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Volcanic View and Northern Lights Self-Drive

Explore Southwest Iceland, traveling with complete freedom and flexibility in your own rental car

Type of tour:Self-Drive Tours
Season:01 October - 30 April
Duration:5 Days/4 Nights
Departure:All days
Language:English
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Volcanic View and Northern Lights is a short winter self-drive tour that focuses on the highlights in South Iceland.

With the freedom to travel at your own pace by car, explore dramatic landscapes sculpted by ancient glaciers and volcanoes. Hunt for the elusive and unforgettable Northern Lights, and visit waterfalls, black-sand beaches, and glaciers along Iceland’s South Shore.

Surround yourself with incredible Icelandic nature, including thundering waterfalls, spouting geysers, vast lava fields and black-sand beaches. In the evenings, don’t forget to scout the clear, dark skies looking for the dancing Northern Lights.

What's in it for you?

  • Worry-free travelling
  • Electronic version of the Iceland Travel Guide. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure!
  • Safety first! Free SIM card worth 2000 ISK to phone us in case of a travel hiccup or an emergency. It also gives you the opportunity to phone your friends and family at home and share your Iceland experience through social media.
  • Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day and hunt for northern lights in the evening.

Highlights

  • Explore all Iceland's main attractions in the Golden Circle and along the South Shore and, with a bit of luck, enjoy the stunning view of the stunning Aurora Borealis
  • See all that Reykjavik city has to offer with two overnights in the 'Capital of Cool'.

If you like the day-to-day itinerary for our Volcanic View and Northern Lights self-drive tour but are looking for a more inclusive option we recommend that you take a look at our Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Northern Lights self-drive.

Important:

Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher. 

Included

  • 2 nights in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 2 night in countryside hotels, including breakfast
  • Rental car for 4 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**
  • GPS system with car and additional authorised driver
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavik international airport
  • Airport Service Charge
  • Detailed road map
  • Detailed road book in selected languages.
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours
  • One SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 300 MB of data. Standard, Micro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland.

**Please note that the package price is based on 4 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 5 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.

Not included

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Gasoline/petrol
  • Admissions and activities
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 1400 (2:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

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Day 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

Arrival in Iceland - The world’s northernmost capital city

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is yours to rest and use at your own leisure.

Overnight in Reykjavík.

 

Highlights:

Keflavík  |Reykjavík
 

Day 2: Golden Circle

Approximate distance: ca190km / 118miles

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Spouting Geysers

Today you‘ll visit the must-see sites in Iceland. Start with the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, famous for its history and geological wonders. Continue to Geysir Hot Spring Area, with its collection of bubbling pools and spouting geysers Then drive onwards to the majestic, two-tiered Gullfoss (Golden Falls).

Overnight in Fludir area.

Optional visit to Geysir Geo Center, afternoon/evening visit to Fontana Baths at Laugarvatn.

 

Day 3: Eyjafjallajokull & Surroundings

Approximate distance: ca290km / 180miles

Looming volcanoes - Black-Sand Beaches - Thundering Waterfalls - Sea Cliffs & Stone Arches

Drive along the scenic South Shore and the area near the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. This is the site of the massive 2010 eruption that stopped international air traffic. A stop at Thorvaldseyri Visitors Center, a family-run exhibit about the massive 2010 eruption‘s impact on local lives, is highly recommended.

Continue onwards, past the beautiful Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and Myrdalsjokull glacier, which covers powerful Katla volcano. Here it‘s possible to go snowmobiling on the glacier and hopefully get a splendid view over South Iceland.  Stop by the peaceful seafront village of Vik to explore a dramatic stretch of coastline photogenically poised between glacier topped mountains, rugged sea cliffs and black-sand beaches.

We recommend a visit to the Fakasel Icelandic Horse Park, where you can enjoy the Legends of Sleipnir multimedia presentation.  This innovative horse show cleverly introduces the Icelandic horse breed and how horses are linked to Iceland‘s history, mythology and folklore.  The Park‘s café offers delicious country cuisine, including the local favorite, meat soup. 

Overnight again in the Fludir area.

Optional Suggestions: Thorvaldseyri Visitors Centre, Skógar folk museum near Skogafoss, snowmobiling or glacier hiking on Mýrdalsjökull.  

 

Day 4: The Blue Lagoon & Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca180km / 112miles

Geothermal Spa

Drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula and the famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing dip in the pleasantly warm geothermal waters, rich in silica and minerals that are great for the skin.

Explore Reykjanes Peninsula and its fishing villages, lighthouse and the colorful geothermal area of Krysuvik, or simply head to your hotel, relax at the spa or explore Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Optional Horseback riding tour in Hveragerði, bathing in the Blue Lagoon, in-water massage at the Blue Lagoon.

 
 

Day 5: Departure

Return to Keflavik International Airport**

We recommend leaving your hotel approximately 3 hours prior to the departure of your international flight.

**Please note that the package price is based on 4 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 5, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4-day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.

Please note: The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings can not be guaranteed.

 

Highlights:

Keflavík
 

Iceland Travel offers different types of self-drive categories, where the main difference between each category is the accommodation which allows you to create an Iceland experience fitting your travel style.

Take a look at the accommodation categories here below and let us know your selection during the booking process.

 

Example of prices per person in EUR winter 2016 - 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.3Suzuki Swift 4wd or similar864504504412432
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar936540532428448
4.1Skoda Octavia Intermediate 4wd Station Automatic952548536432448
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar1044596568456468
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar1072608576464472
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar1184664612492496
 

Example of prices per person in EUR winter 2016 - 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.3Suzuki Swift 4wd or similar804456460364384
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar876496484384400
4.1Skoda Octavia Intermediate 4wd Station Automatic892500488384404
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar984548520408420
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar1012560528416428
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar1124616568444448

 

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 78 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!

 

Children rate

Valid when one child shares a double room with 2 adults:

  • Children 2-11 years old: EUR 54/ GBP 41/ USD 62/ CAD 83 per night. Add the total to the rate for 2 adults in car.
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • Children's accommodation consists of an extra bed/mattress on the floor.

 

Child Seat 0-13 kg approx. EUR 27 / GBP 22 / USD 33 / CAD 41 per rental. Child Booster 9-25 kg approx. EUR 11 / GBP 9 / USD 14 / CAD 17 per rental. Payable on spot.

 

 


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.

 

Rooms

  • 1 Person = 1 single room
  • 2 Persons = 1 double/twin room
  • 3 Persons = 1 double/twin + 1 single room
  • 4 Persons = 2 double/twin rooms
  • 5 Persons = 2 double/twin + 1 single room

Car Rental

Our selfdrive packages include basic insurance (CDW), unlimited mileage, VAT, a GPS system and two authorized drivers.

Accommodation

Quality is an important factor for Iceland Travel. When organizing our tours we choose accommodation with regards to quality, value for money, location and service provided.

 
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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.br /> 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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