Glacial Exploration and Auroras, Self-Drive
Glacial Exploration and Auroras, Self-Drive– Iceland –8 days / 7 nights, Reykjavik - Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon - Golden Circle - Thingvellir National Park - Gullfoss waterfall - Geysir Geothermal areaGlacial Exploration and Auroras, 8-day self-drive tour to Iceland's majestic glaciers. Discover their ever-changing beauty, the powers of nature that forcefully carved Iceland's landscape. Drive on roads paralleling Europe's largest glacier with fantastic photo opportunities. Enjoy the Golden Circle, Viking Saga locales, and the glacier-fueled natural wonders of the Borgarfjordur region. Overnight locations are fabulous backdrops for Northern Lights.
|Operation||October 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017|
|Departure||Daily, October 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017|
|Price||from $920 per person, based on 4 adults in 2 double rooms
from $1,130 per person, based on 2 adults in 1 double room
Recommended Car category 1.3, Suzuki Swift 4WD or similar
Higher categories available
|Included||2 nights Fosshotel Reykjavik or similar
5 nights accommodation at country hotels
Breakfast buffet daily
Northern Lights coach tour on your first evening in Iceland
Northern Lights cocktail in Reykjavik on day 1
Rental car cat. 1.3 for 7 days, including VAT, unlimited mileage, CDW,
GPS system, two authorized drivers (possibility to extend at extra cost)**
Airport Service Charge
Detailed road map
Detailed Iceland Travel Guide booklet in selected languages
Emergency phone line open 24 hours
SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 300 MB of data*
All taxes and service fees
*Standard, Micro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland.
Meals other than breakfast
Transfers to/from airport
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings can never be guaranteed.
**Please note that the package price is based on 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 8, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 7-day rental is up and use our FlyBus departure transfer.
|Tour Options||Additional nights in Reykjavik
Extended car rental
Upgrade to higher car category
Entrance & Towel fee at Blue Lagoon
Breakfast on arrival day
Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
Admissions and activities
Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 1400 (2:00pm)
Guaranteed late check-out
Any service not specifically listed under "included"
Glacial Exploration and Auroras map
Car Types and Insurance in Iceland
Driving in Iceland
Iceland Road Book
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Day 1 ARRIVAL KEFLAVIK - REYKJAVIK Approximate distance: 100km / 62miles
Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is yours to rest and use at your own leisure.
Overnight in Reykjavik (Fosshotel Reykjavik or similar).
Option (pre-booked): The Blue Lagoon Geothermal spa is an ideal stop on the way to Reykjavik. Enjoy peaceful relaxation at the Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field in the pure, beautiful Icelandic wilderness. The Blue Lagoon is known for its special properties and its beneficial effect on the skin and attracts visitors from all over the world in search of health, relaxation and an exotic experience. In addition to bathing in the lagoon, guests have access to a sauna with a view of the lagoon, a steam-bath with white walls that resemble silica-mud and a cosy steam-bath carved into a lava cave. Guests can also stand beneath a small waterfall for an energizing massage. A special luggage storage facility is available next to the main parking area: the price for each bag is approximately USD7:
Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance in order to guarantee access.
Highlights: Reykjavik Art Museum | Harpa Concert Hall | Reykjavik | Perlan
Optional: Airport transfer: Arrival via Blue Lagoon
Day 2 REYKJAVIK - REYKHOLT/HUSAFELL (B) Whale Fjord- Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring - Magical waterfalls | Approximate distance: 101km / 63miles
Today head to scenic Borgarfjördur via the scenic Hvalfjördur (Whale Fjord) and its intriguing undersea tunnel (tunnel toll not included in price). If you don't want to take the tunnel, you can take the scenic coastal road instead (adds additional 17 km/10 miles to trip).
Drive through Borgarnes town where you can learn about the first Viking settlers in the area at the popular Settlement Museum. Visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot springs, as well as two beautiful waterfalls, Hraunfossar (the Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (the Children's Falls).
Tonight you are well situated to catch a glimpse of the famous Northern Lights, if Mother Nature decides to cooperate.
Highlights: Borgarnes | Settlement Center of Iceland | Deildartunguhver | Hraunfossar | Barnafoss
Day 3 BORGARFJÖRDUR VALLEY - LANGJÖKULL GLACIER - (B) Langjökull Glacier and Icelandic Sagas | Approximate distance: 50km / 31miles
Today explore the Borgarfjördur valley region and nearby areas. Langjökull Glacier offers exciting adventures such as exploring Into the Glacier, a man-made tunnel built into the icy-blue heart of the glacier. The tunnel is reached by an adventurous ride up the glacier in a monstrous 18-wheeled vehicle. Once at the tunnel, you'll view a glacier from the inside and learn how these icy wonders are formed.
Another interesting area activity is a guided cave visit. If you're interested in culture, visit nearby Reykholt, home of a medieval chieftain who penned some of Iceland's greatest Sagas. Visit scenic Husafell and stroll on paths with colorful stone paintings created by a local artist. Overnight at the Fosshotel Reykholt or similar.
Highlights: Husafell | Snorrastofa - Reykholt
Optional: Into the Glacier - Classic Tour (from Husafell Hotel or Klaki Base Camp)
Day 4 GOLDEN CIRCLE - THINGVELLIR - GULLFOSS (B) National Park with Geological Wonders - The Golden Falls - Spouting Geysers | Approximate distance: 225km / 140miles
Today, visit the must-see sites in Iceland! Start with Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), famous for its history and geological wonders. Onwards to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, formed by the waters of a glacial river. Continue to Geysir hot spring area with its lively bubbling pools and spouting geyser.
Late in the afternoon you might drive south to visit the Fakasel Icelandic Horse Park. This is a fun opportunity for you to meet friendly Icelandic horses. We recommend the charming 45-minute Legends of Sleipnir, a multimedia horse show about the importance of Icelandic horses to the country's history, mythology and folklore. Afterwards you can go onstage to meet the equine actors.
Overnight at Fosshotel Hekla or similar
Optional activity: Laugarvatn Fontana offers a relaxing environment of hot springs and steam baths. Hot, healing steam simmers directly from the ground through grids in the cabin floors of this wellness center, where nature meets tradition. An afternoon or evening visit to the open air baths at Laugarvatn Fontana will also give you the opportunity to experience the ever changing Icelandic weather, as the thermal baths can be enjoyed all year round.
Highlights: Gullfoss | Thingvellir National Park | Geysir | Laugarvatn Fontana Nature Baths
Optional: Fakasel Horse Park - Entrance fee or Barn Visit | Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee
Day 5 WATERFALLS - GLACIAL HORIZONS (B) Thundering Waterfalls - Black sand beaches - Sea Cliffs & Stone Arches | Approximate distance: 287km / 179miles
Travel along the south coast, one of Iceland's main farming areas. See many farms and shaggy herds of Icelandic horses as you head along the Ring Road. View the magnificent waterfall Skogarfoss, site of hidden treasure. Nearby is Skogar Folk Museum, well known throughout Iceland for being the best of its kind with a collection of mementos from this region's past housed in beautifully preserved old turf-roofed buildings. Make a stop in Vik village where you can admire stunning views of a black sand beach and the black basalt columns of Drangey. You'll also see glaciers from the road, including Myrdalsjökull and Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Overnight at Fosshotel Nupur or Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon (2 nights).
Highlights: Skogafoss | Skogar Museum | Seljalandsfoss | Vik | Myrdalsjökull
Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjökull Glacier (from Basecamp)
Day 6 GLACIAL WONDERS (B) Vatnajökull Glacier - Europe's - Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs | Approximate distance: 115km / 72miles
Your hotel is perfectly situated to make a full day of exploring glacial wonders in Vatnajökull National Park, Europe's largest national park. Visit the park's majestic Skaftafell area, which is located between two glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities.
Continue to Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where blue, white, turquoise and black-streaked icebergs shift and dance. The mystical lagoon is enormous and has been the backdrop for many major feature films and programs including Batman Begins and, most recently, Game of Thrones. It is a special place for photographers who enjoy the challenge of catching the icebergs in just the right light conditions. Don't forget to keep an eye out for seals resting amid the glaciers.
Tonight, if the weather conditions are optimal, you might catch Northern Lights playing across the sky. Overnight at Fosshotel Nupur or Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon.
Highlights: Skaftafell National Park | Jökulsarlon | Vatnajökull
Optional: Glacier Wonders (from Skaftafell National Park)
Day 7 SOUTH COAST - REYKJAVIK (B) Seljalands Waterfall - Volcano Center - Geothermal Village | Approximate distance: 344km / 214miles
Drive along the scenic south coast back to the west. En route, visit Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall that you can walk behind. At the Thorvaldseyri Volcano Visitor Centre located beneath Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, you can experience both in pictures and film the 2010 eruption and its impact on the area and the whole world. (Note: closed in December and January and on weekends).
The new Bobby Fischer Center in Selfoss is dedicated to the world-famous American chess master who defeated Russian Boris Spatsky in the 1972 Match of All Time in Iceland. Bobby Fischer lived his last years in Iceland and is buried in a nearby cemetery. During the winter, you can call in advance to make an appointment to visit the museum.
Visit Hveragerdi, a hot spring village famous for its geothermal greenhouses where flowers and vegetables are grown year-round. Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon/early evening. Overnight: Fosshotel Reykjavik or similar.
Highlights: Seljalandsfoss | Eyjafjallajökull | Hveragerdi
Day 8 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B) Please be prepared to leave the hotel about 3 hours before the departure of your flight. Drop off your rental car at the airport.**
**Please note that the package price is based on 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 8 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 7- day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.