Who ever heard that Iceland was infrequent yesterday? Certainly everyone!
Yet this nature-oriented island welcomes you all year round with open arms. In winter, it knows how to put forward many of its assets.
As soon as you land, you have the impression of having arrived on the Moon: austere lava fields, complete isolation, the darkness of long Arctic nights … But when you take the time to discover it, you discover splendid landscapes. volcanic, waterfalls that become ice sculptures, vast black sand beaches sprinkled with snow, geothermal baths in the middle of nature like at the Blue Lagoon… Traveling in winter in Iceland has another advantage, that of being able to observe the aurora borealis: a natural phenomenon of extreme beauty!
Do you like environments of contrast, vast and secret, harsh but at the same time warm? Many of these points make Iceland a favorite winter destination for an intimate trip! On the way to an idea of a rental vehicle tour!
DISCOVER ICELAND IN WINTER
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN REYKJAVÍK (50KM)
Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you pick up your rental vehicle and then set off for the world’s northernmost capital: Reykjavík. Check into the hotel and then enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure before sleeping in Reykjavík.
DAY 2: REYKJAVÍK – SNÆFELLSJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK (180KM)
Depart from the capital heading west. You can bypass the Hvalfjörður fjord then reach the small village of Borgarnes in order to leave the road n ° 1 and go to the discovery of Snæfellsnes. There you will discover the cliff of basalt organs, Ytri-Tunga seals and the charming wooden church of Búðir. Along the way, you can enjoy a swim in the great outdoors, in the hot spring of Landbrotalaug. At the end of the day, you arrive on the western part of the island with the Snæfellsjökull volcano as a horizon, offering beautiful sunsets on its snow-capped summit. Then, you spend the night in the Stykkishólmur region.
DAY 3: SNÆFELLSJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK – STYKKISHÓLMUR (80KM)
Today, explore the western end of the and its rugged coasts, especially between the small harbors of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Here, many coves occupied by seals alternate with the cliffs. You then arrive in Snæfellsjökull National Park with its immense volcanic landscapes along the Atlantic Ocean. Take the opportunity to visit the cathedral of the elves of Lóndrangar, the reefs of Djúpalónssandur, the surroundings of the Snæfellsjökull glacier or the lava cave of Vatnshellir (entrance not included).
- Visit to the Vatnshellir lava cave in the Arnarstapi region.
- Killer whale watching cruise from Grundarfjörður.
Another night in the Stykkishólmur region awaits you.
DAY 4: STYKKISHÓLMUR – REYKHOLT- BORGARNES (200KM)
From the village of Grundarfjörður and the foothills of the beautiful Kirkjufell mountain, you continue your stroll along the north coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, towards the port of Stykkishólmur. Thus, you will cross the peninsula right through to return to the Borgarnes region acting as a lookout at the entrance to the Borgarfjörður fjord. Take the opportunity to make a small detour through the Húsafell Valley and Reykholt where the Deildartunguhver hot springs are found. They are said to be the most important in the world. However, there is no question of dipping in it, its water at 100 ° C gushing out at full speed. You can also stop not far from Húsafell at Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Falls.
- Discovery of an artificial ice tunnel under the Langjökull glacier.
After this day, sleep in the Borgarnes region.
OUR 5: BORGARNES – CERCLE D’OR – FLÚÐIR- HELLA (200KM)
This day is dedicated to the discovery of the famous “Golden Circle”. It is famous for the Strokkur geyser at Geysir which spurts about twenty meters high every 5 to 8 minutes like a metronome. Also discover the effects of the ocean rift at Þingvellir and the stunning Gullfoss Waterfall where the Hvítá River has carved an impressive canyon and where the harshness of winter has shaped magnificent ice sculptures. Along the way, stops are possible for natural hot spring baths in the heart of nature or at the Fontana Spa in Laugarvatn (admission not included).
- Snorkeling in the Silfrá fault in Þingvellir.
Stay overnight in the Hella area.
DAY 6: HELLA – SOUTH COAST – VIK – KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR (180KM)
You head towards the south coast to discover the glacier volcanoes of Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. Sea side: black sand beaches and basalt organ cliffs. Mountain side: waterfalls and glacial tongues. Along the way, you can stop at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. You can also visit the charming little folklore museum in Skógar (admission not included). Then, you cross the sandars of Mýrdalssandur, vast expanses of volcanic sand before reaching the lava of Eldhraun, the largest lava field in Iceland, to arrive at the end of the day in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
- Glacier hike on the Sólheimajökull glacier in the Skógar region.
- Quad bike tour on the black sand beaches in the Skógar region.
- Super jeep and snowmobile tour on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap
You sleep in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.
DAY 7: KLAUSTUR – SKAFTAFELL- JÖKULSÁRLÓN (150KM)
Explore the Skaftafell National Park dominated by Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland’s highest peak (2110m). Depending on the snow conditions, many walks are possible in the park in complete autonomy, including the one leading to the Svartifoss waterfall and its necklace of basalt organs. A little further on, you will discover the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón. Its Greenlandic decorations are composed of majestic glacial tongues emanating from the largest glacier in Europe: the Vatnajökull. Here, icebergs drift peacefully out to sea under the gaze of some curious seals.
- Glacier hike on the Svínafellsjökull glacier in Skaftafell.
- Visit to an ice cave in the Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón region.
You spend the night in the Jökulsárlón region.
DAY 8: JÖKULSÁRLÓN- SKAFTAFELL- VÍK (200KM)
This day is also dedicated to the discovery of the Vatnajökull glacier, but also of the Kirkjubæjarklaustur region. Admire the waterfalls and ancient lava flows following the Laki eruption in the 18th century. Plan a stop at the Fjardrárgljúfur gorge and, in the evening, a stroll on the immense Vík beach, one of the most beautiful in the country.
You sleep in the Vík region.
DAY 9: HELLA- BLUE LAGOON- KEFLAVÍK (220KM)
Leave the south coast and reach the Reykjanes peninsula. Along the way, take the opportunity to take a quick dip in the now abandoned Seljavellalaug swimming pool, the oldest in Iceland. Discovery of wild coasts and lunar landscapes forged by numerous volcanic eruptions. Here, geothermal energy manifests itself in different forms: turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon and boiling mud pots in Krýsuvík (admissions not included).
- Visit of the Blue Lagoon.
- Possibility of night in Reykjavík on request.
Stay overnight in the Keflavik region.