Iceland Aurora self drive holiday
Description of Iceland Aurora self drive holiday
Discover the wonders of Iceland on this 8-day fly-drive holiday adventure suitable for travel all year-round. Explore impressive pounding waterfalls and swim in secret natural lagoons. Drive between the Golden Circle and the dramatic south and west coast to marvel at immense glaciers calving chunks of ice and volcanic black sand beaches. Accommodation on this fly-drive holiday is a mix of hotels and family-run guesthouses with evenings free to enjoy fresh local produce at the excellent in-house restaurants or relaxing in outdoor hot tubs under the late night sun or the celestial northern lights. This is a wonderful independent Iceland holiday allowing you to experience the best of this fascinating land and its friendly people.
Please note: northern lights season is broadly mid-September through to mid-April. Any travel outside this season will not offer opportunities to see the northern lights.
|Day 1||Arrive at Keflavik International airport. Pick up your car and drive to Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital. Reykjavik offers a thriving cultural scene with an abundance of first-class restaurants, stylish galleries and historic landmarks. Surrounded by the pounding Atlantic Ocean, exceptional fresh fish dishes abound in Reykjavík’s top restaurants and hotels. Situated in the fashionable 101 area, Restaurant Fish Market is a Regent favourite. Overnight in Reykjavik.|
|Day 2||Drive to Skaftafell National Park. Stop along the way at Reynisfjara Black beach and Cape Dyrhólaey for a great view. Continue to Kirkjubaejarklaustur and, en route, visit Fjadrárgljúfur, an otherworldly shaped canyon. Once arrived in Kirkjubæjarklaustur see the small waterfall Systrafoss and Kirkjugolfid, the so-called “church floor”, a flat columnar basalt surface. Overnight in Skaftafell area. The drive today will total in the region of 320km. (B)|
|Day 3||Enjoy the day in Skaftafell National Park. Embark upon an optional glacier walk or spend the day hiking. Discover the Svartifoss waterfall with its high black basalt column, or walk all the way up to the ice at the Svinafellsjokul glacier tongue. In the afternoon, drive eastward along the edge of the Vatnajökull glacier. Reach the smaller glacial lagoon Fjallsárlón and, a little bit further, the more famous and bigger Jokulsárlón. Overnight in Skaftafell area. The drive today will total in the region of 120km. (B)|
|Day 4||Head back towards the Golden Circle area. En route, pass through Skógar and discover its waterfall Skógafoss and the local folk and transport museum. It is possible to hike along the river Skógá for a while and see a few more waterfalls as well as get a closer view over the Eyjafjallajokull. A few kilometres further lies the notorious volcano Eyjafjallajokull. Driving further west reach the iconic waterfall Seljalandsfoss. Overnight in Selfoss area. The drive today will total in the region of 280km. (B)|
|Day 5||Today unearth the Golden Circle and visit some of Iceland‘s best known natural attractions. Discover the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall and explore the Geysir geothermal area, home to the famous spouting Strokkur geyser. Visit Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, not only remarkable for its geology but also an important location in Iceland’s history, as it was here the Vikings established their parliament in 930AD. In the afternoon, travel over to the west side of the island and stay 2 nights in Borgarfjordur area. The drive today will total in the region of 350km. (B)|
|Day 6||Journey through the countryside to Snaefellsnes Peninsula and spend the day exploring this area. Discover the small fishing village of Arnarstapi, Hellnar creek, Budir black church and lava field. Admire Mt. Kirkjufell and the surrounding coastline, mountains and waterfalls. Enjoy the spectacular sea shore at Breidafjordur bay and visit Bjarnarhofn - the region’s leading producer of hakarl (shark meat). Overnight in Borgarfjordur area. The drive today will total in the region of 330km. (B)|
|Day 7||Explore the Borgarfjordur region, famous for Deildartunguhver hot spring, Hraunfossar waterfalls and Reykholt medieval center. Embark on an optional tour on Langjokull glacier, the second largest ice cap in Iceland, after Vatnajökull. In the afternoon, reach Reykjanes peninsula, a UNESCO Global Geopark. The peninsula, with its diversity of volcanic and geothermal activity, is well suited to be a Geopark as it is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above sea level. Perhaps, stop by the Blue Lagoon known for its special mineral rich water for a relaxing bath. The drive today will total in the region of 200km. (B)|
|Day 8||Return the car at the airport and fly back to the UK. (B)|