Best of Iceland in Winter

Fly drive (November-March)

About Best of Iceland in Winter

Summary

One of our most popular fly drives this offers an incredible array of places to visit in just a week.

Activity code: SD14

Duration: 7 nights/8 days

The Best of Iceland in Winter fly drive offers an incredible array of places to visit in just a week: glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs, views of volcanos including the famous Eyjafjallajökull and on a clear night a possible glimpse of the elusive Northern Lights. You'll see unique landscapes from lava fields to woodland, from mountains and moors to high cliffs and tranquil bays. Visit unique places such as Lake Myvatn, Egilsstadir, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, Geysir hot spring area, Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, the Blue Lagoon, and many more. Includes a free Northern Lights cruise that you can take when in Reykjavik - on your arrival day or on the last day of the tour.

Included in the fly-drive:

  • 4WD Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage,GPS unit, CDW, WiFi and VAT for 7 days
  • Accommodation (comfort) for 7 nights with continental breakfast
  • Detailed itinerary and map of Iceland
  • 24 hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee
  • FREE Northern Lights cruise

We can also arrange flights from any UK airport, if required.

 

Itinerary

  • Day One: Arrival

    Your memorable Iceland adventure begins when you arrive at Keflavik Airport. Once you pick up your rental vehicle, you’ll head directly for Reykjavik and your exciting first night in this "Land of Fire and Ice.” 

    Suggestion: If your flight arrives early enough, we recommend that you stop off at Iceland’s world-famous Blue Lagoon. Be sure to pack your swimsuit, so you can take a relaxing dip in the Lagoon’s warm geothermal waters, before heading to your hotel.

    Overnight stay in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 50 km/30 miles

    Highlights

    • Blue Lagoon (depending on flight arrival time)
    • Reykjavik

  • Day Two: Akureyri, capital of the north

    Your journey today takes you toward the northern part of Iceland, ending in the north’s capital, Akureyri.

    You'll head towards Borgarfjörður, an area rich in cultural and historical heritage. We recommend stopping by the magnificent Hraunfossar waterfall, where the water seems to magically flow from the lava bed into the Hvita river below. Above Hraunfossar is scenic Barnafoss (Children’s Fall). According to legend the waterfall was named Children’s Fall after two boys disappeared, while their parents went to church for Christmas Mass. The parents searched for the children, but their tracks disappeared by the waterfall, leaving everyone to conclude that the children must have fallen into the river and drowned. The waterfall was named Children’s Fall in their memory.

    You’ll then continue your journey toward Akureyri, passing through Skagafjörður, which is known for horse breeding - many Icelandic horses can be seen on the way.  Continue until you reach Akureyri the major town in the North of Iceland.

    Overnight stay in Akureyri area.

    Driving distance approx. 420 km/260 miles

    Highlights

    • Akureyri
    • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls

  • Day Three: Around Lake Myvatn

    The whole day is dedicated to the Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve known as one of Iceland’s most fascinating areas of natural beauty. On the way to Myvatn we recommend that you make a stop at the impressive Godafoss waterfall “the fall of the gods”. Then continue to the Mývatn area to spend the day exploring the area around the lake, one of Iceland's most interesting regions with volcanic formations, geothermal activity and the lake itself which teems with bird life, particularly ducks. Later on you might like to venture out for a walk up to the top of Hverfjall crater or dip into the geothermal waters of the natural baths to the east of the lake. 

    Overnight stay in Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km/155 miles

    Highlights

    • Lake Mývatn
    • Godafoss waterfall
    • The Mývatn Nature Baths

  • Day Four: Myvatn - Egilsstadir

    This morning continue your journey to the east of Iceland. You can start your day by taking a walk to the Dimmuborgir lava formations and also have a look at the Skutustadir pseudocraters.

    According to legend, 13 Yule lads (elves) live in Dimmuborgir, and 13 days before Christmas Eve, the Yule Lads, one after the other, come to town and put gifts into children shoes that have been placed on their windowsills. Dimmuborgir means “dark cities” and, according to Icelandic folklore, the area is the connection between earth and hell and is thought to be where Satan landed when cast out from Heaven.

    Visit the lively, boiling mud pools and steam vents of Námaskard, and then the Krafla area, where a series of volcanic eruptions took place from 1975-1984. Then continue your trip through the desert highlands of Mödrudalur to the village of Egilsstadir. If you are lucky you might see reindeer or an artic fox.

    Overnight stay in Egilsstaðir area.

    Driving distance approx. 340 km/211 miles

    Highlights

    • Dimmuborgir
    • Námaskarð
    • Krafla

  • Day Five: The East Fjords

    Today is the day to discover the East Fjords. Starting towards the fjord Reydarfjörður, where a small World War II museum is situated, continue along the fjords towards south-east Iceland. At times the road hangs precariously high on the mountain slopes. Finally drive through the tunnel of Almannaskarð to arrive in the Höfn region where you will stay for the night.

    Overnight stay in Höfn area.

    Driving distance approx. 270 km/168 miles

    Highlights

    • East Fjords
    • Almannaskarð
    • Höfn

  • Day Six: Skaftafell National Park ,Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and waterfalls

    After passing various outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, you will arrive at the stunningly surreal beauty of Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon. This exceptional sight sits at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur. Skaftafell National Park is another area worthy of a visit. This oasis, surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains, offers a broad range of options for great hiking. Continue through Kirkjubaejarklaustur village, the Eldhraun lava field and the Mýrdalssandur plain, before you arrive in the Vík area.

    Overnight stay in Vík/Hvolsvöllur area.

    Driving distance approx. 280 - 365 km/ 174 - 227 miles

    Highlights

    • Vatnajokull glacier
    • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon 
    • Skaftafell National Park
    • Skaftafell glacier tongue
    • Eldhraun lava field
    • Vík

  • Day Seven: Waterfalls and the Golden Circle

    Continue westbound to the south coast of Iceland and explore the Golden Circle, which takes you to the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland: Gullfoss, Iceland's most famous waterfall; 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; Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park 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. On your way back to Reykjavik you will pass the magnificent waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Your day will end in Reykjavík.

    Overnight stay in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 300 km/186 miles

    Highlights

    • Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls
    • Geysir hot spring
    • Gullfoss Waterfall 
    • Thingvellir National Park

  • Day Eight: Departure

    Now it's time to head back home, driving back to Keflavík Airport for your flight. Depending on your flight time, you may be able to squeeze in a last day in Reykjavík or perhaps you would like to book an extra night there to experience all that the city has to offer.

    Driving distance approx. 50 km/30 miles

     

     

     

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