Arctic Coast Way – Winter Highlights

from £921
excluding flights *
7 nights Feb-Apr, Oct-Nov


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.


  • See where nature's force has carved a coastline of wild and pure beauty
  • Explore craters, lava flows and hot springs at Lake Myvatn
  • Spot humpback whales on an optional boat trip from Husavik
  • Drive along the Arctic Coast Way

What's Included

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

Full description

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 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.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £120 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.

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 - Nov 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £921
Oct - Nov 2019 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £980
Feb - Apr 2020 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £943
Feb - Apr 2020 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,002

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4WD Car rental throughout
  • 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 »

What's Not Included

  • Vadlaheidatgong tunnel fee (between Akureyri and Husavik / Lake Myvatn)
  • Return domestic flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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 and transfer to Reykjavik for an overnight stay.

Day 2: Reykjavik - Akureyri - Husavik

Fly to Akureyri and collect your rental vehicle. Drive to Husavik for 3 nights stay. Time to explore this beautiful fjord town or visit the Geo Spa for a relaxing bathe (payable locally).

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).

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.

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.

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.

Day 7: Siglufjordur - Akureyri - Reykjavik

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.

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

This 89-room hotel is located in the historic centre of the city, on one of its oldest streets.

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Hotel Cape Husavik


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

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

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Hotel Siglo, Siglufjordur


Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

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

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

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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.

iDiscover Digital App

Our next generation iDiscover app is here! Free to download for all holiday bookings before you travel, iDiscover is our exclusive digital travel guide that has been designed by us to enhance your holiday experience and to allow you to use your own smart device whilst on holiday. Personalised with your full itinerary, this easy-to-use app is packed with useful features such as a guide of must-see sites, local hikes and places to eat that you can add to your daily itinerary.

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