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Glacier Lagoon and Northern Lights

(6 days / 5 nights)

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Visit the unique natural pearls of South Iceland

The south is truly spectacular during the winter. Natural sights along the Golden Circle and South Coast are beautiful in their winter coats, with the unique light and potential snow. This 6-day tour includes highlights like the Glacier Lagoon, epic waterfalls Gullfoss and Seljalandsfoss and haunting black sand beaches. If you are lucky, the northern lights might make an appearance during your stay.

6 days / 5 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 109588 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Value for your money
  • Professional service from local experts 

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Tour Highlights

  • See the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Enjoy the tranquility of the winter season and hunt for northern lights
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss Skógafoss
  • Roam the UNESCO World Heritage site of Þingvellir National Park
  • See an erupting geyser in the hot springs area of Geysir
  • Visit the volcanic landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula
  • Explore the Sun Voyager, Hallgrímskirkja and the old harbour area in Reykjavík

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Active i, Classic i, Northern Lights i

Season

Oct - Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

901/559 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Iceland

    On arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you will be greeted by a driver and transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at you own pace. The main downtown area offers a variety of shops, museums and galleries—all within walking distance.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: The Beautiful South & Impressive Waterfalls

    Start the day by picking up your rental car, then head along the south coast, with a stop at the epic Seljalandsfoss waterfall—the only one of its kind in Iceland where you can walk behind the cascade on a footpath! Further along, you can visit the magnificent 60 metre Skógafoss waterfall in Skógar. For a truly unique experience, you can take part in optional activities like a guided glacier hike, snowmobile tour or ATV 4x4 tour at Sólheimajökull. Later in the evening, if the skies are clear, you may even see another natural wonder—the northern lights.*

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 261 km / 162 miles

    *Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Day 3: Scenic Skaftafell & the Glacier Lagoon

    Spend some time exploring Skaftafell, part of the vast Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty. Here, if you are feeling adventurous, join a guided glacier hike*. Then head to Fjallsárlón, the smaller lagoon before continuing to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and enjoy the surreal scene of icebergs floating by. Afterwards you can stop by the Diamond Beach, where you will see chunks of ice glistening on the black sands.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    *venturing onto a glacier or engaging in ice climbing should only ever be attempted with the assistance of a licensed and experienced guide.

    Driving distance: 249 km/155 miles

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  • Day 4: Vast Black Sand Beaches & Geological Wonders

    Drive along the south coast today. Worthwhile stops along the way include the volcanic black sand beaches* near the village of Vík and the 120 metre-high promontory of Dyrhólaey with its spectacular rock arch, cliffs and amazing views along with the unique Reynisdrangar basalt columns rising out of the ocean. Another interesting stop along the route is the Lava Center at Hvolsvöllur – an exhibition on volcanoes and earthquakes (entrance not included), or you can choose to take part in an exciting optional activity.

    Spend the night in Selfoss area.

    *Caution should always be exercised when visiting Reynisfjara beach near Vík due to powerful rogue/sneaker waves and the strong undertow current. Always stay far back from the water’s edge and read the warning sign before walking on the beach.

    Driving distance: 203 km/126 miles

    Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 5: The Famous Golden Circle

    Drive the Golden Circle on your way back to the capital. Visit the explosion crater Kerið, before continuing to the geothermal Geysir area and explore the bubbling mud pots and spouting geysers. Next, make a stop at the stunning two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, before closing the circle at the unique Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list for being historically significant to the founding of Icelandic democracy and a place of striking natural beauty. Then head to Reykjavík for the evening.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance: 188 km / 116 miles

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  • Day 6: Departure from Reykjavik

    When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from the accommodation for your airport transfer by a shuttle bus about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional: not included).

    Optional Activity

Map

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Accommodation

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

Budget

Rooms with shared WC and shower (or bath) in farmhouses, guesthouses or well-appointed hostels. All provide breakfast (included in..

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Rental car

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

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Description: Compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x2
  • M

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Description: Sedan
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Skoda Octavia Station (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Skoda Octavia Station (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Description: Station wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

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

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Description: Mid-size SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

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

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Description: SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Suitcases: 4/3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Proace (Automatic)
or similar

  • x8
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Toyota Proace (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 8
  • Luggage: 6-7
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Price per person from

Approx 109588 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

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Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about driving during the winter in Iceland, what the tour includes, the itinerary, weather conditions during the winter season and other useful information for your travel.

ABOUT OUR SELF-DRIVE TOURS
This is a self-drive tour where our guests follow a detailed personalised itinerary during their road trip in Iceland, no dedicated driver or tour guide on behalf of Nordic Visitor is included. All accommodations, the rental car, airport transfers and planned activities will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor (as specified in the itinerary). Nordic Visitor works with a small group of trusted operators that the company has strong professional relationships with.

ACCOMMODATION AND ROOM TYPES
Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have put together a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. We carefully select hotels/guesthouses in Reykjavik and the countryside based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Single, double and triple rooms are available for our self-drive packages. Please note, that in Iceland our room types are based on European standard sizes. For instance, a double bed often consists of two single beds pushed together. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra bed, a rollaway or a sofa bed, and a single room is often smaller than the standard double.

DRIVING DURING WINTER SEASON
While Iceland is a year-round destination, self-driving during the winter months is not for everyone. Nordic Visitor does not recommend a long road trip in the winter if you have never driven on snow and ice.  If you are going to embark on a winter self-drive in Iceland, you should be comfortable driving in what can be challenging conditions, including snowstorms, icy roads and little daylight. Please be advised that Iceland is known for narrow roads and a 4WD is recommended for the winter.

For inexperienced winter drivers, we recommend one of our guided small group winter tours where you will have a local, experienced guide at the wheel.

SAFETY, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions and might need to be altered if conditions are not favourable.  Please be advised that daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months, with about 4-5 hours of daylight during the holiday season, from December to January. Winter in Iceland is considered to be from October to April. For more information on weather conditions and daylight hours, we recommend visiting Nordic Visitor’s Online Travel Guide.

WHAT TO PACK
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Thermal base-layers
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Bathing suit for visiting geothermal pools
  • Electronic gear such as smartphone, external powerpack, travel adapters
  • Reusable water bottle
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our 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 business days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all your travel needs before, during and even after your vacation. 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 trip.

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