Snaefellsnes And The Golden Circle In Style

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Run by: Best Served Scandinavia

Reference number: 148637

From: £1040.00

Holiday overview

This curated itinerary will see you knit together Iceland’s city energy and spectacular natural world with some of the country’s finest hotels. You’ll stay in a design boutique while sampling Rekyjavik’s rich heritage, pair the majestic glaciers of Snaefellsnes with one of Iceland’s finest restaurants and spend a night in a stilted spa masterpiece after exploring the Golden Circle. Here, you can marvel at giant waterfalls and set your watch by geyser eruptions. It’s all linked by impossibly scenic drives.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1: UK/Reykjavik

Flying out to the Icelandic capital, an included transfer will see you to your boutique design hotel. Here, the minibars are complimentary and the bay views are invited in by picture windows. And, given that it’s all found right in the city centre, you’ll want to head out and explore. Beyond its historic core of colourful townhouses and centuries-old church spires, Reykjavik is host to a cutting-edge creative scene. Taste your way through gourmet Nordic restaurants, step into galleries of local award winners and take in the lively nightlife. There’s even the spectacularly tiered Hallgrímskirkja – a lesson in contemporary architecture. 

Stay: Ion City Hotel

Day 2: Snaefellsnes

Today you’ll pick up your hire car in Reykjavik to make the drive north, hopping fjord bridges and tracing Iceland’s spectacularly cragged coast to arrive at Snaefellsnes. This remote peninsula enjoys a certain lesser-visited charm, its giant mountains the backdrop for sandy beaches and quiet fishing villages alike. Here, you can hike on giant glaciers, embark on seasonal whale-watching cruises and enjoy dips in geothermal pools after coastal horserides. At day’s end, you’ll retire to your luxury hotel, home to one of Iceland’s finest restaurants. Here, rooms feature views of the lava fields or the great Snaefellsjokull Glacier. If you’re lucky, you might even catch the Northern Lights.

Stay: Hotel Budir

Day 3: The Golden Circle

After a gourmet breakfast, today is given over to exploring the Golden Circle. As Iceland’s most famous driving route, it links many of the country’s iconic sights, bringing you between giant geysers, cascading waterfalls and volcanic crater lakes. Thingvellir National Park is a particular highlight. Home to the world’s first democratic parliament, its Viking heritage plays out over thousand-year-old ruins, backdropped by a spectacular natural world. A meeting of tectonic plates has formed a rift-valley spectacle of rivers, waterfalls and rocky jags. You’ll then end the day with one of Iceland’s finest hotels – a jewel of modernist design whose floor-to-ceiling windows showcase both the Northern Lights and its rugged, lava-field setting. Its spa is especially good.

Day 4: Depart for UK

Today, you’ll return your car at the airport for your flight home. If you’ve a later departure, we highly recommend pausing for a soak in the bright azure of the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal waters. 

Holiday pricing

  • Return flights (including luggage and tax)
  • Airport transfer from Keflavik to Ion City Hotel 
  • Overnight Ion City Hotel on a B&B basis
  • 3 days car hire
  • 1 night at Hotel Budir in Snaefellsnes on a B&B basis
  • 1 night at Ion Adventure Hotel on a B&B basis

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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