Amazing 2-Week Summer Self-Drive Tour with Hot Springs & the Golden Circle

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Starts from
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Ends in
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15 days & 14 nights
May - Oct.
14 nights included
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15 days included


Explore Iceland's Ring Road in summer and some of the most impressive natural sights in the country by booking this incredible 15-day road trip. Those eager to discover every region of Iceland and embark on a range of adventures should book this self-drive tour now.

Immerse yourself in Icelandic nature as you visit the Golden Circle, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, and the remote Westfjords. 

Soak in Iceland's many hot springs and hidden natural pools across the countryside, hike glaciers, and see some of Iceland's wildlife over these two weeks. 

You don't have to spend weeks planning the perfect itinerary for your Iceland vacation. All the planning has been done for you with this tour, available at a fantastic price. 

You may worry about missing out on the best attractions, but you don't need to with this tailor-made itinerary.

You'll come across impressive sights along the Ring Road, such as Skogafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls, Eyjafjallajokull glacier, the spectacular Lake Myvatn, and Iceland's many black sand beaches. 

You'll enjoy the rural and unspoiled landscapes of the Westfjords, the Golden Circle sightseeing route, and all three of Iceland's national parks. This self-drive tour is highly rated and loved by many.

You can kickstart each day with a swim in the local pool, break up the trip midday for a quick dip in a natural hot spring, or end it with a relaxing soak in a tranquil spa. Each day will have different options to explore, so bring your swimsuit.

You're behind the wheel, so you can choose your path without being bound by a guide. Depending on your interests, you can avoid groups and make this a family-oriented or romantic holiday. 

With this tour, you will have a personal planner and 24/7 contact with your travel agent if you need to alter your plans. You'll get a detailed itinerary showing your stops and what you can do there.

If you need to cancel your tour, you can do so free of charge up to 24 hours before departure.

Besides glacier hiking, there are other great additional activities available. You can try snowmobiling, ice climbing, ice caving, or whale watching, as well as all the hot springs, pools, and spas you will find en route.

If you want to explore the colder waters in Iceland, snorkeling in Silfra is not to be missed.

Explore Iceland's wonders in depth and soak in some of the best hot springs in the country. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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14 nights of accommodation
Continental breakfast on all days
New rental car for 15 days
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


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
Vopnafjordur is a town nestled in a fjord of the same name.Vopnafjordur
Lake Myvatn is Northeast Iceland's most famous attraction.Northeast Iceland / 2 nights
North Iceland is home to many incredible attractions, such as the Hvitserkur rock formation.North Iceland / 1 night
Akureyri is the second largest city in IcelandAkureyri
A river runs through the Westfjords.Westfjords / 4 nights
Blonduos is a small town in Northwest Iceland.Blonduos
Swimming pool at TálknafjörðurTálknafjörður
Beautiful coastal geology helps to define the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.Snæfellsnes / 1 night



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
Long-exposure photo of Gullfoss waterfall on a cloudy dayGullfoss
Geysir is a dormant hot spring in the geothermal area, Haukadalur Valley, found in South Iceland.Geysir
Seljalandsfoss on the South Coast of Iceland bathed in the otherworldly light of the midnight sun.Seljalandsfoss
The mighty Skógafoss waterfallSkógafoss
Reynisfjara beach and Reynisdrangar cliffs in winterReynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Seljavallalaug is a protected outdoor pool in southern Iceland.Seljavallalaug
The gorgeous village of Vik under the summer sun.Vik
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
Hengifoss is Iceland's third highest waterfall.Hengifoss
Hallormstadaskogar surrounds lake Lagarfjlot.Hallormsstaðaskógur
Lake Myvatn is surrounded by stunning natural beautyMývatn
Dettifoss waterfall in IcelandDettifoss
Asbyrgi Canyon in north Iceland is a centre of folklore and beauty.Ásbyrgi
Godafoss is a beautiful waterfall with ties to Iceland's religious history.Godafoss Waterfall
Holar is a village in Iceland with a notably pretty church.Hólar in Hjaltadalur
Grettislaug swimming poolGrettislaug swimming pool
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
Krossneslaug is a geothermal hot pool found in the Westfjords of Iceland.Krossneslaug
Dynjandi (meaning "Thunderous") is a series of waterfalls in the Westfjords and the largest of its kind in the region.Dynjandi
Flatey island has many traditional housesFlatey
Mount Kirkjufell on Snaefellsnes peninsula is one of the most iconic mountains in IcelandKirkjufell
Snæfellsjökull glacier above the black church at Búðir village.Snæfellsjökull
Lóndrangar under the midnight sun.Lóndrangar
Búðakirkja Church bathed by the Northern LightsBudir
Kleifarvatn is the third largest lake in Iceland.Kleifarvatn
Gunnuhver is one of the geothermal areas on the Reykjanes Peninsula.Gunnuhver


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Ice Climbing
Whale Watching
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Hot Spring Bathing
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Day 1

Day 1 – Reykjavík

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On the first day of your two-week summer self-drive tour in Iceland, you'll arrive in the country ready for your adventure.

You'll land at the Keflavik International Airport, and once you've collected your luggage, you will pick up your rental car. 

As you drive to Reykjavik, you can admire the otherworldly landscapes. Between Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik is a black and green lava field, and steam rises from the ground in front of blue-looking mountains in the distance.

If you are interested in Iceland's most famous hot spring, the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is right between the airport and the capital city. You can book entrance tickets during the booking process and visit the spa on either your arrival or departure day.

You can also spend the day visiting one of Reykjavik's many geothermal swimming pools. The city boasts 17 swimming pools, each equipped with an outdoor pool, saunas, and numerous hot tubs at an incredibly affordable price.

If you'd prefer, you can spend the day in Reykjavik. Explore Reykjavik's city center on foot and see sights like Hallgrimskirkja church, the city pond, the old harbor, or Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center.

If you visit Hallgrimskirkja church, one of the most recognizable sights in Reykjavik, then be sure to go up the tower. There is a platform here that provides impressive views over the city's colorful rooftops.

You could also soak up some culture in one of the city's museums or art galleries.

Reykjavik is a small but cosmopolitan city and has some great nightlife. Indulge in local delicacies at one of its top-rated restaurants or enjoy a drink in one of its quirky bars. There is something to suit everyone in Reykjavik.

Spend your night in comfortable accommodation in Reykjavik city center.

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Day 2

Day 2 – Southwest Iceland

  • Southwest Iceland
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  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Geysir geothermal area
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On the second day of your two-week summer vacation in Iceland, you'll explore the sights of the Golden Circle sightseeing route. 

The route consists of Thingvellir National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Geysir geothermal area, and the beautiful 'Golden Waterfall,' Gullfoss waterfall.

The first stop here is Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir National Park is a geological and historical treasure in Iceland, covering around 149 square miles (270 square kilometers). 

It holds immense significance as the site of Iceland's ancient parliament, Althing, established in 930 AD, making it one of the world's oldest functioning parliaments. 

The park is in a rift valley formed by the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates slowly drifting apart, resulting in dramatic fissures and cliffs. 

Next, you'll visit Geysir geothermal area. Geysir is the most famous geyser here, where all geysers get their name. This one is no longer active, but you'll be able to see the Strokkur geyser erupt around every 10 minutes.

The last stop on the Golden Circle sightseeing route is the Gullfoss waterfall. Fed by the Hvita River, it cascades in two tiers, dropping 105 feet (32 meters) into a rugged canyon. 

The waterfall's name comes from the golden hues that often adorn its spray on sunny days. 

Kerid crater lake is also a popular stop along the route. Approximately 3,000 years old, the lake's striking turquoise waters contrast beautifully with the red volcanic rock surrounding it. 

Additionally, you can add some optional tours to your itinerary today. 

You can go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of Silfra Ravine at Thingvellir National Park (participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim). Alternatively, you can ride across Iceland's second-largest glacier, Langjokull, on a snowmobile, or you can relax in the warm waters of the Secret Lagoon geothermal spa or the Fontana Spa.

After a full day of sightseeing and excitement, head to your accommodation in the Golden Circle area.

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Day 3

Day 3 – South Coast

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  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool
  • Vik Village
  • Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks
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On the third day of your self-drive vacation in Iceland, you'll visit the beautiful South Coast and see some of its most popular attractions, including waterfalls, black sand beaches, and rock formations.

Iceland's South Coast is renowned for its beauty and plentiful attractions. You can start the day by exploring some stunning waterfalls. 

Seljalandsfoss waterfall is renowned for its unique feature of allowing visitors to walk behind the cascading water curtain. Fed by the Seljalands river originating from the nearby Eyjafjallajokull glacier, the waterfall drops about 200 feet (60 meters) from a former sea cliff. 

Its ethereal beauty attracts photographers and nature enthusiasts alike, especially during the midnight sun or northern lights. Visitors can take a scenic path to experience the breathtaking views from different angles. 

Other waterfalls you can visit today include Gljufrabui waterfall and Skogafoss waterfall.

Continue driving east, and you'll get to Dyrholaey cliff, offering panoramic views of black sand beaches, the Atlantic Ocean, and nearby rock formations. A haven for birdwatchers, it is a nesting site for various seabirds, including puffins. The iconic arch adds to its dramatic beauty.

Next is Reynisfjara black sand beach, where the iconic Reynisdrangar rocks rise from the ocean.

Towering over you on your journey today are the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. 

If you wish to explore glaciers today, you can opt for a glacier hike or an ice climb on Solheimajokull, an outlet glacier of Myrdalsjokull glacier, or explore the black ice cave on top of the volcanic Katla mountain. 

Your hot spring choice for this day is the Seljavallalaug pool, a concrete pool built on the mountainside with natural warm water trickling into it from one side. 

Note that this is not a staffed pool, so the changing facilities are very rustic, and there are no showers or bathrooms on the site.

After an eventful day filled with incredible sights, spend tonight in one of the South Coast accommodations.

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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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On the fourth day of your two-week self-drive tour of some of Iceland's best sights, you'll discover the Skaftafell Nature Reserve and the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, one of the most beautiful places in the country.

Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation in the morning before heading out for the day in Southeast Iceland.

Before leaving Kirkjubaejarklaustur or Vik, check out Fjadrargljufur canyon, just a short drive away. Then, head east towards Skaftafell Nature Reserve, within the enormous Vatnajokull National Park. 

At Skaftafell Nature Reserve, you can opt for glacier hiking or ice climbing tours on one of Vatnajokull's outlet glaciers. 

You could also go for a short hike and follow one of the many hiking trails Skaftafell Nature Reserve is known for. A highly recommended path leads to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, which inspired the design of Reykjavik's iconic Hallgrimskirkja church.

Get back in your car to drive further east to the crown jewel of Iceland, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, and the nearby Diamond Beach. 

Visitors can spend hours gazing at the enormous ice blocks floating on the serene water. If you're lucky, you may see some seals lounging on top of them. 

If you want to see the ice up close, you can choose between two boat tours that take you around the floating ice. One is a slower boat, an amphibious boat, and the other is a zodiac speedboat for a more thrilling ride.

At the end of the day, you can relax in the hot tubs at Hoffell. You can pay a small fee for the hot tubs, which you deposit in an honesty box on the site. 

These natural geothermal pools offer a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, surrounded by stunning views of the Vatnajokull glacier.

You'll spend tonight in comfortable accommodation in Southeast Iceland.

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Day 5

Day 5 – Eastfjords

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  • Vestrahorn
  • Hengifoss
  • Hallormsstadaskogur Forest
  • Vopnafjörður
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On the fifth day of your two-week summer vacation in Iceland, you will travel into the rural fjords of East Iceland. Each fjord provides spectacular scenery, and you'll find a unique and charming village in each one.

Djupivogur is a charming coastal village set against majestic mountains and scenic fjords. The town has a vibrant fishing heritage and is home to colorful fishing boats and maritime traditions.

Here, you can enjoy the outdoor artwork in Gledivik Bay. The iconic Eggin i Gledivik sculpture showcases massive granite eggs representing local bird species. 

Djupivogur also hosts various cultural events and art installations, reflecting its artistic and creative community. 

The town of Faskrudsfjordur has a deep connection with France, evident in its street signs in Icelandic and French. With a population of around 700, it exudes a serene and quaint charm. 

The town's history is rich with French influence, dating back to the 19th century when French fishermen settled here. The locals celebrate this heritage through the "French Days" festival each summer. Visitors can explore the French Cemetery and the historical French Hospital Museum, offering insights into the past.

The village of Seydisfjordur is renowned for its exciting and flourishing art community, not to mention its stunning surroundings, colorful houses, and one of the best sushi restaurants in Europe.

You can explore these small towns or drive around Lagarfljot Lake near Egilsstadir town. Lagarfljot lake, or Logurinn, spans approximately 33 square miles (53 square kilometers). 

Enshrouded in Icelandic folklore, the lake is said to be home to the mythical sea creature, Lagarfljotsormurinn. According to legend, the worm-like creature's presence is revealed by sightings or strange occurrences in the water. 

Aside from its mythical allure, Lagarfljot lake offers mesmerizing views of snow-capped mountains and lush surroundings. The lake's glacial origin contributes to its unique color variations, ranging from deep blue to green. 

On the banks of the lake, you'll find Iceland's largest forest, Hallormsstadaskogur, and the country's third-largest waterfall, Hengifoss.

Spend tonight in a comfortable accommodation in one of the towns of East Iceland.

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Day 6

Day 6 – Northeast Iceland

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  • Lake Myvatn Area
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On the sixth day of your self-drive summer vacation in Iceland, you will head towards the beautiful area around Lake Myvatn, where you will spend the next two nights. This region is famous for its diverse landscapes, from wetlands to geothermal fields.

You will have exciting options for spending time here as many stunning attractions and activities exist.

If you are okay going for a long drive on unpaved roads, you could also head inland towards the Askja calderas, where you'll find the crater Viti crater filled with warm water and can take a dip. 

Remember that the temperature varies in some places, and the nearby ground can be hot. The drive will add several hours to your journey, and you will need a 4x4 vehicle for this rugged terrain.

By Lake Myvatn, explore the geothermal area of Namaskard. The Namaskard geothermal area is also known as Hverir. This otherworldly landscape is characterized by bubbling mud pots, steaming fumaroles, and vibrant mineral deposits, creating an alien-like atmosphere. 

The striking colors, ranging from vivid reds to sulfuric yellows, create a surreal and mesmerizing scene. The intense geothermal activity results from the proximity to the Krafla volcanic system. 

Visitors can explore the geothermal wonders on well-maintained boardwalks, allowing for a safe and immersive experience. 

Go for a hike around Dimmuborgir field, with its black lava rock formations rising from green birch woods, or up to the dark, sandy crater of Hverfell.

You can also splurge on an additional spa experience at the renowned Myvatn Nature Baths, North Iceland's answer to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. 

These milky blue waters are at a comfortable 100°F (38°C) temperature, and you'll also have access to steam baths and excellent changing and shower facilities. 

Spend tonight in a comfortable countryside accommodation in Northeast Iceland.

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Day 7

Day 7 – Northeast Iceland

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  • Dettifoss waterfall
  • Asbyrgi canyon
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On the seventh day of your 15-day road trip in Iceland, you will visit the Dettifoss waterfall and take a whale-watching trip.

Just outside of Lake Myvatn, incredible sights await you. Today starts with a visit to Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. 

With a height of approximately 144 feet (45 meters) and a width of around 330 feet (100 meters), the Dettifoss waterfall produces a thunderous roar as it plunges into the Jokulsargljufur canyon below. 

The force of the cascading water creates a dense mist that fills the air, adding to the dramatic atmosphere. The rugged, untouched surroundings further enhance the scenery here.

Continue south to visit another magnificent waterfall, Selfoss. Selfoss waterfall is approximately 36 feet (11 meters) high. While it may not be as tall as some other waterfalls in the region, its charm lies in the graceful way the water flows over the rocks, creating a mesmerizing scene for visitors to enjoy.

Just a short drive away, you'll find many other delightful destinations, including Hljodaklettar cliffs, Asbyrgi canyon, and the charming town of Husavik.

From Husavik, you can choose to go on an optional whale-watching tour. Husavik is the unofficial whale-watching capital of Iceland, with whale sightings almost guaranteed on every trip.

In Husavik, you can also bathe in a free hot tub called Ostakarid. Ostakarid is an artificial hot tub made from iron that fits around 20 people at a time. There are changing facilities beside it, but no bathrooms or showers, so it is a rustic experience. 

There is another bathing option just outside Husavik's town center. You can find a large thermal lake that's naturally warm just southwest of the town. 

The temperature is only around 68°F (20°C), so it is only suitable on warm days. You might also encounter some goldfish in the lake. Note that there are no changing facilities, bathrooms, or showers by this lake.

Once you've finished bathing, return to your accommodations in Northeast Iceland, where you will spend another night.

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Day 8

Day 8 – North Iceland

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  • Goðafoss Waterfall
  • Akureyri town
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On the eighth day of your two-week self-drive summer vacation tour of Iceland, you'll explore the town of Akureyri, sometimes known as the capital of the north.

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your accommodation, start the day by making your way toward Akureyri. Don't miss the beautiful Godafoss waterfall, also known as 'The Waterfall of the Gods,' which is en route.

Legend has it that in the year 1000, a local chieftain threw his pagan idols into the falls, symbolizing the country's conversion to Christianity. With a width of about 98 feet (30 meters) and a drop of around 39 feet (12 meters), the Godafoss waterfall is a majestic sight. 

The powerful currents rush over the horseshoe-shaped ledge, creating a mesmerizing spectacle enhanced by the dramatic cliffs and picturesque landscape.

Then it's on to Akureyri. Akureyri is an exciting place to explore and the largest town in Iceland outside the greater capital area of Reykjavik. For this reason, it is often called 'The capital of the North.'

Akureyri is famous for its iconic church, beautiful botanical gardens, and charming center with vibrant nightlife. It also has a great art museum, a busy local theatre, and sweeping mountain and fjord views. 

Explore the charming city center with its colorful houses, boutique shops, and local cafes. Discover the fascinating Akureyri Botanical Garden, showcasing a vast collection of plants from the Arctic and worldwide. 

Its central swimming pool complex is also an excellent option for spending part of the day, with its multiple hot tubs, saunas, and fun slides for the kids. The water is geothermally heated, so it's open all year round.

Afterward, try the local ice cream and check out some of the great restaurants and bars in the town.

You will spend tonight at your accommodation in North Iceland.

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Day 9

Day 9 – Westfjords

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  • Hólar í Hjaltadal
  • Grettislaug Swimming Pool
  • Blönduós town
  • Borgarvirki basalt strata and ruins
  • Hvítserkur Rock Stack
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On the ninth day of your two-week self-drive tour of Iceland, you'll take a scenic drive toward the Westfjords.

You're aiming to reach Holmavik village by the end of the day. A suggested drive is to go around Trollaskagi or 'Troll Peninsula,' with a stop at Siglufjordur village.

Siglufjordur village is a picturesque gem enchanting visitors with tranquility and charm. With its colorful houses and stunning backdrop of mountains, Siglufjordur offers breathtaking views at every turn.

The village boasts a rich fishing heritage, and the Herring Museum at Siglufjordur is an absolute must-do. It's an incredible, award-winning museum that will give you a great insight into Iceland's maritime culture.

Outdoor enthusiasts can explore hiking trails or go fishing here.

You'll be rewarded with stunning views as you drive this peninsula and get an even better view from the infinity swimming pool in the small town of Hofsos. The pool is built into the hillside above the sea, providing unbelievable views of the fjord and Drangey Island.

The geothermal waters of the pool are naturally heated, providing visitors with a soothing and rejuvenating experience. The pool's design seamlessly blends with the landscape, creating a harmonious atmosphere. 

In addition to the main pool, there are hot tubs, steam baths, and a cold plunge pool for those seeking a variety of temperatures.

If you fancy a short detour, you can visit a great little bathing spot called Grettislaug, located across the bay from Hofsos, or you can check out the animal-shaped rock of Hvitserkur. 

You can walk up to this 49-foot (15-meter) high rock at low tide, but it's equally as impressive at high tide as it resembles an elephant or a dragon drinking from the surrounding sea.

At the end of the day, you'll reach Holmavik village, renowned for its sorcery and witchcraft museum. You will spend your next two nights here or in a nearby town in the Icelandic Westfjords.

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Day 10

Day 10 – Westfjords

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  • Krossneslaug
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The tenth day of your two-week self-drive tour of Iceland is a very relaxing day in the eastern part of the Westfjords. 

Start the day by exploring the lovely Holmavik village before embarking on a scenic hot spring hunt. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, including fjords and rugged landscapes, Holmavik offers a peaceful and serene atmosphere. 

The village is known for its rich history and folklore, and visitors can explore the intriguing Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, which delves into the country's mystical past. 

Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the nearby bird cliffs, where various seabird species nest, and the opportunity to go hiking or fishing in the surrounding wilderness.

You'll have three great hot spring choices for today. The closest hot tub can be found by the sea, in the center of the small but charming village of Drangsnes, a short drive from Holmavik. 

Locals from Drangsnes and Holmavik flock to these hot tubs in the evenings, bringing drinks and urging each other to take cold dips in the sea when the hot water gets too hot. 

There are changing facilities across the road, and the hot tubs are accessible 24 hours a day.

The second option is Gvendarlaug, by Hotel Laugarholl. You'll have to pay a small fee at the hotel's reception, but you'll have access to a natural hot pool, a natural hot creek that fills a stone-made footbath pool, and a swimming pool.

Your third option is the remote Krossneslaug pool at the end of the road. En route, you'll pass the tiny, historical, but now abandoned settlement of Djupavik, framed by a beautiful waterfall. 

Krossneslaug Pool is right by the sea and offers breathtaking views. The drive there is also stunning but on slow, unpaved roads.

Toward the evening, you will spend another night in your Westfjords accommodation.

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Day 11

Day 11 – Westfjords

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On the 11th day of your self-drive summer tour of Iceland, you'll head towards the biggest town in the Westfjords, Isafjordur. 

You'll drive over mountain passes and along scenic fjords, some of which have hidden hot springs waiting for you to discover. 

You might want to visit Heydalur, a great farm to stop for a cup of coffee and visit their pools. They have three hot pools, including an indoor one in a greenhouse, an outside artificial one, and a small natural one.

Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of mountains, fjords, and untouched wilderness, Heydalur provides a serene and peaceful atmosphere. 

It also offers hiking, horseback riding, and fishing opportunities, allowing adventurers to explore the region's rugged beauty. Make sure you have enough time to enjoy the views on the way to Isafjordur and explore the town. 

Surrounded by towering mountains and deep fjords, Isafjordur offers breathtaking panoramic views at every turn. The town itself exudes charm with its colorful houses and picturesque harbor. 

Explore the narrow streets, visit local museums, and sample delicious seafood in cozy restaurants. Outdoor enthusiasts will find many activities, including hiking, skiing, and kayaking in the nearby mountains and fjords. 

You could also venture even further and enjoy the views of Bolafjall mountain near the small town of Bolungarvik.

Bolafjall mountain is a majestic natural landmark that offers breathtaking views and outdoor adventures. Rising around 2,087 feet (636 meters) above sea level, Bolafjall stands tall with its rugged slopes and distinctive silhouette. 

Hiking to the summit rewards adventurers with panoramic vistas of the surrounding fjords, mountains, and the vast expanse of the North Atlantic Ocean. 

Another recommended swimming pool is the one in Sudureyri village, where you can help yourself to some coffee by the hot tub before returning to Isafjordur. You'll spend the night here or in a nearby accommodation in the region.

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Day 12

Day 12 – Westfjords

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  • Dynjandi
  • Talknafjordur
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On the 12th day of your self-drive tour of Iceland, you'll travel south from Isafjordur to Patreksfjordur, cruising along numerous stunning fjords with gorgeous scenery. 

If you'd like to start your day with an optional tour, you can venture out to the calm waters of Isafjordur fjord and take an optional kayaking tour to witness the spectacular Westfjords from the sea.

From Isafjordur, head to the spectacular Dynjandi waterfall. This waterfall is also known as 'the jewel of the Westfjords.' It's not hard to see why as it cascades down 328-foot (100-meter) tall cliffs in a series of beautiful falls.

Your hot spring choice for today is the charming Reykjafjardarlaug pool, where you'll find a pool and a natural hot spring. Tucked away in a remote valley, this natural hot spring pool provides a peaceful and serene retreat. 

The warm, mineral-rich waters invite relaxation as you soak in the stunning surroundings of mountains and fjords. 

With its rustic wooden changing facilities and charm, Reykjafjardarlaug Pool provides an authentic, off-the-beaten-path bathing experience. 

It's a perfect spot to unwind, rejuvenate, and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Iceland's untouched nature. 

Another popular hot tub with the locals is Pollurinn, an artificial pool near the small town of Talknafjordur. Nestled in the town, the Pollurinn pool offers a tranquil oasis where people can unwind and relax. 

The geothermal waters provide a warm and soothing experience, especially if it's colder outside. Surrounded by greenery and a peaceful atmosphere, the Pollurinn pool is an ideal spot for a stroll, a moment of reflection, and a rejuvenating dip. 

If you have time, you can drive to the red sands of Raudasandur beach or the stunning bird cliffs at Latrabjarg, the westernmost point of Europe. You can also leave this sightseeing until the morning if you prefer.

You'll spend tonight in a charming town in the Westfjords, like Patreksfjordur or a nearby settlement.

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Day 13

Day 13 – Snæfellsnes

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  • Kirkjufell Mountain
  • Snæfellsjökull Glacier
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On this day of your two-week self-drive tour of Iceland, you will make your way to the Snaefellsnes peninsula, the next stop on your itinerary. 

You will cross the Breidafjordur fjord on a ferry to reach the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. You have an optional stop at Flatey Island along the way, but you must catch the earlier ferry in the day and take the evening ferry over to Stykkisholmur. 

Flatey Island is very tranquil, with only two farmers spending the whole year there. It's the perfect location to do nothing and enjoy looking at puffins by the coast or a little stroll around the island.

This small island is known for its well-preserved old houses and tranquil atmosphere, providing a glimpse into Iceland's rich cultural heritage. 

Visitors can explore the narrow streets, admire the colorful buildings, and immerse themselves in the island's peaceful ambiance. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the island's diverse birdlife and stunning coastal landscapes. 

Otherwise, you can spend your day in the Westfjords and catch the evening ferry from Flokalundur to Stykkisholmur, skipping Flatey Island.

One option is to explore Raudasandur beach. This expansive beach stretches for about six miles (10 kilometers) along the coastline, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding cliffs and rugged landscapes. 

The red sand gets its vibrant color from pulverized scallop shells, giving the beach a distinct appearance. The remote location of Raudasandur beach adds to its charm, providing a sense of untouched beauty and tranquility. 

Another option is to discover Latrabjarg cliffs, a breathtaking natural wonder and a haven for bird enthusiasts. Rising to heights of over 1,447 feet (441 meters) and stretching for about 8.7 miles (14 kilometers), these dramatic cliffs are home to one of the largest bird colonies in the world. 

Millions of seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, and razorbills, nest and soar along the sheer cliff faces, creating a spectacular display of wildlife. 

Visitors can marvel at the stunning views, observe the complex behaviors of the birds, and capture incredible photographs against the backdrop of the North Atlantic Ocean.

If you want to bathe today, head to the Birkimelur swimming pool or the hot spring Hellulaug by Hotel Flokalundur.

You'll spend the night in one of the cozy accommodations of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

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Day 14

Day 14 – Reykjavík

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  • Lóndrangar Basalt Cliffs
  • Budir hamlet
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On the 14th day of your two-week road trip to Iceland, you'll enjoy exploring the Snaefellsnes peninsula before returning to Reykjavik, where the tour will end.

Before you travel south, you have time to explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. That includes seeing the cone-shaped Kirkjufell mountain.

This iconic landmark captivates visitors with its unique shape and stunning surroundings. Rising around 1,519 feet (463 meters) above sea level, Kirkjufell translates to "Church Mountain" because it resembles a church. 

The mountain is often called one of the most photogenic spots in Iceland. It has a cascading waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss, with a tranquil reflecting pool. 

The mountain's striking form, surrounding landscapes, and changing light throughout the day make it a popular destination for photographers and nature enthusiasts. 

You could also visit Djupalonssandur's black sand beach in the Snaefellsjokull National Park. Its black volcanic sand and dramatic rock formations create a hauntingly beautiful landscape. 

The beach is known for its scattered shipwreck remnants, adding to its mysterious allure. Visitors can test their strength by lifting the legendary "lifting stones," once used to assess the physical prowess of fishermen. 

Exploring the beach reveals hidden caves, towering cliffs, and crashing waves, offering a sense of wildness and untouched beauty.

You could also take an optional tour down to Vatnshellir cave. Other picturesque locations include the tiny hamlets of Hellnar and Arnarstapi, with their peculiar rock formations.

On Iceland's west coast, you can also relax in the Krauma Spa, found not far from the historical site of Reykholt, the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, and the powerful Deildartunguhver hot spring.

If you still have some energy at the end of the day, you could hike for two to three hours to Iceland's second-tallest waterfall, Glymur, found at the bottom of Hvalfjordur fjord. It is just a short drive from Reykjavik. 

You can also visit the ice cave tunnels, a series of intricate tunnels carved inside the Langjokull glacier.

Once you arrive in Reykjavik, you'll check into your accommodation for the night.

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Day 15

Day 15 – Reykjavík

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  • Kleifavatn
  • Krýsuvík
  • Gunnuhver
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The 15th day of your summer road trip is your last day in Iceland, and you have a free day to explore all Reykjavik offers before you head back to the airport. 

You may want one last dip in one of the city's pools. The city boasts numerous pools, both indoor and outdoor, offering relaxation, leisure, and socialization opportunities.

For a local experience, places like Laugardalslaug and Sundhollin swimming pools offer a range of amenities, including hot tubs, saunas, and water slides. Swimming in these pools is a year-round activity that locals and tourists enjoy.

You can also visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa on your last day in Iceland. Visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa on your last day in Iceland is a perfect way to conclude your journey with relaxation and rejuvenation. 

Situated amidst volcanic landscapes and surrounded by ethereal blue waters, the geothermal spa offers a unique and serene experience. Soaking in mineral-rich waters is soothing for your body and a tranquil escape for your mind. 

The luxurious spa facilities, including silica mud masks and steam baths, enhance the experience further. As you unwind in the warm waters, take in the breathtaking views and reflect on the memories you've created during your Icelandic adventure. 

The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is a fitting finale to your two-week tour of Iceland's hot springs, leaving you refreshed with lasting memories of your time in this enchanting land.

Otherwise, you can browse the shops, have a cup of coffee or a bite to eat in one of Reykjavik's charming cafés, or visit some museums.

Ensure you leave enough time to get to the airport, return your car, and catch your flight home. 

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothing
Good waterproof shoes
Swimsuit and towel
Driving licence
Reusable water bottle

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. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time. Gravel protection is not included if you choose a Toyota Aygo or similar.

Some optional activities might require a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkeling, and participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

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

Please note that the Westfjords area does not offer quality-level accommodation. Visitors will thus be placed in the best comfort level accommodation possible in the area during their stay in the Westfjords.

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