Iceland. All your accommodation will be conveniently located near your driving route, with ample parking. Rest assured that you’ll stay in the best possible properties, which have all received excellent reviews from previous customers.

Superior

Hotel Grímsborgir´s superior rooms are spacious and comfortable with hardwood floors and a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom ..

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey in the rental car of your choice, with two authorised drivers and free in-car Wi-Fi.

Toyota Auris (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Toyota Auris (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Compact
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Toyota Avensis (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Toyota Avensis (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Intermediate
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Toyota Avensis Wagon (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Toyota Avensis Wagon (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Intermediate Wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Hyundai Tucson (Plugin/Hybrid)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Hyundai Tucson (Plugin/Hybrid)
or similar

  • Description: Intermediate SUV
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Mitsubishi Outlander AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Mitsubishi Outlander AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Standard SUV, AWD
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Premium SUV, 4WD
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Volkswagen Touareg AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Volkswagen Touareg AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Luxury SUV, AWD
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Price per person from

The amount will be charged in ISK

Approx 159982 ISK

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Monthly price comparison

Our best price per person when booking for two.

2022

Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, what to pack for your holiday and useful information about the activities that are included during the tour.  

WINTER DRIVING IN ICELAND
For added safety and comfort, we strongly recommend selecting a 4x4 vehicle for winter.

Driving during the winter in Iceland can be challenging as the weather can be unpredictable. If you do not have experience driving in winter conditions, with snow, icy roads and high winds, a self-drive tour during winter is not recommended. However, we offer a number of guided small group tours as well as multi-day tours and privately-guided tours. Learn more about winter driving in Iceland.

THE BLUE LAGOON
Please note that the Blue Lagoon is busier than usual during the holiday season. We will book your entrance at a specific time with a specific duration at the lagoon . If you would prefer a different departure time, please inform your travel consultant as soon as possible.

The minimum age requirement for children at the Blue Lagoon is 2-years old. It is mandatory for children aged 2 to 8 to wear inflatable armbands while in the lagoon. These are provided free of charge. Please note that only two (2) children under the age of 10 can be admitted into the lagoon per guardian.

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS 
The best months to experience the northern lights are from September to March, with peak visibility from December through February. Please note that as the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, we cannot guarantee sightings, even if the tour is operated.

Please be advised that daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months, with 4-5 hours of daylight from December to January. However, fresh snowfall often gives the appearance of more light, and it is common that houses, streets and businesses are lit up with Christmas lights, so don't fear that you will be travelling in complete darkness.

Although the winter climate in Iceland is generally mild compared to other northern European countries, the temperature can drop below freezing at times. Please bring windproof and waterproof outerwear and plenty of warm layers. Please note that the programme is dependent upon weather and road conditions, and may be altered if conditions are not favourable. For information on weather conditions and daylight hours we recommend visiting our extensive Online Travel Guide

CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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