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South Iceland at Leisure - Winter

(7 days / 6 nights)

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Explore the South Coast in the tranquility of winter

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. Highlights include the Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach, the attractions of the Golden Circle including Gullfoss and Geysir, and the black sand beaches and waterfalls of the south coast.

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7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 125818 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
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Enjoy the tranquility of the winter season and hunt for northern lights
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss Skógafoss
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Roam the UNESCO World Heritage site of Þingvellir National Park
  • Marvel at the impressive Gullfoss waterfall and see an erupting geysers
  • Visit the volcanic landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula
  • Walk the quaint streets of the capital city, Reykjavik

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Best Seller i, Classic i, Northern Lights i, Slow Paced i

Season

Oct - Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1045/647 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Reykjavik

    On arrival to Keflavik International 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. Head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: The South Coast & Impressive waterfalls

    Start the day heading to the spectacular south coast. Here, you will visit 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.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

    Driving distance approx. 249 km / 154 mi.  

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  • Day 3: Floating Icebergs at Jökulsárlón

    Spend some time exploring Skaftafell, part of the vast Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, join a guided glacier hike (optional)*. Next, head to the smaller Fjallsárlón, followed by the more famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and enjoy the surreal scene of icebergs floating by. If you are lucky and the conditions are right, the northern lights may make an appearance**. 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.

    Spend another 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.

    **The northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 4: The Scenic South Coast & Optional Activities

    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. 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. As you have the entire day to explore, it‘s ideal to join one of the optional activities in this area such as an ice cave tour, an ATV tour on the black sand beach, glacier hiking or snowmobiling (activities not included).

    Spend the night in the 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 approx. 203 km / 126 mi.

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  • Day 5: The Wonders of the Golden Circle

    Today, you will make your way to explore the classic Golden Circle route, starting with to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, followed by the Haukadalur geothermal area. Here, is the home of Geysir—the original “geyser”—and the more active Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes. After exploring the Geysir region, head to 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.  You can then explore Kerið crater before reaching your accommodation for the night.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 193 km / 119 mi. 

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  • Day 6: Geothermal area of Reykjanes Peninsula

    Head to the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula. On a fissure zone created by separation of the mid-Atlantic ridge running across Iceland lies the large geothermal area of Krýsuvík. Within the same area is the stunning Seltún geothermal field, where volcanic fumeroles, mud pots and hot springs have formed over millennia. Next, you can visit the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa surrounded by interesting lava formations—an especially unique experience in the winter (pre-booking needed).

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Driving distance approx. 139 km / 86 mi. 

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  • Day 7: 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.

Super easy and comfortable!

Nordic Visitor made travel around Iceland super easy and comfortable! Each destination was different which kept our journey educational and interesting! I'm sure we will take a summer trip in Iceland where we can do a couple of weeks and see the north and east areas as well. Thank you for a very different kind of vacation for us!

Loved our trip

We loved our trip. Everything was well organized and made it so much easier for us. We can't wait to take another trip or even return to Iceland again. 

Very professional

Our travel consultant Ævar was very professional, courteous and helpful as we needed to alter our tours due to inclement weather. He also answered all our concerns before we made the trip. Type of car, driving conditions, places to eat, shop etc. 

Amazing

Amazing. The communication and materials we received made our trip easy and everything was extremely helpful. 

No doubt in using Nordic Visitor again

Larus made the whole experience of organising the holiday very enjoyable.  We are not seasoned travellers but this experience has given me no doubt in using Nordic Visitor again to book a holiday in the future to another Nordic destination.

 

Very impressed

We have been very impressed with the service we have received from Nordic visitor, and very glad we booked our trip through you as it made the trip so much easier having everything taken care of for us already. Our travel consultant was very easy to talk to leading up to the trip and helped tailor our tour to fit in what we wanted to do.

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

Price per person from

Approx 125818 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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