12-Day Northern Lights Winter Self-Drive Tour of Iceland’s Snaefellsnes, South Coast, & Reykjavik

Gullfoss waterfall makes up one third of the famous Golden Circle sightseeing trail.
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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Starting time
12 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport (KEF), Reykjanesbær, Iceland
Sept. - Apr.
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Secure the trip of a lifetime by booking this 12-day winter self-drive tour to discover the many attractions of West and South Iceland. This is the perfect opportunity for travelers looking to experience as much of the snow-blanketed South Coast and Snaefellsnes Peninsula as possible, with added free days to explore Iceland's capital city, Reykjavik. 

Winter sees Iceland live up to its name, with frostbitten landscapes, cool, enduring nights, and the chance to see the magical yet elusive northern lights. It also opens up the possibility for unforgettable seasonal tours, including snowmobiling, glacier hiking, and even ice caving.

However, planning your trip to Iceland in winter on your own can be more challenging than in summer and other seasons. You have to factor in road conditions, daylight hours, and some less-known attractions that search engines might know little about.

Fortunately, you can save yourself from all these troubles and worries by booking this self-drive tour with a complete itinerary and accommodations from day one to 12. This winter itinerary includes comprehensive information about the routes you can take and the best attractions to explore while still having room for flexibility.

The South Coast and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula are some of Iceland's most famous regions, boasting many mesmerizing natural attractions, including glistening ice caps, groaning volcanoes, and countless unique waterfalls. 

Both regions perfectly capture Iceland's diverse natural wonders and landscapes. Their charming coastal villages, black sand beaches, waterfalls, glaciers, volcanic landscapes, and proximity to the Icelandic capital make them ideal locations for sightseeing activities.

For example, the South Coast boasts two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, each 200 feet (60 meters) high. Meanwhile, Snaefellsnes is home to the Snaefellsjokull glacier volcano, famously featured in Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Although these are the highlights of your trip, there are more attractions and places to see on your itinerary, such as the Golden Circle and Reykjanes Peninsula. You'll also have plenty of time to explore the vibrant culture of Reykjavik.

Besides the complete itinerary and accommodations, you can add optional activities to your booking for an added cost. For example, your top options are geothermal bathing, glacier hiking, snorkeling, and caving.

In addition, you have access to a 24/7 helpline or personal travel agent throughout your 12-day adventure. Feel free to reach out to them for any inquiries or emergency assistance.

There's no need to panic if any unforeseen modifications arise in your travel arrangements. You're entitled to a full refund upon canceling your booking up to 24 hours before your scheduled departure.

For those looking to experience these majestic regions in depth, there truly is no better tour than this. Many travelers have enjoyed and rated this experience highly, so you can be one of them when you book today.

Come along on this 12-day winter self-drive adventure to experience Snaefellsnes and South Iceland in all their frozen glory. Check availability now by choosing a date.  

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11 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed information below)
New vehicle for 12 days (Toyota Yaris or similar. Upgrades available)
CDW and gravel protection insurances
Free Wi-Fi in vehicle
Detailed itinerary for 12 days
Personal travel agent


Glacier Hiking
Horse Riding
Boat Trip
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Ice Caving
Self drive

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The Blue Lagoon spa is one of Iceland's most famous visitor attractions.

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland

Welcome to the first day of your 12-day self-drive tour in Iceland.

You'll arrive at Keflavik International Airport, where you'll pick up your rental car and drive toward the capital city, Reykjavik.

During this journey, you'll travel through the volcanic and haunting landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula, a region best characterized by its dark, cragged coastlines and expansive lava fields.

Attractions on the Reykjanes Peninsula include the steaming mud pools of Gunnuhver geothermal area, Kleifarvatn lake, and the 'Bridge Between the Continents,' where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates drift apart.

As an added extra on your first day in the country, you could visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, one of the country's most famed attractions. This bathing complex is instantly recognizable for its pillars of white steam, azure waters, and black, rocky surroundings. The spa's water is mineral-rich, particularly in silica, known for its health benefits and soothing properties to the skin.

You can choose from the comfort and premium packages to enter the Blue Lagoon. These packages include access to the Blue Lagoon's geothermal pools and facilities, complimentary mud masks, and the use of towels. 

After your time at the lagoon, you'll arrive in the northernmost capital of the world, Reykjavik. Filled with anticipation and excitement, why not check out the exciting downtown nightlife once you've checked into your accommodation? The downtown area is filled with cozy cafes and restaurants serving a delicious menu, from traditional Icelandic cuisine to international choices.

If you're looking for a more docile evening, there is no better city in the world for a twilight stroll than Reykjavik. So get some rest to prepare for tomorrow's packed adventure. You'll be heading to the breathtaking Snaefellsnes Peninsula for a day of sightseeing.

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Day 2
Kirkjufell mountain on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, as seen in the cold winter months.

Day 2 - Iceland in Miniature

Known as "Iceland in Miniature" for its diverse and unforgettable natural attractions, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is one of the most popular sightseeing areas for international visitors.

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a beautiful and picturesque region on Iceland's West Coast, 85 miles (136 kilometers) from Reykjavik. Towering peaks, waterfalls, villages, and lava fields are just some of the natural wonders to see here.

One of the most notable attractions on the peninsula is the steeple-shaped mountain, Kirkjufell. Most famously, the mountain appeared in HBO's fantasy show Game of Thrones as "the mountain like an arrowhead." For this reason and its sheer aesthetic, Kirkjufell is one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland.

Another of the peninsula's most epic attractions is the black sand beach, Djupalonssandur, which sits just at the base of the Snaefellsjokull volcano. Djupalonssandur was, historically, a dense fishing village with a busy port.

Today, the bay is uninhabited, though it's regularly visited by those wishing to test their strength against the famed 'four lifting stones,' used to measure the toughness of fishermen since ancient times.

There's a wealth of sightseeing options today on this mystical peninsula, but if you're looking for an adventure, you can add a caving trip into the 8000-year-old Vatnshellir lava tube to this day.

Requiring its visitors to descend 115 feet (35 meters) down a spiraling metallic staircase, this incredible feat of nature stretches out for 656 feet (200 meters) in a parade of fascinating rock formations, shadowy corners, and otherworldly shades of color.

Throughout your travels in this region, you'll forever be in the shadow of the domineering ice cap, Snaefellsjokull, which sits just at the tip of the peninsula.

You'll spend the evening at accommodations on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Check the skies tonight for signs of the elusive aurora borealis.

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Day 3
The name of West Iceland's waterfall Hraunfossar translates to 'Lava Falls'.

Day 3 - West Iceland

Day three of your self-drive tour in Iceland brings you to the lesser-known but spectacular sites of West Iceland.

Today, you'll visit the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, two of West Iceland's most beloved features. Hraunfossar, in truth, is a series of rivulets widely known for the striking black color of its rock face. At the same time, Barnafoss boasts a more fearsome cascade, complimented further by the spectacular blue shade of its water.

If you wish to spice up your time in the west, you can add one of the following three exciting activities to this day during the booking process.

For one, you could visit the lava tube, Vidgelmir, located in the Hallmundarhraun lava field. Formed in around 900 AD, Vidgelmir is 5200 feet (1585 meters) long, making it the country's largest underground chamber.

Strangely enough, Vidgelmir is known to have had people using it for shelter during the Viking age. Evidence of such habitation is currently displayed at the National Museum of Iceland.

Another added option today is paying a visit to Krauma Nature Baths. Here, water from Europe's most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver, is blended with glacial water, creating the perfect temperate balance for bathing.

The facility boasts such amenities as five varied geothermal pools, two saunas, and a relaxation room, perfect for calming the mind in front of the fireplace.

Your final option is to visit the artificial ice cave tunnel at the Langjokull glacier, the country's second-largest ice cap. As one of the country's newest attractions, the Langjokull ice tunnel presents a unique educational experience in learning more about these powerful features.

You'll finish the day at your new accommodation, close to the Golden Circle route. If the skies are clear of clouds, you can use the opportunity to hunt for the northern lights.

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Day 4
Haukadalur on the Golden Circle sightseeing route is home to the hot springs, Geysir and Strokkur.

Day 4 - Golden Circle

Comprised of three of Iceland's most-visited attractions, the Golden Circle is the country's most popular sightseeing route, giving guests a true insight into this incredible land's history, culture, and nature.

You'll first visit the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the world's oldest parliament, the Althingi, formed in 930 AD. 

Aside from its history, Thingvellir is one of the only sites on the planet where visitors can see the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates standing exposed from the Earth. This crack, known as the Almannagja gorge, has a short trail with information boards and the rumbling waterfall Oxararfoss.

Thingvellir's final treasure is the Silfra fissure, a glacial spring and snorkeling site famed for its incredible water visibility, often exceeding 328 feet (100 meters). Equipped with a drysuit, thermal onesie, and a pair of fins, you can discover the dramatic underwater scenery that makes Silfra so wildly popular if you opt for a snorkeling tour during the booking process.

If you want a more relaxed way to experience Icelandic waters, visit the Secret Lagoon, the oldest outdoor pool heated by its nearby geothermal springs. 

Next on the Golden Circle, you'll visit the geothermal area of Geysir, where you'll find the widely photographed Strokkur geyser. Each year, the feature draws hundreds of thousands of people to witness its water be propelled over 49 to 66 feet (15 to 20 meters).

This occurs every five to ten minutes, meaning you'll surely catch a photograph of this incredible, natural occurrence.

Your final stop of the Golden Circle route is at the 'Golden Falls,' Gullfoss, a 105-foot (32-meter) high waterfall considered one of the most beloved examples of Icelandic nature. It's possible to add on a snowmobiling tour from the Gullfoss car park, taking place on Langjokull glacier. Snowmobiling is one of the best sports for winter, bestowing exhilarating thrills and chills on all who participate.

Once again, you'll spend the evening at nearby accommodations on the Golden Circle.

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Day 5
Reynisfjara is a black sand beach on the South Coast of Iceland.

Day 5 - South Coast

The South Coast is well-regarded as one of Iceland's most popular sightseeing routes, drawing thousands of visitors annually with its unique natural attractions. On the fifth day of your self-drive winter tour, you'll explore the region's most beautiful tourist spots.

Among the first you'll visit today is Seljalandsfoss, a 197-foot (60-meter) high waterfall that falls in a narrow stream over a concave cliff.

A little further on, you'll stop at Seljalandsfoss' cousin, Skogafoss. Reaching the same height, guests here can observe the waterfall from its base, creating a large plume of ever-present mist. You can also view the waterfall from its lip at the top of an ancient sea cliff, allowing vast panoramas of the South Coast's scenery.

Next on the itinerary is a visit to the volcanic shoreline of Reynisfjara, the most famous of Iceland's black sand beaches. Located adjacent to the small yet well-visited fishing village of Vik i Myrdal, this stretch of beach boasts hexagonal lava pillars and the enormous basalt rock stacks Reynisdrangar.

Of course, several added extras are available for your first day on the South Coast, the first of which is ice caving. Stepping inside the Katla ice cave, you'll be amazed by the glittering frozen walls, deep sinkholes, and striking shades of blue streaked with black volcanic ash.

Ice caves reach their true pinnacle of beauty during the winter, with the surrounding snow-blanketed landscapes adding to this serene yet frostbitten vista.

Those who can't get enough of these chilled panoramas could also opt for a dramatic glacier hike on the Solheimajokull ice cap. Solheimajokull is an outlet glacier of the much larger Myrdalsjokull ice cap.

On the evening of day five, you'll stay in South Iceland, a perfect place to search for the stunning northern lights.

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Day 6
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is known as 'The Crown Jewel of Iceland' thanks to its stunning, ethereal aesthetic.

Day 6 - Glacier Lagoon

On day six of this winter self-drive tour, you'll continue east, driving past glacier tongues of the mighty Vatnajokull ice cap, through Skaftafell nature reserve, to your destination for today, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

Vatnajokull is the largest glacier in Europe and covers at least 10 percent of Iceland's landmass. If you look at any map of the country, you can see Vatnajokull covering a large portion of the southeastern side.

If you opt to during the booking process, you'll stop in Skaftafell for a glacier hike from morning until noon. Under the guidance of an expert glacier guide, you'll ascend one of the reserve's glaciers, taking in the glorious frozen landscapes and intricate ice sculptures with an incredible backdrop of the neighboring region. 

The highlight of this day is your time in Jokulsarlon, often called the "Crown Jewel of Iceland" due to its unique features and appearance that you can't see elsewhere.

The lagoon's glittering deep lake is adorned with enormous icebergs, surrounded by stunning glaciers and mountains. These chunks of ice break away from Breidamerkurjokull, an outlet glacier of the much larger ice cap, Vatnajokull, falling into the lagoon before gently making their way out toward the Atlantic Ocean.

As an added extra, guests visiting in September and October can take one of two boat tours in the afternoon, either on an amphibious vessel or a zodiac boat. Zodiac boat tours are designed for smaller groups, allowing guests to maneuver easily between the icebergs, while amphibian boat tours provide standing room for excellent views and photographs.

Guests will encounter the black-sand shoreline of Diamond beach, only a short walk away from Jokulsarlon lagoon. Here, icebergs from the lagoon wash upon the sand, creating the picture-perfect vista for photographers and nature lovers alike.

You'll spend the next two nights under the Vatnajokull glacier.

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Day 7
Looking through an iceberg on Diamond beach near the stunning Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

Day 7 - Glacier Lagoon in a Different Light

Halfway through your 12-day winter drive in Iceland, you'll have more opportunities to explore the spectacular Jokulsarlon, taking in this beautiful glacier lagoon under different weather conditions.

This is the perfect excuse to add spice to your ever-growing photography collection. Naturally, you can revisit Diamond beach and may even want to spend additional time at Skaftafell nature reserve.

Another sightseeing option today could be the instantly recognizable mountain, Vestrahorn, a favorite amongst photographers with its sharp and pointed peaks and pleasant shoreline. Also in this area is the equally stunning summit of Eystrahorn.

For those looking to continue their exploration of the area, why not check out the Hoffell geothermal pools, only a short distance from the town of Hofn? These five soothing baths boast stunning views and are the perfect remedy after a long day exploring the southeast.

If not, you can spend hours exploring Hofn village, seeing its beautiful port area, charming houses, and excellent restaurants. This quaint coastal town is the lobster capital of Iceland, so don't miss your chance to sample some lobster or langoustine dishes while in the area.

As for today's added extra, you could visit a stunning blue ice cave beneath the mighty Vatnajokull glacier. Iceland's nature photographers have made the ice caves in this area famous. The caves emit a striking azure shade that defies the imagination of even the greatest fantasy writers.

You're immediately enveloped by an otherworldly atmosphere as you enter the ice cave. The air is crisp and cool, and the soft glow of sunlight filters through the translucent ice. The walls, floor, and ceiling are composed of ancient ice compacted over centuries, creating a frozen landscape of unparalleled beauty.

You'll spend the night in your Southeast Iceland accommodation.

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Day 8
The little village of Vik i Myrdal on a winter's day.

Day 8 - Back West

On day eight, it's time to head back west, driving the South Coast toward your accommodation in South Iceland. Along the way are many stops you may wish to visit or re-visit, such as Skaftafell or the Kirkjubaejarklaustur village.

Once a national park in its own right, Skaftafell is a nature reserve within the Vatnajokull National Park. Considered one of the lusher areas in the summer, Skaftafell is no less spectacular in the winter, boasting fantastic panoramic views of Iceland's frosty southeastern landscapes.

Skaftafell stands out as a destination that offers a combination of awe-inspiring beauty, outdoor activities, and opportunities to explore Iceland's rugged wilderness.

As you enter Skaftafell nature reserve, you're immediately greeted by a landscape of dramatic contrasts. Rugged mountain peaks like Hvannadalshnjukur, Iceland's highest summit at 6,952 feet (2,110 meters), tower above the horizon. These mountains, carved by ancient glaciers, provide a breathtaking backdrop to the reserve.

One of the standout features of Skaftafell is its awe-inspiring glaciers. The reserve is home to several tongues of the vast Vatnajokull glacier, the largest ice cap in Europe. These massive rivers of ice, with their blue-tinted crevasses and ever-changing shapes, create a surreal and mesmerizing sight. 

Meanwhile, the small village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur is another place of interest. While the town is small, it's an excellent base for discovering the surrounding natural wonders and learning about Icelandic culture.

At the end of the day, you'll return to the village of Vik. This charming settlement is famous for its black coastline and knitwear made of Icelandic wool. It's the perfect souvenir to take back home.

Once again, you can dedicate an hour or two of your evening hunting for the northern lights before retiring to your South Iceland accommodation.

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Day 9
The major attractions of the South Coast of Iceland include the stunning waterfall of Seljalandsfoss, pictured here in winter.

Day 9 - South Coast in Depth

On your way back to the capital on day nine, you'll have a choice as to how exactly you wish to spend your day. The first option is to head straight back to the city, keeping your time on the road short and thus allowing for a more extended evening in the capital.

Alternatively, it's possible to stop at the same sites as day six, including Reynisfjara beach, Skogafoss waterfall, and Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and see them in different weather conditions and light.

The latter option is particularly suited to those travelers looking to capture a wide range of photographs and those hoping to maximize their time on the South Coast. If you have sunny weather today, you might see a rainbow shooting above Skogafoss waterfall's cascade.

You can also visit the DC-3 plane wreck, found on the black expanse of Solheimasandur. This glistening, metallic relic crashed in 1972 and eroded in the harsh Icelandic weather, starkly contrasting the dark volcanic landscape surrounding it.

Thankfully, no one was killed in the crash, and it has since become one of Iceland's most widely photographed attractions.

Today, it's also possible to add on a snowmobiling tour on Myrdalsjokull, the country's fourth-largest glacier. Snowmobiling is one of those rare experiences that balances epic scenery with heart-thumping adrenaline, an extreme sport perfect for beginners and almost impossible to forget.

Whizzing across the ice towards the Myrdalsjokull summit, you'll finish your journey around Katla caldera, one of Iceland's most famous volcanoes. 

You'll end the day in Iceland's capital city, Reykjavik, where you check into your accommodation and rest up for the last three days of your holiday. Although you'll have two days to explore its many wonders, you can begin tonight to see its vibrant yet cold nightlife.

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Day 10
Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city on the planet.

Day 10 - Reykjavik I

Your 10th day in Iceland brings you to the northernmost capital city in the world, Reykjavik. With a small population of little more than 139,000 (with around 250,000 living in the Capital Region), the city offers a surprising variety of attractions and activities.

One of the best locations for a 360-degree panorama of the capital is at the Perlan Museum and Observation Deck, beside the Oskjuhlid pine forest. Inside, you can find a replica of an ice cave, a virtual aquarium, and an exhibition on geology and earthquakes.  

Hallgrimskirkja church is another must-visit attraction to visit in the city. Founded in 1940, Hallgrimskirkja stands over Reykjavik at 240 feet (74 meters). It was designed by state architect Gudjon Samuelsson, inspired by Iceland's natural aesthetic, particularly its distinctive lava columns often found in the areas close to historical eruptions.

The church's steeple is another of the city's best vantage points, offering a broad perspective over the city's colorful tin rooftops.

However, there can be no beating a geothermal helicopter tour for those looking for the ultimate perspective. One of the most luxurious and VIP sightseeing options available, helicopter tours are the perfect activity for those looking to bring their Icelandic holiday experience to the next level.

Taking off from Reykjavik domestic airport, you'll soar above the city, stunned by the sheer dominance of the capital's surrounding wilderness. Finally, you'll arrive at a geothermal area on the Reykjanes Peninsula, where you'll gain firsthand insight into Iceland's bubbling underbelly.

Another possible extra that today can add is one of the most authentic Icelandic activities available, horseback riding through the countryside. The Icelandic horse is known for its small yet muscular stature, loyal intelligence, and unique gaits.

Sitting atop the saddle surrounded by the beauty of the Capital Region, you'll feel closer to Iceland's original settlers than ever before.

After another unforgettable day, you'll retire to your Reykjavik accommodation. 

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Day 11
A day in Reykjavik allows you to explore parks like Laugardalur.

Day 11 - Reykjavik II

It's your second free day in Reykjavik and the penultimate day of your winter adventure in Iceland. To complete your Nordic holiday, it's time to absorb the city's rich culture and colorful history.

The National Gallery of Iceland and the Reykjavik Art Museum are necessary visits for those looking to unearth this city's creative zeal. Further available options include the Einar Jonsson Museum or the Reykjavik Museum of Photography.

These museums feature the different artworks of renowned local artists, such as painters and sculptors, depicting the diverse landscapes and everyday life in the land of fire and ice.

Travelers looking to learn more about the capital's fascinating history could opt for such places as The Reykjavik Settlement Exhibition, the Saga Museum, or the Arbaejarsafn Open-Air Museum, the latter of which showcases artifacts, live reenactments, and traditional Icelandic turf homes.

This package allows you to book admission to the FlyOver Iceland experience and the Whales of Iceland museum. While FlyOver boasts a simulated fight ride with large displays showcasing Iceland's best natural sceneries, the Whales of Iceland is an excellent place to learn more about the gentle giants of the sea.

You can purchase admission tickets to FlyOver Iceland and the Whales of Iceland Exhibit during the booking process.

If you visit in September or October, you'll have another activity option today: exploring inside a volcano. Thrihnukagigur is a dormant volcano just outside Reykjavik city. Visitors can descend into its empty magma chamber via a lift to explore the vibrant colors and the vast size of the caldera.

This "Inside the Volcano" guided tour is an experience you shouldn't miss. It's the only magma chamber in the world open and safe for visitors to explore.

You'll spend your last night in Iceland with a comfortable sleep in a Reykjavik accommodation.

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Day 12
Northern lights over the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Day 12 - Departure

Alas, your self-drive holiday in Iceland has come to an end. Depending on your scheduled flight time, you may still have time to explore the final hidden corners of the city or perhaps hit the Blue Lagoon spa and explore the Reykjanes Peninsula.

If you're many hours away from your departure, you can use the time to do some last-minute shopping and sightseeing in the city. If you want to see the best souvenir shops and boutiques, Laugavegur street in the downtown area is the place to go. The street has many options, from cheap trinkets to more expensive items.

Another option is visiting the Blue Lagoon, the most popular site in Iceland outside the capital city.

The Blue Lagoon is a world-famous geothermal spa located in the volcanic landscape of Reykajnes Peninsula, 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Reykjavik. This famous destination offers visitors a genuinely rejuvenating and immersive experience, perfect for ending your holiday in Iceland.

As you approach the Blue Lagoon, you're greeted by a wonderful sight. The milky-blue waters of the lagoon, surrounded by rugged volcanic rock formations and steam rising from the surface, create an otherworldly atmosphere. The geothermal spa is the perfect place to reflect on your adventure in the land of fire and ice.

On the other hand, you can also visit some attractions on the peninsula. The peninsula is home to several volcanic systems, including the Reykjanes volcanic system stretching across the region. Some of the specific sites in the area are the Kleifarvatn lake, the Krysuvik geothermal area, and the Gunnuhver hot springs.

Regardless of where you go, you'll head back towards Keflavik International Airport to catch your return flight home.

Until next time, we hope you've had an incredible stay in the land of fire and ice.

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What to bring

Warm wind and waterproof clothing suited for the season
Good outdoor shoes suited for the season
Swimsuit and a towel
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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.

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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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.


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


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


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.


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 2WD

A basic 2WD vehicle, such as a Toyota Yaris or similar, suitable for travelling in everyday conditions. Comfortable for 3 travellers with light luggage. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

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.


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.


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