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Go Slow and Savour in Iceland

from £3,438 excluding flights

  • 27 nights
  • May-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
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Visit the natural wonders of the Golden Circle and South Coast

Aerial view over Lake Myvatn

Explore Lake Myvatn’s surreal volcanic landscapes and relax in the Nature Baths

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Spot humpbacks and minkes in Europe’s whale watching capital

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Discover sea stacks, arches and bird cliffs on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

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Hike through stunning mountain scenery in Borgarfjordur Eystri

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Try optional excursions such as glacier hiking, horse riding and Superjeep safaris

Why this trip...

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Go slow and savour

This itinerary is ideal for those who want to work away from home, or take their time to explore the country in depth

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Nordic Heritage

With over 37 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out

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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

Overview

Iceland is a remarkably diverse place, with everchanging scenery. This fully-flexible holiday takes you north, east, south and west, spending a week, or however long you want, in each region so you can savour its unique landscapes and enjoy a range of activities to the full.

Whether you’re looking for a month-long break, combining working remotely and holiday, or simply to go slow and savour, really getting to know Iceland, this holiday can be tailor-made to suit your exact requirements. As well as our pick of self-catering properties in each region, you’ll have a rental car, plus our exclusive iDiscover app to help you get to know Iceland like a local. Before you go, our Travel Specialists will help you plan any activities or excursions you want to include, and pre-book them for you. You can also include a few nights in Reykjavik at the beginning and/or the end of your trip.

Iceland: north, east, south and west

Flying into Keflavik, your trip starts in the south. This part of Iceland is renowned for its wild coast of black-sand beaches, sea stacks and iceberg-strewn lagoons. Some of the country’s most beautiful waterfalls are easily accessible from the ring road that winds beneath a spectacular succession of volcanoes, icecaps and glaciers. Your second week is in the east, where the stunning East Fjords conceal remote valleys and peaceful fishing villages. The hiking here is some of the best in Europe. Then it’s on to North Iceland: dramatic peninsulas jutting from the Arctic coast, the midnight sun in summer, superb whale watching and the volcanic wonderland of the Lake Myvatn region. Your fourth week is in West Iceland, based on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula – a mountainous finger of land renowned for its wildlife, coastal scenery and iconic snow-capped volcano. Returning south, the natural wonders of the Golden Circle are within easy reach – as are the cultural highlights of Reykjavik.

Exciting range of optional excursions

Our close partnerships with numerous activity providers means we can offer a fantastic line-up of excursions and pre-book them for you at excellent rates. Consider taking guided day trips into the interior by Superjeep or boat trips in search of humpback whales and other cetaceans. We can make your holiday as action-packed as you like - take your pick from horse riding, snowmobiling, guided hiking or glacier walking, or take it easy with a spa session at one of Iceland’s idyllic outdoor geothermal pools.

Accommodation Options

We’ve hand-picked some prime self-catering properties to base yourself in each region. They all offer the facilities you need if you’re bringing work with you and they also make ideal touring bases where you can make the most of exploring the natural wonders of south, east, north and west Iceland. Find out more in the outline itinerary.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Itinerary

This is a suggested itinerary with one week spent in each region: south, east, north and west. It’s completely flexible, so ask our Travel Specialists to tailor make your ideal trip.

Days 1-7 South Iceland

After arriving in Keflavík, collect your rental car and drive to your accommodation in South Iceland. It takes approximately 2 hours 15 minutes to reach Grund Cabin and around 1 hour 20 minutes to drive to the luxury lodges of Alsundur or Alftavik – both routes taking you through the outskirts of Reykjavík (where you can collect supplies) and across the mesmerising lavascapes of Southwest Iceland.

With a full week to enjoy the region, you will have ample opportunity to both relax and explore highlights ranging from iconic waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss to the black-sand beaches, cliffs, arches and sea stacks of Vik and Dyrholaey. You may well want to spend a day discovering the natural wonders of the Golden Circle, visiting Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park and Geysir. It’s a straightforward self-drive route, but we’d highly recommend joining an organised superjeep tour to delve into the interior. Travelling in one of these super-wheeled 4WD vehicles with a private guide is an unforgettable experience and we can arrange tours to incredible locations such as Thorsmork and the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Another daytrip worth considering is a boat trip to the Westman Islands, home of the new Beluga Whale Sanctuary, not to mention some astonishing volcanic scenery and birdlife. Again, we can organise this for you in advance, along with any activities you’d like to try during your time in the south. Options include a hike (with crampons and ice axe) on the Solheimajokull glacier, horse riding at one of the local farms and snorkelling in the flooded Silfra fissure, marking the junction between the North Atlantic and Eurasian plates.

After arriving in Keflavík, collect your rental car and drive to your accommodation in South Iceland. It takes approximately 2 hours 15 minutes to reach Grund Cabin and around 1 hour 20 minutes to drive to the luxury lodges of Alsundur or Alftavik – both routes taking you through the outskirts of Reykjavík (where you can collect supplies) and across the mesmerising lavascapes of Southwest Iceland.

With a full week to enjoy the region, you will have ample opportunity to both relax and explore highlights ranging from iconic waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss to the black-sand beaches, cliffs, arches and sea stacks of Vik and Dyrholaey. You may well want to spend a day discovering the natural wonders of the Golden Circle, visiting Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park and Geysir. It’s a straightforward self-drive route, but we’d highly recommend joining an organised superjeep tour to delve into the interior. Travelling in one of these super-wheeled 4WD vehicles with a private guide is an unforgettable experience and we can arrange tours to incredible locations such as Thorsmork and the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Another daytrip worth considering is a boat trip to the Westman Islands, home of the new Beluga Whale Sanctuary, not to mention some astonishing volcanic scenery and birdlife. Again, we can organise this for you in advance, along with any activities you’d like to try during your time in the south. Options include a hike (with crampons and ice axe) on the Solheimajokull glacier, horse riding at one of the local farms and snorkelling in the flooded Silfra fissure, marking the junction between the North Atlantic and Eurasian plates.

Iceland holidays - visit Seljalandsfoss in the south west
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Grund Cabin

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Days 8-14 East Iceland

Heading east along the ring road, your route passes a succession of natural wonders. It really is a drive to savour. You’ll traverse mysterious moss-covered lava fields and vast coastal gravel plains where braided rivers flow from the interior to the sea. Before long the Vatnajokull icecap appears ahead – a great frozen wilderness that smothers entire mountains. Glaciers emerge along its flanks and at Jokulsarlon they calve icebergs into coastal lagoons. Step from your car to admire the natural phenomenon, take a boat trip to see the icebergs up-close, or walk on the nearby black-sand beach where icebergs, tumbled and polished by the sea, have been washed ashore as sparkling crystal sculptures.

It’s a long, but riveting, drive (around seven hours) to reach the East Fjords in one day. The roads are excellent and, during mid-summer, you can enjoy 24 hours of daylight. However, you may wish to break the journey and spend a night in a hotel near Vatnajokull National Park. When you reach your accommodation in Neskaupstadur, settle in for a week enjoying the idyllic East Fjords. Replenish your supplies at the town’s shop or supermarket and explore its museum, art gallery and cafés.

The East Fjords are a walker’s paradise – follow reindeer trails high into the mountains, delve into hidden valleys or roam the fjord-riven coastline. There are plenty of trails for you to discover on your own, or we can organise a hike with a private guide. A full-day’s walk in the towering wilderness of Borgarfjordur Eystri is highly recommended.

This is also rewarding touring country. A winding road hugs the coast of the East Fjords, connecting small villages like Seydisfjordur and Djupivogur with their colourful fishing boats, clapboard houses, quirky crafts scene and excellent seafood restaurants. Head inland (driving yourself or joining a superjeep tour) and you’ll discover one of Iceland’s rare forests before reaching the 128m plume of Hengifoss and mighty Snaefell, King of the Mountains.

Heading east along the ring road, your route passes a succession of natural wonders. It really is a drive to savour. You’ll traverse mysterious moss-covered lava fields and vast coastal gravel plains where braided rivers flow from the interior to the sea. Before long the Vatnajokull icecap appears ahead – a great frozen wilderness that smothers entire mountains. Glaciers emerge along its flanks and at Jokulsarlon they calve icebergs into coastal lagoons. Step from your car to admire the natural phenomenon, take a boat trip to see the icebergs up-close, or walk on the nearby black-sand beach where icebergs, tumbled and polished by the sea, have been washed ashore as sparkling crystal sculptures.

It’s a long, but riveting, drive (around seven hours) to reach the East Fjords in one day. The roads are excellent and, during mid-summer, you can enjoy 24 hours of daylight. However, you may wish to break the journey and spend a night in a hotel near Vatnajokull National Park. When you reach your accommodation in Neskaupstadur, settle in for a week enjoying the idyllic East Fjords. Replenish your supplies at the town’s shop or supermarket and explore its museum, art gallery and cafés.

The East Fjords are a walker’s paradise – follow reindeer trails high into the mountains, delve into hidden valleys or roam the fjord-riven coastline. There are plenty of trails for you to discover on your own, or we can organise a hike with a private guide. A full-day’s walk in the towering wilderness of Borgarfjordur Eystri is highly recommended.

This is also rewarding touring country. A winding road hugs the coast of the East Fjords, connecting small villages like Seydisfjordur and Djupivogur with their colourful fishing boats, clapboard houses, quirky crafts scene and excellent seafood restaurants. Head inland (driving yourself or joining a superjeep tour) and you’ll discover one of Iceland’s rare forests before reaching the 128m plume of Hengifoss and mighty Snaefell, King of the Mountains.

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Hildibrand Hotel, Neskaupstadur

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Days 15-21 North Iceland

From the East Fjords, drive over the top of northeast Iceland, still following the Ring Road, to reach Akureyri – the base for your third week in the country. It’s a four-hour drive from Neskaupstadur, so easily doable in a day. Along the way, you may want to stop at Lake Myvatn or take a detour to witness Dettifoss – Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Both are easily reached from your base in Akureyri so don’t worry if you’d prefer to head straight to your apartment at Saeluhus. Stretch your legs by walking into town, enjoying a meal at one of Akureyri’s restaurants and stocking up on fresh supplies for your next week of self-catering.

North Iceland has its fingertips on the Arctic Circle and its feet firmly planted in the rugged Highlands of the interior. It’s a region where seasonal extremes are heralded by the midnight sun and the northern lights. From Akureyri, you can join boat trips searching for humpback whales in Eyjafjordur and visit the world’s northernmost botanic gardens. An hour’s drive north along the coast of Eyjafjordur takes you to the historic fishing village of Siglufjordur, while Godafoss (Iceland’s ‘mini-Niagara’) is just a 30-minute drive to the east. In fact, based in Akureyri, you are right at the heart of Iceland’s Diamond Circle. Linking five major highlights – Godafoss, Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss, Asbyrgi and Husavik – the concentration of natural wonders on this 250km route is mind-blowing. Imagine driving from Central London to Southampton and back (a similar distance) and stopping along the way to gaze at hissing fumaroles and bubbling mud pits, spotting whales, dolphins and gannets, hiking through lava flows and feeling the spray from colossal waterfalls misting your face.

Mighty Dettifoss and Godafoss make the most noise in North Iceland, but don’t overlook forest-cloaked Asbyrgi canyon and the wild expanse of Skjalfandi Bay where Husavik has established itself as Europe’s whale watching capital. Lake Myvatn, meanwhile, is teeming with birdlife and dimpled with volcanic craters and twisted lava fields. The Nature Baths here are just one spot we can recommend for a therapeutic geothermal soak.

From the East Fjords, drive over the top of northeast Iceland, still following the Ring Road, to reach Akureyri – the base for your third week in the country. It’s a four-hour drive from Neskaupstadur, so easily doable in a day. Along the way, you may want to stop at Lake Myvatn or take a detour to witness Dettifoss – Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Both are easily reached from your base in Akureyri so don’t worry if you’d prefer to head straight to your apartment at Saeluhus. Stretch your legs by walking into town, enjoying a meal at one of Akureyri’s restaurants and stocking up on fresh supplies for your next week of self-catering.

North Iceland has its fingertips on the Arctic Circle and its feet firmly planted in the rugged Highlands of the interior. It’s a region where seasonal extremes are heralded by the midnight sun and the northern lights. From Akureyri, you can join boat trips searching for humpback whales in Eyjafjordur and visit the world’s northernmost botanic gardens. An hour’s drive north along the coast of Eyjafjordur takes you to the historic fishing village of Siglufjordur, while Godafoss (Iceland’s ‘mini-Niagara’) is just a 30-minute drive to the east. In fact, based in Akureyri, you are right at the heart of Iceland’s Diamond Circle. Linking five major highlights – Godafoss, Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss, Asbyrgi and Husavik – the concentration of natural wonders on this 250km route is mind-blowing. Imagine driving from Central London to Southampton and back (a similar distance) and stopping along the way to gaze at hissing fumaroles and bubbling mud pits, spotting whales, dolphins and gannets, hiking through lava flows and feeling the spray from colossal waterfalls misting your face.

Mighty Dettifoss and Godafoss make the most noise in North Iceland, but don’t overlook forest-cloaked Asbyrgi canyon and the wild expanse of Skjalfandi Bay where Husavik has established itself as Europe’s whale watching capital. Lake Myvatn, meanwhile, is teeming with birdlife and dimpled with volcanic craters and twisted lava fields. The Nature Baths here are just one spot we can recommend for a therapeutic geothermal soak.

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Saeluhus

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Days 22-28 West Iceland

It’s a five-hour drive from Akureyri to your final destination – Glacier Lodge on West Iceland’s Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Often described as ‘Iceland in miniature’, this extraordinarily beautiful 90km-long finger of land juts into the North Atlantic – its spine jagged with mountains, its coastline notched with rocky coves, and its tip dominated by the ice-capped volcano, Snaefellsjokull.

Based at Glacier Lodge, you are in a prime spot to explore the peninsula’s coast and interior. Walking trails to view the sea stacks, arches and bird cliffs of Arnarstapi and Hellnar are virtually on your doorstep, while the volcanic craters, lava fields and black-sand beaches of Snaefellsjokull National Park make a superb day out by car. You can also drive to the fishing village of Olafsvik to join a boat trip in search of orca, sperm whales, pilot whales, puffins and gannets, and we can even arrange for you to go snowmobiling on the icecap.

Other highlights on Snaefellsnes include iconic Kirkjufell mountain and Stykkisholmur with its seafood restaurants and golf course. A two-hour drive inland, meanwhile, takes you to Husafell where you can discover the mysterious Lava Falls (a waterfall that pours from under an ancient lava flow) and join an unforgettable ‘Into the Glacier’ tour exploring a man-made tunnel deep inside the Langjokull icecap.

Leaving Glacier Lodge it’s only a two-and-a-half-hour drive to Reykjavik – plenty of time to linger at Hvalfjordur or perhaps take a detour to the Golden Circle. To round off your month in Iceland, we can arrange for you to spend a few nights in Iceland’s capital.

It’s a five-hour drive from Akureyri to your final destination – Glacier Lodge on West Iceland’s Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Often described as ‘Iceland in miniature’, this extraordinarily beautiful 90km-long finger of land juts into the North Atlantic – its spine jagged with mountains, its coastline notched with rocky coves, and its tip dominated by the ice-capped volcano, Snaefellsjokull.

Based at Glacier Lodge, you are in a prime spot to explore the peninsula’s coast and interior. Walking trails to view the sea stacks, arches and bird cliffs of Arnarstapi and Hellnar are virtually on your doorstep, while the volcanic craters, lava fields and black-sand beaches of Snaefellsjokull National Park make a superb day out by car. You can also drive to the fishing village of Olafsvik to join a boat trip in search of orca, sperm whales, pilot whales, puffins and gannets, and we can even arrange for you to go snowmobiling on the icecap.

Other highlights on Snaefellsnes include iconic Kirkjufell mountain and Stykkisholmur with its seafood restaurants and golf course. A two-hour drive inland, meanwhile, takes you to Husafell where you can discover the mysterious Lava Falls (a waterfall that pours from under an ancient lava flow) and join an unforgettable ‘Into the Glacier’ tour exploring a man-made tunnel deep inside the Langjokull icecap.

Leaving Glacier Lodge it’s only a two-and-a-half-hour drive to Reykjavik – plenty of time to linger at Hvalfjordur or perhaps take a detour to the Golden Circle. To round off your month in Iceland, we can arrange for you to spend a few nights in Iceland’s capital.

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Glacier Lodge, Snaefellsnes

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Prices and Departures

Price from £3,438 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 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.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in self-catering properties
  • Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From price per person

Based on 2 sharing, 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 (pp) Savings (pp)
May 28 days B - VW Golf £3,438 £1,608
Jun-Aug 28 days B - VW Golf £4,021 £1,403
Sep 28 days B - VW Golf £3,438 £1,608

Choice of Vehicles

  • 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.

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Meet Eric

10 Visits to Iceland

5 Successful whale watching trips

4 Shooting stars with northern lights

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