Self Drive TourIceland
From $3,590 USD
May 1 - September 30, 2018
14 Days / 13 Nights
Majestic fjords self-drive tour along the Ring Road, scenic Westfjords and the mystical Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Visit glaciers, geysers and National parks.
Majestic Fjords self-drive tour offers the ultimate Iceland experience! Drive along the Ring Road to the scenic West Fjords, the least visited area of Iceland, with strikingly beautiful mountains, deep fjords and valleys. Explore the mystical Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Snæfellsnes Glacier, volcanic hot spots like Krafla, remote fishing villages along narrow fjords. Glaciers, geysers and hot springs, majestic waterfalls and National Parks await you.
May 1 - September 30, 2018
Daily, May 1 - September 30, 2018
- Our Rates quoted are based on Comfort class
- from $3,590 per person, based on 4 persons traveling together, car group 2.0, 2 double rooms
- from $4,095 per person, based on 2 persons traveling together, 1 double room
- Rental car for 13 days, Car category 2.0, Compact 2wd, Toyota Auris or similar
- Accommodation for 13 nights, Comfort class
- Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
- Rental car for 13 days
- CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection
- Two authorized drivers
- 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
- Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French
- International flights
- Breakfast on arrival day
- Meals and beverages
- Optional tours and activities
- Ferry across Breidafjördur Bay (can be added into the package- see price details) *
- 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
- Personal insurance / personal items
- $25 service fee
We highly recommend adding the one-way ferry to this tour (passenger and car fees).
Please let us know at booking time and we will be happy to set up the ferry booking for you.
*Cost for Ferry one way, Stykkisholmur - Brjanslækur or Brjanslækur - Stykkisholmur
Adult Passenger: 58 USD per person
Senior Citizen Passenger (67 + years): 47 USD per person
Youth Passenger (16 - 20 years): 29 USD per person
Child Passenger (0 - 15 years); Free of charge
Regular car (up to 5 meters): 48 USD per car
- *Please note that the package price is based on 13 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 14 an additional supplement will be neccessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 13 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.
- Our Comfort class self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.
- Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher.
- We recommend car category 2.0 or higher for this itinerary.
- May and September are offered with a 20% discount.
- June 1 - 14 & August 22 - 31, 2018 are offered with a 10% discount.
- Tour also available as Economy class and Budget class.
Car types in Iceland
Driving in Iceland
- Optional Activity bundle
- Additional nights in Reykjavik
Day 1 ARRIVAL KEFLAVIK - HVERAGERDI
Geothermal Lagoon - Flower village - Geothermal Greenhouses
Approximate mileage: 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.
If your flight arrives early in the day, you might stop at the Blue Lagoon (a short distance from the airport) for a chance to relax in the soothing geothermal mineral waters.
Important: Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance.
Highlights: Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Tjornin | Solar Voyager | Perlan
Optional (at an extra cost): Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras
Day 2 THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK - GULLFOSS- FLUDIR (B)
National Park of Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - Massive Waterfall
Approximate mileage: 170 km / 106 miles
Drive to Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park itself is situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows, on the border of Iceland's largest lake. Continue to the famous Geysir hot spring area and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. Overnight in Fludir area.
Highlights: Thingvellir | Gullfoss | Geysir | Kerid | Skalholt | Geysir Center
Optional: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee
Day 3 THJORSARDALUR - HELLA - VIK - KIRKJUBAEJARKLAUSTUR (B)
Hekla Volcano - Thundering Waterfalls - Seabird Colony - Black Sand Beaches - Lava Fields
Approximate mileage: 300 km / 186 miles
Drive along the spectacular south coast and view highlights along the way such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Myrdalsjökull glacier, the seabird cliff of Dyrholaey* and the black sand beaches of Vik. Continue towards Kirkjubaejarklaustur, a picturesque village known for fabulous trout fishing and is the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. Overnight in Southeast Iceland.
*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, from around mid May until June 23rd.
Highlights: Eyjafjallajökull | Thjorsardalur | Vik | Skogafoss | Seljalandsfoss
Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjökull Glacier (from Basecamp)
Day 4 SKAFTAFJELL - JÖKULSARLON - HÖFN (B)
Glacier-Rimmed Oasis - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Approximate mileage: 200 km / 124 miles
Today you will be in the area of Vatnajökull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. Visit the park's amazing Skaftafell area, a green oasis nestled between glaciers that offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and the harbor town of Höfn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe. Overnight in the Höfn area.
Highlights: Skaftafell National Park | Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon | Vatnajökull
Optional: Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacial Lagoon (from the lagoon) | Glacier Wonders (from Skaftafell National Park)
Day 5 REYDARFJÖRDUR - EAST FJORDS - EGILSTADIR (B)
Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline - Mineral Collection
Approximate mileage: 370 km / 230 miles
Drive through the spectacular East Fjords with towering mountains and charming fishing villages to the fertile Egilsstadir area. On the way you might opt to take a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (mid May-early August) or visit Petra's famous local stone and mineral collection at Stodvarfjördur. Overnight in Egilsstadir area.
Highlights: Djupivogur | Reydarfjördur | Petra's Minerals | Faskrudsfjördur | Egilsstadir
Optional: Dinner with the Locals (from Egilsstadir - East Iceland)
Day 6 DETTIFOSS - ASBYRGI - HUSAVIK - MYVATN (B)
Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall - Glacier Carved Gorge - Whale Watching
Approximate mileage: 310 km / 193 miles
Travel across the vast Modrudalsoraefi highlands to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Explore the impressive horse-shoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon in Vatnajökull National Park's northern rim before continuing to the fishing port of Husavik. Overnight in Northeast Iceland.
Highlights: Dettifoss | Asbyrgi | Jökulsargljufur National Park | Hljodaklettar | Husavik | Myvatn Nature Baths
Optional: Whale Watching in traditional Oak boat (from Husavik)
Day 7 LAKE MYVATN - AKUREYRI - SIGLUFJÖRDUR (B)
Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal Activity - Waterfall of the Gods – Iceland's Second Largest City
Approximate mileage: 180 km / 112 miles
Spend the day exploring the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area. Visit highlights such as the lava shapes at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard and Krafla volcano area.
Depart Myvatn and drive westward, visiting beautiful Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods. Drive to Siglufjördur along one of Iceland's most beautiful coastlines, enjoying a unique view towards the North Atlantic. The town of Siglufjördur itself has many beautifully-restored, colorful buildings and excellent options for outdoor recreation, from golf to hiking to whale watching. Overnight in north Iceland.
Highlights: Dimmuborgir | Myvatn | Krafla
Day 8 SIGLUFJÖRDUR - VARMAHLID / LAUGARBAKKI (B)
Fertile Farmlands - Folk Museum - Viking Horses
Approximate mileage: 200 km / 124 miles
Explore the fascinating area of Skagafjördur, renowned for horse breeding and Medieval history, before driving to Hrutafjördur Fjord. A recommended stop along the way is Vatnsdalsholar, a cluster of hills found in Vatnsdalur valley. These hills are considered to be one of the three things in Iceland too numerous to easily count, along with the lakes in Arnarvatnsheidi and the islands in Breidafjördur Bay.
Today you might consider visiting Borgarvirki, a natural fortress used during the Viking age. Other places of interest include the turf manor Glaumbær and the cultural center of Holar, both of which reflect centuries of history. Overnight stay in Varmahlid/Laugarbakki area.
Highlights: Siglufjördur | Dalvik | The Herring Era Museum | Skagafjördur Heritage Museum - Glaumbær | Saudarkrokur | Trollaskagi - Troll Peninsula
Optional: Seal and Nature Watching (from Hvammstangi)
Day 9 HOLMAVIK - WESTFJORDS - ISAFJÖRDUR (B)
Scenic Coastline - Striking Fjords - Steep Mountains - Seal and Birdlife
Approximate mileage: 360 Km / 224 miles
Drive to Holmavik, a village renowned for its museum of witchcraft. Head across Steingrimsfjardarheidi and into the spectacular region of the West Fjords, the oldest part of Iceland. Thread around the numerous uninhabited fjords of Isafjardardjup, a beautiful coastline alive with seals and birds. Continue to Isafjordur, the largest town in the area. Overnight in the Isafjördur area.
Highlights: Westfjords | Strandir Coast | Holmavik | Isafjördur | Isafjördur Maritime Museum | Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum
Day 10 ISAFJÖRDUR AND SURROUNDINGS (B)
West Fjords - Local Museums - Hiking in Hornstrandir Natural Reserve
Approximate mileage: variable
Spend time in Isafjördur and surrounding area including the neighboring towns of Bolungarvik and Sudureyri. In Sudureyri you might opt to take a pleasant walking tour around the town, getting acquainted with the town's unique sustainable fishing industry. Try samples of gourmet and traditional seafood products along the way.
Bolungarvik has a renovated fishing camp from the 19th century that shows you how people made their living, fishing from wooden row boats. A pleasant activity to try in Isafjördur is sea kayaking in the calm, peaceful fjord waters. Overnight in Isafjördur area.
Highlights: Flateyri | Bolungarvik | Outdoor Maritime Museum at Osvor | Sudureyri Fjord | Vigur Island
Optional: Vigur - Paradise Island (from Isafjördur) | Food Trail (from Sudureyri)
Day 11 THINGEYRI - BILDUDALUR - LATRABJARG (B)
Small Picturesque Villages - Striking Waterfall - Red Sand Beaches - Sea Cliffs with Birdlife
Approximate mileage: 330 km / 205 miles
Drive from Isafjördur through the beautiful West Fjords. A stop at the stunning Dynjandi waterfall is recommended, as well as visiting Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point in Europe. In the summer, these high sea cliffs are teeming with millions of puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Head onwards to the Southern coast of the West Fjords and the Flokalundur area. Overnight in the Westfjords.
Highlights: Thingeyri | Dynjandi | Bildudalur | The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum | Talknafjördur | Latrabjarg | Patreksfjördur
Day 12 FERRY BALDUR - BREIDAFJÖRDUR - STYKKISHOLMUR (B)
Ferry Across the Bay - Picturesque Islands with Birdlife - Charming Village
Sail with the ferry Baldur across Breidafjördur bay with its countless islands and rich bird life to the charming village of Stykkisholmur for an overnight stay.
Please note: After September 1st the ferry Baldur departs once per day and does not sail on Saturdays.
From Stykkisholmur: 15:45 | From Brjanslaekur: 19:00
Highlights: Breidafjördur | Flatey Island | Stykkisholmur
Day 13 SNÆFELLSNESS - BORGARFJÖRDUR - REYKJAVIK (B)
Quaint Fishing Villages - Picturesque Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring - Scenic Fjord
Approximate mileage: 360 km / 20 miles
Continue around the Snæfellsnes peninsula passing the small fishing villages Hellissandur and Grundarfjördur. Make a stop at the magnificent columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi as well as the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur. Explore Borgarfjördur area and visit the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, Reykholt and the hot spring Deildartunguhver. Continue via Hvalfjördur fjord to Reykjavik.
Highlights: Snæfellsjökull National Park | Shark Museum | Kirkjufell | Olafsvik | Songhellir | Arnarstapi | Budahraun Lava Field | Barnafoss | Hraunfossar | Borgarnes
Day 14 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)
Approximate distance: 52km / 32miles
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.*
Highlights: Reykjavik | The Blue Lagoon
*Please note that the package price is based on 13 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 14 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 13 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.