South Iceland Winter Wellness with Ice Caving

6 days / 5 nights
A woman with sunglasses swims in the Seljavallalaug pool in South Iceland
Sunset at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Iceland
Inside a blue ice cave in Iceland
A woman with sunglasses swims in the Seljavallalaug pool in South Iceland
Sunset at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Iceland

Unwind in blissful spas, experience ice caving and chase the aurora

Escape to the Land of Fire and Ice this winter on a 6-day self-drive tour of South Iceland. Whether there’s a dusting of snow on the ground or not, you’ll be captivated by the region’s stunning landscapes. Waterfalls, glacier lagoons, and volcanoes are just some of the headline natural wonders you can expect to see.

You’ll bookend your stay in Iceland with time in the country’s capital city, Reykjavík. Perfect for a culture fix, the city is studded with museums, galleries, and bookstores (a favorite with the locals). And make sure to visit one of the city’s best places for ice cream, a popular year-round treat in Iceland.

During the rest of your stay, you’ll have free rein to immerse yourself in nature on your road trip along the south coast. Your tour also includes an unforgettable guided ice cave excursion, along with visits to the Blue Lagoon and Laugarvatn Fontana Spa. 

By day, prepare to be awestruck by the sight of black sand beaches, powerful geysers, and pristine landscapes. Come evening, look out for colorful displays of the Northern Lights dancing across the night sky.

Travel styleSelf-drive
Trip length6 days / 5 nights
(1 Oct–31 Mar)
TransportRental car
Starts fromReykjavík
Tour codeSD37

On this tour you will...

  • Ride a 4x4 super jeep to Kötlujökull glacier for your fascinating ice cave excursion

  • See jaw-dropping waterfalls and black sand beaches along the south coast

  • Visit two of the country’s best spas – the Blue Lagoon and Fontana Spa

  • Marvel at icebergs bobbing on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

  • Soak up the local culture in Reykjavík, Iceland’s buzzing capital

  • Get up close to the forces of nature when you visit Geysir hot spring 

Top attractions

The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

A rainbow over the Skógafoss waterfall on a sunny day


The Seljalandsfoss waterfall covered in icicles


Mountains in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve on a cloudy day


The edge of the Vatnajökull glacier

Vatnajökull Glacier & National Park

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at sunrise with a pink sky

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

The Gullfoss waterfall in summertime


Þingvellir National Park, Iceland, in autumn colors

Þingvellir National Park

The Strokkur geyser erupting in winter against a sunset

Geysir and Strokkur

A man floating in the Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

Vik Church with Reynisdrangar sea stacks in the distance

Vík í Mýrdal

Why book a self-drive trip with Iceland Tours?

  • Start your tour on the date that suits you

  • 24/7 emergency helpline in Iceland

  • Secure your booking with just a 5% deposit

  • New rental cars with 2 drivers as standard

  • Handpicked local accommodation options

  • Best Price Guarantee

Your 6-day self-drive itinerary

Your 6-day self-drive itinerary
Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Once you touch down in Iceland, you’ll collect your rental car from Keflavík Airport and drive to Reykjavík. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Icelandic capital. The city’s old town, modern harbor district, and main street, Laugavegur, are good places to start. Here you’ll find plenty of enticing shops, bars, and restaurants. 

Plus, if there are clear skies, it’s also worth looking out for the Northern Lights. Imagine what a welcome to Iceland that would be!


The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

Included & extra activities

Riders on FlyOver Iceland above a virtual waterfallExtra

FlyOver Iceland

The Sky Lagoon at sunsetExtra

Sky Lagoon Pure Pass

Perlan on a sunny summer’s dayExtra

Perlan Museum Wonders of Iceland & Northern Lights Show

Staying inVík area
Driving distance260 km (162 mi)

Discover the must-see natural attractions dotted along Iceland’s stunning south coast before joining a guided ice cave tour. 

Get ready to exchange the buzz of Reykjavík for the mind-blowing landscapes of South Iceland this morning. On your way to Vík, you can stop off at some of the country’s star attractions, including two iconic waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. And why not also soak up some local culture at Skógar’s folk museum before arriving in Vík? 

Now the super adventurous part of your day begins! In Vík, you’ll join a group tour and ride in a 4×4 jeep to Kötlujökull glacier. Strap on your crampons and follow the lead of your expert guide as you hike across the surface of the glacier.

Soon you’ll be learning about the glacier from your guide and marveling at the striking features inside these ice caves. The cave’s dazzling blue ice is made all the more eye-catching by layers of black volcanic ash.

Staying inVík area
Driving distance250 km (155 mi)

Take the wheel and journey along the wild south coast, where you can explore Iceland’s largest national park and admire a glacier lagoon. 

Today you’ll have the freedom to discover Vatnajökull National Park at your own pace. The perfect way to get up close and personal with nature here is to head out on a short hike. And there are countless trails for you to follow: you’re spoiled for choice!

As you drive along the coastline, make sure to visit Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, home to jaw-dropping scenery. 

Park up near the lagoon and watch glittering icebergs bobbing in the glacier-blue waters. You can even walk between icebergs that have floated up onto the shores of the lagoon. 

Later, round off the afternoon with a trip to Seljavallalaug. Tucked away in a hidden valley, it’s one of Iceland’s oldest geothermal swimming pools. A soak here is the perfect way to soothe your muscles after a hike.

Staying inGeysir area
Driving distance275 km (171 mi)

Combine sightseeing and relaxation today as you visit two of the Golden Circle’s famous attractions and unwind at an Icelandic spa. 

This morning hop into your car and drive to the geothermal area at Geysir, one of the most popular sights along the Golden Circle route. 

Geysir may be the namesake of the world’s geysers, but it’s only active every few years. It’s actually the nearby Strokkur geyser that you’re most likely to see erupting during your visit. A 65-feet (20-meter) high column of boiling water spurts from it around every 5–10 minutes. So have your camera ready! 

Gullfoss waterfall, or ‘Golden Falls’, is another must-see natural wonder on today’s itinerary. Don’t miss the chance to pause here and take in the impressive scale of these thundering falls. 

Then head to Fontana Geothermal Baths in Laugarvatn, where it’s time for a different kind of geothermal experience. Unwind as you bathe in the naturally-warm waters and make your way around the spa’s series of steam rooms and interconnected pools.

Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance210 km (130 mi)

Begin your day with time spent exploring Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, followed by an afternoon of R&R at the Blue Lagoon. 

On your way back to Reykjavík, don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery of UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park. 

As well as enjoying wintry scenes in the park, you’ll be able to see where the North American and European tectonic plates are drifting apart. The site of the world’s first parliament, Alþingi, can also found here and is well worth a visit. 

Spend the rest of the day luxuriating in the Blue Lagoon, surely Iceland’s most renowned geothermal pool. 

In the lagoon’s milky blue waters, you’ll be surrounded by lava fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. And with the Comfort admission package (included in your tour), you’ll get a drink from the in-lagoon bar and a silica mud mask.

Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

After an adventure to remember, it’s time to leave the Land of Fire and Ice behind. Head to Keflavík Airport to drop off your rental car and fly home. 

Or add an extra night or two in Reykjavík to your itinerary and pack even more into your winter getaway.

What’s included?

Detailed itinerary

Budget, Comfort, or Quality accommodation every night

Continental breakfast every day

Rental car of your choice for 5 days

2 authorized drivers as standard

Unlimited mileage

Unlimited in-car Wi-Fi

Collision damage waiver

Katla Ice Cave – Under the Volcano tour

Laugarvatn Fontana admission

Blue Lagoon Comfort admission (includes towel rental, silica mud mask, 1 drink)

24/7 emergency helpline when you’re in Iceland

VAT, taxes & service fees

Flights to Iceland

Fuel & parking charges

Food & drink, unless otherwise stated

Attraction entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Personal travel insurance

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FAQs about our self-drive trips

On a self-drive trip with Iceland Tours, you’ll be at the wheel of the rental car of your choice and free to go pretty much where you want, whenever you want.

We provide a detailed itinerary to help you plan your route and where you want to stop along the way. But it’s up to you whether you want to stick to it or go your own way. If you do take detours, make sure that you aren’t too far from your accommodation on any given night.

That said, it’s a good idea to stick to the suggested itinerary if you’ve never visited Iceland before. Created by our Reykjavík-based travel experts, it contains plenty of things for you to and see and do on each leg of your trip. One thing’s for sure: you won’t be short on ideas!

You also get unlimited in-car Wi-Fi, so you can stay connected and use maps on your phone for navigation.

You have to be at least 20 years old to rent a car in Iceland, or 23 years old for larger vehicles like jeeps and vans. You’ll need to have held a valid driver’s license for at least 1 year and present a credit card when you collect your car.

You don’t need an International Driving Permit unless your license is not in Latin script (for example, Arabic or Chinese).

Find out more about car rental in Iceland.

Yes! It’s possible to add extra activities or extend your trip with additional nights in Reykjavík or the countryside. Check the itinerary above to see what activities are available on what day.

Once you’ve paid your deposit for your trip, we’ll finalize bookings for your accommodation, rental car, and any activities. As soon as we receive confirmation of everything, we’ll email your travel documents to you.

We aim to finalize everything within a few weeks of receiving your booking request, but in busy periods this might take longer. That said, you’ll always receive all of your documents before your departure date.

You’ll be able to pick up your rental car at Keflavík International Airport from the arrivals hall. Before your trip, we’ll send you information about where to go in the terminal to collect your keys.

Make sure you have your driver’s license and credit card ready when you collect your vehicle.

If you land late at night, you can use the out-of-hours phone at the pick-up desk to contact someone who will be able to help you.

You also have the option to collect your rental car in Reykjavík, if you’re planning to spend some extra days in the city before your trip starts. If you’d like to do this, please let us know in the ‘Special requests’ box at checkout.

Although Iceland’s weather can sometimes get in the way, it’s perfectly possible to have a safe self-drive trip in winter. The main roads are cleared regularly and there is good 4G coverage in most of the countryside if you need it.

That said, roads can sometimes close in winter if there are storms or heavy snowfall. When you book with Iceland Tours, you’ll get access to a 24/7 helpline while you’re in Iceland. Rest assured that help is at the end of the phone when you need it.

We’ll often contact you proactively if we think your trip will be affected by bad weather and adjust your plans accordingly. This means you’ll always stay safe and get the most out of your trip, no matter the weather.

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