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5 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Northern Lights, Golden Circle & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Group discount
Group discount
Free pickup
No credit card fees
No booking fees
Duration
5 days
Difficulty
Medium
Free pick-up
Keflavík Aiport, Reykjavík

Discover the unforgettable, snowy landscapes of Iceland for yourself with this winter self-drive tour. Relax in the Blue Lagoon, see the Golden Circle and drive the South Coast all...

Discover the unforgettable, snowy landscapes of Iceland for yourself with this winter self-drive tour. Relax in the Blue Lagoon, see the Golden Circle and drive the South Coast all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you can visit an authentic ice cave, all in just five days. This tour is designed for those who desire the freedom to explore Iceland’s winter scene in their own time.

Upon booking you’ll receive a personal itinerary, pointing you in the direction of interesting locations, but you are behind the wheel, so you decide where you go and how long you stay. There are no impatient tour guides rushing you from place to place, so you can take your time at each location, capturing the perfect photo of Gullfoss waterfall or watching the ocean waves crash upon the shore at Reynisfj...

Included

4 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
Vehicle for 5 days (VW Polo or similar. Upgrades available)
CDW insurance for super budget level vehicle; other levels also include SCDW and gravel protection insurances
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
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Sightseeing
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Ice Caving
Self drive

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
Reykjavík
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Eyjafjallajökull

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Iceland

After you arrive at Keflavík International Airport, pick up your car and head towards the city of Reykjavík. On your way, you’ll drive through the black lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula. If your flight arrives early, you can explore the peninsula first and discover its diverse volcanic and geothermal landscapes.

The Reykjanes Peninsula runs along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Just south from the airport, is the Bridge between Continents,...

Day 2

A Journey of the Golden Circle

Today is the day you’ll visit Iceland’s most famous tourist trail, the Golden Circle. Get a good start on the day and wake up early, or enjoy a few more minutes of snooze and sleep in. You are behind the wheel, so you get to create the day’s schedule.

The first stop today is Þingvellir National Park, a site that is not only historically important but a geological wonder. It is here that the Vikings would gather to settle disputes and create the laws of the land, and where they founded Iceland’s p...

Day 3

South Coast Adventures

Your journey continues eastwards today. You’ll travel under two mighty glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull and visit some of the country’s most beautiful attractions.

The first stop is the spectacular waterfall Seljalandsfoss. The days are dark in Iceland during the wintertime, but Seljalandsfoss is lit up with strong lights which creates an aura of magic around it.

From there, you’ll visit the majestic Skógafoss waterfall. This one is much wider and has a greater flow than Seljalandsfoss...

Day 4

Ice Cave, Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon

Spend the day exploring the great Vatnajökull National Park. You can start by heading west from the town of Höfn, towards the beautiful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Jökulsárlón is filled with meltwater from Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of Europe’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull. Floating in the water are massive, blue and white icebergs that have broken off the glacier. Keep an eye out for seals that can often be seen lounging on top of the bergs.

A stone’s throw away is a black sand beach w...

Day 5

Farewell

On your last day, you can explore Reykjavík city a little if your flight leaves late. Just remember to give yourself plenty of time to drive to the airport and return the car.

You can start the day like a local and visit one of the city’s many geothermal swimming pools. Even in the winter, when snow and frost cover the ground, Icelanders flock to the pools for a few laps and then a soak in the warm waters of the hot tubs, feeling the crisp winter air in their lungs. 

If you are looking for a souve...

Map

What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothing
Good waterproof shoes
Swimsuit and Towel
Camera
Driver's License

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.

This self-drive is set to take place at wintertime. Conditions in Iceland can vary greatly during that season; snow and ice are commonplace, and Iceland has limited daylight hours. Please consider your ability to drive in winter...

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 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.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels. Located in the region of the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.

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. Super budget 2WD vehicles are maximum 5 years of age, and come equipped with a GPS and standard CDW insurance. Budget 2WD, Comfort 4x4 and Luxury 4x4 level vehicles are maximum two years of age, and come equipped with a GPS, CDW, GP and SCDW insurances. You can also upgrade to an automatic model. In wintertime, all cars have winter tyres. For winter driving, we highly recommend a Comfort level 4x4 vehicle or Luxury 4x4 to combat possible heavy winter conditions.

Super Budget

A small 2WD vehicle such as Toyota Aygo, Hyundai i10 or similar, fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions. Compact and comfortable for up to 2 travellers with very little luggage. No highland capabilities.

Budget

A basic 2WD vehicle such as VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar, suitable for travelling in everyday conditions. Comfortable for 3 travellers with light luggage. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities.

Comfort 4x4

A medium sized 4WD (4x4) jeep or SUV such as Toyota Rav4 or similar. Fit for most travel, and good for snow and off-asphalt driving. This vehicle has basic highland capabilities. Recommended.

Luxury 4x4

A large sized 4WD (4x4) jeep such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, fit for nearly all travelling. This vehicle has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads. Note that off-road driving is illegal.

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 the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.