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Glacial Exploration and Auroras
Winter in Iceland is a fantastic season to experience the majestic might of glaciers. These powers of nature have forcefully carved Icelandâ€˜s landscape on their ponderous march to the sea. Icelandic glaciers have been the focus of international news programmes and movies; they are worth a closer look, and this new driving vacation gives more time in prime glacial areas.
Discover glaciersâ€˜ ever-changing beauty and their importance to both Iceland and the world. Drive on roads paralleling Europeâ€˜s largest glacier, experiencing its ever-changing angles and fantastic photo opportunities. Visit a glacial wonderland in a new national park. Indulge your inner explorer and join tours bringing you onto -- and even inside -- the heart of a glacier. Youâ€˜ll also experience the Golden Circle as well as Viking Saga locales and the impressive glacier-fueled natural wonders of the Borgarfjordur region. Overnight in stunning locations that make a fabulous backdrop for elusive northern lights.
Day 1 Reykjavik
Arrival in Iceland - The worldâ€™s northernmost capital city
Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is yours to rest and use at your own leisure.
Overnight in Reykjavik
The Blue Lagoon Geothermal spa is an ideal stop on the way to Reykjavik. Enjoy peaceful relaxation at a unique natural pool of mineral rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field in the pure, beautiful Icelandic wilderness. The Blue Lagoon is known for its healing properties and its beneficial effect on the skin, and attracts visitors from all over the world in search of health, relaxation and an exotic experience. In addition to bathing in the lagoon, guests have access to a sauna with a view of the lagoon, a steam-bath with white walls that resemble silica-mud and a cosy steam-bath carved into a lava cave. Guests can also stand beneath a small waterfall for an energizing massage.
Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance in order to guarantee access.
Day 2 Hvalfjordur - BorgarnesMeals: Breakfast
Approximate distance: ca101km / 63miles
Whale Fjord- Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring â€“ Magical waterfalls
Today head to Borgarfjordur via the Hvalfjordur tunnel (tunnel toll not included in price). If you donÂ´t want to take the tunnel, you can take the scenic coastal road instead (adds additional 17 km/10 miles to trip). Drive through Borgarnes town where you can learn about the first Viking settlers in the area at the popular Settlement Museum. Visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, as well as two beautiful waterfalls, Hraunfossar (the Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children's Falls).
Tonight you are well situated to catch a glimpse of the famous Northern Lights, if Mother Nature decides to cooperate.
Overnight: Fosshotel Reykholt or similar (2 nights)
Day 3 Langjokull - ReykholtMeals: Breakfast
Approximate distance: ca50km / 31miles
Langjokull Glacier and Icelandic Sagas
Today explore the Borgarfjordur valley region and nearby areas. Langjokull Glacier offers exciting adventures such as exploring a man-made tunnel built into the icy-blue heart of the glacier. You can reach the tunnel by taking an adventurous ride up the glacier in a monstrous 18-wheeled vehicle. Once at the tunnel, youâ€˜ll see glacier the from the inside and learn how these icy wonders are formed.
Another interesting area activity is a guided cave visit. If you're interested in culture, visit nearby Reykholt, home of a medieval chieftain who penned some of Icelandâ€˜s greatest Sagas. Visit scenic Husafell and stroll on paths with colorful stone paintings created by a local artist.
Overnight at the Fosshotel Reykholt or similar
Optional: Into the Glacier - Classic Tour (from Husafell Hotel or Klaki Base Camp)
Approximate distance: ca225km / 140miles
Today, visit the must-see sites in Iceland! Start with Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), famous for its history and geological wonders. Onwards to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, formed by the waters of a glacial river. Continue to Geysir hot spring area with its lively bubbling pools and spouting geyser.
Optional activity: Laugarvatn Fontana Spa offers a relaxing environment of hot springs and steam baths. Hot, healing steam simmers directly from the ground through grids in the cabin floors of this wellness center, where nature meets tradition. An afternoon or evening visit to the open air baths at Laugarvatn Fontana will also give you the opportunity to experience the ever changing Icelandic weather, as the thermal baths can be enjoyed all year round.
Overnight in Hella/Hvolsvollur area.
Optional: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee
Approximate distance: ca435km / 270miles
Thundering Waterfalls - Black sand beaches â€“ Sea Cliffs & Stone Arches
Travel along the south coast, one of Iceland's main farming areas. You'll see many farms and shaggy herds of Icelandic horses as you head along the Ring Road. See the magnificent waterfall Skogarfoss, a site of hidden treasure. Nearby is the Skogar Folk Museum, well known throughout Iceland for being the best of its kind, with a collection of mementos from this regionâ€™s past housed in beautifully preserved old turf-roofed buildings. Make a stop in Vik village where you can admire stunning views of a black sand beach and the black basalt columns of Reynisdrangur. Youâ€˜ll also see glaciers from the road, including Myrdalsjokull and Europeâ€˜s largest glacier, Vatnajokull.
Overnight in Hofn area.
Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp)
Approximate distance: ca200km / 125miles
Vatnajokull Glacier - Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs
Your hotel is perfectly situated for a full day of exploring glacial wonders in Vatnajokull National Park, Europe's largest national park. Visit the park's majestic Skaftafell area, which is located between two glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where blue, white, turquoise and black-streaked icebergs shift and dance. The mystical lagoon is enormous and has been the backdrop for many major feature films and programs including Batman Begins and, most recently, Game of Thrones. It is a special place for photographers who enjoy the challenge of catching the icebergs in just the right light conditions. Donâ€˜t forget to keep an eye out for seals resting amid the glaciers.
Tonight, if the weather conditions are optimal, you might catch the Northern Lights playing across the sky.
Overnight at Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Optional Tour: If you enjoy a taste of adventure you can experience glaciers close-up with a guided hike on one of the glaciers in the Skaftafell area. Your expert glacier guide will point out many unique features about glaciers during the hike.
Approximate distance: ca344km / 214miles
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall- Volcano Center â€“ Geothermal Village
Drive along the scenic south coast back to the west. En route, visit Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall that you can walk behind. At the Thorvaldseyri Volcano Visitor Centre, located beneath Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, you can experience both in pictures and on film the 2010 eruption and its impact on the area and the whole world. (Note: closed in December, January and on weekends).
The new Bobby Fischer Center in Selfoss is dedicated to the world-famous American chess master who defeated Russian Boris Spatsky in the 1972 so-called Match of All Time in Iceland. Bobby Fischer lived his last years in Iceland and is buried in a nearby cemetery. During the winter, you can call in advance to make an appointment to visit the museum.
Visit Hveragerdi, a hot spring village famous for its geothermal greenhouses where flowers and vegetables are grown year-round. Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon/early evening.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 8 ReykjavikMeals: Breakfast
Please be prepared to leave the hotel about 3 hours before the departure of your flight. Drop off your rental car at the airport.**
**Please note that the package price is based on 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 8 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 7- day rental is up and use our flybus 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 that the package price is based on 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 8, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 7-day rental is up and use our FlyBus departure transfer
A supplement will be charged for travel during the period Dec. 28, 2018 - Jan 2, 2019.
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)
5 Nights Accommodation at Country Hotels, Including Breakfast
Rental Car for 7 Days With Unlimited Mileage, Cdw, Theft Protection and Vat
Car Pick-Up/Drop-off at KeflavÃk International Airport
Airport Service Charge
Detailed Road Map
Detailed Iceland Travel Guide Booklet in Selected Languages
Emergency Phone Line Open 24 Hours
Price Does Not IncludeAir
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