Summer 8 Day Self Drive Tour | Westfjords & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Summer 8 Day Self Drive Tour | Westfjords & Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Pollurinn is a series of hot pools located in the remote Westfjords.
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.
Unwind in geothermal waters at Birkimelur swimming pool in the Westfjords of Iceland.
Sunset over Kirkjufell mountain on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
One of the many rivers of the Westfjords, trickling through a summer field of green moss and grass.
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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 Kirkjufell mountain on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, 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:
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:
  • 7 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • Vehicle for 8 days (Toyota Aygo or similar. Upgrades available)

  • CDW insurance for Super Budget Level, Other levels also include SCDW and gravel protection insurance for vehicle

  • GPS system

  • Transport with the ferry Baldur, including 1 car

  • 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 (can be added during booking process)

  • 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.



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.


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.


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.


Preferred accommodation in Holmavik

Hólmavík Budget

Malarhorn Guesthouse is located a short drive from Hólmavík town. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, furnished outdoor terrace and a public swimming pool. Private bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Free WiFi. Breakfast is not included.

Hólmavík Comfort

Finna Hotel is located in Hólmavík town with a great view of the fjord. It has simply decorated rooms and an on-site bar and café. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free WiFi. Breakfast is included.


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 at Tjöruhúsið restaurant. It is reported to have the best seafood in Iceland.

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


Preferred accommodation at Ísafjördur

Ísafjördur Budget

Hotel Edda Ísafjörður is located in the larges town of the Westfjords, Ísafjörður. Private bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Free WiFi. Breakfast is not included.

Ísafjördur Comfort

The centrally located Hótel Ísafjörður offers a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and the fjord. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free WiFi. Breakfast is included.


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 Dynjandi waterfall. The thunderous Dynjandi actually a series of waterfalls that are over 100 metres tall. After taking in the beauty and magnitude of this cascade, make your way 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.


Preferred accommodation in Patreksfjordur

Patreksfjordur Budget

Hótel Flókalundur is located a short distance from Patreksfjörður town and only a 5-minute drive from Brjánslækur ferry terminal. The hotel is family-run and has an on-site bar and restaurant. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free WiFi. Breakfast is not included.

Patreksfjordur Comfort

Fosshotel Westfjords is located on the coast of Patreksfjörður fjord. The hotel has a great view of the surrounding mountains and fjords, and has an on-site restaurant and bar. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free WiFi. Breakfast is included.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 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. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date 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.


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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