Arctic Coast Way – Winter Highlights

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  • Feb-Apr, Oct-Nov
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Arctic Coast Way – Winter Highlights

from £868 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • Feb-Apr, Oct-Nov

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Highlights

In pictures
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Drive along the scenic and wild coastline

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Optimum countryside location for viewing the northern lights

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Spot humpback whales on a boat trip from Husavik

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Discover pseudo-craters and mud pools at Lake Myvatn

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Visit the picturesque town of Siglufjordur location for the TV series 'Trapped'

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

Overview

This winter self-drive itinerary follows a portion of north Iceland's newly opened touring route, the Arctic Coast Way, featured in Lonely Planet's Best in Europe 2019 Guide. Highlighting the dramatic scenery of the north explore coastal roads and geo-thermal oddities, take a winter whale watching trip and relax in natural spas. Meet the locals as you visit tiny villages along the route and watch out for the northern lights each evening.

Arctic Coast Way - Coast of Fishing Towns and Heritage

Cultural riches flourish in the heart of this section of the Arctic Coast Way. Expect some great hospitality and excellent opportunities to taste 'the catch of the day'.

Husavik

Quirky museums are also on the agenda including the fascinating Whale Museum at Husavik. From here, Europe's whale watching capital, head out into Skjalfandi Bay and spot minke and humpback, possibly even a blue whale. Dolphins, porpoises and enchanting puffins also compete for camera space.

Siglufjordur

The small fishing town of Siglufjordur sits on a narrow fjord of the same name. Its heritage lies in the herring industry, but it has achieved more modern fame as the location for Iceland's acclaimed TV series 'Trapped'.

Reykjavik

With the first and last nights spent in the capital, you'll have time to discover some of Reykjavik's many facets: the charming timber buildings of its historic heart are clustered around the city's centrepiece - a lake and bird sanctuary. In the bustling streets surrounding the cathedral and Parliament, you’ll find a plethora of cafés and other eating establishments.

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 Keflavik - Reykjavik

Fly to Keflavik International Airport and transfer to central Reykjavik for an overnight stay in the capital city. Spend time at leisure in the evening.

Fly to Keflavik International Airport and transfer to central Reykjavik for an overnight stay in the capital city. Spend time at leisure in the evening.

Day 2 Reykjavik - Akureyri - Husavik

Fly to Akureyri from Reykjavik City Airport and collect your rental vehicle. Drive to Husavik for time to explore this beautiful fjord town or visit the Geo Spa for a relaxing bathe (payable locally). Three nights at Hotel Cape Husavik.

Fly to Akureyri from Reykjavik City Airport and collect your rental vehicle. Drive to Husavik for time to explore this beautiful fjord town or visit the Geo Spa for a relaxing bathe (payable locally). Three nights at Hotel Cape Husavik.

Day 3 explore around Lake Myvatn

Explore the curious volcanic features around Lake Myvatn, pseudocraters at Skutustadir, boiling mud pools at Namaskard, Krafla volcano and the Viti crater. Hike amongst the strange lava formations at Dimmuborgir or hike up Hverfjall and walk around the rim for amazing 360° views of the area. After a long day, relax in the warm, milky waters of the Nature Baths, the north’s answer to the Blue Lagoon (entrance payable locally).

Explore the curious volcanic features around Lake Myvatn, pseudocraters at Skutustadir, boiling mud pools at Namaskard, Krafla volcano and the Viti crater. Hike amongst the strange lava formations at Dimmuborgir or hike up Hverfjall and walk around the rim for amazing 360° views of the area. After a long day, relax in the warm, milky waters of the Nature Baths, the north’s answer to the Blue Lagoon (entrance payable locally).

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Day 4 explore Husavik

Perhaps take a morning whale watching trip and visit the Husavik Whale Museum. Drive to Asbyrgi for walk in the horseshoe canyon or return to Lake Myvatn for another visit.

Perhaps take a morning whale watching trip and visit the Husavik Whale Museum. Drive to Asbyrgi for walk in the horseshoe canyon or return to Lake Myvatn for another visit.

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Day 5 Husavik - Siglufjordur

Drive back to Akureyri and spend some time exploring the ‘capital’ of North Iceland, this interesting town has a good range of shops and restaurants, a busy fishing port and you can also visit the Akureyri Art Museum. Enjoy a leisurely drive along the shores of Eyjafjordur, perhaps visit the unusual baths at Beer Spa. Continue to Siglufjordur where you will spend the next two nights at Hotel Siglo.

Drive back to Akureyri and spend some time exploring the ‘capital’ of North Iceland, this interesting town has a good range of shops and restaurants, a busy fishing port and you can also visit the Akureyri Art Museum. Enjoy a leisurely drive along the shores of Eyjafjordur, perhaps visit the unusual baths at Beer Spa. Continue to Siglufjordur where you will spend the next two nights at Hotel Siglo.

Day 6 explore around Siglufjordur

Visit the Herring Museum and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of this picture-postcard village. Hotel Siglo has an outdoor hot tub and a wonderful restaurant overlooking the marina. Find some excellent cafes dotted amongst Siglufjordur’s historic and colourful harbourside buildings and take time to watch the world go by.

Visit the Herring Museum and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of this picture-postcard village. Hotel Siglo has an outdoor hot tub and a wonderful restaurant overlooking the marina. Find some excellent cafes dotted amongst Siglufjordur’s historic and colourful harbourside buildings and take time to watch the world go by.

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Day 7 Siglufjordur - Akureyri - Reykjavik

Drive to Akureyri, drop off vehicle and fly to Reykjavik for an overnight stay.

Drive to Akureyri, drop off vehicle and fly to Reykjavik for an overnight stay.

Day 8 depart Iceland

Transfer to Keflavik for your flight back home.

Transfer to Keflavik for your flight back home.

Accommodation Options

The properties mentioned in the itinerary have been included in the prices shown, however, with a choice of accommodation available in most locations, we can tailor make to suit your personal preference.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £868 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4WD Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
  • No charge for second driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover App
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price
Oct 2020 - Apr 2021 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £867
Oct 2020 - Apr 2021 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £926
Oct 2020 - Apr 2021 7 nights H - Kia Sorrento £985

Choice of Vehicles

We offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday provided by the local Europcar franchise. Our long-standing relationship with them means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits including priority on the newest and best-appointed vehicles available on the day.

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