Self Drive Tour and Northern LightsIceland
From $680 USD
October 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021
6 Days / 5 Nights
Glacial Adventure 6-day self-drive to natural wonders of South and Southwest Iceland, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, geothermal hot springs and auroras.
Our Glacial Adventure 6-day self-drive tour lets you experience the natural wonders of South and Southwest Iceland - glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, geothermal hot springs, Northern Lights and more. Follow Iceland's dramatic coastline through an active volcanic zone, passing black-sand beaches, snow-capped mountains, National Parks, thundering waterfalls, and spouting geysers along the Golden Circle. You might witness a magical showing of the Aurora.
October 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021
Daily, October 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021
- Quality class
- Car type 1.3, Suzuki Swift 4WD or similar
- from $765 per person, based on 4 adults
- from $950 per person, based on 3 adults
- from $875 per person, based on 2 adults
- from $1,525 single, based on 1 adult
- Comfort Class
- Car type 1.3, Suzuki Swift 4WD or similar
- from $680 per person, based on 4 adults
- from $840 per person, based on 3 adults
- from $785 per person, based on 2 adults
- from $1,355 single, based on 1 adult
- Higher car categories available, please request
Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.
- 2 nights in Reykjavik, including breakfast
- 3 nights in countryside hotels
- Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
- Rental car for 5 days
- Unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**
- GPS system with car and an additional authorized driver
- Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavik International airport
- Tablet with the Iceland Travel Companion App. The app includes:
- Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates
- A map view of your entire trip
- Thousands of points of interest with descriptions clearly displayed on your map
- In-app purchase feature to book day tours or activities directly into the app
- GPS Road Guide in several different languages, safety guidelines, and the apps of the
Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, emergency numbers
- Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French
- Emergency phone line open 24 hours
- Customer care service during office hours
- 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
- Service fee and taxes
- International airfare & Airport taxes
- Breakfast on arrival day
- Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
- Admissions and activities
- Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
- Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00
- Guaranteed late check-out
- Any service not specifically listed under "included"
- $25 Service fee
- Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher.
**The package price is based on 5 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 6, an additional supplement will charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 5 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.
- Additional nights in Reykjavik
- Higher category car
- Activity bundle: The Adventurer | The Discoverer
Day 1 ARRIVAL ICELAND - REYKJAVIK
Arrival in Iceland - The world's northernmost capital city
Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is yours to rest and to enjoy at your own leisure. Overnight in 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.
Please note: check-in for most hotels begins at 14:00 – 16:00 (2:00pm - 4:00pm)
Approximate distance: 50km / 30mi
Hotel Reykjavik Natura **** or similar
Day 2 THINGVELLIR - GEYSIR - GULLFOSS (B)
National Park with Geological Wonders – Lively Geysers – The Famous Golden Falls
Breakfast at your hotel. Head for the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake. This is also the meeting point of the tectonic plates that divide the North American and European continents, giving you the rare chance to take a walk between two continents. Visit the quirky geothermal fields of Geysir. Stroll along a footpath around colorful bubbling mud pools and spouting geysers. The most famous of these is Strokkur, which erupts about every ten minutes. Then visit the dramatic, two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. You can get great views of the waterfall from different angles on a variety of paths.
Afterwards drive along winter country roads to your overnight in South Iceland. If nature co-operates, you might glimpse some northern lights!
Travel idea: The Golden Circle area is full of hot springs, and there are two great local favorite bathing pools. Laugarvatn Fontana is built on top of a hot spring, and its steam baths are good for your skin and joints. The Secret Lagoon is a lovely historical stone-lined natural geothermal pool with its own tiny geyser nearby. Why not take a break and indulge in some hot spring relaxation? We're happy to book a visit to either (or both!) hot springs for you.
Overnight in the Hella area.
Approximate distance: 200km / 125mi
Highlights: Geysir | Gullfoss | Thingvellir
Day 3 ICELAND'S SOUTH SHORE - EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL (B)
Waterfalls - Volcanic Aftermath - Black-Sand Beaches
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you'll explore the iconic South Shore, a region lined with volcanic mountains and glacier views. On a clear day, you can catch a glimpse of two very famous volcanoes. Beautiful Mount Hekla is Iceland's most frequently erupting volcanoes (last eruption: 2000). A more recently erupting volcano is the towering strato-volcano Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010 and impacted airplane traffic worldwide. We suggest a visit to the LAVA Center in Hvollsvöllur town. Here you can interactive exhibit about the volcanoes and earthquakes that helped create Iceland.
Visit two spectacular waterfalls that have a special beauty of their own in the winter. Seljalandsfoss is a ribbon-like fall that drops gracefully down a cliff. If trail conditions are safe, you can walk behind the waterfall. Majestic Skogafoss has become one of Iceland's most photographed waterfalls – make sure you have your camera ready for a selfie! As you drive you'll also see Myrdalsjökull glacier, one of our favorite places to enjoy guided glacier hiking or snowmobile tours. Continue onwards to Reynisfjara beach and its striking black sands. You can really feel the power of nature in this area of thundering waves and extraordinary rock formations.
Continue onwards, passing Eldhraun, the largest known single lava flow, as you head to your overnight.
Overnight stay in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Approximate distance: 189km / 117mi
Highlights: Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss | Eyjafjallajokull | Reynisdrangar Cliffs | Vik
Day 4 VATNAJÖKULL - JÖKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON (B)
Western Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in the southern area of Vatnajökull National Park, the largest of its kind in Western Europe. It's dominated by Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest ice cap. The park's glacier-ringed Skaftafell area is an outstanding area of natural beauty that also has great winter hiking opportunities. The park's visitor center can fill you in on which trails are open for hiking during your visit. You can get closer to a glacier – and learn great facts about them – on a guided hiking tour that takes you onto the ice itself.
Continue to the photogenic Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of floating, blue-tinted icebergs on this 180-meter (591-foot) deep glacial lagoon. Nearby is the Diamond Beach, where silvery icebergs rest on black sands. Both the lagoon and the beach are great areas to spend some time catching perfect photographs. You also might glimpse seals lounging near the icebergs. Another glacial wonder in the area is the quiet, mystical Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon.
Overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Approximate distance: 255km / 158mi
Highlights: Skaftafell National Park | Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Day 5 HVERGERDI - BLUE LAGOON - REYKJAVIK (B)
Greenhouse Village - UNESCO Geo Park - Geothermal Lagoon
Breakfast at your hotel. Head towards the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few communities in the world located directly on top of an active geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called 'the flower village' because of its many greenhouses that use hot water from nearby springs. It's a charming town worth a stop. A popular place for locals (and visitors) is the Skyrgerdin restaurant. Located in a former dairy, the restaurant uses home-made, creamy Icelandic skyr (a low-fat dairy product) as an ingredient in its delicious courses.
Turn onto a coastal road, known for its breath-taking views of powerful sea waves slamming against the shoreline. The road leads to the Reykjanes peninsula, a UNESCO Geopark with many intriguing geological wonders, including the bubbling and colorful Krysuvik geothermal area. You can also opt to enjoy a relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm and mineral-rich geothermal water located in a middle of a black lava field. (Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance. We would be happy to help you with booking admission). If you're interested in culture and history, we definitely recommend a visit to the Viking World exhibit where you can discover facts about Viking life and see Islendingurinn, a replica of a Viking ship that sailed from Iceland to North America in the year 2000.
Return to Reykjavik for your overnight stay.
Approximate distance: 360km / 224mi
Hotel Reykjavik Natura **** or similar
Highlights: Hveragerdi Hot Spring | Reykjanes | The Blue Lagoon
Day 6 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)
Return to Keflavik International Airport.
Breakfast at your hotel. Drive back to Keflavik International Airport.** We recommend departing your hotel in Reykjavik no later than at least 3 hours before your flight departure. It takes approximately 1 hour to drive to the airport, and check-in starts 2 hours before your departure.
If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon earlier but have some free time today, you might want to use the opportunity en route to the airport. For this detour, please be sure to allow for at least 2-2,5 hours additional time to enjoy the Blue Lagoon. Your rental car should be returned to the airport service area, which is located only 2 minutes from the airport building. A shuttle will then transport you to the departure hall.
**Please note that the package price is based on 5 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 6, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 5- day rental is up and use our Airport Direct departure transfer.
Please note: The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings can not be guaranteed.