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Hot springs hopping in Iceland

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8 days/7 nights. From 900 to 2000 Euros per person

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Title: Hot springs hopping in Iceland

Length : 8 days/7 nights.
From 900 to 2000 Euros per person

"A day at the beach in Iceland?”
"Impossible!"
Well no, thanks to Mother Nature and modern technology it is possible to experience an Iceland self drive with geothermal bathing every day. Either during summer or winter, you'll bath in natural geothermal springs or man made geothermal pools. What can be better during your Iceland travel than to bask in the warmth of these welcoming silky waters as they emerge from Iceland´s volcanic depths all the while being surrounded by the most amazing landscapes on the planet? This Iceland self drive discovering natural springs and hot pools can also provide a great opportunity to meet locals in their favourite activity and one that we fully appreciate!
How about a real beach resort in Iceland …Well maybe not, but in Reykjavik it is possible to swim at a geothermal beach a short distance from the downtown area.
Iceland Travel possible all year

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Strengths:

- The opportunity with this Iceland travel to swim every day either in a natural spring, geothermal swimming pool or Spa....
- Short daily driving distances which allow you more time to relax during this Iceland self drive.
- Meet locals in their favourite “sport” / activity
- The discovery of the most beautiful sites in south and west Iceland; “The Golden Circle “, the south coast, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula...
- Hidden and forgotten Iceland travel spots and sites for a special Iceland self drive.


Summary:

Day 1: Keflavik - Reykjavik. 50 km. 1h.
Day 2: Reykjavik - Seljavallalaug - Vik. 200 km approx. 4h.
Day 3: Vik - Fludir. 160 km approx. 3h.
Day 4: The Golden Circle.
Day 5: Thingvellir – Hvalfjordur – Borgarnes. 130 km. 2-3h.
Day 6: Snaefellsnes. 200 km. 3-4h.
Day 7: Snaefellsnes – Reykjavik 180 km. 3h.
Day 8: Blue Lagoon - Keflavik. 20 km approx. 1h.
Note: Estimated driving time, not including longer stops such as visits, activities, lunch etc.


Friendly Advice:

- A self drive in Iceland for the whole family and available all year round Iceland travel.
- Enjoy this Iceland self drive during may and June when you can enjoy more daylight as the days lengthen giving almost permanent brightness allowing you to enjoy all the sites as well as the season for seabirds such as puffins, great skuas and Guillemots. Not to mention the serenity of Iceland travel outside of the high season.
- Rent a 4x4 vehicle to experience the more remote and hard to get to hot springs.
- For a bit more adventure during your Iceland travel, either before or after your Iceland self drive join one of our trekking expeditions to explore Iceland´s unique interior at a more natural and sedate pace.
- Why not add to your Iceland self drive with one of our Greenland travel experiences.




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HOSTEL
If you have a backpacker’s soul, a small budget, or are travelling to Iceland alone, this may be a good option for you. Hostels are recognized world-wide as friendly places to meet fellow travellers. Iceland’s hostels live up to this reputation on top of also being clean and full of warm welcomes! Whether a quick walk or a fifteen minute bus ride away from downtown (buses free with the Reykjavík City Pass we include in your package), the hostels offer easy access to the city’s main attractions. Reykjavik's hostels all offer breakfasts, linen rental, laundry service, etc.
When hostels have Wi-Fi, it is usually free. Otherwise, many cafes in downtown Reykjavik offer free internet connections.

GUESTHOUSE
Whether they are someone’s actual home or an establishment more like a cosy and simple inn, Reykjavik guesthouses most often offer the best access to downtown. Breakfast is always included and you can opt for a private room with a bathroom or to use a shared bathroom upstairs. This second option is generally less expensive. There are triple and quadruple rooms available if you are travelling to Iceland with friends or family.
When guesthouses have Wi-Fi, it is usually free. Otherwise, many cafes in downtown Reykjavik offer free internet connections.

3 STAR HOTEL
Three star hotels are often in the middle of downtown areas. When they are not, they are about ten minutes away by taxi or bus. The accommodations are simple but many offer possible upgrades and triple rooms if travelling as a family. When they have Wi-Fi, it is usually free. Otherwise, many cafes in downtown Reykjavik offer free internet connections.

4 STAR HOTEL
Since extravagance and 5 star hotels are hard to come by in Iceland, these are the most deluxe options for your stay. The downtown hotels are comfortable, centrally located and reasonably spacious. They have quality restaurants and excellent efficient service. The hotels located on the outskirts of the downtown area, are more spacious and offer more services such as gyms, spas etc. All the 4 star hotels have possible upgrades, and several suites. Some have triple rooms, if you are on a family holiday. When they have Wi-Fi, it is usually free. Otherwise, many cafes in downtown Reykjavik offer free internet connections.

APPARTMENT
If you chose to do this Iceland travel with your family or in a group of friends, you can rent apartments in Reykjavik by the day or by the week. Although catering is not included, you will have a kitchen area available to prepare your meals. Most of these apartments provide easy access to downtown.

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What's Included:

- 2 nights in a guesthouse in Reykjavik in double room, breakfast included.
- 5 nights in the country in a double room in barracks or dormitory or camping depending on the formula used .
- Breakfast included guesthouse, farmhouse and country house hotel.
- Travel documents personalised to your Iceland self drive including a road map and a road book with a detailed day by day itinerary.
- Rental of a two or four wheel drive vehicle for 7 days, unlimited kilometers, VAT, CDW insurance and second driver. Rental days are counted over periods of 24 hours. Fees apply if your flight schedules involve the start of a 8th rental day.
- For the hostel, mountain hut and camping options: a stove for two, kitchen utensils, a cooler, a thermos, and a dishwashing kit.
- During your Iceland travel, a 24/7 telephone helpline provided by Iceland Like A Local.


What's not Included:

- International flights in and out of Iceland, airport taxes and travel insurance
- Meals, drinks and personal expenses.
- Breakfasts in hostels, huts and camping.
- Optional visits and activities.
- Super CDW insurance and gravel protection (SCDW) including excess liability charges.


Price:

PRICE PER PERSON IN 2017, BASED ON 2 PERSONS IN A REGULAR CAR

In hotels, guesthouses, farmhouses or countryside hotels: Valid from May to September
- In room with private bathroom: from 1450 to 2000 Euros
- In room without private bathroom: from 1150 to 1500 Euros

In Huts and hostels from May to September
- In dormitory or barracks in the country from 1100 to 1300 Euros

Camping, from June to August
- With equipment provided: from 900 to 1100 Euros

Supplement with a 4x4 vehicle: category G: 280 to 450 Euros per person depending on the season . Required to access the interior during summer.

Final price varies depending on the number of people, the season and the category of vehicle.




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Day 1: Keflavik - Reykjavik . 50 km. 1h
Arrival at Keflavik International Airport. Rental vehicle pickup and embark on your Iceland self drive. A detour is possible at the Blue Lagoon before heading to Reykjavik or you can keep the pleasures of bathing in this futuristic setting for the end of your stay. Check into your accommodation and spend the evening at your leisure in the world´s northernmost capital.
Night in Reykjavik.

Day 2: Reykjavik – Vik - Seljavallalaug pool. 200 km approx. 4h
On this day of you Iceland self drive you embark upon the south coast to discover the volcanic glaciers of Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. Black sand beaches and cliffs of columnar basalt that guard them as well as waterfalls and glacial tongues that slowing make their way towards the waiting shore. Stop at the Seljaland and Skogar waterfalls and visit the charming folk museum and then enjoy a swim in the outdoor swimming pool at Seljavallalaug. At a temperature of (30-37°c) Seljavallalaug is an outdoor geothermal swimming pool located a few kilometres east of Skogar. It was built in 1923, and as such, is one of the oldest pools in Iceland. At 20 m long and 5 m wide, it was for many years, the largest in Iceland! In 1990 a new pool nearer the road was built, but the more intimate old pool is always accessible ... and free! It is also maintained every summer! Now continue on to Vik, a small coastal town sheltered by cliffs upon which a colony of puffins has made their nest.
Night in the Vik area.

Day 3: Vik - Fludir. 160 km approx. 3h
Heading first west and then north, we go further inland and cross the most fertile farmland in Iceland. During summer, if you have a 4x4, you can "push on" to Landmanalaugar and swim in an extraordinary river of geothermal water as it runs along the edge of an old lava field. If you have a regular car, you´ll go to the Hrunalaug hot spring near the village of Fludir. Hrunalaug is a natural hot spring hidden in a small green valley. A small stone-walled pool enclosure approximately 2 meters long and meter wide was constructed upstream. From there the water flows through the changing shed to a second smaller pool that runs a bit cooler. The temperatures range from 35-37°.

Day 4: The Golden Circle Region.
Your first stop is the Gullfoss waterfall where the Hvita River has created an impressive canyon. In summer, if you have a 4x4 you will go swimming in nature at Hveravellir and/or Kerlingarfjoll where you are almost smack in the middle of the country. If not, you have the opportunity to visit the Fontana spa at Laugarvatn for a bit more luxury!
- Fontana is a spa that is modern and well designed, built over a natural hot spring the spa is situated on the shore of Lake Laugarvatn. Recently completely renovated, it offers all the facilities you expect for the pleasures of a new complex; sauna, steam baths and swimming pools with a water temperature of 32° to 40° and a superb view of the lake. If you’re brave enough you go even take a dip in its “slightly colder” waters.
- Hveravellir is one of the must do open air hot pools/springs in Iceland! The pool is set in a geothermal area with fumaroles, sulphur springs and turquoise waters. Relatively large, with a capacity of around twenty people, its temperature is controlled by a supply of both hot and cold water and offers a splendid panorama of the surrounding geothermal area including the Langjokull and Hofsjokull glaciers!
Night in the regions of Laugavatn or Hveravellir.

Day 5: Thingvellir - Hvalfjordur - Borgarnes. 120 km. 3h
Spend the morning to visit Geysir and Laugarvatn if you did not the day before and then observe the effects of oceanic rift at Thingvellir, the historic site of Iceland's ancient parliament and the largest body of freshwater in the country. Next a very nice drive will take you to the Hvalfjordur “whale fjord” and its hot spring at Hvammsvik where you can enjoy a soak in the midst of this picturesque fjord before continuing on to you accommodation a little further north towards the Snaefellsness peninsula.
Hvammsvik is a unique place: a small stone-walled pool which is well hidden along the fjord. It is a circular stone construction, supplied with hot and cold water that you can moderate. If you enjoy contrast, the salty waters of the fjord are a tempting 5 meters away for the brave to experiment.
Night in the Borgarnes region.

Day 6: Snaefellsnes. 200 km. 4h
This day of your Iceland self drive is devoted to exploring the southern shore of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, a spectacular region of contrasting landscapes. Follow this flat, then later, rugged coastline of sandy beaches and rocky coasts flanked by the ocean and leading to the small port villages of Arnastapi and Hellnar that sit at the foot of the Snaefellsjokull glacier´s snowy. One of Iceland´s natural icons, it was immortalized by Jules Verne in his novel - "Journey to the Centre of the Earth". Several bathing opportunities are available on this section of your Iceland self drive: The Landbrotalaug hot spring and the Lysuholl pool over the summer. During the winter months, if the hot spring at Landbrotalaug is unavailable, there is the accommodation at Hof with its pool and hot tub.
The Landbrotalaug hot spring is an interesting natural hot pool, easily accessible from the main road. It is a natural hot spring set in rock about a meter in diameter and one meter deep. The temperature can vary from 30° to 40°. There is also another hot pool a little further upstream that is shallower but with a slightly warmer water.

Day 7: Snaefellsnes - Reykjavik. 180 km approx. 3h
Back to Reykjavik but if you feel there is unfinished business you have plenty of time to re-visit the Reykholt valley or the impressive Hvalfjrdur, “Whale fjord” where you will find a hidden valley and Iceland´s highest waterfall, Glymur. Return your rental car by 17:00 and the rental company will shuttle you back to the guesthouse or the Laugarspa. Entrance to Laugarspa includes access to the Laugardalur swimming pool.
- Laugarspa is Reykjavik´s luxury Health and spa resort and is located in the Laugardalur valley which offers calming walking paths at the end of your spa session. All the expected facilities in this type of institution are available; 3 swimming pools with different temperatures, several hot tubs, saunas and steam baths ... so Scandinavian.

Day 8: Reyjanes or Reykjavik - Keflavik. Approx. 20 – 50 km.
Transfer to the Keflavik International Airport to end your Iceland travel in time for your flight home.




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