Beautiful 5-Day Self-Drive Tour of the Wonders of West Iceland

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Summary

Starts from
Keflavík Airport
Ends in
Keflavík Airport
Duration
5 days & 4 nights
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Apr. - Aug.
Accommodation
4 nights included
Car rental
5 days included

Description

Chart your own course on this fabulous self-drive tour of the quaint villages and magnificent landscapes of West Iceland. Travelers with five days in Iceland who want to drive to unique attractions should not hesitate to book this tour. 

On this trip, you'll see the many attractions of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and take a closer look at the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier. You'll also visit the largest hot spring in Europe and learn about Snorri Sturluson, Iceland's most famous historian and saga writer, at the Snorrastofa Cultural Research Center in Reykholt.

Enjoy the unusual geology of the peninsula and walk the spectacular trails in Iceland. 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.

You'll also have the chance to explore the beautiful city of Reykjavik and visit the magical attractions of the Golden Circle.

As you are driving yourself, you can tailor every day to your interests, focusing more on the attractions that appeal to you.

Avoid spending weeks planning that perfect Iceland itinerary. We've already covered the planning part to save you from all the hassle. Moreover, we'll offer that ideal tour for a great price.

Though organizing your trip may sound exciting, you're running the risk of missing out on some of the best attractions during the trip. By letting us handle the planning, we'll make sure to include all the essential stops you need to see and give you a detailed itinerary to make your self-drive tour more organized and memorable.

Choose extra excursions, including exploring a lava tube cave, snorkeling in Silfra, or snowmobiling on Langjokull. You can even enter some man-made tunnels carved into the side of this glacier or unwind in the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon.

These extra stops are only some of the many reasons people love this West Iceland self-drive tour. As a result, the tour has received high ratings and positive reviews. It's also one of the easiest tours, perfect for families and guests of all ages.

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

Aside from enjoying complete control on your flexibility and freedom during the tour, we'll also provide the necessary support you may need. Our packages come with a personal travel agent you can contact any time of the day, seven days a week.

Should you wish to postpone your trip for any reason, you may cancel for free and get a full refund 24 hours before departure.

Seize this chance to visit the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and do as many extra activities as you like! Check availability now by choosing a date. 

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Included

4 nights of accommodation
Continental breakfast on all days
New rental car for 5 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

Destinations

Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world.Reykjavík / 2 nights
West Iceland home to many magical features, such as Hraunfossar waterfalls.West Iceland / 1 night
Reykholt was home to Snorri Sturluson, a medieval writer.Reykholt
Deildartunguhver geothermal hot spring in West IcelandDeildartunguhver
Beautiful coastal geology helps to define the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.Snæfellsnes / 1 night

Map

Attractions

Hraunfossar is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in West Iceland.Hraunfossar
Borg á Mýrum is a church estate in Iceland.Borg á Mýrum
Seals hauling out at Ytri Tunga.Ytri Tunga Beach
Búðakirkja Church bathed by the Northern LightsBudir
Lóndrangar under the midnight sun.Lóndrangar
Djupalonssandur has beautiful natural featuresDjupalonssandur
Snæfellsjökull glacier above the black church at Búðir village.Snæfellsjökull
Mount Kirkjufell on Snaefellsnes peninsula is one of the most iconic mountains in IcelandKirkjufell
Þingvellir National Park, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on Iceland’s mainland, is birthplace of the country’s parliament.Kerið
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
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
Kleifarvatn is the third largest lake in Iceland.Kleifarvatn
KrýsuvíkKrýsuvík
Gunnuhver is one of the geothermal areas on the Reykjanes Peninsula.Gunnuhver

Activities

Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Super Jeep
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Hot Spring Bathing
Bird watching
Ice Caving
Self drive

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Car

Car

Small car

Small car

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People
Large bags
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large car

large car

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SUV

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Day 1

Day 1 – Reykjavík

  • Reykjavík - Arrival day
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On day one of your summer trip in Iceland, pick up your car at the Keflavik International Airport before driving to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavik.

On your way to Iceland's capital city, you could 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 in Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere.

The Blue Lagoon is easily one of the most popular attractions in Iceland. It's also 31 miles (50 kilometers) from downtown Reykjavik, about a 30-minute drive.

The most attractive feature of the Blue Lagoon is the regenerative qualities of its water. It features silica and sulfur that benefit people with various skin ailments. With a temperature averaging 37–39° Celsius (98–102° Fahrenheit), the Blue Lagoon offers a comfortable and relaxing feeling in both the swimming and bathing areas.

Additionally, the Blue Lagoon is also home to establishments offering delicious meals, beverages, and health products.

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 have extra free time, there is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula.

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. You can visit dramatic attractions such as Hallgrimskirkja Church, the Harpa Concert Hall, and the Sun Voyager statue.

If you want to check out Icelandic design or experience the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy its various shops and cozy cafes.

Spend your first night in Reykjavik.

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Day 2

Day 2 – West Iceland

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  • Reykholt historical site
  • Hraunfossar & Barnafoss waterfalls
  • Deildartunguhver hot spring
  • Borg a Myrum church and farm
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On day two, you will head towards the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and explore the picturesque mountains and various small villages via the many hiking trails and country tracks found en route.

Stop at the hot spring area of Deildartunguhver, where hot water gushes from the ground at 207 F (97 Celsius). Located in a West Iceland district called Reykholtsdalur, Deildartunguhver is the highest-flowing hot spring in Europe.

The Deildartunguhver hot spring also boasts an impressive rapid flow rate of 180 liters (380 pints) per second. Because of Deildartunguhver's hot temperature, wooden walkways and observation points have been installed to keep visitors from getting too close.

Interestingly, the intense bubbling energy generated under Deildartunguhver enables the water to heat Icelandic homes.

Meanwhile, you'll find the beautiful Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls nearby. The area is a good place to stop for lunch before driving to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. 

Barnafoss is a rapid waterfall in West Iceland, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Deildartunguhver. As you reach Barnafoss waterfall, you'll see the rapid waters racing, twisting, and foaming down a narrow valley. 

After relishing Barnafoss waterfall, you'll walk toward Hraunfossar waterfall, about 50 feet (15 meters) away. Translated "Lava Falls" in English, Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls that pour from the ledges of less porous rocks and into the Hvita river.

You'll also visit the Snorrastofa Cultural Research Center in Reykholt. Here, you'll learn about the life of Snorri Sturluson, a poet, chieftain, and author of Snorra-Edda and Heimskringla, two of Iceland's most iconic sagas.

You also have the option to explore the stunning lava cave Vidgelmir or go inside an ice cave tunnel inside Langjokull glacier if you like. Vidgelmir is Iceland's largest lava tube, measuring 5,200 feet (1,585 meters) long. It's also one of the most accessible caves for beginners to visit.

Meanwhile, Langjokull is Iceland's second-largest glacier, measuring 361 square miles (935 square kilometers). You'll find a man-made ice tunnel that lets you see what's inside a glacier, even if it's not mid-winter.

You can also spend the day getting off the road and discovering rural Icelandic culture. You'll finish your day at the Snaefellsnes Peninsula ready for a day of exploration.

Spend the night on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

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Day 3

Day 3 – Snæfellsnes

  • Snæfellsnes
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  • Ytri Tunga Beach
  • Budir hamlet
  • Londrangar Basalt Cliffs
  • Djupalonssandur black pebble beach
  • Snaefellsjokull
  • Kirkjufell Mountain
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On day three, you'll experience all the wonders the Snaefellsnes Peninsula offers.

Visit the magnificent Snaefellsjokull glacier, famed for its role in the Jules Verne novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Snaefellsjokull is a 7,000-year-old glacier-capped volcano located on the tip of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Snaefellsjokull stands 4,744 feet (1,446 meters) tall, making it visible from Reykjavik. Interestingly, the Snaefellsjokull volcano comes with a rich historical and folkloric background. It's long been believed by the superstitious residents of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula to be a source of energy, power, and mystery.

The area surrounding the volcano is filled with different rock formations that were said to be homes of the hidden people. Others claim that these rocks were trolls petrified by the sun.

You can also look at the charming, historic towns dotted around, such as Budir, Hellnar, Arnastapi, and Stykkisholmur. Budir is a small hamlet found in the lava fields of Budahraun. As you go around the area, you'll see its rich flora featuring around 130 plant species.

Meanwhile, Hellnar is an old fishing village on the peninsula's westernmost part. As one of the largest fishing stations in the area, Hellnar is home to the oldest seafaring record in Snaefellsnes, dating back to 1560.

Down the southern side of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is Arnarstapi, a former fishing hub now serving as a refueling stop for visitors entering the Snaefellsjokull National Park. Here, you'll find impressive natural attractions and charming old houses with many stories to tell.

If you choose to visit Arnarstapi, take time to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you. Check out the Hellnahraun lava field, where you'll find an old horse trail that's a favorite of hikers.

You may also drop by the town of Stykkisholmur on the peninsula's northern shore. It is the area's center of commerce and service and home to the Norwegian House, Iceland's oldest two-story building.

In addition, there are a wealth of beaches, mountains, and geological rock formations, such as the Londrangar sea stacks, to admire. Take your time, and find the places that interest you.

Spend another peaceful night on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

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Day 4

Day 4 – Reykjavík

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  • Kerid Crater
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Thingvellir National Park
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Today, you'll head south. You can opt to drive the Hvalfjordur fjord, which translates to "the Fjord of the Whales," only 45 minutes outside Reykjavik. The fjord used to contain the primary whale-hunting harbor and has since served as the base of both the British and American armies during World War II.

Hvalfjordur is also the home of Iceland's second-highest waterfall, Glymur, which towers 650 feet (198 meters) high and is well worth the one-hour hike it takes to reach it during the summer. Interestingly, Glymur is fed by the river Botnsa, with the waters coming from a lake above and some of Iceland's glaciers.

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

Silfra is a fissure full of fresh, crystal-clear spring water, which is now considered one of the world's most attractive dive sites. Silfra's water travels underground, resulting in constant cold temperatures. 

Another reason divers love Silfra is its water's remarkable clarity. It offers visibility extending to over 328 feet (100 meters) deep, allowing you to see the bottom and the canyon walls clearly. Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

If you did not choose to snorkel, you could opt for an exciting snowmobile tour from Gullfoss Waterfall. Gullfoss is an iconic waterfall that features two drops. The first drop measures 36 feet (11 meters), while the second is 69 feet (21 meters).

You will also have time to visit the rest of the Golden Circle attractions, such as the Geysir geothermal area, home of the gushing geyser Strokkur, the country's most popular hot spring, known for its powerful jets of boiling water.

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

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Day 5

Day 5 – Reykjavík

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  • Kleifarvatn
  • Krysuvik
  • Gunnuhver
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Drive to the Keflavik International Airport and drop off your car there before your departure. For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport.

It is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters and look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice.

Alternatively, there are other things you can do in Reykjavik. You can do some last-minute shopping. You can also visit some cultural landmarks like the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, the Perlan Museum and Observation Deck, and the Hallgrimskirkja church.

We wish you a pleasant journey if you have an early flight back home.

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What to bring

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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.

Some optional activities might require you to have 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. For the snorkeling tour, 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.

Gravel protection is not included if you choose a Toyota Aygo or similar.

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