Experience all the natural wonders of South Iceland — glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, geothermal hot springs, and more on the Glacial Adventure.

The natural wonders of South and Southwest Iceland — glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, geothermal hot springs, the northern lights and more — are the highlights of this week long self-drive holiday during peak Northern Lights season.

Follow Iceland’s dramatic coastline through an active volcano zone, as you pass black sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, picturesque waterfalls, and spouting geysers.

This self drive trip encompasses the major natural wonders that have made Iceland famous, but allows you to enjoy it during the cosy and less busy winter period.

What’s in it for you?

  • 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 wonders of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle: waterfalls, geysers, and more
  • The photogenic Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, with its blue-tinted glaciers and curious seals
  • Skaftafell National Park, home to two glaciers and great winter hiking opportunities
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Included

  • 2 nights in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 3 nights in countryside hotels, including breakfast
  • Rental car for 5 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT
  • GPS system with car and an additional authorised driver
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavík international airport
  • Airport Service Charge
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion. 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
    •  Useful information about your booking, including detailed descriptions of confirmed hotels,  and  a 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 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.

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”

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.

Our road trip packages are designed by our team of travel experts. They are created for people like you who want to experience the very best of what Iceland has to offer. To get the best value Iceland Travel has to offer, book our road trips online. Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee.

With our exclusive road trip app you don´t have to worry about missing out and you will always find your way to your hotel after a full day of traveling. It is easy to book day tours and activities in the app when you are on the road.

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Day 1: Arrival

Highlights: 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 Reykjavik.

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Day 2: Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss

Highlights: Geysir Gullfoss

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Explosive Geysers – The Famous Golden Falls

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. Then drive to the village of Laugarvatn and continue through farmland areas to 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.

Overnight in Hella/Hvolsvollur.

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Day 3: South Shore - Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

Waterfalls – Volcanic Aftermath – Black-Sand Beaches

Spend this day exploring the region close to the towering strato-volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which is possibly the most famous volcano in the world today.

Driving along the south shore you can also visit the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Then continue onwards to Reynisfjara beach and its striking black sands, viewing the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Overnight in Hofn.

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Day 4: Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Western Europe’s Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Today you will be in the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest of its kind in Western Europe.  It’s dominated by the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe’s largest ice cap. The park’s glacier-ringed Skaftafell area is an outstanding area of natural beauty with great winter hiking opportunities.  It´s also possible to book a guided tour hiking on one the glaciers here. Continue to the photogenic Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where you can enjoy the breathtaking sight of floating, blue-tinted icebergs on this 180-meter (591 foot) deep glacial lagoon.

Overnight at Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

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Day 5: Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik

Highlights: The Blue Lagoon

Greenhouse Village – Geopark – Geothermal Lagoon

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 are heated by hot water from nearby springs. Continue snaking along the coast, with its breathtaking sea waves.

On to the Reykjanes peninsula, a UNESCO Geopark with many intriguing geological wonders, such as 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).

Return to Reykjavik for overnight stay.

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Day 6: 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 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 FlyBus plus departure transfer.

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

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