An impressive Northern Lights experience in the realm of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier

Experience an unforgettable winter adventure in the region surrounding Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Nestled below the mighty glacier is the charming fishing village of Hofn, an ideal base for exploring this incredible region. You can request wake-up alerts from the hotel and view dancing northern lights in the middle of the night, one of the most spectacular and beautiful natural phenomena. Don’t forget to sample fresh langoustine (lobster) caught from the surrounding North Atlantic Ocean, a speciality in the local restaurants.

What’s in it for you?

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

  • Experience the ambience of Hofn, a friendly fishing town beneath Vatnajokull
  • Receive wake-up alerts from the hotel should the northern lights appear in the middle of the night
  • Easy access to the stunning Glacial Lagoon, where you might see playful seals among the blue tinted icebergs
  • Choose from numerous optional tours, including a visit to Skaftafell National Park (for hiking or ice climbing), quad biking (ATV), or horseback riding

Included

  • 2 nights at a hotel or guesthouse in the Höfn area, including breakfast
  • Rental car for2 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**, with pick-up and drop-off at Hofn’s airport
  • GPS system with car and additional authorised driver.
  • Access to our emergency phone line, open 24 hours.
  • Service fee and taxes.
  • 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 contact Iceland Travel for additional information on car rental insurances and rental conditions

Important

  • Departures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  No departures from  21 December  2018 – 4 January 2019
  • Please note: The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings can not be guaranteed.
  • You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher

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Day 1

Highlights: Hofn Vatnajokull

Hornafjordur and Europe’s Largest Glacier

When you arrive in Hofn, pick up your car from the airport car rental and drive to Hofn village. Once you have checked in to your hotel, you can take a scenic walk on your own through the village and down to the Harbor, where you might see fishermen land their catch of the day.  It‘s also possible book locally-guided walking tours that show you the wildlife and culture in the town or even to arrange  meeting a local family and having a home-cooked dinner at their home.

You might also consider booking optional guided tours for northern lights hunting.

Overnight in Hofn.

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Day 2

Glacier Experience

Explore Hofn and surroundings

Hofn’s proximity to Vatnajokull Glacier provides great opportunity to experience glacial wonders in the region. We recommend taking an optional tour to Jokulsarlon, the Glacier Lagoon, where you might see seals swimming between the huge floating icebergs. Other opportunities might include glacier walking in Skaftafell, a glacier-ringed nature preserve in Vatnajokull National Park and  visiting the Thorbergur Cultural Centre near the Glacial Lagoon, honouring a favourite Icelandic author.  The Thorbergur Centre is also known for its excellent restaurant specialising in regional cuisine (reservations are necessary)

In the evening check out optional guided tours hunting the northern lights.

Overnight in Hofn.

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Day 3

Farewell to Hornafjörður

Breakfast at your hotel.  Enjoy some time in Höfn before dropping off your car at the Hofn airport.

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

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