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 Winter Gems 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?

  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion.
  • 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. Choose your preferred stops during the day and hunt for northern lights in the evening.


  • 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.

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 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
  • 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
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • Highlight section for each day of the tour
    • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services that can be filtered to suit your interests
    •  Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates
    • 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”


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

Approximate distance: ca50km / 31miles

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).

Overnight in Reykjavik.

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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 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).  

Overnight in South Iceland.

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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.

Return to Reykjavik to enjoy the city’s atmosphere for your final night in Iceland.

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Day 4: Departure

Approximate distance: ca50km / 31miles

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.

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