5 Day Winter Adventure | Guided South Coast Tour and Golden Circle Self-Drive

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No credit card fees
No booking fees
Duration
5 days
Difficulty
Medium
Language
English
Free pickup
Reykjavík

Embark on a 5-day winter adventure in Iceland. This tour is tailored to those who want to see as much as possible, in the shortest amount of time, mixing in a guided tour with the...

Embark on a 5-day winter adventure in Iceland. This tour is tailored to those who want to see as much as possible, in the shortest amount of time, mixing in a guided tour with the flexibility of driving yourself.

This is a journey of all the best attractions and activities that Iceland’s winter landscapes have to offer, such as bathing in the Blue Lagoon, exploring a natural ice cave inside a glacier, visiting stunning waterfalls and impressive black sand beaches, downtime in Reykjavík, spouting geyser and two national parks. And on clear nights, the Northern Lights might appear in the sky above you.

And if that isn’t enough, you can add extra activities when booking to make your Iceland getaway complete. While you make your way around the Golden Circle, give yourself an adrenaline rush on a...

Included

Airport transfer on arrival
3 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available)
South Coast 2-day minibus tour with ice caving
1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Vatnajokull National Park during the 2-day south coast tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
A 4WD vehicle for one day - Toyota Rav4 4x4 or similar
CDW, SCDW and gravel protection insurance for vehicle
GPS System

Activities

Snorkelling
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Northern lights hunting
Ice Caving
Self drive

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
West Iceland
Reykjavík
Jökulsárlón
Hvítá River
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrival & Welcome

You’ll be picked up from the airport and transferred to Reykjavík, where you can check into a lovely hotel in the city centre. A visit to the Blue Lagoon spa is included in this package, and you can choose between starting your visit to Iceland by soaking in the warm, milky-blue waters on your way from the airport to Reykjavík, or leaving it to the last day...

Day 2

Tour to Jökulsárlón

Today, you’ll start a two-day guided tour of the south coast of Iceland. You’ll hop on a minibus that will take you all along Iceland’s stunning south coast. You’ll be making stops at the stunning waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, and the awe-inspiring but dangerous black sandy beach Reynisfjara (watch out for the unpredictable waves!) You'll visit Sk...

Day 3

One-of-a-Kind Ice Cave Tour

An ice cave visit is what today has in store for you! To get to the ice cave, you’ll be boarding a modified Superjeep that will cross the glacier to the opening of the cave. The glacier caves vary in size, shape, and location each year but they always have the same stunning blue ice forming walls and roof. You’ll be walking inside a glacier with ice that’s h...

Day 4

The Golden Circle

Today, you’ll be driving Iceland’s most famous route, the Golden Circle. It’s a short route, only around 230 km, and the drive itself takes about 3 hours. However, you’ll be wanting to make plenty of stops along the way, and you can easily turn this into a full day tour, especially if you choose to add an extra optional activity.

You’ll pick up your car at yo...

Day 5

Departure & Goodbye to Iceland!

On your last day, you still have the car, and will use it to drive to the airport where you’ll drop it off before your flight. If you have an afternoon or evening flight, you can spend the first part of the day leisurely taking in the sights of Reykjavík or doing some shopping.

If you didn’t go to the Blue Lagoon on your first day, you could drive there on yo...

Map

What to bring

Camera
Swimsuit
Warm clothes
Winter hiking shoes
Good waterproof outer layers
Driver's license

Good to know

Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time. A valid driver's license is required

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.

Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below. Single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). If you are traveling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Fosshótel Barón, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. 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, 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.

Budget

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.

Meals

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.