Best 7-Day Winter Self-Drive Tour in Iceland

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Keflavík Airport (KEF), Iceland
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Keflavík Airport (KEF), Iceland
7 days & 6 nights
Sept. - Apr.
6 nights included
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7 days included


Spend a week exploring the majesty of Iceland's nature on your terms with this seven-day self-drive winter tour. Guests who want to explore the wonders of South and West Iceland at their own pace with a fully prepared itinerary should book this highly-rated self-drive tour now. 

When you book this tour, you'll receive a detailed itinerary with your booking. You won't have to spend weeks planning the perfect trip to Iceland because your personal travel consultant will do the hard work for you and ensure you don't miss the best attractions. They'll also be available to speak to you by phone or email seven days a week, any time of day or night. 

You'll start your flexible self-drive adventure at Keflavik International Airport, where you'll collect a comfortable car. All rental vehicles have onboard Wi-Fi, so your friends and family can stay connected as you travel around the highlights of Iceland's South Coast. 

Your week-long tour will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation around some of Iceland's most incredible natural attractions. You can explore geysers, waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, hot springs, and all three of Iceland's national parks. Travel at your own pace each day without worrying about other travelers or tour groups. 

You'll also be able to participate in various adventures during your trip. Optional add-ons for this self-drive winter tour include glacier hiking, snowmobiling, lava caving, and even winter snorkeling in the Silfra fissure. 

Guests looking for something extra special should book an ice-caving tour, one of the most sought-after experiences in Iceland in winter. These unbelievably beautiful ice caves are found in very few places on Earth and boast otherworldly colors and textures. The caves change every year as glacial ice melts and refreezes.

Alternatively, book an Inside the Volcano tour with an expert local guide in September or October to explore an empty magma chamber. 

Since this is a winter tour, you'll even have the chance to witness the unforgettable spectacle of the northern lights. Because you're driving yourself, you'll be able to spend as long as you like hunting the aurora borealis without the time constraints of tour guides or other guests. 

In fact, on self-drive tours such as this one, your only commitments are reaching your excursions at the meeting time and getting to your hotels each evening. Otherwise, how you spend each day is entirely up to you. 

This self-drive tour includes your accommodation, car, and itinerary, yet you still have the freedom to travel your way. There's no risk when booking because you can receive a full refund up to 24 hours before departure should your plans change.

After a brilliant vacation, you'll drop your car back at Keflavik airport in time for your flight home.

Don’t miss this slow-paced, seven-day self-drive around Iceland’s south and west in winter. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Six nights of accommodation.
Continental breakfast on all days
New rental car for seven days
CDW car rental insurance
Gravel protection car insurance
Unlimited Mileage
Unlimited in-car Wi-Fi
Detailed itinerary & travel plan
Personal travel agent
24/7 helpline
VAT & all taxes


Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world.Reykjavík / 2 nights
Beautiful coastal geology helps to define the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.Snæfellsnes / 1 night
An abandoned house on the Reykjanes Peninsula presents a striking contrast against a lush green landscape.Southwest Iceland / 1 night
Dyrhólaey peninsula from east to westSouth Coast / 1 night
The Vatnajokull glacier in Southeast Iceland.Southeast Iceland / 1 night
Image of the town on Heimaey, Westman Island.Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)



Seals hauling out at Ytri Tunga.Ytri Tunga Beach
Búðakirkja Church bathed by the Northern LightsBudir
Lóndrangar under the midnight sun.Lóndrangar
Djupalonssandur has beautiful natural featuresDjupalonssandur
Snæfellsjökull glacier above the black church at Búðir village.Snæfellsjökull
Mount Kirkjufell on Snaefellsnes peninsula is one of the most iconic mountains in IcelandKirkjufell
Þingvellir National Park is Iceland's only UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the major stops along the world famous Golden Circle sightseeing route.Thingvellir
Geysir is a dormant hot spring in the geothermal area, Haukadalur Valley, found in South Iceland.Geysir
Long-exposure photo of Gullfoss waterfall on a cloudy dayGullfoss
Þingvellir National Park, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on Iceland’s mainland, is birthplace of the country’s parliament.Kerið
Seljalandsfoss on the South Coast of Iceland bathed in the otherworldly light of the midnight sun.Seljalandsfoss
The mighty Skógafoss waterfallSkógafoss
Reynisfjara beach and Reynisdrangar cliffs in winterReynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Arial view of Reynisdrangar and Mt. ReynisfjallReynisdrangar
Skaftafell Nature Preserve can be found in Öræfasveit, the western region of Austur-Skaftafellssýsla in Iceland.Skaftafell
Svartifoss in Skaftafell Nature Reserve in summer.Svartifoss
Jökulsárlón is one of Iceland's most popular and unique attractionsJökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The icy diamonds of Diamond BeachDiamond Beach
Kleifarvatn is the third largest lake in Iceland.Kleifarvatn
Gunnuhver is one of the geothermal areas on the Reykjanes Peninsula.Gunnuhver


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Hot Spring Bathing
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Ice Caving
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Day 1

Day 1 – Reykjavík

  • Reykjavík - Arrival day
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The first day of your self-drive tour takes you into Reykjavik for an afternoon of sightseeing, with an optional stop at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

When you land at Keflavik International Airport, you'll find your rental car company waiting to give you the keys to your vehicle. You can leave the airport to start your adventure once you've loaded your luggage into the car.

Depending on your flight's arrival time, you may want to go straight to Reykjavik or book an optional stop at the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the soothing, mineral-rich waters.

Tickets for the Blue Lagoon fill up quickly, so you'll want to ask your travel consultant to book your entry ticket before you arrive in Iceland. Alternatively, you can book the Blue Lagoon ticket for another time during your self-drive tour. You can relax in the geothermal waters and enjoy a silica-rich face mask to soothe your skin when you're here.

From here, you can explore other sights on the Reykjanes Peninsula before you travel to Reykjavik. The peninsula is an area of high geothermal and volcanic activity. Visit the Krysuvik geothermal area to see hot springs, bubbling mud pots, and fumaroles, or go to the Fagradalsfjall volcano to see the recent eruption site. 

You can now travel by car to Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital city. Reykjavik has everything a modern capital should have — beautiful architecture, excellent museums and galleries, world-class restaurants, and lively nightlife. 

Explore the city center on foot and take in the sights before heading to your accommodation for a good night's rest. If you've still got the energy and the aurora forecast looks good, you could drive out of the city to see if you can spot the northern lights in the Icelandic countryside before going to bed.

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Day 2

Day 2 – Snæfellsnes

  • Snæfellsnes
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  • Ytri Tunga Beach
  • Budir hamlet
  • Londrangar Basalt Cliffs
  • Djupalonssandur black pebble beach
  • Snaefellsjokull
  • Kirkjufell Mountain
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Day two of your Icelandic self-drive winter vacation takes you into West Iceland to visit the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, known as "Iceland in Miniature," thanks to the diversity of its attractions. 

You'll drive north out of Reykjavik through some splendid countryside. You can take the tunnel under the Hvalfjordur fjord to reach the Snaefellsnes Peninsula quickly or take a more scenic route and drive around the fjord's edge. You can make several stops and short detours on the way. Many visitors stop at the village of Borgarnes, the Glymur waterfall, and the Eldborg crater. 

Once you reach the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, you'll travel along its southern shore and quickly notice the region's diversity. Stop at the Gerduberg cliffs and Ytri Tunga beach to admire basalt columns and other geological features, then continue to the Raudfeldsgja gorge. 

Other beautiful places to stop include the abandoned hamlet of Budir and the basalt fortress of Londrangar. 

At the peninsula's western tip, you'll find Snaefellsjokull National Park, one of three national parks in Iceland. Snaefellsjokull is a glacier-capped volcano with twin peaks visible all over the peninsula on clear days. There are several hiking routes and walking paths in the national park that you can follow.

From here, you can continue onto the northern edge of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, enjoying views over the Breidafjordur bay and the various islands that lead out to the Westfjords. Drive along the peninsula's north coast and stop to take photos on the way. 

Don't forget to stop at the Kirkjufell mountain, one of Iceland's most photographed natural sights. This iconic cone-shaped mountain has walking paths around it, and the nearby Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall makes an excellent place for a stroll. 

Travelers visiting in September or October can also participate in an "Into the Volcano" excursion today. You'll have the chance to descend into the chamber of the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano and explore its vast cavern dyed brightly with the elements of the earth. 

This tour will take up much of your day, but the longer daylight hours in September and October mean you should have plenty of time to explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. 

Your accommodation for tonight is located on the peninsula.

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Day 3

Day 3 – Southwest Iceland

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  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Kerid Crater
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Day three of your week-long winter holiday to Iceland takes you around the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route. 

You'll wake up on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and will drive from West Iceland toward the start of the Golden Circle, Iceland's most popular tourist route. Since this is a self-drive tour, you also have the freedom and flexibility to spend more time on the peninsula before you leave.

On your way to the Golden Circle, you can detour to the Vidgelmir cave if you chose a lava-caving tour when booking. This excursion is a fantastic way to explore the world beneath Iceland's lava fields and learn about the dramatic volcanic forces that shaped the island nation.

From here, you'll travel into Thingvellir National Park, a spectacular expanse of natural countryside located between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The valley has incredible terrain, with forests, lava fields, and waterways leading to the country's largest natural lake. 

During your time at Thingvellir, you'll also have the chance to take a pre-booked snorkeling tour in the Silfra fissure. The water in this spring is so clear that you can see more than 325 feet (about 100 meters) in front of you. It filters through volcanic rock for over 100 years before reaching this pool. Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

You'll receive a dry suit to keep you warm and dry in the water throughout this adventure, and Silfra's gentle current makes it a surprisingly easy activity.

Thingvellir National Park has enormous appeal, even for those who want to keep both feet firmly planted on dry land. You can explore the beautiful nature around you and learn more about its integral role in Iceland's political history.

The second site of the Golden Circle is the Geysir geothermal area, home to some of the world's most famous geysers. While Geysir is inactive these days, the nearby Strokkur geyser erupts every few minutes, shooting pillars of steam and water into the sky in a spectacular display.

The final attraction on the Golden Circle route is the majestic and powerful Gullfoss waterfall. Though these are the three most renowned attractions, your itinerary will list plenty of lesser-known sites and hidden gems in the area that you can visit before retiring for the evening.

You'll now head to a hotel in the Southwest Iceland countryside for a good night's sleep. Be sure to look for the aurora borealis before bed.

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Day 4

Day 4 – South Coast

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  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks
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Spend the fourth day of your week in Iceland traversing the spectacular South Coast, another of the country's prime sightseeing stretches.

The waterfalls you'll visit early in your journey (Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss) are two of the most spectacular in the country. Both are almost 200 feet (about 60 meters) tall, but Seljalandsfoss is renowned for the enormous cavern behind it, while Skogafoss is more famous for its impressive power.

As you continue along the South Coast, you can glimpse the Eyjafjallajokull volcano and Myrdalsjokull glacier to your left on a clear day. Eyjafjallajokull famously erupted in 2010 and grounded planes across Europe due to the enormous ash cloud.

There are two options for excursions on the Myrdalsjokull glacier. The first is a snowmobiling tour, allowing you to race across the ice cap's gleaming, snowy plains. Such an excursion is the perfect choice for adrenaline lovers, although those seeking out the country's most spectacular views will also appreciate the magical vistas from the summit.

Alternatively, you can enjoy a glacier hike on Solheimajokull, an outlet glacier from Myrdalsjokull. This adventure is perfect for those who want a little physical activity and are keen to see glacial crevasses and ice walls up close. The panoramas from its heights are just as beautiful.

You'll continue along the South Coast until you reach the beautiful Reynisfjara black-sand beach. This beach is famous for its eerie volcanic sand and powerful waves. Walk along the jet-black sands and admire the view of the Reynisdrangar sea stacks standing proudly in the Atlantic Ocean.

The nearby village of Vik is one of the southernmost points in Iceland, and this is where you'll spend the evening. Vik offers beautiful views over Reynisfjara beach and is a fantastic place to wait for the northern lights to appear on a clear night. 

Enjoy a delicious Icelandic dinner in Vik and head to South Iceland accommodation for a good night's sleep.

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Day 5

Day 5 – Southeast Iceland

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  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Svartifoss
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
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Day five of your self-drive winter holiday to Iceland lets you discover the wonders of Vatnajokull National Park. 

You’ll leave your accommodation in the morning and travel into the national park. On the way, you’ll pass through beautiful, diverse scenery and historic locations, including the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

One of the best places to admire the spectacular landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park is the Skaftafell nature reserve. This area is sheltered by several glacier tongues and defined by its terrain of lava fields, lagoons, and geological structures. 

If you missed the first glacier tour, you could organize a glacier hiking tour on the Svinafellsjokull ice cap. This glacier is known for its distinctive ridges, making it a brilliant place to learn about glacial power and structures. 

Another favorite feature in the nature reserve is the Svartifoss waterfall. This beautiful waterfall is surrounded by hexagonal basalt columns that form as lava cools quickly. Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see such structures, and you’ll be able to get up close to them on this self-drive tour. 

From here, you’ll continue to another area of the national park, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Known as the crown jewel of Iceland, this stunning glacial lake is dotted with enormous icebergs that drift from the tongue of the Vatnajokull glacier. The icebergs float in the water and drift onto shore on the Diamond Beach.

The icebergs are massive in size and quantity, making this an unforgettable experience. Ensure your camera has plenty of battery to capture some photos of your time here. You might even be lucky to spot some of the seals that call this area home. You can often see them swimming in the waters or resting on a floating iceberg.

Your accommodation for tonight is in Southeast Iceland, so enjoy the magnificent views as long as you like. 

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Day 6

Day 6 – Reykjavík

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  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Vestmannaeyjar / Heimaey
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The penultimate day of your winter holiday in Iceland takes you on an ice-caving adventure before your return to Reykjavik.

Travelers enjoying this seven-day self-drive tour between October and March can book an optional add-on that takes them into the depths of a glacial ice cave. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is one of the most sought-after tours in Iceland in winter, so you must ask your travel consultant to book your place on the excursion in plenty of time.

You’ll drive from your accommodation to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon car park, where you’ll meet the other guests on this excursion. The group will travel in a super jeep to a remote corner of the Vatnajokull National Park. 

The expert guide leading the tour will provide you with the necessary safety gear and take you into the mouth of an ice cave on a glacier. You can see bright-blue ice walls and learn how the constant melting and refreezing of the ice forms the otherworldly shapes you encounter. 

You’ll have plenty of time in the cave to take photos and ask your guide questions before you return to the super jeep and the glacier lagoon. From here, you can drive along the South Coast back to Reykjavik. 

If you visit in September or April, the ice cave tours don’t run, as the weather isn’t cold enough to form the caves. However, you could book a boat trip on the lagoon for up-close iceberg viewing, an activity not available in the depths of winter.

Then, head to Reykjavik in your own time to enjoy more sightseeing in the capital or the surrounding area. 

Along the way, you can stop at lesser-known sites and hidden gems in the area that other travelers might not have time to visit. For example, the Fjallsarlon glacier lagoon and the Kvernufoss waterfall are excellent additions to an Icelandic self-drive tour. 

When you arrive in Reykjavik, you can check into your final night’s accommodation and make the most of the city’s nightlife. Reykjavik is known for its excellent live music nights and friendly atmosphere, so you’ll have a great time celebrating your trip.

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Day 7

Day 7 – Reykjavík

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  • Kleifarvatn
  • Krýsuvík
  • Gunnuhver
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On your final day in Iceland, it'll be time to head to the airport and make your way home. 

You'll wake up in your comfortable accommodation in Reykjavik after an enjoyable evening experiencing the city's restaurants and bars. Depending on your flight's departure time, you might be able to spend the morning and afternoon sightseeing. 

If you have time, you can visit more of Reykjavik's most popular attractions, such as the Hallgrimskirkja church, the Harpa Concert Hall, or the Perlan Museum.

For those drawn to the arts and culture, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Museum of Iceland offer a rich delve into the Icelandic heritage and contemporary art scenes. Alternatively, stroll down Laugavegur, the city's main shopping street, where you can find numerous boutiques selling local crafts, fashion, and iconic Icelandic wool sweaters.

Don't miss out on the gastronomic delights at the city's vibrant food halls, where you can taste an array of international and Icelandic cuisines to round off your journey.

The final day of your tour can also be the perfect time to visit the Blue Lagoon spa. You'll be able to relax and unwind before your flight home as you reminisce about your experiences in the land of ice and fire. 

Head to the airport in time to drop off your rental car and check in. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you'll return to Iceland soon.

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What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Sturdy hiking shoes
Hat, gloves, and scarf
Driver's license
Refillable water bottle
Camera and charger
Swimsuit and towel

Good to know

Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavik City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license is required, along with at least one year of on-road experience. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better suit your arrival date and time.

The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and, therefore, cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximize your chances of seeing them if weather conditions allow.

Some optional activities might require you to have a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkeling, and participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

In cases of extreme weather, certain activities can be canceled at short notice. If this happens, we'll assist you with rearranging or replacing the activity. Any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

Please note that this tour is available to book from September to May, but the ice caves are only accessible between November and March. Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the winter. We recommend bringing shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers, which you can purchase in many supermarkets and gas stations around Iceland.

Gravel protection is not included if you choose a Toyota Aygo or similar.

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