Essential IcelandFirst-time visitors to Iceland are always keen to see the Golden Circle region which encompasses three of the island's best-known natural features - Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir. However, on this week-long itinerary you'll also get to see two more of the remarkable waterfalls - Seljalandsfoss and the mighty Skogafoss. You'll also have the chance to walk and explore further afield and gain a true sense of what Iceland has to offer. Fact File Self-driveB&B 7 nights, breakfast basis Year round, dailyOvernight at1 night Reykjavik, 1 night Hveragerdi, 1 night Kirkjubaejarklaustur, 1 night Smyrlabjorg, 1 night Skaftafell, 1 night Hveragerdi, 1 night ReykjavikWho for?Suitable for the more active visitor who prefers to explore amazing landscapes on foot as well as by car Prices per person fromLand: £512 (two sharing in one room)£415 (four sharing in two rooms)Flights: see p80Essential Iceland Highlights Follow Road 1 along the South Coast, enjoying easy and scenic driving. Experience another dimension to Iceland with a range of exciting and optional activities, from rafting to glacier hikes, see pages 16-19 for ideas. Glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields, geysirs, tectonic plates, waterfalls, iceberg lagoons, beaches - the scenic south has it all! Available year-round. Choose between the midnight sun and possible northern lights viewing.Strokkur, Geysir50 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our website
discover-the-world.co.uk/icelandbrochure Talk to the experts 01737 218 800 51Sample Itinerary (approx. 1040km)Day 1 fl y from the UK to Kefl avik, collect vehicle and drive to Reykjavik, perhaps stopping en route at the Blue Lagoon.Day 2 spend the day exploring Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss, one of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland. Head south to the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi.Day 3 travel along the south coast past the impressive waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Road 1 skirts south alongside the Myrdalsjokull icecap and over the moss clad Eldhraun lava fi eld to Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Perhaps take a walk to Systrafoss, the 'Sister falls' as well as Kirkjugolfi d (the church fl oor), a national monument of wind and sea-eroded basalt columns.Day 4 visit the turf church of Nupsstadur then drive across the outwash plains of Iceland's largest icecap, Vatnajokull to Skaftafell. Explore further east to the amazing iceberg lagoon at Jokulsarlon, not forgetting to walk across the road to catch sight of icebergs breaking up and heading out to sea or washed ashore on the black sand beach, then continue to Smyrlabjorg.Day 5 drive west to Skaftafell and spend the day hiking in the national park, or take an optional excursion onto the glacier. Speak to our travel specialists for details.Day 6 on the drive back along the south coast stop off at Vik where the summer wildfl owers are wonderful and perhaps take a stroll on the beach to admire the rocky headland. Continue west in view of the Myrdalsjokull and infamous Eyjafjallajokull glaciers, and visit Njal's Saga country at Hvolsvollur en route to Hveragerdi. Day 7 hike to Reykjadalur - speak to our travel specialists about excursions; or perhaps go horse riding before heading to Reykjavik.Day 8 drive to Kefl avik, drop off rental vehicle and catch the fl ight home." We were utterly delighted with our Iceland holiday. The landscape was spectacular, the food was great, hotels were fi ne and generally it was just a wonderful experience." Graham TileyPlease note if travelling between October and April it is recommended that you opt for a 4WD vehicle. As with all of our self-drive holidays, itineraries can be amended to suit your personal requirements, subject to availability.Arctic Edge (6 nights self-drive), Southern Highlights (7 nights self-drive) (see our website), South Iceland Jigsaw (5 nights escorted tour, pages 66-67). Also considerGullfossSvartifossThingvellirSkaftafellSmyrlabjorgJokulsarlonKirkjubaejarklausturBlue LagoonSelfossGullfossThingvellirSkogarVikKeflavikReykjavik= Overnight stayHveragerdiScan with your smartphone for more holiday information on our website (see page 5).