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Winter Explorer around Iceland

(14 days / 13 nights)

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Wondrous Winter in Iceland

Winter is a wonderful time to visit Iceland as the country is wearing its white snowy coat and this is the time to see the otherworldly northern lights. Travellers will circle Iceland to relax, soak in the scenery and enjoy unrivaled nature like geysers, waterfalls, black sand beaches and icebergs in the glacier lagoon.

14 days / 13 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 218065 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Active, Classic, Northern Lights

Season

1 Oct - 30 Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2303/1427 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: ARRIVAL & WELCOME TO REYKJAVíK

    On arrival to Keflavik International Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will drive 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. 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 central Reykjavík.

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  • Day 2: Historical Þingvellir & Volcanic Crater

    Collect your rental car in the morning and start your journey to the beautiful and historical Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Þingvellir plains are located on the North Atlantic rift that splits the island between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. 

    From the park, you can visit the nearby volcanic crater of Kerið before continuing to your accommodation.

    Spend the next two nights in South Iceland.

    Driving distance approx. 150 km / 93 mi

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  • Day 3: Raw Geothermal Power & Golden Falls

    Head to the geothermal area of Haukadalur to visit Geysir—the original geyser—or its ever-reliable counterpart, Strokkur, which erupts every few minutes. Here you can see bubbling mud pots, boiling pools and other geological phenomena before making the short drive to your next stop, the majestic Gullfoss (Golden Falls). Considered as one of Iceland’s main attractions, this mighty glacial cascade plunges into a 70-metre deep canyon, creating a beautiful cloud of mist and, of course, a spectacular spot for photos.

    Today you also have the opportunity to go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier (optional; not included). For a relaxing way to end the day, we recommend visiting the warm pools and sauna at the Fontana Baths by Laugarvatn.

    Driving distance approx. 100 km / 62 mi

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  • Day 4: Wintry Waterfalls & Black Sand Beaches

    Visit the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, then head to the equally gorgeous Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road. South of the village of Vík, make a stop at the volcanic black sand beach for dramatic views of the Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar rock formations rising above the crashing waves. You can even take part in an optional guided excursion by foot or snowmobile on a glacier today!

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur/Skaftafell area.

    Driving distance approx. 220 km / 137 mi

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  • Day 5: Hiking, Waterfalls, & Floating Icebergs

    Spend some time exploring Skaftafell, which is a part of the vast Vatnajökull National Park, and a place of great natural beauty. Here you will find many interesting hiking trails, including a short path leading to the Svartifoss waterfall and its unique basalt columns that resemble organ pipes (please note that hiking conditions depend on the season). Next, head to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and enjoy the view of floating icebergs under the warm glow of the setting sun.

    Spend the next two nights in the Vatnajökull region.

    Driving distance approx. 210 km / 130 mi

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  • Day 6: Adventurous Activities & Lobster Feast

    Enjoy the many sights today at the foot of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. You can spend the day at leisure or enjoy optional activities in the area such as snowmobiling, super jeep tours on the glacier, or visiting an ice cave. Since the town of Höfn has been nicknamed the “Lobster Capital of Iceland” we highly recommend ending the day with a delicious lobster dinner here!

    Spend anther night in the Vatnajökull region.

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  • Day 7: East Iceland Gems & Scenic Towns

    Your drive along East Iceland today is characterised by long and narrow fjords with steep mountainsides and rugged tundra. Each fjord has its own unique qualities, with small fishing villages in postcard-perfect settings and friendly locals. Other notable sights on the route today include Mt. Búlandstindur and the Lagarfljót River, which according to folklore is inhabited by a Loch Ness-like monster.

    Spend the night in Egilsstaðir area.

    Driving distance approx. 260 km / 160 mi

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  • Day 8: Marvellous Mývatn & Luminous Northern Lights

    Continue north towards today’s destination: the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area. This part of North Iceland boasts an abundance of unusual natural wonders to explore, like the Krafla volcano, the curiously-coloured Námaskarð pass, the massive crater of Hverfell and the lunar-like pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir. Later in the evening, if the skies are clear, you may even see another natural wonder—the majestic northern lights.*

    Spend the next two nights in Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 263 km / 163 mi

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

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  • Day 9: Lava Caves, Waterfalls & Nature Baths

    Today is ideal to explore the surroundings of Mývatn including Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Another beautiful highlight is Dimmuborgir, an region of strewn lava rocks, small caves, volcanic rocks and cliffs. There are plenty of optional activities in the region such as guided hiking tours, husky tours, snowshoeing and snowmobile tours (when in season).

    End the day with a relaxing soak at the milky Mývatn Nature Baths, a pool of warm geothermal water drawn from depths of 2,500 metres (optional; not included).

    Driving distance approx. 120 km / 74 mi

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  • Day 10: Capital of the North & Waterfall of the Gods

    Spend the first half of the day exploring more of Lake Mývatn. We recommend visiting Goðafoss (The Waterfall of the Gods) on your way to the charming northern town of Akureyri, where you can take a stroll through the town centre and enjoy the variety of little shops, cafes and museums.

    On your way towards Skagafjörður, an area known for its abundance of Icelandic horses, you may choose to take a detour around Tröllaskagi (Peninsula of the Trolls) for beautiful scenery of mountains, cliffs and fjords. Other interesting stops along the way include the village of Siglufjörður, which was once the centre of Iceland’s bustling herring fleet.

    Spend the night in Siglufjörður.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi

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  • Day 11: West is Best: The Culture & Beauty of West Iceland

    Enjoy a leisurely drive from the north to the west today. An ideal stop is at the Hofsós swimming pool which is an ideal place to relax and spend a couple of hours as the pool has an amazing view over the fjord. Next up is the Vatnsdalshólar, Borgarvirki, Grábrók volcanic crater and the Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, which gives visitors a fantastic overview of what life was like during the settlement era.

    Spend the next two nights in Borgarfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 310 km / 193 mi

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  • Day 12: History, Lava Fields & Hot Springs

    Drive to the historical Borgarfjörður area of west Iceland today. For those interested in the history of Iceland, 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.

    Spend the night in Borgarfjörður area

    Driving distance approx. 130 km / 80 mi

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  • Day 13: Spectacular Snæfellsnes--Birds, Glaciers & Beaches

    Today you have the option of driving the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Enjoy the natural beauty of Snæfellsjökull National Park—named after the glacier-topped volcano that stands prominently at the end of the peninsula. Highlights of your driving route today include the Dritvík Cove, the dramatic bird cliffs of Lóndrangar, Hellnar and Arnarstapi as well as idyllic seaside villages. And if you think you have what it takes to be an Icelandic fisherman, you can test your strength with the “lifting stones” on the beach at Djúpalónssandur like in the old days. Return to Reykjavik for the evening.

    Spend the night in central Reykjavík.

    Driving distance approx. 290 km / 180 mi

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  • Day 14: DEPARTURE

    Transfer by shuttle bus to Keflavík International Airport in time for your departure flight. If you depart in the afternoon, you can do some last minute shopping at some of Reykjavik´s boutiques or visit one of the city’s many interesting museums. You also have the possibility to add a trip to the Blue Lagoon to your transfer (optional).

    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.

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.

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

Price per person from

Approx 218065 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

  • The best months to experience the northern lights are October through April every year, 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.
  • Winter in Iceland is considered to be from October to April.
  • This package can be customised to meet your needs, and extra nights can be added on request. Contact us for details.
  • We recommend booking at least three weeks prior to departure.
  • 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.
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. 
 
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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