Volcanoes, Glaciers and Northern Lights

Explore Iceland's famous southwest and travel with complete freedom and flexibility in your own rental car.

Type of tour:Road-Trips
Season:01 October - 15 April
Duration:5 Days/4 Nights
Departure:All days
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Volcanoes, Glaciers and Northern Lights

 

Volcanoes, Glaciers and Northern Lights is a short winter self-drive tour that focuses on the highlights of southern Iceland.

Surround yourself with incredible Icelandic nature with its thundering waterfalls, spouting hot springs, 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?

  • Detailed itinerary created specially for your travel route where you'll find information on must-visit sights along the way, interesting detours, and other important tidbits that will help to make your travels easier and more enjoyable.
  • Even though the tour is relatively short, you have the opportunity to explore all of Iceland's main attractions in Golden Circle area as well as along and around the South Shore, and with a bit of luck to enjoy the stunning view of the gliding Aurora Borealis.
  • Electronic version of Iceland Travel Booklet. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be all ready for you Iceland adventure!
  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion

Highlights

  • You will participate in a Northern Lights Boat tour with an expert guide (on your arrival evening), where you will gain some tips on how to see the northern lights. You can use that information during the next evening where you will be hunting for the northern lights on your own.
  • Possibility of visiting the famous Blue Lagoon.

If you like the day-to-day itinerary for our Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Northern Lights self-drive tour but are looking for a more budget friendly option we recommend that you take a look at our Volcanic View 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 at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura or similar, including breakfast.
  • 1 night at Icelandair Hotel Fludir or similar, including breakfast.
  • 1 night at Icelandair Hotel Vik or similar, including breakfast.
  • Rental car for 4 days, unlimited mileage, CDW, VAT and airport service fee.
  • Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik airport.*
  • GPS system with car and additional authorized driver.
  • An emergency phone line available all day and every day of the year.
  • SIM card worth ISK 2000: unlimited minutes of local calls + 1GB of data. StandardMicro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland.
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (picked up at Keflavik airport with your car rental). The app includes:

    • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • Detailed description of the customer´s journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip 
    • Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

*In case of no availability at Icelandair Hotel Natura, Icelandair Hotel Vik, or Icelandair Hotel Fludir we reserve the right to book a equivalent hotel.

**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.

Also included on these days

Northern Lights Boat Tour


Map

Day tour included

 
 

Day 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

Pick-up your rental car at Keflavik International Airport. Drive to your hotel in Reykjavik. 

Spend the afternoon exploring the city center of Reykjavik, perhaps visiting a few museums or just enjoying a drink with the locals in one of the many pubs in the downtown area. 

Overnight in Icelandair Hotel Natura.

 

Highlights:

Reykjavik  |Hallgrimskirkja  |Tjornin  |Perlan
 

Day 2: Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir

Approximate distance: ca190km / 118miles

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Spouting Geysers

Visit the must-see sites in Iceland! Start with Thingvellir National Park, famous for its history and geological wonders. Continue to Geysir hot spring area with its bubbling pools and spouting geyser. Onwards to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall.

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

Overnight in Fludir Icelandair Hotel.

 

Highlights:

Geysir   |Geysir Center  |Gullfoss
 

Day 3: Eyjafjallajokull & Surroundings

Approximate distance: ca290km / 180miles

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

Drive along the scenic south shore and across the area around the infamous Eyjafjallajokull stratovolcano. Onwards viewing the beautiful Skogarfoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and the black-sand beaches around Vik and Myrdalsjokull glacier. Stop in the charming village of Vik for an overnight stay.

Overnight in Icelandair Hotel Vik.

 

Day 4: The Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca260km / 162miles

Geothermal Spa

An optional riding tour is available from Hveragerði.  Drive to 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 or simply head to your hotel, relax at the spa or explore Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world. 

Overnight in Icelandair Hotel Natura.

 

Day 5: Departure

Departure

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at the Blue Lagoon, if you enjoyed your stay there the previous day.

Drop off your rental car.*

*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.

 

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.

 
 


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.
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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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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We went on the "Volcanoes, Glaciers and Northern Lights" tour 30.03.16-3.4.16. We had a wonderful time and everything was seamlessly organised and the itinerary was accepted by the car hire desk, the boat and all the hotels. We saw amazing sights which we will never forget and were welcomed everywhere by the kind and helpful locals. Our only comment would be that on the day 4 driving instructions it should say something like 'retrace your journey on Route 1 west to Selfoss and take the 35 north to Keriõ' but that is a minor gripe! 

Patricia C, UK