9 Day Self-Drive Winter Tour | Snaefellsnes Peninsula, South Coast, and Ice Cave

Free pickup
No credit card fees
No booking fees
Duration
9 days
Difficulty
Medium
Free pickup
Reykjavík

Book this incredible self-drive tour to make the most of nine days in Iceland. This tour is perfect for those who wish for the opportunity to see Iceland’s best-known sites, to mar...

Book this incredible self-drive tour to make the most of nine days in Iceland. This tour is perfect for those who wish for the opportunity to see Iceland’s best-known sites, to marvel over its hidden gems, and who desire the freedom to explore in their own time.

On this drive, you will see the world-famous Golden Circle, the diverse landscapes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and the wonders of the South Coast. You will also receive a ticket to the famous Blue Lagoon where you can relax in the warm azure waters of the spa.

You will have opportunities to do more than just sightseeing, however; as you book, you will find adventures that you can pick and choose to add on to each day, such as snorkelling, caving, snowmobiling and glacier hiking. You will even have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to v...

Included

8 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
Vehicle for 9 days (VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar. Upgrades available)
CDW and SCDW insurance along gravel protection for car rental
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
Caving
Snowmobile
Sightseeing
Hot Spring Bathing
Ice Caving
Self drive

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
Reykjavík
Jökulsárlón
Hvítá River
Vatnajökull
Snæfellsjökull
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arriving in Iceland

You will arrive at Keflavík Airport on day one, pick up your car and make your way over to your accommodation in Reykjavík. If you have the time and inclination, you could opt to go to the Blue Lagoon on this day to unwind after the flight or save it until later in the holiday. You could also use the day to explore the geological and geothermal marvels of th...

Day 2

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

On your second day, you will make your way north-west to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. En route, you will be driving past many of West Iceland’s most notable sites, so feel free to detour to destinations such as Barnafoss waterfall and Europe’s highest-flowing hot-spring, Deildartunguhver.

The peninsula itself is often called ‘Iceland in Miniature’ due to the in...

Day 3

The Golden Circle

On your third day, you will leave Snæfellsnes for the most popular tourist trail in Iceland: the Golden Circle. There are three main sites of the Golden Circle, although, with your custom itinerary, you will be able to find many unique and lesser-known places in the surrounding area.

The first main destination is Þingvellir National Park, the only UNESCO Worl...

Day 4

South Coast to Vik

On day four, you will head to the South Coast, and witness the many wonders just off of the main road.

The first sites you may wish to stop at are at two of Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is a stunning fall, that tumbles in a thin stream from a concave cliff. Skógafoss, a little further east, is a similar height, at around sixty metres, but...

Day 5

South Coast to Hofn

On day five, you will drive the rest of the South Coast. The south-easterly corner of the country is renowned for two incredible places: Skaftafell Nature Reserve and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Skaftafell was once a National Park in its own right because of its incredible beauty before it was enveloped by the greater Vatnajökull National Park. Sat in the...

Day 6

The Ice Cave and South-East

Stay in the South-East of Iceland on this sixth day of your journey. If you selected to do so while booking, today is the day you'll visit an authentic ice cave. 

The ice caves are incredibly rare and unique phenomena that only appear during the winter, thus opportunities to enter them are hard to come by. Make sure you don't forget your camera as after being...

Day 7

Hofn to Reykjavik

You will return to Reykjavík on your seventh day, driving all the way back along the South Coast. On this day, you can reference your itinerary, and visit the places that you could not fit into your earlier journey. There are many unique sites just a little off the road so that the long journey can be broken up with many rewarding stops.

Just off the main roa...

Day 8

Day in Reykjavik

Your eighth day can be spent enjoying Reykjavík’s vibrant culture. There is a wealth of things to do, with walking tours, museums, galleries, restaurants and many shops.

Visiting a swimming pool in Iceland is an activity not exclusive to summer. Do as the locals and check out the warm waters of a geothermal pool even if it is snowing. Some say that the best t...

Day 9

Departure

On day nine, you will need to return to Keflavík International Airport to drop off your vehicle. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to return your car and make your departing flight. 

If you are lucky enough to have a late flight, you can explore Reykjavík better today. Maybe check out a bakery in the morning and try 'snúður' a rolled up bread filled w...

Map

What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothes
Camera
Winter hiking shoes
Valid driver's license
Swimsuit and towel

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.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activ...

Accommodation

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. 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). Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available hotels and guesthouses 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. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. The sooner you reserve the higher quality accommodation we can provide. Press choose a date at the top to find availability.

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.

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.