6 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Snaefellsnes & The Golden Circle

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Choose this self-drive tour of the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula in winter, when all is clean and bright, the dramatic coastline and mighty volcanoes topped with a blanket of sno...

Choose this self-drive tour of the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula in winter, when all is clean and bright, the dramatic coastline and mighty volcanoes topped with a blanket of snow.

As soon as you collect your rental car, you'll be off to see beautiful fjords, a lava tube cave, a volcanic crater and several waterfalls. You’ll also visit two of the three national parks in Iceland. The country's most famous attraction, the Blue Lagoon spa, and the Golden Circle sightseeing route are included in the price.

Iceland is at your feet, and your time is your own. There are no buses to meet nor tour guides to obey on a self-drive tour. 

As your days are filled with the wonder and beauty of Iceland’s history, culture, and scenery, so are your nights. The darkness, so pervasive in the long night...


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


Super Jeep
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Ice Caving


Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
West Iceland

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The Blue Lagoon is a beautiful swimming pool on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Arrival in Iceland & Reykjanes Peninsula

Pick up your car at Keflavík International Airport before driving to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavík. On the way, you'll have time to explore the Reykjanes Peninsula with its striking coastline and bubbling geothermal areas.

You can also choose to visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day or leave it until your last day, if your arrival time does not...

Day 2
Hraunfossar is one of the most serene and peaceful waterfalls in west Iceland.

Volcano Crater & Waterfalls

Your second day begins with a drive north through the Hvalfjarðargöng undersea tunnel, which will take you to your first stop in the town of Borgarnes, home to one of the most influential Vikings in the Icelandic sagas, Skallagrimur of Egils saga.

Be sure to visit the Icelandic Settlement Centre before you continue your journey north to learn more about the f...

Day 3
Kirkjufell is a beautiful mountain in west Iceland, shaped like a pyramid or arrow head.

National Park of Snæfellsjökull

Today, you will explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and discover picturesque mountains, hiking trails and small villages. From the small village of Stykkishólmur, you can go on an optional Viking Sushi boat ride and taste some fresh seafood as you sail between the many islands of the wide fjord Breiðafjörður, enjoying the sights and sounds of the sea.

Mount Kir...

Day 4
Búðir is a church on a windswept lava field on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Mesmerizing Coastline - Lava Cave Vatnshellir

You'll have the day in Snæfellsnes to explore and experience the area. You can take a hiking trip on the black sands at Djúpalón and enjoy the sight of the Lóndrangar rock formation. Who knows, you might see Greenland in the distance, far across the ocean. If you want so do some underground exploring, you can visit the mysterious Vatnshellir Lava Tube Cave w...

Day 5
The geyser Strokkur erupts very regularly, so visitors don't need to wait long to see this great marvel at work.

The Golden Circle

Some of Iceland's most remarkable attractions are located on the classic route called the Golden Circle. Departing from Reykjavik, you reach the National Park of Thingvellir, where Christianity was established in Iceland more than 1000 years ago. The geological and historical importance of Thingvellir is immense for Icelanders. This area also holds the best...

Day 6
On the shore of Iceland's capital is a beautiful sculpture called the Sun Voyager.


Make the most of your final day in Iceland. If your flight from Keflavik is in the afternoon, you may have time for a relaxing visit to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon, or even a short drive around the volcanic Reykjanes peninsula if you didn't do so on your first day. Be careful not to lose track of time and miss your flight, though!

If you visited the Blue L...


What to bring

Warm clothes
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.

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.

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