3 Day Winter Self Drive | Hot Springs and Northern Lights

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3 days
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Sep. - Apr.

Book this 3-day self-drive tour to explore Icelandic hot springs, geothermal areas, and the Northern Lights! This tour is for anyone who hears the call of the open road. 

As a self-...

Book this 3-day self-drive tour to explore Icelandic hot springs, geothermal areas, and the Northern Lights! This tour is for anyone who hears the call of the open road. 

As a self-drive tour, you and your travel companions will decide where to go, how long to stay and when to leave. There's no need to rush through an afternoon along the south coast, no clock-watching while splashing in the Blue Lagoon. 

Find a full itinerary of your days below. This tour has plenty of relaxing soaks in hot springs planned, so don't be afraid to take the time just for you. This is the perfect place to reconnect with the outdoors. You can take a hike through uncharted lands, enjoy the volcanic landscape ripped apart by eruptions and floods, and spend time doing exactly what you like. 

In three days, yo...


2 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
Vehicle for 3 days (VW Polo or similar. Upgrades available)
CDW and SCDW insurance along gravel protection for car rental
GPS system
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary


Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Self drive


Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
Hvítá River

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Explore the great Reykjanes Peninsula where you'll find the Blue Lagoon on a winter self-drive tour.

Arrival - Blue Lagoon and Reykjanes Peninsula

Pick up your car at the airport and start exploring the geothermal areas at Reykjanes peninsula straight away! Unless you want to start by dropping your bags off in Reykjavík, you can take a detour on the way there by going towards Gunnuhver geothermal area. On the way you can make a stop at the Bridge between continents, a walking bridge that separates Amer...

Day 2
Spend three days travelling to Iceland's most popular attractions like the ones on the Golden Circle route, with a winter self-drive.

Golden Circle and the Secret Lagoon

Drive the Golden Circle and end your day with a soak in the Secret Lagoon!

Start by driving through Þingvellir national park, a UNESCO heritage site, famous for its beautiful nature and its rich history. Continue towards Geysir geothermal area, where the geyser Strokkur spouts water 20-40 meters high up in the air, every 5-10 minutes!

Nearby is the waterfall G...

Day 3
When visiting Iceland in the winter, keep an eye on the sky as you might spot the elusive Northern Lights.

Hike to Reykjadalur or Drive the South Coast

For your last day, choose between hiking to a warm river in Reykjadalur or drive the south coast to admire more waterfalls.

The hike to Reykjadalur should only be attempted if the weather is good and roads are clear. If there is a lot of snow, you won't be able to see the path and the route can be dangerous, due to all of the hot springs along the way, which...


What to bring

Warm clothes
Swimsuit & towels
Winter hiking shoes

Good to know

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 rearrange...


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 budget and comfort 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). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. 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, maximum two years of age, and come equipped with a GPS, CDW, GP and SCDW insurances. You can also upgrade to an automatic model. All cars have winter tyres. For all winter driving, we highly recommend a Comfort level 4x4 vehicle or Luxury 4x4 to combat possible heavy winter conditions.


A small 2WD vehicle fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions, such as VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar.

Comfort 4X4

A medium sized jeep or SUV with 4WD (4x4) fit for most travel, and good for snow and off-asphalt travel, such as Toyota Rav4 or similar.

Luxury 4x4

A large sized jeep with 4WD (4x4) such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, fit for nearly all traveling.


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.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. 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 info@guidetoiceland.is and declare full cancellation. 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.

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