Delve into the mysteries of Iceland on this fast, 2-day self-drive adventure along Iceland’s gorgeous south coast, from Reykjavik all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. You’ll be able to see the beauty of Iceland wearing its winter dress for you, all swaths of white snow and lacy icicles hanging from windowsills.
You’ll make the journey in a 4x4 car that can handle the tough winter conditions and get you to your destination in comfort so that you can enjoy the fresh air and take in the natural environment.
This tour offers a chance to view two of the loveliest waterfalls in Iceland, Skógafoss, and Seljalandsfoss, along with the black beach of Reynisfjara. You’ll also visit an ice cave under Vatnajökull glacier, close to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Ice caves are quite rare in Iceland. Each year, specialists investigate the area around Vatnajökull glacier for caves which form naturally after meltwater has run under the ice cap. Each cave is chosen for its safe passage and unique beauty, so each tour is a one-of-a-kind experience possible for only a few months each year, where you'll get to see and touch the wonderful, crystal-blue ice in the glacier's depth.
You also have an opportunity to search the night skies for the Northern Lights - if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see them dancing over the glacier lagoon, reflected on the water and ice.
Because your tour is short, we want you to see the most popular sites while still leaving time to take care of yourself. We've included the best of Iceland in your tour, and hand-picked some of its best-kept secrets to give you time away from the crowds so that you can enjoy the beauty all around you without interruption.
Our custom itinerary provides a balance of places you've seen on postcards and those only locals know so you can revel in the natural world for as long as you like.
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Pick up your 4x4 car in Reykjavík and start your exciting winter journey of the south coast. After a couple of hours drive through some cute towns and past the lowland fields of the south, you'll come to Seljalandsfoss waterfall. You're able to walk around this waterfall, and there's no way you'll miss it as you can spot it from the Ring Road easily.
A little while later, you'll come to another stunning waterfall, Skógafoss, the last waterfall in a series of dozens of smaller ones coming down from the glacier of Mýrdalsjökull, that's right next to Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
Further along the south coast, you can visit Dyrhólaey, where you can take in breathtaking views of the glacier, the black sands and the Atlantic Ocean from its picturesque lighthouse. You'll also be able to go to the black sands of Reynisfjara beach.
Make sure that you have enough time to reach Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at the end of the day, where you will spend the night. This is possibly the best location in the country to see the Northern Lights, as they can be reflected in the still water if they are strong enough!
Your ice caving tour starts in the morning from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. You'll meet up with your guide at the parking lot by the glacier lagoon and will then be driven on a specially modified car towards the ice cave.
You need to go with a guide because the ice caves can be dangerous and it's up to your guide to decide if it's safe to enter the cave, depending on weather and conditions. We put safety first.
If the conditions are right, you'll be able to enter a winter world like you've never seen it before, admiring stunning blue ice from inside the glacier, 1,000 years old!
After your ice cave tour, you can spend some time admiring the beauty of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the daylight, before your drive back to Reykjavik.
If you leave around 14:00, you should be back in Reykjavik by 20:00, though it depends on how long you will want to enjoy the Lagoon and the driving conditions on the way back to the capital.
Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavík City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license is required, along with a one-year long on-road experience. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.
It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.
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 around the country.
See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. 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 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.
You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.
This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org and declare full cancellation. COVID-19 Related Cancellations If you need to cancel your booking due to COVID-19 related reasons, the cancellation insurance provides further protection for your booking. If you purchase a self-drive tour or guided tour package along with the cancellation insurance, you will also get a full refund. If you test positive on arrival, to get the full refund after arrival, please email us at email@example.com with your booking details and your test result within 4 hours after you receive the test result. If your flight gets cancelled due to COVID, to get the full refund, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your booking details and your flight cancellation confirmation prior to your scheduled flight departure time. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.
Below you can see the car rental options available for this self-drive tour. All our vehicles are new or current models, maximum 2 years of age, and include standard Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), Gravel Protection (GP), and Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) insurances. Please note that off-road driving is illegal for all types of cars. All levels come equipped with a GPS and 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. In wintertime, all cars have winter tyres.
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.
A medium sized 4WD (4x4) jeep or SUV such as a Toyota Rav4, or similar. Comfortably fit up to 4 travellers 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.
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 Renault Trafic (2WD manual), Mercedes Benz Vito (4WD automatic, has highland capabilities and better suited for winter driving), or similar. Comfortable for 5 to 7 travellers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. The driver must be of 23 years of age or above.