Iceland winter self drive trip

Your winter self-drive

From
650€/pers
Duration
4 days / 3 nights

A few days in Iceland during winter

A four day stop-over or long weekend in Iceland and you don´t want to stay in Reykjavík?
Well we have the Iceland self drive for you!
This Iceland road trip allows you to see all the attractions of South Iceland allowing you to spend every night in the tranquillity of the countryside. This Iceland travel takes you from the wonders of the Golden Circle; Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss and the awe inspiring scenery of the south coast; Eyjafjallajokull, Myrdalsjokull, Seljalandsfoss, Skogarfoss and Dyrholaey to the geothermal marvels of the Reykjanes Peninsula; Krysuvik with its boiling mud pools and steaming fissures and of course the world renowned Blue Lagoon not to mention the rocky and remote isolation of its wild coastline. Iceland trip as it should be, quiet, beautiful immense, leaving you with a true appreciation of Iceland self drive in just four days of Iceland travel.

This Iceland trip is available in winter but all year around also 

The route
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Reykjavik

Arrival at Keflavik international airport where you pick up your rental car

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Golden Circle

Start your Iceland self drive by exploring the oceanic rift as you hike around the national park at Thingvellir

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South coast

Observe the seemingly infinite waterfalls that descend from their mighty summits that contrast with the valleys and black sand beaches as you drive between the Icelandic highlands and the North Atlantic Ocean

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Reykjanes peninsula

This day of Iceland travel is dedicated to exploring the Reykjanes Peninsula

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Reykjavik

Your last day in Iceland and it´s time to return your rental car at the Keflavik International airport

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Your Iceland winter self drive trip day by day itinerary

Day 1

Keflavik airport – Reykjavik – Golden Circle

250 km. 4-6hrs 

Arrival at Keflavik international airport where you pick up your rental car and start your Iceland self drive by exploring the oceanic rift as you hike around the national park at Thingvellir before moving onto the geothermal area of Geysir, the grandfather of them all! Its is here where you can see the Strokkur geyser spouting water and steam around 100° C about 20 m in the air.
Next up on your Iceland travel is experiencing the power of the Gullfoss waterfall and the deep ravine it has created over many centuries before heading off to your accommodation for the night to complete your first day of your Iceland trip.

Staying overnight in the Fludir area. 

Day 2

The Golden Circle - Vik

250 km approx. 4hrs 

The second day of your Iceland travel takes you to experience the majesty of the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcanic glacier (A-ja-fjart-la-yo-kilt, that´s the one) and its equally breath-taking cousin – the Katla glacial volcano. Observe the seemingly infinite waterfalls that descend from their mighty summits that contrast with the valleys and black sand beaches as you drive between the Icelandic highlands and the North Atlantic Ocean.
Visit the eye-catching Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss waterfalls and then go back in time at the Skogar historical museum to get an insight into Iceland´s past.

Staying overnight in the Vik region. 

Day 3

The South Coast – The Reykjanes peninsula

250 km approx. 3-4 hrs 

This day of Iceland travel is dedicated to exploring the Reykjanes Peninsula. Say farewell to southern Iceland as you head west to the Reykjanes Peninsula where you will discover a landscape that manifests the raw power of volcanic activity; ancient moss-covered lava fields and their irregular formations dominate this harsh and isolated geothermal peninsula which is the home to the geothermal park at Krysuvik and of course, The world famous Blue Lagoon, essential for any Iceland self drive or indeed, any Iceland trip.

Day 4

Reykjanes – Keflavik

50 to 100 km approx. 1-2hrs 

Your last day in Iceland and it´s time to return your rental car at the Keflavik International airport in time for your flight home. Depending on your flight time, you can either drive directly to the airport or check out more of the Reykjanes region and there is always time for a dip in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon to relax before your flight.(see day 1).

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Your accomodation during your Iceland winter self drive trip

Take your pick: hotels, mountain huts, campsites…

Hostel 

If you have a backpacker’s soul, a small budget, or are travelling to Iceland alone, this may be a good option for you.

Guesthouse 

Whether they are someone’s actual home or an establishment more like a cosy and simple inn, Reykjavik guesthouses most often offer the best access to downtown.

3 Star Hotel 

Three star hotels are often in the middle of downtown areas. When they are not, they are about ten minutes away by taxi or bus. The accommodations are simple but many offer possible upgrades and triple rooms if travelling as a family.

4 Star Hotel 

Since extravagance and 5 star hotels are hard to come by in Iceland, these are the most deluxe options for your stay. The downtown hotels are comfortable, centrally located and reasonably spacious. They have quality restaurants and excellent efficient service.

Appartment 

If you chose to do this Iceland travel with your family or in a group of friends, you can rent apartments in Reykjavik by the day or by the week.

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Price per person from 650€ to 800€

In guesthouse or hotel, from October to April:

  • In room with private facilities: from 750 to 800 Euros/pers. depending on season and car category
  • In room without private facilities: from 650 to 700 Euros/pers. depending on season and car category

Final price varies depending on the number of people, the season and the category of vehicle.

Included in this travel

  • 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

  • Your international flight to Iceland
  • Meals, drinks and personal expenses
  • International flights in and out of Iceland, airport taxes and travel insurance
  • Super CDW insurance and gravel protection (SCDW) including excess liability charges
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Friendly advice for your Iceland South Coast express self-drive:

  • Don´t miss the chance to bathe in the warm water of a natural hot spring during this Iceland trip
  • In winter, leave the city lights of Reykjavik in order to fully enjoy northern lights.
  • Winter in Iceland offers the possibility to partake in many exciting activities such as Dog sledding and snowmobiling, why not add a fun activity to your Iceland Self drive? Just ask us!
The options
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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Your winter self-drive

From
650€/pers
Duration
4 days / 3 nights
Highlights

  • A Golden Circle tour including the wonders of Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir
  • Explore South Iceland´s glaciers and volcanoes, bird cliffs and black sand beaches
  • Visit Blue Lagoon and relax in an outdoor spa
  • You set the pace of your Iceland self drive, we show you the way
  • Nature as it is meant to be – Peaceful, quiet and beautiful!
  • Natural hot pools and secret springs
  • Iceland trip available all year around!
  • Make the most of your trans-Atlantic flight and see Iceland at its best
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