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Highlands and Hot Springs

Turn an Icelandic driving vacation into your own personal spa getaway with this itinerary.

Type of tour:Self-Drive Tours
Season:15 June - 15 September
Duration:8 Days/7 Nights
Departure:All days
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Iceland‘s hot springs energise Icelandic homes with heat and hot water, but they also provide energy and relaxation to Icelanders in the form of hot spring-fed pools. Turn an Icelandic driving vacation into your own personal spa getaway with this itinerary. We‘ve suggested a variety of pools you might enjoy along the way, ranging from community swimming pools with modern amenities to natural earth and stone pools surrounded by peaceful nature  

 

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.
  • Flexibility. 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.

Highlights

  • Visit the must-see attractions of the Golden Circle at your own pace.
  • Explore two beloved national parks
  • Discover West Iceland,  Lonely Planet‘s“Best in Travel 2016“
  • Travel in the footsteps of the Viking Sagas in Borgarfjordur and surrounding area.
  • Discover Snaefellsnes, with its ever-changing coastal scenery, glacial volcano
  • See an amazing lava waterfall and Europe‘s most powerful hot spring
  • Discover Icelandic history in the beautiful Vatnsnes Peninsula
  • Travel through the vast highland interior on a track between two glaciers
  • Enjoy opportunities to bathe in hot springs in beautiful areas

Important:

  • You must be 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher. 
  • Car Category 5.0 and higher required due to driving on unpaved interior mountain tracks

Included

  • Rental car for 7  days with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection, and two authorized drivers. Types of Car recommended: Category 5.0 and higher.
  • Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport
  • Accommodation with private bathrooms for 7 nights
  • Breakfast daily, except arrival
  • Detailed road map
  • Detailed Travel Booklet
  • Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version 
  • 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.
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes

**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 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.

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Day 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

Pick up your rental car at Keflavik International airport and make your way to Reykjavik.  Rest of the day open for your activities. For an truly Reykjavik city pool experience visit Laugardalslaug, the city‘s largest one.  Laugardalur features large out door and indoor swimming pools  geothermal hot tubs with fresh and seasalt  water, a steam bath and waterslides. If you want something more exclusive and very relaxing, Laugar Spa is your place of choice; here  you can relax in a hot pot and enjoy a variety of different saunas, massage showers, and aromatherapies.  You can also add in a massage and even eat and drink in between saunabaths. 

Overnight stay in Reykjavik area.  

 

Hot Spring Pool Information:

  • Laugardalslaug is open daily until  22:00  (10:00pm) Admission:  EUR 7 per person
  • Laugar Spa is open until 23:00  (11.30pm)  Monday – Friday ; 21:30 (9:30pm) on Saturday and  19:30 (7:30pm) on Sunday.   Admission:  EUR 39. Massage prices start from EUR 67  per person

Please note:  the age limit for Laugar Spa access  is 18 years old and older.

 

Highlights:

Reykjavík
 

Day 2: Reykjavik – Snaefellsnes Peninsula – Borgarfjordur

Approximate distance: ca311km / 193miles

Mystical Volcanic Crater – Seabird cliffs – Pebbled Beach – Glacial Mountain

Breakfast at your hotel.  Depart your hotel and travel along the western coast towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula. En route pass the perfectly-formed Eldborg crater, which looks as though  it should be on the moon.  Explore the extraordinary variety of natural wonders along the peninsula,  from the rich birdlife at Arnarstapi sea cliffs to pleasant hiking along the shiny pebbled Djupalonssandur beach.

Throughout the day enjoy views of Snaefellsjökull, a magnificent  cone-shaped glacier covering a dormant volcano (last eruption: 250 AD).

Take a pause from driving in the day to enjoy a bath in either Lýsuhólslaug or Hreppslaug. Lýsuhólslaug has one swimming pool and two hot pots. Lýsuhólslaug‘s speciality  is its naturally-heated mineral water that comes directly up form the earth;  it is  very healthy for the skin.  Hreppslaug is a cozy outdoor pool with two hot pots and changing facilities. It has a scenic view over Skorradalur valley.

Overnight stay in the Borgarfjörður area. 

Hot Spring Pool Information:

  • Lýsuhólslaug is open until 20:30 (8:30 pm)  every day Admission: EUR 8 per person
  • Hreppslaug is open until 22:00 (10:00pm) every day  Admission: EUR 4 per person

 

 

Day 3: Borgarfjörður – Deildartunguhver – Hraunfossar – Laugarbakki

Approximate distance: ca292km / 181miles

Lava Waterfalls-  Historical Site of Sagas – Europe‘s Most Powerful Hotsprings

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the Borgarfjordur area, a popular destination getaway for Icelanders.   Some places you might visit include the historic site of Reykholt, the remarkably beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot springs in Europe. From Deildartunguhver you can take a short walk (only 70 meters/230 feet away) to Krauma, a new geothermal bathing area  You can bathe in Deildartunguhver‘s hot spring water that has been made into an ideal bathing temperature by mixing it with cool mountain spring water from the nearby Ok glacial.  In addition to the natural hot tubs, enjoy steam rooms and a soothing Tranqility Relaxation area.

Continue to the north of Iceland, crossing the vast Holtavörðuheiði plateau where views seem to stretch into infinity. Enjoy the Hveraborg  natural hot pools in Siká.   You will need to walk a short distance to get there,  but the path is well marked. If you don´t want to walk, another option is to go to the Hvammstangi  community swimming pool.  Hvammstangi swimming pool has one pool, two hot pots and a steam bath.

Overnight stay in the Laugarbakki area for two nights.  

Hot Spring Pool Information:

  • Krauma geothermal nature bath has full changing facilities (opens Oct 2016)
  • Hveraborg in Siká has no changing facilities and no entrance fee
  • Hvammstangi swimming pool is open  until 21.00 (9:00pm) Monday – Friday  and until 18:00 (6:00pm) Saturday – Sunday.  Admission: EUR 4 per person
 

Day 4: Vatnsnes – Borgarvirki – Sauðarkrokur – Glaumbaer

Distance is variable

Hauntingly beautiful peninsula – Viking fortress – Grettir‘s Saga history

Breakfast at your hotel.  Spend the day exploring the  north-west part of Iceland and the Skagafjörður area.  Visit Vatnsnes peninsula, recently made famous in Hannah Kent‘s heart-wrenching historical novel, Burial Rites.  This is a beautiful area for spotting seals, and from where you can view the remarkably-shaped Hvítserkur crag.  Another interesting sight is Borgarvirki,  a columnar basalt fortress used in Viking age battles.  Vist  Skagafjörður, famous for horse breeding and history. Glaumbær is a beautifully-preserved turf manor house dating back to the 18th century. You can also visit Hólar, a Medevial bishopric with many historical sites.

A perfect way to end the day is to visit Grettislaug at Reykir,  where you can bathe in two hot pools built over hot springs and enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. These pools derive their name from the hero of Gréttir‘s Saga, who was said to bathe in the hot springs.  For an even more rural hot pot experience, go to Fosslaug in Skagafjörður a hot pot built from rocks and sod, where hot water from geothermal springs mixes with cold water from the Svartá river.

Overnight stay in Laugarbakki area. 

Hot Spring Pool Information:

  • Grettislaug has changing facilities.  Admission:  EUR 4
  • Fosslaug has no changing facilities and no entrance fee
 

Day 5: – Gullfoss – Geysir – Laugarvatn

Approximate distance: ca292km / 181miles

Wilderness Road Between Glaciers -  Highland Hot Springs – Golden Waterfall – Spouting Geysers

Breakfast at your hotel. Today it‘s time to leave civilisation and view the wild highland heart of Iceland.  Drive  the historical unpaved Kjolur mountain track straight through Iceland’s uninhabited interior highlands. .  The route shows Iceland‘s nature at its rawest and passes between Langjokull and Hofsjokull glaciers.  Stop at Hveravellir, one of the world‘s most beautiful geothermal areas.  Its natural hot spring pool is perfect for a relaxing break under the wide highland skies.

Kjolur emerges in the vicinity of Gullfoss, a majestic waterfall of sparkling mist and golden charm situated on the Hvita River. The Geysir geothermal field is  nearby,  with its various bubbling mud pots and spouting hot springs.  Most famous of these is Srokkur geyser, which seems to erupt like clockwork.

Overnight stay in Laugarvatn area for two nights  

 

Hot Spring Pool Information:

  • Hveravellir, possible to use changing facilities and shower for small fee
 

Highlights:

Kjolur  |Kerlingafjoll  |

Hveravellir

  |Gullfoss  |Geysir  |Geysir Center
 

Day 6: South Shore – Skogar – Vik - Laugarvatn

Approximate distance: ca426km / 265miles

Scenic Waterfalls – Black Sand Beaches and Sea Cliffs – Volcanic Valley

Breakfast at your hotel. Today enjoy the wonders of the South Shore region, saving your hot spring experience for later in the day. The South Shore region is the landscape of Iceland‘s national epic, Njáll’s Saga.  A stop at the Saga Museum in Hvollsvöllur can tell you more about the saga and where it took place. 

During the day you‘ll encounter the wonderful variety of the south: from the wide plains formed by glacial rivers, to the sheer sea cliffs and black sand beaches and spectacular waterfalls.  On clear days,  you‘ll experience unforgettable views of Eyjafjallajökull volcano.  You may even see the Westman Islands Archipelego. Head through the beautiful Thjorsardalur Valley, an area filled with volcanic landscapes and beautiful vegetation.  You can visit the location of a Viking age farm that was destroyed by an eruption from Mt. Hekla.  End the day with a relaxing  swim in the Secret Lagoon in Flúðir en route to your overnight accommodation (please note that from 15:30 – 17:30 the pool is very crowded, so plan your trip around this).  The Secret Lagoon is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland that has kept its original, natural appearance from the 1890s.  There are several small geysers you can also view on walking paths around the pool. 

If you want a more adventerous and remote hot spring experience on the South Shore area and you have a 4WD Jeep and good hiking experience, you can visit the wilderness  hot spring Strutslaug.  This pool is surrounded by beautiful mountains. Please be respectful of the environment and the pool.  The pool can become muddy very easily if the bottom is stirred up. 

Overnight stay in Laugarvatn area.   

Hot Spring Pool Information:

 

  • Strutslaug  Wilderness Pool has no changing facilities and no entrance fee.  Please note a 4X4 off-road  jeep  and then an hour‘s wilderness hiking each way  are required to visit here..
  • The Secret Lagoon has changing facilities.  Opening hours are 10:00 – 22:00 (10:00 am – 10:00pm) daily.  Admission: EUR 21 per person
 

Day 7: Laugarvatn Fontana - Thingvellir – Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca74km / 46miles

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start your day with a refreshing  visit to Laugarvatn Fontana Steam baths  unique steam cabins have been built over a natural hot spring.  The area also has several pools and hot pots and a possibilty to take a dip in the nearby  geothermal lake.  You might also enjoy a visit to the Fontana‘s café where you can relax with a  hot drink and some of the Fontana‘s  geothermal steam bread. (The Fontana cafe opens at 10:00/10:00am)    After the comfy bath it´s time to drive to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), location 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.  A walk through here can give you a glimpse into Iceland‘s history, as many intersting events from Viking assemblies to witch trials have happened here.  This is also where the European and North American tectonic plates come together. 

Continue back to Reykjavík for the last overnight stay.    En route you might want to pop into the Lagafellslaug geothermal public swimming pool in Mosfellsbær town.  This pool is considered one of the best in Reykjavik and a perfect place for families.  The pool has a wonderfully large sauna, beautiful garden areas and an excellent view of Ulfarsfell Mountain. 

Overnight in Reykjavik.  

Hot Spring Pool Information:

  • Laugarvatn Fontana has changing facilities.  Opening hours 11:00 – 22:00 (11:00am – 10:00pm) daily.  Admission: EUR 28 per person
  • Lagafellslaug Swimming pool has changing facilities.  Opening hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 – 21:30 (6:30am – 9:30pm), Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 8:00 – 19:00 (8:00am – 7:00pm);  Closed June 17 holiday.   Admission: EUR5 per person
 

Day 8: Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

Breakfast at hotel.  Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and drop off rental car.  If your flight is later in the day, you might consider a visit to the Blue Lagoon,  an incredible geothermal spa, set in an otherworldly area where lava and thermal water meet and complement each other.

**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 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 Plus departure transfer.

 

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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.

 

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.