From $1,434 USD
May 1 - September 30, 2017
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
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.
May 1 - September 30, 2017
Daily, May 1 - September 30, 2017
- from $1,692 per person, based on 2 persons in double room
- from $1,434 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
Rates in USD, based on 4 people traveling together, per person in 2 double rooms. Rental Car for 6 days.
- 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
- FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
- Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
- Ferry transfer between Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Westfjords
- Detailed Travel Booklet
- Detailed Travel Booklet - Electronic version
- Emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September
- Service fee and taxes
- One SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 300 MB of data*
- International airfare & airport taxes
- Meals and beverages
- Optional tours and activities
- Any service not specifically listed under "included"
- Travel insurance
- $25 Service fee
- 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.
- Optional excursions
- Additional nights in Reykjavik
- Higher car categories
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 | Fakasel Horse Park - Entrance fee or Barn Visit
Day 2 REYKJAVIK - SNAEFELLSNES 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 Snaefellsnes 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 Snaefellsjokull 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 | Snaefellsjokull National Park | Arnarstapi | Hellnar | Berserker Lava Field | Dritvik | Djupalonssandur | Kirkjufell | Shark Museum | Stykkisholmur
Day 3 STYKKISHOLMUR - WESTFJORDS (B)
Quaint Fishing Villages - Ferry on Breidafjordur Bay - Europe's Largest Bird Cliffs
Approximate distance: 155 km / 95 miles
Sail across Breidafjordur Bay which is home to more than 3,000 tiny islands inhabited with nesting seabirds and playful seals. 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 razorbills.
This beautiful sculpture in nature 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. Overnight in the Westfjords.
Highlights: Breidafjordur | Flatey Island | Latrabjarg | Patreksfjordur
Day 4 BILDUDALUR - THINGEYRI - ISAFJORDUR (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 Isafjordur. Explore this honorary capital of the Westfjords, which has a real vibrancy and an endearing micro-culture created from years of isolation. Overnight in Isafjordur area.
Highlights: Talknafjordur | Bildudalur | Dynjandi | Thingeyri | Isafjordur | Isafjordur Maritime Museum
Optional: Seal Watching in Raudasandur (from Patreksfjordur)
Day 5 ISAFJORDUR - 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.
Highlights: Vigur Island | Isafjordur | Holmavik | Strandir Coast
Day 6 LAUGAR SAELINGSDALUR - BORGARFJORDUR - 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.
Heading through Borgarfjordur, 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 Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord) to Reykjavik.
Highlights: Eiriksstadir Viking Home | Deildartunguhver | Hraunfossar | Barnafoss | Borgarnes | Settlement Center of Iceland | Hvalfjordur 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.