5 nights: 3 x HVALFJÖRÐUR, 2 x REYKJAVIK
The remote and beautiful luxury of Glymur combined with the hustle and bustle of Reykjavik
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Glymur is located on the northern side of the magnificent Whale Fjord, or Hvalfjörður, in a very quiet and remote region. It’s remoteness – away from bright city lights – make it an excellent spot for you to view the Northern Lights.
You will find many of south-west Iceland’s lesser visited gems within easy driving distance. Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Snæfellsjökull glacier, the 1446-metre high cone volcano from Jules Verne’s ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’, are easy to reach. As are Deildartunguhver hot spring, Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls, and the impressive Grábrók, a volcanic crater. Be sure to also visit the famous Shark Museum at Bjarnarhöfn – and be brave enough to try this local delicacy!
Your final two nights are spent in Reykjavik, Iceland’s bustling capital city, ending your holiday with a city ‘fix’.
Day 1 | Reykjavik - Hvalfjörður (54 miles)
Arrive Keflavik Airport and collect your Avis hire car from the airport. Drive eastwards towards Reykjavik before continuing northwards on the 'Ring Road' via the Hvalfjörður subsea tunnel to your resort, east of Akranes. Should you wish it is also possible to avoid the subsea tunnel and take the longer route around the fjord.
Check-in to your hotel and spend the remainder of the evening relaxing.
3 nights HVALFJÖRÐUR - Hotel Glymur (4*)
Meals included today: Dinner
Days 2 & 3 | Explore Hvalfjörður & Snæfellsnes Peninsula
An easy drive northwards takes you to the main attractions in this area, near Reykholt. Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring with a flow rate of 180 litres per second of 100-degree water. On site is Krauma which offers you five relaxing natural geothermal baths, a cold tub to get your blood circulation going, two calming saunas and a relaxation room where you can rest by the fireplace. Krauma also has two steam baths. Hraunfossar ('lava falls') and Barnafoss ('children's falls') are close by, as is Grábrók crater, the largest of three craters in a short volcanic fissure, and easy to climb rewarding you with beautiful scenery over the Borgarfjörður.
Weather permitting we highly recommend driving around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to see the impressive Snæfellsjökull glacier plus the excellent Volcano Museum and the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes. The fishing village of Grundarfjörður is beautifully situated in front of a magnificent mountain range and famous for its landmark Kirkjufell mountain (463 metres). Djúpalónssandur, a pebble beach cover with bizarre lava formations and gorges at its end and Lóndrangar basalt cliffs near the Malarrif lighthouse are worth visiting, as is the tiny fishing hamlet of Arnastapi at the foot of Mount Stapafell.
Meals included both days: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 | Hvalfjörður - Reykjavik (40 miles)
Retrace your route, this time driving into the centre of Reykjavik and dropping your hire car office at the Avis office in the centre. Avis will provide a transfer for the short drive to your hotel.
Check-in to your hotel with the remainder of the day free to explore the city.
2 nights REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Reykjavik (4*)
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 5 - Explore Reykjavik
Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, with a population of only 120,000 is a vibrant city positioned amid fjords and mountain ranges. It might be small, but Reykjavik thrives on being different; here you stand directly on Mother Nature’s doorstep.
It’s often said that the best things come in small packages, and Reykjavik is a perfect example of this. For such a small city it’s surprisingly cosmopolitan and offers a throng of unforgettable activities to do, ranging from the adventurous to the seriously quirky!
Why not take a whale watching trip? It departs directly from the city centre! See Excursions for more details.
The city has a numerous number of quality bars and restaurants to choose from and there is a particularly famous hot-dog stand...
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 6 - Homeward bound
Pick-up from your hotel for the transfer via BSI bus terminal to Keflavik Airport for your return flight home.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Departure Day: Possible daily
Departure Dates: 1 Nov 2019 – 31 March 2020
Duration: 5 nights
Based on two people travelling together:
1 Nov 2019 – 31 Jan 2020
£1295 per person, Executive Mountain View room at Glymur
£1370 per person, Executive Fjord View room at Glymur
1 Feb – 31 March 2020
£1325 per person, Executive Mountain View room at Glymur
£1395 per person, Executive Fjord View room at Glymur
Based on four people travelling together in one car:
1 Nov 2019 – 31 Jan 2020
£1285 per person, 2-bedroom Villa at Glymur, 2 x double/twin rooms in Reykjavik
1 Feb – 31 Mar 2020
£1315 per person, 2-bedroom Villa at Glymur, 2 x double/twin rooms in Reykjavik
Deposit: £200 per person
It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.
- Scheduled return flights with Icelandair from London Heathrow/Gatwick, Manchester or Glasgow Airport to Keflavik Airport including 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand luggage per person. Taxes included.
Alternative departure airports and airlines available – please ask for details.
- Car hire with Avis based on a Hyundai i30, 5 door, 5 seat, automatic or similar with pick-up at Keflavik Airport and drop-off in Reykjavik centre. Rental includes unlimited mileage, CDW (excess ISK 195,000) theft protection and tax.
- 3 nights at 4* Hotel Glymur at Hvalfjörður based on either an Executive Mountain View room, an Executive Fjord View room or a 2-bedroom Villa (see prices) including daily buffet breakfast and dinner.
- 2 nights at 4* Fosshotel Reykjavik in Reykjavik based on a standard double/twin room/s including daily buffet breakfast.
- Airport bus transfer from hotel in Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport via BSI Bus Terminal.
- Scandinavia Only travel document wallet.
- 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
- ATOL Protection
There is a Keflavik Airport Service Charge for the hire car of ISK 5,400 per rental and an Environmental Fee of ISK 650 per rental which are both payable locally.
Hotel Glymur (4*) – Hvalfjörður
A friendly design hotel set in a quiet, tranquil area with wonderful views of the 30-km long Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord). The hotel has 22 Executive Rooms. Each room has two floors, with a bathroom and sitting room on the lower floor and bedroom on the upper floor. Executive rooms have either a mountain or fjord view. All rooms have a flat-screen TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and coffee machine. There are two outdoor hot tubs which are included for guests staying in the Executive rooms.
The Villas have a spectacular view overlooking the Whale Fjord, through grand windows facing south. Each villa as two or three bedrooms (all bedrooms are en-suite) and there is a fully-equipped kitchen which leads into a lounge area with leather sofas and a dining table. Each villa has its own private outdoor hot-tub which is located on a veranda accessed from the living room.
All meals and drinks are served in the Glymur Restaurant which is located in the main building.
Fosshotel Reykjavik (4*) – Reykjavik
Fosshotel Reykjavík is located within the centre of the city, close to the Hallgrimskirkja Church, the Phallological Museum and the main shopping street Laugavegur – you can follow this (or the coastal road) down to the harbour area – approx. 20/25 mins walk.
Though large (16 floors), the hotel still offers many personal touches In both appearance and service. All bedrooms are decorated in contemporary style with warm, natural materials and have private shower & WC, TV, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, safety box and telephone. Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Lounge facilities and hotel bar. Trendy beer garden offering a large selection of draught and bottled craft beers as well as street food options. Restaurant ‘Haust’ serves an extensive buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner focusing on fresh Icelandic produce. Fitness facilities. Underground car parking (chargeable). Airport shuttle bus stops outside the hotel (Bus stop 12 – also used by excursion buses).
Winter Whale & Dolphin Watching from Reykjavik
Description: As the low-lying sun casts its warm glow over the snow-capped mountains surrounding the bay – often painting the sky bright orange or pink – it’s time to explore the rich wildlife of the coast. Herring and Capelin are the main prey in the waters surrounding Reykjavik, often attracting Humpback whales, Orcas, White-beaked dolphins and Harbour porpoises. Finding the cetaceans is a team effort with all passengers taking part in the search – scanning the horizon and pointing and shouting out when they are spotted.
Your hosts for this tour practice responsible whale watching, following a strict Code of Conduct, thus each encounter is on the animals’ terms and distance may be kept to minimise disturbance.
Your trip begins with an introduction at the Visitor Centre, located onboard a converted fishing vessel permanently anchored to the pier. Here you will have the opportunity to stroll through the wildlife exhibition prior to your departure. Onboard your vessel you will find several outdoor viewing platforms, an indoor saloon with large wide-ranging windows, a cafeteria and toilets. Thermal overalls and blankets are available to borrow.
NB. The weather and sea conditions can be challenging during the winter months, therefore it is good to keep in mind that this excursion is often adapted by moving vessels to harbours of more sheltered areas situated around the Reykjanes peninsula and passengers are transported there free of charge from the excursion base in the Old Harbour. Experience and flexibility allows for a more comfortable and reliable winter whale watching adventure, but going from other harbours means that we it may be necessary to take a bus anywhere from 20-60 min. away, so the duration of the tour can be from around 3-5 hours in total.
Operates: 1 Nov – 31 Mar
Departs: 0900 & 1300
Duration: 3 – 5 hours
Price: £85 per adult, £45 per child (7-15)
Price includes: Guided tour as detailed, use of warm overalls, Free on board WiFi, access to the Visitor and Whale Exhibition Centre.
Good to know: Departure is from the harbour in Reykjavik, although a hotel pick-up can be arranged for those who would prefer this. It is approx. 20/25 mins walk to the harbour from Fosshotel Reykjavik.
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