Northern Lights at Glymur

from £351
excluding flights *
3 nights Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec


This winter self-drive is based at Hotel Glymur in West Iceland, just a 45-minute drive from Reykjavik. The hotel occupies an incredibly picturesque spot overlooking Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord), close to a waterfall from which it takes its name. One of the country's few boutique properties, it is a great place from which to view the aurora borealis due to its countryside location away from light pollution. As with all our self drives in Iceland, you will have use of our digital travel guide, iDiscover, for the duration of your trip.


  • Sweeping views and open skies are ideal for viewing the northern lights
  • Relax in outdoor hot tubs - you may be lucky and see the aurora overhead!
  • Optional aurora wake up service should the lights appear
  • Ideal location for exploring natural wonders by day

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

Full description

Iceland is situated in the middle of the 'auroral oval' - far enough north (but not too far) to make witnessing a show of the northern lights a real possibility. Although the aurora cannot be guaranteed, by staying in the countryside away from light pollution, a winter-time stay at Hotel Glymur offers very good chances should skies be clear. And if the lights make an appearance late during the night, you can request a wake up call to ensure you don’t miss out!


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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. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price
Oct 2020 - Apr 2021 3 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £351
Oct 2020 - Apr 2021 3 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £397
Oct 2020 - Apr 2021 3 nights H - Kia Sorrento £425

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: Arrive Iceland - Hotel Glymur

Arrive in Keflavik and collect rental vehicle from the airport. It is an easy 90 minute drive (approx.) on well-maintained tarmac roads to Hotel Glymur in West Iceland, home for your next 3 nights (breakfast basis).

Day 2: Explore West Iceland and Snaefellsnes

Explore along the waterside at Hvalfjordur, the waterfalls of Hraunfossar which spill out 1 km wide from beneath the lava, and the Barnafoss rapids, which may be part-frozen in winter time. West of Hraunfossar is historic Reykholt, and Iceland's most powerful and largest hot springs at Deildartunuhver (where there is sometimes a market with local produce). Perhaps venture north to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, with its glacier-topped volcano and pretty fishing villages. Spend this evening keeping watch for the northern lights.

Day 3: Explore Golden Circle

Drive the famed Golden Circle route taking in Iceland's three most famous natural wonders: thundering Gullfoss, the geothermal area at Geysir and Thingvellir National Park, where you can walk the rocky rift between the earth's tectonic plates.

Day 4: Hotel Glymur - Keflavik

Check out and head back to the airport, perhaps stopping at the Blue Lagoon en route (pre booking essential), or driving the scenic route along the south coast and through acres of dramatic lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Hotel Glymur


Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

In a countryside location overlooking stunning Hvalfjordur, Glymur is a great base for a short break exploring the south west.

Discover More


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.

west hotel husafell scenic surrounds into the glacier langjokull

Open excursions pdf

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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