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  • 9 nights
  • May-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
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Discover pseudo-craters and mud pools at Lake Myvatn

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Explore Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s stunning coast and volcanoes

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Search for whales and dolphins off the coast of north Iceland

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Enjoy fine dining inspired by fresh, local ingredients

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Delve inside Langjokull icecap on an Into the Glacier tour

Why this trip...

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Stay in great locations

This holiday features accommodation in incredible locations

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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

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

Overview

With the freedom of a hire car, it's tempting to keep moving every day or so – but sometimes less is more. This go-slow fly-drive links just three special locations in Iceland, allowing you to unpack, relax and enjoy the stylish comfort and superb cuisine of a trio of exceptional countryside hotels – each one in a prime spot for exploring some of Iceland’s most dramatic landscapes. To finish it all off, spend a night in one of the most trendy hotels in the capital, the Canopy hotel by Hilton.

A room with a view

Sitting pretty on the green plains of Southwest Iceland, Hotel Ranga is your first three-night base. Most rooms at this friendly rural retreat have views across a sparkling river or towards Mt Hekla. Next is Husafell, a sleek eco-hotel slipped into the forested hinterland of Borgarfjordur, with the Langjokull icecap looming nearby. Your final base in the countryside is the classic-styled Hotel Siglo, right on the waterfront in North Iceland’s Siglufjordur, with dreamy window-seat views across a fishing marina to the mountains beyond. Before you return home, spend a night in a prime spot in the capital at the chic hotel Canopy by Hilton Reykavik City Centre.

Explore South, West & North Iceland

Of course you’ll want to linger over the delicious meals at each of the hotels on this trip, and enjoy their hot tubs, saunas and idyllic settings. But each property also lies at the heart of fantastic touring country. As well as iconic sights like Geysir and Skogafoss, your personalised iDiscover digital travel guide will guide you to less-visited spots like the enchanting Gljufrafoss waterfall and the seabird cliffs of Dyrholaey.

Itinerary

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 Reykjanes Peninsula and Blue Lagoon

Arrive at Keflavik Airport, collect your rental vehicle and set off across the spectacular Reykjanes Peninsula. Just a 15-minute drive from the airport, the Blue Lagoon provides a perfect opportunity to ‘dust off’ and become acquainted with the Icelandic tradition of relaxing in natural geothermal water. Please note that due to its popularity, entry to Blue Lagoon must be pre-booked. Continue along the rugged south coast of the peninsula, stopping to admire hot springs, volcanic craters, black-sand beaches and sea cliffs. Arrive at Hotel Ranga for a 3-night stay, enjoying the property

Arrive at Keflavik Airport, collect your rental vehicle and set off across the spectacular Reykjanes Peninsula. Just a 15-minute drive from the airport, the Blue Lagoon provides a perfect opportunity to ‘dust off’ and become acquainted with the Icelandic tradition of relaxing in natural geothermal water. Please note that due to its popularity, entry to Blue Lagoon must be pre-booked. Continue along the rugged south coast of the peninsula, stopping to admire hot springs, volcanic craters, black-sand beaches and sea cliffs. Arrive at Hotel Ranga for a 3-night stay, enjoying the property

Hotel Ranga, near Hella

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Day 2 explore the Golden Circle

Spend a leisurely day exploring three of Iceland’s iconic natural wonders: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and Thingvellir National Park. For an unforgettable experience, take an optional snorkelling trip in the startlingly clear waters of the Silfra Fissure between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates – all equipment, including drysuits is provided. At Fludir, meanwhile, you can soak in the gently steaming Secret Lagoon.

Spend a leisurely day exploring three of Iceland’s iconic natural wonders: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and Thingvellir National Park. For an unforgettable experience, take an optional snorkelling trip in the startlingly clear waters of the Silfra Fissure between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates – all equipment, including drysuits is provided. At Fludir, meanwhile, you can soak in the gently steaming Secret Lagoon.

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Day 3 explore the South Coast

Visit the breathtaking waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss – and discover nearby Gljufrafoss, a hidden gem cascading into a mossy cavern concealed behind cliffs. It is also possible to plan a visit to Thorsmork – a remote and beautiful glacial valley in the southern Highlands – ask us about arranging a superjeep trip (we strongly advise you not to attempt driving there yourself due to the difficult river crossings). Other highlights near the South Coast include a guided glacier hike on Solheimajokull, the vast black-sand beach at Reynisfjara and the seabird cliffs at Dyrholaey. If you're prepared for a long drive, you can also head to Skaftafell and the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

Visit the breathtaking waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss – and discover nearby Gljufrafoss, a hidden gem cascading into a mossy cavern concealed behind cliffs. It is also possible to plan a visit to Thorsmork – a remote and beautiful glacial valley in the southern Highlands – ask us about arranging a superjeep trip (we strongly advise you not to attempt driving there yourself due to the difficult river crossings). Other highlights near the South Coast include a guided glacier hike on Solheimajokull, the vast black-sand beach at Reynisfjara and the seabird cliffs at Dyrholaey. If you're prepared for a long drive, you can also head to Skaftafell and the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

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Day 4 head to Hotel Husafell

Drive towards Reykjavik, before heading north to Hvalfjordur and Reykholt. Visit Europe’s most powerful hot springs at the geothermal area at Deildartunguhver and marvel at the curious Hraunfossar waterfall which flows from under an ancient lava flow. Nearby at Snorrastofa, you can delve into Iceland’s medieval history and culture. Continue to Hotel Husafell for your next three-night stay. If you have a high-clearance 4WD vehicle, you can drive via Thingvellir and the highland track of Kaldidalur to reach the hotel and check in for your 3 night stay. After checking in, head to the bar for your complimentary welcome drink.

Drive towards Reykjavik, before heading north to Hvalfjordur and Reykholt. Visit Europe’s most powerful hot springs at the geothermal area at Deildartunguhver and marvel at the curious Hraunfossar waterfall which flows from under an ancient lava flow. Nearby at Snorrastofa, you can delve into Iceland’s medieval history and culture. Continue to Hotel Husafell for your next three-night stay. If you have a high-clearance 4WD vehicle, you can drive via Thingvellir and the highland track of Kaldidalur to reach the hotel and check in for your 3 night stay. After checking in, head to the bar for your complimentary welcome drink.

Hotel Husafell

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Day 5 explore Langjokull Glacier

Take an optional ‘Into the Glacier’ tour, travelling by 8WD truck across the Langjokull icecap before walking through an extraordinary man-made tunnel deep in the blue-ice heart of the glacier. Back at Husafell, spend time relaxing in the outdoor geothermal pools.

Take an optional ‘Into the Glacier’ tour, travelling by 8WD truck across the Langjokull icecap before walking through an extraordinary man-made tunnel deep in the blue-ice heart of the glacier. Back at Husafell, spend time relaxing in the outdoor geothermal pools.

Day 6 explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Drive north to the dramatic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, following the coastline to Arnarstapi. From here, a short but spectacular hike leads to Hellnar and back, with sea arches, caves, and blowholes on one side and snow-capped Snaefellsjokull looming on the other. Return to Husafell for your final night at Hotel Husafell, enjoying the property’s excellent cuisine and stylish interior.

Drive north to the dramatic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, following the coastline to Arnarstapi. From here, a short but spectacular hike leads to Hellnar and back, with sea arches, caves, and blowholes on one side and snow-capped Snaefellsjokull looming on the other. Return to Husafell for your final night at Hotel Husafell, enjoying the property’s excellent cuisine and stylish interior.

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Day 7 drive to Hotel Siglo via the Vatnsnes Peninsula

Heading north from Husafell, make a detour to the Vatnsnes Peninsula. Highlights include a seal colony and the dragon-shaped sea stack of Hvitserkur. Continuing on the ring road, arrive in Siglufjordur for a two-night stay.

Heading north from Husafell, make a detour to the Vatnsnes Peninsula. Highlights include a seal colony and the dragon-shaped sea stack of Hvitserkur. Continuing on the ring road, arrive in Siglufjordur for a two-night stay.

Hotel Siglo, Siglufjordur

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Day 8 Siglufjordur

Take a boat trip on the fjord, visit the herring museum and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of this picturesque village. Hotel Siglo has an outdoor hot tub and a wonderful restaurant overlooking the marina. There are also some excellent cafés in the Siglufjordur’s historic and colourful harbourside buildings.

Take a boat trip on the fjord, visit the herring museum and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of this picturesque village. Hotel Siglo has an outdoor hot tub and a wonderful restaurant overlooking the marina. There are also some excellent cafés in the Siglufjordur’s historic and colourful harbourside buildings.

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Day 9 Siglo - Akureyri - Reykjavík

Enjoy a leisurely drive along the shores of Eyjafjordur before spending some time exploring Akureyri. The ‘capital’ of North Iceland, this interesting town has a good range of shops and restaurants, as well as botanical gardens and a busy fishing port. You can join a whale watching boat trip from here, before driving to the airport, dropping off your rental vehicle and flying back to Reykjavik. On arrival in Reykjavik, take a taxi (payable locally) to your hotel.

Enjoy a leisurely drive along the shores of Eyjafjordur before spending some time exploring Akureyri. The ‘capital’ of North Iceland, this interesting town has a good range of shops and restaurants, as well as botanical gardens and a busy fishing port. You can join a whale watching boat trip from here, before driving to the airport, dropping off your rental vehicle and flying back to Reykjavik. On arrival in Reykjavik, take a taxi (payable locally) to your hotel.

Canopy Hotel Reykjavik City Centre

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Day 10 depart Iceland

After breakfast, transfer to Keflavik Airport for your return flight home.

After breakfast, transfer to Keflavik Airport for your return flight home.

Extend your stay

Explore more of the north

Consider adding a few extra nights to explore more of what North Iceland has to offer including Iceland’s second city Akureyri and striking Lake Myvatn.

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Lake Myvatn

One of the country’s most fascinating areas, Myvatn has a wealth of volcanic and geothermal features as well as being renowned as a summer breeding ground for wildfowl. Highlights include the twisted basalt spires at Dimmuborgir, the gnarled lava fields of Krafla and the bubbling mud pits and hissing fumaroles of Namafjall. Also choose to relax in the warm geothermal waters of the Nature Baths with their stunning views across the lake.

 

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Dettifoss & Husavik

Drive to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, and explore Asbyrgi where walking trails thread through woodland in a horseshoe-shaped canyon. You could combine this with one of the evening whale watching tours from Husavik, sailing into Skjalfandi Bay under the glow of the midnight sun to search for humpback and minke whales.

Excursions

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

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Prices and Departures

Price from £1260 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 rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout with 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

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 Special Offer Twin Price
May 2020 9 nights B - VW Golf £1,374 £1,260 (Save £114)
May 2020 9 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,469 £1,355 (Save £114)
May 2020 9 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,538 £1,424 (Save £114)
Jun - Aug 2020 9 nights B - VW Golf £1,854 n/a
Jun - Aug 2020 9 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,021 n/a
Jun - Aug 2020 9 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,178 n/a
Sep 2020 9 nights B - VW Golf £1,609 £1,495 (Save £114)
Sep 2020 9 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,754 £1,640 (Save £114)
Sep 2020 9 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,911 £1,797 (Save £114)

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.

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