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South and West Iceland Classic - winter

(8 days / 7 nights)

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EXPLORE THE TREASURES OF THE SOUTH & WEST AT YOUR OWN PACE

With such gorgeous scenery in Iceland, you won’t want to rush through a thing. This relaxing wintertime road trip centres on just the southern and western parts of the country, where many of the top attractions are found. You will have plenty of time to focus on visiting icy waterfalls, steamy hot springs and volcanic beaches—or seeing northern lights.

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8 days / 7 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 113638 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

  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • See the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Hunt for the majestic northern lights
  • Enjoy the striking nature of Snæfellsnes and its charming fishing villages
  • Feel the power of the thundering waterfall Gullfoss
  • Marvel at eruptions at the Geysir geothermal region
  • Explore the waterfalls and hot springs of west Iceland
  • Traverse Iceland‘s beautiful national parks – Vatnajökull and Þingvellir
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Classic i, Northern Lights i

Season

Oct - Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1543/958 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival & Reykjavik

    Welcome to Iceland! On arrival to Keflavik International Airport, a driver will be waiting in the arrivals hall to greet you and take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, you can visit one of the cosy, charming downtown cafés and explore the main shopping streets of Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: History, Hot Springs and Lava Waterfalls

    Begin your journey with the car this morning by driving north through the historical Borgarfjörður area of West Iceland. For those interested in the history of Iceland, a stop at the Icelandic Settlement Centre in the town of Borgarnes is recommended. Other worthwhile natural sights in the area include the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls that tumble over a lava field and Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring. Or for a truly unique experience, you can take an optional guided tour to Langjökull glacier, where a manmade ice cave is open to travellers. Tonight as you’re away from the bright lights of Reykjavik, look up to the skies at night to see if you can spot some northern lights.*

    Spend the next two nights in the Borgarnes area.

    Driving distance approx. 196 km / 121 mi.

    *The northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed even on cloudless nights.

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  • Day 3: GLACIER & HIGHLIGHTS SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA

    Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean, lava fields and snowy peaks as you circumnavigate the Snæfellsnes Peninsula today. Your drive along the coast here also offers such picture-perfect sights as the Dritvík Cove, the Lóndrangar cliffs, the Arnarstapi cliffs, the hamlet of Hellnar and various other small fishing villages. For a fun photo opportunity and to experience a blast from the past, you can also visit Djúpalónssandur, a pebble-filled beach with the four “lifting stones” that were used in old days to test men‘s strength for jobs on fishing boats.

    Spend another night in the Borgarnes area.

    Driving distance approx. 323 km / 200 mi.

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  • Day 4: Winter Wonders of the Golden Circle

    A drive around the classic “Golden Circle” route of Southwest Iceland brings you up close with some of Iceland’s most popular attractions. First on your journey is the fascinating Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasion tectonic plates. Next on the route is the Haukadalur geothermal area, where you can see Geysir—the original “geyser”—and its more active neighbour Strokkur. End the day’s adventure with a visit to the two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most memorable sights, and then make your way south to your accommodation.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area

    Driving distance approx. 231 km / 143 mi.

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  • Day 5: Waterfalls & Black Beaches in South Iceland

    Today’s journey focuses on the natural beauty and diversity of Iceland’s south coast. Start with a visit to the majestic Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk on a trail behind the misty cascade. Just a short drive along the Ring Road brings you to yet another gorgeous waterfall, the 60-meter tall Skógafoss. Then visit Reynisfjara*, the black sand beach, for stunning views of the Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks and the Dyrhólaey cape.

    *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.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 203 km / 126 mi. 

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  • Day 6: GLACIERS AND FLOATING ICEBERGS

    From Kirkjubæjarklaustur, you will make your way to Skaftafell*, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty. Then head to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and enjoy the view of floating icebergs. Next to the glacier lagoon, stop at the Diamond Beach where you will see big chunks of ice that have washed up on shore after being polished in the surf of the glacier lagoon. Then continue to the smaller lagoon, Fjallsárlón. Continue your scenic drive back to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, where you will spend the evening.

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

    Spend another night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 249 km / 154 mi.

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  • Day 7: Moon-like Surroundings of Reykjanes Peninsula

    Continue to the volcanic, lunar-like landscapes of Reykjanes Peninsula, at the very south-western corner of Iceland. This is where you‘ll find the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa surrounded by dark lava formations—a unique experience in the winter! Other notable sights on the peninsula include Lake Kleifarvatn and the geothermal area of Krísuvík, where you can visit the hot springs and bubbling mud pools at Seltún. Or, if you would like more time to explore Reykjavík, you can head directly to the city after visiting the Blue Lagoon.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 341 km / 211 mi.

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  • Day 8: Departure

    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).

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Map

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

Reviews

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

Pleased with each detail of our travel arrangements

We were very pleased with each detail of our travel arrangements. The hotels were perfectly suited to our desires and needs. The rental car was exactly what we needed to explore the island. The pick-ups for airport transfer and rental car were friendly and punctual.  We soon learned that we could depend on Nordic Visitor and the arrangements they had made for our 8 days in Iceland.

Thanks!

The service was fantastic. We felt we were very well taken care of. Had a really great time. Thanks!

Self drive tour of the pearls of west and south

Booking the trip online with Nordic visitor was quite easy and manageable. Gudrun was very helpful with the whole process! Everything went smoothly from the pick up from the airport, with our accommodations, drive tour packet which was very informational (love the map and itenirary booklet), optional activities, and bus ride back to the airport! Deeply touched by how Gudrun tried to reach us through the owner of the guesthouse where we're staying because she doesn't have the correct number of our cell # due to some mix up so she can check up on us and make sure we're ok and that way she'll be and to get ahold of us in case of anything happens. Will definitely recommend Nordic visitor to anyone who's interested in going to Iceland and will likely go through this agency again for future travels!

Accommodation

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

Budget

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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 113638 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

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Optional activities

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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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