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24th September 2018
We know that after an exciting day of exploring the 'lunar landscape' of South Iceland, one of the things you want nothing more to do is relax, that's why we're putting you in one of the country's most luxurious hotels, the newly built Hótel Grímsborgir, beautifully situated near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park. One of the best ways to enjoy yourself is in one of the hotel's outdoor hot tubs, preferably at night, and preferably whilst Miss Aurora Borealis is paying a visit.... although we cannot guarantee she'll show up, the chances of seeing her are very high.
This driving holiday focuses on bringing 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 one of Europe's most powerful waterfalls to erupting geysers, you'll be in a constant state of wanderlust during this 4-night luxury holiday. Get the keys to your car and let the adventure begin...
Arrive Keflavík Airport and collect your Avis hire car (VW Golf, automatic or similar) for 3 days hire. Your journey begins by driving via Reykjavík with ocean views to your left and mountains to your right. You then have the lovely drive through lava fields before taking the mountain road via the geothermal town of Hveragerði and Selfoss to your hotel (approx. 70 miles).
3 nights near SELFOSS - Hotel Grímsborgir (4 star)
Days 2 & 3
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 from Grimsborgir to Reykjavik, Iceland's exciting capital city. Those wishing to spend some time languishing in the famous Blue Lagoon can set off early and take the coastal route towards Grindavik and the Blue Lagoon before driving to Reykjavik and returning your hire car. Please note that the Blue Lagoon must be pre-booked (see Excursions tab for more information). Return hire car to Avis office in Reykjavík and they will provide a transfer to your hotel.
1 night REYKJAVIK - Hotel Reykjavik Centrum (4 star)
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. Private transfer from your hotel in Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport for your return flight home.
Departure Day: Daily
Dates: Oct 2018 - April 2019
Duration: 4 nights
Deposit: £300 per person
Prices: Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a room throughout.
|Departure Dates||Price from per person|
|1 Dec 2018 - 10 Apr 2019||£2470|
|Price for single travellers on request.|
HOTEL GRIMSBORGIR (4 star) - Grimsnes
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.
Accommodation is as follows (please check individual holidays as to which room type is included):
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.
Suites are 56 sqm big and have one King Size bed, a living room area, bathroom with bath and shower and a private terrace with hot-tub. They 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.
HOTEL REYKJAVIK CENTRUM (4 star) - Reykjavik
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.
Luxury Short Break Winter Holiday in Iceland
To see the best of South Iceland using your hire car, follow our suggestions on things to see and do.
The Golden Circle
Perhaps South Iceland's most famous excursion but with a hire car being able to take it at your own pace. Highlights include Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.
Svartifoss Waterfall (‘Black Falls’) and Svinafellsjökull
Svartifoss plunges over a wall of symmetrical columnar balsalt 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’)
Iceland’s most southerly tip. A 120 metres high promontory where 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!
Just 20 miles away from Vik you will discover one of Iceland’s most beautiful and photographed waterfalls. Skógafoss is also one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 25 metres and a drop of 60 metres. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow often appears by its side!
Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
This iceberg filled lagoon may be furthest away but we urge you to take the stunning drive from Vik. The term ‘out of this world’ could not be more accurate for this place!
Who is this holiday suitable for?
This holiday is perfect for those who are looking for something rather special and that little bit more luxurious. The featured accommodation for this holiday is of a very high standard and, dare we say, rather romantic...so for this reason it is really aimed at couples seeking a cosy, get-away experience where they primarily want to enjoy one another's company - and the wonders of Iceland of course! This holiday includes a 4x4 hire car while at Grimsborgir, in order to give lots of freedom to sightsee independently so it is also aimed at those who are happy to drive themselves (although we can arrange private transfers and excursions for this holiday on request).
Is it easy to drive in Iceland?
Due to the nature in Iceland you will find a mixture of tarmac (main roads) and gravel roads, though most of the roads are gravel roads with a loose top surface. This means that speed limits are rather low, which is great, because it gives you time to negotiate the road without feeling rushed or flustered. Off roading is forbidden in Iceland as it damages the nature, therefore you will only be negotiating primary roads.
All hire cars are fitted with winter tyres which mean you can drive over snow safely and easily. We provide detailed driving directions as part of our service, however we can arrange a SatNav system in hire cars for those who wish (supplement applies).
As long as you follow the speed limit and drive carefully you will be absolutely fine.
Can special diets be catered for?
Absolutely! Just let us know at the time of booking in order that we may organise delicious alternatives, whether gluten free, vegetarian, vegan or just plain fussy!