Fly, Drive and Hike

from £1660
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
  • Car rental throughout
  • Unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover app

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 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)
May 2018 14 nights B - VW Golf £1,660
May 2018 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,792
May 2018 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,868
Jun 2018 - Aug 2018 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,322
Jun 2018 - Aug 2018 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,539
Jun 2018 - Aug 2018 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,766
Sep 2018 14 nights B - VW Golf £1,889
Sep 2018 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,021
Sep 2018 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,097

 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: 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). Check in at Hotel Ork for three nights.

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.

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.

Day 4: Hveragerdi - Skaftafell

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

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 Blafell.

Day 7: Breiddalsvik - Borgarfjordur Eystri

Head past the main town of Egilsstadir along winding roads to the charming and remote Borgarfjordur Eystri, where you check in at the Country Hotel Alfheimar for a two night stay.

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.

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. Drive around the Tjornes Peninsula and check in at Hotel Sel Myvatn for a two night stay.

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.

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 then drive to Gauksmyri for an overnight stay.

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. Spend two nights at Fosshotel Hellnar.

Day 14: Snaefellsness Peninsula - Reykjavik

Drive to Reykjavik for the last overnight stay in the capital at Hotel Cabin.

Day 15: depart Iceland

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

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 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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Frost and Fire Hveragerdi

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Set amongst one of the most active geothermal regions in the world, this hotel is…

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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 Framtid

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Situated deep in the East Fjords in the pretty fishing village of Djupivogur, this charming wooden hotel has a selection of accommodation in 50 different rooms or houses.

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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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Hotel Laxa, Myvatn

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Hotel Laxa is a 3-star property which opened in the summer of 2014. It features…

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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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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.

iDiscover digital app

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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