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  • Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec
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Northern Lights, Glaciers and Waterfalls

from £492 excluding flights

  • 4 nights
  • Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec

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Highlights

In pictures
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Aurora wake up call available if the lights appear overnight

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Delve inside Langjokull icecap on an Into the Glacier tour

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

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Marvel at spectacular Hraunfossar waterfall

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Explore Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s stunning coast and volcanoes

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Stay at Hotel Husafell, renowned for its fine food

Why this trip...

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Nordic Heritage

With over 37 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Explore at leisure

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

Overview

Tucked into a beautiful valley, 90 minutes drive north of Reykjavik and close to one of Iceland's majestic icecaps, Hotel Husafell makes an irresistible bolthole for this winter self-drive holiday. The secluded rural setting is perfect for northern lights hunting. You can also join an exciting Ice Cave tour, visit the intriguing Hraunfossar (or lava falls), go whale watching and relax in an outdoor geothermal pool.

Northern lights watching at Hotel Husafell

This 4-night winter break includes three nights at Hotel Husafell. A rural retreat in West Iceland's Borgarfjordur, this stylish 48-room hotel is not only ideally located for exploring the Langjokull icecap, but it's also in a prime spot for northern lights watching – far from artificial light pollution.

Ice Cave tour to Langjokull

Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjokull looms above Borgarfjordur and we can arrange for you to experience this incredible frozen wilderness – from the inside! Available as an optional excursion, your 'Into the Glacier' adventure begins with a snow truck ride across Langjokull. You are then guided on foot into the heart of an icecap glacier, following tunnels carved through brilliant blue ice. It's a unique experience, full of great photo opportunities and a chance to learn more about the 'cooler side' of the Land of Ice and Fire.

Waterfalls and geothermal springs

One of Iceland’s most unusual waterfalls is found near Husafell in Borgarfjordur. Emerging from beneath a lava field, Hraunfossar is a series of cascades pouring over ledges into the Hvita river, creating a striking marbled effect against the basalt rock. Another waterfall, Barnafoss, can be found a short distance upstream. On this holiday, you will also get an opportunity to see iconic waterfalls like Gullfoss on the Golden Circle. Geothermal waters are another highlight. Fed by a natural hot spring, Krauma is a hotspot in Borgarfjordur, offering hot tubs and aromatic steam baths, while the Secret Lagoon or Fontana Spa can be included in your day touring the Golden Circle.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Golden Circle

Hotel Husafell is within easy striking distance of West Iceland’s spectacular Snaefellsnes Peninsula. We can arrange for you to join a whale watching boat trip in search of orca, or you can spend time touring the dramatic coastline of this volcano-studded finger of land. Heading back south on day four, you have an opportunity to visit Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss – the Golden Circle’s triple whammy of natural wonders.

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

Upon arrival at Keflavik airport, collect your rental car before making your way to Hotel Husafell. The 2½ hr drive will take you past Reykjavik, before heading north through spectacular mountain scenery and the tunnel under Whale Fjord to reach Borgarfjordur. Check into your hotel for your three-night stay. In the evening you can enjoy a dip in the local geothermal baths located next to the hotel, then later that evening keep watch for the northern lights.

Upon arrival at Keflavik airport, collect your rental car before making your way to Hotel Husafell. The 2½ hr drive will take you past Reykjavik, before heading north through spectacular mountain scenery and the tunnel under Whale Fjord to reach Borgarfjordur. Check into your hotel for your three-night stay. In the evening you can enjoy a dip in the local geothermal baths located next to the hotel, then later that evening keep watch for the northern lights.

Hotel Husafell

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Day 2 explore the Husafell area

Must-see sites close to Hotel Husafell include the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafossar, as well as Europe’s most powerful hot spring Deildartunguhver. You can also join an optional tour to the Vidgelmir lava tube cave.

Must-see sites close to Hotel Husafell include the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafossar, as well as Europe’s most powerful hot spring Deildartunguhver. You can also join an optional tour to the Vidgelmir lava tube cave.

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Day 3 Langjokull icecap or Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Choose between a day exploring the Langjokull icecap on an optional Into the Glacier tour (approximately four hours) or drive west to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula for independent touring and an optional whale watching boat trip. Following the Into The Glacier tour, during which you will explore tunnels carved in the ancient blue ice of the glacier, visit Krauma, the new geothermal baths fed by the Deildartunguhver hot spring.

If you choose instead to visit the Snaefellsness Peninsula and possibly go whale watching, allow two hours to drive from Hotel Husafell to Grundarfjordur, the departure point for whale watching boat trips and the location of the beautiful pyramid-shaped peak Kirkjufell.

Choose between a day exploring the Langjokull icecap on an optional Into the Glacier tour (approximately four hours) or drive west to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula for independent touring and an optional whale watching boat trip. Following the Into The Glacier tour, during which you will explore tunnels carved in the ancient blue ice of the glacier, visit Krauma, the new geothermal baths fed by the Deildartunguhver hot spring.

If you choose instead to visit the Snaefellsness Peninsula and possibly go whale watching, allow two hours to drive from Hotel Husafell to Grundarfjordur, the departure point for whale watching boat trips and the location of the beautiful pyramid-shaped peak Kirkjufell.

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Day 4 Golden Circle

Check out from Hotel Husafell before returning south towards Reykjavik. Spend the day exploring the Golden Circle, perhaps including some chill-out time at the Secret Lagoon or Laugarvatn Fontana Spa. Overnight in Hveragerdi, a small town built around a hot spring field about 45km east of Reykjavik.

Check out from Hotel Husafell before returning south towards Reykjavik. Spend the day exploring the Golden Circle, perhaps including some chill-out time at the Secret Lagoon or Laugarvatn Fontana Spa. Overnight in Hveragerdi, a small town built around a hot spring field about 45km east of Reykjavik.

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Frost and Fire Hveragerdi

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Day 5 depart Iceland

Check out and drive to Keflavik airport for your flight home. If you have an afternoon departure, detour to Reykjavik to browse the city’s museums, galleries and shops, or explore the volcanic landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Check out and drive to Keflavik airport for your flight home. If you have an afternoon departure, detour to Reykjavik to browse the city’s museums, galleries and shops, or explore the volcanic landscapes 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 £492 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
  • Unlimited mileage
  • No charge for second 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 Original Twin Price Offer Twin Price
Nov 2020 - Apr 2021 4 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £606 £492 (Save £114)
Nov 2020 - Apr 2021 4 nights H - Kia Sorrento £684 £570 (Save £114)
Nov 2020 - Apr 2021 4 nights I - Mitsubishi Shogun £690 £576 (Save £114)

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.

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