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Glacial Exploration and Auroras

Discover for yourself the ever-changing beauty of glaciers with opportunities to explore on – and in- ice caps.

Type of tour:Self-Drive Tours
Season:01 October - 30 April
Duration:8 Days/7 Nights
Departure:All days
Language:English

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Winter in Iceland is a fantastic season to experience the majestic might of glaciers.  These powers of nature have forcefully carved Iceland‘s landscape on their ponderous march  to the sea. Icelandic glaciers have been the focus of international news programmes and movies; they are worth a closer look, and this new driving vacation gives more time in prime glacial areas. 

Discover glaciers‘ ever-changing beauty and their importance to both Iceland and the world.  Drive on roads paralleling Europe‘s largest glacier, experiencing its ever-changing angles and fantastic photo opportunities. Visit a glacial wonderland in a new national park.  Indulge your inner explorer and join tours bringing  you onto -- and even inside -- the heart of a glacier.  You‘ll also experience the Golden Circle as well as Viking Saga locales and the impressive glacier-fueled natural wonders of the Borgarfjordur region.  Overnight in stunning locations that make a fabulous backdrop for elusive northern lights.

Included

  • 2 nights accommodation at hotel in Reykjavik including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 5 nights accommodation at country hotels, including breakfast
  • Rental car for 7 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT GPS system with car and additional authorised driver**
  • GPS system with car and additional authorised driver.
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavik international airport
  • Airport Service Charge
  • Detailed road map
  • Detailed Iceland Travel Guide booklet in selected languages
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours
  • Detailed road map
  • SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 300 MB 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.

 **Please note that the package price is based on 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 8, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 7-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 Reykjavik (Fosshotel Reykjavik or similar).

Option (booked with Iceland Travel):  The Blue Lagoon Geothermal spa is an ideal stop on the way to Reykjavik.  Enjoy peaceful relaxation at the Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field in the pure, beautiful Icelandic wilderness. The Blue Lagoon is known for its special properties and its beneficial effect on the skin  and attracts visitors from all over the world in search of health, relaxation and an exotic experience. In addition to bathing in the lagoon, guests have access to a sauna with a view of the lagoon, a steam-bath with white walls that resemble silica-mud and a cosy steam-bath carved into a lava cave. Guests can also stand beneath a small waterfall for an energizing massage. A special luggage storage facility is available next to the main parking area: the price for each bag is approximately EUR 5/USD7/CAD8.

Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance in order to guarantee access.

 

Day 2: Reykjavik to Reykholt/Husafell

Approximate distance: ca101km / 63miles

Whale Fjord- Europe´s Most Powerful Hot Spring – Magical waterfalls

Approximate distance: ca 101 km / 63 miles

Today head to scenic Borgarfjordur via the scenic Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord) and its intriguing undersea tunnel (tunnel toll not included in price). If you don´t want to take the tunnel, you can take the scenic coastal road instead (adds additional 17 km/10 miles to trip).  Drive through Borgarnes town where you can learn about the first Viking settlers in the area at the popular Settlement Museum.  Visit Deildartunguhver, Europe´s most powerful hot springs, as well as two beautiful waterfalls, Hraunfossar (the Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (the Children´s Falls).

Tonight you are well situated to catch a glimpse of the famous northern lights, if Mother Nature decides to cooperate.

 

Day 3: Borgarfjordur Valley and Langjokull Glacier

Approximate distance: ca50km / 31miles

Langjokull Glacier  and  Icelandic Sagas

Today explore the Borgarfjordur valley region and nearby areas.  Langjokull Glacier offers exciting adventures such as exploring Into the Glacier, a man-made tunnel built into the icy-blue heart of the glacier.  The tunnel is reached by an adventurous ride up the glacier in a monstrous 18-wheeled vehicle.  Once at the tunnel, you‘ll view a glacier from the inside and learn how these icy wonders are formed. Another interesting area activity is a guided cave visit.  If you´re interested in culture, visit nearby Reykholt, home of a medieval chieftain who penned some of Iceland‘s greatest Sagas.  Visit scenic Husafell and stroll on paths with colorful stone paintings created by a local artist. Overnight at the Fosshotel Reykholt or similar 

 

 

Day 4: The Golden Circle- Thingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir

Approximate distance: ca225km / 140miles

National Park with Geological Wonders – The Golden Falls - Spouting Geysers

Today, visit the must-see sites in Iceland! Start with Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), famous for its history and geological wonders. Onwards to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, formed by the waters of a glacial river.  Continue to Geysir hot spring area with its lively bubbling pools and spouting geyser. ).  Late in the afternoon you might drive south to visit the Fakasel Icelandic Horse Park.  This is a fun opportunity for you to meet friendly Icelandic horses. We recommend the charming 45-minute Legends of Sleipnir, a multimedia horse show about the importance of Icelandic horses to the country‘s history, mythology and folklore.  Afterwards you can go onstage to meet the equine actors.

Overnight at Fosshotel Hekla or similar 

Optional activity:  Laugarvatn Fontana offers a relaxing environment of hot springs and steam baths. Hot, healing steam simmers directly from the ground through grids in the cabin floors of this wellness center, where nature meets tradition. An afternoon or evening visit to the open air baths at Laugarvatn Fontana will also give you the opportunity to experience the ever changing Icelandic weather, as the thermal baths can be enjoyed all year round.

 

Day 5: Waterfalls and Glacial Horizons

Approximate distance: ca287km / 179miles

Thundering Waterfalls - Black sand beaches – Sea Cliffs & Stone Arches

Travel along the south coast, one of Iceland´s main farming areas.  You´ll see many farms and shaggy herds of Icelandic horses as you head along the Ring Road.   View the magnificent waterfall Skogarfoss, site of hidden treasure. Nearby is Skogar Folk Museum, well known throughout Iceland for being the best of its kind with a collection of mementos from this region’s past housed in beautifully-preserved old turf-roofed buildings. Make a stop in Vik village where you can admire stunning views of a black sand beach and the black basalt columns of Drangey. You‘ll also see glaciers from the road, including Myrdalsjokull and Europe‘s largest glacier, Vatnajokull.  Overnight at Fosshotel Nupur or Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon (2 nights).

 

Day 6: Glacial Wonders

Approximate distance: ca115km / 72miles

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

Your hotel is perfectly situated to make a full day of exploring glacial wonders in Vatnajokull National Park, Europe's largest national park.  Visit the park's majestic Skaftafell area, which is located between two glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where blue, white, turquoise and black-streaked icebergs shift and dance. The mystical lagoon is enormous and has been the backdrop for many major feature films and programs including Batman Begins and, most recently,  Game of Thrones. It is a special place for photographers who enjoy the challenge of catching the icebergs in just the right light conditions.  Don‘t forget to keep an eye out for seals resting amid the glaciers.  

Tonight, if the weather conditions are optimal, you might catch northern lights playing across the sky

Overnight at Fosshotel Nupur or Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon 

 

 

Day 7: South Coast to Reykajvik

Approximate distance: ca344km / 214miles

Seljalands Waterfall- Volcano Center – Geothermal Village

Drive along the scenic south coast back to the west.  En route, visit Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall that you can walk behind.  At the Thorvaldseyri Volcano Visitor Centre located beneath Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, you can experience  both in pictures and film the 2010 eruption and its impact on the area and the  whole world. (Note: closed in December and January and on weekends).  The new Bobby Fischer Center in Selfoss is dedicated to the world-famous American chess master who defeated Russian Boris Spatsky in the 1972 Match of All Time in Iceland. Bobby Fischer lived his last years in Iceland and is buried in a nearby cemetery. During the winter, you can call in advance to make an appointment to visit the museum.  Visit Hveragerdi, a hot spring village famous for its geothermal greenhouses where flowers and vegetables are grown year-round.  Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon/early evening.

Overnight: Fosshotel Reykjavik or similar

 

Day 8: Departure

Departure Day

Please be prepared to leave the hotel about 3 hours before the departure of your flight.  Drop off your rental car at the airport.**

**Please note that the package price is based on 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 8 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 7- day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.

Please note: The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings, therefore, cannot 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.

 

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 similar1512882882721756
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar1638945931749784
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar18271043994798819
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar187610641008812826
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar207211621071861868
4.1Skoda Octavia Intermediate 4wd Station Automatic1666959938756784
 

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 similar1407798805637672
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar1533868847672700
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar1722959910714735
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar1771980924728749
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar19671078994777784
4.1Skoda Octavia Intermediate 4wd Station Automatic1561875854672707

 

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!


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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