Glacial Exploration and Auroras, Self-Drive

Northern LightsIceland


From $1,165 USD
October 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018
8 Days / 7 Nights

Glacial Exploration and Auroras self-drive tour to glaciers, Golden Circle, Viking Saga and Borgarfjordur region, and stunning sites for Northern Lights.

Overview

Glacial 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, 2017 - April 30, 2018

Departure

Daily, October 1, 2017- April 30, 2018

Price

  • from $1,165 per person, based on 4 adults in 2 double rooms
  • from $1,330 per person, based on 2 adults in 1 double room
  • Rates are based on car category 1.3, Suzuki Swift 4wd or similar
  • Recommended Car category 1.3, Suzuki Swift 4WD or similar
  • Higher categories available

Included

  • 2 nights hotel in Reykjavik
  • 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 (until 1. May)
  • Detailed Iceland Travel Guide booklet in selected languages (until 1. May)
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours
  • SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 1 GB of data*
  • All taxes and service fees

Not Included

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International flights
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Gasoline
  • Meals other mentioned
  • Optional tours
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 2:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • $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.

Car Types

  • 1.3 Suzuki Swift 4wd or similar
  • 4.0 Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar
  • 5.1 Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic
  • 7.1 Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar

Tour Options

  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Extended car rental
  • Upgrade to higher car category
  • Entrance & Towel fee at Blue Lagoon
  • Optional excursions

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 Fosshotel Reykjavik ****

Day 2 REYKJAVIK - REYKHOLT - HUSAFELL (B)

Whale Fjord- Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring - Magical waterfalls | Approximate distance: 101km / 63miles Today head to Borgarfjordur via the Hvalfjordur 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 spring, as well as two beautiful waterfalls, Hraunfossar (the Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children's Falls). Tonight you are well situated to catch a glimpse of the famous Northern Lights, if Mother Nature decides to cooperate. Overnight: Fosshotel Reykholt or similar (2 nights) Highlights: Borgarnes | Settlement Center of Iceland | Deildartunguhver | Hraunfossar | Barnafoss Fosshotel Reykholt ****

Day 3 BORGARFJORDUR VALLEY - LANGJOKULL GLACIER - (B)

Langjokull Glacier and Icelandic Sagas | Approximate distance: 50km / 31miles Today explore the Borgarfjordur valley region and nearby areas. Langjokull 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) Fosshotel Reykholt ****

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. 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: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee

Day 5 WATERFALLS - GLACIAL HORIZONS (B)

Thundering Waterfalls - Black sand beaches - Sea Cliffs & Stone Arches | Approximate distance: ca435km / 270miles Travel along the south coast, one of Iceland's main farming areas. You'll see many farms and shaggy herds of Icelandic horses as you head along the Ring Road. See the magnificent waterfall Skogarfoss, a site of hidden treasure. Nearby is the 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 Reynisdrangur. You‘ll also see glaciers from the road, including Myrdalsjokull and Europe‘s largest glacier, Vatnajokull. Overnight in Hofn area. Highlights: Skogafoss | Skogar Museum | Seljalandsfoss | Vik | Myrdalsjokull Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp)

Day 6 GLACIAL WONDERS (B)

Vatnajokull Glacier - Europe's - Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs | Approximate distance: ca200km / 125miles Your hotel is perfectly situated to make a full day of exploring glacial wonders in Vatnajokull 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 Jokulsarlon 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 Kirkjubaejarklaustur area. Highlights: Skaftafell National Park | Jokulsarlon | Vatnajokull Optional: Glacier Wonders (from Skaftafell National Park)

Day 7 SOUTH COAST - REYKJAVIK (B)

Seljalandsfoss 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 Eyjafjallajokull 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 | Eyjafjallajokull | Hveragerdi Fosshotel Reykjavik ****

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.
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