Self Drive: Northern Lights and Volcanoes in South, East and West Iceland | Winter

Where can you witness true powers of the unpredictable Mother Nature? Iceland is the perfect place! Explore volcanic environment, majestic waterfalls, geothermal energy and breathtaking Northern Lights. This program suits travellers who are not keen on driving long distances in winter conditions (snow, ice and darkness) and leads you to the most diverse but stunning places in the South, East and West of Iceland that you simply cannot miss.
Available: Oct - April
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Minimum Age: No minimum age
Pick Up: From KEF airport / Reykjavik Hotels
Price From: ISK 128.000

Tour Highlights

✅ Accommodation including breakfast for 7 nights
✅ Rental car of your choice for 8 days
✅ Check out the most unique waterfalls in Iceland, Hraunfossar falls and Barnafoss waterfall
✅ Explore the Snæfellsness Peninsula and start your “Journey to the Center of the Earth”
✅ Watch the Northern Lights
✅ Discover the most photographed Mt. Kirkjufell
✅ See multiple waterfalls, hot springs, and mountain sceneries
✅ Drive along the South Coast and walk on Black Sand Beach  (Reynisfjara)
✅ Visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and stop by Diamond Beach
✅ Stop by and Golden Circle – Geysir, Gullfoss & Þingvellir

Planning on coming in the summer? Check out our summer version

Please Note: prices are per person and based on two people traveling together, staying in affordable accommodation and car type is Suzuki Jimny (4WD) or similar.

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What´s Included

✅ Accommodation for 7 nights, including breakfast (1 x in Reykjavík,6x outside of Reykjavík)
✅ Rental car for 8 days
✅ CDW insurance
✅ Unlimited mileage
✅ GPS navigation
✅ Extra driver
✅ Fuel Discount card
✅ Pick up/Drop for the rental car at Keflavík International Airport
✅ A detailed itinerary with suggestions during your stay
✅ Personalized Icelandic roadmap
✅ 24/7 emergency phone line service
✅ Taxes and service fee
❌ Flight to and from Iceland
❌ Fuel expenses, parking fees, and additional insurance
❌ Personal travel insurance
❌ Optional activities (can be added)
❌ Any other services not mentioned in “Included” section

Tour Description

Where can you witness true powers of the unpredictable Mother Nature? Iceland is the perfect place! Explore the volcanic environment, majestic waterfalls, geothermal energy and breathtaking Northern Lights. This program suits travelers who are not keen on driving long distances in winter conditions (snow, ice, and darkness) and leads you to the most diverse but stunning places in the South, East and West of Iceland that you simply cannot miss.

Day 1: Welcome to Iceland and  Borgarfjörður

Let’s not waste any time and start exploring volcanoes and lava. Start by driving west to Borgarfjörður and check out the most unique waterfalls in Iceland, Hraunfossar, Barnafoss and see another geothermal hot spring, Deildartunguhver and head over to tonight’s accommodation in Borgarfjöður area.

Overnight accommodation: Borgarfjörður area
Approximate driving distance: 160 km / 100 miles
Highlights: Hvalfjörður Tunnel (not included), Langjökull Glacier, Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfall, Deildartunguhver hot spring

Day 2: Journey to the center of the Earth

Drive along the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula today and explore the Center of the earth, Snæfellsjökull. Visit the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell and make sure you visit Arnarstapi, Hellnar and try out the shipman rocks in Djúpalónssandur.

Overnight accommodation: Borgarfjörður area
Approximate driving distance: 340km /  215 miles
Highlights: Snæfellsness National Park, Snæfellsness Glacier, Arnarstapi, Hellnar, Lóndrangar, Djúpalónssandur, Mt. Kirkjufell

Day 3: The Golden Circle

Next up visit the famous Golden Circle, the powerful Gullfoss waterfall and the 100 years old Geysir before heading to your accommodation of the night.  

Overnight accommodation: South Iceland
Approximate driving distance: 250 km / 155 miles
Highlights: Þingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brúarfoss waterfall, The Golden Circle (Geysir Hot Springs area, Gullfoss Waterfall, Þingvellir), Kerið Crater

Day 4: Southern Iceland and waterfalls

A full day of stunning sight including waterfalls, lava formation, and glaciers! Enter Skaftafell national park with its spectacular nature.

Overnight accommodation: Skaftafell Area
Approximate driving distance: 240 km / 150 miles
Highlights: Skógafoss waterfall, Sólheimajökull Glacier, Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Laufskálavarða, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Vatnajökull National Park

Day 5: Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach

Today is all about glaciers and beautiful sights. First stop is the famous glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón, and the diamond beach.

Overnight accommodation: Vík area
Approximate driving distance: 260km / 155 miles
Highlights: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond beach, Skaftafell National Park, Svartifoss Waterfall, Svínafellsjökull Glacier

Day 6: South and The capital city of Iceland

Drive to the well-known South Coast of Iceland, with its black sand beach, two amazing waterfalls and the Southernmost village in Iceland, Vík and much more! Then, after a full day of sightseeing, you head back to Reykjavik for your overnight stay.

Overnight accommodation: Reykjavík area
Approximate driving distance: 150  km / 93 miles
Highlights: Dyrhólaey Arch, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Urriðafoss waterfall, Reykjavík City, Harpa Concert Hall, Presidential Residence

Day 7: Reykjanes Peninsula

Visit the less known Reykjanes peninsula. You will feel the geothermal activity in this volcanic peninsula. Visit Gunnuhver, Iceland’s largest hot spring, the extraordinary bridge between two continents where you can be on two different continents at the same time!

Overnight accommodation: Reykjanes area
Approximate driving distance: 40 km / 25 miles
Highlights: UNESCO Global Geopark, Bridge Between two Continents, Gunnuhver Hot Spring, Reykjanesviti Lighthouse, Valahnúkur, Brimketill Lava Rock Pool, Blue Lagoon

Day 8: Sjáumst!

Time to say goodbye after 7 days of Icelandic nature and culture intake! We hope that you enjoyed your stay in Iceland, and we hope to see you again soon!

Approximate driving distance: 40 km / 25 miles 

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