Fly, Drive and Hike

from £1887
excluding flights *
14 nights May-Sep

Overview

The title of this two-week self-drive says it all. Fly to Iceland (three hours from the UK). Drive around the Ring Road (an adventure in itself). Hike at spectacular locations including the East Fjords, Skaftafell, Lake Myvatn and Snaefellsnes. Perhaps we should have added ‘iDiscover’. Our digital travel guide will no doubt add an extra dimension to this superb summer trip.

Highlights

  • Stay two or three nights in key locations with great hiking potential
  • Enjoy a guided hike in the rhyolite mountains of Borgarfjordur Eystri
  • Walk the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at Thingvellir National Park
  • Stride along the cliffs of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Explore the strange volcanic landscapes around Lake Myvatn
  • Find hidden gems with our exclusive iDiscover digital travel guide

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • 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
  • Full financial protection

Full description

Iceland’s Great Outdoors

Although you go full-circle on this holiday, it’s far more than a road trip. We’ve picked a handful of overnight stays from which you can get footloose and fancy-free on Iceland’s fantastic hiking trails. Hveragerdi, for example, is in countryside not far from Reykjavik and makes a great base for exploring nearby geothermal sites and the natural wonders of the Golden Circle. Skaftafell, meanwhile, puts you in a prime spot for hikes to the waterfalls and glaciers of the immense Vatnajokull National Park. It’s more a case of ‘stand-and-stare-in-awe’ at the nearby iceberg-filled lagoon of Jokulsarlon.

From East to West

Once you reach the East Fjords there’s a huge choice of walking trails – from a short amble to a puffin colony to a full-day hike in the Dyrfjoll Mountains, searching for trolls and reindeer. At Lake Myvatn in North Iceland, you can grapple with lava flows or stroll through a wooded canyon, while the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland has dramatic coastal walks.

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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
May 2020 14 nights B - VW Golf £1,887
May 2020 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,034
May 2020 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,142
Jun - Aug 2020 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,411
Jun - Aug 2020 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,636
Jun - Aug 2020 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,881
Sep 2020 14 nights B - VW Golf £1,964
Sep 2020 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,111
Sep 2020 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,219

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • 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
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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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 - Hveragerdi

Arrive in Keflavik, collect your vehicle and drive to Hveragerdi, perhaps stop at the Blue Lagoon for a dip en route (pre booking essential).

Overnight at Hotel Ork.

Day 2: explore the Golden Circle

Marvel at the spectacular two-tiered waterfall Gullfoss, the fascinating Geysir geothermal area, where you can watch Strokkur erupting every few minutes, and the beautiful lake in Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient assembly.

Overnight at Hotel Ork.

Day 3: Reykjadalur

The area above Hveragerði is covered in trails and hot springs, its hillside stained by volcanic salts and heathland plants. From here, there are inspiring views towards the coast in fine weather. Remember to take your swimming costume to bathe in the warm streams.

Overnight at Hotel Ork.

Day 4: Hveragerdi - Skaftafell

See the magnificent waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, stroll along the bird cliffs at Dyrholaey and walk through Fjadrargljufur canyon.

Overnight at Hotel Skaftafell.

Day 5: Hiking around Skaftafell

Starting from the visitors centre, head first to the impressive Svartifoss, the dark falls, so named because of the black hexagonal basalt columns which surround it. Discover further spectacular glaciers, waterfalls and dramatic mountains in this beautiful part of Iceland.

Overnight at Hotel Skaftafell.

Day 6: Skaftafell - Breiddalsvik

Explore the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon with its blue icebergs and drive along the coastal road visiting picturesque fishing villages in the colourful East Fjords.

Overnight at Hotel Bláfell.

Day 7: Breiddalsvik - Borgarfjordur Eystri

Head past the main town of Egilsstadir along winding roads to the charming and remote Borgarfjordur Eystri.

Overnight at Country Hotel Álfheimar.

Day 8: Borgarfjordur Eystri

Take an optional guided hike amongst the spectacular coloured rhyolite peaks offered by the hotel. Alternatively, relax and soak up the scenery in this peaceful hideaway location.

Overnight at Country Hotel Álfheimar.

Day 9: Borgarfjordur Eystri - Lake Myvatn

Drive through a grey desert landscape to Jokulsagljufur National Park. It's well worth going to see Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, and enjoying a short hike in the wooded gorge of Asbyrgi before exploring the Hljodaklettar volcanic plugs.

Overnight at Sel Hotel Mývatn.

Day 10: Lake Myvatn

There is a great choice of fantastic hiking routes around Lake Myvatn. Opt for the Krafla area, around the crater Viti and the mud pools of Namaskard. Or perhaps take in the Hverfjall crater, the Dimmuborgir lava formations, Grjotagja fissure and Skutustadir’s pseudocraters.

Overnight at Sel Hotel Mývatn.

Day 11: Lake Myvatn - Gauksmyri

Visit beautiful Godafoss en route to Akureyri. Hike to Hraunvatn Lake, set among glaciated mountains and continue west to the Skagafjordur region. Walk among the craters and lava flows of Berserkjahraun.

Overnight at Gauksmýri Lodge.

Days 12-13: Snaefellsness Peninsula

Drive to the Snaefellsness and spend the next two days exploring this magnificient peninsula. Take a coastal walk to Arnarstapi and view its rock arches, sea stacks and basalt columns. Explore the cliffs, coves and rock formations of Snaefellsnes National Park at the foot of the volcano and icecap.

Overnight at Fosshotel Hellnar.

Day 14: Snaefellsness Peninsula - Reykjavik

Drive to Reykjavik for the last overnight stay.

Overnight at Hotel Cabin.

Day 15: depart Iceland

Drive to Keflavik, return your hire car and depart on your flight.

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 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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Hotel Blafell, Breiddalsvik

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Hotel Blafell is a cosy hotel situated in the charming village of Breiddalsvik at the…

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Country Hotel Alfheimar, Borgarfjordur Eystri

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Found on a farm in the tiny fishing village of Bakkagerdi in Borgarfjordur, this guesthouse offers 30 double rooms across three log-cabin style buildings.

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Sel Hotel Myvatn

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Sel Hotel Myvatn is the ideal base for experiencing the wonders of Lake Myvatn and its surroundings, with 58 smartly-furnished rooms situated on the southern shores of the lake.

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Gauksmyri Lodge, nr Hvammstangi

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Guesthouse B&B

This large working farm near Hvammstangi offers comfortable, modern rooms with or without private facilities.

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Fosshotel Hellnar

Iceland

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

This is a superb base from which to explore the natural wonders of the Snaefellsnes…

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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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Excursions

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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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.

iDiscover Digital App

Our next generation iDiscover app is here! Free to download for all Iceland holiday bookings before you travel, iDiscover is our innovative and 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 you daily itinerary.

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