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13th January 2019
Without doubt one of the world's most spectacular driving routes and definitely THE holiday for those who want to drive around Iceland.
Discover unique natural wonders including magnificent waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, spouting geysers, bubbling mud pots and lava landscapes.
This is a wonderful tour taking in the Snæfellsnes peninsula and most of Iceland's mountainous 830 mile long Highway 1 or 'Ring Road', which skirts the entire coastline, with the exception of the West Fjords, though we can arrange this for you too if you have a few extra nights to spare...! You'll have the chance to see Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull, rich birdlife and, in high summer, the Midnight Sun.
Arrive Keflavik Airport. Transfer by airport bus (Flybus) to your hotel in Reykjavik. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Iceland's lovely, compact capital city.
1 night REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Reykjavik (4 star)
Collect Avis hire car and head north on the Ring Road via the wide Kollafjördur and under the Havalfjördur by subsea tunnel to Borgarnes. Through the Myrar region and Eldborg lavafield before driving through the Snæfellsnes mountain range to Stykkisholmur on the northern shore of the peninsula (107 miles).
2 nights STYKKISHOLMUR - Fosshotel Stykkisholmur (3 star)
Continue along the northern shore of the peninsula to the Hrutafjörður to rejoin the Ring Road. Now through the wide Viði valley via Blönduos and through moorland and valleys to Akureyri, located on the shores of Iceland´s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður (225 miles).
2 nights AKUREYRI - Icelandair Hotel Akureyri (4 star)
Onwards via Goðafoss to your hotel situated on the south-west shore of the lake and a short distance from the pseudo-craters at Skutustaðir (55 miles).
2 nights MÝVATN - Hotel Laxá (3 star plus)
- Continue eastwards via the Mödrudalur valley and mountain ranges to Egilsstaðir, ‘capital’ of East Iceland (114 miles).
2 nights EGILSSTADIR - Guesthouse Egilsstadir (3 star)
Follow the coastline around numerous fjords via Höfn and in sight of majestic Vatnajökull, Europe´s largest glacier, to your hotel about 9 miles west of Höfn (118 miles).
2 nights HÖFN - Fosshotel Vatnajökull (3 star)
Westwards around the Hornafjörður, before reaching the wonderful Jökulsarlon glacial lagoon with its huge icebergs and from where boat trips are possible. Through the vast Breidamerkursandur sand area passing Iceland´s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnjúkur (2119 metres) and Skaftafell National Park. Continue through the vast black sand deserts of Skeiðarársandur via Kirkjubæjarklaustur then through the vast Eldhraun lava fields before reaching Vík, Iceland’s southernmost town (161 miles).
2 nights VIK - Icelandair Hotel Vik (4 star)
Westwards to Selfoss via the impressive Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Northeast via the Kerið explosion crater and world-famous Geysir area to spectacular Gullfoss waterfall. Return to Reykjavik via the beautiful historical site of Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are still moving apart, then through the Mosfellsheiði moors to Reykjavik. Drop off your hire car (195 miles).
1 night REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Reykjavik (4 star)
Airport bus from hotel to Keflavik Airport (32 miles).
By Air: Daily from UK airport
Dep. Dates: 1 May - 30 September 2019
Duration: 14 nights
Prices from: Prices are per person and are based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin/double room.
|Departure Dates||Price from per person|
|1 May - 30 Sep 2019||£3970|
DEPOSIT: The deposit payment for this holiday is £300 per person
TO BOOK: To book this holiday either telephone us on 01274 875199 (this is our preferred option as it gives us the opportunity to chat with you!) or email your booking request to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Non British passport holders, including other EU nationals, should obtain up to date advice on passport and visa requirements from the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of your destination or country(ies) through which you are travelling.
FOSSHOTEL REYKJAVIK (4 star) - Reykjavik
Fosshotel Reykjavík is located in the city centre, it's a large hotel that still offers personal touches in both appearance and service. Only a short walking distance from Laugavegur, the main shopping street, it's the ideal location for any visitor to Reykjavik.
The hotel has 16 floors with many rooms offering magnificent views of the city and the bay area. We recommend unwinding with Icelandic draught beer at the Bjórgarðurinn / Beer Garden or enjoy dining at their restaurant, Haust. All rooms are en suite and equipped with modern facilities including Wifi.
FOSSHOTEL STYKKISHOLMUR (3 star) - Stykkisholmur
Located on a hill overlooking the beautiful town, so every room has a spectacular panoramic view of beautiful scenery. There are 33 newly renovated rooms, all equipped with private facilities and includes a TV, telephone, internet connections and hairdryers. The in-house restaurant offers sea views and often serves the daily local catch, such as monk fish, cod or halibut, and a Scandinavian breakfast buffet is served each morning. For sport enthusiasts, there is a golf course only 50 metres away!
ICELANDAIR HOTEL AKUREYRI (4 star) - Akureyri
The new Icelandair Hotel Akureyri is your comfy base camp to enjoy and experience Iceland's beautiful North. Explore the amazing countryside, full of some of Iceland's most amazing natural attractions including Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss – Europe’s most powerful waterfall, whale watching.
All rooms are bright and comfortable with Icelandic design in the forefront and include bathroom with a shower, hairdryer, flat screen TV, wireless internet, telephone, coffee and tea set. After a day of adventure you can unwind at Aurora, the hotel's excellent bar and restaurant or you can enjoy a futher spot of relaxation at the geothermal pool just across the street!
HOTEL LAXA (3 star plus) - Mývatn
Hotel Laxá is a stylish new hotel that was opened in summer 2014. All rooms are decorated in contemporary Scandic design with wooden floors and excellent facilities in a prime location by Lake Mývatn. From the hotel, you can enjoy uninterrupted views of Mother Nature, including River Laxá.
When you're not out exploring, you can relax in the hotel's lounge and bar, or enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant whilst at the same time admiring the beauty of your surroundings.
Guesthouse Egilsstadir ***
Egilsstaðir Guesthouse is a cosy hotel offering a peaceful environment for a revitalising, romantic atmosphere. Centrally located within East Iceland the guesthouse serves as an ideal base for taking a wide variety of sight-seeing excursions around the East. Egilsstaðir Guesthouse offers 18 recently renovated guest rooms, with wood parquet floors. All rooms have en suite bathrooms, multi-channel television, radio, a coffee maker and hairdryer. All guest rooms are non-smoking.
Charismatic and attractive hotel in the southeast of Iceland with a spectacular panoramic view of the majestic glacier tongue. Inspired by the breathtaking location, the hotel has been designed to ensure that your stay will be as relaxing as possible with superb views.
Fosshotel Vatnajökull has been newly renovated with a modern restaurant, bar and and en suite rooms complete with all necessary facilities.
ICELANDAIR HOTEL VIK (4 star) - 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.
Iceland's Full Circle
The following are our suggestions about what to do on your free days. We have been to all of the featured destinations and enjoyed them immensely - we think you will too.
Snæfellsjökull Glacier (Snow Mountain Glacier) - from Stykkishólmur
A 1,446 metres high ancient cone volcano, made famous in Jules Verne's novel, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The glacier harbours an active volcano though there have been no recorded eruptions since Iceland's settlement!
The Herring Town of Siglufjörður - from Akureyri
Once the richest town in Iceland due to its herring industry. There is a lovely little herring museum here which is well worth visiting and why not linger over lunch at Hannes Boy Cafe in the harbour?
Namafjall Hverir Geothermal Area and Dettifoss - from Reykjahlið
With its steaming bubbling mud pools and fumaroles Namafjall Hverir will make you feel hot but don't worry, the sight and sound of Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, will cool you down!
Mývatn Nature Baths - from Reykjahlið
Why not relax and unwind at Mývatn Nature Baths? These geothermal pools are North Iceland's very own 'Blue Lagoon' but on a smaller, more intimate scale. Open until Midnight in summer for those who like a relaxing soak before bedtime...
Hengifoss ('hanging falls') - from Egilsstaðir
Iceland's second highest waterfall at 118 metres. There is a viewing area at the top - wear good shoes!
Svartifoss Waterfall ('Black Falls') and Svinafellsjökull - from Freysnes
Svartifoss plunges over a wall of symmetrical columnar basalt and an easy walk to its base provides a spectacular photo opportunity. Walk to the edge of Svinafellsjökull, a glacial tongue of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier.
Dyrhólaey ('Doorway Hill Island') - from Vik
Iceland's most southerly tip or cape. A 120 metres high promontory where a unique arch-shaped rock is found. The Cliffs and sand dunes have been declared a nature reserve protecting large seabird colonies. Spectacular views of the black sand beaches from the lighthouse!
Who is this holiday suitable for?
This holiday is ideal for those who wish to see as much as possible of Iceland and enjoy the freedom of having a car.
Want to know more about driving in Iceland?
This animated video shows you exactly what to expect, and provides tips and road rules.