Get Inspired / Europe / Iceland See The Northern Lights with an Iceland Self-Drive Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Iceland See The Northern Lights with an Iceland Self-Drive story by: Anna Sarjeant Ideal Length: 7 days Best for: Scenery seekers. These vistas are so dramatic they steal you of breath and the ability to speak. Go in winter and start in Reykjavik – the world’s northernmost capital. With a stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountainside, in colder months it’ll be particularly frosty. To warm up, head out of the centre to Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. The locals risk the sub-zero ocean temperatures, but there are also free geothermal springs for more cowardly types. As one of nature’s greatest displays, the Northern Lights are as good a reason as any to visit Iceland, especially in winter. By no means guaranteed, the Icelandic auroras are unpredictable at best, but the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a preferred region for successful aurora hunting. The Golden Circle is a circuit that includes the Gullfoss waterfalls, Geysir geothermal area and Thingvellir National Park. Geysers abound in Geysir while Thingvellir sits on a fascinating table of tectonic plates. From here, swap fault lines for volcanoes and drive to Eyjafjallajokull, also home to the Skogarfoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Stand beneath either and you’ll feel insignificant in their presence; as loud as they are huge, you’ll be a mere ant amongst giants. HOT tip: Due to the icy terrain and thick snowfall, drivers must be familiar with winter driving conditions. Click here for all our Iceland deals. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Europe’s 8 best music festivals Read more Add or remove from Wishlist 10 Nordic foods you never knew existed Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.