Iceland Winter Glacier Adventure

7 days / 6 nights
Steam rising from Deildartunguhver hot spring during winter
Village of Vik in South Iceland.jpg
The Northern Lights above Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Steam rising from Deildartunguhver hot spring during winter
Village of Vik in South Iceland.jpg

See the electric Northern Lights dance above the ice

What can you see in a week in Iceland in wintertime? Frozen columns of ice, glistening glaciers, and maybe even the Northern Lights! Start by heading to the south coast, stopping at spectacular waterfalls on the way. And don’t miss the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you’ll see freshly formed icebergs.

Next, take in the sights of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle, including geysers and the Þingvellir National Park. Then your journey will take you out onto the Snæfellsnes peninsula with its very own glacier, before you return to bustling Reykjavík.

Travel styleSelf-drive
Trip length7 days / 6 nights
VibeIn depth
SeasonWinter
(1 Oct–31 Mar)
TransportRental car
Starts fromReykjavík
Tour codeSD17

On this tour you will...

  • Have the chance to hunt down the Northern Lights

  • See Iceland in its glorious winter costume

  • Watch icebergs drift by and hear waterfalls roar

  • Explore Iceland in Miniature on the Snæfellsnes peninsula

  • Witness the natural power of steaming hot springs

  • Set your own pace behind the wheel of your own car

Top attractions

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at sunrise with a pink sky

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

The edge of the Vatnajökull glacier

Vatnajökull Glacier & National Park

Mountains in Skaftafell on a cloudy day

Skaftafell

The Gullfoss waterfall in summertime

Gullfoss

The Strokkur geyser erupting in winter against a sunset

Geysir and Strokkur

A man standing below Kirkjufellsfoss

Kirkjufell

Gatklettur rock arch at Arnarstapi

Arnarstapi

The Hraunfossar waterfall in winter covered in ice

Hraunfossar and Barnafoss

Water coming out of colorful rocks at Deildartunguhver hot spring

Deildartunguhver

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall covered in icicles

Seljalandsfoss

A rainbow over the Skógafoss waterfall on a sunny day

Skógafoss

Vik Church with Reynisdrangar sea stacks in the distance

Vík í Mýrdal

The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

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 7-day self-drive itinerary

Your 7-day self-drive itinerary
Staying inReykjavik
Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Your memorable, Iceland adventure begins the very moment you arrive at Keflavík Airport. Once you pick up your rental vehicle, you’ll head directly for Reykjavík and your exciting, first night in Iceland.

Highlights

The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

Extra activities

Riders on FlyOver Iceland above a virtual waterfallExtra

FlyOver Iceland

The Sky Lagoon at sunsetExtra

Sky Lagoon Pure Pass

Staying inVík / Kirkjubæjarklaustur area
Driving distance260 km (162 mi)

On your way along the south coast you will pass two spectacular waterfalls the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, two stops you must not miss. At Skógar, you will find a folk museum showing how people lived in past centuries in Iceland. The black sand beaches of the south coast are famous and you can take a walk on them in the little village of Vík or in Reynishverfi. If you wish you can go swimming in one of Iceland’s oldest swimming pool, the Seljavallarlaug, a naturally-heated thermal pool located in a beautiful hidden valley.

Staying inVík / Kirkjubæjarklaustur area
Driving distance250 km (155 mi)

Today you will visit one of the most popular and beautiful sights of Iceland. Enjoy the breathtaking sights of Skaftafell, an oasis surrounded by glaciers and black sand with many hiking possibilities and at the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Enormous icebergs drift where you can walk along the banks of the lagoon to admire the fantastically-shaped icebergs. Drive back to Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur area for a second night.

Staying inBorgarfjörður area
Driving distance410 km (255 mi)

Today it is time to visit some of the most interesting and famous areas of Iceland: the famous geothermal area of Geysir where the Strokkur hot spring ejects its water column high into the air every 5-10 minutes and where numerous small springs boil and bubble. After this you only have a short drive to reach Gullfoss, surely the country’s most famous waterfall. You continue your drive to Lake Laugarvatn and from there to Þingvellir (Thingvellir), considered one of the geological wonders of the world where you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements which have opened various cracks and fissures in the earth’s crust. It was here that the Icelandic parliament was founded in the 10th century.

Staying inBorgarfjörður area
Driving distance330 km (205 mi)

Today you will be exploring the natural wonders of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, which is known for the stunning Snæfellsjökull National Park and the Snæfellsjökull glacier that towers above the region. Today’s itinerary takes you through lava fields and fertile farming land. Explore the charming village of Arnarstapi where basalt columns have been eroded by the pounding waves, Hellnar, Djúpalónssandur, Snæfellsjökull glacier and the crater Eldborg. Drive through the north part of the peninsula passing through Stykkishólmur, a charming fishing village beautifully situated overlooking the Breiðafjörður bay. Return to Borgarnes for a second night.

Staying inReykjavik
Driving distance200 km (124 mi)

Today you will take the time to explore the Borgarfjörður region on your way back to Reykjavík. You can make a stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring (the biggest in Iceland in terms of water production per second), Reykholt where the famous medieval writer Snorri Sturluson lived and the Hraunfossar waterfalls where the water flows out from beneath a lava field into the river below. The Barnafoss waterfall is just a short walk away from Hraunfossar.

Drive back to Reykjavík and take some time to relax in the city.

Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

It seems as if your journey to fabulous Iceland only began a moment ago, but now it is time to head back home, driving back to Keflavík Airport for your flight. Depending on your flight’s time, you may be able to squeeze in a last day in Reykjavík or an extra night in there to experience all the amazing things that the city has to offer.

What’s included?

Detailed itinerary

Budget, Comfort, or Quality accommodation every night

Continental breakfast every day

Rental car of your choice for 6 days

2 authorized drivers as standard

Unlimited mileage

Unlimited in-car Wi-Fi

Collision damage waiver

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

Customer reviews

Read what real customers had to say about Iceland Winter Glacier Adventure.

Overall rating for this trip
4.9
based on 9 reviews
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Carie - United States
March 2, 2024 - Verified booking
Tour was fantastic! Loved the hotels and their locations. Car was great and fit the size of our party and luggage. Itinerary and suggestions spot on.
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Amanda - Ireland
February 15, 2024 - Verified booking
We had a fantastic time on our self drive tour around Iceland! Iceland Tours were so accommodating and made everything really easy for us. We booked the winter glacier tour and added a couple extra days on at the start and end to have a longer experience. The team was so helpful with everything and I'd highly recommend them!
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Lisa - United States
November 16, 2023 - Verified booking
We did the glacier and northern lights tour. We chose the self driving option. It was great! Very easy to follow directions and everything set up for us.

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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