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South Iceland at Leisure In 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.

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7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 125818 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Best Seller i, Classic i, Northern Lights i

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.

    Attractions 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.   

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • 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). Next, 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 and solar activity strong, you might get to see the majestic the northern lights.*

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi. 

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

    Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • 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. 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 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 interesting lava formations—an especially unique experience in the winter (entrance fee is not included). 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 on your skin. Relaxing in-water massages are also available (optional; advanced pre-booking is 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 city centre’s many 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 your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

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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

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 125818 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2018
2019

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

  • 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. 

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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