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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.
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.
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.
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 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)||£361|
|F - Suzuki Grand Vitara||£387|
October 2015 - March 2016
|D - Skoda Octavia (4WD)||£525|
|F - Suzuki Grand Vitara||£554|
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, Northern Lights Bradt Guide
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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