(6 days/5 nights) Tour Code: ISFS16
From £3363 (based on a family of four in a standard, self-catering cottage), excluding flights
For those wanting the freedom of a self-drive trip, we offer this package between May and September. Your holiday begins when you collect your 4WD vehicle at Keflavík International Airport and head east to the Grimsnes area of South Iceland, a perfect base for exploring the, South Coast and more. Your accommodation is a fully-equipped cottage (these range from standard to deluxe – some have gas barbecues, all have private or shared hot tubs), with a shop and restaurant close by.
From here, you can make daily expeditions or, as a break from driving yourself, you can take a trip in a super-jeep or larger modified truck on to a glacier and into the Highlands in style.
It’s about a 1.5 to 2 hour drive to your cottage. Stop en route for shopping and, depending on your arrival time, a swim in a geothermally-heated outdoor pool.
Drive along the South Coast to the village of Vík with its black sand beaches and beautiful cliffs, stopping en route at two waterfalls, one of which has a trail behind it that you can take if you don’t mind getting wet! Next don crampons for a glacier hike (for children of 10 years and older) in the company of an experienced guide. You can also see a short film and visit the small exhibition about the farms that were affected by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano which caused major disruption to international air travel in 2010. On your way back, stop for a swim at a small, geothermal lagoon.
Today, drive part of theroute, visiting Gullfoss, one of the most beautiful of Iceland’s numerous waterfalls, and the Geysir geothermal area where Strokkur (“The Churn”) erupts every few minutes. Then head downstream for an exhilarating riverjet ride (children 8 and above) on the white water rapids of the Hvita river. Next, there’s a farm to visit that sells home-made ice cream (you can meet the cows who produce the milk from which it is made) and the chance to sample bread baked in a geothermal “oven” and tomatoes grown year-round in geothermally heated greenhouses.
Complete theroute by visiting the Thingvellir National Park, site of the world’s first Parliament and the mid-Atlantic ridge. In the rift between the American and Eurasian continental plates lies Lake Thingvellir, with its crystal clear water. Here, you can walk, ride the unique breed of Icelandic horse, or even – for children aged 12 and above (height and weight restrictions also apply) – snorkel on the rift in dry suits. You can choose to spend another night at the cottage in Grimsnes or transfer to a hotel in central or on the outskirts.
Spend your last day exploring creation of Iceland and the Northern Lights. Outside the city, you could take a caving expedition to explore inside a lava tube. Sightseeing can be done by car, bus, bike or on foot. Spend tonight in or, if you have an early flight, transfer to a small hotel on the Reykjanes peninsula (with a family restaurant next-door) which is close to both the Blue Lagoon and the airport.. The world’s most northerly capital offers plenty to see and do for families including harbour fishing and bird watching by boat. There’s a small zoo and museums and exhibitions covering everything from the Sagas and Vikings and whales and marine mammals to films about the
If you have an afternoon or evening flight home, we can suggest activities for your last day. You could go horse riding, caving or simply relax at the Blue Lagoon before dropping your car back at the airport.
- 4/5 nights in a standard, self-catering cottage in Grimsnes and 1/2 nights at a hotel in or near *
- 4WD hire car, including GPS and full insurance cover for 2 drivers for 6 days
- Glacier hike, lagoon swim, riverjet ride, horse riding and entry to Eyjafjallajökull exhibition
- Optional activities such as the super-truck excursion into the Highlands (from £150 pp with discounts for children), riding lessons, snorkelling and bird-watching boat trip
* As an alternative to the cottages, we also offer accommodation in a farm guesthouse near the town of Selfoss. Super-jeep and Highland tours can be arranged from here too. Please contact us for more details.