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Iceland Winter Explorer – 8 days

8 days
 / 7 nights

Experience the otherworldly beauty of Iceland’s magnificent glaciers, black sandy beaches, and immense waterfalls with this 8-day self-drive winter holiday package that takes you to all the major attractions in Iceland.

On this adventurous self-drive tour, you will experience incredible sights in each region like Þingvellir National Park, Gulfoss and Geysir, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Borgarfjordur, the magical Snæfellsnes peninsula, and the Reykjanes Peninsula. If you are looking for the ideal winter vacation, this package has everything needed to make a dream trip to remember.

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Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs and travel preferences. If a self-drive tour is not what you prefer, this travel package can also be offered as a privately guided trip.

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8 days
 / 7 nights

Estimated price per person from:

174,500 ISK
Estimated price per person based on bookings for for 2 people in a standard double room with private facilities and breakfast. Low season price.

We will tailor this vacation package to you. Change anything – from activities to accommodation to places visited.

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What's Included

Included

Accommodation for 7 nights w. breakfast
Rental car - SUV Economy – 8 days
Guided Vatnshellir Cave Tour
Guided ice cave tour
Detailed personal itinerary
Expert trip manager and local guides
Customer care service and 0-24h emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
Taxes and service fees

Not included

Flights and connections to and from Iceland
Personal travel insurance
Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in your itinerary
Any service, admission or activity not specifically listed under “Included”
Road tolls and tunnel fees
Fuel

Highlights

Discover Reykjavík, the Northernmost capital in the world
Visit Deildartunguhver, Iceland's and Europe's most powerful hot spring
Marvel at the exceptional beauty of Hraunfossar Lava Waterfalls, a series of beautiful subterranean springs flowing out of the Hallmundarhraun lava field
Enjoy the wonders of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, one of the most geographically diverse region in the country that is often referred to as “Iceland in Miniature”
Explore Vatnshellir, a truly amazing lava tube created by a volcanic eruption 8000 year ago
Visit Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates
Visit and hear the thundering roar of the famous and historical Gullfoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall.
Marvel as Strokkur geyser spouts steaming water up to 40 meters into the air
Visit the picturesque Seljalandsfoss and take in the magnificent views from the top of the powerful Skógafoss waterfall
Take a scenic walk on the world-famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara and take some cool photos when climbing on the basalt columns
Discover the magnificent Vatnajokull National Park that boasts incredible ice caves, magical lagoons of floating ice, and crawling outlet glaciers
Wander amongst glistening ice chunks which sparkle like diamonds at Diamond Beach
Explore a natural ice cave
Enjoy the tranquility of the winter season and hunt for Northern Lights

Itinerary

Welcome to Iceland

Welcome to your Winter Adventure in Iceland!

Once you arrive at Keflavik International Airport and clear customs, you’ll pick up your car at the rental service area. You only need a short ride with a shuttle bus located outside the arrival hall to get to your preferred rental vehicle. The shuttle bus departs every 10-15 minutes, so you won't be wasting your time waiting for the transfer.

You will be staying in the heart of Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital. Get settled into your hotel and start exploring.

Reykjavik city center offers many great sights, and the city is unique in so many ways. You will not find the towering skyscrapers of America or the age-old narrow streets, which time has seemingly forgotten and seemingly unchanged since Roman times, as in Europe. Reykjavik is somewhere in between and yet miles away. With its small quirky houses and both tiny and open spaces, it’s colorful, modern, charming, and old all the same time. So, don’t forget to bring your camera along, and get ready for photo ops at every turn.

Day 1
Borgarfjordur

After breakfast, start your day by will discovering the Borgarfjordur area. We recommend visiting the stunning Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls coming straight from the lava field, Deildartunghver - the most powerful hot spring in Europe, and Krauma a hot spring Spa. It’s also possible to see one of the historic sites in Iceland and archaeological remains, a spectacular lava cave, and Iceland’s second-largest glacier, Langjokull where you can join an exciting tour to a man-made ice cave tunnel.

Hvalfjörður gives an excellent opportunity to enjoy the unique beauty of Icelandic fjords, with its sloops, shores, canyons, and waterfalls and its somewhat controversial history of whaling. The area is especially quiet and tranquil.

Accommodation in Borgarnes area

Day 2
The Snaefellsnes peninsula

Today, you will have a full day to explore the wonders of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Snaefellsnes is truly a magical place, with its volcanoes, glacier, basalt columns, and waterfalls. The peninsula is rich in wildlife, including dozens of species of birds and bays teeming with whales. Snaefellsjokull glacier is a 1446 m high dormant strata-volcano in the middle of Snaefellsnes National Park. It is the main tourist attraction towering over the national park at the far end of the 90 km-long stretch of land. There are plenty of things to do in the National Park. One of the most exciting activities to do is exploring the Vatnshellir lava cave, which is included in this package. The lava tube was naturally created nearly 8000 years ago in a volcanic eruption from a nearby crater.

Accommodation in Borgarnes area

Day 3
The Golden Circle

During your holiday in Iceland, you cannot miss the famous Golden Circle. You have the whole day to enjoy the sights of this area. The main highlights are Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the great Geysir geothermal area with bubbling mud pools and spouting geyser, and the milky waterfall Gullfoss. Friðheimar geothermal greenhouse is a wonderful add-on to the day along with green and lush farmlands before you reach your hotel for the night. There are a couple of geothermal areas in the Golden Circle. We highly recommend the Secret Lagoon in Flúðir, the oldest geothermal pool in Iceland, and the Fontana Spa in Laugarvatn.

Accommodation in Selfoss area

Day 4
The South Coast - Waterfalls and Glaciers

Start your day early and travel along the stunning South Coast of Iceland. You surely have an eventful day ahead starting with exploring Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi the hidden "secret" waterfall, and the picture-perfect Skogafoss. Here, don't miss the Skógar Museum and a lesser-visited watery gem that is Kvernufoss Waterfall. If you’re looking to enjoy a marvelous South Coast attraction in peace and quiet, this could be just the spot for you! After visiting these stunning waterfalls, it’s time to head to the charming coastal village of Vík. Head up the hill to visit the quaint church and soak up the brilliant views over the town. Stroll along the black sand beach and admire the terrific vistas of Reynisdrangar.

Accommodation near Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Day 5
Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National Park

This day, your adventure continues on the way to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. On your way there, make a stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a part of the Vatnajökull National Park. You can spend time marveling at the area’s great beauty by trekking the many well-maintained hiking trails, including a short walk to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, which features pitch-black hexagonal basalt columns and a rugged canyon.

Continue your journey to the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon which has been setting for many Hollywood movies. You can witness the slow breakdown of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier as huge blocks of ice constantly break off the glacier and float on the lagoon. You get to take a safe boat ride and cruise between magnificent towering icebergs that fill the lagoon as they move their way slowly out to the ocean. On Diamond Beach, you can find small icebergs (crystals) that have washed ashore and look like glittering diamonds. Many seals call this beach home, and it is one of the best places in the country to see Orcas from the shore.

Accommodation in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

Day 6
South Coast - Black Sand Beaches

Today you have another exciting activity waiting for you. You will be driving back towards Reykjavík, but you still have plenty to see and do along the South Coast. Make sure not to miss the rugged and moss-covered Eldhraun lava field, and the spectacular Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. 

In Vík, you will meet with your guide and take an exhilarating Super Jeep ride through the private back road of Vík to reach the glacier area to explore a stunning ice cave.

This will be an offbeat experience that will show you the quieter, authentic side of Iceland, far away from the crowds and the mainstream tours. You will have plenty of time to explore, admire the crazy shapes and beautiful colors, take photos, ask questions, and learn all about how these magnificent structures are formed.

After your guided glacier walk, visit Reynisfjara and Dyrhólaey where you´ll find beautiful black beaches before you continue your journey towards Reykjavík.

Accommodation in Reykjavík 

Day 7
Departure

Sadly, your Iceland vacation has come to an end.

If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to visit the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula to explore Seltún, an interesting geothermal area with bubbling mud pots, steam vents, and colorful mountains and could be also possible to stop at the Blue Lagoon before driving to Keflavík Airport where you drop off your rental car.

 

Day 8

Rental Car Type Examples

When we design our travel packages we include the most reliable rental cars available, in order to make your trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Below you’ll find some examples of the type of rental cars we recommend for this trip.

Between October and March, we do recommend renting a 4×4 vehicle due to possible heavy snow and icy road conditions in some parts of the country.

Compact

KIA Ceed or similar
Passengers: 5
Luggage: 2
Doors: 5
Transmission: Manual

Standard 4x4 SUV

KIA Sportage AWD or similar
Passengers: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic

Premium 4x4 SUV

ToyotaLand Cruiser or similar
Passengers: 5
Luggage: 5
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic

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Iceland Winter Explorer - 8 days
8 days
 / 7 nights

Estimated price per person from:

174,500 ISK
Estimated price per person based on bookings for for 2 people in a standard double room with private facilities and breakfast. Low season price.

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