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Winter Wonders and Delicious Detours Self Drive

Spend a week enjoying the south and west’s natural wonders and culinary delights on this self-drive tour

Type of tour:Self-Drive Tours
Season:01 October - 30 April
Duration:7 Days/6 Nights
Departure:All days
Language:English
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Encounter an array of landscapes and natural wonders during Northern Lights season, while enjoying an introduction to Iceland’s culinary traditions, on this 7-day driving adventure through West and South Iceland.

Iceland's dramatic southern coastline provides a stunning backdrop to your discovery of this active volcanic zone. West Iceland highlights include unique lava formations, the inspiring Snaefellsjokull glacier-volcano, and historical sites from the Sagas. A number of stops and tasty excursions are offered as optional along the way so you can experience Iceland’s burgeoning culinary culture.

What's in it for you?

  • Worry free travelling
  • Electronic version of Iceland Travel Booklet. 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.
  • FlexibilityWith 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

  • Enjoy a variety of optional culinary stops and excursions, including baking bread underground using geothermal heat, visiting a dairy farm and joining a tasting tour through Reykjavik.
  • Discover the famous natural wonders of the Golden Circle route.
  • Walk along the banks of the famous Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, with its blue-tinted icebergs floating among curious seals.
  • Explore Iceland’s literary heritage in the areas where the most dramatic events of the Sagas took place centuries ago.
  • Relax in the warm, healing waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

 

 

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
  • 4 nights in countryside hotels, including breakfast
  • Rental car for 6 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**
  • GPS system with car and additional authorised driver
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavík international airport
  • Airport service charge
  • Road map (1:500 000)
  • Iceland Travel Guide, our detailed road booklet (issued in selected languages)
  • Access to our 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 note that the included SIM  Card does not function with locked phones. To find out if your phone is locked, please check with your service provider)

**Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6- 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 early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 1400 (2:00pm)
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

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Optional add on

 
 

Day 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

Arrival in Iceland - The world’s northernmost capital city - Reykjavik’s best restaurants

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 Reykjavik.

Culinary suggestions:

Enjoy Local in Focal, a hands-on late morning cooking lesson in English, where you learn about Iceland’s unique culinary culture and the New Nordic cuisine using fresh, Icelandic ingredients. The course is led by professional chefs from Salt Kitchen (this course must be pre-booked).

Pop by Café Loki, a small and friendly family-run café located across from Hallgrimskirkja Church in the centre of Reykjavik.  Its location offers a beautiful view across the city, the church and the Blafjoll Mountains. The restaurant’s cuisine is inspired by traditional Icelandic home recipes that have been passed on from one generation to the next. Café Loki offers a variety of combination platters for a great overview of the best food that Iceland has to offer.

Fish Shops & Restaurants: Iceland is known for its fresh seafood and specialized seafood shops and restaurants. At the shops listed here, you can choose your own fish and sauces, and have it served as a meal for you.

Our fish shop recommendations include Fylgifiskar, Gallery Fiskur, and Fiskbudin Hafberg.
Saegreifinn restaurant, located in a former fisherman‘s hut in the Old Harbour, serves excellent lobster soup and fresh-grilled fish skewers in an informal setting.

 

Day 2: Gullfoss, Geysir and the South Coast

Approximate distance: ca330km / 200miles

Thundering waterfalls - Exploding geysers - Cliffs & stone arches - Black sand beaches of the South Shore

Head out of the city and drive to Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring, highlights of Iceland’s famous ‘Golden Circle’. Continue your trip, stopping at highlights such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, and the majestic Eyjafjallajokull and surrounding area, the site of the infamous volcanic eruption in 2010.

Overnight in Vik area.

Culinary Suggestions:
This particular region of Iceland is known as the breadbasket of Iceland, as there are many farms here.  This means you have many excellent dining options:

The small café at Fontana Geothermal Baths bakes traditional sweet rye bread using the earth’s natural geothermal heat. At 14:30 (2:30pm) every day, you can watch as the bread is removed from its cooking tins in the ground and taste it fresh with plenty of Icelandic butter (this experience must be pre-booked).  If you don't have time to wait for the tour we still recommend you try a slice of the cafe‘s rye bread topped with smoked trout from the lake.

The Efstidalur II traditional cattle farm is just a 10-minute drive from Gullfoss waterfall. The restaurant, overlooking the cowshed, offers local beef and vegetables as well as homemade milk products such as ice cream, feta cheese and skyr (a thick, nutritious yogurt-like product). During your stop, you can watch the dairy cows through a big window in the dairy barn. The Ice Cream Barn and restaurant are open daily 11:30-20:00 (11:30am – 8:00pm)

Fridheimar is a charming horse farm and greenhouse facility near Fludir. Clean geothermal and hydroelectric energy provides resources to grow many types of organic fruits and vegetables. The farm is most famous for its tasty tomatoes. An on-site restaurant specializes in delicious tomato-based dishes like tomato soup and green tomato and apple pie. The restaurant is open daily between 11:00 and 16:00 (11:00am – 4:00pm).  In order to guarantee a table, please call ahead in advance for a reservation.

Get to know Icelandic town life and hospitality with the new Walk and Dine with the Locals experience in Selfoss.  Join a local couple for a guided walk around their pretty town and visit their home for dinner, coffee and conversation.  (This experience should be booked in advance)   

 

Highlights:

Gullfoss  |Geysir
 

Day 3: Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon - Vik

Approximate distance: ca479km / 295miles

Skaftafell National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier

Visit the majestic Skaftafell area, which is located between two glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before returning to the charming village of Vik in the afternoon.
Overnight in Vik area.

Culinary Suggestions:

Thorbergur Cultural Centre & Café offers homemade cakes and specialties such as farm-raised arctic char (trout) from a nearby farm, as well as other traditional local food, free-range Icelandic lamb and traditional lamb meat soup with bread. Please call ahead to make sure they are open.

 

Day 4: Thingvellir - Borgarfjordur

Approximate distance: ca335km / 208miles

National Park of Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring

Drive to the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park itself is situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows on the edge of Iceland's largest lake. Continue to Borgarfjordur fjord and visit the historic site of Reykholt, the remarkably beautiful Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe.
Overnight in Borgarnes area.

Culinary Suggestions:

The Settlement Centre in Borgarnes offers a fascinating insight into the history of the Icelandic settlement and the Saga era. After taking a look at the exhibits, continue your sensory journey through time at the Settlement Centre’s popular restaurant. The large windows, stripped wooden floors and modern furniture give it a wonderfully stylish vibe. Choose from an assortment of traditional Icelandic dishes such as fish soup and grilled lamb. Don’t forget to leave room for a slice of homemade cake.

The Ljomalind Country Market in Borgarnes is open six days a week from 13:00 – 18:00 (1:00pm – 6:00pm). This sustainable country market was created by women from the region. Discover home-made treats like ice cream, candy, cheese and jams, as well as handicrafts and herbal remedies.  This is a nice stop for getting picnic lunch ingredients and tasty souvenirs for friends at home.  It´s a good idea to call to reconfirm opening times at 437 1400. 

 

Highlights:

Þingvellir  |Barnafoss  |Hraunfossar  |Borgarnes
 

Day 5: Snaefellsnes peninsula

Approximate distance: ca330km / 200miles

Sea Cliffs - Rock Formations - Quaint Fishing Villages

Explore the countless natural wonders of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, which happens to be a national park. With mountains to one side and the sea to the other, visit the wind-tangled Arnarstapi sea cliffs and the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur before driving along the north coast through bustling fishing villages.

Overnight in Borgarnes area.

Culinary Suggestions:

Anyone with an interest in Iceland’s culinary heritage should not miss the Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, run by the country’s last shark farmer. You’ll learn about this unique delicacy and, if you’re brave, have a taste. Please call ahead to make sure they are open.

 

Day 6: Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon

Approximate distance: ca207km / 128miles

Volcanic Landscapes - Bubbling Mud Pools - Active Fishing Community - Geothermal Spa

Drive to the Reykjanes peninsula and visit the moonlike lava fields around Lake Kleifarvatn.  Another suggested stop is at the Krysuvik geothermal area with bubbling mud pools. Visit Grindavik fishing village, famous for its heritage of producing saltfish (bacalao).  Saltfish is undeniably responsible for the prosperity of the Icelandic nation, particularly during the late 19th and early 20th century when the industry was at its peak.

Relax at the famous Blue Lagoon with a refreshing dip in the pleasantly warm geothermal waters, rich in silica and minerals that are great for the skin.
Overnight in Reykjavik.

Culinary Suggestions:

Vitinn Seafood Restaurant in the small town of Sandgerdi offers a delicious crab feast, as well as other seafood options. Their speciality is rock crab; this is one of the few restaurants in Europe offering this treat fresh from the sea.

 

Highlights:

The Blue Lagoon  |Kleifarvatn  |Sandgerdi
 

Day 7: Departure

Return to Keflavik International Airport.**

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

**Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6- day rental is up and use our FlyBus plus departure transfer.

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

 

Highlights:

Keflavík  |Reykjanesbaer
 

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 similar1296756756618648
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar1404810798642672
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar1566894852684702
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar1608912864696708
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar1776996918738744
4.1Skoda Octavia Intermediate 4wd Station Automatic1428822804648672
 

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 similar1206684690546576
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar1314744726576600
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar1476822780612630
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar1518840792624642
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar1686924852666672
4.1Skoda Octavia Intermediate 4wd Station Automatic1338750732576606

 

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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