Glacial Exploration and Auroras

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

Type of tour:Road-Trips
Season:01 October - 30 April
Duration:8 Days/7 Nights
Departure:All days
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Glacial Exploration and Auroras

 

Winter in Iceland is a fantastic season to experience the majestic mightof glaciers.  These forces of nature have 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 Vatnajokull 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 Sagalocales and the impressive glacier-fuelled natural wonders of the Borgarfjordur region.  Overnight in stunning locations that make a fabulous backdrop for elusive Northern Lights.

What's in it for you? 

  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion.
  • 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!
  • 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:

  • Traveling at a leisurely pace, with more time to enjoy glacial wonders
  • Exploring the hidden treasures of beautiful Borgarfjordur in West Iceland, including views of Langjokull Glacier
  • Visiting the world-famous Golden Circle natural wonders
  • Walking on the black sand beaches of Iceland’s south shore.
  • Viewing famous glaciers in Vatnajokull National Park
  • Taking in the majesty of the Glacier Lagoon

Important:

Due to high demand, accommodation in Reykjavik for New Year's Eve cannot be guaranteed. 

Our road trip packages are designed by our team of travel experts. They are created for people like you who want to experience the very best of what Iceland has to offer. To get the best value Iceland Travel has to offer, book our road trips online. Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee.

With our exclusive road trip app you don´t have to worry about missing out and you will always find your way to your hotel after a full day of traveling. It is easy to book day tours and activities in the app when you are on the road. 

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**
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavik international airport.
  • Airport Service Charge.
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours.
  • 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 (only included until 30.April 2018)
  • 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

 **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)
  • 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 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 use at your own leisure. 

Please note check-in for most hotels begins at 14:00 (2:00pm)

The Blue Lagoon Geothermal spa is an ideal stop on the way to Reykjavik. Enjoy peaceful relaxation at 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 healing 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. 

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

Overnight in Reykjavik.

 

Day 2: Reykjavik - Reykholt - Husafell

Approximate distance: ca101km / 63miles

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

Today head to Borgarfjordur via the Hvalfjordur 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 spring, as well as two beautiful waterfalls, Hraunfossar (the Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children's Falls).  Near Deildartunguhver you can indulge in hot spring relaxation at the new Krauma natural geothermal spa.

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

Overnight:  Borgarfjordur (West Iceland)  (2 nights)

 

Day 3: Borgarfjordur - 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 a man-made tunnel built into the icy-blue heart of the glacier. You can reach the tunnel by taking an adventurous ride up the glacier in a monstrous 18-wheeled vehicle. Once at the tunnel, you‘ll see glacier the from the inside and learn how these icy wonders are formed.

Another interesting area activity is a guided cave visit at the colourful Vidgelmir lava cave.   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 in West Iceland (Borgarfjordur area)   

 

Day 4: Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir

Approximate distance: ca290km / 180miles

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.

Optional activity: Laugarvatn Fontana Spa 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.

Overnight in Hella/Hvolsvollur area.

 

Day 5: Waterfalls and Glacial Horizons

Approximate distance: ca435km / 270miles

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. See the magnificent waterfall Skogarfoss, a site of hidden treasure. Nearby is the 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 Reynisdrangar. You‘ll also see glaciers from the road, including Myrdalsjokull and Europe‘s largest glacier, Vatnajokull. 

Overnight in Hofn area.

 

Day 6: Glacial Wonders

Approximate distance: ca200km / 125miles

Vatnajokull Glacier - Western 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, Western Europe's largest national park.  Visit the park's majestic Skaftafell area, which is located between two glaciers and offers several winter 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 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 Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

Optional Tour:  If you enjoy a taste of adventure you can experience glaciers close-up with a guided hike on one of the glaciers in the Skaftafell area.  Your expert glacier guide will point out many unique features about glaciers during the hike.

 

 

Day 7: South Coast - Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca344km / 214miles

Seljalandsfoss 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.  You´ll also be passing through the landscape of Eyjafjallajokull volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption.  Perhaps you´ll visit the new Lava Centre, an interactive exhibit where you can learn about how powerful volcanoes and earthquakes have formed Iceland.

The 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. You might visit the historical Skyrgerdin (Skyr Factory), where you can see the original way that skyr (a delicious dairy product unique to Iceland) was made—and sample some of the products.  Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon/early evening.

Overnight in Reykjavík.

 
 

Day 8: Departure

Approximate distance: ca50km / 30miles

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

**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 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/ USD 68 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 / USD 33 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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