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Winter Gems

Perfect self-drive for your short stopover in the country to the most well-known Icelandic gems

Type of tour:Self-Drive Tours
Season:01 October - 30 April
Duration:4 Days/3 Nights
Departure:All days
Language:English
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Even with a short stopover in Iceland, you can experience some unforgettable natural wonders on this winter self-drive tour.

Soak in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon amidst snow-capped black lava. Then tour the sites of the famous Golden Circle — the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, two-tiered waterfall Gullfoss (Golden Falls) and the awe-inspiring eruptions of Strokkur in a field of geysers and hot springs.  Explore the volcanic landscape of Iceland‘s south shore.

Of course, the northern lights may also make an appearance. 

What's in it for you?

  • Worry-free travelling
  • Electronic version of the Iceland Travel Guide. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure!
  • Safety first! Free SIM card worth 2000 ISK to phone us in case of a travel hiccup or an emergency. It also gives you the opportunity to phone your friends and family at home and share your Iceland experience through social media.
  • Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day and hunt for northern lights in the evening.

Highlights

  • The gems of the country’s famous Golden Circle: waterfalls, geysers, and more.
  • Black sand beaches of Iceland’s south shore.
  •  Reykjavik´s colourful buildings and wild nightlife.

 

If you like the day-to-day itinerary for our Winter Adventure self-drive tour but are looking for a more inclusive option we recommend that you take a look at our Glacial Adventure self-drive.

Important:

Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher. 

Included

  • 2 nights accommodation at hotel in Reykjavik including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 1 night accommodation at a country hotel in the Vik area, including breakfast
  • Rental car for 3 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT GPS system with car and additional authorised driver**
  • GPS system with car and additional authorised driver.
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavik international airport
  • Airport Service Charge
  • Detailed road map
  • Detailed Iceland Travel Guide booklet in selected languages
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours
  • Detailed road map
  • SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 300 MB of data. StandardMicro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland.

 **Please note that the package price is based on 3 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 4 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 3 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.

Not included

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Gasoline/petrol
  • 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 1400 (2:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

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Optional add on

 
 

Day 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: ca50km / 31miles

Collect your rental car at Keflavik Airport. Your day is free to spend at your leisure. We recommend a visit to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, located just 15 minutes from Keflavik International Airport.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

 

Day 2: South Shore Adventure and a Geothermal pool

Approximate distance: ca190km / 118miles

 Skogafoss waterfall – Seljalandsfoss waterfall - Seljavallalaug geothermal pool

The journey along the south shore follows the wintry countryside, where the ominous Hekla volcano can be seen on a clear day and where majestic mountains meet wide plains. The landscape is adorned with spectacular waterfalls, including Seljalandsfoss, where you can enjoy a unique viewpoint by walking behind the curtain of thundering water.

Head on to Vik, a village perched on the edge of a magnificent black-sand beach.  From the beaches, you can see surreal basalt columns said to be the remains of trolls frozen in place by the rising sun. Vik is also well known for its woollen handicrafts, which you can check out at the Vikurprjon shop. 

The nearby Myrdalsjokull glacier and the black sand beaches make a magnificent setting for the northern lights (best seen on cold and clear nights).  

Overnight in Vik area.

 
 

Day 3: Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir / Golden Circle

Approximate distance: ca364km / 226miles

Thundering Waterfalls - Explosive Geysers - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)

Enjoy a day visiting the natural gems of the Icelandic countryside. Head for the geothermal fields of Geysir, with bubbling mud pools and the regularly erupting Strokkur geyser. Then visit the dramatic, two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Finally, stop at UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake. 

Before heading back to Reykjavik, you might consider an evening visit to Fakasel Icelandic Horse Park.  Here you can enjoy the popular Legends of Sleipnir, a multi-media horse show that introduces you to the charming Icelandic horse breed and its influence on the country‘s history, mythology and folklore.  After the 45-minute show,  you are invited onto the stage to meet some of the equine actors.  Fakasel has a friendly restaurant where you can enjoy farmhouse favorites, including traditional lamb soup and home-made bread.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

 

Highlights:

Eyjafjallajökull  |Geysir  |Gullfoss  |Þingvellir
 

Day 4: Departure

Airport transfer available upon request.

Depart with plenty of memories and an adventure that will certainly impress and entertain your friends and family for years to come.

Optional: For passengers departing on afternoon flights we recommend a visit to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, located just 15 minutes from Keflavík International Airport.

Please note: The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings can not be guaranteed.

 

 

Iceland Travel offers different types of self-drive categories, where the main difference between each category is the accommodation which allows you to create an Iceland experience fitting your travel style.

Take a look at the accommodation categories here below and let us know your selection during the booking process.

 

Example of prices per person in EUR winter 2016 - 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.3Suzuki Swift 4wd or similar648378378309324
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar702405399321336
4.1Skoda Octavia Intermediate 4wd Station Automatic714411402324336
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar783447426342351
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar804456432348354
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar888498459369372
 

Example of prices per person in EUR winter 2016 - 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.3Suzuki Swift 4wd or similar603342345273288
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar657372363288300
4.1Skoda Octavia Intermediate 4wd Station Automatic669375366288303
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar738411390306315
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar759420396312321
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar843462426333336

Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel. The cost for a superior upgrade is 78 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category). This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Children rate

Valid when one child shares a double room with 2 adults:

  • Children 2-11 years old: EUR 54/ GBP 41/ USD 62/ CAD 83 per night. Add the total to the rate for 2 adults in car.
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • Children's accommodation consists of an extra bed/mattress on the floor.

 

Child Seat 0-13 kg approx. EUR 27 / GBP 22 / USD 33 / CAD 41 per rental. Child Booster 9-25 kg approx. EUR 11 / GBP 9 / USD 14 / CAD 17 per rental. Payable on spot.

 


Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

 

Rooms

  • 1 Person = 1 single room
  • 2 Persons = 1 double/twin room
  • 3 Persons = 1 double/twin + 1 single room
  • 4 Persons = 2 double/twin rooms
  • 5 Persons = 2 double/twin + 1 single room

Car Rental

Our selfdrive packages include basic insurance (CDW), unlimited mileage, VAT, a GPS system and two authorized drivers.

Accommodation

Quality is an important factor for Iceland Travel. When organizing our tours we choose accommodation with regards to quality, value for money, location and service provided.

 
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Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

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.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.

 

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