5 Day Self Drive Tour | Wonders of West Iceland

Chart your own course on this fabulous self-drive tour of the quaint villages and magnificent landscape on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, and take a closer look at the mystical Snæfellsjökull glacier.

You'll also visit the largest hot spring in Europe, and  can learn about Snorri Sturluson, Iceland's most famous historian and saga writer, at the Snorrastofa Cultural Research Centre in Reykholt.

Enjoy the unusual geology of the peninsula and walk the spectacular trails. Impressive volcanic cliffs line the shore, filled with birds nesting. You can hike to the best photography spots, or breathe the sea air on black beaches. As a self-drive tour, you decide where you'll go and how long to spend at each place. 

Choose some extra excursions, including exploring a lava tube cave, snorkeling in Silfra or snowmobiling on Langjökull. You can even enter some man-made tunnels carved into the side of this glacier. A relaxing visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon  is included! 

Tailor all your activities to your desires. When people think of Iceland, they imagine peaceful mornings hiking a glacier and snow drifting on the mountains, staying away from crowds of people. 

We love Iceland too, and want to share its secrets with you. On this tour, you can relax and be virtually alone in some of the hidden gems listed in the tailor-made itinerary you'll get as part of your vacation package.

Seize this chance to visit the Snæfellsnes peninsula, and do as many extra activities as you like! Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Caving, Snowmobile, Super Jeep, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Bird watching, Ice Caving, Self drive
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Snæfellsjökull, Geysir, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Hvalfjörður, Stykkishólmur, Borgarnes, Búðardalur, Kirkjufell, Gullfoss Waterfall
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : Flexible

Included:
  • 4 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • Vehicle for 5 days (VW Polo or similar. Upgrades available)

  • CDW and SCDW insurance along gravel protection for car rental

  • GPS System

  • Blue Lagoon standard entrance (upgrades available)

  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Fuel

  • Dinner

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Warm clothes


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.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed. They are only visible during the winter. This itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather and season allows. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

In wintertime, it can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

Please note that this tour is available all year. If you are arriving in winter, we recommend that you opt for an upgrade to a 4x4 vehicle.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Reykjavik


5 Day Self Drive Tour | Wonders of West Iceland


Pick up your car at Keflavík International Airport before driving to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant capital, with its abundance of museums, restaurants, and bars to suit all tastes.

If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy its various shops and cozy cafés.

Spend your first night in Reykjavík.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - Borgarfjörður & Snæfellsnes Peninsula


5 Day Self Drive Tour | Wonders of West Iceland


Today, you will head to the Snæfellsnes peninsula and explore the picturesque mountains and various small villages via the many hiking trails and country tracks found there.

Make a stop at the hot spring area of Deildartunguhver, where hot water gushes from the ground at 97°C. Nearby, you'll find the beautiful Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls, which is a good place to stop for lunch before the drive to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

You'll have the option to explore the stunning lava cave Víðgelmir, or go inside an ice cave tunnel inside Langjökull glacier if you like.

Spend the day getting off the road and discovering rural Icelandic culture. For photography enthusiasts, a trip to the Snæfellsnes National Park is highly recommended, where there is some fantastic scenery, including the cone-shaped Kirkjufell Mountain. Spend the night on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.


Preferred accommodation by Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes Budget

Hof Guesthouse is situated on the southern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula, just a few hundred metres from the beach. Private bedrooms with shared bathroom, living room and kitchen. Free access to a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi in public areas. Breakfast not included.

Snæfellsnes Comfort

Fosshotel Stykkishólmur is a 3 star hotel centrally located within the town Stykkishólmur. Spacious hotel with a view towards the bay. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Snæfellsnes Quality

Hotel Búðir is a 4 star hotel on the southern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula, with a view towards Snæfellsjökull glacier and to the sea. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 3 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula


5 Day Self Drive Tour | Wonders of West Iceland


Truly experience all the wonders that the peninsula has to offer. Visit the magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier, famed for its role in the Jules Verne novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. You can also take a look at the charming, historic towns dotted around, such as Búðir, Hellnar, Arnastapi and Stykkishólmur. There are a wealth of beaches, mountains and geological rock formations, such as the Lóndrangar sea stacks, to admire. Take your time, and find the places that interest you.

Spend another tranquil night on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.


Preferred accommodation by Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes Budget

Hof Guesthouse is situated on the southern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula, just a few hundred metres from the beach. Private bedrooms with shared bathroom, living room and kitchen. Free access to a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi in public areas. Breakfast not included.

Snæfellsnes Comfort

Fosshotel Stykkishólmur is a 3 star hotel centrally located within the town Stykkishólmur. Spacious hotel with a view towards the bay. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Snæfellsnes Quality

Hotel Búðir is a 4 star hotel on the southern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula, with a view towards Snæfellsjökull glacier and to the sea. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 4 - The Golden Circle


5 Day Self Drive Tour | Wonders of West Iceland


Today, you'll head south. You can opt to drive the Hvalfjörður fjord, which translates to the Fjord of the Whales, and is located only 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik. The fjord used to contain the primary whale hunting harbour, and has since served as the base of both the British and American armies during World War II.

Hvalfjörður is also the home of Iceland's second highest waterfall, Glymur, which towers at 198 m (650 ft) high, and is well worth the one hour hike it takes to reach it during the summer.

After driving along this very scenic fjord, take a small detour to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There you'll have the option to go snorkelling in one of the world's best dive sites, Silfra.

You will also have time to visit the rest of the Golden Circle attractions, such as the Geyser geothermal area, home of the gushing geyser Strokkur, and the magnificent Gullfoss Falls. If you did not choose to snorkel, you can opt into an exciting snowmobile tour from Gullfoss.

Once you have enjoyed your day, you will head back to Reykjavík for the last night of your trip. 


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 5 - Departure


5 Day Self Drive Tour | Wonders of West Iceland


Drive to Keflavík airport and drop off your car there before your departure. If your flight is in the afternoon, you may have time for a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or to take a short tour of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula.

We hope you had a beautiful holiday in the Land of Ice and Fire. Come back soon!


Accommodation

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available hotels and guesthouses at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. Please keep in mind that hotel quality in Iceland varies among locations and availability is highly limited. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. The sooner you reserve the higher quality accommodation we can provide. Press choose a date at the top to find availability.

Budget

Rooms with shared bathrooms in farmhouses, guesthouses or hostels, with good locations near the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom in three star hotels or quality guesthouses. Very close to the best attractions at each location. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Rooms with a private bathroom in a four star hotel or superior rooms in a quality three star hotel at the best locations in Iceland. Breakfast is included.


Car

Below you can see the car rental options available for this self drive tour. All our vehicles are new or current models, maximum two years of age, and come equipped with a GPS, CDW, GP, and SCDW insurances. You can also upgrade to an automatic model, free of charge.

Budget

A small 2WD vehicle fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions, such as VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities.

Comfort 4X4

A medium sized jeep or SUV with 4WD (4x4) fit for most travel, and good for snow and off-asphalt travel, such as Toyota Rav4 or similar. This vehicle has basic highland capabilities.

Luxury 4x4

A large sized jeep with 4WD (4x4) such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, fit for nearly all traveling. This vehicle has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads.


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