Iceland short break with rental car
01 Jan-31 Mar fr. £ 395
01 Apr- 14 May fr. £ 430
15 May-30 Sep fr. £ 500
01 Oct -01 Nov fr. £ 445
Discover Iceland’s south coast in your very own hire car. You will spend three nights at the same hotel in South West Iceland, heading out each day in your hire car to explore the rich variety of wonders that lie in wait nearby. You will then round off the trip with a night in Reykjavík. Throughout the entire trip you will be free to explore whatever appeals the most and you will have every opportunity to discover volcanoes, glaciers, black lava beaches, waterfalls and a world-famous geyser.
Departures 2021: All year, daily.
Direct flights from Belfast (BHD), Bristol (BRS), Edinburgh (EDI), London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR), London Luton (LTN), Glasgow (GLA) and Manchester (MAN). Connecting flights from other airports in the UK also available.
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ARRIVAL IN ICELAND – BLUE LAGOON – HVERAGERDI/SELFOSS
Welcome to beautiful Iceland! Your hire car will be ready and waiting for you when you land at Keflavík Airport. Collect your bags, pick up your hire car and head out into the lunar-esque landscape that lies in wait with its many surprises. No matter which hotel you have chosen, it will be located in South West Iceland and will be your base as you discover this rich and varied part of the country. On the way there you will have the opportunity to stop off at the world-famous Blue Lagoon, which is available as an add-on for this package.
The Blue Lagoon is an outdoor pool that gets its water directly from geothermal sources as deep as 2,000 metres underground. Here you can soak in comfortable temperatures of 36–39°C all year round. The area also boasts a geothermal sauna, an indoor lagoon and a bar and restaurant for both lighter and heartier meals. When you are ready to go simply hop in your hire car and head towards your lodgings in South West Iceland (drive time of an hour to 90 minutes).
DISCOVER THE FANTASTIC SOUTH COAST
Breakfast at the hotel. Exploring the south coast by hire car is the perfect set-up for adventure. This part of the country is home to many of its most interesting sights and attractions. Although the options are many, we recommend first setting your sights on the town of Vík which is located around 150 kilometres to the east.
With its striking black lava beaches, Vík, the most southerly town in Iceland, is a very popular stop. And the road there is lined with volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls and dramatic sea views. Stop off at the enchanting waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss and marvel at nature’s beauty. Visitors can creep in behind the cascading waters of this first waterfall and climb up to the top of the second.
You will also pass the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano and the Solheimajökull Glacier where you can hike up along the glacier’s tongue. Even the drive itself will offer up a great deal of amazing experiences as you travel between dramatic volcanic mountains on one side and the mighty grey Atlantic Ocean on the other.
Just before you reach Vík comes another must-stop. This is where you will find the bird cliffs at Dyrhólaey. The wild ocean has carved out these cliffs in the most spectacular way, making them a perfect nesting site for the beloved puffin (between May and August). If you choose to walk along the black beach in this area, watch out for sneaker waves which have been known to crash in and sweep away unsuspecting visitors. Today you also have the option to visit the Secret Lagoon – a geothermally heated outdoor pool which is located 80 kilometres to the east of Reykjavík. When the day is over you will then return to your hotel in South West Iceland.
TAKE A DRIVE ROUND THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Begin the day with a hearty, energising breakfast at the hotel. The third day of your trip will once more revolve around the magical south coast. Today we recommend taking your car around the Golden Circle, which is so named for the three incredible attractions that can be visited within its confines all in the same day. The Golden Circle consists of Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss.
Thingvellir National Park is an area of both geological and historical interest. It is here that the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, and where their drift has created a six-kilometre wide valley that is flanked by steep cliffs on either end. It is also here that the Althing, the world’s first ever democratic parliament, would meet back in the 900s.
Geysir is a stop of explosive proportions. This place is a world-famous geothermal area that revolves around one of the few active geysers anywhere in the world: Strokkur. This mighty geyser propels a column of water 20 metres up into the air at regular intervals of every 5–10 minutes. Gullfoss is a mighty waterfall that many consider to be the most beautiful in Iceland. Here you can watch as the River Hvítá crashes down into a 32-metre-deep crevice. The water plunges down in stages and visitors can get up close to its thundering waters. When the day is over you will then head back to your hotel in South West Iceland.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today it’s time to head in to Reykjavík where the last day of your journey will unfold. You can choose for yourself whether you want to head off early or later in the afternoon. If you opt to go in the afternoon then you will have the morning free to check out anything you may have missed on the south coast.
Reykjavík is a fascinating city in many different regards. Once a small fishing town, it is now an explosion of colour perched on the edge of the Atlantic. Not only does it offer internationally renowned nightlife, but also shopping, culture and food of the highest quality. Take the opportunity to experience an unforgettable meal in one of the city’s many restaurants where you can enjoy classic Icelandic specialties or some of the various different international cuisines on offer. Icelandic cooking is known for its very high quality and for taking inspiration from Icelandic nature.
Today you also have the option to add on a whale watching tour that will depart from Reykjavík Harbour. You’ll take to the sea by boat and get to see and learn more about these mighty giants of the ocean. You will spend the night at a hotel in Reykjavík.
RETURN HOME (4N) OR A DAY IN REYKJAVÍK
For those of you who have chosen a four-night trip then today is the day you head home. Drive to the airport and leave your hire car back at the same place before boarding your plane back to the UK.
If you have opted for a five-night trip then today will be yet another day to explore and uncover Reykjavík. Use the day to visit Hallgrímskirkja Church, go to one of the city’s many museums, or simply take some time to stroll around the shops. You will spend tonight in the same hotel in Reykjavík.
Today is the last day for those of you on a five-night trip. Drive to the airport and return your hire car before a pleasant flight back to the UK!