- Car Hire: 7 nights/8 days hire including Sat Nav, collision waiver and unlimited miles (from September to April a compact 4x4 (Dacia Duster 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 Hotel Holt
- 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.
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 Holt 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.Read more
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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Arrival and Hotel Glymur
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 Fjord of the Whales
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
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula
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
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
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 Largest Hot Spring in Europe and Reykjavik
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
Depart or Extend Your Stay
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
Included in price
Personalise this tour
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.
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Upgrade your car hire
Guests can choose to upgrade their inclusive car hire to a larger 4 x 4 (travelling in winter) or a larger vehicle or 4 x 4 (travelling in summer).
Our Travel Experts will be happy to provide you with a quotation based on the most appropriate vehicle for your party.
Dates & Prices
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Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices
To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £150pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 people
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’.
Unless otherwise stated in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment
is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
Medical history and advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our Travel Experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition are provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example, you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.
We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required. If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.
Guides and safety
It is essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost every day.
Consequently, their knowledge and experience are unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides, please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.
There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice, but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.
Booking activities locally and equipment hire
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.
Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.
After booking and more than 63 days prior to departure = loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)
63-57 days prior to departure = 40%
56 days or less = 100%
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 properly, and if there's a next time, visit the North and the fjords too.
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.