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4th October 2017
What comes to mind when you think of Iceland? We asked a group of people that question and the majority stated 'glaciers, geysers and waterfalls'. Some people also tried pronouncing 'Eyjafjallajökull' but successfully failed.
We at Scandinavia Only believe Iceland is one of the greatest places on earth, and with this holiday we wanted to show you exactly why. Yes, it has glaciers, geysers and waterfalls, but they are not the only thing. They are just the tip of the iceberg. Iceland is a country that makes you feel something, that indescribable feeling of being in awe of the universe.
This driving holiday focuses on tying together many of Iceland's key places as well as some of the more hidden gems that having a car enables you to see more easily. From powerful waterfalls to black beaches, and from glacial lagoons to erupting geysers, you'll be in a constant state of wanderlust.
Driving through Iceland is like no other place on earth, you can drive back and fourth on the same road (although we would never suggest doing that!) and you would see something new. The weather constantly changes; one minute it's glorious sunshine, but in the blink of an eye the sky is dark and brooding, and then a rainbow suddenly appears. Being in your car and witnessing these changes is not just exciting but incredibly surreal.
After picking up your hire car from the airport you drive to Hotel Ranga, one of Iceland's most famous hotels. Its ideal location is within close proximity to many attractions including some of Iceland's most famous waterfalls: Háifoss and Skógafoss. Other lesser known but worth-while gems of Iceland are nearby including Hjálparfoss and Gjáin.
2 nights HELLA - Hotel Ranga
From Hotel Ranga we suggest a visit to the nearby Westman islands, a group of islands, skerrries and rock pillars. The islands were formed by submarine volcanic euruptions along a 30-km long fissure lying southwest to northeast. The largest and only inhabited island is Heimnaey. You will discover a landscape teaming with birds and vegetations, as well as a beautiful perspective of mainland south Iceland.
After a buffet breakfast take the drive to Vik. Staying in Vik means you are staying in Iceland's most southern town and a perfect base to see many of Iceland's most famed attractions. Despite its small size it's still one of largest towns in south Iceland and arguably the prettiest, nestled at the bottom of rolling mountains and overlooking the ocean. Perhaps Vik's most distinct feature are the 'fingers' of basalts rocks also known as Reynisdrangar Pillars that eerily jut out of the sea and can be seen from most places, including your hotel.
3 nights VIK – Icelandair Hotel
Days 4 & 5
On your free days take the scenic drive to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, a must-see attraction not only in South Iceland, but the whole country. Other attractions of South Iceland include the black beach of Vik and Dyrhólaey, Svartifoss – a unique waterfall famed for its basalt columns which inspired the creation of Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavik.
From Vik enjoy the drive to Thingvellir where you will spend the next three nights at Grimsborgir, a new luxury hotel ideally situated for exploring the Golden Circle, and South-West Iceland.
3 nights GRIMSNES - Hotel Grimsborgir
Days 7 & 8
On your free days at Grimsborgir Hotel explore the vast and ever-changing landscape of south-west Iceland at your leisure. Must-see places include:
Drive to Reykjavik and enjoy the last day of your holiday exploring this fabulous and quirky capital city. We recommend climbing to the top of Hallgrimskirkja Church for panoramic views of the city with its brightly painted buildings and scenic views of the ocean.
1 night REYKJAVIK - Hotel Reykjavik Centrum
Make the drive to Keflavik Airport and drop off the hire car before your return flight home. Depending on the time of your return flight home you may have time to soak in the Blue Lagoon.
Departure Days: Daily from UK
Departure Dates: 1 May - 30 Sep 2017
Duration: 9 nights
Prices: Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room throughout
|Departure Dates||Price per person|
|1 - 14 May 2017||£2415|
|15 May - 14 Jun 2017||£2845|
|15 Jun - 22 Aug 2017||£2985|
|23 Aug - 11 Sep 2017||£2845|
|12 - 30 Sep 2017||£2600|
Not included (to be paid locally)
Airport Service Charge of 5,400 ISK (approx £28.00) and an Environmental fee of 650 ISK (approx. £3.50).
Hotel Ranga ****
The wonderful location of Hotel Rangá offers picturesque views of the famous Mt. Hekla to the North; a range of mountains, glaciers and a live volcano to the North-East; and of the Westman Islands to the South. Whilst at Hotel Rangá, you'll able to relax in luxury and serenrity, by enjoying the comforts on offer, from outdoor geothermal hot tubs to massage facilities. All rooms are decorated to a high standard and include all modern necessities.
After a day of exploration, the acclaimed gourmet restaurant at Hotel Rangá offers a wonderful atmosphere to relax and indulge. The restaurant's motto is the concept of a "Farmers Market" - in effect using predominantly local ingredients of the highest quality and freshness - following seasonal availability. The menu is inspired by modern Nordic cuisine with a Mediterranean twist.
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum ****
On the doorstep of Reykjavik's main attractions, this hotel comprises of three charming 18th century style buildings. Proudly opened in 2005 and consists of 89 elegantly decorated en-suite rooms all with satellite and TV, cable and wireless internet, mini-bar, room safe, hairdryer, ironing board and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has its own restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and a bar/cafe offering light refreshment during the day.
Hotel Grímsborgir ****
Hótel Grímsborgir is a 4 star hotel offering beautiful accommodation in a magnificent location, perfectly situated for exploring many of South Iceland's most popular attractions including Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park. However, its secluded location also means it's in the perfect spot to view the Northern Lights during a clear evening...especially from one of the gorgeous outdoor hot-tubs.
Our featured accommodation is as follows:
Superior rooms are 24 sqm big and have a private bathroom with bathtub and shower. Each room has a nice terrace and access to hot-tubs in a common area. All rooms also have Free WiFi, flat screen TV, mini-bar and coffee and tea making facilities in the room.
Studio apartments are 56 sqm big and have 1 double bedroom and 1 twin bedroom as well as a bathroom with shower and a living room with kitchenette. Some of the apartments have a private hot tub and some have hot tub shared with another apartment. Studio apartments have a terrasse with a seating area and also have free WiFi, flat screen TV, mini-bar and coffee and tea making facilities in the room.
Junior Suites are 40 sqm big and have a private bath with bathtub and shower. They accommodate two people in a Kingsize bed and are perfect for those seeking something special for a romantic occasion... Each room has a nice terrace and access to hot tubs in a common area. Each room has a terrasse with seating area, free WiFi, 50" flat screen TV, mini-bar and tea and coffee making facilities in the room.
The following extras can also be added to your room (please ask a member of our staff for details and prices):
Hotel Grimsborgir prides itself on its friendly, first class service, and always provides guests with everything they need to make their stay in Iceland more enjoyable.
Icelandair Hotel Vik
Icelandair Hotel Vik is a new hotel in a wonderful setting in the village of Vik in Myrdalur Valley. It is nestled under sandstone hills and is embraced by magnificent natural surroundings. The views are stunning as you look out over the beach, to the sea and the Reynisdrangar Pillars, and experience the spectacular cliffs and birdlife where the puffins in Mt. Reynisfjall are only a stone’s throw away. Myrdalsjokull Glacier stands guard over the region in all its splendour and there are adventures to be had all around. The hotel has 36 elegantly fitted rooms, decorated with Icelandic design and inspired by the natural environment. All rooms are ensuite and furnished with TV, hairdyer, writing desk, tea and coffee making facilites.
Icelandic Glaciers, Geysers, and Waterfalls
Blue Lagoon on departure
What better way to finish your holiday than bathing in the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to soothe and refresh body and soul? Relax in the milky-blue seawater (37-39ºC) and try out the sauna, steam bath and powerful massage waterfall.
Price: £55 per person
Snorkelling Silfra Day Tour
This tour is a fantastic adventure for everybody who feels comfortable in water. You will float between two continental plates, surrounded by the unique clarity of the most pristine water on this planet. Snorkelling in a lava fissure cracked open by earthquakes, in water that is just above freezing, is something you don't do every day! Includes all necessary quipment and after snorkelling snacks. Meeting point in Thingvellir National Park.
Price: £100, duration approx 4 hours
Amphibian Boat Tour
During this excursion you sail among huge icebergs in the otherworldly landscape of Jökulsárlón. If you are lucky you might even see some seals! On the boat you get to taste the 1000 year old ice. The excursion takes 30–40 minutes and includes an English speaking guide who explains to you the geology and facts of the lagoon. Only payable locally.
Price: 4000 ISK per adult
Walk through the dramatic glacial landscape formed over thousands of years. After a safety briefing and a lesson in ice walking you will head onto the glacier to experience this unique environment with some amazing terrain with crevasse, sink holes and ice ridges. Equipment provided. Only payable locally.
Price: 9990 ISK per person. Not suitable for children under 10 years.
Want to know more about driving in Iceland?
This animated video shows you exactly what to expect, and provides tips and road rules.