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Hot springs and Aurora trip

5 days / 4 nights

Your hot springs and northern lights trip in Iceland

Think outside the box and experience Iceland during the magical winter. You don´t have to be a great adventurer to partake in this winter Iceland self drive! Quite the contrary, over the course of 5 days, you will receive a unique experience with this Iceland travel through the pristine landscapes of a countryside covered in snow. Here, the worlds of fire and ice converge and it is easy to imagine the world´s creation as you view the magic of the Northern Lights dancing above this surreal landscape… Throughout this Iceland self drive tour, you´ll have the chance to submerse yourself in hot pools that ignore the harshness of the artic climate as you bathe in their soothing waters to the point of blissful relaxation and, if mother nature allows, gaze blissfully upon the Aurora Borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights and in Iceland; Nordurljos! If fate is not so accommodating, you can leave the comfort of your accommodation and go on your own Iceland Northern Lights safari in search of the Aurora phenomenon.

Not to mention the inevitable trip to the MUST DO winter experience; The Blue Lagoon! Iceland Travel feasible from October to April.

Regions visited during this trip to Iceland : Reykjavik | Golden Circle | South Coast

N.B.: This trip to Iceland is an individual tailor-made tour, to be personalized with our Iceland specialist advisors.

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Your hot springs and northern lights day by day itinerary

Day 1

Keflavik - Reykjavik

Arrival at Keflavik International Airport. Rental vehicle pickup and embark on your Iceland self drive. A detour is possible at the Blue Lagoon before heading to Reykjavik or you can keep the pleasures of bathing in this futuristic setting for the end of your stay. Check into your accommodation and spend the evening at your leisure in the world´s northernmost capital.

Distance travelled: 50 km, 1h

Night in Reykjavik.

Day 2

Reykjavik - Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss


Begin to discover the famous “Golden Circle“, a highlight of your Iceland travel. First stop at Thingvellir to explore the oceanic rift as well as the site of the oldest parliament in the world. Continue along the frozen waters of Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland´s largest, towards Laugarvatn for a stop at the soothing waters of the Fontana Spa. Those brave enough will be able to test their resistance to cold by alternating between icy waters of Lake Laugarvatn and the warm tranquillity of the Fontana spa as you immerse yourself in fire and ice! Then comes the time to discover the Geysir and Strokkur geysers which, in winter as in summer, spouts skywards twenty meters every few minutes. A little further and you will admire the Gullfoss waterfall where the Hvita river has created an impressive canyon where winters harshness shapes beautiful ice sculptures.

Distance travelled: 150 km, 2h30

Night in the Geysir or Fludir areas.

Day 3

Fludir - Skogar


On this day of you Iceland self drive you embark upon the south coast to discover the volcanic glaciers of Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. Black sand beaches and cliffs of columnar basalt that guard them as well as waterfalls and glacial tongues that slowing make their way towards the waiting shore. Stop at the Seljaland and Skogar waterfalls and visit the charming folk museum. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor swimming pool at Seljavallalaug. ( 30-35° c)

Distance travelled: 220 km, 4h

Night in the Geysir or Fludir areas.


Day 4

Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon

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Iceland Blue Lagoon

Coming to the end of your Iceland self drive you return towards the capital along the south coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula where lunar landscapes and wild coasts have been forged by numerous volcanic eruptions. Here, geothermal energy is manifested in many different forms from the bubbling mud pools at Krysuvik to the silky waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Distance travelled: 150 km, 3h

Night Reykjanes or Reykjavik

Day 5

Reyjanes or Reykjavik - Keflavik


Drive to Keflavik International Airport and end your Iceland travel by returning your rental vehicle and heading home. Note: Estimated driving time, not including longer stops such as visits, activities, lunch etc.

Distance travelled: 20-50 km


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Your accomodation during your hot springs and northern lights trip

Take your pick: hotels, mountain huts, campsites…

The vast majority of Icelandic establishments are modest, but clean and comfortable. Most of the guesthouses, farmhouses and hotels offer catering. Your accommodation will fall under whichever category of establishment you choose. There is also a camping option (all camping equipment provided). With our voucher system, you’ll be able to camp when and where you want, giving you as much freedom as you want to adapt your itinerary based on the weather as well as your own location choices.

We recommend that your book your Iceland self-drive as soon as possible in order to have to the most choice when it comes to the establishment itself and the type of accommodation you stay in.

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Budget for your trip to Iceland

Starting price per person for this self drive from: 1100 €
Pricing based on two persons, double room, with a regular car, from October to April. 
In 3 stars hotels or guesthouses:
– In room with or without private facilities: from 1100 Euros/pers
*Final price varies depending on the number of people, the season, the accomodation and the category of vehicle.

Included in this travel

  • 1 night in Reykjavik in a double room with or without private bathroom, breakfast included.
  • 2 nights in the countryside in a double room with or without private bathroom, breakfast included.
  • 1 night near the Blue Lagoon in a double room with or without private bathroom, breakfast included.
  • Travel documents personalised to your Iceland self drive including a road map and a road book with a detailed day by day itinerary.
  • Rental of a two or four wheel drive vehicle for 4 days, unlimited kilometers, VAT, CDW insurance and second driver. Rental days are counted over periods of 24 hours. Fees apply if your flight schedules involve the start of a fifth rental day.
  • The entrance to the Blue Lagoon and towel rental included.
  • During your Iceland travel, a 24/7 telephone helpline provided by Iceland Like A Local.

Not included in this travel

  • International flights in and out of Iceland, airport taxes and travel insurance
  • Meals, drinks and personal expenses
  • Fuel for your car.
  • Optional visits and activities.
  • Admission to sites that charge for visits.
  • Super CDW insurance and gravel protection (SCDW) including excess liability charges.
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Friendly advice for your hot springs and northern lights trip in Iceland :

  • A self drive in Iceland for the whole family during the holiday season in winter or on spring vacation.
  • From February to April you can enjoy more daylight as the days lengthen. In March, there are already more daylight than in most of Europe and North America!
  • Rent a 4×4 vehicle of category D or G for safer winter driving.
  • For a less nomadic Iceland self drive, consider our “Chalet/cottage in the South” Iceland travel option.
  • For a bit more adventure during your Iceland travel, either before or after your Iceland self drive join one of our snowshoeing expeditions to explore Iceland’s normally inaccessible interior with the comfort of lodging in the mountain hut at Landmannalaugar.
  • Enhance your Iceland self drive with an exotic Greenland travel extension.
The options
surf in iceland

Surfing the Artic waves

Surfing in Iceland ?

Of course it is possible, come surf the cold Arctic waves !

Discover one of the most surprising activities to do in Iceland!

This 8 hours excursion starts with a visit of the wonders of the Reykjanes peninsula before jumping onto your surfboard ! To surf the best waves in the best conditions, keep an ear out to the precious local advices, they always love to share their tips for this unique experience!

This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding


380 € / 8 heures
ice cave iceland

Sleep in an ice cave

A unique experience!

Do you long to experience the deep cold? Well put on your crampons and helmet, grab your ice pick and traverse a glacier to explore an ice cave that will also be your accommodation for the night.

The exact location is confidential, but we can tell you that it is located 25 km from the Skaftafell region.

Once you have arrived at the Vatnajökull glacier, it’s time to meet your equipment! Helmets, crampons and ice picks will make sure you are properly prepared! Enter the ice cave and be amazed by the many focal points as you discover the various shades of blue created by the varied density of the ice.

After a local Icelandic diner, set out your sleeping bag and enjoy your night under the glacier. What an adventure!


This activity is available from mid-December to mid-March.

Note: This activity is not recommended for families and seniors.

This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding


1475 € / 2 days / 1 night
sleep in a yurt

Sleeping in a yurt in Iceland

An unexpected experience!

Thinking of sleeping in a yurt in Iceland? Well, it may seem unbelievable, but yes it is possible!

Make your trip to Iceland unforgettable spending a night in a yurt!

Embark on a zodiac tour to be able to reach a small isolated island in the middle of a glacier river (south Iceland).

You will find several yurts there. It’s time to reconnect with the nature and enjoy every second of this experience : it all starts off by turning your phone off, taking the fishing nets out of the water and season the fresh salmon for tonight’s bbq.

After stargazing and perhaps get the chance to see northern lights, slip under your sheepskin cover in your yurt for a lovely night..

This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding


655 € / 2 days / 1 night
Iceland Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Day Tour

Spend a relaxing  time in the Blue Lagoon

During your stay in Iceland you cannot miss a bath in this fountain of youth whose presence we owe to the island’s geothermal activity. Located about 50km from Reykjavik, you can spend a few relaxing hours there, or even the whole day! Open air baths in the Blue Lagoon’s turquoise waters and temperatures around 40°C (104°F) are an unforgettable experience.

Golden Circle Tour

A day to discover the “Golden Circle!”

This tour allows you to explore Iceland’s most iconic sites, only 100 km from Reykjavik, and to get your first look at the country’s untamed interior.

Meeting point: at your hotel at 8:30
Departure time: 09:00
Length of tour: 8 hours
Return: at 17:00 to your hotel

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Hot springs and Aurora trip

5 days / 4 nights

  • Discover in Iceland in comfort even as it lies under a blanket of snow and Ice.
  • An Iceland self drive that is compact but rich and full of variety.
  • The essential Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon experiences.
  • The Aurora season; From September to April and the magical light it brings
  • The luxury of stress free travel outside of the main tourist season.
  • Experience an artic winter in a safe environment without having to visit the North Pole.
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