Winter self drive: the West and South Coasts in 10 days

Your self drive

From
2198€/pers
Duration
10 days / 9 nights

Explore the south west of the country and the wide range of panoramas and experiences the region has to offer. This 10-day trip takes you to the country’s most famous areas: Geysir, the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, the black sand beach, the diamond beach and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. Discover the wild coastlines, the waterfalls, the majestic glaciers and the lunar landscapes formed by numerous volcanic eruptions. Relax in the natural hot pools and their welcoming silky waters.

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Reykjavik

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Snæfellsjökull glacier

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Snaefellsnes National Park

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Borgarnes

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Þingvellir

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Geysir

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Gullfoss

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Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers

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Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

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Vatnajökull glacier

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Blue Lagoon

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Your Winter Self Drive day by day itinerary

Day 1

Reykjavik

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visit-reykjavik

Arrival at Keflavík international airport. One of our transferists drives you to your accommodation in Reykjavik and you have the rest of the day to discover the city.

Night in Reykjavík – breakfast included

Day 2

Whale Fjord – Snæfellsjökull glacier

Svinafellsjokull glacier in Iceland
Svinafellsjokull glacier in Iceland

It’s time to say goodbye to the capital city and pick up your car rental to head along the Hvalfjorður, « Whale Fjord ». After settling into your hotel, explore the wild coast between the tiny harbors of Arnastapi and Hellnar where the coves and cliffs are home to the Black-legged Kittiwake gulls and arctic terns. A paradise for the bird lovers! If you’re more on the adventurous side, discover the edges of the center of the world: Snæfellsjökull glacier.

Night in Stykkishólmur area – breakfast included

Day 3

Snaefellsnes National Park

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snaefellsnes-hraunfossar

Today spend a second day following the traces of Jules Verne and his novel « A Journey to the Centre of the Earth » in the area of the glacier of Snæfellsjökull. One of other highlights of the National park is the Budahraun lava field which circles the glacier. Then, head to the beaches of Djúpalónssandur and Skarðsvík which have fascinating geology and beautiful seascapes.

Night in the Stykkishólmur area– breakfast included

Day 4

Borgarnes

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©demerzel21

Head to the region of Borgarnes. From there go to the Valley of Húsafell and Reykholt, home of the fastest flowing hot springs in the world : the Deildartunguhver. With water at 100°C, gushing strongly there is no question of having a bath ! If you really need to relax, you can have a dip in Krauma spa or close to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss falls where there is also a swimming pool.

Night in the Borgarnes area– breakfast included

Day 5

The Golden Circle

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©zinaidasopina112 – stock.adobe.com

Today discover one of Iceland’s most famous areas : the Golden Circle. Start with Þingvellir and its national park and discover the effects of the ocean rift and the site of the oldest parliament in the world. Next drive to Geysir where you will find the popular hot springs and geysers including the powerful Strokkur, the country’s most famous geyser, shooting vast jets of boiling water up to 40 meters high. Finish your day at the waterfall of Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls.

 Night in the Fludir area– breakfast included

Day 6

Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers – Vik – The black sand beach

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©Victoria Nefedova

Take the South Coast road and observe the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers as you drive through lands. Stop at the black sand beaches and observe the bird cliffs on the ocean-side of the road.

Night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area– breakfast included

Day 7

Skaftafell National Park – Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon – Diamond Beach

Iceberg in Jokulsarlon lagoon, Iceland
Iceberg in Jokulsarlon lagoon, Iceland

Take a hike around the area of Skaftafell and discover the spectacular trails of the Vatnajökull National Park. Then, drive east to the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and be amazed by the icebergs that are cast off from Europe’s largest glacier. It almost seems like you are in Greenland for a minute or two.

 Night in the Jökulsárlón area– breakfast included

Day 8

Vatnajökull glacier – Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Mýrdalssandur

Iceland Travel – Stunning Vatnajokull glacier and mountains in Iceland
Iceland Travel – Stunning Vatnajokull glacier and mountains in Iceland

After discovering Europe’s largest glacier: Vatnajökull, move to the verdant region of Kirkjubæjarklaustur: ancient lava flows covered by a thick layer of moss and waterfalls. End your day by crossing the verdant region of Kirkjubæjarklaustur and the long of the black desert of Myrdalssandur back to Vík.

Night in the Vík area– breakfast included

Day 9

Blue Lagoon

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©surangaw – stock.adobe.com

Drive along the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula heading to Keflavík. Observe the savage coasts and lunar landscapes formed by numerous volcanic eruptions mixed with the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon.

 Night in the Blue Lagoon area– breakfast included

Day 10

Blue Lagoon – Keflavik Airport

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©surangaw – stock.adobe.com

Sadly, it’s time to drop your rental car off at Keflavík International airport for your flight home. If you have a late flight, why not take a little moment to relax with a pre-flight soak at the Blue Lagoon.

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Your accommodation during your Winter Self Drive

  • Reykjavik

Skuggi Hotel or similar

  • Stykkisholmur area

Egilsen Hotel or similar

  • Húsafell

Hotel Húsafell or similar

  • Hella

Stracta Hotel or similar

  • Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Laki Hotel or similar

  • Jokulsarlon area 

Hali Apartment or similar

  • Vik

Katla Hotel or similar

  • Blue Lagoon

Northern Light Inn or similar

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Price per person, based on 2 persons with A group car, from 2 198

  • Supplement single room: + 1 076€
  • Reduction triple room (per person): 76€

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

Included in this travel

  • All services that are mentioned as "included" in the "Itinerary" section.
  • VAT on all our services and hospitality tax for all nights included in your trip.
  • Travel documentation including road maps, a detailed day-by-day road-book and travel tips.
  • During your stay, 24/7 phone assistance provided by our company.
  • A rental car for 10 days, unlimited mileage, CDW insurance, airport pick-up fee and second driver included.

Not included in this travel

  • International flights to and from Iceland, airport taxes and travel insurance.
  • Meals, drinks and other personal expenses.
  • Fuel for the rental vehicle.
  • Access to visited sites and museums, unless mentioned otherwise.
  • Rental car additional insurance.
  • Everything that is not mentioned under “Our prices include”.
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The options

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

From

1475 €

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

From

655 €

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

From

228 €

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

From

2000 €
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Your self drive

From
2198€/pers
Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Highlights

  • Visit Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and its icebergs
  • Diamond Beach
  • Vík Black Sand Beach
  • Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers
  • Discover Iceland’s famous Golden Circle
  • Relax in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon
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