Northern Lights at Hotel Budir

from £712 excluding flights

  • 3 nights
  • Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec
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Explore Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s stunning coast and volcanoes

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Stay in a prime aurora viewing location, with optional wake up call

Hotel budir dinner

Dine on the best local ingredients

iceland grundarfjordur whale watching aboard laki rth

Take an optional whale watching excursion

Why this trip?

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Weekend escape

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

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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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Stay in great locations

This holiday features accommodation in incredible locations


This winter self-drive is based at Hotel Budir in West Iceland, just over two hours drive from Reykjavik. The hotel occupies an picturesque spot on the southern coast of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. 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 Budir 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!


Arrive in Keflavik and collect rental vehicle from the airport. It is an easy 3 hour drive mostly on well-maintained tarmac roads to Hotel Budir in West Iceland, home for your next 3 nights with breakfast included.

Hotel Budir, Snaefellsnes


A romantic and inspirational retreat with impressive views of the Snaefellsjokull glacier, Hotel Budir is a beautiful country hotel on the south shore of the Snaefellsnes Pensinsula.

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Explore the scenic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, walking among the fantastic coastal formations at Arnarstapi, visit the fjords and fishing villages along its north side or opt for a whale watching excursion from Olafsvik. In the evenings keep watch for the elusive northern lights.

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Check out of your hotel and drive back to Keflavik Airport in time to check in for your flight.

Prices and Departures

Price from £712 excluding flights

Airfares vary widely and are quoted separately to the holiday price, starting from around £250pp return with Icelandair and British Airways, though may be lower with Play or EasyJet. We'll provide the best fare available at the time of enquiry, which tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

UK Airports with flights direct to Iceland are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. We can also arrange flights from non-UK destinations. Discover more »

Iceland Volcano Disruption Protection
We are proud of our excellent reputation for looking after our clients, without question. Should the unexpected occur our team of dedicated Travel Specialists are on call 24/7 to make any necessary alternative plans at no cost to you.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

This itinerary starts from around £712 per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom in standard hotels, and rental of an intermediate vehicle.

Prices may vary depending on departure date and booking date, as well as any changes to the included components. The final cost of a tailored holiday will be based on the level of accommodation, size of vehicle, included activities, travel season, and how far in advance it is booked. We will confirm the exact price for your holiday in your individual quotation, based on your chosen travel dates and inclusions.

* Choice of Vehicles

We can offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday – our team will be happy to talk you through the options and provide a quote for the most suitable category based on your individual requirements.

  • 4WD

    We would always recommend a 4WD for winter travel, but many clients also prefer the greater security and comfort that a larger vehicle provides year round – upgrade your vehicle from as little as £10 per person, per day.

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To mark our 40th anniversary, we've launched our Education Bursary Fund to help disadvantaged school children experience the wonders of travel. A percentage of revenue from every holiday booked will go into the bursary fund to pay for at least 40 students to join one of our school trips abroad.