Northern Lights at Glymur

Northern Lights at Glymur

from £463 excluding flights

  • 3 nights
  • Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec
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Northern Lights at Glymur

from £463 excluding flights

  • 3 nights
  • Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec

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Highlights

In pictures
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Stay in prime aurora viewing location with optional wake up call

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Explore Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s stunning coast and volcanoes

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See the natural treasures of Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle route

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Relax in outdoor hot tubs

Why this trip...

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Stay in great locations

This holiday features accommodation in incredible locations

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Explore at leisure

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

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Weekend escape

This is the ideal trip for a weekend escape or perhaps a mid-week getaway

Overview

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.

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!

As with all our self drives in Iceland, you will have use of our digital travel guide, iDiscover, for the duration of your trip.

Accommodation

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Hotel Glymur

With 22 rooms and six villas, stylish Hotel Glymur is located in the countryside but still only a short drive from Reykjavik. The outdoor hot tubs overlook the fjord, making this the perfect place to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Icelandic cuisine is served in the hotel’s restaurant, whose large windows face out towards the fjord.

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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 arrive in Iceland

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 with breakfast included.

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 with breakfast included.

Day 2 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.

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.

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Day 3 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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 £463 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
Oct 2020 - Apr 2021 3 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £463
Oct 2020 - Apr 2021 3 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £492
Oct 2020 - Apr 2021 3 nights H - Kia Sorrento £507

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.

Meet our expert

nordic team eric shadbolt bw
One of our specialists
Meet Eric

10 Visits to Iceland

4 Shooting stars with northern lights

5 Successful whale watching trips

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