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Aurora Nights Fly Drive

Northern lights, South West, Iceland
from £434 3 nights | Oct - Apr Exc. flights See price details
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  • Oct - Apr


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 or Hotel Grimsborgir. In both locations, 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, with the help of our exclusive digital guide iDiscover.


  • Soak in an outdoor hot tub whilst, with luck, watching the aurora overhead
  • Opt for an aurora wake up call if the lights appear during the night
  • Enjoy amazing night sky viewing in Hotel Ranga's observatory
  • Use of exclusive digital travel guide, iDiscover

On this fantastic short break you'll have the freedom to explore as you please, spending the days discovering the natural wonders that dominate Iceland's southern countryside and the nights relaxing in comfort as you anticipate a display of the northern lights. more about the aurora

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. The hotel exudes sophistication and has a reputation for excellent service, yet retains an intimate and friendly atmosphere. It offers an extensive wine list and acclaimed gourmet menu. Ranga also has it's own observatory with a retractable roof and two high-powered telescopes.

Hotel Grimsborgir is located next to the beautiful Sog, Iceland’s largest freshwater river, with spectacular countryside views. Boasting superior rooms as well as luxury apartments with an outdoor hot tub, the elegant Grimsborgir Restaurant serves traditional Icelandic meals as well as other gourmet food.


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iDiscover - exclusive to Discover the WorldiDiscover digital guide

If you book any self drive in Iceland with us you will also get free use of our exclusive digital travel guide, iDiscover. Your personalised itinerary will be pre-loaded onto an iPad air which you will get with your hire car and includes all the information you need for your trip.

Thank you for making our trip to Iceland so smooth, the holiday was incredible and worth every penny spent... I will definitely recommend you to all of my friends thinking of travelling that way.

James Spencer, Aurora Nights

Iceland was just like being on the moon and watching the northern lights over the unique landscape on our last night was exactly what I would imagine it would be like to be on another world.

Cynthia Thomas, Northern Lights & Volcanoes

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Iceland
On arrival at Keflavik international airport collect your rental vehicle and enjoy a scenic drive to Hotel Ranga or Hotel Grimsborgir. This is your home for the next 3 nights, in a spectacular location under big skies ideal for sightings of the aurora. If you're staying at Hotel Ranga, the perfect place to bring the night sky to life is the roll-off roof observatory which houses two high quality telescopes, with special camera attachments to take photographs of the sky. At Hotel Grimsborgir enjoy luxurious accommodation and beautiful views across the countryside.
Day 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/Grimsborgir - 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 check in for your flight.
  • Those looking to stay at Hotel Ranga for a quiet Icelandic break may wish to opt for a mid-week stay, as weekends at this lovely log-cabin style property can be busy with both Icelandic and overseas visitors.
  • This itinerary can be booked as described or let us know if you'd like us to adapt or tailor make a holiday to suit you.
  • 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.

Accommodation Options

Deep in the Icelandic countryside, you'll find two exceptional properties Hotel Ranga, close to Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, two of Iceland's most photographed waterfalls and Hotel Grimsborgir, near Thingvellir National Park.

Both properties are within easy reach of the Golden Circle route, as well as the dramatic black sand south shore offering plenty of places to explore by day. And by night, their rural locations help to maximise the potential for some wonderful aurora sightings.

Hotel Ranga, near Hella

  • Grade: Deluxe
  • Type: Hotel

Overlooking the East Ranga River and offering superbly u…

Hotel Grimsborgir Luxury Apartments, nr Selfoss

  • Grade: Deluxe
  • Type: Hotel

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes in south west Icela…



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Prices & Dates

Airfares start from around £100 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price.

When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

These are starting prices in £ per person based on 2 sharing rooms with private facilities, unless otherwise stated.

Winter 2018/19

Hotel Ranga

Oct 2018 - Apr 2019

Category 2 sharing
D - (IWCD) - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £434
F - (EFNN) - Suzuki Vitara £459

Hotel Grimsborgir (Superior Room)

Oct 2018 - Apr 2019

Category 2 sharing Special offer price
D - (IWCD) - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £871 £626
F - (EFNN) - Suzuki Vitara £896 £651

Prices include Accommodation in rooms with private facilities on a breakfast basis based on 2 people sharing; car rental for the agreed period on an unlimited mileage basis (includes semi-comprehensive insurance and no charge for additional driver); use of iDiscover iPad for the duration of the holiday with free WiFi.

Prices excludes Flights, travel insurance, fuel, personal expenses, tips and gratuities

Useful Information

Choice of Vehicles

We offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday provided by the local Europcar franchise. Our long-standing relationship with them means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available on the day. Find out more about vehicle rental »

iDiscover digital guide

If you book any self drive in Iceland with us you will also get free use of our exclusive digital travel guide, iDiscover. Your personalised itinerary is pre-loaded onto an iPad air which you will receive when you collect your hire car. The app allows you access to a vast travel directory featuring scenic wonders, 'must-visit' sites as well as hidden gems and activities available. With 4G connectivity and built in links to weather updates and road conditions, you have all the information you need for your entire trip in one handy device.


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iDiscover iPad


All Iceland self drive clients will have free use of our exclusive digital travel guide. Your personalised itinerary will be pre-loaded onto an iPad air, which hosts a comprehensive database of places to visit throughout Iceland.


Grimsborgir Luxury accommodation- Stay for 3 nights, pay for 2

For stays until May 2019
Great savings when staying at Grimsborgir

How to book

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