5 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Northern Lights, Golden Circle & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
See the best of Iceland on this 5-day winter self drive tour as you experience the Northern Lights, Golden Circle and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon!
This tour is the perfect introduction for independent travellers wanting to explore the amazing landscapes, history and culture of Iceland in just five days. The journey will take you across the most popular part of the country, from Reykjavík to the Golden Circle, along the beautiful South Coast and into Vatnajökull National Park. Along the way, you’ll visit many of the highlights that Iceland has to offer, including stunning waterfalls, black sand beaches, sprawling lava fields, mighty volcanoes, ancient glaciers, steaming hot springs, historical landmarks, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and more.
Winter is an enchanting time in Iceland, when snowfall blankets the landscape in a pristine layer of white. The days are filled with an ethereal, Arctic light, bathing the environment in a beautiful glow. Meanwhile, the nights are long and dark; this creates the perfect recipe to witness the Aurora Borealis, dancing over the country’s world-class attractions. If weather conditions are favourable during your trip, then you’ll be perfectly placed to witness this natural phenomenon lighting up the night sky. The extraordinary scenery of Iceland provides the perfect backdrop for the most awe-inspiring show on Earth.
For those who would like to maximise the potential for adventure in Iceland, there is the opportunity to add on extra tours during the booking process. Go snorkelling between two continents in the glacial water of Silfra fissure, ride on an Icelandic horse through the countryside, feel the cool air against your cheeks as you snowmobile over the Langjoökull glacier, visit two incredible ice caves deep within Vatnajökull National Park, go glacier hiking and explore the deep blue crevasses of Europe’s largest ice cap, or simply relax in the mineral-rich geothermal pools of the Blue Lagoon. There is a lot to choose from and the key to an exciting winter vacation in Iceland lies within your imagination.
Once you have completed the booking process, you’ll receive a personalised itinerary containing everything that you need for a seamless adventure in the Land of Fire and Ice. It will guide you to the best destinations in Iceland, as well as some more hidden gems off the beaten track. All of your accommodation will be pre-arranged before your arrival, giving you an idea of where you’ll need to be at the end of each day. The rest of your time is free for you to spend at your leisure. You can mark out as few or as many places as you like, take your time unearthing the beauty of each location and tailor your holiday to suit your style of travelling.
Enjoy the freedom of a winter self drive tour in Iceland with the ability to add on extra activities. Discover places so captivating that you’ll never want to leave! Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland
Day 2 - A Journey of the Golden Circle
Day 3 - South Coast Adventures
Day 4 - Ice Cave, Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon
Day 5 - Farewell
What to bring
Good to know
Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavík City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license is required, along with a one-year long on-road experience. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.
This self-drive is set to take place at wintertime. Conditions in Iceland can vary greatly during that season; snow and ice are commonplace, and Iceland has limited daylight hours. Please consider your ability to drive in winter conditions before booking this tour. If you feel insecure about driving in these conditions, we recommend a package tour instead.
Some optional activities might need either a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkelling.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows.
It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you. Please note that the ice caves are only accessible from November to March each year.
See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary.
Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For other levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s).
Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur.
Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. Please keep in mind that hotel quality in Iceland varies among locations and availability is highly limited. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level.
Please note that not all locations offer quality level accommodation. Comfort level accommodation will be arranged at those particular locations, which is reflected in the quality level upgrade price.
We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.
Below you can see the car rental options available for this self-drive tour.
All our vehicles are new or current models, of maximum 2 years of age. Super Budget levels come with standard CDW insurance, while all other levels also include Gravel Protection (GP), and Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) insurances. Please note that off-road driving is illegal for all types of cars.
All levels come equipped with a GPS and free Wi-fi. You can enjoy unlimited data with the Wi-Fi device, which can be connected to up to 10 devices at once. The car rental will provide 24-hour roadside emergency services.
Age requirement for each level can be found below. For all levels, the driver must possess a valid driving license for at least one year before the date of the rental.
We recommend Budget 4X4 level for summer driving and Comfort 4X4 for winter driving. In wintertime, all cars have winter tyres.
You can now add meals to your booking.
Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you.
At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu.
Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements.
Vouchers are non-refundable.
This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost.
The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after.
The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact email@example.com and declare full cancellation.
Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.