Glacial Exploration and Auroras

Borgarfjordur, Langjokull, Golden Circle, Reykjavik & More
8 days
Oct-April
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Winter in Iceland is a fantastic season to experience the majestic might of glaciers. These powers of nature have forcefully carved Iceland‘s landscape on their march to the sea. Discover the glacier's ever-changing beauty and their importance to both Iceland and the world. Explore the regions surrounding Europe‘s largest glacier, experiencing its ever-changing angles and fantastic photo opportunities, the Golden Circle and the impressive natural wonders of the Borgarfjordur region. 

                                  

Day 1: Arrival Reykjavik - 50km
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 city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2: Reykjavik to Reykholt/Husafell - 101km
Today leave Reykjavik and head to scenic Borgarfjordur via the scenic Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord) and its intriguing undersea tunnel (tunnel toll not included in price). Or take the scenic coastal road instead (an additional 17k to the trip). Drive to Borgarnes where you can stop at the Settlement Museum to learn about the first Viking settlers in the area.  Visit Deildartunguhver, Europe´s most powerful hot springs, as well as two beautiful waterfalls, Hraunfossar (the Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (the Children´s Falls). Overnight in the Reykholt/Husafell area.

Day 3: Borgarfjordur Valley and Langjokull Glacier - 50km
Today explore the Borgarfjordur valley region and nearby areas.  Langjokull Glacier offers some exciting optional adventures such as exploring a man-made tunnel built into the icy-blue heart of the glacier, reached by an adventerous ride up the glacier in a Super Truck.  Once at the tunnel, you‘ll view the glacier from the inside and learn how these icy wonders are formed.  If you´re interested in culture, visit nearby Reykholt, home of a medieval chieftain who penned some of Iceland‘s greatest Sagas.  Visit scenic Husafell and stroll on paths with colourful stone paintings created by a local artist. 2nd overnight in the Reykholt/Husafell area. 

Day 4: The Golden Circle- Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir -  290km
Today, visit the must-see sites in Iceland! Start with Thingvellir National Park (a 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.  Laugarvatn Fontana 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.

Day 5: Waterfalls and Glacial Horizons - 365km
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.   View the magnificent waterfall Skogarfoss, site of hidden treasure. Nearby is Skogar Folk Museum, well known throughout Iceland for being the best of its kind with a collection of mementos from this region’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 Drangey. You‘ll also see glaciers from the road, including Myrdalsjokull and Europe‘s largest glacier, Vatnajokull. Overnight in Hofn area.

Day 6: Glacial Wonders - 200km 
A full day for exploring the glacial wonders of 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.  Don‘t forget to keep an eye out for seals resting amid the glaciers. You can take an optional glacial hike if you are game!  Overnight in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day 7: South Coast to Reykajvik - 344km
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 Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, you can experience  both in pictures and film the 2010 eruption and its impact on the area and the  whole world. (closed in December and 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 for overnight.

Day 8: Departure - 50km
Arrangements end with the return of your rental car to Keflavik Airport.

Departures: daily 01 October - 30 April

Includes:  7 nights accommodation including daily breakfast, rental car for 7 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT GPS system, additional authorized driver, airport service charge, map and travel guide, emergency phone line open 24 hours

Excludes: optional activities, petrol, meals, tolls

Tour Notes:

Accommodation: choose from 2 levels of accommodation: Economy or Comfort:
Economy: accommodation with private facilities in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses, with first and last night in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.
Comfort: accommodation with private facilities in quality hotels and guesthouses, with first and last night in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

Car hire:  Choose from Group 1.3 Suzuki Swift 4WD Manual or similar; Group 2.5 Suzuki SX4 4WD Manual or similar;  Group 4.0 Skoda Octavia Wagon 4WD Manual or similar; Group 4.1 Skoda Octavia Wagon 4WD Automatic or similar;  Group 5.0 Toyota RAV 4WD Manual or similar; Group 5.1 Toyota RAV 4WD Automatic or similar; Group 7.1 Toyota Landcruiser GX 4WD Manual or similar; Group 7.2 Toyota Landcruiser GX 4WD Automatic or similar. 

The prices shown are based on Economy accommodation with a Group 1.3 car; double/twin price is for 2 adults sharing the car and a double/twin room single price for 1 adult only in the car and in a single room

Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the beginning or end, or anywhere else already on the itinerary along the way.

The names for individual accommodations are not available prior to booking, as the tour package is based on specific hotel/price categories and not on specific hotels/accommodations and the exact location of your hotel will vary according to availability. The itinerary indicates the region only for each overnight stay (with the exception of the first and last nights which are always in Reykjavik itself)

The price is based on 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of car pick up and finishing at the same time. Additional use of the car beyond this time frame will incur additional days rental fee.

Distances shown are approximate.

You must be 21 years of age to rent any car, and 23 years of age to rent a car category 5.0 or higher; and have a valid driver's license with photo ID (an international driver's licence is not otherwise required).

Distances shown are approximate.    

The suggested route for this tour has ideas for sights and activities but please note these are NOT included in the tour price    

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1839.00
Single AUD$ 3059.00

Includes:  7 nights accommodation including daily breakfast, rental car for 7 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT GPS system, additional authorized driver, airport service charge, detailed road map, detailed road book in selected languages, emergency phone line open 24 hours.

The prices shown are based on Economy accommodation with a Group 1.3 car; double/twin price is for 2 adults sharing the car and a double/twin room single price for 1 adult only in the car and in a single room.

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