Winter Wildlife and Aurora Self Drive

from £652
excluding flights *
5 nights Jan-Mar, Dec


This self-drive holiday combines a stay in Reykjavik with a stay on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Staying at a countryside hotel, you'll be in an ideal rural location for viewing the northern lights should they grace the skies. Two nights spent in Reykjavik will also give you the chance to get a taste of Icelandic culture, take an additional whale watching trip, or even explore the nearby Golden Circle route with the help of our exclusive digital guide, iDiscover.


  • Join an orca watching boat trip in the bay (included)
  • Look out for killer whales from the shore
  • Explore the natural wonders of Snaefellsnes Peninsula at your leisure
  • Two nights spent in the capital Reykjavik

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Whale watching excursion
  • 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

This exciting independent self drive break is based in West Iceland's mystical Snaefellsnes Peninsula. With sweeping lava fields and the recognisable Snaefellsjokull dominating the landscape, this stunning region was the setting and inspiration for Jules Verne's famous ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth'.

From winter 2011/12 orcas have arrived as early in the season as mid December and have remained until mid April. Based on their previous behaviour patterns, February, March and early April provide the optimum time for whale watching, though sightings are variable and unpredictable.

In November 2014 the herring and the whales arrived in the waters off Grundarfjordur as usual, but from the early part of January to mid February sightings were few and far between. The reasons for this are not fully understood, but one view is that it was as a result of exceptional and unusual weather conditions. Obviously wild animal sightings cannot be guaranteed, but this behaviour was contrary to what had happened over the previous five years when there had been regular sightings of orca between mid December and mid April.

With the freedom that comes with a self-drive holiday, you will also be able to explore the many natural treasures that Iceland's western shores have to offer.

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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
Dec 2019 - Mar 2020 5 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £652
Dec 2019 - Mar 2020 5 nights H - Kia Sorrento £743
Dec 2019 - Mar 2020 5 nights I - Mitsubishi Shogun £754

 Note Other variations such as single rooms, rooms without facilities, three or four people sharing a vehicle, will be quoted on request.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Whale watching excursion
  • 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 in Iceland

Arrive in Keflavik and collect your rental vehicle at the airport then transfer to Reykjavik for an overnight stay.

Day 2: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

After breakfast make your way to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This 2,5 hour drive is a scenic route, with plenty of stop off points along the way. Check in to your hotel for 3 nights.

Day 3: whale watching

Take a morning whale watching trip out into the fjord (starting at approx. 10:00). Hot chocolate and a snack will be provided on board. The length of the boat trip will depend upon whale sightings but is usually around 2-3 hours. Return back into Grundarfjordur for lunch (payable locally) and to enjoy an afternoon at leisure. You can either opt to explore the village on foot or explore the local area by car. Enjoy a relaxing evening and keep an eye out for the northern lights.

Day 4: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Explore the scenic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, we recommend you visit the fantastic coastal formations at Arnarstapi, as well as the fjords and fishing villages along its north side. With good weather you may have views of the mystical cone-shaped volcano and Snaefellsjokull icecap.

Day 5: Reykjavik

Leave Snaefellsnes Peninsula and drive back to Reykjavik for the last overnight stay to explore the numerous restaurants and bars in the capital.

Day 6: depart Keflavik

Transfer to Keflavik Airport, perhaps via the Blue Lagoon (pre booking essential) before dropping off your vehicle before your flight.

Fransiskus Hotel


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Located by the harbour in Stykkisholmur, this hotel is the site of an original monastery, founded by three catholic nuns in the 1930's

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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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