Winter Panoramas of Iceland

Discover the highlights of Icelands South Coast in their magical winter glow and live like a local enjoying comfortable farmhouse and guesthouse accommodation. From waterfalls of ice to snow covered lava formations; from floating icebergs to warm hot springs... this invigorating trip comes with 4x4 vehicle hire so that you can discover everything Iceland has to offer at your own pace. And of course it is the ideal season to observe the  Northern Lights and their breathtaking dancing light displays... 

Programme

  • Jour 1 Keflavík / Reykjavik

    Keflavík / Reykjavik Your flight arrives in Keflavik, here you can collect your vehicle for the week and drive to Reykjavik. Today you can enjoy a dip in the warm waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.

    Transport: 30 miles
    Suggested activities: The Blue Lagoon (payable locally)
    Accommodation: Guesthouse

  • Jour 2 Þingvellir / Gullfoss / Geysir

    Þingvellir / Gullfoss / Geysir Today we recommend exploring Icelands famous Golden Circle including the beautiful Þingvellir UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mid-Atlantic fault and meeting place of the world’s oldest Parliament. The exciting geothermal area of Geysir with the extraordinary Strokkur Geyser is not to be missed. Gullfoss waterfall (‘Golden Waterfall’), the gigantic two-tiered waterfall is found nearby and is perhaps even more magical in the winter when its cascades are frozen! Tonight we have arranged accommodation for you in the iconic Southern Icelandic town Hella.

    Transport: 130 miles
    Suggested activities: The Golden Circle tour
    Accommodation: Farmhouse

  • Jour 3 Hella / Skaftafell

    Hella / Skaftafell Today you have time to explore Vatnajökull National Park and its amazing blue tinted glaciers. There are lots of stunning marked hiking trails here, perhaps you want to stroll to Skaftafellsjökull glacier or venture to Morsárdalur valley and Bæjarstaðarskógur woods.

    Transport: 140 miles
    Suggested activities: Hiking, winter-walking, snow-shoeing
    Accommodation: Farmhouse

  • Jour 4 Skaftafell / Jökulsarlon / Skaftafell

    Skaftafell / Jökulsarlon / Skaftafell Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is a truly magical place where glittering lumps of floating ice drift from Breidarmerkurjökull towards the sea. Nearby you can find black sand beaches scattered with mini icebergs and you can take a boat trip here through the ice filled waters.

    Transport: 75 miles
    Suggested activities: Boat Trip (please reserve with us in advance)
    Accommodation: Farmhouse

  • Jour 5 Skaftafell / Vík

    Skaftafell / Vík Today you head to Vik and the iconic black sand beaches of Reynisfjara - rated in the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world! With dramatic North Atlantic Ocean waves, black sands, impressive basalt columns, a huge cave, interesting folklore history plus the chance of puffin sightings this is a destination not to be missed. (This area is so impressive that it has featured in many films and TV shows including Star Wars Rogue One, Star Trek Into Darkness and Game of Thrones)

    Transport: 100 miles
    Suggested activities: Walking on the black sand beaches & sight-seeing
    Accommodation: Farmhouse

  • Jour 6 Vík / Reykjavik

    Vík / Reykjavik Tonight it's back to Reykjavik for a free walking tour of the city but on the way why not visit the iconic Skógar and Skógafoss waterfall, this waterfall is particularly impressive when it is frozen and there is a folk museum here with old peat-roofed houses.

    Transport: 100 miles
    Suggested activities: The Wool Factory, the Folk Musuem & Skógafoss waterfall
    Accommodation: Guesthouse

  • Jour 7 Reykjavik

    Reykjavik Today is reserved for exploring Icelands capital city Reykjavik - why not join a walking tour of the capital city? There are lots of things to do here, visit a museum, explore the cities iconic landmarks and eat at a local restaurant. Today is a also chance to visit the famous Blue Lagoon if you did not have a chance on day 1.

    Transport: 30 miles
    Suggested activities: Musuems & Blue Lagoon (payable locally)
    Accommodation: Guesthouse

  • Jour 8 Farewell Iceland

    Farewell Iceland Return of vehicle in Keflavik and flight home

    Transport: 30 miles & flight home

This itinerary, including walking distances and times, is indicative and fully flexible.

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Période & budget

Quand voyager ?

La meilleure période pour voyager est la suivante :

janv. févr. mars avr. mai juin juil. août sept. oct. nov. déc.

Prix

From €1490
Price based on 2 travellers

Ce budget est indiqué par personne, selon disponibilité. Votre agent local vous fera parvenir un devis personnalisé avec le prix exact. En effet, ce dernier peut varier en fonction de plusieurs éléments (disponibilité, niveaux de prestations, période, nb de participants, délai de réservation et bien d’autres encore).

Le prix comprend

  • 7 days 4x4 hire, unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) Insurance (second driver option available)
  • 2 nights in guesthouse accommodation in Reykjavik
  • A complete travel Guide with maps for all of the different regions you will visit
  • All breakfasts and most dinners & lunches

Le prix ne comprend pas

  • International flights
  • Registration fee: €18 (free for under 12s)
  • Alcoholic drinks and some meals may not be included

Additional Options

Please let us know if you would like to reserve any of the following optional activities:
  • A one hour boat trip among glaciers in Jokulsarlön lagoon: from €70 (discounts for children)

Museums in Reykjavik

There are lots of museums in Reykjavik, our personal favourites are:
  • The National Museum of Iceland: €16 (free for under 18s)
  • Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre: from €10
  • Reykjavik City Museum and Settlement Exhibition: from €15 (free for under 17s)
Please let us know if you would like to plan museum visits to these museums or any others in Reykjavik ahead of time. Reservation in advance is not necessary. 

Remarques

Comfort: 4/5

Well-equipped accommodation options like basic hotels or charming guesthouses are rated 4/5 for comfort. Please note that depending on the destination this does not necessarily guarantee private bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Level

This is your trip, you can choose how challenging or relaxing each day is.

Assurance

Car Hire Insurance Options

Icelandic law demands that vehicle rental is coupled with third party insurance. Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) insurance is included in our prices. In the event of an accident please be aware that you are responsible for all damages. It is strongly advised to take out additional on site insurance to reduce costs in the event of an accident.

Additional Options & Accessories:

  • An additional driver: one-off payment, from €27
  • Super Collision Damage Waiver Insurance (SCDW): From €12 a day
  • Sand and Ash Damage Waiver Insurance (SADW): from €12 a day
  • Gravel Protection Insurance (GP): from €12 a day
  • The GP, SADW & SCDW insurance package: from €24 a day
  • GPS: from €11 a day
  • 4G Wifi: from €20 a day
  • A child car seat, various sizes and options available: one-off payment from €30
  • A booster seat, compulsory and free for children up to 150cm: or from €16

It is good to know that under Icelandic law, CDW & SCDW insurance does not cover damage to tyres, windshields, headlight optics or the vehicle's underbody. Similarly, any damage, including damage to the engine, from gravel, ash or excessive speed is not covered by this insurance. Any damage caused to the vehicle from driving in places where passage is forbidden will not be covered by insurance.

Additional insurance options are payable locally by credit card and reservation in advance is not necessary. Optional accessories like car seats or 4G should be reserved in advance. Please contact us if you have any questions or require more information.


Travel Insurance: Not included

Infos pratiques

Encadrement

Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional Icelandic team know the country inside out. We are here to ensure you have the best possible trip so ask us anything, we love sharing our local knowledge!

Alimentation

A solid breakfast with tea and coffee is provided at the guesthouse in Reykjavik.
Farmhouse accommodation meal options may vary depending on your chosen route but normally you will be fully catered for with a selection of local foods to try in the evenings and a picnic lunch to take with you each day.

Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book the trip and we will work with you to cater for your needs.

Hébergement

Your first and last nights will be spent in a guesthouse close to Reykjavik city centre. It has shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, hot showers and heating. Please bring a sleeping bag.

Farmhouse

Farming is a big part of Icelandic traditional culture; staying in a farmhouse is a great way to meet locals and discover more about traditional Icelandic culture. Farmhouse stays normally come with full board and a shared kitchen/communal area, bathrooms are normally shared between 2-3 rooms and en suite options are sometimes available.

Déplacement et portage

Care Hire

Iceland has a fabulous network of scenic roads which connect its most popular destinations, most capes and the inhabited countryside across the island. Some of the 'roads' are however more like 'tracks' and fjord crossings are not uncommon; from November to March we recommend that you hire a 4x4 vehicle regardless of your chosen route.

In general you can expect to find petrol stations, shops and accommodation options around every 70miles. Fuel is not included in the car rental rates but prices in Iceland are fair.

You will need a valid driver's license, issued for at least 12 months before the rental date.
Minimum age: 20 or 23 for a 4x4 vehicle.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) Insurance: Icelandic law demands that veicle rental is coupled with third party insurance. In the event of an accident you are responsible for all the damage. It is strongly advised to take out additional on site insurance to reduce costs in the event of an accident. CDW insurance is included in our prices. For more information and options please see the terms & conditions page for this trip and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Budget et change

The currency in Iceland is Icelandic Krona (ISK). Please budget for:
  • Evening meals in Reykjavik (2500-5600ISK)
  • Drinks & personal expenses
  • Fuel & additional insurance options/car accessories

Pourboires

Alcohol is very expensive in Iceland and you can only buy beer which is stronger than 2.25% alcohol in state run liquor stores. If you want to enjoy an evening drink after your days adventures, we recommend buying Duty Free alcohol in the airport.

The tap water in Iceland is of very high quality and it is delicious.

Equipement indispensable

Please bring a sleeping bag

Bagages

You may bring a hold bag (up to 23kg) as well as a cabin bag

We recommend that you bring a soft bag for your hold luggage like a rucksack rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical when loading local buses and trailers. We also recommend that you bring a small rucksack that is appropriate for use as a day bag for your hand luggage. This is practical for carring your lunch, water and any personal medication with you each day.

Pharmacie

We recommend that you bring with you a small first aid kit and any medication you may need such as inhalers, plasters and painkillers.

A vaild European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will insure that you can access state-provided healthcare in Iceland for free or at a reduced cost.
For more information click here

Passeport

You will need a passport that is valid for at least three months after your return date

Visa

You do not need a VISA to travel to Iceland which is part of the Schengen cooperation.

However USA, Canadian and Australian citizens need to buy a return ticket or provide proof of onwards travel - we will help you to do this.

Vaccins obligatoires

There are no specific health risks

Climat

Contrary to the name 'Ice-land' the weather in Iceland is relatively mild considering its location. This trip runs from October to March, the weather is unpredictable but average temperatures in Reykjavik during this time vary from -3°C (27°F) to+7°C (45°F). The highlands tend to average around −10 °C (14 °F) during the winter months. The Northern Lights can be seen from September to April if the conditions are right.

Electricité

Iceland uses Northern European electrical standards (50Hz/220 volts)  and the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs.

Heure locale

Iceland uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) like the United Kingdom but does not observe daylight-saving time in the summer

Géographie

Area: 39,768.5 m²
Population: 334,252 inhabitants (2016)
Capital: Reykjavik
Languages: Icelandic
Regime: Parliamentary Republic

Iceland is 20 million years old and is a volcanic island with around one eruption every 5 years. 11% of the island is covered with ice, 1% of the land is cultivated, 20% is grassland, 2% is lake, 40% is sand and the rest is desert.

Tourisme responsable

 As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously. We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...

1.    Be prepared
2.    Stick to trails and camp overnight right
3.    Stash your trash and pick up waste
4.    Leave it as you find it
5.    Be careful with fire
6.    Respect wildlife
7.    Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates. 

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.
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Isabelle

  • Outdoor activities enthusiast
  • Adventure travel expert
  • Graduated with a UK First Class Honours Degree in Outdoor Leadership
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Région
Jökulsárlón Keflavík Reykjavík Skaftafell The Golden Circle The South The South Coast Vík
Activité
Off-season Self-Drive The Northern Lights Winter
Durée
8 jours
Code
EISLD21VA
Prix
A partir de 1 405 €

Points forts

  • Discover, at your own pace, highlights such as frozen waterfalls, snow covered lava formations, floating icebergs and hot springs...
  • Meet local Icelanders and try local food in traditional farmhouse accommodation
  • Enjoy the freedom of your own 4x4 vehicle, our smooth logistics and a flexible intinerary, carefully designed to showcase Icelands southern highlights in their winter glory

Niveau requis

This is your adventure, you can choose how challenging or how relaxing each day is. Please be aware that winter conditions may have an impact on difficulty levels, recommended hiking trails vary in summer and winter for example.
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