Northern Lights, South Coast & the Wild West
Discover the spectacular natural beauty of Iceland on this winter adventure around the South Coast and Wild West. The Northern Lights are waiting for you!
What you’ll experience.
Nature lovers will be blown away on this adventure of the South Coast and West of Iceland.
By day, you’ll discover majestic glaciers, black sand beaches, wild hot springs, and pristine fjords. By night, you will head out to the best locations for seeing the Northern Lights.
For those that want to, you will have the chance to snorkel in the Silfra fissure, right between the awe-inspiring tectonic plates. You will take a road trip around the world-famous Golden Circle route, and you’ll hike up to a geothermal river to swim in steaming water beneath the open sky.
Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings can’t be 100% guaranteed. However, we will send you detailed information about seeing the Northern Lights as part of your itinerary, which you will receive on booking your tour.
To request a price quote for this tour, please fill out the, and we will send you a price quote based on your preferences.
If you are planning on driving in Iceland during winter, between September and May, we highly recommend choosing a 4×4 vehicle for your safety and to make your vacation more enjoyable. The weather in Iceland can change suddenly and you could encounter snow or sleet. Some roads are also not accessible for smaller vehicles but can be reached on 4×4´s.
To ensure your safety on our self-drive tours in Iceland, we only provide 4WD cars from 1st of October through March, due to possible snow, sleed, and other hazardous road conditions.
Included in rental rate
- Unlimited mileage
- CDW (Collision Damage Waver)
- SCDW (Super Collision Damage Waver)
- GP (Gravel Protection. Includes damages to windscreens, headlights and the car)
- TP (Theft Protection)
- Extra driver option
- 4G WiFi with unlimited data to stay connected during your tour
- VAT 24%
Not included in rental rate
Can be added in the booking process
- Liability waiver for carefree travelling
Small car: 3.290 ISK per day
Medium/Large car: 3.890 ISK per day
- GPS navigation system
Some cars have free GPS systems on board
1.550 ISK per day
- SAAP (Sand and Ash Insurance)
Recommended for those travelling the south coast.
Rates depend on the size of the rental car.
- Baby seat
0 – 13 kg 4.000 ISK per rental
- Child seat
15 – 36 kg 4.000 ISK per rental
You can choose from three main categories of accommodations in the booking request process, comfort, quality, and luxury. Breakfast is included in all categories.
This includes rooms with private bathroom and shower, in hotels and guesthouses.
Breakfast is included.
This includes rooms with private bathroom and shower, in 3 — 4 star hotels or the best available in the area.
Breakfast is included.
This includes rooms or suites with private facilities, in luxury accommodation. Please note that this category has very limited availability and is not available in all parts of Iceland.
Breakfast is included.
Welcome to Iceland! After you arrive at Keflavík airport, you will pick up your rental car and head towards Reykjavík, where you will spend your first night. Depending on your arrival time, you might explore some museums or go on a wildlife trip from the harbor. If you do have an early arrival, just let us know so we can help you plan your first day. After that, you will check into your hand-picked accommodation and the rest of the evening is in your hands. Some people prefer to relax on their first night in Iceland, and others will start hunting for the magical Northern Lights straightaway.
Km driven: 50
Today you will head to the spectacular Snæfellsnes peninsula, home to volcanoes, black sand beaches, fjords, glaciers, and lava fields. Your first stop will be Borganes, a small town located in the Borgarfjörður fjord. You might like to visit the settlement center, where you will discover the rich history of the first Icelanders.
From there, you will drive through the lava fields of Eldborgarhraun where you can take a short hike up to the magnificent volcanic crater called Eldborg. Next, you’ll drive along the peninsula’s south coast to Arnarstapi and Hellnar where you can add an optional caving expedition to an 8000-year-old lava cave called Vatnshellir. Afterward, you will head to the Snæfellsnes National Park.
If conditions are good and you’re in a 4×4 car, it is possible to drive up to the glacier’s edge and take a walk on the ice cap. Then you can check into your accommodation and enjoy an evening meal to restore your energy. After your meal, it’s time to go searching for the Northern Lights in the gorgeous countryside on your doorstep.
Km driven: 235
Today you will wake up in the beauty of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. To start your day, you will head to Stykkishólmur, a charming fishing town by the peninsula’s north coast. We highly recommend taking a boat ride out on the bay to observe the area’s fantastic wildlife. You will even get to taste freshly caught scallops and mussels right on the boat. Just let us know if you want us to arrange this for you!
From Stykkishólmur, you will head towards Húsafell in the wild west of Iceland. On your way there, you will make stops at the beautiful waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. In Húsafell, you can also join an optional expedition to the man-made ice cave in Langjökull glacier. Your accommodation will be close by, so take some time to relax after your exciting day. Then it’s time to wrap up warm and chase the dancing lights of the Aurora once more.
Km driven: 235
This morning you will head out to the gorgeous Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can explore the spectacular rift valley, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are slowly drifting apart.
If you’re feeling up for a real adventure, we can arrange for you to go snorkeling in the crystal clear water between the two continents. After your time in Þingvellir, you will head to the Geysir geothermal area to see the explosive hot spring Strokkur. Then you’ll head on to Gullfoss waterfall, completing the world-famous Golden Circle road trip.
You will spend the night in the Flúðir area. You might like to unwind in the Secret Lagoon, or perhaps you’ll be called back out to hunt down the Northern Lights. (And then there’s the really lucky people who might see the Aurora from the hot springs!)
Km driven: 245
Today will head to the South coast. Your first scheduled stop will be at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, but you’ll probably stop to admire more sites of natural beauty along the way. You can actually walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall, but you might get an extra shower you hadn’t counted on!
Driving past Eyjafjallajökull glacier, you should take some time to see the gorgeous waterfall called Skógafoss. Next, you will walk down the black sand beach of Sólheimasandur black sand beach to visit the famous plane wreck.
A little further east, you can see the beautiful basalt columns of Reynisfjara and witness the awe-inspiring power of the North Atlantic ocean pounding on the rocks. Finally, you will spend the night in the Vík area, where you can head out for another chance to see the Northern Lights.
Km driven: 145
It’s the last day of your adventure, but there’s still plenty for you to explore today. You can start your day by going for an optional glacier hike at the Sólheimajökull glacier before heading back towards Reykjavík. You will be well looked after by an experienced guide who can provide all the technical equipment, so don’t hesitate to ask us to arrange this for you!
On your way to Reykjavík, you can make a stop in the town of Hveragerði and take a hike to Reykjadalur valley. Bring your swimsuit because you’ll be bathing in the geothermal river that runs through the valley. You will soak beneath the open sky, surrounded by the wild Icelandic hills.
This could also be a good day to visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon. We can help you get tickets to this volcanic spa, but you’ll have to let us know well in advance! You will spend your final night in Reykjavík.
Km driven: 185 to 265 (depending on itinerary choice).
Sadly, your adventure has come to an end. Enjoy one last breakfast in the capital city, and then it’s time to pack your bags. Then you will make the short drive back to Keflavík airport to drop off your rental car. We wish you a safe journey home, and we hope to welcome you back to Iceland in the future.
Km driven: 50
Included in final tour price
- Accommodation for 6 nights with breakfast
- Rental car of your choice for 7 days including: CDW, SCDW, TP, GP, SAAP, Extra driver, 4G Wifi dongle with unlimited data and VAT 24%
- Detailed personal itinerary
- Carbon offsetting (16 trees planted)
- Taxes and service fees
- Personal and professional service
- Flight to/from Iceland
- Personal travel insurance
- Gasoline/petrol, tunnel and parking fees
- Meals and drinks beside breakfast
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- Optional activities listed in booking request process