With the independence of this lcelandair holiday package and your choice of exploring either South Iceland or West Iceland, you’ll build memories of this beautiful country on your own terms.
How about South Iceland? Explore Iceland’s most famous area – the Golden Circle, home to Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfall. You’ll also visit the South Shore region with its stunning mix of volcanic mountains, glaciers and black sand beaches. Plus, you’ll also enjoy time in Iceland’s cool capital of Reykjavík!
Or perhaps West Iceland? Recommended as one of the world’s best places to travel by Lonely Planet, US Travel Magazine, Travel + Leisure and the New York Times, West Iceland gives you an amazing variety of landscapes in one area: glaciers, lava fields, lava caves, mini forests, black sand beaches. Add in Viking history, a great local food heritage, hot springs and time to venture through Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavík … well, it’s time to book!
Available car rental types are the Suzuki Swift 4WD manual or similar, with five seats and room for two suitcases; and either the Skoda Octavia 4WD station wagon manual or similar, or Skoda Octavia intermediate 4WD station wagon automatic or similar, both of which have five seats and room for four suitcases. All package options include a tablet rental pre-installed with the Iceland Travel Companion app filled with your itinerary, travel suggestions, maps, activities and more!
Personal travel insurance is not included and is highly recommended.
Icelandair Holidays packages are ATOL protected. When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package from Icelandair Holidays you will receive a package confirmation and flight e-tickets from us confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 4560. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information visit the ATOL website.
Welcome to Iceland! Pick up your rental car and make your way to Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura. The standard check-in time starts at 14:00 (2pm), so consider a visit to the Blue Lagoon on your way, but please note admission must be booked in advance.
The rest of the day is yours to rest and use at your own leisure. Take a walk around downtown Reykjavík and check out some of the famous landmarks, museums, shops and galleries. With your rental car you can also visit some of the city’s great swimming pools like Laugardalslaug or Árbæjarlaug, a great way to shake off the jet lag. We also suggest checking out our day tours available for booking, including whale watching and horseback riding. Overnight in Reykjavík. Today’s approximate driving distance: 100km / 62 miles.
Today you’ll drive north out of Reykjavík to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows on the border of Iceland’s largest lake. Þingvellir is also the former site of the oldest parliament in Europe dating back to 930, as well as the meeting place for the European and American tectonic plates where one can see the ridge between the continents
You’ll continue to the amazing sites of Gullfoss, considered by many to be Iceland’s most beautiful waterfall, and the Geysir hot spring area, an active geothermal field with bubbling steam vents and spouting hot springs, including the famous Strokkur geyser. We also recommend an evening visit to the nearby Secret Lagoon (included), for some soothing and peaceful relaxation time in a historical natural pool. On a clear night you can see the stars and – if conditions are right - the northern lights! Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Flúðir. Today’s approximate driving distance: 155 km / 96 miles.
Travel to Borgarnes, a charming town that makes a great base to explore West Iceland, accessible either via an undersea tunnel (toll required) or the scenic Hvalfjörður Coast. The town is located on Borgarfjörður in a landscape full of beautiful lava fields, caves, waterfalls, tiny forests and mountains. From 14:00 (2pm) you can check into Icelandair Hotel Hamar near Borgarnes.
Over the next few days you can explore many places including Hraunfossar Falls, where glacial water rushes beautifully through lava formations, or the Into the Glacier tour in which a special glacier vehicle takes you up Langjökull Glacier into a man-made ice cave. Head to Deildartunguhver, where the boiling water of these powerful hot springs rush by, then head to the nearby Krauma Geothermal Natural Spa (entrance included), a great place to relax in water from Deildartunguhver and cool mountain springs. Getting thirsty? Visit Steðji Microwbrewery, a family-owned brewery located in in the countryside specializing in interesting beer types. Learn how their beer is made and sample some for yourself! Today’s approximate driving distance: 205 km / 127 miles
Explore more of the Golden Circle area or drive along the scenic South Shore near Eyjafjallajökull volcano whose famous 2010 eruption caused air traffic disruptions around the world. We recommend a stop at the interactive Lava Centre where you’ll learn about the powerful volcanic and tectonic forces that shaped both Iceland and Earth with exhibits for all age groups.
Your journey takes you by the beautiful Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, as well as Mýrdalsjökull glacier. You can opt for a fun snowmobiling trip on the glacier and enjoy an incredible view over southern Iceland if the weather is clear. Don’t miss a stop at the seafront village of Vík to explore a dramatic stretch of coastline poised between glacier-topped mountains, rugged sea cliffs and black sand beaches. In the distance you can see several basalt columns said to be trolls turned to stone. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Flúðir. Today’s approximate driving distance: 304 km / 189 miles.
Today is open to enjoy West Iceland. Additional recommendations include visiting the lower part of Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Snaefellsjökull National Park, a full day trip in and of itself. Snaefellsnes is known as “Iceland in a Nutshell” with samples of most Icelandic landscapes all in one area. Crowning the area is the glacier-topped Snaefellsjökull mountain, legendary home to a guardian spirit, and known most famously as the inspiration for Jules Verne’s classic science fiction novel ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth.’ Also, consider visiting Arnarstapi sea cliffs, home to numerous types of seabirds, or Djúpalónssandur with its mysteriously shaped rocks and black pebbled beach. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Hamar. Today’s driving distance varies. If visiting Snaefellsjökull National Park the distance is approximately 293 km / 182 miles.
Today is yours to explore more as you like before heading back to Reykjavík at your own pace. Overnight at the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura. The driving distance is varies depending on your plans for the day.
Departure Day. We recommend departing your hotel in Reykjavík (don’t forget breakfast beforehand!) no later than three hours before flight departure. The drive to the Keflavík Airport is approximately one hour, and check-in will start two hours before departure. If you’re on an afternoon flight and didn’t visit the Blue Lagoon after you arrived in Iceland, we recommend using today’s opportunity. Just be sure to allow for at least 2 - 2.5 hours extra so you’ll have ample time at the lagoon. Your rental car should be returned to the airport service area located just two minutes from the airport building. A shuttle will then transport you to the departure hall.