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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 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.
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.
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 »
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.
Hotel Grimsborgir is located next to the beautiful Sog, Iceland’s largest freshwater river, with spectacular countryside views. Perfectly positioned for exploring the Golden Circle. There are 28 superior rooms, 10 luxury apartments fully-equipped with a large kitchen, dining room, fireplace, spacious lounge area with a TV and an outdoor hot tub. The elegant Grimsborgir Restaurant offers traditional Icelandic meals as well as other gourmet food.
From glacier hikes to horse riding, river rafting to mountain biking, Iceland's south coast offers a range of optional activities you can choose to include on this holiday. View excursion options »
We offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday and also include a special annual insurance policy which covers the driver for most of the excess charges which are not covered on a standard rental. Find out more about vehicle rental »
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Alternatively, consider renting a motorhome and use this itinerary as a route outline. You'll have complete flexibility on where you overnight, yet with the support of our excusive digital travel guide, iDiscover.
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.
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/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 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 2015 - March 2016
|D - Skoda Octavia (4WD)||£511|
|F - Suzuki Grand Vitara||£537|
October 2015 - March 2016
|D - Skoda Octavia (4WD)||£675|
|F - Suzuki Grand Vitara||£704|
October 2016 - March 2017
|D - Skoda Octavia (4WD)||£551|
|F - Suzuki Grand Vitara||£579|
October 2016 - March 2017
|D - Skoda Octavia (4WD)||£789|
|F - Suzuki Grand Vitara||£818|
Prices include flight credit of £150*; accommodation in rooms with private facilities on a breakfast basis; car rental for the agreed period on an unlimited mileage basis (includes semi-comprehensive insurance and no charge for additional driver); top up insurance with Insurance4carhire covering most excess charges – valid for European car rental for a year;’ use of iDiscover iPad for the duration of the holiday with free WiFi; all airport taxes; a Northern Lights Bradt Guide. The price is FULLY GUARANTEED against any surcharges or increases.
Prices excludes travel insurance, fuel, personal expenses, tips and gratuities
* Flight credit is based on a typical airfare with checked in luggage and is for budgeting purposes only. The actual cost of the flight with taxes will be advised to you when enquiring about the holiday. We will always state the lowest fare available for your route and travel dates which may mean that the price of this element may be more or less than £150. Booking early usually means the lowest price.
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