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Arctic Coast Way – Winter Highlights

from £874 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec
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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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Fly direct to North Iceland

From Oct 2023, choose to fly direct to Akureyri from London Gatwick with Easyjet

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Explore at leisure

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

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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


This winter self-drive itinerary follows a section of north Iceland’s scenic touring route, the Arctic Coast Way. Highlighting the dramatic landscapes of the north, you’ll 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’.


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.


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’.


With the first and last nights spent in the gateway to the north, you’ll have time to discover some of Akureyri’s many facets: its local museums, botanic gardens and bustling harbour, as well as time to relax in the new Forest Lagoon.

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Fly to Akureyri and collect your rental vehicle, before making your way to your hotel for an overnight stay. Spend the rest of the day exploring this interesting town, which has a good range of shops and restaurants, a busy fishing port and a selection of museums.

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

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Icelandair Hotel Akureyri offers 101 comfortable, modern rooms in the northern town of Akureyri.

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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.

Hotel Cape Husavik

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This family-run property has views over the town and Skjalfandi Bay and 19 bright and spacious rooms

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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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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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Retrace your route via Akureyri and then enjoy a leisurely drive along the shores of Eyjafjordur, perhaps stopping to visit the unusual baths at Beer Spa (payable locally). Continue to Siglufjordur where you will spend the next two nights at Hotel Siglo.

Siglo Hotel, Siglufjordur

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Located on a sleepy waterfront in Siglufjordur, this hotel offers a chic and stylish base for exploring Iceland's north.

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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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Follow the coast road back to Akureyri for a final night stay. You may wish to visit the new Forest Lagoon geothermal baths (payable locally).

Make your way to the airport for your flight home today.

This holiday can also be arranged with flights into Reykjavik – please contact us for details.

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.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £874 excluding flights

Airfares vary widely and are quoted separately to the holiday price, starting from around £250pp return with Icelandair and British Airways, though may be lower with Play or EasyJet. We'll provide the best fare available at the time of enquiry, which tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

UK Airports with flights direct to Iceland are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. We can also arrange flights from non-UK destinations. Discover more »

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4WD Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
  • No charge for second driver
  • 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 may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

Departure Duration Car Category* Twin Price
Oct - Apr 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £874

* Choice of Vehicles

We would always recommend a 4WD for winter travel, but many clients also prefer the greater security and comfort that a larger vehicle provides year round – upgrade your vehicle from as little as £10 per person per day.

  • We can offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday – our team will be happy to talk you through the options and provide a quote for the most suitable category based on your individual requirements.
  • Our long-standing relationship with the local Europcar franchise means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits, including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available.

Tailor made trips

As independent destination specialists, we are able to tailor make holidays to suit you, be that customising the itineraries shown on this website or creating something bespoke.


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