5 Day Self Drive Tour | Wonders of West Iceland

5 Day Self Drive Tour | Wonders of West Iceland
Icelandic horses roam freely around the Icelandic nature in the summertime.
A beautiful Icelandic nature scene with a winding river and a majestic mountain.
The Blue Lagoon spa is the perfect place to relax after a busy holiday.
The pyramid-shaped Kirkjufell mountain on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula has been used as a backdrop in the popular television series Game of Thrones.
The water at Hraunfossar waterfalls trickles down between black lava.
Iceland's most famous sightseeing route, the Golden Circle, includes a stop at Þingvellir National Park.
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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. 

This great Self Drive is currently on offer for the Early Birds out there planning to visit Iceland in summer 2019, offering a 20% discount off the base price. As a self-drive tour, you decide where you'll go and how long to spend at each place. 

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.

Choose some extra excursions, including exploring a lava tube cave, snorkelling in Silfra or snowmobiling on Langjökull. 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. All these activities come at a special discounted rate if reserved upon the time of booking, making it a perfect way to not only add some excitement to your holiday, but also keep it budget friendly.

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: Apr. - Aug.
  • 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, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Hvítá River, Snæfellsjökull, Geysir, Gullfoss, Glymur, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Hvalfjörður, Silfra, Stykkishólmur, Hellnar, Borgarnes, Barnafoss, Langjökull, Búðardalur, Arnarstapi, Keflavik International Airport, Kirkjufell, Öxarárfoss, Haukadalur, Grundarfjörður, Vatnshellir Cave, Djúpalónssandur, Víðgelmir
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

Your car will await you at Keflavík International Airport when you arrive. You will drop it off at Keflavík airport, too, when you depart from Iceland.
Included:
  • 4 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • Vehicle for 5 days (Toyota Aygo or similar. Upgrades available)

  • CDW insurance for super budget level vehicle; other levels also include SCDW and gravel protection insurances

  • GPS System

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

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Blue Lagoon entry ticket (can be added during booking process)

  • Fuel

  • Dinner

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Hiking shoes


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.

Please note that all optional excursions are not included in the offer, but you will see their price listed individually by each day where they can be added

Some optional activities might need either 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 snorkelling.

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



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Reykjavik


The picturesque Harpa Concert Hall is located in down town Reykjavík.


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 Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

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


Travel to the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula and see stunning attractions such as Kirkjufell Mountain.


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 Super Budget

Grundafjörður Hostel is located in Grundarfjörður village. Dormitory accommodation with shared bathrooms. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

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


As you journey around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the mighty Snæfellsjökull glacier will watch over you.


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.


Day 4 - The Golden Circle


Visit Þingvellir National Park and see the beautiful Öxarárfoss waterfall on your Golden Circle sightseeing trip.


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 Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

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


When it is time to leave Iceland, you'll travel through the coastal town of Hafnarfjörður on your way to the airport.


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. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation 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. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. Please note that not all locations offer quality level accommodation. Comfort level accommodation will be arranged at those particular locations, which is reflected in the quality level upgrade price. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels. Located in the region of the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.

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. Super budget 2WD vehicles are maximum 5 years of age, and come equipped with a GPS and standard CDW insurance. Budget 2WD, Comfort 4x4 and Luxury 4x4 level vehicles are maximum two years of age, and come equipped with a GPS, CDW, GP and SCDW insurances. You can also upgrade to an automatic model.

Super Budget 2WD

A small 2WD vehicle such as Toyota Aygo, Hyundai i10 or similar, fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions. Compact and comfortable for up to 2 travellers with very little luggage. No highland capabilities.

Budget 2WD

A basic 2WD vehicle such as VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar, suitable for travelling in everyday conditions. Comfortable for 3 travellers with light luggage. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities.

Comfort 4x4

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

Luxury 4x4

A large sized 4WD (4x4) jeep such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, fit for nearly all travelling. This vehicle has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads. Note that off-road driving is illegal.


Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


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