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Inspired by Iceland

Your Adventure

An 8 Day  drive holiday travelling Iceland’s most scenic and geologically dramatic routes with overnight lodgings at some of Iceland’s most luxurious hotels. A unique chance to re-live your youth on a back packers style adventure but with everything made easy and luxy beds to sleep in. Along the way you can snowmobile safari on top of Myrdalsjokull; walk down into an ice cave on Langjökull; cruise in a DUWK amongst icebergs in the Jokulsarlon Lagoon and sail out on Breidafjordur Bay with its plethora of puffins, seals and over flying gulls. 

The Flashpackers Bit

Just about the best of overnight lodgings and tlc you can find in Iceland starting with Sigurlaug Sverrisdóttir’s edgy ION hotel, a 2 room suite at the Glymur Hotel or Fredrik Palsson's Ranga Hotel and finishing in Reykjavik at the undeservedly little known Odinsve Hotel.

Double Room at Hotel Grimsborgir | Weddings in Iceland
Suite at Hotel Grimsborgir |  Weddings in Iceland
Wedding couple in front of Selfoss | Weddings in Iceland
Wedding couple at Grimsborgir | Weddings in Iceland

Hotel Grimsborgir (W)

Relentless entrepreneur Olafur Laufdal and his wife Kristin Ketilsdottir have created something of a gem; a colony of 10 apartments and 28 rooms arranged in a circle by the river Sog in the Grimsnes fissure. The Grimsborgir's apartments range in size from 56sq m (about double the size of a good twin bedded hotel room) up to 4 bed roomed ones at 200sq m. Kristin’s interiors are best described as Scandinavian Country meets Ralph Lauren. Biscuit coloured bed coverlets, patchwork quilts, muted colours, leather inlay tables, vertical wood panelling, hanging wall clocks, and wing back armchairs all apparently carelessly thrown together. Apartments have their own private hot tub overlooking the river with snow topped mountains in the distance. Locally sourced and foraged food particularly based on salmon, trout and cod is the hallmark of the hotel’s kitchen. With a location just an hour's drive from Geysir and an hour and half down to Vik, the Grimsborgir is as good a spot as it gets for taking in some of Iceland's most epic scenery.  

Northern Lights dancing above  Hotel Ranga | Iceland Holidays
Deluxe double bedroom in Hotel Ranga | Holidays to Iceland
Signature Surf & Turf dish in Hotel Ranga's restaurant | ScanAdventures
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon close by Hotel Ranga | Iceland Holidays

Hotel Ranga

Set in the meadowland that skirts Iceland’s southern coastline against a backdrop of Mount Hekla, the Ranga started life as a private fishing lodge alongside its eponymous salmon laden river. Over the years, under the tutelage of owner Fredrik Paulsson and guidance of former manager Björn Nygårds Kers, it’s morphed into something of a legend with twin & de-luxe rooms ranging in size from 18 to 26 sq.m, outdoor hot tubs, a bar with deep leather armchairs & sofas (and some idiosyncratic bar stools); billiard rooms, and a World Pavillion with suites themed around the seven continents. Rooms have everything you need including flat screen TV; free Wi-Fi ; telephone; bathtub or shower, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers; minibar; coffee and tea-maker; 24 hour room service, laundry and wake up service. Centre stage in the hotel’s restaurant is a signature Surf & Turf dish translated into a herbaceous roast lamb paired with meaty, buttery steamed lobster, and a skyr dessert that’s to die for. Never one to let meadow land grass grow under his feet(!), Fredrik recently oversaw the building of an observatory with two 11-inch Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain computerized telescopes from which you can see even the detail of Saturn’s rings. And of course, the hotel’s remote location is ideal for catching the Northern Lights for which the hotel offers a night time alert system. Notwithstanding everything that’s gone on here over the years the hotel has kept its very personal owner driven style and ambience.

Hotel Odinsve Twin Room | Reykjavik Short Breaks
Restaurant dish in Hotel Odinsve | Reykjavik Short Breaks
External view of Hotel Odinsve | Reykjavik Short Breaks
Lobby in Hotel Odinsve | Reykjavik Short Breaks

Hotel Odinsve

less well known than many of its contemporaries, the Ódinsvé is a hidden gem tucked away in an under heated street running down from Hallgrímskirka, just a few minutes from the city’s center. The stylish Nordic minimalism of the hotel’s public areas implies a style with warmth that the hotel more than lives up to – the guest book comments say it all. All 43 rooms are variously styled in a mix of black, white, cream, beige and chocolate and have private WC/shower, TV, mini bar, hair dryer and WI-FI.

Hotel Ion

Sigurlaug Sverrisdóttir’s edgy design hotel sits partly on cantilevered pillars on the slopes of Mount Hengill rising up from one of Iceland’s most active geo-thermal lava fields. The ION perfectly blends eco- style and luxury. Inside everything is minimalist Scandinavian chic with furniture, tables, wall decor and a hot pool fashioned in rectilinear shapes. Natural concrete walls and extensive floor to ceiling picture windows showcase the surrounding views. There is a mixture of standard and deluxe rooms all with hard wood flooring, down duvets, WI-FI, TV, hairdryer, kettle, bathrobes and slippers. The restaurant takes fresh locally sourced ingredients and gives them a Californian Asian twist Northern Lights bar offer menus of fresh local ingredients cooked with a twist.

Glymur Hotel Iceland Executive Room | Iceland Holidays by ScanAdventures
Glymur Hotel Iceland | ScanAdventures
Glymur Hotel Iceland Executive Room | Holidays to Iceland
Glymur Hotel Iceland Northern Lights | Iceland Holidays

Glymur Hotel

The lovely and stylish Hotel Glymur that overlooks the stunning Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord) offers relaxing environment for its guests. The executive rooms, each specially designed with Italian leather furniture and unique art pieces are on two floors: bathroom and sitting room in the lower room and sleeping area on the upper room. All rooms have a magnificent view either overlooking the fjord or the mountains. The rooms feature high-speed Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, telephone, Shower/WC, a hairdryer and a coffee machine.

1st Day UK – Iceland

Fly to Keflavik International Airport from UK, collect hire car on arrival and drive to Þingvallavegur or Hella. Stay for 3 nights at Hotel ION (Grimsborgir or Ranga). Dinner at the hotel.

2nd Day Drive at Will

Suggested itinerary: after breakfast drive along the southeast coast across bridges fording dramatic outwash plains interspersed with black sand beaches and lava fields to Jokulsarlon Lagoon. The Lagoon’s luminous blue icebergs tinted with black volcanic dust float in the Lagoon for several years, gradually self-sculpting themselves in to different shapes before finally working their way out to sea.

3rd Day Drive at Will

Suggested itinerary: drive along to the foot of Myrdalsjokull where you will be kitted out in protective clothing and driven by Super Jeep on to the glacier for a snowmobile tour across it. Afterwards take in Skogafoss, Seljalandfoss or Dyrholaey if you missed any of them the previous day.

4th Day Þingvallavegur/Hella-Glymur

Drive up to the Geyser area where Strokkur spouts 40m high every 5 to 10 minutes alongside steaming fumaroles, hot springs and mud pools. Continue to Gullfoss, the ‘golden falls’, where the glacial river Hvítá plummets 32 metres before torrenting down a large gorge between the Mid Atlantic Ridge’s tectonic plates. Then down to Laugarvatn Spa, stopping of for a steam bath in the manner of the locals, and then into the Þingvellir valley to Glymur. Stay at the Hotel Glymur for 3 nights. Dinner at the hotel.

5th Day Drive at Will

Suggested itinerary: drive around the Snæfellsnes peninsula whose kaleidoscopally coloured mountain spine is dominated by a glacier; visit Arnarstapi with its basalt rocks, rock arches and bird cliffs and take a boat trip out into Breiðafjörður to spot for puffins and white tailed eagles.

6th Day Drive at Will

Suggested itinerary: drive up to Borgarnes and Bifröst, explore the Paradise Hollow and Grabrok crater before turning east to Reykholt. Take in the the lava waterfalls Hraunfossar, Surtshellir caves and Hallmundarhraun lava fields.

7th Day Glymur – Reykjavik

Drive alongside the Borgarfjörður, then under it and down to Reykjavík. Stay for 2 nights at Hotel Odinsve.

8th Day Reykjavik – UK

After breakfast drive along the moss clad lava Reykjanes peninsula to the Blue Lagoon for a valedictory bathe before, dropping your car off at the airport and return flight to UK.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flight(s) from UK to Iceland (Keflavik International Airport).  
Pay on board cabin service.
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes.
Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
3 nights accommodation at Hotel ION, Grimsborgir or Ranga.
3 nights accommodation at Hotel Glymur.
1 night’s accommodation at Hotel Odinsve.
Lodgings in superior twin room(s) (suite at Glymur) with private WC/shower & room amenities.
Board: 7 Buffet breakfasts, 2 dinners.
4 days (4 x 24hrs) car rental (group A, 5 door Toyota Yaris or similar) including unlimited mileage; theft protection & collision damage waiver insurances and all local taxes, Road Map, CD guide, airport collection fee
Admission fees to Laugarvatn Spa, Myvatn Nature Baths & Blue Lagoon inc towel rental. 
NIL EXCESS HIRE CAR INSURANCE
216 PAGE GUIDE TO ICELAND ( PUBLISHED  SEP 2016)
 

Departure Dates & Prices:

Daily May 1st to September 30th inclusive
Guide £1395*pp
 *Guide Prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are variable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don't do fancy lead in prices and at the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction/supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays. 
 

Safaris included or available on request

Iceland Snowmobile Safari on Myrdalsjokull | ScanAdventures

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  • Welcome dinners at each 
  • Laugarvatn & Bláa Lónið (Blue Lagoon)
  • Fully inclusive Car Hire
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