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Golden Circle and South Coast - Winter

(4 days / 3 nights)

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Short on time, but big on wonderful winter adventures

Winter is one of the best times to see Iceland’s famous “fire and ice” contracts in action, with sights like gurgling hot springs and gushing waterfalls against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Starting in Reykjavik, this short break with a rental car takes you to some of the country’s top attractions, like Þingvellir National Park, the Blue Lagoon and more.

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Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Classic, Northern Lights

Season

1 Oct - 30 Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

540/335 km/mi

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Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Reykjavík

    On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city centre and its many museums, restaurants and bars for all tastes. If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

    Spend the night in central Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: The Golden Circle & Lobsters

    Collect your rental car in the morning and begin your journey on the classic “Golden Circle” route, starting with the fascinating Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next is the Haukadalur geothermal area, home of Geysir—the original “geyser”—and the more active Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes. End the circle with visits to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the implosion crater of Kerið.

    In the evening, we recommend a drive to the seaside village of Stokkseyri for an exquisite lobster feast. And if conditions are right, you may even see the northern lights from your accommodation tonight!* 

    Spend the night in Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 215 km / 133 mi. 

    * The northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Day 3: The South Coast & Icy Waterfalls

    Visit the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, then head to the equally gorgeous Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road. South of the village of Vík, make a stop at the volcanic black sand beach for dramatic views of the Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar rock formations rising above the crashing waves.

    On your drive back towards Reykjavik you can also make a detour (optional) to the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula, where you can visit unique sights like the bubbling mud pots of Seltún and relax in the warm geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon—a great ending to an action-packed day. 

    Spend the night in central Reykjavík.

    Driving distance approx. 325 km / 202 mi. (398 km / 248 mi. with Reykjanes)

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  • Day 4: Departure

    Transfer by shuttle bus to Keflavík International Airport in time for your departure flight. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can do some last minute shopping at some of Reykjavik´s boutiques or visit one of city centre’s fascinating museums. And if you didn’t do the detour on Day 3, you also have the possibility to add a trip to the Blue Lagoon to your transfer (optional).

    Please be advised that daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months, with about 4-5 hours of daylight during the holidays, from December to January. Winter in Iceland is considered to be from October to April.

    Note: Due to renovations the Blue Lagoon is closed from the 24th through the 27th of April 2017 (both days included).

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Map

Here’s a map of Iceland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Wendy, United States

Golden Circle and South Coast - Winter, December 2016

Wonderful

Thanks so much! We got to have exactly the vacation we wanted, and it was just wonderful!

David, United States

Golden Circle and South Coast - Winter, December 2014

Great service, great value

Great service, great value. Sigfus was really helpful. I would definitely recommend Nordic Visitor to friends. Thanks so much for a wonderful trip!

Richard, United Kingdom

Golden Circle and South Coast - Winter, April 2016

Richard

Quality of hotels was exceptional value for money. The service provided by staff at hotels and car rental exceptional. Best tour operator I've ever used. From the first point of contact very professional and fully understood my needs from the trip.  Airport collection and collection for car rental, exactly on time. Collection for our flight home exactly on time.  Iceland, the best county I've every visited cant wait to return.

Kat, United States

Golden Circle and South Coast - Winter, March 2014

Superb to work with

I found Nordic Visitor superb to work with. Emails were answered in a timely fashion, information was presented in a clear and concise manner and Larus was fantastic to work with.

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Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

Ford Focus
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

Ford Focus
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Description: Compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Ford Focus Wagon
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

Ford Focus Wagon
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Description: Compact wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Ford Mondeo
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

Ford Mondeo
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Description: Mid-size sedan
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Kuga AWD
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Kuga AWD
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Description: Compact SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Edge AWD
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Edge AWD
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Description: Mid-size SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Description: Full-size SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Volvo XC90 AWD
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Volvo XC90 AWD
limited availability

  • Type: H
  • Description: Full-size Premium SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Suitcases: 6/3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Ford Tourneo
or similar

  • x9
  • x4
  • x12
  • M

Ford Tourneo
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 9
  • Luggage: 5
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual

Land Rover Defender 4x4
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4
limited availability

  • Type: J
  • Description: Highland SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Luggage: 4/2
  • Doors: 2/4 to 6
  • Transmission: Manual

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso
or similar

  • Type: K
  • Description: Compact MPV Family Vehicle
  • Passengers: 6
  • Luggage: 1/2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Optional activities

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Everything about this tour

Booking
  • For added safety and comfort, we highly recommend selecting a 4x4 vehicle type for winter.
  • We recommend booking at least three weeks prior to departure.
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs, and extra nights can be added on request. Contact us for details.
Other
Please be advised that daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months, with about 4-5 hours of daylight during the holidays, from December to January. Winter in Iceland is considered to be from October to April. 
 
For the Blue Lagoon
A reservation is required in advance for entrance to the Blue Lagoon and for spa treatments. The Blue Lagoon can be sold out for your desired time slot, so be sure to book well in advance for your top choice. Please ask your travel consultant for further information.
 
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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