SPRING/SUMMER/FALL: SELF DRIVE HOLIDAY
Family Adventure in the West of Iceland
Family self drive holiday off the beaten track - enjoy Icelandic nature at its best.
Take your family on the road in Iceland - come and see the beautiful west of Iceland
Travelling around Iceland with your family is fun and easy. You can rent vehicles of all sizes to suit your family. The West has many of the most beautiful sights in Iceland.
The family nature adventure is the perfect self drive package for adventurous families looking to get away and explore together. This self-drive is full of fascinating sites and activities giving you a richer connection with Iceland that will remain with you.
Soak in geothermal waters, plant a tree in the countryside and adopt a goat from an Icelandic farm. During your holiday you‘ll travel off the beaten track of Iceland, where you will enjoy the Icelandic nature at its best! Explore Iceland’s ancient history and diverse wildlife, while partaking in some of the most interesting activities the country has to offer.
Season: April-October 2017. Duration: 7 days/6 nights
#Self drive West - incl. 6 nights accommodation with private facilities, breakfast, 6 days car rental automatic car incl. CDW, unlimited milage, VAT and car pick up and drop off at Keflavik airport.
Day 1: Arrival in Iceland
Geothermal Lagoon – Flower village – Geothermal Greenhouses
Your family holiday starts with arrival and the pick-up of your rental car at Keflavik International Airport. Once you are settled in your car you'll drive through the southern coast of the lava-covered Reykjanes Peninsula towards Hveragerdi. After settling in at your hotel we recommend that you take the time to wash of the ´traveling dust' and relax at the hotel's geothermal pool.
Day 2: Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Borgarfjordur
Exploding Geysers – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Massive Waterfall
After breakfast at your hotel, start the day with driving to the small geothermal village of Reykholt, where you'll collect small birch plant. The celebrated natural wonders along the ‘Golden Circle’ route are an absolute must for nature and history lovers alike.
Visit Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area before taking a moment to plant your tree in the Iceland Travel grove located in Haukadalur, only a minute´s drive from Geysir. Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) provides a visually stunning lesson in plate tectonics and is a historical treasure as the site of the world's oldest parliament. A drive along scenic Hvalfjordur (Whale) Fjord reveals Bjarteyjarsandur, a working horse and sheep farm, where you may choose to stop for a friendly visit or even participate in fun farm activities. Driving further into west Iceland brings you to Borgarnes, known for Iceland’s beloved Sagas, where you can go on a voyage of discovery at the Settlement Center which explores the history of Iceland’s early settlement by Nordic Vikings.
Day 3: Borgarfjordur – Reykholt – Haafell Goat Farm - Saelingsdalur
Picturesque Waterfalls – Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring – Icelandic Goats - Viking Heritage
After breakfast at your hotel, a drive through Borgarfjordur will reveal a region proud of its legacy. It was the setting for most of the Icelandic Sagas. While in Reykholt, you'll be walking in the footsteps of Snorri Sturluson, famed Saga poet and author. Drive to Hraunfoss (Lava Falls), where the water seems to magically appear from the moss covered lava rocks and shiver down into the rushing turquoise blue waters below; its neighbour Barnafoss (Children's Falls) resembles a pale blue milkshake of short, fierce rapids that cut through a narrow canyon.
Nearby is Europe's most powerful hot spring, Deildatunguhver, where visitors can buy organic tomatoes grown using geothermal heat in the nearby greenhouses. On your westward route take a short detour to Haafell goat farm. Here your family will take part in the protection of the rare Icelandic goat breed, as we have adopted a goat for a one year support on your behalf*. We also recommend a stop at Erpsstadir dairy farm, where you can get an introduction to Icelandic farm life, pet the bunnies and taste the freshly made ice-cream.
Head onward to Laugar in Saelingsdalur for a relaxing evening and your overnight accommodation.
*Please note, you do not bring the goat back home with you. While you will be the “adoptive parents/family”, the goat will remain in Iceland with its friends at the farm.
Day 4: Explore Saelingsdalur
Relax - Quality Moments
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy having no plans at all. Relax in the outdoor pool and hot tub. Go for a hike to the Elf Church at Tungustapi or maybe a ride on one of the mountain bikes available at the hotel. There will be no interruptions from the outside world as Laugar has limited phone reception.
If you do decide to go for a drive, the shoreline of Fellstrond and Skarðsstrond leading into Saurbaer offers a picturesque view of Breidafjordur Bay, the largest nesting grounds of the White Tailed Eagle in Iceland. The peaceful remoteness gives you the chance to feel like the only person in the world.
Day 5: 'The Valleys' - Stykkisholmur
Coastal Route - Viking Heritage
After breakfast at your hotel, drive the coastal route to the town of Stykkisholmur. Make a detour to Eiriksstadir, where you'll see a Viking age home and turf-covered replica longhouse of Erik the Red and his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. As you reach Stykkisholmur, we recommend you explore the beautifully preserved town center or join a boat tour on Breidafjordur Bay (approximately 2 hours) to admire the rich bird life and sea life of the area. During the boat tour, a shellfish plough is lowered into the ocean, and a wonderful selection of shellfish and sea life is caught for viewing and tasting: scallops, sea urchins, crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers and much more.
Day 6: Snaefellsnes Peninsula – Reykjavik
Sea Cliffs With Birdlife – Rock Formations – Quaint Fishing Villages
After breakfast at your hotel, start your day early and head out to explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. A very interesting and worthwhile stop is the Shark Museum at Bjarnarhofn. A courageous taste of 'aged' shark meat, a local delicacy, and a fascinating lesson on shark fishing are sure to leave a lasting impression. Explore the countless natural phenomena of Snaefellsnes National Park from pebbled beaches to wonderful hiking at Arnarstapi sea cliffs with incredible birdlife. The beach near the farm of Ytri Tunga is famous for colonies of curious seals known to climb up on the rocks and well worth a visit.
Day 7: Departure
Departure*: Breakfast at your hotel. We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your flight.
Optional: If you are departing on an afternoon flight, a wonderful way to say goodbye to Iceland is with a relaxing dip in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, located just 15 minutes from Keflavík International Airport. Facilities also include a gift shop, cafeteria and an excellent restaurant with lagoon views.
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*Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.
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Rooms with private facilities
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Our self drive packages include basic insurance (CDW), unlimited mileage, VAT, a GPS system and two authorised drivers.
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