Summer 8 Day Self Drive Tour | Westfjords & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Dynjandi waterfall is inarguably one of the most awe-inspiring features in Iceland's nature, found in the Westfjords.
The Westfjords reflect magnificently in the sea in the purple hue of the midnight sun in summer.
One of the many rivers of the Westfjords, trickling through a summer field of green moss and grass.
The Westfjords has many incredible waterfalls tumbling from its ancient mountains that are most easily accessed in summer.
From a distance, the Lóndrangar basalt plugs resemble an ancient, towering fortress.
A twin rainbow arches over a fjord of the Westfjords, on a day of sun and shine in Iceland's summer.
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Drive Iceland's most remote and rural areas on this incredible eight-day tour. You'll see a wealth of the country, gain a true insight into its culture, and have the opportunity to see less explored regions such as the Westfjords and the Snæfellsnes peninsula. 

As a self-drive tour, you can choose which attractions you would like to see and how much time you want to spend at each one. There are no tour guides, departure times or other group members to worry about; the freedom is all yours.

To help you enjoy both the most famous places you've heard about and the lesser known sights where you can avoid the crowds, Guide to Iceland has created a unique itinerary with suggestions on and off the beaten path, chosen by local experts. You won't miss any famous spots, such as the Golden Circle or the glacier lagoon, but you will also be able to immerse yourself, totally alone, in the untouched nature; it's a perfect balance.

This tour, therefore, is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. There are an almost never-ending array of natural wonders en route, and the wealth of birdlife at many of the locations is incredible.

To have the holiday you've always dreamt of, you can pick extra activities to partake in while you book. There is time to fit these in without missing out on any of the sightseeing you want to do. This allows you to build the holiday you have always dreamt of, and experience all of the excitement that Iceland has to offer. 

Don't miss on this incredible adventure. Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Aug.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Bird watching, Self drive
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Westfjords, Reykjavík, Látrabjarg, Dynjandi, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Ísafjörður, Borgarnes, Rauðasandur, Hólmavík, Grundarfjörður
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible

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

  • Vehicle for 8 days (VW Polo or similar. Upgrades available)

  • CDW, SCDW and gravel protection insurance for vehicle

  • GPS system

  • Transport with the ferry Baldur, including 1 car

  • Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level 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:
  • Driver's license

  • swim suit

  • Camera


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.

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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival: Scenic Reykjanes Peninsula & Reykjavik


The Reykjanes Peninsula has many volcanoes, geothermal areas and coastal landscapes that beg to be explored.


Your car will be waiting for you at the airport in Keflavík so you can start your road trip straight away. You may want to start by checking out some of the scenic areas of the Reykjanes Peninsula. It has beautiful fishing villages, many geothermal features, and an incredible rugged coastline. It's also possible to visit the Blue Lagoon on your first day if you have the time; it's a short drive from the airport on the way to Reykjavík, and very refreshing after a flight.

After checking in at your hotel in Reykjavík, make the most of your central location in one of Europe's most exciting cities. Explore its museums, shopping streets, restaurants, and cafés. You can even partake in an activity from the capital, such as horse-riding or whale-watching.


Day 2 - Cascades of Hraunfossar - Westfjords Holmavik


Hraunfossar waterfall is in west Iceland, next to another waterfall called Barnafoss.


Day two is reserved for exploring West Iceland and its diverse attractions, including the Icelandic settlement exhibition in Borgarnes, and the largest hot springs in Europe, Deildartunguhver. Don't miss the captivating Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls either, both stunning in their own right and located right next to each other.

History fans may also enjoy a visit to Snorrastofa, the medieval research institute in Reykholt, where the early settler Snorri Sturluson wrote Saga Heimskringla in the 13th century. On the road from the capital, you can also take a short break at Fossatún, a waterfall said to be guarded by a troll woman named Drífa.

On this day you can opt to go lava tubing in Viðgelmir cave, or else explore the incredible inside of the glacier Langjökull through man-made channels.

Head towards the Westfjords and spend the night in the village of Hólmavík.


Day 3 - Djúpavík in the Westfjords


Very few visitors head to the remote Westfjords, even in summer.


On your third day, explore Hómavík, and be sure to visit the fascinating Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft there.

Drive onwards to the tiny village of Djúpavik. Locked in the mountains, the village and its herring station has been abandoned many times in history but you'll find 8 houses, a hotel, and an airport there now. If you carry on for another 45 minutes, then you'll hit the end of the road but find a hot pool by the seaside called Krossneslaug, which is recommended for those seeking to relax and unwind.

Explore the surrounding mountains a little more and hike in the area, before heading back to Hólmavík where you will spend another night.


Day 4 - Ísafjörður - Fishermen History


Icelanders lives for centuries in turf houses, just like these.


You'll pass staggering, dramatic fjords on the journey today on your route to the town Ísafjörður. There, you will find some of the oldest houses in Iceland, dating back to the mid-18th century. It is worth making a stop on your way at the impressive Dynjandi waterfall, often called the crown of the Westfjords.

You may also wish to drive to nearby Bolungarvík and visit the Ósvör Maritime Museum, which provides a great way to see what life was like for Iceland’s fishermen in years gone by. It is also recommended that you go to Tjöruhúsið restaurant in Ísafjörður for dinner (or lunch) to try of the day's catch; it's possibly the best fish you'll ever taste.

Spend the night in the Ísafjarðardjúp area


Day 5 - The Látrabjarg Puffins


Puffins can be approached within mere metres at Látrabjarg.


At the start of day five, after a hearty breakfast, it is time to head to the southern part of the Westfjords. Take the road to Dýrafjörður, where you will find the trail of the Viking Saga hero Gisli Súrsson, as well as the beautiful Skrúður Botanical Garden.

Continue to Hrafnseyri, where you can visit a museum dedicated to another hero, Jón Sigurðsson, who was instrumental in Iceland’s battle for independence from Denmark in the 1940s.

From there, head to the towering 444 m (1,456 ft) high cliff of Látrabjarg, the westernmost point of Europe. Here, you can get a close look at some of Iceland’s many species of nesting seabirds, including puffins and razorbills.

Spend the night in the Vesturbyggð area.


Day 6 - Ferry from the Westfjords - Snæfellsnes Peninsula


In summer, the seas are often so still that mountains such as Kirkjufell reflect in them perfectly.


Start the day with a visit to the golden red sands of Rauðisandur, or a relaxing dip in the natural hot pool in the Vatnsfjörður nature reserve.

You can then take the ferry Baldur from Brjánslækur in the Westfjords across Breiðafjörður Bay to the village of Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The price of the ferry is included in this tour!

From there, you can explore the area’s unique sights, including the Snæfellsjökull glacier in Snæfellsjökull National Park, Djúpalónssandur black beach, the Dritvík cove and the small, charming hamlets of Arnarstapi, Hellnar, and Búðir.

Spend the night in the Snæfellsnes area.


Day 7 - Snæfellsnes in Depth


The Lóndrangar basalt sea stacks under the midnight sun, in west Iceland.


Today, you can spend extra time exploring the sights of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. You could go on a Viking sushi boat trip, where you get to sample seafood caught right before your eyes; explore the lava tube cave Vatnshellir; go hiking between Hellnar and the fishing village of Arnarstapi, or simply indulge in some photography along the cliffs.

The cliffs of Malarrif are the heritage of volcanic eruptions from the famous volcano Snæfellsjökull, and there you can also find the impressive sea stacks, Lóndrangar.

Once you have fully enjoyed the peninsula, head back south toward Reykjavik and spend a little more time exploring Iceland's capital. Spend the night in Reykjavík or on the Reykjanes peninsula.


Day 8 - Departure Day & Farewell to Iceland


A traveller winding down from their travels in the magical Blue Lagoon.


Depart from Keflavík on your final day, having experienced a huge amount that Iceland has to offer. If your flight schedule allows, you may have time for a dip in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon spa. If you've already been, simply explore Reykjavík and do some last-minute shopping, or have a better look along the Reykjanes Peninsula.

We hope you enjoyed your stay and will 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.


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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