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This self-drive tour allows you to discover Iceland’s famous Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon at your own pace.
On this trip you will also experience a Superjeep Adventure tour into the interior of South Iceland to experience the beauty of the volcanic landscape up close and personal.
Being remote and away from any artificial light, Aurora watching is excellent in the countryside around the family run hotel that we have chosen based on a working farm.
The SuperJeep Adventure Tours can be upgraded to private tours if you wish. Please ask at time of enquiry
Fly to Reykjavik, pick up your hire car and self drive to Hotel Smaratun, a country farm hotel situated in a peaceful spot (@2 hr drive). The Hotel’s remote setting away from all artificial light makes it a pristine spot for Northern Lights viewings.
Seeing the magical Northern Lights is something you will not so easily forget. The stunning display of this delicate sheet of white, green, yellow or even red lights dancing across the starry sky is a true wonder of nature.
To give you an even better chance to see the Northern Lights tonight you will hunt for the Northern Lights in your SuperJeep tour with guide. The guide knows all the good spots and his experience will be put to use as he drives for an evening of exciting hunting in your SuperJeep. This tour is 3-4 hours long depending upon conditions.
Tonight dine at Hotel Fljotshlio Smaratun on a 3 course dinner with local ingredients, many grown/reared on the farm that the hotel is situated on.
For our personal experience of the Fljotshlio Smaratun hotel
Overnight at the Hotel.
Meals Included: Dinner
Drive yourselves through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Þingvellir National Park and Lake Thingvallavatnareas to visit the Golden Circle.
During the day experience the dramatic mini rift valley created by Tectonic plate movement, gaze at the thundering Gullfoss Waterfall, which can totally freeze in winter, and marvel at the Strokkur Geyser which erupts every 5 minutes.
We would also recommend a visit to the location where the first democratic government in the world was founded by the Vikings in the 9th century, as well as the beautiful Kerio Crater.
3 course dinner at the hotel and afterwards relax and watch to see if the Northern Lights appear! As the hotel is so rural it is in a perfect spot for wonderful strong displays of the Northern Lights.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
First thing this morning you will be picked up for one of our two SuperJeep adventures. We work only with local guides who have lived their whole life in this area, are very experienced and belong to the Mountain Rescue Team; all of which have fascinating stories to tell of their experiences during the 2010 eruption. Your choice is:-
We always have fabulous feedback on this day and how much people enjoy the personalised, relaxed guided day they experience with these enthusiastic and local guides who try so hard to give you that extra special day.
Super Jeeps take up to 8 people but the norm is for 4 people for a very personal feel. Note this is in sharp contrast to the coach tours that are available through other companies, and which also cannot access most of the area that we take you to. This is serious off-roading!
Eyjafjallajökull’s Volcano Tour
This tour will take you as close as is possible to the new large crater in Eyjafjallajökull Volcano from the 2010 eruption and to places where no hire car can go.
We drive up the slopes of the glacier in a highly equipped SuperJeep and on our way take in the astonishing view over the whole South coast of Iceland with it’s glaciers, and back across the Atlantic including the Westman-Islands.
This tour gives you the perfect glacier experience; an exciting SuperJeep drive in the snow, walk on the glacier and the magnificent view over the south. This is real adventure!
Porsmork Valley Tour
Your guide will take you up between the three glaciers; Myrdalsjokull, Eyjafjallojokull and Tindfjallojokull. In your specially adapted SuperJeep you will have the thrilling drive of fjording glacial rivers and driving across the floodplain to see the lasting effects and landscape changes following Eyjafjallajökull’s 2010 eruption.
You will be surrounded by an imposing mountain ridge and see spectacular landscapes. We describe it as like being in a production set from Lord of the Rings when they go to Mordur. You will see dramatic towering black volcanic cliffs. Stop at the stunning Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which you can walk behind and be mesmerised looking back through the falling water. If you wanted to see the “Raw Iceland” this is hard to beat!
3 Course dinner and overnight at the Hotel and one last chance to see the Aurora Borealis in its finery.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
This morning self drive to the Blue Lagoon (@ 2 hrs), one of Iceland’s most famous sites where the geothermal waters are particularly good for your skin. Here you can bathe in the warm bright blue waters, put Silica mud on your face or try out the Sauna and Steam rooms which are carved into the lava.
You can easily while away a couple of hours soaking up the atmosphere or have a meal in a choice of restaurants with lovely views of the Lagoon. We would also recommend the in-water massage treatments which are just heavenly!
Self drive onward to airport for flight home.
Meals Included: Breakfast
If this is not perfect for you we can tailor-make, but you may also like to consider our Northern Lights Paradise Break.
We have an extensive Northern Lights Information Hub if you need further information on anything from What are the Northern Lights? to Where can I see the Northern Lights? and when is the best time to see the Northern Lights?
Hotel Fljótshlíð Smáratún is based on a working traditional family farm of around 300 hectares that has been managed by the same family for 3 generations. This charming hotel offers a real "home to home" environment with a really quirky and fun feel - including a tractor in the middle of the restaurant, and partly finished jigsaws put out for you to finish!
As it is in an isolated area it is great for Northern Lights as there are no artificial lights around to spoil the show.
This small hotel has a lovely personal feel and we are particularly pleased that the hotel has agreed to offer it exclusively to Weekend a La Carte Aurora Nights guests for our New Year Break.
The meat and produce produced on the farm are served in the restaurant, and the hotel is certified by the Nordic Swan Eco Label meaning it is a role model for sustainability in Icelandic tourism. The hotel takes its ecological credentials very seriously with some wonderful initiatives such as being able to plant your own tree yourself to help offset your carbon footprint from your trips, though sadly practicalities mean this is only possible in the summer.
Grimsborgir hotel was built in 2009 and extended in 2013, and is in an ideal location in the heart of the Golden Circle, being very close to some of Iceland’s most amazing attractions in the Golden Circle - Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park. It's secluded location is also excellent for Northern Lights viewing.
The hotel is spread over 10 buildings with the reception and restaurant being in a separate building to the various rooms.
The superior rooms are 24 sqm big and have a private bath with bathtub/shower. Every room has a nice terrace and access to hot tubs in a common area.
" A massive Thank You for our wonderful Icelandic break. We had the most marvellous time. My jaw has been aching since we arrived home because I have never smiled so much and the word WOW became slightly over used. So a massive Thank You for arranging such an amazing trip and I will definitely recommend your professional services to all my friends."
“Thank you so much for organising a simply amazing trip. We didn’t manage to see the Northern Lights but that became a minor detail in comparison with everything else we got to see. Our Thorsmork trip was truly exceptional and our guide Magnus certainly went the extra mile to make it an unforgettable day. He was great."
For international clients we can organise just ground arrangements so they can book their own flights if they would prefer.