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This 3-night break has fast become one of our most popular winter self-drives. It has been designed with the overriding aim of maximising your chances of an aurora sighting by basing you at the optimally located and exceptional Hotel Ranga. Here, in the heart of South West Iceland, you’re in prime position to explore the wealth of natural wonders that abound in the surrounding countryside.
Who for? Independent travellers looking for high quality accommodation and the northern lights
Hotel Ranga is a luxury 4-star ranch-style hotel around a two hour drive from Reykjavik, sitting under vast open skies in Iceland's rural south with uninterrupted 360° views. It's close to scenic highlights including Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most photographed waterfalls, and the iconic Golden Circle. The hotel exudes sophistication and has a reputation for excellent service, yet retains an intimate and friendly atmosphere. It offers superb rooms and a gourmet restaurant with sweeping views, an extensive menu and wine list.
On this fantastic short break you’ll have the freedom to explore as you please, spending the days discovering local natural wonders and experiencing adventures as thrilling or relaxing as you wish. By night, enjoy the comfortable surroundings as you await the magical northern lights! More about the aurora »
Day 1 Arrive Iceland On arrival at Keflavik international airport collect your rental vehicle and enjoy a scenic drive to Hotel Ranga. This is your home for the next 3 nights, in a spectacular location under big skies ideal for sightings of the aurora. The perfect place to bring the night sky to life is Hotel Ranga's brand new roll-off roof observatory which houses two high quality telescopes, with special camera attachments to take photographs of the sky.
Days 2 At leisure discover the beautiful south; explore the iconic waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss, which cascades over a former sea cliff, and the wide thundering curtain of Skogafoss; visit the little town of Vik with its hilltop church, walk along dramatic black sand beaches and past basalt cliffs and distinctive sea stacks.
Day 3 At leisure drive the Golden Circle route taking in Iceland's three most famous natural wonders: the rainbow misted double falls of Gullfoss, the geothermal hotspot of Geysir with its well-known geyser Strokkur which reguarly erupts to around 30m, and the scenic national park Thingvellir where Iceland's ancient parliament met.
Day 4 Hotel Ranga-Keflavik head back to Keflavik, perhaps stopping at the Blue Lagoon en route, the perfect place for a relaxing dip in the warm therapeutic waters before your flight home. Return your rental car and fly back to the UK.
Please note: The weather in Iceland can be unpredictable and therefore can cause substantial delays which can result in the need to re-arrange or extend your holiday itinerary. Whilst we and our contacts in Iceland will do everything possible to minimise any disruption, it is important that you check the details of your travel insurance and allow for some flexibility in your plans.
These are starting prices in £ per person based on rooms with private facilities, unless otherwise stated.
October 2014 - March 2015
|Category||2 sharing||3 sharing||4 sharing|
|D - Skoda Octavia (4WD)||£352||£299||£295|
|G - Suzuki Grand Vitara||£385||£325||£315|
|H - Kia Sorrento||£399||£335||£324|
|I - Mitsubishi Pajero||£435||£357||£340|
October 2015 - March 2016
|D - Skoda Octavia (4WD)||£359|
|F - Suzuki Grand Vitara||£385|
Prices include accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in a standard room*; rental of the car for the agreed period on an unlimited mileage basis; semi-comprehensive insurance – no charge for additional driver.
*4 sharing price is based on 2 x twin/double standard rooms.
Prices exclude return flights between UK and Iceland, travel insurance, fuel and vehicle insurance excess waiver fee/upgrades, personal expenses, tips and gratuities
Airfares between UK and Iceland are quoted separately to ensure you the best price and are not included in prices. find out more »
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