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 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.
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.
Pick up your car at Keflavík International Airport before driving to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavík.
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 colours 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. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula if you have extra free time.
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.
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.
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.
If you are here during the summer season and want to add a little bit of adventure to your day, you can choose to visit the top of Snæfellsjökull on a snowcat. In this extra activity, you will board a vehicle that has been specially built to handle the rough glacial landscapes of Iceland from the quaint town of Grundarfjörður. You will travel to the foot of Snæafellsjökull and then take the journey to the top in a snowcat. The experience of standing on the top of a glacier that covers a volcano is second to none. This experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will provide you with lasting memories and exceptional photos.
Spend another tranquil night on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
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.
Drive to Keflavík 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. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. If your flight is later there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.
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 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.
If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.
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 other 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). 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.
Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels. Located in the region of the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.
Rooms with shared bathrooms in farmhouses, guesthouses or hostels, with good locations near the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.
Rooms with a private bathroom in three star hotels or quality guesthouses. Very close to the best attractions at each location. Breakfast is included.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.
This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact email@example.com and declare full cancellation. COVID-19 Related Cancellations If you need to cancel your booking due to COVID-19 related reasons, the cancellation insurance provides further protection for your booking. If you purchase a self-drive tour or guided tour package along with the cancellation insurance, you will also get a full refund. If you test positive on arrival, to get the full refund after arrival, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your booking details and your test result within 4 hours after you receive the test result. If your flight gets cancelled due to COVID, to get the full refund, please email us at email@example.com with your booking details and your flight cancellation confirmation prior to your scheduled flight departure time. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.