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Romantic Road Trip in Iceland

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8 days / 7 nights From 2100 to 2300 Euros per person

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Title: Romantic Road Trip in Iceland

Length : 8 days / 7 nights
From 2100 to 2300 Euros per person

If you're looking for resorts or hotels in mansions complete with French gardens, then maybe Iceland isn't the place for you. Otherwise, our selection of simple accommodations of undeniable quality with stunning natural backdrops will not disappoint! You will be enchanted by their warm welcomes and the exceptional level of their cuisine. These are truly fantastic places to escape and relax in Iceland's embrace.

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Flatey Island are the setting of this trip.

Staying at Flatey is available from June to August. For the rest of the year, this portion of the trip will be replaced by an additional night at either Hotel Glymur or Hotel Rangá

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Strengths:

- Quality accommodation for the entire trip.
- A day on Flatey Island.
- A rhythm that encourages leisure and relaxation.


Summary:

Day 1: Keflavík - Reykjavík. 50km about 1h
Day 2: Reykjavík - Búdir. 50km about 3h
Day 3: Snæfellsnes peninsula. 120 km about 2h
Day 4: Búdir - Stikkishólmur - Flatey. 120 km env. 2h + 1h30 ferry
Day 5: Flatey – Stykkishólmur- Hvalfjördur. 1h30 de ferry. 250 km about 4h
Day 6: The Golden Circle – Reykjavík. 120 km about 2h
Day 7: The Reykjanes peninsula and the Blue Lagoon. 120 km about 2h
Day 8: Reykjavik – Keflavik. 50km about 1 h


Friendly Advice:

- Plan your trip in the month of June to benefit from bird nesting season and the increased daylight hours.
- In summer with the 4WD option or on a snowmobile excursion, get up close and personal with the Snæfellsjökull volcano glacier and soak in its views of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
- Rent a 4WD vehicle to have access to Iceland’s wilder terrain.




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HOTEL BUDIR
Nestled in the southern coast of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, the Budir hotel is legendary in Iceland. Since its opening in 1947 it has been renowned for its cuisine. Fish and seafood make up most of the menu and the results are as fresh as it gets since they come from the neighbouring fishing port. The hotel has recently been rebuilt and flaunts typical Nordic architecture, giving it a discrete charm. The services are all top notch: spacious rooms, modern bathroom, Wifi...
A few footsteps away is a long beach of golden sand, very rare in Iceland!

HOTEL FLATEY
This hotel, with its feet almost in the water, will give you the impression that you are on a boat. It is located in the centre of Flatey’s little village, in two restored historical homes. The decor and set-up have been designed to provide a turn of the century ambiance, when Flatey was still one of the region’s commercial centres. This hotel is known for its convivial feel that gives visitors a taste of a simpler life. With its unique location, comfortable rooms, authentic cooking, and warm common room that ivites conversation, you won’t forget your stay in Flatey’s little hotel any time soon!

HOTEL GLYMUR
The Glymur Hotel is located on the northern shore of the whale fjord. Settled at the flank of a cliff it offers a magnificent view of the fjord and the beautiful tabular mountains on the horizon. A modern hotel with all the comforts and methods of communication you’ll need. You can choose between the main building’s spacious rooms or among the villas disseminated throughout the surrounding nature (extra cost not included). Every villa is unique, with its own distinctive decor but they all have terraces complete with Jacuzzis!

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What's Included:

- Transfer to and from Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavík accommodations.
- 7 nights in double rooms or the hotels described with breakfasts provided (room not villa at the Glymur hotel)
- A trip folder including road maps and a road-book describing your detailed day by day itinerary.
- 8 day rental of a category A vehicle, unlimited distance, 25.5% VAT, CDW insurance, second driver and one-way fee included.
- The ferry crossing


What's not Included:

- Flights to and from Iceland
- Other meals, drinks and personal expenses.
- Optional visits and activities.
- Admission to sites that charge for visits.
- 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
From 2100 to 2300 Euros per person depending on the season, from June to August

4WD supplement with a category FG vehicle: from 290 to 440 Euros/pers.

Final price depending on the number of persons, the season and the vehicle category




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Day 1: Keflavik - Reykjavík. 50 km. 1h
Arrival at Keflavik international airport. Rental car pick up and drive to Reykjavík. Settle into your accommodation. The rest of your first night is at your leisure in the world’s northernmost capital.
Staying overnight in Reykjavík's three star hotels.

Day 2: Reykjavik - Búdir. 160 km about 3h
Spend your morning driving along the “whale fjord” to get to the Snaefelsness peninsula. Settle into the Budir Hotel and in the afternoon explore the wild coast nestled between the tiny ports of Arnastapi and Hellnar. Coves and cliffs alternate along the shore and are home to Black-legged Kittiwake gulls and arctic terns. You can also choose to discover the reefs of Djupalonssandur or the edges of the Snæfellsjökull glacier with its pumice stone expanses.
Staying overnight in the Budir hotel.

Day 3: Snæfellsnes peninsula. 120 km about 2h
Take this this day to finish exploring the tranquil beauty of the Snæfellsnes rerion or your can relax on the sandy beach a few minutes walk from the hotel
Staying overnight at Hotel Budir.

Day 4: Búdir - Stikkishólmur - Flatey. 120 km env. 2h + 1h30 ferry
Follow route 54 to the north coast of the peninsula and head east towards Stykkishólmur. Then, departure by ferry early in the afternoon to the island from the port of Stykkishólmur, where you will leave your vehicle. Indeed! cars are not allowed on the island, which guarantees peace and serenity. Walk, daydream or nap in the grass and watch the puffins dance. All you have to do is enjoy the island. Do not miss following the path around the island (4.5 to 5 km in all) and have a look at the beautiful church. At night, singing snipe accompany your sleep.

Staying overnight at hotel Flatey. NB. The rooms do not have private bathrooms (they are shared on the floor) but the establishment and the island in general have a charm which will not make you regret this stopover.

Note: This hotel lay-over is only possible from June to August. The rest of the year, this step will be replaced by an extra night at Hotel Glymur or Hotel Ranga.

Day 5: Flatey - Stykkishólmur - Hvalfördur. 1h30 ferry. 250 km about 4h
Take the morning ferry to Stykkishólmur, in the summer there are two ferries a day. Taking the first ferry of the day, you'll have a chance to explore a spectacular region with a variety of landscapes and stunning contrasts that will lead you to your hotel that is situated upon the hills overlooking the Whale fjord "Hvalfjörður"

Staying overnight at Hotel Glymur.

Day 6 : Golden Circle – Reykjavik. 120 km about 2h
Head into Iceland’s interior to its famous Golden Circle: You’re off to discover Iceland’s infamous Golden Circle. Your first stop will be Thingvellir to discover the effects of the oceanic rift and the site of the oldest parliament in the world. Then you’ll continue your drive through a volcanic landscape before entering fertile farmland to reach the famous Strokkur geyser in Geysir (the place that originally gave the phenomenon its name). A bit further is the Gulfoss waterfall, where the Hvítá River has created an impressive canyon..
In summer with the 4WD option only: follow the Kaldidalur trail that link the Reykholt and Thingvellir valleys along the western flanks of the Langjökull glacier.
Staying overnight in the Ranga hotel.

Jour 7: Reykjanes Peninsula and the Blue Lagoon. 120 km about 2h
Return towards the capital by driving along the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula. Savage coasts and lunar landscapes formed by numerous volcanic eruptions. Iceland's Geothermal activity manifests itself here in many forms: the bubbling cauldrons of mud and steam at Krýsuvík as well as the romantic, thermal turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon spa (optional). Staying overnight in Reykjavik.
Car rental return and staying overnight in Reykjavik

Day 8: Reykjavik – Keflavik. 50km about 1 h
Return your rental car at Keflavik international airport and enjoy your flight home.




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