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South Iceland & Into the Glacier - Winter

(6 days / 5 nights)

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Adventure & Exploration in South and West Iceland

See the stunning winter landscapes along Iceland’s south and west coasts with this self-drive journey from Reykjavik. Diverse sights like icy waterfalls, hot springs bursting from the frosty ground, a visit into an Ice tunnel at Langjökull Glacier, the beautiful Borgarfjörður region 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 such as glacier walk, blue lagoon and ATV tour.

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6 days / 5 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 138254 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

  • Delve deep Into the Glacier and visit a glacier tunnel – a once in a lifetime experience!
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • Marvel at the impressive Gullfoss waterfall
  • See an erupting geyser in the hot springs area of Geysir
  • Enjoy the tranquility of the winter season and hunt for northern lights
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss Skógafoss
  • Explore the Sun Voyager, Hallgrímskirkja and the old harbour area in Reykjavík
  • Roam the UNESCO World Heritage site of Þingvellir National Park
  • Visit the volcanic landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula

 

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Active i, Northern Lights i

Season

Oct - Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

823/511 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavík

    Upon 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 with its abundance of museums, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. Head to the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

    If you are up for hunting northern lights in the evening, you can book a tour to catch a glimpse of the aurora dancing in the sky.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: The Scenic West & Into the Glacier

    Begin your journey today by driving through the bewitching Borgarfjörður area. Sights along the way include the twin waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss along with the Deildartunguhver hot spring. Next on your agenda is heading to Langjökull glacier where you will experience a true adventure, venturing inside a glacier! During this unique tour, you will have the chance to experience the actual ice in Iceland, with a guided tour inside the island's second largest glacier. An enormous modified truck will transport you to the manmade tunnel, which exposes the beautiful blue ice and allows you to see crevasses and the glacier's unique characteristics.

    Included activity: Into the Glacier Adventure on Langjökull (2-4 hours est).

    Spend the night in the Borgarnes area.

    Driving distance approx. 196 km / 121 mi.

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  • Day 3: The Famous Golden Circle

    Today's journey brings you up close and personal with some of Iceland’s most popular south Iceland attractions along the classic Golden Circle route. Start with a visit to 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, which spouts water and steam metres into the air every few minutes. End the day’s adventure with a visit to the two-tiered, roaring Gullfoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most memorable sights. 

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 230 km / 142 mi.

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  • Day 4: Waterfalls & Volcanic Beaches

    Kick off the day with a visit to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can have the unique experience of walking directly behind the misty cascade. Next, visit the impressive 60-metre tall Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road, which is a perfect place to take photos and roam the beautiful surroundings. Further ahead at the small village of Vík, you can make a stop at the black volcanic beach* south of the village, from where you can view the impressive rock formations Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar. You also have the chance today to add an exciting guided visit to an ice cave, enjoy snowmobiling or go hiking on a glacier!

    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. 258 km / 160 mi.

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  • Day 5: Volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula

    Continue your journey to the volcanic wonderland of the Reykjanes Peninsula where you can visit Lake Kleifarvatn and the bubbling mud pots at Seltún. The region reminds you that Iceland is very much alive with natural geothermal energy. You also have the option to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa*, set amidst a black lava field.

    If you wish to head directly to Reykjavik without visiting the Reykjanes Peninsula, you can drive along the south coast back to the city. Worthwhile stops along the way include the surroundings of the charming town of Hveragerði known for its many greenhouses and well-kept parks. Once back in Reykjavik, you have the option of doing some last-minute shopping or simply spending the night at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 139 km / 86 mi.

    *Reservations are required for the Blue Lagoon. Contact your travel consultant for details.

    Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 6: 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 Activity

Map

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

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

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 138254 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 AWD 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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