Iceland Aurora self drive vacation

“Eight days immersing yourself in iceland. A tailor made trip taking in the golden circle, glaciers and volcanic greatness. The Aurora is the icing on the cake.”


Reykjavik | Golden Circle | Viewings for Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis |Gullfoss waterfall | Strokkur Geysir | Thingvellir National Park | Secret Lagoon and Little Geysir | Thorsmork (rsmrk ) Nature Reserve | Reynisfjara beach | Vk | Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon | Reykjanes peninsula | Blue Lagoon

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Iceland Aurora self drive vacation


All hotels/guesthouses seek to recycle any waste products plastics, metals, paper and water. Due to the climate water is plentiful in Iceland, with tap-water not needing to be treated. However waste water is recycled for agriculture. All energy used is renewable principally geothermally heated water and wind and water-generated electricity. All hot water is drawn from geothermally heated reserves for both bathrooms as well as any hot tubs. Farms use the geothermal heat for greenhouses to grow vegetables rather than gas/electricity.
The majority of hotels are built using local materials and several are historically preserved buildings such as former fishing lodges and farms. In order to maintain the local industries several farms have added accommodation to diversify their business and keep the local trade running, such as the farm at Efsti Dalur which continues operating as a dairy farm whilst also offering accommodation as well as a restaurant providing locally produced produce and ice cream from the dairy herd.
Our fly-drives use a modern fleet of vehicles with low emissions.


Wherever possible locally-owned and family-run hotels/guesthouses are used and visitors are encouraged to visit locally-owned and run attractions, such as the Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre (run by the local farmers who own the land) or the Herring Museum in Syglifjordur. Visitors are encouraged to go on trips where the sustainability of the environment is emphasised, such as whale watching trips where the emphasis is to meet and not eat the animals. We do not recommend restaurants where eating whale is advertised and encourage clients to respect and preserve the environment. We pay our office staff a fair wage and encourage clients to stay in locally-owned and run accommodation supporting the local economy. Our trip notes include details of many locally-owned and run craft shops and museums and encourage clients to visit them. We emphasise the natural beauty and purity of the Icelandic countryside, stressing the importance of treating both the countryside and the locals with respect. Clients are told not to drive off-road which would damage the countryside and only to walk along marked trails.

1 Reviews of Iceland Aurora self drive vacation

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 09 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula was particularly lovely as was the prolific bird life generally. Food, though expensive, was almost universally superb, especially fish.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

With hindsight I would have booked a proper 4 wheel drive vehicle as on the normal roads stopping is only generally possible at specific tourist spots. Because of the number of coach parties these get very busy and much of the surrounding area is roped off for conservation meaning that you cannot venture from the paths. From a photographer's point of view this was very restrictive and made photographs without people taking selfies in the frame difficult.

It pays to get up very early to visit attractions wherever possible for the reason above. Carry only the minimum amount of cash as cards are used everywhere and are preferred by businesses.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Local business certainly benefitted from expenditure and hopefully contributed to the cost of maintaining and preserving the countryside.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent and very enjoyable but with the proviso of the point raised in question 2. All the travel and accommodation went very smoothly with the sole exception of the very, very long wait to collect the hire car. Avis had a massive queue, all
the other rental firms had no more than a handful of customers.

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