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South and West in Detail - Winter

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Take the time to notice the details this winter

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. And with two or more nights at each of your countryside accommodations, you’ll be able to focus more on visiting icy waterfalls, steamy hot springs and volcanic beaches—or seeing northern lights—than re-packing every morning.

Looking for the summer version of this tour?

8 days / 7 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 135745 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Classic, Family, Northern Lights, Slow Paced

Season

1 Oct - 30 Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1197/745 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, get some energy for exploring by visiting one of the cosy, charming downtown cafes for a piping hot coffee or hot cocoa. The main shopping streets of Laugavegur or Skólavörðustígur are good places to start.

    In the vibrant, compact city centre you’ll find many museums, shops, galleries, restaurants and bars for all tastes within an easy walk. We also recommend strolling through the Old Harbour area, along the seafront by the Harpa concert hall and up to Hallgrímskirkja church, where you can ride the elevator up to the tower for amazing city views.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • 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, or perhaps a visit to nearby Reykholt, the medieval home to renowned Iceland historian, poet and chieftain Snorri Sturluson. 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, go inside of a glacier! You can take an optional guided tour to Langjökull glacier, where a manmade ice cave was recently opened to travellers. (Contact us for availability and departure details.)

    Spend the next two nights in the Borgarnes area. Now that 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.*

    Driving distance approx. 180 km / 112 mi.

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

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  • Day 3: Glaciers & Fishing Hamlets of Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean, lava fields and snowy peaks as you circumnavigate the Snæfellsnes Peninsula today. The main attraction here is undoubtedly the 1,446 m Snæfellsjökull glacier-topped volcano, believed by some to hold mysterious spiritual powers. So large that it’s visible to Reykjavik on clear days, it was also the setting in Jules Verne’s famous novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”.

    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. 350 km / 218 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, in the area where early settlers formed Iceland’s first Parliament over a thousand years ago.

    Next on the route is the Haukadalur geothermal area, where you can see Geysir—the original “geyser”—and its more active neighbour Strokkur, which spouts water high into the air every 8 - 10 minutes. An amazing contrast of hot and cold in winter! 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 next three nights in the Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 270 km / 168 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 and ice crystals. Just a short drive along the Ring Road brings you to yet another gorgeous waterfall, the 60-meter tall Skógafoss. Nearby at the Skógar Folk Museum you can explore the old turf farm or browse the artefacts indoors to get a feel for how Icelandic farmers and fishermen lived in the old days.

    Before turning back to your accommodation, take some time to explore the area around the village of Vík. We recommend visiting Reynisfjara, the black sand beach, for stunning views of the Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks and the Dyrhólaey cape.

    Spend another night in the Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 258 km / 160 mi.  

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  • Day 6: Day of Leisure on the South Coast

    Use this day to further explore your surroundings. Nearby your accommodation are a number of hiking trails and the town swimming pool—a great place to enjoy the company of the locals. Or, for a more unique geothermal bathing experience, kick back and relax at the Secret Lagoon in the Golden Circle area.

    Another option is a visit to the coast, to the charming seaside villages of Stokkseyri, where you can explore a Þuríðarbúð—a turf hut in which fishermen lived, or to neighbouring Eyrarbakki to taste gourmet Icelandic seafood at the restaurant overlooking the stunning beach and see some well-preserved houses dating from the turn of the 20th century. There are endless possibilities! Simply ask your travel consultant for ideas that fit your travel plans and interests.

    Spend another night in the Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 100 km / 62 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 first landed on Day 1 and where you‘ll find the Blue Lagoon*, an indoor/outdoor geothermal spa surrounded by dark lava formations—a unique experience in the winter! Here you can relax in the steam rooms and saunas and soak in the soothing, warm, radiant blue mineral waters with a complimentary mud mask. 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.

    End the day back in Reykjavik. After returning the rental car, make the most of your last evening with a fine dinner at one of the city’s gourmet restaurants.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 139 km / 87 mi.

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  • Day 8: Departure

    Transfer by shuttle bus to Keflavík Airport in time for your departure flight. If you leave in the afternoon, you can do some last minute shopping at some of Reykjavik´s charming boutiques or visit one of the city’s interesting museums.

    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. 

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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.

A dream come true

We were extremely satisfied with the services provided. Nordic visitor supplied us with everything and more needed to make our vacation in Iceland a dream come true. We have already recommended them to our family planning a trip next year!

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!

Trip of a lifetime with no worries

All of the hotels were very nice. Rooms were adequate and clean. Staff was friendly. Breakfast was served at every hotel, which was very nice. Super Jeep/Snowmobiling tour was fantastic. Probably the best thing I've ever done. Amazing feeling being up on the glacier. Incidentally, we mistakenly took the closed road to get to the tour, got stuck in snow, and the Tour Guide pulled us out and escorted us to where we should have been. He was great!
 
Jelena was fantastic to work with! We had a lot of communication prior to the trip, she was very responsive to my questions and requests. We were able to book everything as we wanted it -- and during the trip we decided to change a few of our hotel stays and that was no problem at all! I loved the flexibility of the trip and the self-drive aspect. We were able to enjoy a trip of a lifetime with no worries! Everything was taken care of for us. Iceland is a mysterious and beautiful country -- nothing like I've ever seen before. I loved every minute of my trip! Thank you for allowing us to enjoy the country in this way.

Accommodation

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

Comfort

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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: 12
  • 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

Price per person from

Approx 135745 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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Day One

Everything about this tour

Booking
  • For added safety and comfort, we highly recommend selecting a 4x4 vehicle for winter.
  • We recommend booking at least three weeks prior to departure.
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs or extra nights can be added on request; contact us for details.
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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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