If you want Iceland in the time of winter, this tour is a great choice!
Staff review:Thorsteinn Mar
Reviewed August 31, 2018
Even with just a short stopover in Iceland, you can experience some unforgettable natural wonders on the Iceland Highlights road trip.
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 if you are traveling between September and early April.
The gems of the country’s famous Golden Circle: waterfalls, geysers, and more.
Black sand beaches of Iceland’s south shore.
Reykjavik‘s colorful buildings and wild nightlife.
Enhance your trip by adding one of our discounted activity add-on packages to create the perfect vacation that suits your interests.
Electronic version of the Iceland Travel Road Guide. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Road Guide. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure!
Flexible stress-free travelling. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace and choose your preferred stops each day.
If you like the day-to-day itinerary for our Winter Gems tour but are looking for a more inclusive option we recommend that you take a look at our Glacial Adventure self-drive.
2 nights accommodation at a hotel in Reykjavik
1 night accommodation at a country hotel in the Vik area
Daily breakfast (except arrival day)
Rental car for 3 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT
GPS system with car and additional authorized driver.
Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavik international airport
Airport Service Charge
Fuel Discount Card
Customer Care Service during office hours
Emergency phone line open 24 hours, including weekends and public holidays
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 that can be filtered to suit your interests
Highlight section for each day of the tour
Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates
Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
A map view of the Iceland road trip
Iceland Travel Road Guide 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.
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 1400 (2:00pm)
Guaranteed late check-out
Any service not specifically listed under “included”
Due to high demand, accommodation in Reykjavik for New Year’s Eve cannot be guaranteed. A supplement might apply.
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.
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.
Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee. Your Iceland Travel Companion app will also not reflect the changes.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed.
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 use at your own leisure. Please note check-in for most hotels begins at 14:00 (2:00pm).
The journey along the south shore follows the wintry countryside, where the famous 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 during the months of September – early April).
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.
Return to Reykjavik to enjoy the city’s atmosphere for your final night in Iceland.
Breakfast at your hotel. Drop off your car at the airport before your flight home. **
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.
“If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes,” is a common saying in Iceland. It applies year-round but is especially important for winter travel.
Please keep in mind the short daylight in Iceland during winter, especially from November until February. When planning each day’s travel, please take this into account, so that you will be able to visit interesting sites in daylight.
It‘s very important to check the weather forecast on a daily basis. Please check the website, en.vedur.is/ or obtain information from your accommodation front desk staff. It’s also vital to be prepared for all types of weather as the weather conditions can change in the blink of an eye.
Winter roads can get slippery and snowy. Be sure to control your speed according to road conditions, look ahead and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. If you find yourself in heavy snow or a snowstorm, look out for the yellow sticks or markers on the sides of the roads to help you navigate.
If you would like to hunt for the northern lights during your stay in Iceland, we highly recommend checking out the Aurora Forecast. You can find it at en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/aurora. You might also seek assistance from your hotel reception. Many hotels in the countryside offer a Northern Lights wake-up service.
While nearly all national driver’s licenses are recognized in Iceland, if your driver’s license is not in Roman script, you must obtain an international driver’s license. For more details about driving in Iceland, please check out our webpage.
Our road trips, also known as self-drive tours, are self-guided tours of Iceland. Every road trip includes car rental, GPS, accomodation, and the Iceland Travel Companion app (preinstalled on a tablet) to help guide you on your trip. Additional activities may be purchased to enhance your trip. Read more about our road trips.
Please note: you must be a licensed driver to rent a car in Iceland.
The distance in which you would drive each day would depend on your length of stay and how far you would like to travel in Iceland. We always try to find the most suitable itinerary so that our guests have the opportunity to relax and are not subjected to driving the whole day. Our aim is to keep driving under 2-3 hours each day, though depending on the distance between hotels, it may be up to 4 hours a day.
If special circumstances require emergency assistance, we have a 24 hour/7 day a week emergency phone and if the emergency is connected to your vehicle then the car rental provides an emergency phone as well.
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