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South Iceland at Leisure - Winter

(7 days / 6 nights)

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See Iceland’s south coast at your own pace

Take your time and enjoy the stunning winter landscapes along Iceland’s south coast with this self-drive journey from Reykjavik. Diverse sights like icy waterfalls, hot springs bursting from the frosty ground and possible northern lights sightings make this a holiday to remember. Driving distances per day are moderate and a range of exciting optional activities are available along the route.

Looking for the summer version of this tour?

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 98496 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Best Seller, Classic, Northern Lights

Season

1 Oct - 30 Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

950/590 km/mi

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 Reykjavík.

    Highlights Optional Activity
  • Day 2: Wonders of the Golden Circle

    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, the implosion crater of Kerið and the historical seat of Iceland’s early bishops at Skálholt.  

    Spend the night in the Golden Circle area.

    Driving distance approx. 220 km / 137 mi.  

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  • Day 3: The South Coast & Icy Waterfalls

    Start the day with a visit to the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can follow a path behind its misty cascade. The next waterfall you will see, Skógafoss, is just as impressive in its winter coat and also has a trail running alongside it up a hill. Nearby is the Skógar Folk Museum, where we recommend exploring the old turf farm or checking out the exhibits inside for a taste of Iceland´s rich history. For a truly unique experience, you can take part in a guided glacier hike (optional) at Sólheimajökull.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

    Driving distance approx. 191 km / 122 mi.   

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  • Day 4: Cascading Waterfalls, Hiking & Floating Icebergs

    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. 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/Skaftafell area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi. 

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

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  • Day 5: South Coast Hidden Gems & Black Sand Beaches

    Your journey today takes you back along the south coast towards Vík, giving you an opportunity to spend some more time exploring the attractions you may have passed or visiting some of the lesser-known gems like the “elf cliffs” at Dverghamrar or the Landbrotshólar pseudo-craters. We also recommend checking out the volcanic black sand beach south of Vík, where you can see the dramatic rock formations of Reynisdrangar and Dyrhólaey—a stunning sight by the light of the setting sun. 

    Spend the night in the Vík area.

    Driving distance approx. 140 km / 87 mi.  

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  • Day 6: Reykjanes Peninsula & Blue Lagoon

    Head to the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula for a visit to the Blue Lagoon*, a geothermal spa surrounded by lava formations—an especially unique experience in the winter! Here you can relax in the steam rooms and saunas or soak in the warm, bright blue mineral waters, which are to have therapeutic effects. Relaxing in-water massages are also available (optional; advanced pre-booking recommended). 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 centre’s gourmet restaurants.

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  • Day 7: 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 many 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.

    Optional Activity

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.

Definitely coming back

We had a fantastic time. The route was great. The suggested visits were brilliant. Hotels lovely and interesting. Car was fine. From being picked up at the airport to being dropped off again, the whole trip was fantastic. Definitely coming back.

Amazing time

We had an amazing time in Iceland visiting some incredible places. The tour was well put together, with each day full of interest. We visited many of your recommended places along our route, all of which we enjoyed greatly.

Relaxed atmosphere

Appreciated the organisation of the whole trip. This helped to give a relaxed atmosphere to my stay and at no stage was I left concerned about where I was going to be next or whether I would be where I needed to be in time for checking in to the hotel etc... The itinerary each day allowed me to stop off at the hotel, check in and then continue with my site seeing with freedom to stay out as late as I wanted.

Great service and communication

Customer service was outstanding. From the booking agents help to the overall transparency and guidance in the welcome package, we felt very comfortable and safe in a new country.

Carefree trip!

Every single hotel you guys booked was amazing! The map you provided upon our arrival and welcome documents was awesome. The map really helped especially since you marked fun spots and our hotels. It really helped in learning the geography of Iceland and where things are quickly. We used google maps for the drive but the Road Atlas app was really cool! we got so many fun trivia tidbits driving though and looking up the app. Lastly, we booked an ice cave tour through you... we loved it! we got to go to the crystal cave and our guide was ever so helpful and made the trip fun! the only suggestion is we didnt realize that we had to book blue lagoon in advance - we went there and had to return later in the evening. this was good for us in the end because the evening in the lagoon was less crowded and the lighting was beautiful but it would have been good to plan accordingly. Thank you for the easy carefree full of excitement lovely trip!

Amazing trip to remember

We were amazed by the standards of all our hotels. The service all throughout Iceland was great and we felt well looked after by Nordic Visitor staff as well as tour guides by the companies chosen for each of the add-on experiences. It was the vacation of a lifetime and truly made our honeymoon an amazing trip to remember. We`ll be back for sure.

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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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

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 98496 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2017
2018

Optional activities

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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.
  • Day 6 option: Spend a night near the Blue Lagoon instead of Reykjavik and return the rental car at Keflavik Airport on your departure day (arranged by request and at an additional cost; 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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