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A Winter Journey to Remember: Northern Lights and Glaciers

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2023
From 7 to 10 days
Keflavik
Keflavik
Min Age : 6 months
Max People : 12
Tour Details

Winter unveils the enchanting side of Iceland, a land both captivating and adventurous. Sheltered by the temperate currents of the Gulf Stream, this volcanic island boasts a relatively mild yet unpredictable climate, inviting those with an adventurous spirit to explore its wonders. Venture into the iconic landscapes of the famous southern coast and the western regions, without the bustling summer crowds. Marvel at the obsidian black sand beaches and vast lava fields adorned with a blanket of pristine snow. Finally, be captivated by the mesmerising spectacle of the Northern Lights, best enjoyed from your countryside accommodation, away from the intrusion of city lights, to experience the full spectacle.  

During your stay, you’ll be hosted in cozy, authentic lodgings that offer a high level of comfort and, in some instances, even feature relaxing hot baths on-site. These accommodations are not just places to rest your head; they’re an integral part of your journey. Each evening, you’ll have the pleasure of unwinding in these charming abodes and waking up to breathtaking views as you savour a delightful breakfast.

The accommodations you select will provide you with a deeper insight into Icelandic life. We firmly believe that Iceland’s natural wonders are so abundant that there’s little need for organised activities. Our partners are long-standing, often family-run businesses that prioritise the quality of their offerings, environmental sustainability, their employees’ well-being, and providing a warm and welcoming experience.

Highlights of this trip
  • Discover many emblematic sites. This itinerary is ideally designed for those who are coming to Iceland for the first time but who do not have enough time to do the full ring road. It condenses for a first trip, the discovery of many must-see sites in Iceland whether it is the Golden Circle, the black sand beaches of Vik, or the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón, this trip will take you into the heart of a wild and amazing nature.
  • Easy drive and trip all year round. You can enjoy this trip all year round, the roads are easily passable, even in winter with a 4×4 vehicle suitable for driving on snow. This trip will enchant you during each season with totally different but always captivating aspects.
  • A trip at your personal pace. Our goal is to make you discover Iceland in the most beautiful way, at a pleasant pace, without hurrying and without driving too many kilometers every day. Your stay will be truly tailor-made, according to your desires. We take into account what you want to see and do, and offer an itinerary with stages intended to make the most of your visits, in the most beautiful natural sites of the country.
Our commitments
  • A selection of partners engaged in more responsible tourism.
  • A real tailor-made trip designed for you.
  • Refund of excursions not carried out for reasons beyond your control (weather, cancellation by the service provider).
  • The option to request a change in the booking of your accommodation, subject to availability.
  • The guarantee of working with a local agency.
  • We are contributing to the reforestation of Iceland with the planting of around 1 tree/person.
Price

Included

  • Nights in guesthouse, room with mix of private and share bathroom (Superior category or 100% private bathroom on request).
  • Buffet breakfast. Our accommodation sometimes offer a kitchen and / or hot bath on site. Bedsheets and towels are provided. We try to choose as much as possible eco-friendly accommodation.
  • Rental car with unlimited mileage, taxes and SCDW insurance included, refund of the deductible 0 €. Vehicle picked up and drop off at Keflavik Airport. 2x4 or 4x4 depending on demand or season.
  • 1 entrance to the Blue Lagoon or another Hot pool
  • Optional: whale watching, walk on the glacier, visit of an ice cave (from November to April), horseback riding, snowmobile, kayaking, diving, rafting ... Booking dinners to be paid on site.
  • Personalized travel book. Includes a general presentation of Iceland, various tips and a day-by-day program including supplies, suggestions for visits, advice for walks and hikes, as well as a detailed information for each accommodation. Map 1: 600,000 and hiking maps.
  • Our contact and locale assistance

Not included

  • International flight from 200 € departing from Europe
  • Meals other than breakfast, petrol
  • Personal cancellation and repatriation insurance
  • Optional: Additional of 2nd driver supplement between 25 and 40 € to be paid only at the rental agency.
Itinerary

D1: Arrival and the Journey Begins

 Upon landing at the airport, you’ll pick up your rental vehicle and set off for Keflavík, conveniently located near the airport. Here, your first night will be spent by the tranquil seaside, and if you desire, you can enjoy your initial dip in a relaxing hot bath. With a bit of luck, you may even catch a glimpse of the mesmerizing auroras as you kickstart your adventure.

Journey: 5 km

Free meals

Stages: Keflavík

D2: Exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula or Embarking on a Journey to the Center of the Earth

Today, your journey continues westward to the captivating Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Along the way, you’ll encounter the picturesque Búðir church nestled amidst the lava fields, the awe-inspiring cliffs sculpted by the relentless sea at Arnarstapi, and the exquisite pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur. Every step of this adventure engages your senses: inhale the briny scent of the ocean, observe the fearless seabirds, listen to the rhythmic crash of waves against the rugged cliffs, feel the textures of the lava and moss that blanket parts of the landscape, and savor the taste of local delicacies.

As night falls, you’ll find yourself nestled by the tranquil sea along the southern coast of the peninsula, where you’ll spend the night.

Journey: 200 km

​Meals included: breakfast

Stages: Búðir,, Arnarstapi

D3: A Seafaring Expedition and Mesmerizing Orca Encounters

Today’s adventure unfolds with breathtaking vistas of the majestic Snæfellsjökull glacier, which commands the tip of the peninsula, and the stunning Kirkjufell mountain. Later, you’ll embark on a thrilling sea excursion to witness the awe-inspiring orcas in their natural habitat—an unforgettable experience that captivates both young and old.

As the day draws to a close, bid farewell to the peninsula and make your way back to the Borgarfjörður region. Here, you’ll spend the night nestled at the base of a serene waterfall, in a charming retreat boasting soothing hot baths and an exceptional restaurant. This guest house is surrounded by inviting trails where you can embark on troll-hunting adventures and reconnect with your inner child. The location is secluded enough to provide ideal conditions for observing the mesmerizing Northern Lights during winter. You’ll rest in a region steeped in Icelandic history, known for its rich folklore and as the mythical habitat of trolls.

Journey: 200 kms –

​Meals included: breakfast

Stops: Ólafsvík, Kirkjufell, Stykkishólmur, Borgarnes

D4: Discover the Wonders of the Golden Circle

Bid farewell to the enchanting west as you embark on an exploration of the renowned Golden Circle, one of Iceland’s most iconic destinations. Be sure not to overlook the Almannagjá fault within Thingvellir National Park, where nature’s geological artistry is on full display. Let yourself be captivated by the powerful eruptions of the country’s only active geyser, and stand in awe before the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, a true gem of Iceland’s natural beauty.

As evening falls, you’ll find yourself in Hella, nestled in a cozy hotel boasting inviting hot baths and an exceptional restaurant. This tranquil retreat is also secluded enough to offer a perfect vantage point for admiring the Northern Lights.

Journey: 250 km

​Meals included: breakfast

Stages: Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir, Hella

D5: Cascading Waterfalls and Enchanting Black Sand Beaches

Today, your journey unfolds along the scenic south coast, where you’ll encounter two extraordinary waterfalls. First, immerse yourself in the ethereal mist of Seljalandsfoss as you venture behind its cascading waters, yes you can walk behind the waterfall. Then, stand in awe before the colossal and powerful Skógafoss waterfall, a testament to nature’s grandeur.

In the afternoon, you’ll arrive in the Vík region, renowned for its towering basalt columns at Reynisfjara and its vast expanse of black sand beach. Your road then leads you further to Jökulsárlón, where you’ll spend the night near the serene icebergs. Your accommodations offer a tranquil retreat with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Journey: 200 km

​Meals included: breakfast

Stages: Seljalandsfoss, Vík, Skógafoss, Dyrhólaey

D6: Embrace Winter Adventures

D7: Last day in Reykjavik

Spend a lovely day in Reykjavik. Stroll through the colorful alleys of the city centre, visit the port, the cathedral or the new Harpa cultural center, astonishing with its modern architecture. Enjoy some shopping and an evening to enjoy the atmosphere of its various cafes, bars and restaurants. In the evening you drive to the airport for your international flight.
 
Night in the city center or near the airport for early flight departure. Driving distance approx. 200 kms. 

D8: International flight

Free time before your international flight. 

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Good to know

  • Itinerary : on this self-drive tour we create a tailor-made itinerary following the length of your stay in Iceland and your personal interest according to our knowledge of the country as travel agency. A day by day itinerary will be given on a indicative basis and accommodations will be booked for you in advance. We provide you with all necessary maps and a trip information package with practical information that allows you to enjoy your vacation in the best possible way; tips on where to buy food, good restaurants, places to go – places to avoid, inescapable sites, our personal knowledge of Iceland and our experience as a local travel agent.
  • Transport : For this self-drive we usually advice, outside the period from October to April, to rent a berline instead of a 4×4 only necessary on gravel roads for the highlands but not needed on paved road, except if you request something special.
  • Accommodation: We work as a priority with accommodation such as charming guesthouse or B&B, chosen for their comfort, hospitality and location, in relation with your itinerary. As the choice can be limited in some regions of the country, it is important to book your stay as soon as possible to benefit from the largest possible offer. In any case, we avoid standardized hotels. It is possible to choose other types of accommodation during your stay, 3/4 * hotel or camping. Contact us for any specific request.
  • Period to travel: we offer this itinerary all year round.
  • Important note, stay between mid-October and mid-April: If you decide to travel to Iceland at this period, in winter therefore, you may encounter difficult climatic conditions, with snow, icy roads (especially in the North and East of the country), and variable weather. Due to weather conditions you might not be able to access certain sites. In the worst case, you can get snow or sandstorms and temperatures sometimes well below 0 ° C. If you drive yourself in Iceland, this climate can affect your itinerary or driving. We will be there to help and advise you on your itinerary.
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