Spectacular West

Self Drive TourIceland


From $1,655 USD
May 1 - September 30, 2018
7 Days / 6 Nights

Spectacular West selfdrive tour to West Iceland and Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Explore Westfjords, steep mountains, deep fjords, hot pools and seabird cliffs.

Overview

Spectacular West self-drive tour travels along West Iceland and the varied landscapes of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a showcase of lava formations, geothermal activity and Viking Saga history. The remote Westfjords are the least populated area in Iceland where steep mountains plunge into deep fjords, rugged seabird cliffs hang over beaches, steamy thermal pools hide among rugged heaths, and Dynjandi waterfall drops 100 meters off the edge of a mountain.

Operation

May 1 - September 30, 2018

Departure

Daily, May 1 - September 30, 2018

Price

  • Our Rates quoted are based on Comfort class
  • from $1,885 per person, based on 2 persons in double room
  • from $1,655 per person, based on 4 persons in 2 double rooms
  • Car category 2.0, Compact 2wd, Toyota Auris or similar
  • Rates based on Comfort class
  • May and September are now offered with a 20% discount
  • June 1 – June 14 & August 22 – August 31 are offered with a 10% discount

Rates in USD, based on 4 people traveling together, per person in 2 double rooms. Rental Car for 6 days.

Included

  • Accommodation for 6 nights, a combination of farmhouses, guesthouses and hotels
  • Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 6 days
  • CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT 
  • Free GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion, including:
  • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
  • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
  • Detailed description of the customer's journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
  • A map view of the Iceland road trip
  • Ferry transfer between Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Westfjords
  • Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Gasoline
  • Meals and beverages
  • Admissions and activities
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 2:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Travel insurance
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • Types of cars recommended: 2.0 or higher
  • You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
  • Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.
  • Accommodation used in our tours is a combination of comfort and quality hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have a private shower or private bath and WC. Breakfast is included and most offer dinner services during the summer season. The pre and post nights in Reykjavik are in a 4 star hotel centrally located.
  • *Standard, Micro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland.
  • Tour also available as Economy class and Budget class.

Tour Options

Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK

Geothermal Lagoon - Flower Village - Geothermal Greenhouses
Approximate distance: 100 km / 62 miles

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience. From Keflavik International Airport, we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. This village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and, because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs, it is often called the "flower village". Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.

Highlights: Hallgrimskirkja | Tjornin | National Gallery | Solar Voyager | Perlan

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

Day 2 REYKJAVIK - SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA - STYKKISHOLMUR (B)

Massive Crater - Pebble Beaches - Glacier-Capped Volcano
Approximate distance: 250 km / 160 miles

Depart your hotel and travel along the western coast towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula. En route pass the perfectly formed Eldborg crater, which looks as if it belongs on the moon. Explore the extraordinary variety of natural wonders along the peninsula from the rich birdlife at Arnarstapi sea cliffs to pleasant hiking along the shiny pebble beach at Djupalonssandur.

Throughout the day enjoy the sight of Snæfellsjökull glacier, the icy cone-shaped peak which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. Overnight in West Iceland.

Highlights: Eldborg Crater | Budahraun Lava Field | Snæfellsjökull National Park | Arnarstapi | Hellnar | Berserker Lava Field | Dritvik | Djupalonssandur | Kirkjufell | Shark Museum | Stykkisholmur

Day 3 STYKKISHOLMUR - WESTFJORDS (B)

Quaint Fishing Villages - Ferry on Breidafjördur Bay - Europe's Largest Bird Cliffs
Approximate distance: 155 km / 95 miles

Sail across Breidafjördur Bay, which is home to more than 3,000 tiny islands inhabited by nesting seabirds and playful seals. (Please note the ferry cost is not included in the package price.) Upon reaching the remote Westfjords, explore the area’s main attraction, Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point in Europe. The remarkable 441-meter-high (1,447 ft) sea cliffs are alive with millions of playful puffins, gannets, guillemots and razor bills. This beautiful natural sculpture has been recognized by both Lonely Planet and National Geographic as one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world. The cliffs make a stunning viewpoint to the beautiful beaches below during the Midnight Sun of summer.

If you do not want to take the ferry, you can drive along scenic coastal roads to the southern West Fjords area of Brjanslaekur and, from there, on to Latrarbjarg. (Adds an additional hour and 211 km/131 miles to your trip.) In September, the ferry does not operate all days, and driving the coastal roads is the best option. Overnight in the Westfjords.

Highlights: Breidafjördur | Flatey Island | Latrabjarg | Patreksfjördur

Day 4 BILDUDALUR - THINGEYRI - ISAFJÖRDUR (B)

Rugged Heaths - 'Thunderer' Waterfall - Capital of the Westfjords
Approximate distance: 220 km / 135 miles

Travel across the spectacular Westfjords, keeping an eye out for thermal bathing springs hidden among the rugged heaths. At Dynjandi waterfall the thunderous power of the main cascade drops 100 meters (329 ft) off the edge of a mountain. The waterfall base provides views seaward over lush valleys making it an ideal picnic stop.

En route enjoy provincial charms in the fishing villages of Thingeyri before arriving in Isafjördur. Explore this honorary capital of the Westfjords, which has a real vibrancy and an endearing micro-culture created from years of isolation. Overnight in Isafjördur area.

Highlights: Talknafjördur | Bildudalur | Dynjandi | Thingeyri | Isafjördur | Isafjördur Maritime Museum

Optional: Seal Watching in Raudasandur (from Patreksfjördur)

Day 5 ISAFJÖRDUR - HOLMAVIK - LAUGAR SAELINGSDALUR (B)

Uninhabited Fjords - Seal and Birdlife - Remote Arctic Wilderness
Approximate distance: 360 km / 220 miles

Drive the numerous uninhabited inlets of Isafjardardjup Fjord, with a beautiful coastline teeming with seals and bird life, towards Holmavik village. Recommended is an excursion to the Strandir coast, one of the least visited corners of Iceland. This remote and desolate wilderness has an air of mystery, where you can hike the breathtaking moorlands, soak in natural geothermal pools and learn about ancient sorcery and witchcraft. End your day in the fertile green valleys of Laugar Saelingsdalur, an area rich in ancient Saga folklore and history. Overnight in the Laugar Saelingsdalur area.

Highlights: Vigur Island | Isafjördur | Holmavik | Strandir Coast

Day 6 LAUGAR SAELINGSDALUR - BORGARFJÖRDUR - REYKJAVIK (B)

Viking Heritage - Mysterious Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring
Approximate distance: 290 km / 180 miles

Drive to Eiriksstadir, the Viking Age home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson who discovered North America. See the turf-covered replica of his longhouse and the adjacent excavation site where you can stand on Leif's doorstep and enjoy his same magnificent view overlooking Haukadalur valley.

Head through Borgarfjördur, visit Hraunfoss waterfall where the water shimmers from moss-covered lava into cerulean waters below. The nearby Barnafoss Falls have a mysterious secret to reveal. Be sure to stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, where you can buy organic tomatoes grown using geothermal heat. Continue via Hvalfjördur (Whale Fjord) to Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Highlights: Eiriksstadir Viking Home | Deildartunguhver | Hraunfossar | Barnafoss | Borgarnes | Settlement Center of Iceland | Hvalfjördur Fjord | Husafell

Optional: The Settlement Center - Entrance Fee | Into the Glacier - Classic Tour (from Husafell Hotel or Klaki Base Camp)

Day 7 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B)

Approximate distance: 52 km / 32 miles

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day.*

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

*Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

Note: Although the road quality in the Westfjords has improved drastically during the last decade, it is still an area where it is vital for your safety to drive slowly on winding, gravely and unpaved roads.

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