Winter Gems

This perfect road trip for your short stopover will take you to the most well-known of Iceland's gems.

Type of tour:Road-Trips
Season:01 October - 30 April
Duration:4 Days/3 Nights
Departure:All days
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Winter Gems

 

Even with just a short stopover in Iceland, you can experience some unforgettable natural wonders on this winter self-drive tour.

Amidst snow-capped black lava soak in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon. 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, before exploring 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
  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion.
  • 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!
  • 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:

Due to high demand, accommodation in Reykjavik for New Year's Eve cannot be guaranteed. 

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
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours 
  • SIM card worth ISK 2000: unlimited minutes of local calls + 1GB 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.
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (picked up at Keflavik airport with your car rental). The app includes: 

    • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • Detailed description of the customer´s journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip 
    • Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

 **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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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 Black Sands

Approximate distance: ca190km / 118miles

 Skogafoss waterfall – Seljalandsfoss waterfall - Glacier - Black Sand Beaches

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.

 

Highlights:

Skogafoss  |Seljalandsfoss  |Myrdalsjokull
 

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. 

Overnight in Reykjavik.

 

Highlights:

Eyjafjallajokull  |Geysir   |Gullfoss
 

Day 4: Departure

Return to Keflavik International Airport.**

We recommend departing the hotel approximately 3 hours prior to the departure of your international flight.

**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 charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik on day 3 when the day rental is up and use our FlyBus plus departure transfer.

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.

 
 

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 93 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 64 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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