6 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & Diamond Beach

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Take the wheel on this winter self-drive tour, that's frosted with ice and snow for the season! This tour is for those who want the best possible value rental car to experience...

Take the wheel on this winter self-drive tour, that's frosted with ice and snow for the season! This tour is for those who want the best possible value rental car to experience Iceland's magical south coast during wintertime.

You’ll start your 6-day adventure with the classic Golden Circle tour, before heading on to the glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón, and Diamond Beach to behold some of the finest sights of Iceland’s natural world. As you'll be driving yourself, you can enjoy each location in your own way, and in your own time. 

Book an optional tour in an ice cave in southeast Iceland from November to March. This is a rare and special experience, as the caves are only available for a few months per year. Each cave is investigated by specialists to ensure safe passage through the cr...


5 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
Vehicle for 6 days (Toyota Aygo 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


Glacier Hiking
Ice Climbing
Northern lights hunting
Ice Caving
Self drive


Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
West Iceland
Hvítá River

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Iceland & Reykjavik

After arriving at Keflavík International Airport, pick up your car and head to Reykjavík City. En route, you can stop at the Blue Lagoon spa on the Reykjanes Peninsula, if you added tickets during the booking process. There is no better way to start your holiday than relaxing in this unique spa, basking in the warm water and refreshing your skin with silica...

Day 2

Golden Circle Attractions

Start off on your trip by visiting the famous Golden Circle, beginning with Thingvellir National Park. Here you can walk along the fault line created by two tectonic plates splitting, you can embrace your sporty side with snorkeling or diving in the Silfra fissure, and you can learn more about Iceland's political history.

Your next destination is the geotherm...

Day 3

South Iceland Waterfalls - Black Sands - Klaustur

As you continue your journey, you will drive towards Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that made world headlines during its 2010 eruption, when enormous ash clouds brought European air traffic to a standstill.

You will then visit the beautiful waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, before taking a highly recommend trip to the nearby Skógar Folk Museum.

Drive on...

Day 4

Ice Cave - Svartifoss - Diamond Beach

On your fourth day, you will pass the picturesque waterfall Foss á Síðu, as well as driving by the nearby Dverghamrar basalt columns, before taking the road over the vast glacier sands of Skeiðarársandur.

Further down the road, visit the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, which is found within the Vatnajökull National Park. Once there, you can go on a short hike to a...

Day 5

Back to town

If you set out in the early morning of Day 5, you can aim to reach Reykjavík by the afternoon. This drive, along Route 1, is incredibly scenic, going past the black sand beaches, waterfalls, and glaciers that you witnessed on day 3. You can take your time to enjoy anything you missed, or return to any places that you wanted to spend more time at.

Once back in...

Day 6

Grótta Reykjavik - Keflavik Airport

On your departure day, you can drop off your car at the airport in Keflavik. If your flight is in the evening and you have a few hours to spend wandering, consider exploring some of the highlights of downtown Reykjavík, such as the City Hall, Perlan, Elliðaárdalur, Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrímskirkja church or the Grótta Lighthouse. You can also visit spots of interest nearby, such as the Reykjanes geothermal area if you didn't do so the previous day.

Come back soon! Sjáumst seinna! 


What to bring

Warm clothing and outerwear suitable for rainy or chilly weather
Winter Hiking Shoes
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.

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.

Super Budget

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


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), 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.

Super Budget 2WD

A small 2WD vehicle such as Toyota Aygo or similar, fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions. Compact and comfortable for up to 2 travellers with very little luggage. No highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

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, 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.

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.

Van 2WD

A large 9-seater van such as a Renault Trafic or similar. Comfortable for groups of 5 to 7 travellers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. Fit for everyday conditions. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities. The driver must be of 23 years of age or above.


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.