Winter Wildlife and Aurora Self Drive

Winter Wildlife and Aurora Self Drive

from £670 excluding flights

  • 5 nights
  • Jan-Mar, Dec
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Winter Wildlife and Aurora Self Drive

from £670 excluding flights

  • 5 nights
  • Jan-Mar, Dec

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In pictures
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Search for orcas on a boat trip from Grundarfjordur

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Optimum countryside location for viewing the northern lights

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Explore Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s stunning coast and volcanoes

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Enjoy Reykjavik with its blend of Nordic and modern style

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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

Overview

This self-drive holiday combines time 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 as well as heading onto the bay in search of orca. 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.

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'.

With the freedom that comes with a self-drive holiday, you will be able to explore the many natural treasures that Iceland's western shores have to offer. You'll also have the chance to head out on a boat trip with the hope of encountering orcas, dolphins and seabirds.

During winter and early spring, orcas visit the waters off Grundarfjordur on the north coast of Snaefellsnes following the migration of herring. While in past seasons sightings have occurred as early as November and December, more recent behaviour patterns suggest that February, March and early April provide the optimum time for orca watching. Of course, as with all wildlife encounters, sightings are unpredictable and cannot be guaranteed.

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 at Keflavik and collect your rental vehicle at the airport. Drive through the dramatic lavascapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula to Iceland's vibrant capital city, Reykjavik for an overnight stay.

Arrive at Keflavik and collect your rental vehicle at the airport. Drive through the dramatic lavascapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula to Iceland's vibrant capital city, Reykjavik for an overnight stay.

Day 2 Reykjavik - 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.

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 from Grundarfjordur

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Day 5 Snaefellsnes - Reykjavik

Leave Snaefellsnes Peninsula and drive back to Reykjavik for the last overnight stay to explore the numerous restaurants and bars in the capital. Perhaps detour via Thingvellir National Park and if time permits visit the other icons of the Golden Circle route, Gullfoss and Geysir.

Leave Snaefellsnes Peninsula and drive back to Reykjavik for the last overnight stay to explore the numerous restaurants and bars in the capital. Perhaps detour via Thingvellir National Park and if time permits visit the other icons of the Golden Circle route, Gullfoss and Geysir.

Day 6 depart Iceland

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

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

Accommodation Options

With a wide choice of accommodation available in both Reykjavik and on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, we can tailor make to suit your personal preference.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

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 £670 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
  • Whale watching excursion
  • 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 variations such as single rooms, rooms without facilities and three or four people sharing a vehicle are available on request.

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price
Dec 2020 - Mar 2021 5 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £670
Dec 2020 - Mar 2021 5 nights H - Kia Sorrento £765

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

5 Successful whale watching trips

10 Visits to Iceland

4 Shooting stars with northern lights

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