Journey beginning and ending at Reykjavik, Iceland
Available: 2019-05-01 to 2019-09-30 starting from $3466 AUD
Join us for a summer escape to the land of ice and fire in the middle of the North Atlantic. You have the independence of a hire car, stop where you want, see what you want.
Experience the bathing hotsprings, Laugarvatn Fontana, glacier walking, volcano tour and Iceland’s black sand beaches. There is an opportunity to grill your own sandwich on lava, enjoy a splendid unique hotel in Southern Iceland and delve into Reykjavik’s nightlife and design worlds.
Upgrade to a 4WD to explore even further!
Day 1 – Arrive Reykjavik and drive south
Arrive Reykjavik and pick up your car. Set off away towards Southern Iceland to get the most out of your stay in Iceland. It is a 90 minute drive to your hotel, in the heart of the Golden Circle. Your hotel is located at the river Sog which is Iceland’s largest freshwater river in terms of water volume. It is especially famous for fishing Arctic char, Atlantic salmon and brown trout.
Activities this afternoon can include golf, quad biking, snorkelling at Silfra or horse riding. We suggest booking activities and dinner with us before your departure.
Day 2 – Explore the Golden Circle and then relax at geothermal spa, Laugarvatn Fontana
Explore the Golden Circle highlights early this morning from your conveniently located boutique hotel. Visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of great historical and geological importance, the Geysir hot spring area with its fabulous erupting Strokkur and the beautiful two-tiered Gullfoss Waterfall.
Grab your towel and enjoy a visit to a geothermal spa, Laugarvatn Fontana with it’s hot spring bathing. Relax in the hot tub, built at a slightly higher level than the other baths, providing a panoramic view of the beautiful surroundings while the healthy water nourishes both body and soul.Three steam rooms and Finnish saunas are also there to be enjoyed. Feel alive with the dash between these amazingly beautiful hot pools.
Day 3 – Tour the local area, black beaches, rock formations and volcanic countryside
After breakfast, head off in your own car to explore the area of Vik. Head down to the black beaches, have a look at the amazing rock formation of Dyrhòlaeyand Reynisfjara in the distance. During nesting time, you might even see a puffin or two.
Stop to skip volcanic stones by Reynisfjara beach where there are unique basalt columns, black sand and caves.
Do as you will in this magical landscape, climb some mountains and enjoy the view from there before heading back home to your cosy family run hotel.
Day 4 – Sólheimajökull glacier
The Sólheimajökull glacier tongue extends from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, down to the sandy plains of the Icelandic south coast. The spectacular surroundings are marked by rugged and majestic rock formations thoroughly shaped by the glacier.
On this fun, safe, and easy to moderate glacier walk, you get to explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges, and deep crevasses on the breathtaking Sólheimajökull glacier. While enjoying all the features of the glacier and its spectacular surroundings, you will learn more about the behavior of glaciers and their impact on nature. No technical requirements are needed for the tour as an experienced glacier guide will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment, such as crampons and an ice axe which are provided for all our glacier walk tours. The unique experience of a glacier walk on one of the many retreating glaciers of the world is sure to leave lasting memories.
This tour is dependent on the weather being fine and the amount of daylight hours available. We will endeavour to make the day fun and adventure filled. Duration: 4 hours. Included: Guided glacier hiking tour with a certified glacier guide and all specialized glacier gear needed.
Day 5 – Return to Reykjavik
At your leisure, travel back to Reykjavik, perhaps detouring via the Blue Lagoon or the Secret Lagoon. You can also visit the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano that erupted 4.000 years ago.
Reykjavik is an intimate city with a big personality and some striking landmarks – stroll down to the harbour to visit the Armoury, the new concert hall, the design streets and city hall.
Day 6 – A day in Reykjavik – optional activities
Reykjavik is an easy city to explore on foot or bike. Feel the fresh air on your face with a visit the harbour and perhaps enjoy a food tour of this small capital. If you’re interested in experiencing the city’s thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes. Love fine dining – be sure to book ahead for one of Reykjavik’s innovative restaurants.
Optional activities that can be included today are puffin watching and whale watching.
Day 7 – Depart Reykjavik
After breakfast, transfer to the airport.
- Transfer from airport
- Rental manual car for 5 days, with unlimited milage and CDW insurance (pick up in Reykjavik Airport & drop off at Reykjavik city)
- GPS navigation system
- Accommodation in rural local hotel and centrally located hotel in Reykjavik
- Glacier Walk
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Gratitudes and items of personal nature
- Travel insurance
- International or domestic flights
- Optional tour of Inside the Volcano
- Entrance to Laugarvatn Fontana hotsprings
- If you wish to hire an automatic car, these are ‘on request’ and can be difficult to obtain. Please seek further advice with us.
- Upgrade option to a 4WD
To enquire, feel free to contact Globetrotter via the following link and we will be sure get back to you as soon as possible!