Essential Iceland

from £790
excluding flights *
7 nights Year round

Overview

Visit some of Iceland’s best-known natural wonders on this year-round self-drive adventure to the Golden Circle and South Coast. With a whole week to explore, you’ll see majestic waterfalls, mighty glaciers and the sublime iceberg lagoon of Jokulsarlon. It’s the perfect introduction to Iceland – summer or winter – for first-time visitors and independent-minded travellers.

Highlights

  • See the natural treasures of Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle route
  • Experience the ice wonders of Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and Myrdalsjokull icecap
  • Stroll along black-sand beaches at Vik and spot trolls in the sea stacks at Dyrholaey
  • Try exciting optional excursions, from snowmobiling to superjeep safaris
  • Enjoy long summer days or visit in winter to search for the northern lights
  • Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon or Secret Lagoon
  • Walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall and enjoy the views from the top of 60m-tall Skogafoss

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental throughout
  • Unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover App

Full description

The Golden Circle’s triple whammy

Iceland’s famous trio of natural wonders – Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir – are easily combined in an unforgettable day touring the Golden Circle. At Thingvellir you can stroll along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and visit Iceland’s ancient parliament. The 32m-high, twin-tiered waterfall of Gullfoss pours into a narrow gorge, while Strokkur erupts like a steaming exclamation mark at the geothermal site of Geysir.

Waterfalls, glaciers and icebergs of the South Coast

Driving to the east, two of Iceland’s most breathtaking waterfalls – bridal-veil Seljalandsfoss and thundering Skogafoss – lead a succession of natural wonders along the South Coast. From the frozen snout of the Solheimajokull glacier and Vik’s black-sand beaches to the basalt cliffs at Svartifoss and the icebergs of the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, this world-class drive transports you into a head-spinning realm of volcanoes, icecaps and surf-raked beaches.

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Thanks to DTW in creating an amazing holiday in Iceland. Everything ran like clockwork and each hotel lived up to expectations. We would certainly recommend your company to our friends and family.
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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £70 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. 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

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price (pp)
Oct 2018 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £845
Oct 2018 7 nights H - Kia Sorrento £968
Oct 2018 7 nights I - Mitsubishi Shogun £1,053
Nov 2018 - Mar 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £790
Nov 2018 - Mar 2019 7 nights H - Kia Sorrento £913
Nov 2018 - Mar 2019 7 nights I - Mitsubishi Shogun £998
Apr 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £831
Apr 2019 7 nights H - Kia Sorrento £954
Apr 2019 7 nights I - Mitsubishi Shogun £1,039
May 2019 7 nights B - VW Golf £846
May 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £912
May 2019 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £950
May 2019 7 nights H - Kia Sorrento £992
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 7 nights B - VW Golf £1,153
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,262
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,375
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 7 nights H - Kia Sorrento £1,507
Sep 2019 7 nights B - VW Golf £1031
Sep 2019 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,097
Sep 2019 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,135
Sep 2019 7 nights H - Kia Sorrento £1,177

 Note Other variations such as single rooms, rooms without facilities, three or four people sharing a vehicle, will be quoted on request.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental throughout
  • Unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover App
  • 24-hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Reykjavik

Fly to Keflavik and drive to Reykjavik for an overnight stay in Reykjavik, perhaps stopping en route at the Blue Lagoon.

Day 2: Hveragerdi

Spend the day exploring Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and two-tiered Gullfoss. Head south and check in at Hotel Ork in Hveragerdi for an overnight stay.

Day 3: Hveragerdi - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Travel along the south coast past the impressive waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Road 1 then winds past the Myrdalsjokull icecap and over the moss clad Eldhraun lava field to Kirkjubaejarklaustur; overnight at Icelandair Hotel Klaustur. Perhaps take a walk to the 'Sister's falls' - Systrafoss and Kirkjugolfid (the church floor); a national monument of wind and sea eroded basalt columns.

Day 4: Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Smyrlabjorg

Visit the turf church of Nupsstadur then drive across the outwash plains of Iceland's largest icecap, Vatnajokull, to Skaftafell. Explore further east to the amazing iceberg lagoon at Jokulsarlon, not forgetting to walk across the road to catch sight of icebergs breaking up and heading out to sea or being washed ashore on the black sand beach. Continue to Hotel Skaftafell for a 2 night stay.

Days 5: Skaftafell area

Spend the day exporing the area hiking in the national park.

Day 6: Skaftafell - Hveragerdi

On the drive back along the south coast stop off at the stunning cliffs and beaches of Vik where the summer wildflowers are wonderful. Continue west to Myrdalsjokull Glacier (optional snowmobile tours on the glacier are available; please contact our team to book in advance) and visit Njal’s Saga country at Hvolsvollur en route to Hveragerdi. Spend another night at Hotel Ork.

Day 7: Hveragerdi - Reykjavik

Drive along the craggy coast to the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula. Visit the hot springs and fumaroles in Krisuvik, the cliffs at Grindavik. Return to Reykjavik for an overnight stay.

Day 8: depart Keflavik

Head to Keflavik, drop off rental vehicle and catch the flight home.

Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Superb value for your money, this 252-room hotel is for guests looking for simple yet comfortable accommodation.

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Hotel Skaftafell

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

The Hotel Skaftafell makes an ideal stopping off point for excursions into the park, out onto the glacier and to the area's iconic waterfalls.

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Icelandair Hotel Klaustur

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

A modern hotel found in the southern Icelandic village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Icelandair Hotel Klaustur offers 57 different rooms.

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Hotel Ork, Hveragerdi

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Found 45km east of Reykjavik in the 'greenhouse village' of Hveragerdi, this hotel offers 85 spacious, en suite rooms.

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Hotel Smyrlabjorg

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Set in a rural location west of Hofn and within easy reach of the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, this friendly farm hotel offers a wide selection of well furnished, mostly modern rooms, with private bathrooms.

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Excursions

Other Information

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.

Alternatively, consider renting a motorhome and use this itinerary as a route outline. You'll have complete flexibility on where you overnight.

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If you book any self drive in Iceland with us you will also get free use of our exclusive digital travel app, iDiscover, pre-loaded with your personalised itinerary. With 4G connectivity, the app allows you access to a vast travel directory featuring scenic wonders, 'must-visit' sites as well as hidden gems and activities.

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