Glacial Adventure

Experience all the natural wonders of south and southwest Iceland — glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, geothermal hot springs, the northern lights and more.

Type of tour:Road-Trips
Season:01 October - 30 April
Duration:6 Days/5 Nights
Departure:All days
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Glacial Adventure

 

The natural wonders of South and Southwest Iceland — glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, geothermal hot springs, the northern lights and more — are the highlights of this weeklong self-drive holiday during peak Northern Lights season.

Follow Iceland’s dramatic coastline through an active volcano zone, as you pass black sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, picturesque waterfalls, and spouting geysers.

This self drive trip encompasses the major natural wonders that have made Iceland famous, but allows you to enjoy it during the cosy and less busy winter period.

What's in it for you?

  • Worry-free travelling
  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion.
  • 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

  • The wonders of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle: waterfalls, geysers, and more
  • The photogenic Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, with its blue-tinted glaciers and curious seals
  • Skaftafell National Park, home to two glaciers and great winter hiking opportunities

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)
  • 3 nights in countryside hotels, including breakfast
  • Rental car for 5 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT
  • GPS system with car and an additional authorised driver
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavík international airport
  • Airport Service Charge
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours
  • One Prepaid SIM card including unlimited text and talk for local calls and 1 GB of data (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)
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion. 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

**Please note that the package price is based on 5 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 6, an additional supplement will charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 5 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 to enjoy at your own leisure.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

 

Highlights:

Reykjavik
 

Day 2: Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss

Approximate distance: ca200km / 125miles

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Explosive Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls

Head for the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake. Then drive to the village of Laugarvatn and continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir, with bubbling mud pools and the regularly erupting Strokkur geyser. Then visit the dramatic, two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade.

Overnight in Hella/Hvolsvollur.

 

Highlights:

Geysir   |Gullfoss
 

Day 3: South Shore - Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

Approximate distance: ca365km / 225miles

Waterfalls - Volcanic Aftermath - Black-Sand Beaches

Spend this day exploring the region close to the towering strato-volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which is possibly the most famous volcano in the world today.

Driving along the south shore you can also visit the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Then continue onwards to Reynisfjara beach and its striking black sands, viewing the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Overnight in Hofn.

 

Day 4: Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Approximate distance: ca200km / 125miles

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

Skaftafell National Park is one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty. It’s dominated by the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe's largest ice cap. Continue to the photogenic Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where you can enjoy the breathtaking sight of floating, blue-tinted icebergs in this 180 meter deep glacial lagoon.

Overnight at Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

 

Day 5: Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca249km / 155miles

Greenhouse Village - Thundering Waves - Geothermal Lagoon

Head towards the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few communities in the world located directly on top of an active geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called ‘the flower village’ because of its many greenhouses that are heated by hot water from nearby springs. Continue snaking along the coast, with its breathtaking sea waves.

On to the Reykjanes peninsula where you can enjoy a relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm and mineral-rich geothermal water, located in a middle of a black lava field.

Return to Reykjavik for overnight stay.

 

Day 6: 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 5 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 6, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 5-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.

 
 

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 93 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 64 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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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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