Iceland Winter – Northern Lights Self-Drive Tour 5 Days
Take to the open roads as you discover the remarkable natural wonders of Iceland on this short but sweet self-drive itinerary. With the overriding goal of witnessing the natural phenomena of the Northern Lights, departures for this fantastic Iceland trip are timed during the winter months to increase your chances of ticking off this bucket-list experience. With 2 nights’ accommodation in Reykjavik, and 2 nights’ accommodation in Hveragerdi included, as well as car hire with Sat Nav, this is the ideal opportunity to explore east and south Iceland at your leisure. As this is a self-guided experience, all routes are simply suggestions, but will cover some of Iceland’s most iconic sights and destinations.
Departures available between September and April, with shown prices based on a Category B hire car in Main Season (October to April).
- Discover Iceland at your leisure, with included car hire and good standard accommodation
- Hunt for the awe-inspiring Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
- Enjoy incredible landscapes, and natural wonders including waterfalls, hot springs and beautiful National Parks
- 5 days car hire in a category of your choice, with unlimited mileage, CDW, Sat Nav and road map
- 2 nights accommodation at 3* Hotel Frost & Fire (or similar) in Hveragerdi
- 2 nights accommodation at 4* Hotel Island (or similar) in Reykjavik
- Daily breakfast
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Reykjavik & Hveragerdi
Arrive independently to Keflavik International Airport in Iceland, collect your hire car, and take to the roads. Your accommodation tonight will be at the beautiful boutique countryside hotel Frost and Fire in Hveragerdi and we suggest stopping at the famous Blue Lagoon along the way before driving along the scenic South Coast road and through the small fishing village of Eyrarbakki.
Your hotel for tonight and tomorrow night is ideally located for exploring Iceland’s southwest coast. It features a sauna, outdoor thermal pool, thermal river and riverside hot tubs, as well as spectacular countryside views. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights each night!
Please note: the places and areas to visit that are described in this itinerary are suggestions only, based on the location of your accommodation for each night. As this a self-drive itinerary, you have the flexibility to chart your own route, knowing that there is a comfortable bed waiting for you at the end of every action-packed day.
Myrdalsjökull & Vatnajökull
Today we recommend spending the full day along the beautiful south coast. Waterfalls, famous black beaches and glaciers are all within easy reach. You could take a trip to the impressive Myrdalsjökull glacier and explore the small scenic town of Vik including its bustling bird cliffs. Or you could venture even further and drive to Skaftafell National park and up to Glacier Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe. Here you can enjoy incredible photo opportunities at the stunning glacier lagoon Jökulsarlon and discover iconic locations that have been used in many Hollywood movies and TV shows.
As you leave Hveragerdi behind, today we recommend driving what is commonly known as the “Golden Circle” as you make your way back to Reykjavik. This will see you discover some of Iceland’s most photographed and iconic sights. Visit the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and the awe-inspiring Geysir hot spring area to see bubbling hot springs and the famous spouting Strokku, and take a memorable visit to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is certain to impress. Along the way you may also wish to visit Skálholt which was home to the head of the Icelandic Church from 1056 AD, and the remarkable Kerið volcanic crater.
At a time that suits, arrive back in Reykjavik and check in to your 4* hotel for your 2 night stay.
Today is free to enjoy an exploration of vibrant and unique Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city. You may wish to join some of the many tours available from Reykjavik including whale watching and horse riding tours. Or you might simply want to enjoy a wander around the town sampling the culture and cuisine. We recommend a visit to Hallgrimskirkja church, the Harpa concert hall and Perlan where you can get stunning panoramic views of the city.
After breakfast on the morning of day 5, you will drive to Keflavik International Airport to return your hire car and take your onward or homeward flights. Should you wish to stay longer in Reykjavik, or discover even more of Iceland, please feel free to enquire about possible extensions to your tour.
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