Winter Self Drive in Iceland

Julien Ratel
Beautiful fjord in Iceland during winter
Your winter self drive

From
1050€/pers
Duration
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

The route
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Reykjavík

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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Kirkjubæjarklaustur

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

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Höfn

Driving east, you’ll reach the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

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Vík

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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Reykholt

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

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Reykjavik

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.
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Your winter self drive

From
1050€/pers
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Highlights

  • 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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