Best of the West “Mini-Tour”

Experience Iceland’s geology from different angles: deep within a lava cave and inside a vast glacier. Above all, you’ll experience Iceland’s nature in a special way.

Type of tour:Short breaks
Season:01 October - 26 April
Duration:5 Days/4 Nights
Departure:All days
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Best of the West “Mini-Tour”

West Iceland’s magical winter countryside represents Iceland in miniature with glaciers, waterfalls, charming villages, powerful hot springs and a proudly-preserved history. Located not far from Reykjavík, the Borgarfjordur region has ever-changing scenery and is a perfect way to get acquainted with the powerful forces of fire and ice that created Iceland.

 

On this mini tour, you’ll experience Iceland’s geology from different angles: deep within a lava cave and inside a vast glacier.  Above all, you’ll experience Iceland’s nature in a special way. 

 

This mini tour getaway includes an overnight at a four-star hotel in Husafell, a beloved Icelandic nature resort area, it is perfect for experience the peace and beauty of the Icelandic countryside in winter.  If you are lucky, you might even spot northern lights!

 

The region visited in this tour, Husafell, was recommended in 2017  in the New York Times as a great place to visit in the winter! 

Highlights:

  • Visit the 1100 years old Víðgelmir lava tube cave
  • Explore lava tubes that were once filled with flowing hot magma
  • Seeing the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver
  • Marvel at the picturesque Hraunfossar waterfalls
  • Get a taste of adventure with a trip up a glacier in a modified glacier vehicle
  • Exploring one of Iceland's most spectacular Ice Caves
  • Witness the blue ice at the heart of a glacier
  • Experience the glacial environment of an icecap
  • Relax and recharge at Husafell geothermal pool in the beautiful Husafell resort area
  • Enjoy a great overview of Iceland’s amazing landscapes in an area less visited by travelers
  • Combine the nature and adventure of West Iceland with the bustling culture of Reykjavik

 

Important:

 

  • Children under 12 years old can stay free with two paying adults (one child per room)
  • Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions.
  • Northern lights are a natural wonder and sightings cannot be guaranteed

What to bring:

  • Proper hiking shoes, balaclavas and winter gloves, warm socks, clothing with wind proof and rain proof outer layer, light and warm inner layer (wool, fleece or thermal)
  • Bring swimsuit and a towel, in case you want to take a dip in the thermal pool at Husafell

Included

  • 3 nights at selected hotel in Reykjavík, including breakfast
  • 1 night at Hotel Husafell, including breakfast
  • Guided tour on Day 2 and 3 with hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Entrance fee to Víðgelmir lava cave, guided by a certified caving tour guide (Day 2)
  • Transportation on Langjokull glacier in specially-equipped glacier vehicle (day 3)
  • Entrance fee to the Ice Cave (day 3)
  • Caving gear for Ice Cave and lava cave
  • Expert guided exploration of the Ice Cave
  • Admission to the geothermal pool at Húsafell

 

Not Included:

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotels
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00/2:00pm)
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Map

 
 

Day 1: Arrival

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Transfer on own to Reykjavik  and check-in at your hotel in Reykjavik city.  Transfers are not included in your package, but we would be happy to arrange an arrival transfer for you, perhaps even with a stop at the popular Blue Lagoon.  

The day is yours to rest and use at your own leisure. You might visit the new Perlan Wonders of Iceland and its glacier exhibit.  It’s a perfect introduction to what you’ll see during your visit.

 

Overnight in Reykjavik.

 

Day 2: Lava Cave and Waterfalls

Approximate distance: ca155km / 96miles

Undersea Tunnel - Ancient Lava Landscapes - Powerful Hotsprings - Vast Lava Cave

Breakfast at your hotel.  The tour departs from Reykjavik in the morning, heading via an undersea tunnel to Borgarfjordur in West Iceland.  This region is covered in ancient lava with rivers, hot springs, canyons and mini forests.  One of the first areas to be settled by Vikings, it is an area rich in Saga history. 


Stop at Deildartunguhver  where you can view rushing and churning hot springs, the most powerful of their kind in Europe. Nearby is the picturesque Hraunfoss falls, where water flows through interesting lava formations.  Stop in the Husafell nature resort, where you have time for lunch at a local bistro. (Lunch not included).  After lunch, head to Vídgelmir, one of the world's largest lava tube caves,  situated beneath a vast lava field.  Vidgelmir was created by a volcanic eruption approximately 1100 years ago. Thanks to a new walkway and lighting, you can easily and comfortably experience the cave’s enormous beauty.  The lava formations and brilliant colours are unforgettable.  You´ll be accompanied by certified caving guides who will share their knowledge about Vidgelmir.    

 

After the excursion head to the four-star Hótel Husafell with its beautiful surroundings and relaxing atmosphere.   The hotel’s décor reflects the area’s landscapes and includes stone decorations created by a local artist.  At Husafell, you'll have the time to take a walk in the area or go to the resort’s geothermal swimming pool.  If the weather conditions are right, you might be able to see the mesmerising Northern Lights

 

Dinner is on your own.  Overnight in Husafell

 

Highlights:

Vidgelmir   |Borgarnes  |Hraunfossar  |Húsafell
 

Day 3: Langjokull Ice Cave and Thermal Pools

Approximate distance: ca129km / 81miles

Highland Views - Journey Up a Glacier's Slopes - Ice Tunnel and Cave - Relaxing Hot Spring Bathing

Breakfast at your hotel.   Yesterday you experienced the power of fire and lava.  Today you will experience the power of ice!   Head into the vast highland wilderness dominated by Langjokull, Iceland’s second largest glacier.  Board specially modified glacier truck that will bring up the slopes of the glacier, towards the entry to the Into the Glacier ice tunnel and ice cave.  This man-made experience is located in the heart of Langjokull where you can experience the hidden and beautiful blue ice. An expert guide will accompany you through the tunnels of the glacier, giving you information about the glacier's history and formation. You’ll also learn why Icelanders are so important to Iceland’s geology… and to the world.

After the visit to the ice cave you will return to Husafell, where you will have free time to relax in this beautiful nature resort.  Have a meal at the local restaurant, swim in the thermal pool, or take a walk on paths surrounded by birch trees.

Late in the afternoon of day two, your tour head back to Reykjavík, dropping you off for your overnight.

 

Dinner is on your own.  Overnight in Reykjavík.

 

Highlights:

Langjökull Glacier & snowmobiling

  |Húsafell  |Borgarnes  |Eldborg Crater
 

Day 4: Day Open for Your Activities

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today is open to enjoy your own activities. Now that you have gotten a glimpse of Iceland’s wonders in West Iceland, you might want to visit other areas such as the Golden Circle region or the South Shore and its black sand beaches.  Perhaps you’ll enjoy nature close up with activities such as glacier hiking, horseback riding in lava fields or whale watching by sea.   Or maybe you’ll use the day to explore more of Reykjavík’s great museums and galleries.

 Overnight in Reykjavik

 

Day 5: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel.  Transfer on your own to Keflavik airport for you flight.  Transfers are not included but we can assist you with booking one.  We recommend departing your hotel no later than 3 hours before your flight.

 

Children rate

Infants 0 - 1 year are free of charge.

Children 2 - 11 years sharing a double room with 2 adults will receive 25% discount from the listed price.


Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

   

Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.

 

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