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Experience a week of natural wonders during peak northern lights season. Explore Icelandâ€™s famous south and south-west, the perfect setting for glaciers, volcanoes, black-sand beaches and geysers.
Whatâ€™s better than spending a week exploring natural wonders? Itâ€™s discovering natural wonders during prime northern lights viewing season! Drive the dramatic coastlines of Icelandâ€™s volcanic south and southwest, discovering the glaciers, black sand beaches, and glorious waterfalls. View the major natural wonders that have made Iceland famous, enhanced by the beautiful lights and shadows of an Arctic winter.
Cat. 1.3 Suzuki Swift 4wd or similar
Cat. 2.5 Suzuki SX4 4wd or similar
Cat. 4.0 Skoda Octavia 4wd, SW or similar
Cat. 4.1 Skoda Octavia 4wd, SW, automatic or similar
Cat. 5.0 Toyota RAV4 4wd or similar
Cat. 5.1 Toyota RAV4 4wd, automatic or similar
Cat. 5.2 Dacia Duster 4wd or similar
Cat. 5.3 Mitsubishi Outlander or similar
Cat. 6.3 Land Rover Discovery 4wd, automatic or similar
Cat. 7.1 Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd, automatic or similar
Cat. 7.2 Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd, automatic, 7 seater or similar
Cat. 9.9 VW Caravelle 4wd, 9 seater or similar
Day 1 Reykjavik
50 km / 30 miles
Arrival in Iceland â€“ The worldâ€™s northernmost capital city
Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport.
Travel to your hotel in ReykjavÃk and check-in. The rest of the day is open for your own activities. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. Itâ€™s a wonderful way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. Itâ€™s also nice to take a stroll in the old city center, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy cafÃ©.
Please note check-in for most hotels begins at 14:00 â€“ 16:00 (2:00pm-4:00pm)
Day 2 Thingvellir - Gullfoss WaterfallMeals: Breakfast
200 km / 124 miles
National Park with Geological Wonders â€“ Lively Geysers â€“ The Famous Golden Falls
This morning, head for the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, where the worldâ€™s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Icelandâ€™s largest lake. This is also the meeting point of the tectonic plates that divide the North American and European continents, giving you the rare chance to take a walk between two continents. Visit the quirky geothermal fields of Geysir. Stroll along a footpath around colorful bubbling mud pools and spouting geysers. The most famous of these is Strokkur, which erupts about every ten minutes. Then visit the dramatic, two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. You can get great views of the waterfall from different angles on a variety of paths.
Afterwards drive along winter country roads to your overnight in South Iceland. If nature co-operates, you might glimpse some northern lights!
Overnight in the Hella or Hvollsvollur area.
Silfra Snorkeling (Meet on Location)
Fontana Geothermal Baths
Day 3 Eyjafallajokull - Skogar - HofnMeals: Breakfast
Waterfalls â€“ Volcanic Landscapes â€“ Black-Sand Beaches
Approximate Distance:380 km / 236 miles
Today youâ€™ll explore the iconic South Shore, a region lined with volcanic mountains and glacier views. On a clear day, you can catch a glimpse of two very famous volcanoes. Beautiful Mount Hekla is Icelandâ€™s most frequently erupting volcanoes (last eruption: 2000). A more recently erupting volcano is the towering strato-volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which erupted in 2010 and impacted airplane traffic worldwide. We suggest a visit to the LAVA Centre in Hvollsvollur town. Here you can interactive exhibit about the volcanoes and earthquakes that helped create Iceland.
Visit two spectacular waterfalls that have a special beauty of their own in the winter. Seljalandsfoss is a ribbon-like fall that drops gracefully down a cliff. If trail conditions are safe, you can walk behind the waterfall. Majestic Skogafoss has become one of Icelandâ€™s most photographed waterfalls â€“ make sure you have your camera ready for a selfie! As you drive, youâ€™ll also see Myrdalsjokull glacier, one of our favorite places to enjoy guided glacier hiking or snowbomile tours. Continue onwards to Reynisfjara beach and its striking black sands. You can really feel the power of nature in this area of thundering waves and extraordinary rock formations.
Continue onwards, passing Eldhraun, the largest known single lava flow, as you head to your overnight.
Overnight stay in the Hofn area.
Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp)
Black Sand Beach ATV Tour
iSolheimajokull Glacier Walking Tour (from Basecamp)
Day 4 Skaftafell National ParkMeals: Breakfast
Approximate Distance: 215 km / 127 miles
Western Europeâ€™s Largest National Park â€“ Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs â€“ Europeâ€™sLargest Glacier
Today you will be in the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest of its kind in Western Europe. Itâ€™s dominated by Vatnajokull glacier, Europeâ€™s largest ice cap.
Start with a visit to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of floating, blue-tinted icebergs on this 180-meter (591-foot) deep glacial lagoon. Nearby is the Diamond Beach, where silvery icebergs rest on black sands. Both the lagoon and the beach are great areas to spend some time catching perfect photographs. You also might glimpse seals lounging near the icebergs. Another glacial wonder in the area is the quiet, mystical Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon.
Vatnajokull National Parkâ€™s glacier-ringed Skaftafell area is an outstanding area of natural beauty that also has great winter hiking opportunities. The parkâ€™s visitor center can fill you in on which trails are open for hiking during your visit. You can get closer to a glacier â€“ and learn great facts about them â€“ on a guided hiking tour that actually takes you onto the ice itself.
Overnight in in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Crystal Ice Cave Tour from the Glacier Lagoon
Glacier Wonders â€“ Glacier Hike in Skaftafell
Day 5 Hveragerdi - ReykjavikMeals: Breakfast
Approximate Distance:369 km / 229 miles
Greenhouse Village â€“ UNESCO Geopark â€“ Geothermal Lagoon
Head towards the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few communities in the world located directly on top of an active geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called â€˜the flower villageâ€™ because of its many greenhouses that use hot water from nearby springs. Itâ€™s a charming town worth a stop. There are several charming restaurants and shops, as well as a small geothermal park.
Turn onto a coastal road known for its breath-taking views of powerful sea waves slamming against the shoreline. The road leads to the Reykjanes peninsula, a UNESCO Geopark with many intriguing geological wonders, including the bubbling Krysuvik geothermal area and the lunar landscapes of Lake Kleifarvatn. You can also opt to enjoy a relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm and mineral-rich geothermal water located in a middle of a black lava field. (Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance. We would be happy to help you with booking admission). If youâ€™re interested in culture and history, we definitely recommend a visit to the Viking World exhibit where you can discover facts about Viking life and see Islendingurinn, a replica of a Viking ship that sailed from Iceland to North America in the year 2000.
Return to Reykjavik; the evening is open to enjoy Icelandâ€™s capital city.
Overnight in Reyjavik.
Blue Lagoon Entrance
Panorama ATV/Quad tour in Reykjanes
Sky Lagoon Pass
Northern Lights Boat Tour
Northern Lights and Stargazing
Northern Lights Hunt â€“ Super Jeep Tour
Day 6 ReykjavikMeals: 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 5 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 6, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 5-day rental is up and use our FlyBus plus departure transfer.
The price is based on Cat. 1.3 economy car, Suzuki Swift, 4WD, manual or similar.
Other category cars are available.
Please note: The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.
Price Includes2 Nights at a Hotel in Reykjavik, Including Breakfast (except Arrival Day)
3 Nights in Countryside Hotels, Including Breakfast
Rental Car for 4days With Unlimited Mileage, Cdw, Theft Protection and Vat
Gps System With Car and Additional Authorized Driver
Car Pick-Up/Drop-off at KeflavÃk International Airport
Airport Service Charge
Road Map (1:500 000)
Emergency Phone Line Open 24 Hours
Price Does Not IncludeAir
Breakfast the First Day
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