5 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Northern Lights Holiday by Lake Myvatn

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Avoid the crowds, hunt for the Northern Lights and explore north Iceland with this five-day winter self-drive package. This tour includes flights from Reykjavík Domestic Airport to...

Avoid the crowds, hunt for the Northern Lights and explore north Iceland with this five-day winter self-drive package. This tour includes flights from Reykjavík Domestic Airport to Akureyri, the Capital of the North, and should appeal to any seeking to explore this quieter but no less spectacular corner of Iceland.

This tour begins when you arrive at Akureyri's Domestic Airport, just half-hour's flight from Keflavík, the port of arrival for the vast majority of Iceland's guests. You will pick up your rental car here, then have five days to get to know this region.

North Iceland boasts beautiful towns, the incredible Lake Mývatn area, spectacular geology, countless waterfalls and a wealth of geothermal energy. Due to the fact its population is centred in just a few places, there i...


Return flights to Akureyri from Reykjavík Domestic Airport
4 nights of accommodation with private facilities and continental breakfast
Vehicle for 4 days (4x4 Jeep/SUV. Kia Sorento or similar)
CDW, SCDW and gravel protection insurance for vehicle
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


Whale Watching
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Self drive


North Iceland

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to Akureyri

On your first day, you will arrive in the largest town of north Iceland, Akureyri, after taking a flight from Reykjavik Domestic Airport; your rental car will be waiting for you here, allowing you to begin your adventure as soon as you have your bags.

Akureyri is a fabulous place to spend the first day of your holiday. The town is surrounded by beautiful moun...

Day 2

Drive to Myvatn

On the second day of your self-drive tour of North Iceland, you will head to the area's most famous feature, Lake Mývatn. This expanse of water is stunning in winter, often frozen and surrounded by spectacular snowscapes. The area is also known for its incredible geology; you'll see pillars of basalt towering from the ice, bizarre yet beautiful pseudocrater'...

Day 3

Myvatn and its surroundings

Your third day in north Iceland is made for adventure. While you are welcome to simply continue relaxing and sightseeing around the Mývatn area on your own accord, there are several tours you can take to add something special to your trip.

The first of these is a super jeep tour that will take you into the northern reaches of Vatnajökull National Park to the...

Day 4

Return to Akureyri

On the fourth day of your self-drive up north, you will return to Akureyri. Be sure to visit any of the sites you may have missed in the Mývatn area, such as Dimmuborgir and Goðafoss Waterfall, so that you know that you have made the very most of the region.

Once back in Akureyri, you can enjoy the museums, architecture and shopping, or else elect to go on on...

Day 5


On your last day, you will have to return your car to Akureyri Airport in time for your flight; if you have some time in the morning, be sure to check out any sites in the town that you missed, perhaps grabbing lunch at one of the many fine restaurants or checking out some of the unique boutiques.


What to bring

Warm Clothes
Drivers Licence
Winter hiking shoes

Good to know

It is strongly recommended that you book your international flight into Iceland to arrive at least a day before your tour begins. This is because you will take a domestic flight from Reykjavík to Akureyri on the first day.

You should also book your international flight out of Iceland at least a day after the tour finishes to allow for the flight back to Reykjavík.

A valid driver's license is required for this Self Drive Tour, along with a one-year-long on-road experience.

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Car Model

Guide to Iceland has a great selection of vehicles and seek to provide you with the best available car from our preferred rental operators of great service quality. Due to increased demand for travel services in Iceland and low availability, travel companies in Iceland can not guarantee a specific brand of vehicles for self drive tours. The earlier you reserve the better flexibility we can provide. We offer a choice of manual or automatic transmission, and all our rental cars come equipped with a GPS system and basic CDW insurance. Below you can see the categories of vehicles we have on offer. We recommend a comfort 4X4 as a minimal standard for winter traveling due to icy and challenging road conditions. You are welcome to contact our travel adviser to add on more insurances and choose a specific car model for a customized upgrade.

Comfort 4X4

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


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.


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.