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Time in both the city we dub ‘Latitude with Attitude’ combined with a circumnavigation of Iceland staying in ScanSpecial style hotels (ones with a touch of character and style about them) for a holiday that’s an adventure.

Reykjavik

Stay in the Nordica Hotel, a ScanSuperior hotel with a very special blend of elegance and local atmosphere, soak yourself in Laugar Spa and enjoy dinner by the harbour in style.

Around the Island

Your circumnavigation tour comes with an exclusive road guide detailing just about everything there is to see and do on your journey round the island, a GPS so you can’t get lost and more importantly can’t miss the things you’ll want to see. You’ll get to meet and have dinner with a local family, go whale watching in Husavik and ride a 5 gaited Icelandic horse.

The Nordica

From the moment you step into the huge marble floored lobby with its understated elegance to the point where your head touches the red (fire), grey black (lava) and white ( ice) pillows you know you’ve hit on a class act. Few hotels pull off the blend bewteen local atmosphere and elegance but the Nordica most decidely does, which is presumably why so many of the world’s A list stay here without talking about it. Amongst other amenities the rooms have private WC/bath/shower, mini bar, telephone/voice mail, hair dryer, Coffee and Tea set & window blinds. Beyond that you can upgrade to either a Guest Plus or Executive room, the latter with access to a private lounge and the hotel’s spa.

Double room in Hotel Katla
Beautiful sunset in Iceland
Dinner is served, enjoy!
Amazing Northern Lights

Hotel Katla

the hotel just east of Vik is a colony of buildings with the main one housing reception, a bar, buffet restaurant and lounge. Rooms have tiled floors, tongue & groove pine faced walls and all have private WC/shower, hairdryer, TV with some English language channels and WI-FI.

The view outside Smyrlabjörg Country Hotel, Iceland
Double room in Smyrlabjörg Country Hotel, Iceland
Restaurant in Smyrlabjörg Country Hotel, Iceland
Horses outside Smyrlabjörg Country Hotel, Iceland

Smyrlabjörg Country Hotel

a family-owned country hotel on a working sheep farm in Vatnajokull National Park. All 52 rooms have private WC/shower and either an ocean or mountain view. The family restaurant specialises in dishes using local ingredients with lamb, fish and reindeer invariably on the menu.

View outside of Guesthouse Egilsstadir, Iceland
Double bedroom in Guesthouse Egilsstadir, Iceland, by ScanAdventures
Restaurant in Guesthouse Egilsstadir, Iceland, by ScanAdventures
Two women enjoying dinner at restaurant in Guesthouse Egilsstadir, Iceland, by ScanAdventures

Guesthouse Egilsstadir

on the shores of Lake Logurinn, this elegant farmhouse has 18 rooms all with en suite bathrooms, multi-channel television, radio, a coffee maker and hairdryer. The grounds of the hotel are a working farm with sheep & cattle.

View outside Narfastadir Lodge, Iceland, by ScanAdventures
Double bedroom in Narfastadir Lodge, Iceland, by ScanAdventures
Traditional Icelandic food in restaurant in Narfastadir Lodge, Iceland, by ScanAdventures
Map of Narfastadir Lodge, Iceland

Narfastadir Lodge

an original barn and farmhouse just 20 minutes from Myvatn form the basis of this converted building providing comfortable rooms with private WC/shower, satellite TV & Wi-Fi. Each building has a sitting room with coffee & tea on tap throughout the day in the main one. The family serves up home cooked food both for breakfast and their evening buffet.

View outside of Gauksmyri Lodge, Iceland by ScanAdventures
Double room in Gauksmyri Lodge, Iceland
Dining room in Gauksmyri Lodge, Iceland
Couple enjoying glass of wine in restaurant in Gauksmyri Lodge, Iceland

Gauksmyri Lodge

Jóhann Albertsson and Sigríður Lárusdóttirnear’s lodge set in the heart of horse country has 18 rooms with private WC/shower and a really good restaurant focused on local produce, bar and lounge. There are short riding tours available at the nearby horse centre and whether you’ve ridden a horse before or not the Icelandic horse’s 5th gait makes it easy to enjoy.

1st Day UK – Reykjavik

Fly to Keflavik International Airport from UK. Meet our local representative on arrival and transfer to the Nordica Hotel. Soak up the unique atmosphere of the Laugar Spa before dinner by the harbour quayside at Kopar restaurant.

2nd Day Reykjavik- Vik

Courtesy transfer to collect you hire car and spend the day taking in south Iceland’s attractions: Þingvellir National Park, home to the old parliament Althing, Geyser’s hot springs, fumaroles and viscous hot springs; Gullfoss, whose waters cascade down a 3 step staircase. Along the coast road stop at the plunge waterfalls Seljandsfoss and Skogafoss, detour on to Dyrholaey and walk on Reynisfjorur’s black sand beaches. The other side of Vik check in and overnight at Hotel Katla in Hofdabrekka.

3rd Day Vik – Hofn

Drive across vast outwash plains and the black sands of the Skeidarársandur ; touch the edge of Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park with its carpet of dwarf birch and mountain ash and continue to the ‘wow factor’ sight of the day: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Cruise amongst the dramatically sculpted icebergs drifting in the lagoon before overnighting at Smyrlabjorg in the Hofn area.

4th Day Hofn– Lake Lagearfljot

After breakfast drive along the serpentine, part gravelled section of the eastern ring road, overhung by rhyolite crags and which contours the indented coastline dotted with fishing villages. Dinner with a local family and overnight at Guesthouse Egilsstadir

5th Day Lake Lagearfljot – Myvatn

Cross seemingly endless deserts of glacially crushed rock before hitting the lush green of the Lake Mývatn area. Explore the wooded headland at Hofdi with its lava pillars; contorted black towers of Dimmuborgir; the pastel coloured Námafjall ridge with its fumaroles and the smouldering, sulphurous Krafla caldera. There are the multi-hued houses hugging the mountainside by the fishing village of Husavik from where you can go whale spotting; the unusually wooded canyon at Asbyrgi; Dettifoss, reputed to be most powerful waterfall in Europe, and the somewhat forgotten Selfoss with its wide curtain fall. Overnight at Narfastadir Country Hotel

6th Day Narfastadir – Laugarbakki

Take time out in Akureyri, drive through the Öxnadalsheidi pass and then round to Laugarbakki in the heart of horse breeding country for a night at Gauksmyri Lodge.

7th Day Laugarbakki – Reykjavik

Drive south through verdant farmland dotted with Lutheran spired churches and stop off at Bogarnes (the Settlement Centre there is a good place to catch up on your Sagas) and south to Reykjavík. Drop off your car and transfer to the Nordica for 2 nights.

8th Day Reykjavik

Time out in the city to do as you will. You can soak in a tub at Laugar Spa again, have a coffee at Kaffitar,go whale watching in the afternoon if you missed them at Husavik or just stroll around in the old part of town. And we ‘d be happy to book you dinner at one of our favourite restaurants.

9th Day Reykjavik – UK

After breakfast, leave relatively early for the Blue Lagoon and a valedictory bathe before dropping off your hire car and return flight to the UK.

Bespoke Options

Extend your stay in Reykjavik or in any location as you please. And of course take additional safaris.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flights from the UK to Keflavik International Airport All airport passenger service charges & departure taxes Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked) Airport/destination return transfers in Iceland Meet & greet briefing on arrival in Reykjavik
Hotel accommadation as specified in itinerary Lodging in twin room(s) with private WC/shower
9 Breakfasts & 2 Suppers 7 days (4 x 24hrs) car rental (group
A, VW Polo or similar) including unlimited mileage; theft protection & collision damage waiver insurance
Detailed itinerary and 86 page Iceland guide book

Departure Dates & Prices:

Daily May - September From £1569 pp
Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are veriable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and 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 Holidays | Bespoke designed by ScanAdventures

Our Iceland Holidays are crafted by our 'Scandi by Birth' Travel Designers whose collective 25 years experience helps turn your Holiday to Iceland into something of an Adventure whether on a Short Break, Fly Drive Road Trip or Escorted arrangement. We keep an eye out for what's new, exciting and differerent to arrange something beyond ordinary. So we'll show you The Secret Lagoon, Fjallsárlón, Friðheimar & Myvatn's Underground Bakery; parts other operators don't reach. We'll take you to Seyðisfjörður to the hotel where Walter Mitty stayed, into the Highlands to Hrauneyjar for one of the best chances of seeing the Northern Lights you'll ever get. All bespoke designed to your personal purse & passion.