7-Day Winter Self-Drive Tour of the South Coast and Snæfellsnes Peninsula


7 days


Sep - Apr



Minimum Age

No Age Limit


Spend a week in chasing the stunning Northern Lights and exploring geysers, glaciers, and geothermal hot springs with this winter self-drive tour.

See Iceland’s most beloved sites which include the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the attractions of the Golden Circle route, the waterfalls of the South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

Customize your trip by adding optional excursions such as snorkelling between continents, visiting the Blue Lagoon, hiking up a glacier, and entering an authentic ice cave.

Don’t worry and just have fun! Accommodations, rental car and optional excursions will be booked prior to your arrival. You will even have 24/7 customer service available to you during your trip.

Book your adventure in Iceland today and create memories that will stay with you forever.


  • 6 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for all levels; more detailed info in accommodation tab)
  • Vehicle for the duration of the trip with unlimited mileage (VW Golf 2WD or similar. Upgrades available)
  • Medium Protection Package for car rental: CDW, SCDW, PAI, THW and GP (More Info Click Here)
  • Mobile WIFI including 3GB total
  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
  • Taxes

Not included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gasoline/Petrol
  • Driving-Related Fees
  • Meals & drinks (unless otherwise stated)
  • Any services not listed as “Included”


Sun Voyager Sculpture on the coastline of Reykjavik

Day 1 – Welcome to Iceland

You’ll land at Keflavík International Airport, located a short drive from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. Pick up your car after collecting your bags and make your way towards the city.

If you want to start your adventure right away, you can take a little detour on your way to Reykjavík and explore the wonderful Reykjanes Peninsula. This little stretch of land is a geological wonder and a photographer’s dream. The landscape is characterized by tuff mountains, craters and ridges which were formed in volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago.

Amidst this harsh scenery lies the geothermal spa, Blue Lagoon. It is a great place to unwind after your flight. Add a trip to the lagoon during the booking process and you can take advantage of the complimentary silica mask and drink and admire the volcanic landscape while billowy steam rises up in the air.

Once revitalised, continue on to Reykjavík city where you will find your hotel. If you are not too tired and if conditions are right, take a short drive away from the city lights in the evening to hunt for the beautiful Northern Lights.

  • Reykjavík City — Iceland’s dynamic capital.
  • Blue Lagoon Comfort Entrance: Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel and 1st drink of your choice.
  • Blue Lagoon Premium Entrance: Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel, 1st drink of your choice, second mask of choice, slippers, use of bathrobe, table reservation at Lava Restaurant, and sparkling wine if dining.

Day 2 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Today, you’ll visit the mystical Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This area is packed with diverse attractions such as black pebble beaches, glittering waterfalls, lava fields and charming villages. Towering over the whole area is the mighty Snæfellsjökull, a glacier believed to emit mystical energy.

If you are visiting in September or October, you will have the unique opportunity to start your day by descending into a volcano. You’ll board a bus in Reykjavík which will take you into the mountain where you’ll step inside the now empty magma chamber of an inactive volcano.

Start your adventure on the peninsula by snapping a few amazing selfies at Gerðuberg cliffs. This wall of basalt columns which form geometric pattern might look like it was once a part of the set of a medieval movie or even Game of Thrones but it is a natural construct, formed by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago.

From there you could visit the stunning waterfall Bjarnafoss which cascades down a mountainside and then the little hamlet of Búðir, located in the middle of a lava field. There, you’ll find the unusual Búðakirkja church, famous for its jet-black colour which often stands out against a backdrop of the white glacier.

Visit the black sand beach of Djúpalónssandur and watch the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash upon shore before driving to the other side of the peninsula where Mt. Kirkjufell awaits. This arrowhead-shaped mountain is not only stunning but was also used as a backdrop in the HBO series, Game of Thrones.

If the skies are clear of clouds, go searching for the Northern Lights before settling into your accommodations in the area.

  • Gerðuberg Cliffs — A large, natural wall comprised of geometric columns.
  • Búðakirkja Church — A jet-black church often photographed with the mighty Snæfellsjökull Glacier in the background.
  • Djúpalónssandur Black Pebble Beach — A secluded bay of dark cliffs and black sand.
  • Kirkjufell Mountain — A stunning mountain used in HBO’s Game of Thrones.
  • There are no optional activities for this day
Erupting Strokkur geyser at sunset

Day 3 – Golden Circle

Now it is time to head towards Iceland’s most popular natural attractions which are all found on the Golden Circle sightseeing route. These include the national park of Þingvellir, Geysir Geothermal Area and the waterfall Gullfoss.

Before you arrive at your first destination, Þingvellir, you could stop at the largest lava tube in the world, Víðgelmir. Here you’ll see stagliamites and strange natural sculptures made from hardened lava, as well as learn about the outlaws that made this cave their home. Add a tour during the booking process to see it for yourself.

Þingvellir is Iceland’s first national park, founded in 1930. However, the history of the park reaches back much further. Here you can see remains from the Viking settlers of the land who would gather at Þingvellir to settle disputes and set the laws of this country.

The park is also renowned for its geology. It is located in a rift valley between the N-American and the Eurasian tectonic plates. The plates are in constant motion and although the movement is too slow to see it with the naked eye, you can still see evidence of this activity in the canyons and fissures that traverse the region.

Meltwater from the nearby Langjökull glacier travels through cracks in the surrounding lava field and fills up one of these fissures, called Silfra. The water’s journey filters it and makes it crystal clear, thus creating optimal conditions for snorkelers. Silfra fissure is renowned by divers and snorkellers the world over for its unparalleled visibility and for its location between the continental plates. You can add your own snorkelling adventure in Silfra during the booking process.

After exploring Þingvellir, head to Geysir Geothermal Area. You will see steam rising from the ground and there are many bubbling mud pools and hot springs along the path which leads to the main attraction here: the geyser Strokkur. Don’t worry if you didn’t get a great photo of Strokkur erupting, just wait 5-10 minutes and it will go off again, creating a water column of about 15-20 metres.

Before you make your way to your accommodations in the area, you’ll stop at the last attraction of the Golden Circle route, Gullfoss Waterfall. As you step out of your car, you will be greeted by the thundering noise of freezing glacial water hitting the bottom of an ancient canyon. The cascade itself is stunning, plummeting down two steps before plunging into a 32-metre canyon, producing a fine mist as droplets bounce back up.

The waterfall is often considered the highlight of the Golden Circle and the name of the route is derived from the name of Gullfoss, which means “golden waterfall” in Icelandic.

  • Þingvellir National Park — Where Viking settlers would gather to lay the laws of the land. Located in a rift valley between the N-American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
  • Þingvallavatn Lake — Iceland’s largest natural lake and home of Silfra fissure.
  • Geysir Geothermal Area — A region filled with steam vents, bubbling mud pools and erupting geysers.
  • Strokkur Geyser — Erupts every 5-10 minutes to heights of around 15-20 metres (49-66 ft).
  • Gullfoss Waterfall — A stunning cascade which falls down in two steps into an ancient canyon.
  • Snorkeling in Silfra: Snorkeling between continents in crystal-clear water. Includes a tour with a certified PADI divemaster, all necessary snorkelling gear, Silfra admission fee, and hot chocolate to warm up after the dive. Minimum age 12 years.
  • Snowmobiling on Langjökull: An exhilarating tour on top of a glacier, no previous riding experience needed. Included is a one-hour snowmobile ride with a guide and use of overalls. Two people share a snowmobile and the driver needs to bring their driving licence. Age limit for passenger is 8 years.
  • 2 Hour Horse Riding Tour: Meet the friendly Icelandic Horse. Includes 1-1.5 hour guided horseback ride with a specially trained guide. Use of riding helmets, boots & rain wear. Minimum age is 8 years.
Skogafoss at the golden hour in the winter

Day 4 – South Coast

After breakfast, head out to explore the southern regions of Iceland. Today, you’ll see glittering waterfalls and a hauntingly beautiful black sand beach, while driving in the shadows of two massive glaciers.

If you wish to start your day with an adrenaline rush, you can head back to Gullfoss waterfall where you’ll be picked up by guides and taken to Langjökull glacier for a thrilling snowmobile ride. You can add this option to your tour during the booking process.

Your first stop today is the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. This silvery cascade falls in a narrow stream down a 60-metre tall cliff. If you arrive while it is still dark outside, you will see it illuminated by massive spotlights which makes it look like something out of a fantasy novel.

Speaking of fantasy, your next stop, Skógafoss waterfall, was featured in the last season of Game of Thrones. Your chances of spotting a dragon near it might be slim but you will see this tall and wide waterfall plummet 62 metres onto the flat earth beneath. This allows visitors to walk right up to the wall of water and capture some unusual photos.

During your travels today, you will pass two mighty glaciers, the infamous Eyjafjallajökull and the larger Mýrdalsjökull. If you wish to get better acquainted with glaciers, you can add a glacier hike during the booking process. In the company of a professional guide, you will hike up one of Mýrdalsjökull’s outlet glaciers to witness the stunning view from the top of this ice giant.

Your destination is the little village of Vík which is located near the beautiful black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Before finding your accommodations, stop by the beach to and watch the waves crash upon the shore and against the massive sea stalks, Reynisdrangar.

  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall — A high and narrow cascade which falls over a concave cliff.
  • Skógafoss Waterfall — A wider and much more powerful cousin of Seljalandsfoss.
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach — Dark and beautiful beach surrounded by geometric cliffs.
  • Vík Village — A charming and picturesque village with great ocean views.
  • Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull Glacier: A fun and easy glacier hike. No previous experience needed. Tour includes an English speaking glacier guide, use of helmet, crampons, ice axe and other necessary safety equipment. Minimum age is 8 years.
  • Snowmobiling on Sólheimajökull Glacier: Race across a glacier on a snowmobile. No prior experience needed and all you have to bring are warm clothes and good shoes. Use of overalls, helmets and balaclavas are included. Two people share a snowmobile, and the driver needs to bring their driving licence. Age limit for passengers is 5 years.
Diamond beach with glacier ice blocks on black sand close to Jökulsárlon in Iceland.

Day 5 – Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach

Today you’ll visit the famous glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón. Start by making your way towards Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull.

First, you’ll drive through the black desert plain of Mýrdalssandur where in the South the isolated rock hill Hjörleifshöfði lies. After driving through this desolate land for a while, the white peaks of Vatnajökull will become more visible.

As you approach the glacier, you’ll notice a wooded area surrounded by jagged mountains. This is Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a part of the larger Vatnajökull National Park. Here, you can join a glacier hiking tour which will take you up a glacier tongue of Vatnajökull. You can add a tour during the booking process and we’ll reserve a spot for you.

Further East of Skaftafell lies Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. This azure blue water is filled with white and blue icebergs which gently float in the stream, heading towards the ocean. The bergs have all broken off a nearby glacier and can be as tall as a building. Seals can often be seen swimming amongst them or lounging on top.

Nearby is the Diamond Beach, a stretch of black sand shoreline littered with small ice chunks which have washed up on shore. As they glisten in the low sunlight, they are reminiscent of the precious stones which lend the beach its name.

At the end of the day, head to your accommodations in the area or the nearby town of Höfn. South-East Iceland is sparsely populated and so the light pollution here is minimal, making it a great place to hunt for the Northern Lights.

  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve — Encompasses a beautiful scenery of mountain peaks, birchwood forests, thundering waterfalls, and sandy plains.
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon — A calm lake where enormous blue and white icebergs drift slowly towards the ocean.
  • Diamond Beach — A black sand beach where icebergs wash up on shore and glisten in the low sunlight.
  • Glacier Hike in Skaftafell: Easy glacier hike, suitable for most people. No previous experience needed. Tour includes an English speaking glacier guide, use of helmet, crampons, ice axe and other necessary safety equipment. Minimum age is 8 years.
Crystal blue ice cave under a glacier

Day 6 – Ice Caves & South Iceland

Now it is time to head back to Reykjavík, but not before having a few adventures first.

If you are visiting between November and March, you have a chance to add a unique adventure to your journey: visiting an authentic ice cave in Vatnajökull glacier. Stepping inside the cave is like stepping inside a blue wonderworld. It is surely a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you are bound to capture some amazing photos to make all your friends at home jealous.

Once you are ready to bid farewell to South-East Iceland, you’ll start to make your way back to the city. Since you are behind the wheel, you decide where to stop. You can further explore the places you saw in the previous days, grabbing a few photos of them in a completely new light.

Or you can discover new places such as Eldhraun, a lava field which came as a result of one of the biggest eruptions in recorded history. You can also learn more about Iceland’s volcanic history at the lava centre in Hvolsvöllur town. Alternatively, you can stop at the beautiful Skálholt site and learn about its rich history which spans over a thousand years.

You’ll spend the night at accommodations in Reykjavík. If you are not too tired after your adventures on the road, you can check out the city’s vibrant nightlife. No matter if it is a Monday or a Saturday, there is always something happening in downtown Reykjavík be it pub quizzes, cabaret shows, comedy nights or concerts.

  • Kirkjubæjarklaustur Village — A quaint settlement of just under 200 people.
  • Eldhraun Lava Field — Created in one of the biggest eruptions in recorded history.
  • Eyjafallajökull Glacier — A volcano covered by a glacier.
  • Ice Caving in Vatnajökull: Explore a cave in Europe’s largest glacier. Includes a tour with a certified glacier guide and all necessary glacier gear such as crampons and helmets. Minimum age is 8 years.
Women in the silky blue waters of the blue lagoon in Iceland with smoke in the background

Day 7 – Farewell

Today it is time to head back home with a heart full of memories and a social media account full of new pics.

If your flight leaves in the afternoon or evening, you have some time to explore Reykjavík a little bit before you go. Just remember to give yourself plenty of time to drive to the airport, return your rental car, and check in.

You could start the day by visiting one of Reykjavík’s many bakeries to try out a tasty treat such as “snúður” cinnamon roll or “kleina”, a twisted doughnut. After that, you can visit the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church or check out the lights at Harpa Concert Hall.

If you didn’t have time on your arrival day, you can fit in a visit to the Blue Lagoon on this day. Unwinding in the warm, geothermal waters is a sure way to make you feel calm and relaxed before your flight.

Once it is time to leave, you’ll head through the lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula towards the airport. Have a great flight home and come back soon!

  • Tjörnin Lake — A small, scenic lake in the middle of downtown Reykjavík.
  • Laugavegur Shopping Street — A short stretch of road where you’ll find shops, cafés, bars and restaurants.
  • Blue Lagoon Comfort Entrance: Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel and 1st drink of your choice.
  • Blue Lagoon Premium Entrance: Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel, 1st drink of your choice, second mask of choice, slippers, use of bathrobe, table reservation at Lava Restaurant, and sparkling wine if dining.


You’ll have a choice of three accommodations levels. See details about each one in the boxes below. All accommodations for this tour have been hand-picked by our local travel experts.

For budget-level, single rooms will be allocated to bookings for one person.  Shared twin/double or triple room(s) will be arranged for two or more people. Groups with an odd number of participants will be allotted a single room in quality-level. Children and teenagers will be arranged in the same room as their parents. Additional cost may occur if additional room(s) is needed.

Please keep in mind that hotel quality in Iceland varies between regions and that not all locations offer quality-level accommodations. At those particular locations, comfort level accommodations will be arranged, which has already been calculated in the upgraded price. We do our best to accommodate special requests, but additional costs may incur. 


Nice and comfortable rooms with shared bathroom facilities and shower located in farmhouses, guesthouses or hostels, in good locations with breakfast included. An example of this in Reykjavík would be Kex Hostel. 


Comfortable rooms in three-star hotels or quality guesthouses, centrally located, very close to popular attractions. Private bathroom and breakfast included. An example of this in Reykjavík would be Fosshotel Rauðará. 


Rooms in four-star hotels or superior rooms in quality three-star hotels at fantastic locations near popular attractions. Private bathroom and breakfast is included. An example of this in Reykjavík would be Icelandair Hotel Marina. 


You’ll have a choice of three options for your rental car. See details for each option in the boxes below. We only work with highly reputable dealerships, ensuring you a smooth ride throughout your holiday.

The vehicles for all levels are current models, no older than two years. They all come standard with a medium protection package including CDW (Collision damage waiver), GP (Gravel Protection), Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW), Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) and a Theft Waiver (THW). They also come equipped with free Wi-Fi with 3GB total. You will also get 24-hour roadside emergency services from the car rental agency. In the wintertime, all cars have winter tyres.

The driver must hold a valid driving licence which they have had for at least 12 months before the date of the rental. Age requirement varies for each level, and you can find more information on that in the boxes below.  

Please note that off-road driving is illegal in Iceland.

Budget 2WD

2WD vehicle such as a VW Golf, good for city driving and shorter trips. Fits up to 5 travellers & light luggage. No Highland capabilities. Driver must be at least 20 year old.

Comfort 4x4

4x4 jeep or SUV. Fits up to 5 travellers and 2 large pieces of luggage. Decent for snow and off-asphalt driving. Basic highland capabilities. Driver must be min. 20 years old.

Luxury 4x4

Large 4x4 like a Toyota Land Cruiser. Comfortable up to 5 travellers with 4 large pieces of luggage. Full highland capabilities. Driver must be min. 21 years old.


Good to know

  • Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, outside of Reykjavík, you will be staying at rural hotels which increases your chances of seeing them when the weather allows.
  • Note that the itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.
  • The itinerary is dependent upon road and weather conditions and so it may be altered if conditions are not favourable. This includes optional activities as well. If extreme weather affects your travel plans, you will be notified and we will be our best to assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when applicable.
  • Some optional activities may need a valid driving licence, or you may need to send additional information to your travel agent. For snorkelling, you will need to know how to swim and fill out an online medical document.

What to bring

  • Warm and waterproof clothes
  • Good winter shoes that have soles with a good grip, or crampons
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Camera
  • Driving licence

Other tours you might be interested in

Enquire about this Self-Drive tour
Are you traveling with children?
What are the children’s ages?
Are your dates flexible?
Good to know: In high season, the average cost of a Self-Drive tour is around $250 per person per day
Please list all the optional activities you’d like to add.
Please give as much information as you can about what you’re looking for. Thank you very much!

Or contact us +354 497 0800 - [email protected]

Scroll to Top

Tailor Made Trips

Let an Iceland-based travel agent customize the perfect trip for you

Book a Video Meeting

Start planning your tailor made trip to Iceland with a video meeting

Terms of Service

For further information, please see our Terms and Conditions.

  • More than 24 hours before scheduled tour departure time: 100% refund. Some day tours might have a different cancellation policy, in which case it will be clearly mentioned in the “Good to know” section of the tour.
  • Less than 24 hours before scheduled tour departure time: 100% cancellation fee. Some day tours might have a different cancellation policy, in which case it will be clearly mentioned in the “Good to know” section of the tour.
  • More than 7 days before scheduled tour arrival date: 15% cancellation fee
  • Less than 7 days before scheduled tour departure date: 75% cancellation fee
  • Less than 72 hours before scheduled tour departure date: 100% cancellation fee
  • 45-30 days before scheduled tour arrival date: 50% cancellation fee
  • 29-15 days before scheduled tour arrival date: 75% cancellation fee
  • 14 days before scheduled tour arrival date: 100% cancellation fee

Scheduled international and domestic flights are non-refundable, be they a part of a package, multi-day tour, or any other service purchasable on the Traveo website, unless the Cancellation insurance is purchased. If a cancellation insurance is purchased, a full refund is given.

If flights are a part of a tour listed as a Day-Tour, standard terms of cancellations of day tours apply to a full refund. For cancelling and refunding of private flights (flights specifically arranged and scheduled for you personally or your group in specific), please contact your service agent.

If your tour is cancelled by the tour provider due to weather conditions or any other environmental circumstances you will always receive a full refund. Exempt from this are any rescheduled second tries of tours which already have been serviced as a first departure. In the case of a volcanic eruption taking place on Icelandic soil stopping you from getting to Iceland, you will also receive a full refund on all products booked on Traveo.

All booking change requests must be made via email by the person who submitted the original booking request.

Changing the number of people in a booking to a smaller number is considered cancellation for the change in number of participants.

  • Packages: 

For multi-day tours and packages, all requests for changes must be made minimum 7 days in advance. Please note that we might not be able to fulfil your changed requirements due to lack of availability, though we will always do our best, and do offer alternative options.

Depending on how far in advance a tour package has been booked and when changes to a booking are requested, an administrative fee of 5000 ISK may be charged each day/night of the itinerary that is modified. Additional supplier costs may still apply depending on the changes requested.

For bookings made within 60 days of arrival, changes can be made without incurring the administrative fee until services have been confirmed and the travel documents have been issued. However, for bookings made 30 days or less before arrival, the administrative fee and any applicable supplier fees may be charged due to the short processing time.

  • Day tours and activities: 

Day tours and activities booked on the Traveo.is that are serviced by independent operators can be changed up to 24 hours before departure.

  • Transfer of bookings: 

A booking may be transferred from one party to another, provided that the new party upholds the terms and conditions of the booking. An administrative fee of 5000 ISK will be charged for the transfer, and both parties must assume joint liability for this fee and any other costs that may be incurred by changes to the booking.

  • Parties travelling together: 

Should two parties wish to book separately but travel together, they should inform travel agents of this prior to booking. If a co-travel request is sent after the booking process has been finished, the change to a package is counted as a tailoring and is subject to a 5000 isk service fee.

  • Significant changes to packages: 

If a package is significantly changed from the original package setup/route as offered on the site, the product will be considered to be a tailored tour and might be subject to a 15% service fee of the total price of the package. This does not apply to added nights at the end or at the beginning of a package as this does not change the original package setup/route.

For budget-level, single rooms will be allocated to bookings for one person.  Shared twin/double or triple room(s) will be arranged for two or more people. Groups with an odd number of participants will be allotted a single room in quality-level. Children and teenagers will be arranged in the same room as their parents. Additional cost may occur if additional room(s) is needed.

During the booking process you will be able to choose a pickup location and starting time. If you do not show up for the scheduled pickup time and location stated on your booking, your reservation is non-refundable.

If you do not know your pickup location at the time of booking, you can choose to update your pickup location later, up to 24 hours before tour departure. Please call the number listed on your voucher if you do not receive a confirmation of your pickup location.

Traveo cannot be liable to any loss, damage, accidents, injuries, death or sickness during your tour. The same applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes or any other force majeure. Tour operators reserve the right to change routes, schedules and itineraries if needed because of weather, road conditions or should the necessity arise because of unforeseen reasons or circumstances.

We advise all travellers to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance to minimize possible losses due to unforeseeable situations during your travel. Traveo does not offer any travel insurance, so please contact your preferred private travel insurance company.

If you have a complaint about any of our partners please contact us at [email protected] and we will protect your rights.