12-Day Northern Lights Winter Self-Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Aldeyarfoss is a waterfall between North Iceland and the Highlands, accessible even in winter.
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Description

Summary

Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
12 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport (KEF), Reykjanesbær, Iceland
Difficulty
Moderate
Available
Sept. - Apr.
Ending time
Flexible
Minimum age
None

Description

Immerse yourself in Iceland's incredible winter beauty on this 12-day self-drive tour around the country's Ring Road. This tour is perfect for those who wish to see Iceland as much as possible and are confident in conquering the winter roads.

Save yourself the time and effort of researching and planning your own self-drive itinerary in Iceland. With this self-drive tour package, you'll receive a comprehensive itinerary tailored to your interests and preferences, taking into account winter conditions and daylight hours. 

Local travel experts with years of experience have crafted this package to ensure a hassle-free journey from arrival to departure. A car rental fit for the winter terrain and accommodations for 11 nights are also included here, with room for personalization depending on your preferences.

On top of that, you'll have a helpline or personal travel agent at your fingertips throughout your 12-day adventure, ready to assist you 24/7. They provide guidance and support, whether for a simple query or an emergency.

To help ensure you have the holiday you've always dreamed of, you'll receive a personal itinerary when you book, informing you of all the potential places you could see. As you're in the driver's seat for the entire journey, you'll get to set the pace of your adventure.

In particular, your comprehensive itinerary features a perfect blend of classic, famous sights such as Lake Myvatn and the Geysir geothermal area and unique, lesser-known gems where you can enjoy nature far from the crowds.

Some of the highlight routes of this self-drive are the Golden Circle and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Driving along these routes near the Icelandic capital, you'll visit charming villages, mountains, beaches, and waterfalls like Gullfoss.

Add an optional visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to make your drive more exciting. You can also add several guided tours to your trip during the booking process, such as ice caving and glacier hiking. These options can pack your twelve days with sightseeing and thrilling activities.

The Icelandic winter nights are completely dark, so you'll have plenty of chances to hunt for the magical and elusive northern lights. While this is a great opportunity, Iceland's dark winter roads are notoriously icy. Therefore, it's only advised that this tour is booked by those with a capable, confident driver in the group they are traveling with, preferably with experience in these conditions.

In the case of sudden alterations in your travel plans, do not fret, as you can cancel your booking up to 24 hours before departure and receive a full refund.

If you have winter driving experience and want to see the best of Iceland in 12 days, then this self-drive itinerary promises to meet your travel needs. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

11 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
New vehicle for 12 days (Dacia Duster 4x4 SUV/Jeep or similar. Upgrades available)
CDW and GP insurance for car rental
Free Wi-Fi in vehicle
Detailed itinerary for 12 days
Personal travel agent
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Sightseeing
Northern lights hunting
Dog sledding
Hot Spring Bathing
Ice Caving
Self drive

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Reykjavik truly becomes a wonderland of snow and ice during winter.

Day 1 - Arrival

Upon arriving at the Keflavik International Airport, your journey in Iceland begins. After collecting your vehicle, the entire day is at your disposal to embark on an unforgettable adventure.

As you make your way towards Reykjavik, the captivating capital city of Iceland, you can create a delightful detour and visit the renowned Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. 

Nestled amidst a moss-covered lava field, this world-famous spa offers a truly enchanting experience with its therapeutic waters, vibrant azure hues, and indulgent treatments. The surreal ambiance adds a magical touch to your visit, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and immersed in natural beauty.

Should you decide to include the Blue Lagoon in your itinerary, rest assured that it can be seamlessly arranged based on your flight schedule. For example, you can choose from a comfort or premium package that includes access to the facilities, mud masks, towel use or bathrobe, and a drink of your choice.

If time constraints prevent a visit today, your travel consultant can easily reschedule it for another day. 

In addition, captivating sights and activities await you in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula, ensuring your free time is well-spent. Barren hills, valleys, and dark lava fields characterize the peninsula. These views can be your introduction to Iceland's diverse geology and landscapes.

Upon reaching Reykjavik, Iceland's charming capital, you can delve into its vibrant culture and offerings. Explore the beautiful galleries, browse through charming boutiques, and indulge in the lively ambiance of its bustling bars. Enjoy the city's unique atmosphere and savor the authentic Icelandic experience.

You can also check off some iconic landmarks on your bucket list, like the Hallgrimskirkja church and the Sun Voyager sculpture.

As night falls, you'll find comfort in Reykjavik, where you'll spend the night. Prepare to rest and recharge for the exciting adventures that await you in the days ahead.

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Day 2
Gullfoss waterfall is beautiful when dressed in its winter costume.

Day 2 - The Golden Circle

On day two, you'll head onto Iceland's most popular sightseeing route, the Golden Circle. The three sites along this route are world-renowned for a good reason.

Your Golden Circle adventure begins with Thingvellir National Park, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iceland and the first of the three breathtaking attractions you'll drive to today.

The reason it's a UNESCO site is its history, being the original site of what is now the world's longest-running, ongoing parliament. In addition, it's located between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, creating some spectacular geological features, including canyons, valleys, and lava fields.

At Thingvellir, you can opt for a snorkeling tour in the Silfra fissure. The water from the spring here is incredibly pure, creating some of the clearest visibility on earth, and drysuit equipment makes the experience not only possible but very enjoyable. Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

Next on the route is the Geysir geothermal area, home to the active geyser Strokkur, which erupts every five to ten minutes to over 66 feet (20 meters). There are also many hot springs and mud pools to admire in this scenic valley.

The final site of the Golden Circle is the Gullfoss waterfall. This massive feature is immensely powerful, thundering down a canyon in two tiers. There are multiple viewing platforms, allowing you to admire and photograph it from several different angles.

You can elect to take a snowmobiling tour from Gullfoss. This exhilarating experience will take you up Langjokull glacier across its otherworldly surface of snow, ice, and geological formations.

While the places listed above are the main three sites of today, you can reference your itinerary to find other places of note in the area, such as Kerid crater lake and the Secret Lagoon geothermal pool at Fludir.

You will spend the night at comfortable accommodations in Southwest Iceland.

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Day 3
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is as stunning in winter as it is in summer.

Day 3 - South Coast to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

On day three, you'll travel across the South Coast, one of the most visited regions in Iceland. There are many places to see today, so ensure you get on the road early.

The first features of note are waterfalls, and the two most iconic here are Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

The former has a classic shape and structure but is notable for its width and power. It's possible to approach it right to where the water is falling. Meanwhile, Seljalandsfoss is famed for its unusual formation that allows you to circle its majestic cascade.

On your way to Vik village, you'll encounter some mighty glaciers and can opt for an exciting snowmobile ride across Myrdalsjokull glacier.

Next along the route is Reynisfjara beach, a beautiful stretch of black-sand coastline. This volcanic beach boasts fascinating lava formations, such as the Dyrholaey rock arch and the Reynisdrangar sea stacks.

You can go a little off-route from Vik to the Skaftafell nature reserve. Once a National Park in its own right, it's surrounded by dramatic peaks and glacial tongues and filled with forests, lava fields, and hiking trails.

One well-recommended trail will take you to Svartifoss waterfall, which falls amongst a series of unique, hexagonal basalt columns. You can also take a glacier hike in this area, which you can opt for during booking.

After marveling at the sights here, you'll continue your journey and head to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This lagoon is filled with enormous icebergs that have calved away from a tongue of the mighty Vatnajokull, Europe's largest ice cap.

Watching the floating icebergs is mesmerizing, made all the more enjoyable for the seals that call the area home. A visit to the nearby Diamond beach is also worthwhile, as it's here that these icebergs wash on the shore before reaching the ocean.

Finally, you'll retire at your Southeast Iceland accommodation.

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Day 4
Ice caving tours in Vatnajokull glacier take you to a world hidden inside Europe's largest ice cap.

Day 4 - Hofn to Egilsstadir

On the fourth day of your Icelandic adventure, embark on a captivating journey toward the lesser-explored but truly mesmerizing Eastfjords.

As you traverse this region, you'll be treated to a remarkable and awe-inspiring ride between majestic mountains and the vast ocean. The Eastfjords, one of Iceland's most remote areas, holds abundant untouched natural beauty and welcoming culture.

Before setting off on this scenic expedition, if your travels align with the period between October and March, you have the extraordinary opportunity to partake in an ice-caving tour in the magnificent Vatnajokull glacier.

The summer rivers form these remarkable natural caves, creating intricate tunnel systems beneath the massive glacier. During winter, as the rivers retreat, these caves become accessible, allowing for an unparalleled adventure. Exploring these frozen wonders is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you in awe of nature's extraordinary craftsmanship.

Once ready to continue your journey towards the Eastfjords, the road will lead you past two of Iceland's most striking peaks, the majestic Eystrahorn and Vestrahorn. These iconic landmarks are particularly beloved by avid photographers, so keep your cameras ready as you pass by.

Along the way, make a worthwhile stop at the settlement of Djupivogur. Here, a modern outdoor art display named 'The Eggs of Merry Bay' awaits along the coastline, offering a unique and intriguing artistic perspective that demands exploration.

Upon reaching your destination, Egilsstadir, take the opportunity to venture to the coast and marvel at the fjords that have made this area renowned. One exceptional location worth visiting is Borgarfjordur Eystri, where many hiking trails await eager adventurers. However, venturing there will require a longer driving time.

As the day draws to a close, you'll find solace in your cozy East Iceland accommodation, where you can hunt for the northern lights.

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Day 5
Join a 12-day winter self-drive tour and travel under the northern lights in Iceland.

Day 5 - Egilsstadir to Myvatn

On the fifth day of your self-drive adventure, get ready to venture towards the spectacular North Iceland. Despite its distance from Reykjavik, many travelers frequent this region due to its stunning attractions and thrilling activities.

Before bidding farewell to the Eastfjords, take the opportunity to explore the surrounding area of Egilsstadir. A noteworthy attraction to consider visiting is Lake Lagarfljot.

Despite its tranquil facade, this lake is steeped in legends of a monstrous wyrm within its depths, with tales predating references to its cousin in Scotland's Loch Ness. Adjacent to the lake, you'll find Hallormsstadaskogur, Iceland's largest forest, inviting you to immerse yourself in its thousands of trees.

Leaving the Eastfjords, your journey continues along Route 1, leading you through the mesmerizing interior of the country. Prepare to be captivated by the magnificent views of the Highlands that unfold before you. Keep a keen lookout for the elusive wild reindeer, as they are unique to this part of Iceland, adding an element of untamed beauty to your expedition.

As you proceed, your first destination in the north is Lake Myvatn, one of the region's most popular locations. Once you arrive at Lake Myvatn, a vast field of natural wonders and geological sights will welcome you.

However, considering you have an entire day dedicated to this region tomorrow, taking a break from constant sightseeing and traveling might be a delightful idea. Instead, you can indulge in the Myvatn Nature Baths, allowing its soothing waters to wash away any fatigue from your journey.

As the night falls, you'll rest in your cozy Northeast Iceland accommodation. If the skies are clear and you still have the energy for an adventure, you should find time to hunt for the northern lights. Also known as aurora borealis, this natural phenomenon is the highlight of Icelandic winter.

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Day 6
In North Iceland, there is a geothermal area near Myvatn which is accessible in winter.

Day 6 - Day at Myvatn

Today, get ready to immerse yourself in the extraordinary diversity of the Myvatn area as you embark on a day filled with sightseeing adventures. While the lake is undeniably stunning, with unique geological formations rising from its tranquil waters, many local attractions await discovery.

A visit to Dimmuborgir, also known as the 'Dark Fortress,' is a must. These lava formations are not only intriguing but also possess an otherworldly beauty. Stroll through this extraordinary landscape, marveling at the lava fields surrounding you, partially covered by snow.

For panoramic views and a chance to witness more geological features, you can walk along the edges of the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir. The Hofdi Peninsula is another beautiful spot for sightseeing, with its broad fields covered by birch and spruce trees.

In addition, the Myvatn region is renowned for its abundant geothermal hot spots. One notable location is Mount Namafjall, where you can witness the raw power of nature through steam vents, mud pits, and fumaroles, which you can view from a safe distance.

Fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones will be thrilled to discover that many scenes "North of the Wall" were filmed in this area. Delve into the world of Westeros by visiting the famous Grjotagja lava cave, which is the setting for one of the show's iconic love scenes. 

If you want to add extra excitement to your day, consider embarking on a dog sledding tour. The Heidi kennel welcomes visitors and offers the opportunity to embark on a thrilling ride through the picturesque countryside, guided by a team of energetic and friendly Huskies.

Feel the rush of the icy wind against your face as you glide across the snow, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

As the day comes to a close, you'll find yourself surrounded by the enchanting beauty of Myvatn once again, where you'll spend another night.

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Day 7
Godafoss is one of North Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls.

Day 7 - Myvatn to Akureyri

On day seven of this winter self-drive tour, you'll continue along the north through some spectacular scenery. Your next destination is Akureyri, known to the locals as the capital of the north.

The drive here can take less than two hours, covering around 50 miles (80 kilometers). Fortunately, there are plenty of detours to be made en route. You could head to the town of Husavik, stop at the Ystafell Transportation Museum on the way back, and visit the majestic Godafoss waterfall.

Husavik is a quaint town located on the northern coast of Iceland. It's widely known as the whale-watching capital of the country and offers a delightful blend of natural beauty and cultural charm. With its picturesque harbor, colorful houses, and stunning backdrop of mountains, Husavik provides a great stop in your Icelandic winter holiday.

The town is also home to several charming restaurants and cafes where you can indulge in delicious Icelandic cuisine and soak up the local atmosphere.

Meanwhile, Godafoss, known as the "Waterfall of the Gods," is a breathtaking natural wonder near Husavik and Akureyri. It holds immense historical and mythical significance, making it a must-see destination for nature enthusiasts and history lovers.

As you approach Godafoss, you'll be greeted by cascading water that spans 98 feet (30 meters) in width and plunges a series of rocky steps. The waterfall is part of the long Skjalfandafljot river from the Vatnajokull glacier. It becomes extra beautiful during winter when snow and ice cover its surroundings.

Soon after, you'll reach Akureyri and begin exploring its robust cultural scene surrounded by mountains and a fjord. You'll have the entire day to explore the city tomorrow, but you can start now to maximize your time. 

You'll spend the night in cozy accommodation in North Iceland.

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Day 8
In winter, North Iceland is the darkest part of the country for aurora hunting.

Day 8 - Capital of the North

On day eight, you remain based in the capital of the North, Akureyri. Feel free to explore this beautiful town of approximately 18,000 people, with its impressive church, botanical garden, museums, shopping streets, and many bars and restaurants.

Located on the shores of Eyjafjordur, Iceland's longest fjord, Akureyri boasts a picturesque setting surrounded by majestic mountains. The town exudes charm with its colorful houses, well-maintained gardens, and lively city center filled with shops, restaurants, and cafes.

Art and culture thrive in Akureyri, with various museums and galleries to explore. The Akureyri Art Museum features contemporary and modern Icelandic art. At the same time, the Akureyri Museum delves into the region's history, showcasing artifacts and exhibits that provide insight into the area's rich heritage.

However, you could visit the town's ski slopes or the nearby Kjarnaskogur woods to immerse yourself in nature.

You could also drive along the Trollaskagi peninsula, home to numerous villages and valleys. The name "Trollaskagi" translates to "Troll Peninsula," adding a touch of folklore and mystique to the area. As you explore Trollaskagi, you'll be greeted by towering mountains, deep fjords, cascading waterfalls, and lush valleys.

This journey will also take you along the fjord Eyjafjordur through the quaint settlements of Olafsfjordur, Hauganes, and Dalvik.

These villages offer a charming glimpse into the region's coastal life and natural beauty. Each settlement has its unique character and attractions that showcase the region's rich cultural heritage.

If Akureyri is a vibrant cultural center, the villages along Eyjafjordur fjord offer a glimpse into the region's fishing traditions and artistic spirit.

For example, Siglufjordur, situated at the northernmost tip of Eyjafjordur, enchants visitors with its charming atmosphere and rich maritime history. Once a bustling herring fishing town, Siglufjordur now showcases its heritage through the award-winning Herring Era Museum.

You'll spend another night in North Iceland.

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Day 9
During winter time, the Icelandic horse grows a thick coat to protect itself from the cold.

Day 9 - Akureyri to Saudarkrokur

On your last day of traveling north, you'll aim for your destination, Saudarkrokur town. You'll pass through impressive valleys and see the mountains of the north in all their power.

You'll continue through the vast fjord of Skagafjordur, where you can visit the tiny settlement of Hofsos. One of the most popular attractions in the area is a swimming pool where you can enjoy a relaxing geothermal bath to escape the cold Icelandic weather.

Perched on a cliff by the sea, this geothermal pool offers breathtaking fjord views, creating a unique and relaxing bathing experience. Soaking in the warm waters while seeing the panoramic scenery is a truly rejuvenating and memorable experience.

You'll then continue to the settlement of Saudarkrokur.

Saudarkrokur, nestled in the beautiful landscapes of North Iceland, transforms into a magical winter wonderland during the colder months. With its snowy landscapes, cozy atmosphere, and unique seasonal activities, the village offers a captivating experience for winter enthusiasts.

As winter sets in, the surrounding hills and mountains are blanketed in a glistening layer of snow, creating a picturesque backdrop that adds to the town's charm.

If you want a more immersive experience, you can stroll around the town to see the local culture and meet with locals. Icelanders are friendly and welcoming, so you can ask them for recommendations.

In addition, a visit to the town wouldn't be complete without a dip into the cuisine. A handful of cafes and restaurants in the town center serve traditional Icelandic cuisine like lamb and other international dishes.

One of the highlights of winter in Saudarkrokur is the opportunity to witness the enchanting northern lights. The dark and clear winter nights offer a higher chance of catching a glimpse of these awe-inspiring dancing lights in the sky.

After another fantastic day, you'll retire to your accommodation in Northwest Iceland.

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Day 10
Hvitserkur is an enormous basalt stack off the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes Peninsula, in Northwest Iceland.

Day 10 - Saudarkrokur to Snaefellsnes

On day ten, get ready to head to the one and only Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The area is only a few hours away, but your itinerary will direct you to many fascinating places en route. For example, you could visit the Seal Center at Hvammstangi.

Borgarvirki is a historical site situated in Northwest Iceland. As you approach, you'll notice the imposing Borgarvirki fortress, a volcanic plug that resembles an old castle. This ancient defensive structure dates back to the Viking Age and provides a fascinating glimpse into Iceland's past.

Continuing your journey, you'll encounter Hvitserkur, a stunning rock formation rising from the sea. This landmark translates to "the White Shirt," shaped like a mythical creature." During winter, the contrasting colors of the rock and the surrounding icy landscape create a visually striking scene.

Even when you don't go down the shore to get a closer look at Hvitserkur, don't miss your chance to marvel at its beauty on the designated viewing decks. You can also capture some photographs here with excellent angles.

Your last destination for this winter drive is the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. You can explore the peninsula upon arrival, although you'll have more time to explore the next day.

The central point of Snaefellsnes is the massive Snaefellsjokull, a glacier volcano that towers over the peninsula. This volcano has inspired writers and artists for generations. It was the setting for Halldor Laxness's novel "Beneath the Glacier" and Jules Verne's "Journey to the Centre of the Earth."

You'll have a full day of exploration before retiring for the night in a settlement on the peninsula, such as Stykkisholmur. If you stay in Stykkisholmur, don't forget to visit the town's natural harbor. It's an excellent place to see the Breidafjordur bay in Northwest Iceland.

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Day 11
In winter and in summer, Kirkjufell is Iceland's most photographed mountain.

Day 11 - Snaefellsnes to Reykjavik

On your 11th day driving around Iceland in winter, you'll explore the Snafellsnes Peninsula before returning to your base in Reykjavik.

In Snaefellsnes, you'll find a wealth of things to see. The peninsula is often called 'Iceland in Miniature' due to the incredible diversity found here. During winter, it transforms into a captivating snowy landscape, offering you a unique sightseeing experience.

Notable sites include Kirkjufell, one of Iceland's most photographed mountains. Mount Kirkjufell has a height of 1519 feet (463 meters) and boasts a distinctive cylinder or steeple shape. Pop culture enthusiasts will recognize this Icelandic formation as the "Arrowhead Mountain" in HBO's hit television series Game of Thrones.

The seal colony on the beach of Ytri Tunga, the haunted lava fields of Berserkjahraun lava field, and the Djupalonssandur black pebble beach are other locations you shouldn't miss.

Ytri Tunga and Djupalonssandur perfectly contrast each other with their different colors of sand. Unlike most beaches in Iceland, Ytri Tunga beach boasts golden sands where colonies of seals are often seen. Meanwhile, Djupalonssandur features black volcanic sands surrounded by lava formations.

Your destination for the journey's end is Reykjavik. En route, you could detour to different sites of West Iceland, such as the historical towns of Borgarnes and Reykholt, the waterfalls Fossatun, Barnafoss, and Hraunfossar, and geothermal areas such as the Deildartunguhver hot spring.

Consider also relaxing at Krauma, a geothermal bath resort fed by the hot springs, providing a blissful end to your adventures.

You can also take several adventures, such as venturing inside a lava tube in Vidgelmir cave or entering a stunning artificial ice tunnel in the Langjokull glacier. Both add-on options ensure geological wonders to behold.

As you finally approach Reykjavik, the setting sun might grace you with an awe-inspiring display of colors, a gentle reminder of the magical land you've been exploring. After a day of sightseeing and adventure, relax in Reykjavik for the night and enjoy its cultural downtown scene again.

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Day 12
Reykjavik's parks and public spaces become havens of peace and tranquillity when cloaked in winter's dress.

Day 12 - Departure

For your departure day, you must deliver your car back to Keflavik International Airport in time for your flight. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time to explore the city's hidden corners further or consider visiting the renowned Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Before driving back to the airport, you should find time to photograph the city's colorful streets and iconic landmarks. This is also your chance to try local snacks and dishes to tick off some items on your bucket list.

For example, a must-try snack you should order is the Icelandic hot dog or pylsur. Many hot dog stands are downtown, but the most popular option is the Baejarins Beztu.

For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters while looking back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice.

The Blue Lagoon is a globally renowned geothermal spa situated on the volcanic landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula, approximately 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Reykjavik. It offers a rejuvenating and immersive experience, making it an ideal way to conclude your Icelandic holiday.

As you approach the Blue Lagoon, you'll be greeted by a captivating sight. The milky-blue waters of the lagoon, framed by rugged volcanic rock formations and surrounded by swirling steam, create an otherworldly ambiance.

Alternatively, you can explore the attractions found on the Reykjanes Peninsula. This peninsula is home to several volcanic systems, including the extensive Reykjanes volcanic system that stretches across the region. Notable sites in the area include the mesmerizing Kleifarvatn lake, the geothermal wonders of the Krysuvik area, and the Gunnuhver hot springs.

You'll head to the airport in plenty of time for your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope to see you again soon.

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What to bring

Winter hiking shoes
Warm clothes
Camera
Driver's license
Swimsuit & towel

Good to know

Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavik city or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license and a one-year-long on-road experience are required. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

Some optional activities might require you to have a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents for snorkeling or diving, and participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and, therefore, cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximize your chances to see them if the weather allows.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is canceled. If your chosen activity is canceled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you. Please note that the ice caves are only accessible from October to March yearly.

This self-drive is set to take place in wintertime. Conditions in Iceland can vary significantly during that season. Snow and ice are commonplace, and Iceland has limited daylight hours. Please consider your ability to drive in winter conditions before booking this tour. If you feel insecure about driving in these conditions, we recommend a package tour instead.

Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations nationwide.

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Accommodation

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary.

Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For other levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s).

Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur.

Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. Please keep in mind that hotel quality in Iceland varies among locations and availability is highly limited. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level.

Please note that not all locations offer quality level accommodation. Comfort level accommodation will be arranged at those particular locations, which is reflected in the quality level upgrade price.

We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Budget

Rooms with shared bathrooms in farmhouses, guesthouses or hostels, with good locations near the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom in three star hotels or quality guesthouses. Very close to the best attractions at each location. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Rooms with a private bathroom in a four star hotel or superior rooms in a quality three star hotel at the best locations in Iceland. Breakfast is included.

Car

Below you can see the car rental options available for this self-drive tour.

All our vehicles are new or current models, of maximum 2 years of age. Super Budget levels come with standard CDW insurance, while all other levels also include Gravel Protection (GP) insurance. Please note that off-road driving is illegal for all types of cars.

All levels come equipped with free Wi-fi. You can enjoy unlimited data with the Wi-Fi device, which can be connected to up to 10 devices at once. The car rental will provide 24-hour roadside emergency services.

Age requirement for each level can be found below. For all levels, the driver must possess a valid driving license for at least one year before the date of the rental.

We recommend Budget 4X4 level for summer driving and Comfort 4X4 for winter driving.

Budget 4x4

A basic 4WD (4X4) jeep or SUV such as a Dacia Duster or similar. Comfortably fit up to 3 travellers with 2 large pieces of luggage. Fit for most travel and decent for snow and off-asphalt driving. Has basic highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

Comfort 4X4

A medium-sized 4WD (4x4) jeep or SUV such as a Toyota Rav4 (automatic) and Suzuki Vitara (manual), or similar. Comfortably fit up to 4 travelers with 3 large pieces of luggage. Fit for most travel and good for snow and off-asphalt driving. Has basic highland capabilities. The driver must be of 21 years of age or above.

Luxury 4x4

A large 4WD jeep such as a Toyota Land Cruiser or similar. Comfortable for up to 4 travellers with 4 large pieces of luggage. Fit for nearly all travelling. Has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads. The driver must be of 21 years of age or above.

Van

A large 9-seater van such as a Mercedes Benz Vito or similar. Comfortable for 5 to 7 travelers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. The driver must be of 23 years of age or above.

Meals

Are you looking to try some of the best dishes Iceland’s top restaurants have to offer? You can now add delicious meals to your booking without having to research where to find them.

Select this option to include dinner every night as an extra, and we’ll provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We’ll choose the top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you.

Your server will offer you a set menu of two to three courses at the restaurant, from which you can choose meat, fish, or vegetarian options. If you prefer to try a different dish, the meal voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu.

Save time and effort during your vacation, and let us take care of your meals for you. Choose the meal option today so you’ll be guaranteed to eat well on your forthcoming trip.

Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

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