13 Day Budget Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Waterfalls & the Westfjords

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Summary

Starts from
Keflavík Airport
Ends in
Keflavík Airport
Duration
13 days & 12 nights
Difficulty
Easy
Available
May - Oct.
Accommodation
12 nights included
Car rental
13 days included

Description

Embark on the ultimate 13-day budget self-drive adventure with our complete Ring Road of Iceland tour. This tour is ideal for adventurous travelers who want the freedom to explore Iceland at their own pace. 

Explore the Golden Circle, where you'll visit Thingvellir National Park, the geothermal wonderland of Haukadalur Valley, and the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall. Journey along the South Coast, witnessing the beauty of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, exploring Solheimajokull glacier, and visiting the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. 

Experience the stunning Skaftafell National Park and Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, discover the remote and mesmerizing East Fjords, and be captivated by the landscapes of Lake Myvatn and the North. Finally, explore the Westfjords region and visit the charming town of Isafjordur.

Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to partake in thrilling adventures such as horseback riding, whale-watching, snorkeling in Silfra Fissure, snowmobiling on Langjokull glacier, and exploring the mesmerizing lava caves.

We understand that planning the perfect itinerary in Iceland can be overwhelming and time-consuming. That's why we take the stress out of organizing your trip by providing you with a detailed itinerary when you book with us. Say goodbye to weeks of research, and let us guide you to the best attractions at a great price.

One of the biggest advantages of our tour is the personal travel agent that comes with it. We believe in providing excellent customer service, which is why you'll have access to a dedicated travel agent who can assist you at any time, 24/7. Whether you have questions, need recommendations, or encounter any issues during your journey, we are here to support you every step of the way.

Our self-drive tours offer flexibility and freedom like no other. You won't be tied to tour bus schedules or have to share your experience with strangers. Instead, you'll have your own exclusive vehicle, allowing you to move between locations at your own convenience. 

Past travelers have fallen in love with this tour and consistently rate it highly. They appreciate the comprehensive itinerary, exceptional customer service, and the freedom to explore Iceland's breathtaking landscapes. Join the ranks of satisfied adventurers who have experienced the best of Iceland with us.

We value your peace of mind, which is why we offer free cancellation with a full refund up to 24 hours before departure. We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, and we want to ensure you have the flexibility to modify your plans if needed.

With carefully selected accommodations at the best deals, you'll have everything you need for an unforgettable road trip. Don't miss out on the road trip of your dreams. 

Check availability by choosing a date and embark on a journey that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

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Included

12 nights of accommodation
New rental car for 13 days
Transfer with the ferry Baldur, including 1 car
CDW car rental insurance
Gravel protection car insurance
Unlimited mileage
Unlimited in-car Wi-Fi
Detailed itinerary & travel plan
Personal travel agent
24/7 helpline
VAT & all taxes

Destinations

Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world.Reykjavík / 2 nights
An abandoned house on the Reykjanes Peninsula presents a striking contrast against a lush green landscape.Southwest Iceland / 1 night
Dyrhólaey peninsula from east to westSouth Coast / 1 night
The Vatnajokull glacier in Southeast Iceland.Southeast Iceland / 1 night
East Iceland is a spectacular region.Eastfjords / 1 night
North Iceland is home to many incredible attractions, such as the Hvitserkur rock formation.North Iceland / 1 night
Hvitserkur rock stands tall just off the coast of Northwest Iceland.Northwest Iceland / 1 night
A river runs through the Westfjords.Westfjords / 2 nights
Beautiful coastal geology helps to define the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.Snæfellsnes / 2 nights
Deildartunguhver geothermal hot spring in West IcelandDeildartunguhver
Reykholt was home to Snorri Sturluson, a medieval writer.Reykholt

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Attractions

Þingvellir National Park is Iceland's only UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the major stops along the world famous Golden Circle sightseeing route.Thingvellir
Geysir is a dormant hot spring in the geothermal area, Haukadalur Valley, found in South Iceland.Geysir
Long-exposure photo of Gullfoss waterfall on a cloudy dayGullfoss
Þingvellir National Park, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on Iceland’s mainland, is birthplace of the country’s parliament.Kerið
Seljalandsfoss on the South Coast of Iceland bathed in the otherworldly light of the midnight sun.Seljalandsfoss
The mighty Skógafoss waterfallSkógafoss
Sólheimajökull is the most popular glacier to hike on for those based in Reykjavík.Sólheimajökull
Dyrhólaey Peninsula is a 120 metre promenade famed for its staggering views of Iceland’s South Coast, as well as its historic lighthouse and wealth of birdlife.Dyrhólaey
Reynisfjara beach and Reynisdrangar cliffs in winterReynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Arial view of Reynisdrangar and Mt. ReynisfjallReynisdrangar
Skaftafell Nature Preserve can be found in Öræfasveit, the western region of Austur-Skaftafellssýsla in Iceland.Skaftafell
Svartifoss in Skaftafell Nature Reserve in summer.Svartifoss
Jökulsárlón is one of Iceland's most popular and unique attractionsJökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The icy diamonds of Diamond BeachDiamond Beach
Vestrahorn is a spectacular mountain, especially under the Northern Lights.Vestrahorn
Lagarfljot, in east Iceland, has a terrible monster in its depths, according to legend.Lagarfljót
Hallormstadaskogar surrounds lake Lagarfjlot.Hallormsstaðaskógur
Dettifoss waterfall in IcelandDettifoss
Lake Myvatn is surrounded by stunning natural beautyMývatn
Godafoss is a beautiful waterfall with ties to Iceland's religious history.Godafoss Waterfall
Beautiful flowers can be found in the Kjarnaskogur forest in Iceland.Kjarnaskogur
Puffins are residents of Eyjafjordur from May to September.Eyjafjörður
Trollaskagi is well known for its high population of Icelandic horses.Tröllaskagi
Holar is a village in Iceland with a notably pretty church.Hólar in Hjaltadalur
Borgarvirki (Citadel) is both natural and man-made.Borgarvirki
Hvítserkur, aka; “The Troll of North-West Iceland”, is a 15-metre (49ft) high basalt rock stack protruding from Húnaflói Bay.Hvítserkur
Dynjandi (meaning "Thunderous") is a series of waterfalls in the Westfjords and the largest of its kind in the region.Dynjandi
Raudasandur is the longest beach in the Westfjords.Rauðisandur
Mount Kirkjufell on Snaefellsnes peninsula is one of the most iconic mountains in IcelandKirkjufell
Djupalonssandur has beautiful natural featuresDjupalonssandur
Lóndrangar under the midnight sun.Lóndrangar
Snæfellsjökull glacier above the black church at Búðir village.Snæfellsjökull
Búðakirkja Church bathed by the Northern LightsBudir
Seals hauling out at Ytri Tunga.Ytri Tunga Beach
Hraunfossar is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in West Iceland.Hraunfossar
Borg á Mýrum is a church estate in Iceland.Borg á Mýrum
Kleifarvatn is the third largest lake in Iceland.Kleifarvatn
KrýsuvíkKrýsuvík
Gunnuhver is one of the geothermal areas on the Reykjanes Peninsula.Gunnuhver

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Ice Caving
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Day 1

Day 1 – Reykjavík

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Welcome to your exciting Icelandic adventure! 

Begin your journey by picking up your car at Keflavik International Airport and setting off toward the vibrant capital city of Reykjavik. 

On your way to Iceland's capital city, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. 

If you add the Blue Lagoon, it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today, it can be added to another day. Your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. 

If you find yourself with extra free time, there is still so much to explore and experience in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula.

The Reykjanes Peninsula offers breathtaking volcanic landscapes, with the recently active Fagradalsfjall volcano being a prominent attraction. You can witness the volcanic activity up close by visiting hot springs like Krysuvik and Gunnhver.

In Reykjavik, a vibrant city awaits your exploration. Indulge in delightful restaurants, discover unique cafés, immerse yourself in engaging museums, and browse through art galleries and a variety of shops. Be sure to visit the striking Hallgrimskirkja church, the Harpa Concert Hall, and the iconic Sun Voyager statue, all of which provide insights into Icelandic culture.

Nature enthusiasts can take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque shoreline of Faxafloi Bay, where the majestic Mount Esjan offers a stunning backdrop. Nearby nature reserves like Seltjarnarnes and Heidmork provide tranquil settings for relaxation and exploration.

At the end of your fulfilling day, you can retreat to your comfortable and affordable accommodation in Reykjavik, where you can relax and recharge for the exciting adventures that await you on the tour.

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Day 2

Day 2 – Southwest Iceland

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  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Kerid Crater
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Get ready for an unforgettable day as you venture beyond the city limits and embark on an epic Icelandic adventure exploring the Golden Circle. 

The first stop on your itinerary is the Thingvellir National Park, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Be amazed as you stand at the edge of a visible gorge that marks the meeting point of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

This remarkable geological wonder offers a unique opportunity to witness the forces of nature at work. 

For those seeking an extra thrill, add a snorkeling tour in Silfra fissure, a crystal-clear freshwater spring in the park. Dive into the mesmerizing underwater world, discovering why the Silfra fissure is considered one of the top diving sites globally. Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

Continuing your journey, you'll find yourself in the geothermal wonderland of Haukadalur Valley. Here, you'll encounter a surreal landscape filled with bubbling mud pools, steaming vents, hot springs, and the famous active geyser, Strokkur.

Keep your camera ready as Strokkur erupts every few minutes, shooting a powerful jet of water and steam high into the air, reaching heights of up to 66 feet (20 meters).

The crown jewel of the Golden Circle awaits you at the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, also known as the Golden Falls. Follow the pathway leading to the edge of the falls, where you can witness the cascading water thunderously crashing into the rugged canyon below. Feel the mist on your face and hear the dramatic roar as you take in the breathtaking views.

If you're seeking more thrills, adventure awaits as you venture from the Gullfoss waterfall to the Langjokull glacier. Hop on a snowmobile and glide across the pristine icy expanse, marveling at the untouched beauty of the Arctic wilderness. 

Alternatively, embark on a horseback riding tour and experience the joy of connecting with the gentle and friendly Icelandic horses, a breed renowned for its unique gaits.

After a day packed with incredible sights and exhilarating experiences, settle into your cozy accommodation in southwest Iceland. Rest and rejuvenate, knowing that more extraordinary Icelandic wonders await you in the days ahead.

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Day 3

Day 3 – South Coast

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  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Dyrholaey
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks
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Day three of your Icelandic adventure takes you along the South Coast, where natural wonders and breathtaking landscapes await. 

Your first recommended stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a fascinating sight that offers a unique experience—a cave behind the cascading water. Walk along the trail and witness the beauty of the falls from a different perspective, feeling the refreshing mist on your face. 

Not far from Seljalandsfoss is Skogafoss waterfall, a much more powerful feature, boasting an impressive drop of 197 feet (60 meters). Stand in awe as the cascading waters create a thunderous roar and fill the air with mist. Capture stunning photographs and immerse yourself in the raw beauty of this natural wonder.

Continuing your journey, you'll encounter the magnificent Solheimajokull glacier. Here, you have the option to embark on thrilling adventures—a glacier hike or a snowmobile excursion. 

Lace up your boots and join a guided glacier hike, traversing the frozen landscape and marveling at the glistening ice formations. Alternatively, hop on a snowmobile and race across the vast expanse of the glacier, feeling the exhilaration and soaking in the panoramic views.

For a truly unique experience, consider exploring an authentic ice cave within the ice cap of the Myrdalsjokull glacier. Venture inside and be amazed by the alluring blue hues and intricate formations that exist within the frozen world. It's an opportunity to witness the stunning beauty hidden beneath the glacier's surface.

As you reach the picturesque coastal village of Vik, take some time to visit the renowned black sand beach, Reynisfjara. Marvel at the striking contrast between the dark volcanic sands and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Keep an eye out for the impressive sea stacks known as Reynisdrangar, rising majestically just offshore. 

Vik is also an ideal spot to relax, enjoy some refreshments, and stretch your legs before continuing your journey.

After an eventful day filled with natural wonders and unforgettable experiences, you'll spend a restful night on the South Coast, rejuvenating your energy for the adventures that lie ahead.

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Day 4

Day 4 – Southeast Iceland

  • Southeast Iceland
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  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Svartifoss
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
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Day four of your Icelandic expedition brings you to the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a part of the renowned Vatnajokull National Park. This region is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts, as numerous tracks and trails weave through its stunning landscapes.

One highly recommended route takes you to the Svartifoss waterfall, a true natural wonder. Marvel at the sight of water cascading down a wall of striking black hexagonal basalt columns. These unique formations served as the inspiration for the iconic architecture of Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik, adding a fascinating connection between nature and human design. 

For those who missed the opportunity earlier, the Skaftafell Nature Reserve also offers another option for a thrilling glacier hike.

Continuing your journey, you'll soon arrive at the crown jewel of Iceland's natural wonders—the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Prepare to be spellbound by large icebergs gracefully floating on the calm waters. These icebergs have calved from one of Vatnajokull's outlet glaciers and now embark on a serene journey toward the sea. 

You can choose between two boat rides on the lagoon to get an up-close and personal encounter with this breathtaking spectacle. Hop aboard an amphibious vessel or a zodiac and navigate through the clear waters, marveling at the icy giants that surround you.

Just a short distance from the lagoon lies the enchanting Diamond Beach. Picture a stretch of black sand adorned with glistening chunks of ice that have washed ashore, resembling precious gemstones resting on a satin bed.

The contrast of the sparkling ice against the dark sand creates a truly magical sight that will leave you in awe.

As the day draws to a close, you'll reach the charming village of Hofn, your final destination for the day. Here, you'll find comfortable accommodations where you can relax and unwind after an extraordinary day of exploring Iceland's natural wonders. 

Rest well and prepare for the adventures that lie ahead as your Icelandic journey continues to captivate and inspire.

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Day 5

Day 5 – Eastfjords

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  • Vestrahorn
  • Lake Lagarfljot
  • Hallormsstadaskogur Forest
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On day five, get ready for an extraordinary journey through the picturesque and remote East Fjords, a region showcasing majestic mountain passes, steep hills, hidden villages, and sprawling sandy plains. The landscape that unfolds before you feels like it's straight out of a fairytale or even a science fiction novel.

While this day's itinerary involves a fair amount of driving, it also presents numerous opportunities for solitude and reconnection with nature. As you traverse these enchanting parts, keep an eye out for the magnificent wild reindeer that roam these lands, adding a touch of untamed beauty to the scenery. 

Furthermore, the East Fjords are renowned for their incredible birdlife, with puffins gracing the skies during their nesting season. Witness these charming seabirds in their natural habitat, their colorful beaks and distinctive flight patterns creating a fascinating spectacle.

You may see seals on the shores as you drive, and lucky travelers may spot whales, dolphins, and porpoises in the sea.

Throughout your journey, feel free to decide where and when to make stops, allowing yourself to soak in the breathtaking views and capture photographs of the ever-changing landscapes. Take your time to appreciate the tranquility of this remote corner of Iceland, where nature reigns supreme.

As the day progresses, you'll arrive at the inviting town of Egilsstadir, nestled amidst the picturesque surroundings of the East Fjords. Here, you'll find comfortable accommodations nearby, offering you a well-deserved rest. Take the opportunity to unwind, reflect on your journey, and prepare for the next leg of your Icelandic adventure.

The East Fjords are a hidden gem, less frequented by tourists but brimming with natural wonders waiting to be discovered. Embrace the solitude, enjoy the beauty of untouched landscapes, and let the tranquility of these remote regions leave an impression on your heart and soul.

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Day 6

Day 6 – North Iceland

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  • Dettifoss waterfall
  • Lake Myvatn Area
  • Godafoss Waterfall
  • Kjarnaskogur
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Day six unveils another day of breathtaking landscapes as you embark on a scenic drive through the stunning Modrudalur Heights, heading towards your next destination—the picturesque Lake Myvatn. 

Along the way, prepare to be captivated by the natural wonders that dot the route, including the remarkable Jokulsargljufur canyon and the mighty Dettifoss waterfall, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Feel the ground shake beneath you as you witness this magnificent cascade's sheer force and thunderous roar.

Upon reaching Lake Myvatn, you'll discover a landscape shaped by geothermal activity, creating a unique environment. Marvel at lava fields, unusual pseudocraters, and remarkable tuff volcanoes that adorn the area. 

Lose yourself in the mystical atmosphere of Dimmuborgir, a rocky area filled with stunning lava formations that spark the imagination. Explore this otherworldly terrain, appreciating the geological wonders that surround you.

After a day filled with exploration, indulge in relaxation at the Myvatn Nature Baths. Soak in the warm, mineral-rich waters and let your cares melt away as you take in the panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. 

Alternatively, if you're seeking more adventure, consider embarking on a thrilling whale-watching tour in Husavik, known as the whale-watching capital of Europe. Set sail on the sparkling waters of the North Atlantic and witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

As the day draws to a close, you'll find yourself in the charming and vibrant town of Akureyri. Known as the capital of the North, this bustling hub offers a range of amenities and attractions to explore. 

Take a leisurely stroll through the town, discovering quaint cafes, inviting shops, and delightful local boutiques. Admire the colorful houses that line the streets and soak in the lively atmosphere of this northern gem.

Rest your weary feet and settle into your comfortable accommodations for the night in North Iceland. Reflect on the wonders you've encountered throughout the day and anticipate the exciting adventures that lie ahead.

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Day 7 – Northwest Iceland

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  • Eyjafjordur fjord
  • Troll Peninsula
  • Holar i Hjaltadal
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Day seven welcomes you to the vibrant Capital of the North, Akureyri, where you have the freedom to explore the local atmosphere. Begin your day by strolling through the charming streets, popping into cozy cafés, visiting intriguing museums, or taking a refreshing dip in the town's inviting swimming pool. 

If you're an animal lover, why not start your day with an invigorating horseback ride, discovering the picturesque surroundings from a unique perspective? Alternatively, if you missed the opportunity the day before, consider embarking on a thrilling whale-watching tour, where you can witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Once you've savored the delights of Akureyri, it's time to continue your journey toward the captivating Troll Peninsula, also known as Trollaskagi. As you follow the coastline, be prepared to be enchanted by the stunning vistas and encounter several charming fishing villages along the way. 

Make sure to stop at Siglufjordur, a picturesque town nestled in a narrow fjord and known for its rich maritime history. Discover the intriguing stories of its fishing heritage and admire the colorful houses that line the harbor.

Another highlight along this route is the village of Hofsos, famous for its breathtaking 'infinity pool' known as the Hofsos swimming pool. This nationally acclaimed attraction offers visitors the opportunity to soak in the warm waters while enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the vast ocean beyond. Don't miss the chance to relax in this tranquil oasis and capture memorable photos.

Before reaching your final destination for the day in the Saudarkrokur area, make a stop at the ancient Holar cathedral. This historic site holds significant cultural and religious importance in Iceland and provides a glimpse into the country's fascinating past.

As the day draws to a close, settle into your accommodations in the Saudarkrokur area, where you'll spend a restful night. Reflect on the diverse experiences and breathtaking landscapes you've encountered during your journey so far, and eagerly anticipate the adventures that await you in the days ahead.

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Day 8 – Westfjords

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  • Borgarvirki basalt strata and ruins
  • Hvitserkur Rock Stack
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Day eight unveils a thrilling adventure as you navigate through the majestic fjords of the West, immersing yourself in the awe-inspiring landscapes that stretch endlessly before you. Your destination for the day is Isafjordur, the largest settlement in the Westfjords region.

As you journey through this picturesque route, prepare to be impressed by the natural wonders that unfold along the way. Take a moment to appreciate the scenic hills of Vatnsdalsholar, which offer a stunning vista of rolling landscapes that seem to go on forever.

Alternatively, head to the columnar basalt fortress of Borgarvirki, an ancient site that showcases the unique geological formations of Iceland. If you're seeking relaxation, consider visiting the hot pools of Drangsnes, where you can unwind in warm, naturally heated waters while gazing out at the stunning coastal scenery.

These regions of the island also have a rich history of witchcraft and magic. For those intrigued by the mystical, visit the Sorcerer's Cottage or the Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum in Holmavik. Get lost in the fascinating world of Icelandic folklore, discovering the legends and practices associated with witchcraft and sorcery.

Upon arriving in Isafjordur, you'll be enchanted by the town's unique charm. Wander through the narrow streets lined with well-preserved 18th-century buildings, losing yourself in the rich history and architectural beauty of the area.

Indulge in a culinary delight by sampling the famous lobster soup at Tjoruhusid, a local restaurant known for its delectable seafood dishes. Savor the flavors of the ocean as you take in the ambiance of this charming coastal town.

As the day comes to a close, find tranquility and comfort in the Westfjords, where you'll spend the night. Reflect on the stunning landscapes you've encountered, the intriguing tales of magic and witchcraft, and the warm hospitality of Isafjordur.

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Day 9 – Westfjords

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  • Dynjandi
  • Raudisandur red sand beach
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On day nine, prepare to discover Iceland's rich history and beautiful nature as you continue to explore the Westfjords.

As you travel to Dyrafjordur fjord, you'll also have the opportunity to visit the enchanting botanical garden Skrudur.

Learn more about Icelandic history by exploring the Gisli Sursson saga trail, which traces the epic tale of this outlaw hero. Discover the landscapes that served as the backdrop for Gisli's adventures and trials, connecting with the ancient sagas that have shaped Icelandic culture. Along the trail, you'll gain insight into the remarkable tales passed down through generations.

As you continue your journey, stop at Hrafnseyri, where a fascinating museum dedicated to Jon Sigurdsson awaits. Learn about the life and legacy of this prominent figure in Icelandic history, who played a pivotal role in the country's fight for independence. Gain a deeper understanding of the struggles and triumphs that shaped the nation.

One of the highlights of the day awaits you at the Latrabjarg Cliffs, the westernmost point of Europe. These towering cliffs are a haven for numerous bird species, including the charismatic puffins.

Puffins are rare around the world but nest here in their thousands. They are famous for their colorful beaks, lifelong partnerships, and clumsy, charming waddle.

Take the opportunity to observe these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat as they nest and glide along the cliffs with grace. With their calm nature, you'll have the chance to approach them closely and capture incredible photographs to cherish as memories of your journey.

As the day draws to a close, you'll find your comfortable accommodations in the Westfjords area.

Reflect on the exciting history you've encountered and the awe-inspiring natural wonders that have left a lasting impression. Rest and rejuvenate, ready to embrace the adventures that await you in the days ahead.

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Day 10 – Snæfellsnes

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  • Kirkjufell Mountain
  • Djupalonssandur black pebble beach
  • Londrangar Basalt Cliffs
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Get ready for an unforgettable day of exploration on day ten, as a delightful ferry ride from Brjanslaekur across the breathtaking Breidafjordur Bay awaits you.

The Baldur ferry will transport you from the Westfjords to the captivating Snaefellsnes Peninsula, with a fascinating stop at the idyllic Flatey Island. This trip is included in this self-drive package. Take a moment to soak in the serenity and tranquility of this charming island, surrounded by the vast expanse of the bay.

Upon reaching Stykkisholmur, embark on a thrilling journey to uncover the remarkable beauty of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Often referred to as 'Iceland in miniature,' this region boasts an abundance of diverse landscapes that showcase the country's natural wonders.

One iconic landmark not to be missed is Mount Kirkjufell, a picturesque mountain that has become synonymous with the beauty of Iceland. With its distinctive shape and awe-inspiring surroundings, Kirkjufell is a photographer's paradise.

Explore the Snaefellsjokull Glacier, an imposing glacier-capped volcano that has captured the imagination of countless adventurers throughout history. Delve into the rich history and culture of ancient fishing villages dotted along the coastline, where you can witness the authentic charm of Icelandic coastal life.

As you travel across the peninsula, discover hidden hot springs, wander through mysterious lava caves, marvel at dramatic cliffs, and be captivated by the rugged beauty of the coastline. Each location offers unique experiences and opportunities for exploration.

Take your time to engage yourself in the splendor of each site, knowing that you'll have ample time the following day to continue your exploration.

The night will be spent in the enchanting Snaefellsnes area, where you can bask in the tranquility of the surroundings and reflect on the extraordinary landscapes you have encountered throughout the day.

The next day promises more wonders as you continue to uncover the secrets of this remarkable peninsula.

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Day 11 – Snæfellsnes

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  • Snaefellsjokull
  • Budir hamlet
  • Ytri Tunga Beach
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Day eleven invites you to dive deeper into the wonders of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where you can enjoy a day of sightseeing among enchanting surroundings.

Begin your exploration by visiting the picturesque villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, nestled along the rugged coastline. These charming fishing villages offer a glimpse into the traditional Icelandic way of life and provide a perfect backdrop for scenic walks along the shore.

Marvel at the towering basalt columns of Londrangar, resembling ancient castle ruins rising from the sea. These natural formations are a testament to the region's fascinating geological history.

This area is also famous for its birdlife, with thousands of animals nesting and soaring above.

Continue your journey by venturing to Dritvik Cove, a secluded and mystical location that offers stunning views of the cliffs and crashing waves.

Discover the untamed beauty of Djupalonssandur Beach, known for its striking black pebbles that cover the shoreline. Take a leisurely stroll along the beach, feel the cool breeze on your face, and capture the mesmerizing landscapes with your camera.

The abandoned village of Budir has a charming black church amongst windswept surroundings, making it a particularly romantic spot. 

The Ytri-Tunga beach is nearby and a fantastic spot to look out for seals. A colony rests on the rocks offshore throughout the year and can often be seen playing in the water.

With a plethora of attractions to choose from, you have the freedom to tailor your day to your preferences and interests. Whether you're captivated by the geological formations, eager to explore hidden caves, or simply want to soak in the breathtaking scenery, Snaefellsnes Peninsula offers something for everyone.

As the day draws to a close, you'll return to your accommodation in the Snaefellsnes area, where you can unwind and reflect on the incredible sights and experiences of the day.

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Day 12 – Reykjavík

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  • Deildartunguhver hot spring
  • Reykholt historical site
  • Hraunfossar & Barnafoss waterfalls
  • Borg a Myrum church and farm
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Day twelve marks the near completion of your unforgettable journey as you delve into the beautiful attractions of the scenic West Coast.

Embark on a fascinating visit to the settlement exhibition in Borgarnes, where you can learn about Iceland's rich history, particularly about the early settlers who established communities in this land of fire and ice. Gain insights into their way of life and marvel at the artifacts that have been unearthed from ancient Viking settlements.

Continue your exploration and encounter the remarkable natural wonders that adorn the West Coast.

Marvel at the power and beauty of Deildartunguhver, Europe's highest-flowing hot spring. Witness the cascading magnificence of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, where pristine water emerges from beneath the lava fields, creating a stunning display of nature's artistry.

In the historic town of Reykholt, discover the medieval research institute Snorrastofa. This institute is a tribute to Snorri Sturluson, a renowned poet, chieftain, and saga writer of the Middle Ages. Learn about his significant contributions to Icelandic literature as you dig deeper into the world of sagas and myths.

Before bidding farewell to the stunning landscapes, make a final stop at Fossatun waterfall. Legend has it that this enchanting waterfall is guarded by a mythical troll woman named Drifa. Capture the beauty of the cascading waters and feel a sense of awe in the presence of this mystical place.

For those seeking more adventure, consider embarking on one of the thrilling caving tours available.

Explore the lava tubes of Vidgelmir, venture inside a man-made ice tunnel in Langjokull Glacier, or descend into the extraordinary magma chamber of Thrihnjukagigur Volcano. These exhilarating experiences offer a unique perspective on Iceland's geological wonders.

As the day draws to a close, you'll return to Reykjavik City, where you'll spend your final night. Take this opportunity to reminisce about the incredible journey you've undertaken, filled with awe-inspiring landscapes, interesting history, and unforgettable experiences.

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Day 13

Day 13 – Reykjavík

  • Reykjavík - Departure day
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  • Kleifarvatn
  • Krysuvik
  • Gunnuhver
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Your journey has reached its final chapter as you prepare to bid farewell to Iceland. Ensure that you return your car at Keflavik Airport in a timely manner before your departure flight.

If you have a later flight and want to indulge in ultimate relaxation, consider visiting the renowned Blue Lagoon. Immerse yourself in the warm, mineral-rich waters of this geothermal spa and reflect on the incredible adventure you have experienced in the land of fire and ice. Let the soothing waters rejuvenate your body and soul as you take in the stunning surroundings.

For those with early flights, we wish you a pleasant journey back home.

If you have extra time before your departure, take advantage of the vibrant city of Reykjavik. Explore the charming streets, visit local cafes, and perhaps shop for unique Icelandic souvenirs. Dive into the city's rich cultural scene by visiting museums and art galleries or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll along the picturesque harbor.

As your Icelandic odyssey comes to a close, cherish the memories you have made, the breathtaking landscapes you have encountered, and the warm hospitality of the Icelandic people. This remarkable adventure will forever hold a special place in your heart as you return home with unforgettable experiences and a newfound appreciation for the wonders of nature.

Safe travels and until we meet again!

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothes
Camera
Driver's license
Swimsuit and towel

Good to know

Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavík City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license is required, along with a one-year-long on-road experience. Gravel protection is not included if you choose a Toyota Aygo or similar. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.

For the snorkeling tour, participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

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