Iceland in Style

from £1294
excluding flights *
9 nights May-Sep

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.

Highlights

  • Combine stylish hotels with a relaxed self-drive
  • Explore the Golden Circle and South Coast
  • Delve inside Langjokull icecap on an optional Into the Glacier tour
  • Take an optional boat trip on Siglufjordur
  • Extend your stay and explore the volcanic wonders in the Lake Myvatn region

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

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.

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Prices & Dates *

Offers

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
May 2019 9 nights B - VW Golf £1,294
May 2019 9 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,379
May 2019 9 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,428
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 9 nights B - VW Golf £1,847
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 9 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,987
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 9 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,133
Sep 2019 9 nights B - VW Golf £1,546
Sep 2019 9 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,631
Sep 2019 9 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,680

 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

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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’s outdoor hot tubs, observatory, fine dining and excellent range of optional activities.

Day 2: 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. Overnight at Hotel Ranga.

Day 3: 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 time allows, you can also drive to Skaftafell and the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Overnight at Hotel Ranga.

Day 4: 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 Husafell and check in for your 3 night stay. After checking in, head to the bar for your complimentary welcome drink.

Day 5: Langjokull Glacier

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

Day 6: Snaefellsness Peninsula

Drive north to the dramatic Snaefellsness 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.

Day 7: 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 at the delightful waterfront Hotel Siglo.

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.

Day 9: 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 the Hilton Canopy – a stylish new hotel in the city centre – for an overnight stay.

Day 10: Return to the UK

Transfer to Keflavik Airport for your return flight to the UK.

Extend Your Stay

Day 9: Akureyri
After exploring Eyjafjordur and Akureyri (as detailed in the itinerary above) drive east towards Lake Myvatn. Along the way, stop at impressive Godafoss – ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ – then continue to Hotel Laxa for a three-night stay.

Day 10: Lake Myvatn
Spend the day exploring the wealth of volcanic and geothermal features around Lake Myvatn. Highlights include the twisted basalt spires at Dimmuborgir, the gnarled lava fields of Krafla and the bubbling mud pits and hissing fumaroles of Namafjall. There are also volcanic craters, lava caves, pseudo-craters and, of course, the lake itself which is renowned as a summer breeding ground for wildfowl. After an active day, relax in the warm geothermal waters of the Nature Baths with their stunning views across the lake. Overnight at Hotel Laxa.

Day 11: 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. Overnight at Hotel Laxa.

Day 12: Reykjavik
Drive to Akureyri Airport, drop off your rental vehicle and fly to Reykjavik. On arrival in Reykjavik take a taxi (payable locally) to the new Hilton Canopy hotel in the city centre for an overnight stay.

Day 13: Return to the UK
Transfer to Keflavik Airport for your return flight to the UK.

Hotel Husafell

Iceland

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

A stunning property full of contemporary flair, Hotel Husafell nestles in the magnificent landscape of Borgarfjordur, about 90 minutes’ drive northeast of Reykjavik.

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Hotel Ranga, near Hella

Iceland

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Hotel

Around an hour's drive from Reykjavik, this cosy riverside lodge offers four-star comfort and fine dining in the volcanic heart of rural Iceland.

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Hotel Siglo, Siglufjordur

Iceland

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Located on a sleepy waterfront in Siglufjordur - an historic fishing town on Iceland's northern…

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The Retreat at The Blue Lagoon

Iceland

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Unique And Boutique

Built as an exclusive resort, The Retreat is intended as a place for relaxation, rejuvenation and exploration.

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Canopy Hotel Reykjavik City Centre

Iceland

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Set across six connected houses, Canopy Hotel Reykjavik City Centre is perfectly located in the urban heart of downtown Reykjavik.

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Hotel Ranga, near Hella

Around an hour's drive from Reykjavik, this cosy riverside lodge offers four-star comfort and fine dining in the volcanic heart of rural Iceland.

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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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