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VISITING: Iceland BROCHURE CODE: 5305
All prices include: accommodation, meals and car hire; all as listed.
This incredibly exciting and varied seven-night self-drive tour of Iceland takes you to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the west coast. This area is depicted as ‘mini Iceland’ because you will find all that the country has to offer – volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers and much more.

What's included?

  • Car Hire: 7 nights/8 days hire including Sat Nav, collision waiver and unlimited miles (from September to April a compact 4x4 (manual or automatic, Suzuki Vitara or similar) is included in the price. From May to August we include a compact 2-wheel drive car (VW Golf or similar) with the option to upgrade if clients wish – see ‘Personalise’ for details
  • Accommodation: 2 nights Hotel Glymur, 2 nights Búðir, 2 nights Hótel Egilsen, 1-night Reykjavik Centrum Hotel
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts
  • A comprehensive guidebook and detailed map of Iceland are included
  • A note on flights: flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking. There are low cost and scheduled flights operating this route and our travel experts will happily provide a quotation and arrange the flights as part of the package

This seven-night Iceland self-drive holiday has been carefully designed to showcase the highlights of the unforgettable Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the west of this wonderful island. Often referred to as ‘Iceland in Miniature’, the area offers volcanic landscapes, vast glaciers, spectacular coastline and charming fishing villages; all within a short distance of one another.

We have used our experience and expertise to create an ideal routing through the region for our guests and this agenda outlines some of the sights and experiences we feel are unmissable. However, as you have your own car you can explore Iceland at your own pace and indulge in the places that you wish to. You can be as active or as relaxed as you like and can tailor your time to suit your needs.

We ensure that each night you head to a wonderful hotel in which you can relax and unwind.

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We have included accommodation at four of West Iceland's most unique and interesting hotels. Hotel Glymur, with its incredible scenic fjord views; Hotel Búðir with its traditional feel, secluded setting and world-famous menu; Hotel Egilsen which offers boutique rooms, an environmentally friendly approach and a fabulous breakfast; and finally Hotel Oðinsve in Reykjavik which has a lovely laid-back atmosphere and ideal location just outside the main hustle and bustle of the city but a very short walk to all of its wonderful shops, restaurants, cafés and other attractions.

To describe Iceland, you need a fairly broad vocabulary as it needs more than a few words to do it justice – ethereal, breathtaking, dramatic, remarkable, wonderful, welcoming...the list goes on. The geography, the natural wonders, the food and the culture all combine to offer visitors an island retreat that captures the hearts of the people who visit.

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Key facts

Duration: 7 nights
Pace: Set your own
Midnight Sun Dates: 16 - 29 June
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  • Upon arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will collect your car, set the Sat Nav and set off.

    You will head straight out to Hotel Glymur (approximately a  one and a half hour drive), where you can check in and relax. The hotel offers spectacular views of the fjords and mountains and so this location is an ideal introduction to the scenery of Iceland.

    Included Meals:  None
  • The Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord) stretches out to sea close to your hotel and so today we recommend that you perhaps explore the local area. There are some fantastic walking trails on offer with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

    This is also a good place from which to take in the wonderful Golden Circle of Iceland: the attractions of Gullfoss Waterfall, Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park and the exploding hot springs of Geysir. These are exceptional sights and well worth the detour.

    There is much to see and do before you return to the hotel for a relaxing evening.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • Today you will travel across the southern part of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula where you will spend two nights in boutique accommodation at Hotel Búðir.

    Driving directly from Hotel Glymur to Hotel Búðir will take around two hours but you will undoubtedly want to take your time and stop off to enjoy the scenery as you go.

    As you drive along the peninsula you will see volcanic formations, white sandy beaches, fjords, craters and a rich variety of birdlife (there are around 350 species in Iceland – look out for puffins, harlequin ducks and Brünnichs guillemots). You will also see the Snæfellsjökull Glacier in the distance - you can explore it at closer quarters later in the week. The area which surrounds Snæfellsjökull has been designated as a national park and the scenery here is incredible.

    Tonight you will stay at Hotel Búðir – a charming, boutique hotel with stunning views across the peninsula. The food here is renowned not only throughout Iceland but across the world, so we would advise getting here in time for dinner!

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • Today is your opportunity to enjoy the southern part of the peninsula and we would suggest a scenic walk to Arnarstapi, a small fishing village with a picturesque harbour at the foot of Mount Stapafell. Here you will have the opportunity to see magnificent rock formations, basalt columns and the mountain itself.

    There is also an old horse trail past the lake at Neðstavatn which is now a popular hiking trail across the lava and along the beach to Hellnar. The long white beach here, Löngufjörur, is a wonderful place to enjoy horse riding too – it would be a shame to come to Iceland and not get acquainted with the famous Icelandic ponies!

    The old village of Hellnar is also very much worth a visit. Whales are frequently spotted within the harbour and the ancient volcanic landscape is a visual treat.

    Tonight you will spend another evening at Hotel Búðir.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • Your exploration today will lead you toward the wonderfully quirky and welcoming Hótel Egilsen which is approximately a one hour drive away.

    You will travel via the Snæfellsjökull National Park. Here the active Snæfellsjökull Volcano lies beneath the magnificent glacier of the same name.

    This volcano earned its fame in Jules Verne’s ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ as it was detailed as being the place where the journey would begin.

    There are a wealth of walks in the shadow of the mountain, indeed there are popular hiking trails to the crater which can be accessed in good weather. Good hiking maps can be purchased in Iceland.

    The Vatnshellir Caves are also highly recommended as here you can explore the intact lava tube which is located 32m below the earth's surface (book and pay locally).

    As you continue, guests interested in the heritage of Iceland may enjoy the Saga Centre at Grundarfjörður – a lovely village set in a picturesque bay.

    The day will come to a close in the harbour town of Stykkishólmur.

    Tonight and tomorrow night you will be staying at Hótel Egilsen – a welcoming base in the centre of the town.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • Hótel Egilsen is famous for its breakfasts, so be sure to give yourself enough time to appreciate the homemade breads, granola and berries before you head out to explore.

    Today is the perfect opportunity to wander around Stykkishólmur and enjoy the cafés, shops and picturesque location of this charming fishing village.

    Boat trips to the delightful island of Flatey can also be arranged here (payable locally & weather permitting). The island is the perfect place to enjoy the very best of Icelandic nature and appreciate a laid-back day by the sea.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • The journey from Hótel Egilsen to Reykjavik takes just over two hours. On the way, we would suggest detouring via the Deildatunguhver Spring. This is Europe's biggest hot spring, where 100°C water can be seen bubbling up at 200 litres a second. The volume of hot water is such that it provides central heating for the majority of the nearby towns.

    The most northerly capital city in the world is charming and the appeal of its café culture, quirky shops, beautiful architecture and mountainous backdrop ensures it captures the hearts of visitors; this is your base for the last night of your holiday.

    Your centrally-located hotel is an ideal base from which to explore (parking is nearby and payable locally) and the city is small enough to mean that most attractions are within easy walking distance.

    You can sample the delights of one of the many wonderful restaurants here this evening and explore at your own pace.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • Depending on your flight times today, you may like to enjoy a visit to the world famous Blue Lagoon on your way back to the airport. Here, you can bathe in the misty blue and mineral rich waters and unwind ahead of your flights. Entry is payable locally and we always recommend a visit to this truly unique attraction as either the perfect way to relax into the beginning of your holiday on the first day or bid farewell to your memorable time in Iceland.

    If you can’t quite bring yourself to leave today then please contact our travel experts who are able to design a wealth of options for you so you can explore Iceland further.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

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Hotel Glymur

Nights: 1-2

Ideally located 45 minutes from Reykjavik, Hotel Glymur overlooks the stunning Whale fjord and at the end of the fjord, the Glymur waterfall (which is one of the highest waterfalls in Europe) can be seen.

Tranquil, remote and romantic are the words that have been used to describe this beautiful resort – simply drink in the scenery!

There are some great places of interest to visit in the area including the Akranes Museum Centre which displays a collection of old Icelandic houses, the Akranes Folk Museum holding a collection of historical exhibits and the Museum of Icelandic Minerals with its comprehensive displays of rocks, minerals, and fossils.

Hotel facilities

The hotel consists of 22 rooms, 2 suites and 6 creatively designed villas.

  • The restaurant serves a variety of local dishes such as lamb, fish and seafood specialities. Breakfasts are served buffet style - the freshly made walnut bread and chocolate croissants are not to be missed!
  • The outdoor hydro-massage hot tub (using the geothermal sources of water). This feature continues to be a guest favourite for soothing those muscles after a day's activity
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • A lounge and bar area which is perfect to relax in the evenings

Guest bedroom types

Double/twin rooms

The rooms all have a mezzanine level with the bed at the top, a small living area and bathroom on the lower level. All rooms have a great array of facilities including high-speed Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, a coffee machine and a hairdryer.

Suites

The two suites are equipped with double/twin beds, massage bathtubs, flat screen TVs, electric beds with massage, an espresso machine and stereo equipment.

Villas

The six themed villas are each designed to create an enchanting atmosphere. Each one offers a luxurious retreat with a style and colour, which is dependent on whether the theme is elegance, creativity, romance, couture, family or nature. Guests enjoy the spectacular view overlooking Whale Fjord through large south facing windows. Each villa includes en-suite bedrooms, bathrooms and open plan kitchens and is equipped with hot tubs and outdoor furniture.

Image credit: Hotel Glymur

Hotel Búðir

Nights: 3-4

Located in a wonderfully peaceful setting, Hotel Búðir is on the westernmost tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula and offers incredible panoramic views of the local area, in particular, the natural beauty of the Snæfellsjökull glacier, volcanoes, craters and glaciers.

Just a stone's throw away from the hotel is the oldest wooden church in Iceland – well worth a visit.

The guest bedrooms all offer enchanting views of the mountains or the sea, perhaps you can spot seals coming and going or even catch a glimpse of a whale?

Hotel facilities

With a long and varied history, the hotel prides itself on quality service and enhancing the guest experience. The restaurant is the self-proclaimed 'Mecca of Icelandic dining'. The chefs are dedicated to high-quality dishes and culinary detail, with local and seasonal produce used where possible. The hotel has a wonderfully cosy atmosphere with several members of the same family working in the hotel, you will almost certainly encounter the family's friendly chocolate labrador, Nagli.

Guest bedroom types

Double/twin rooms

The hotel has 28 guest bedrooms that can be made up either as a double or twin. Every room has an en-suite bathroom, a TV, a DVD player, Wi-Fi and a hairdryer. The unique design of the hotel lends itself to all the guest bedrooms varying in terms of size and decor.

Image credits: Hotel Búðir

Hótel Egilsen

Nights: 5-6

The Hótel Egilsen has been described as the prettiest and most tastefully decorated hotels in Iceland. Its perfect setting is a newly converted house close to the harbour in Stykkishólmur and surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Local attractions include a swimming pool with apparent regenerative powers, endless hiking trails and the nearby Snæfellsjökull National Park.

Hotel facilities

The warm greeting you receive from Gréta, the hotel owner, makes you feel instantly welcome. She relishes discussing the story of the hotel and passing on tips and advice on how to get the most of your adventure.

Gréta's breakfast is an absolute treat and her fresh and healthy kitchen utilises local and seasonal products to offer her guests a variety of granola, eggs, famous Icelandic yoghurt and locally caught fish.

Room types

Double/twin

With only ten rooms, the hotel has a delightfully intimate feel. The rooms are small but bright and comfortable. Additional features such as power showers, iPads and free Wi-Fi all enhance your stay here.

Image credit: Hótel Egilsen

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Nights: 7

Located in the historic part of Reykjavik, the Centrum Hotel is ideally situated to give you easy access to some independent exploration of the vibrant city.

After spending some time in Reykjavik, you can unwind in the hotel’s private swimming pool as well as the onsite restaurant, Uppsalir, renowned for its first-class cuisine. Nearby, you will find plenty of eateries serving a range of traditional Scandivanian food and international dishes.

HOTEL FACILITIES:

  • Stay in touch with loved ones with the use of the hotel’s WiFi
  • Relax in the leisure and TV room
  • Try the local cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant
  • Enjoy the views from your room’s terrace - some overlook the river others will look out to the city

ROOM FACILITIES:

Double/twin room: These comfortable and modern rooms are equipped with ensuite bathroom with bathtub, shower and hairdryer. All rooms also come with air conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, sitting area, terrace and safe.

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Our pick

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is a city which offers both small town friendliness and cool urban cosmopolitanism. Visitors to the most northerly capital in the world can enjoy a wide range of distinctive architecture, a vibrant café culture and some five-star dining experiences.

Attractions such as art galleries are also worth visiting and the city's long and rich history means there is a variety of museums to enjoy, detailing its Viking past up to its integral use as a base during WWII. The city is also well known internationally for its thriving nightlife, particularly during the long nights of the Midnight Sun. An extended stay in Reykjavik can be added to any of our Iceland trips, and our sales team would be happy to discuss your accommodation and flight option with you, simply contact us for a quote.

Image credit: Visit Iceland

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Little Extras

Upgrade your car hire

Guests can choose to upgrade their inclusive car hire to a larger 4 x 4 (if travelling during Sept-April) or a larger vehicle or 4 x 4 (May-August).

Our Travel Experts will be happy to provide you with a quotation based on the most appropriate vehicle for your party.

 

Thank you for your interest in this Artisan Travel experience.

We have found that this holiday is better tailored exactly to your requirements, so please email our Travel Experts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us on 01670 785 085 to discuss the various options available to you.

Our Travel Experts have been to all the destinations we feature and love to share their experiences and insight. We want to match you with your perfect trip, so if you have any questions please get in touch; we will be happy to talk through the destinations and itineraries with you.

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Traveller Reviews

Everything ran like clockwork 28 February 2018 by Phil and Karen Cox

Everything ran like clockwork; planes, hire car, hotels, activities - so really stress-free for us. Overall a fantastic experience and Dawn's personal experience allowed us to see and experience so much more than we could have put together by ourselves, so big thanks there. It far surpassed our expectations, we loved it all. Would like to stay at Hotel Budir in the summer and explore the peninsula
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properly, and if there's a next time, visit the North and the fjords too.
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We hope to travel back to Iceland 01 May 2016 by Mr & Mrs Stamper-Iveson

Accommodation and food was very good and we enjoyed the variety of styles. The locations were all good and we particularly liked the little boutique hotel at Stykisshulmur. We hope to travel back to Iceland - possibly the north and maybe with a 4x4 option. Generally a very good trip and loved the scenery.



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