Winter Wonders & Delicious Detours

Self Drive Tour and Northern LightsIceland

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From $1,225 USD
October 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019
7 Days / 6 Nights

Winter Wonders & Delicious Detours, explore an array of landscapes and natural wonders during Northern Lights season, enjoy Iceland's culinary traditions.

Overview

On our Winter Wonders & Delicious Detours experience an array of landscapes and natural wonders during northern lights season, while enjoying an introduction to Iceland’s culinary traditions on this 7-day driving adventure through West and South Iceland. The dramatic southern coastline provides a stunning backdrop to this active volcanic zone. West Iceland highlights include the Snaefellsjökull glacier-volcano and historical sites from the Sagas.

Operation

October 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019

Departure

Daily, October 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019

Price

  • Our prices are quoted for Comfort Class*
  • Car type 1.3, Suzuki Swift 4WD or similar
  • from $1,225 per person, based on 4 adults
  • from $1,495 per person, based on 3 adults
  • from $1,375 per person, based on 2 adults
  • from $2,385 single, based on 1 adult
  • Car type 5.1, Toyota Rav4, 4WD Automatic or similar
  • from $1,325 per person, based on 4 adults
  • from $1,625 per person, based on 3 adults
  • from $1,565 per person, based on 2 adults
  • from $2,765 single, based on 1 adult

*Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

Included

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Reykjavik
  • 4 nights in countryside hotels
  • Daily breakfast buffet (expect arrival day)
  • Rental car for 6 days 
  • Unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT
  • GPS system with car and additional authorized driver
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavik international airport
  • Airport service charge
  • Access to our emergency phone line, open 24 hours
  • SIM card worth ISK 2000: unlimited minutes of local calls + 1GB of data. StandardMicro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland (only until 30.April 2018).
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (picked up at Keflavik airport with your car rental)
  • The app includes:
  • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
  • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
  • Useful information about your booking, including detailed descriptions about confirmed hotels and a GPS road guide to each hotel
  • A map view of the Iceland road trip
  • Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

**Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6- day rental is up and use our FlyBus departure transfer.

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Gasoline/petrol
  • 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)
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • $25 Service fee

Please Note

  • Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher
  • Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

Car types in Iceland

Driving in Iceland

Tour Options

  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Higher car category
  • Blue Lagoon entrance

Day 1 ARRIVAL IN ICELAND - REYKJAVIK

Arrival in Iceland - The world's northernmost capital city - Reykjavik's best restaurants
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. Please note check-in for most hotels begins at 14:00 (2:00pm). Overnight in Reykjavik.

Approximate distance: 50km / 30mi

Culinary suggestions:
Enjoy Cook and Dine at Salt Kitchen School, a hands-on late morning cooking lesson in English, where you learn about Iceland’s unique culinary culture and the New Nordic cuisine using fresh, Icelandic ingredients. The course is led by professional chefs from Salt Kitchen (this course must be pre-booked).

Pop by Café Loki, a small and friendly family-run café located across from Hallgrimskirkja Church in the center of Reykjavik. Its location offers a beautiful view across the city, the church and the Blafjoll Mountains. The restaurant's cuisine is inspired by traditional Icelandic home recipes that have been passed on from one generation to the next. Café Loki offers a variety of combination platters for a great overview of the best food that Iceland has to offer.

Enjoy a fun 60-minute "educational course" at Bryggjan Brewhouse Microbrewery/Restaurant's Brewery School. The class includes information on beer-making as well as samples of craft beer and delicious home-made appetizers.

Saegreifinn restaurant, located in a former fisherman's hut in the Old Harbour, serves excellent lobster soup and fresh-grilled fish skewers in an informal setting.

Highlights: Keflavik | Reykjavik

Optional: Cook and Dine - Exclusive Cooking Class

Day 2 GULLFOSS - GEYSER - SOUTH COAST (B)

Thundering waterfalls - Exploding geysers - Cliffs & stone arches - Black sand beaches of the South Shore
Head out of the city and drive to Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring, highlights of Iceland’s famous 'Golden Circle'. Continue your trip, stopping at highlights such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, and the majestic Eyjafjallajökull and surrounding area, the site of the infamous volcanic eruption in 2010. Overnight in Vik area.

Approximate distance: 330km / 200mi

Culinary Suggestions:
This particular region of Iceland is known as the breadbasket of Iceland, as there are many farms here. This means you have many excellent dining options:

The small café at Fontana Geothermal Baths bakes traditional sweet rye bread using the earth’s natural geothermal heat. At 14:30 (2:30pm) every day, you can watch as the bread is removed from its cooking tins in the ground and taste it fresh with plenty of Icelandic butter (this experience must be pre-booked). If you don't have time to wait for the tour we still recommend you try a slice of the cafe's rye bread topped with smoked trout from the lake.

The Efstidalur II traditional cattle farm is just a 10-minute drive from Gullfoss waterfall. The restaurant, overlooking the cowshed, offers local beef and vegetables as well as homemade milk products such as ice cream, feta cheese and skyr (a thick, nutritious yogurt-like product). During your stop, you can watch the dairy cows through a big window in the dairy barn. The Ice Cream Barn and restaurant are open daily 11:30-20:30 (11:30am – 8:30pm) except for 24-26 December, 31 December and 1 January.

Fridheimar is a charming horse farm and greenhouse facility near Fludir. Clean geothermal and hydroelectric energy provides resources to grow many types of organic fruits and vegetables. The farm is most famous for its tasty tomatoes. An on-site restaurant specializes in delicious tomato-based dishes like tomato soup and green tomato and apple pie. The restaurant is open daily between 12:00 and 16:00 (12:00pm – 4:00pm) except for 24-26 December, 31 December and 1 January. In order to guarantee a table, please call ahead in advance for a reservation.

The area of Fludir is famous for its delicious organic mushrooms. The new Farmers Bistro is a restaurant located on a farm that cultivates mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes and more. The bistro has excellent mushroom soup, home-made bread, vegetable wraps, as well as exotic ice cream flavours.

Highlights: Gullfoss | Geysir

Day 3 SKAFTAFELL - JÖKULSARLON - VIK (B)

Skaftafell National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Visit the majestic Skaftafell area, which is located between two glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before returning to the charming village of Vik in the afternoon. Overnight in Vik area.

Approximate distance: 479km / 295mi

Culinary Suggestions:
Thorbergur Cultural Centre & Café offers homemade cakes and specialties such as farm-raised arctic char (trout) from a nearby farm, as well as other traditional local food, free-range Icelandic lamb and traditional lamb meat soup with bread. Please call ahead to make sure they are open.

Highlights: Skaftafell National Park | Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon | Svartifoss Waterfall

Day 4 THINGVELLIR -  BORGARFJÖRDUR (B)

National Park of Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring
Drive to the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park itself is situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows on the edge of Iceland's largest lake. Continue to Borgarfjördur fjord and visit the historic site of Reykholt, the remarkably beautiful Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. We recommend a visit to the nearby Krauma natural geothermal spa, where you can relax in pools fed by a perfect blend of water from Deildartunguhver and nearby glacial springs. Overnight in Borgarfjördur area.

Approximate distance: 335km / 208mi

Culinary Suggestions:
The Settlement Centre in Borgarnes offers a fascinating insight into the history of the Icelandic settlement and the Saga era. After taking a look at the exhibits, continue your sensory journey through time at the Settlement Center's popular restaurant. The large windows, stripped wooden floors and modern furniture give it a wonderfully stylish vibe. Choose from an assortment of traditional Icelandic dishes such as fish soup and grilled lamb. Don’t forget to leave room for a slice of homemade cake.

Beer aficionados might enjoy visiting the countryside microbrewery, Stedji. Their new tasting room gives you the opportunity to see the operations and sample some distinctively different beers. Stedji is open every day except Sundays and holidays between 12:00 and 17:00 (12:00pm and 5:00pm)

The Ljomalind Country Market in Borgarnes is open six days a week from 13:00 – 18:00 (1:00pm – 6:00pm). This sustainable country market was created by women from the region. Discover home-made treats like ice cream, candy, cheese and jams, as well as handicrafts and herbal remedies. This is a nice stop for getting picnic lunch ingredients and tasty souvenirs for friends at home. It's a good idea to call to reconfirm opening times at 437 1400.

Highlights: Barnafoss | Hraunfossar | Borgarnes

Day 5 SNÆFELLNESS PENINSULA (B)

Sea Cliffs - Rock Formations - Quaint Fishing Villages
Explore the countless natural wonders of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, which happens to be a national park. With mountains to one side and the sea to the other, visit the wind-tangled Arnarstapi sea cliffs and the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur before driving along the north coast through bustling fishing villages. Overnight in Borgarnes area.

Approximate distance: 330km / 200mi

Culinary Suggestions:
Anyone with an interest in Iceland's culinary heritage should not miss the Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, run by the country's last shark farmer. Learn about this unique delicacy and, if you're brave, have a taste. Please call ahead to make sure they are open.

Highlights: Snaefellsjökull National Park | Arnarstapi | Shark Museum | Stykkisholmur

Day 6 REYKJANES PENINSULA - BLUE LAGOON (B)

Volcanic Landscapes - Bubbling Mud Pools - Active Fishing Community - Geothermal Spa
Drive to the Reykjanes peninsula and visit the moonlike lava fields around Lake Kleifarvatn. Another suggested stop is at the Krysuvik geothermal area with bubbling mud pools. Visit Grindavik fishing village, famous for its heritage of producing saltfish (bacalao). Saltfish is undeniably responsible for the prosperity of the Icelandic nation, particularly during the late 19th and early 20th century when the industry was at its peak.

Relax at the famous Blue Lagoon with a refreshing dip in the pleasantly warm geothermal waters, rich in silica and minerals that are great for the skin. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Approximate distance: 207km / 128mi

Culinary Suggestions:
Vitinn Seafood Restaurant in the small town of Sandgerdi offers a delicious crab feast, as well as other seafood options. Their speciality is rock crab; this is one of the few restaurants in Europe offering this treat fresh from the sea.

Salthusid Restaurant (The House of Bacalao) is located in Grindavik, a town famous for its saltfish processing. The menu features beautifully-presented seafood. The specialty is salted cod, but the restaurant also offers salmon, lobster, arctic charr. Those who prefer meat courses can enjoy Icelandic lamb and beef specialties.

Highlights: The Blue Lagoon | Kleifarvatn | Sandgerdi

Day 7 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

After breakfast return to Keflavik International Airport.**

We recommend departing the hotel approximately 3 hours prior to the departure of your international flight.

**Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6- day rental is up and use our FlyBus plus departure transfer.

Please note: The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings can not be guaranteed.

Highlights: Keflavik |Reykjanesbaer

 

 

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