Winter Wonders & Delicious Detours

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On this driving tour through west and southern Iceland, experience an array of landscapes in winter while enjoying Iceland’s culinary traditions. Begin your journey on Iceland’s dramatic southern coast, home to a number of iconic sites like the Golden Circle,  Vatnajokull National Park and Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. Next up: West Iceland. Highlights of this...
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Trip type
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Enjoy an introduction to Icelandic cuisine on a variety of culinary stops and excursions!
    • Discover the Golden Circle's highlights: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss Waterfall.
    • Walk along the banks of the famous Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, one of Iceland's natural crown jewels.
    • Walk along the iconic black sand beach in Vik!
    • Gaze up at Eldborg, a volcano crater on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

What's this trip about?

    On this driving tour through west and southern Iceland, experience an array of landscapes in winter while enjoying Iceland’s culinary traditions. Begin your journey on Iceland’s dramatic southern coast, home to a number of iconic sites like the Golden Circle,  Vatnajokull National Park and Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. Next up: West Iceland. Highlights of this region include Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its glacier, unique lava formations, Snaefellsjokull glacier-volcano, and historical sites from Iceland's local sagas. On this trip, you can enjoy a number of stops and tasty excursions along the way to experience Iceland’s tasty culinary culture!

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIndependent
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityReykjavik
End CityIceland

Travel Themes

  • Culinary & Wine
  • Cultural
  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Relaxing Retreats


  • Europe
  • Iceland


  • Geysir
  • Gullfoss
  • Reykjavík
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Thingvellir National park
  • Vatnajökull National Park


  • Culture
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion
  • Relaxing Retreat
  • Independent

Trip includes

    • Round-trip economy class airfare to Reykjavik (KEF)
    • Automatic transmission 4WD rental car for 6 days* with GPS, additional driver, CDW, theft protection unlimited mileage and VAT
    • 1 night in Reykjavik at the Icelandair Hotel Natura, or similar
    • 2 nights in the Vik area at the Icelandair Hotel Vik, or similar
    • 2 nights in the Borgarfjordur/Borgarnes area at the Fosshotel Reykholt, or similar
    • 1 night in Reykjavik at the Icelandair Hotel Natura, or similar
    • Daily breakfast (except arrival day)
    • Tablet with travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (picked up at Keflavik airport with your car rental) - including detailed description of your journey with hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel; a map view of your trip; information on nature sites, historic places and roadside services; safety guidelines; and a detailed pdf travel book about Iceland, in English and multiple languages
    • Emergency phone line available 24/7
    • Service fees & taxes *Please note that the package price is based on six 24-hour rental days, starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7, an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up, and use a departure shuttle transfer instead. *Must be 23 years old to rent a car.

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Day 1 Welcome to Reykjavik!

Say hello to Iceland! Upon arrival in Reykjavik, pick up your rental car, drive to your hotel in Reykjavik and spend the rest of your day at leisure in the world’s northernmost capital city. 

Culinary suggestions: Café Loki, Saegreifinn Restaurant

Day 2 Gullfoss - Geysir - South Coast

Head out of the city and drive to Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir hot spring, highlights of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. Continue your trip, stopping at highlights such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls, and the majestic Eyjafjallajokull and surroundi...

Day 3 Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon - Vik

Today, visit the majestic Skaftafell region in Vatnajökull National Park. Lace up your hiking boots and explore this beautiful area. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before returning to the charming village of Vik in the afterno...

Day 4 Thingvellir - Borgarfjordur

Leave Vik this morning and drive to the UNESCO-certified Thingvellir National Park, a popular stop along the Golden Circle and the site of the ancient Icelandic parliament. The park itself is situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows...

Day 5 Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Explore the countless natural wonders of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a 55-mile peninsula which is also a national park. With mountains to one side and the sea to the other, visit the wind-tangled Arnarstapi sea cliffs and the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur before d...

Day 6 Reykjanes Peninsula

Today, drive to the Reykjanes peninsula and visit the moon like lava fields around Lake Kleifarvatn. You could also stop at the Krysuvik geothermal area with its bubbling mud pools.

For a culinary treat, visit Grindavik fishing village, famous for its he...

Day 7 Depart Iceland

Your Iceland foodie vacation comes to an end today. Be prepared to leave the hotel about three hours before the departure of your flight to allow time to drop off your rental car at the airport. 

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Last Updated: 7/13/2023

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