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Winter Self Drive in Iceland

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Your winter self drive

8 days / 7 nights

Who said Iceland was unreachable for a winter break?

Definitely not us! This island and 100% nature welcomes you with open arms all year and in winter it is still splendid. Of course, landing in Iceland is a little bit like landing on the moon: Lava fields, total isolation and the darkness of the arctic nights. But if you look closely, you find that life is around every corner in these volcanic landscapes: geothermal baths in the middle of nature or in the futuristic scenery of the Blue Lagoon, very low sunlight and snow that reveal every detail of these magnificent landscapes; waterfalls that become ice sculptures, Black sand beaches sprinkled with snow And then you have the charm of Reykjavík, a human size capital where nature is never far away. In winter you will have the chance to observe one of nature’s most beautiful phenomena: The Northern lights. This environment which is raw, but welcoming at the same time is varied and secretive. Making Iceland one of the best winter destinations you could hope for, especially for an intimate and unique vacation.

Possible between October and April

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

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

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The first night is at your leisure in the world’s northernmost capital.

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Golden Circle

Today you’re off to discover Iceland’s famous Golden Circle

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Discover the marvels lying at the feet of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers

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Driving east, you’ll reach the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

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ontinue your discovery of the area surrounding the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest

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Reykjanes Peninsula

Return towards the capital by driving along the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula

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Drive on the shores of the long and impressive Hvalfjördur, or "whale fjord" until you reach the valley of Reykholt

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Return your rental car at Keflavik International Airport for your flight home.

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Your Winter Self Drive in Iceland day by day itinerary

Day 1

Keflavik - Reykjavík

50 km. 1hr 

Arrive at Keflavik International Airport. Rental car pick up and drive to Reykjavik. Settle in to your accommodation. The first night is at your leisure in the world’s northernmost capital.

Staying overnight Reykjavík. 

Day 2

Reykjavík - Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss

150 km approx. 2hrs 30min 

Today you’re off to discover Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. Your first stop will be Thingvellir to discover the effects of the oceanic rift and the site of the oldest parliament in the world. Then you’ll continue your drive passing through fertile farmlands to reach the famous Strokkur geyser in Geysir (the place that originally gave the phenomenon its name). A bit further is the Gullfoss waterfall, where the Hvítá River has created an impressive canyon.

Staying overnight in the Flúdir region. 

Day 3

Flúdir – Skógar – Vík - Kirkjubæjarklaustur

230 km approx. 4hrs 

Discover the marvels lying at the feet of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Black sand beaches and bird cliffs on the ocean-side of the road. On the other side, innumerable waterfalls crash from cliff tops and glacial tongues drift down from the mountains higher up. Stop at the Skogar waterfall and visit its rustic museum. If you are in a 4×4 vehicle, drive down to the black sand beaches of Dyrholaey. In the Vik area, you can observe a large puffin colony in their natural habitat.

Staying overnight in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur region. 

Day 4

Skaftafell National Park– Jökulsarlon – Höfn

200 km approx. 3hrs 30min 

Hike around the Skaftafell area of the Vatnajokull National Park. Many spectacular trails abound, one of which will take you to the Svartifoss waterfall and its stunning basalt rock formations. Driving east, you’ll reach the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. You may think you’re in Greenland for a minute as you take in the sight of these icebergs that are cast off from Europe’s largest glacier and the lazy seals that sunbathe on them.

Staying overnight in the Höfn region. 

Day 5

Höfn - Vík

270 km approx. 4hrs 30min 

Continue your discovery of the area surrounding the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest. Then, move on to the verdant region of Kirkjubaejarklaustur: waterfalls, ancient lava flows left by Laki’s eruption in 1783 and covered today by a thick layer of moss. Stop at the canyon of Fjardrarglufur, a short walk from the road. Then you’ll cross through the long desert-like expanse of Mýrdalssandur.

Staying overnight in the Vík region.

Day 6

Vik – Reykjanes Peninsula - Reykjavík

300 km approx. 5hrs 

Return towards the capital by driving along the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula. Savage coasts and lunar landscapes formed by numerous volcanic eruptions. Iceland’s Geothermal activity manifests itself here in many forms: the bubbling cauldrons of mud and steam at Krýsuvík as well as the thermal turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Staying overnight in Reykjavik. 

Day 7

Hvalfjordur – Reykholt

300 km approx. 5hrs 

Drive on the shores of the long and impressive Hvalfjördur, or “whale fjord” until you reach the valley of Reykholt. Here you’ll find the hot water springs of Deildartunguhver that are often said to be the fastest flowing in the Europe. Stop at the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss and continue back to the capital to enjoy a relaxing last night in Reykjavik.

Day 8

Reykjavik – Keflavik

50km approx. 1 hr 

Return your rental car at Keflavik International Airport for your flight home.

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Your accomodation during your Winter Self Drive in Iceland

In hotels, guesthouses or farmhouses 

With this itinerary you have many various and very different accommodation choices, as different as accommodation gets in Iceland in any case! The vast majority of Icelandic establishments are modest, but clean and comfortable. Most of the guesthouses, farmhouses and hotels offer catering. Meanwhile, keep in mind that we cannot guarantee specific accommodation before booking; however, your accommodation will fall under whichever category of establishment you choose. We recommend that you book 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. In winter, the absence of tourists allows us to offer you a choice of quality accommodation in each region without having to pay for luxury.

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Price per person from 1050€ to 1300€

In guesthouse, farm or country hotel

  • In room with private facilities: from 1200 to 1300 Euros/pers. depending on season
  • In room without private facilities: from 1050 to 1100 Euros/pers. depending on season

Extra-cost 4×4 

  • for a category D vehicle: from 155 Euros/pers. highly recommended for driving in winter.
  • for a category FG vehicle: from 210 Euros/pers. 

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

Included in this travel

  • Three nights in Reykjavik in a guesthouse with a double room and breakfast included
  • Four nights in the countryside in private or shared rooms or a campsite depending on the option you choose
  • Breakfast is included in guesthouses, farmhouses and country hotels
  • A travel folder full of road maps and detailed day by day road book full of tips and tricks
  • Rental of a category a two wheel drive vehicle for 7 days, unlimited distance, CDW insurance and second driver

Not included in this travel

  • Your international flight
  • Meals, drinks and personal expenses
  • Fuel
  • Optional visits such as Blue Lagoon and activities
  • Super CDW insurance and gravel protection including liability
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Friendly advice for your Winter Self Drive in Iceland:

  • A great family trip for the festive, winter and spring seasons.
  • Best between February and April so you can enjoy the days as they get longer.
  • It’s the best season for glacial hiking.
  • Rent a D or G 4×4 vehicle for better access to the country during the winter months.
  • For a trip based at one location, check out our Chalet/Summer house in the south
  • Take a group tour before or after your self-drive trip to access the highlands with a snowshoe hiking trip in and around the huts at Landmannalaugar. Landmannalaugar Winter Retreat
  • Take advantage of your trip in Iceland to visit Greenland for 4 to 7 days.
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

Icelandic cooking class

Create an Icelandic gourmet meal!

Participate in preparing and enjoying a mouth-watering Icelandic style 3-course gourmet meal using fresh local ingredients, all under the supervision of skilled and entertaining local chefs. Afterwards you will have plenty of time to enjoy, in a relaxing atmosphere, a well-earned glass of wine.

You will sample local delicacies such as homemade Icelandic rye bread, dung smoked Arctic char, dried Atlantic wolfish, smoked free-range lamb and selected local beers. The class does not require any prior culinary experience and is enjoyable for gourmet cooks and novices alike.

This Icelandic cooking class is an Iceland Like A Local finding


228 € / 3 HOURS AND A HALF
Tent in the mountain

Night on a glacier cap

Have you experienced a polar expedition?

From Reykjavík to the Lanjökull glacier, your guide will drive you in a 4×4 that is specially equipped for the glacier. Once off the main tracks, you’ll exchange your comfort for an exceptional experience. Your driver-guide will drive on the glacier and then find the perfect shelter for the night. When you have set up camp, you’ll have time to appreciate this white desert. Like an explorer, you will truly experience these polar conditions.

In the morning, you’ll take a short glacier walk to discover your icy surroundings. Then it will be time to head back to Reykjavík and the comfort of the city.

This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding


2000 € / 2 days / 1 night
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Your winter self drive

8 days / 7 nights

  • You have the country virtually to yourself in the winter months!
  • You see some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country
  • Visit Jokulsarlon and its Icebergs
  • You cover the essential sites of Iceland, including the Golden Circle, the Blue Lagoon and the Skaftafell area
  • Northern lights season is from September through to April
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