5 Day Self Drive Fall & Winter Dream South Iceland
Nordic Winter Dream & Northern Lights in Iceland. This tour takes you to some of the most spectacular highlights in South Iceland: three iconic and majestic waterfalls – Gullfoss, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, the national parks of Thingvellir and Skaftafell, black sand beaches, views of glaciers and the oh so impressive Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon with the Diamond Beach. And maybe the Northern Lights will dance for you in the dark winter sky.
- Hunt for the Northern Lights
- Waterfalls of the south
- Reynisfjara Black sand beach
- Golden Circle (Thingvellir, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall)
- Skaftafell National Park
- Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and the Diamond Beach
Day 1 – Tuesday: ARRIVAL IN ICELAND – REYKJAVIK (ca. 50 km)
Arrival in Iceland. Pick up your rental car at Keflavik international airport and drive to your accommodation in Reykjavik.
Day 2 – Wednesday: REYKJAVIK – SOUTH SHORE – VIK (ca. 200 km)
Drive east along the south coast of Iceland towards the towns of Hveragerdi and Selfoss. Further along the way stop at the inspiring waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss – two of the most iconic waterfalls in Iceland. The drive continues at the foot of Eyjafjöll mountains where the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano rests under the glacier of the same name. Drive on to the village of Vik with a chance for a stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach with a view of Reynisdrangar cliffs in the sea and the Dyrholaey promontory. Accommodation in a country hotel near to the area of Vik. The hotel is situated in a rural location away from the village and so offers the excellent possibility for observing the northern lights if they appear during your stay, directly from the hotel.
Day 3 – Thursday: SKAFTAFELL – JOKULSARLON (ca. 400 km)
Drive across the black sands, glacial rivers and moss-covered lava fields east towards Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Crossing Skeidararsandur we reach Skaftafell national park, the largest national park in all of Europe. One of the parks main attractions is Svartifoss waterfall. From here you also get the best view of Hvannadalshnjukur – Iceland’s highest peak. Continuing at the foot of Vatnajokull you reach the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon with thousands of icebergs of different shapes, sizes and colors slowly moving from the calving glacier towards the sea. Following the river, ,we reach the ocean and the “Diamond beach” where impressively beached large pieces of glacial ice glitter on the black sand before they melt or are washed away by the sea.
Drive back the same way to Vik area for another overnight.
Day 4 – Friday: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE – REYKJAVIK (ca. 290 km)
Leave the Vik area, driving back to towards Selfoss from where you continue to some of the best known natural wonders of Iceland. Stop at the Geysir area where the most active of the geysers, Strokkur spouts a column of hot water regularly every 5-10 min. Take a walk around the other hot springs of this high-temperature geothermal area. A short drive towards the highlands will bring you to Gullfoss waterfall – the Golden Falls which cascades into the deep canyon of Hvita glacial river. Continue past Lake Laugarvatn towards the Thingvellir national park by Lake Þingvallavatn – a site of the first parliament as well as a place of great geological interest and natural beauty.
Continue to Reykjavik for the last overnight.
Day 5 – Saturday: REYKJAVIK, Departure day (ca. 50 km)
Drive to Keflavik airport in time for check in for your international flight.
If your flight departs late afternoon, then you have the possibility to add an optional whale watching boat tour in the morning, drive around the Reykjanes peninsula or visit the Blue Lagoon before dropping of the rental car at Keflavik airport.
Dates & prices
Departures: Daily from 15. September to 15. April
Single supplement: ISK 57.000
Single supplement: ISK 35.800
Included in the package price:
- 4 nights accommodation in double/twin rooms with private facilities, including breakfast
- 4 days car rental: unlimited mileage, tax, CDW, GP, TP, SCDW; pick up/drop off at Keflavik airport.
- Detailed itinerary with multiple daily options based on pre-booked accommodation
- Service and VAT
Not included in the package price: optional tours, admission to museums, domestic flights and meals others than specified above.
Good to know:
- The Northern Lights are a naturally occurring phenomenon that no-one can control. Seeing them is always dependent on weather conditions, Northern Light activity on any given date, but also some planning! You can see the aurora forecast every day here.