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Marvels of South Iceland - Winter

(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. If you are lucky, the northern lights might make an appearance.

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6 days / 5 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 109588 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Classic i, Northern Lights i

Season

1 Oct - 30 Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

914/567 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. Laugavegur, Reykjavík’s main street, offers an abundance of excellent restaurants and cafés, as well as bars and music venues for those who want to experience the renowned Reykjavík nightlife.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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

    Start the day by picking up your rental car before taking in some of the best known attractions in the south of Iceland. The first leg of your journey is 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 a guided glacier hike, snowmobile tour or ATV 4x4 tour at Sólheimajökull (not included). From there, the journey takes you past the beautiful Eyjafjöll mountain range onwards to the small town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. 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. 248 km / 154 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 you will find many interesting hiking trails, including one that leads to the Svartifoss waterfall and its unique basalt columns that resemble organ pipes. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, join a guided glacier hike (optional). Then head to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and enjoy the surreal scene of icebergs floating by.

    Journey back to your accommodation along the South Coast for the evening.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance: 249 km/155 miles

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

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  • Day 4: Vast Black Sand Beaches & Geological Wonders

    Drive along the south coast today. Worthwhile stops along the way include Dverghamrar "elf cliffs" and the volcanic black sand beaches* near the village of Vík and the 120 metre-high promontory of Dyrhólaey with its spectacular rock arch, bird nesting 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).

    Spend the night in Selfoss/Hveragerði area.

    Driving distance: 200 km/124 miles

    * 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.

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  • Day 5: The Famous Golden Circle

    Drive the famous Golden Circle on your way back to the capital. The Golden Circle is a popular route for viewing some of the best-known natural sights in Iceland. Visit the geothermal Geysir area and explore the bubbling mud pots and spouting geysers before arriving at the stunning two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall. Afterwards you can visit the old bishopry at Skálholt and the explosion crater Kerið, now partially filled with water. Close the circle at the unique Þingvellir National Park, 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. Drive the Mosfellsdalur valley towards Reykjavik where you can relax after your memorable journey along the south coast. 

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance: 170 km / 105 miles 

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  • Day 6: DEPARTURE FROM REYKJAVIK

    When it’s time to depart, you will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation for your airport shuttle bus transfer. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon to relax in the warm milky blue mineral waters before continuing to Keflavík International Airport.

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Map

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

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

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)

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

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.

2018
2019

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Tour Information

Booking  

  • 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.
  • For added safety and comfort, we highly recommend selecting a 4x4 vehicle type for winter. 

Other 

  • Best months to experience the Northern Lights are October through April, with peak visibility from December through February. Please note, as the Northern Lights are natural phenomena, we cannot guarantee sightings even if the tour is operated. 
  • Although the winter climate in Iceland is generally mild compared to other northern European countries, the temperatures can drop below freezing at times. You should bring some windproof/waterproof outerwear and plenty of warm layers along with a hat, scarf and gloves. 
  • 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 would not be recommended. However, we offer a number of guided small group tours as well as partially-guided city breaks and private guided tours.
  • Learn more about winter driving in Iceland
  • 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. 

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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