Northern Lights and South Coast

from £435
excluding flights *
4 nights Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec


This winter break has great potential for sightings of the aurora borealis. Enjoying the freedom of the road with your hire car, you'll explore the waterfalls, geothermal sites, black-sand beaches and other iconic sites of the Golden Circle and South Coast, as well as the capital Reykjavik.


  • Stay in a countryside hotel with great aurora watching potential
  • Explore the Golden Circle and South Coast in your 4WD hire car
  • Visit spectacular natural wonders like Gullfoss, Geysir and Skogafoss
  • One night spent in the capital Reykjavik

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

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Northern lights watching at Hotel Ork

Located around 100km from Keflavik Airport, Hotel Ork is your base for three of the four nights on this winter self-drive holiday. This is ‘big sky’ country, with just a short walk from the hotel there is no artificial light pollution to spoil your chances of witnessing the northern lights. The staff are on hand to give you the best possible advice on aurora hunting, as well as exploring the highlights of the local area.

Highlights of the Golden Circle

Spend a full day exploring Iceland’s captivating Golden Circle, famous for its extraordinary concentration of natural wonders: the magnificent twin-tiered waterfall of Gullfoss cascading into an ice-fringed gorge, Geysir’s impressive (and regular) Strokkur fountain geyser and Thingvellir’s continental rift.

Exploring the South Coast

You will also have a full day to roam the spectacular South Coast. Start by visiting two beautiful waterfalls: the delicate horsetail plume of Seljalandsfoss and the perfect curtain of white water at Skogafoss. Don’t miss the Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre – a fascinating insight into how a local farm coped with the 2010 volcanic eruption. You can also visit Solheimajokull – a glacier that extends from the Myrdalsjokull icecap (optional glacier walks are available). Iceland’s coast, meanwhile, is famous for its black-sand beaches, and the South has stunning examples at Reynisfjara and Vik.


Reykjavik is a place with much to offer. With its charming architecture, buzzing cultural scene, world class restaurants, as assortment of museums and galleries, complemented by a number of iconic tourist sites, it has something for everyone.

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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

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price
Oct 2019 - Apr 2020 4 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £435
Oct 2019 - Apr 2020 4 nights H - Kia Sorrento £508
Oct 2019 - Apr 2020 4 nights I - Mitsubishi Shogun £516

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

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: UK - Iceland

Upon arrival at Keflavik airport, collect your rental car and iDiscover (your personalised iPad-based digital travel companion) before driving to Hotel Ork in Hveragerdi, a small town built around a hot spring field about 45km east of Reykjavik. Overnight Hotel Ork.

Day 2: the Golden Circle

Spend the day exploring the sights of the Golden Circle. First up: the volcanic rifts of Thingvellir National Park, onwards to Geysir and its fascinating spouting geyser Strokkur, and the beautiful tiered waterfall Gullfoss, perhaps adding a relaxing dip to your day at the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa (optional extra), where you soak in therapeutic waters and try rye bread baked in the geothermal heat. Alternatively, depending on your chosen route, stop off for a look at a volcanic crater, Kerid. Overnight at the cosy Hotel Ork.

Day 3: the South Coast

Explore the South Coast, visiting the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, the basalt columns and black-sand beach at Reynisfjara, the Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and Solheimajokull glacier. Using your iDiscover guide you will also be able to locate local walks, places to eat and other interesting spots to visit. Overnight Hotel Ork.

Day 4: Reykjavik

Drive East to Reykjavik for your last overnight stay to explore the numerous museums and a wide choice of restaurants and bars.

Day 5: depart Iceland

Check out and drive to Keflavik for your flight home. If your departure time allows, explore the Reykjanes Peninsula on your way to the airport, or stop for lunch and a chance to browse the shops in Reykjavik.

Hotel Ork, Hveragerdi


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 Klettur, Reykjavik


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Hotel Klettur is situated a short walk from the heart of Reykjavik.

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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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