Epic 14 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland & the Westfjords

Geyser geothermal area is home to numerous stunning geological features, including Strokkur geyser.
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Summary

Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
14 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport
Difficulty
Easy
Available
May - Oct.
Ending time
Flexible
Minimum age
None

Description

Book this two-week tour of Iceland's Ring Road and the Westfjords and experience the very best that Iceland has to offer. Whether you are a solo traveler, a group of friends, or a family, this self-drive promises to be an unforgettable adventure.

Aside from driving to the most popular areas in the country, you'll explore some of the more remote regions. You'll also visit many charming, lesser-known locations most visitors don't get to see. Avoid spending weeks planning that perfect Iceland itinerary. We've covered the planning part to save you from all the hassle.

Though organizing your trip may sound exciting, you're running the risk of missing out on some of the best attractions during the trip. Letting us handle the planning will ensure that all the essential stops you need to see and experience in your self-drive tour are included.

Moreover, we'll offer that perfect tour for a great price.

This tour is perfect for those wanting to explore Iceland's best attractions and have time to see off-the-beaten-track locations. You'll travel in full comfort, even in the remote and wild Westfjords, with private facilities and breakfast included at your accommodation. 

Guide to Iceland will provide you with a fully customized and detailed itinerary after you book, allowing you to escape to nature and discover places most have never heard of. You can enjoy Iceland to the fullest with accommodation in the best locations.

This tour includes a trip around the world-famous Golden Circle. You'll also journey through the beautiful South Coast to the crown jewel of Iceland, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This way, you experience a perfect blend of Iceland's most popular destinations and its least-known gems and secrets. 

You can also add extra activities during booking to maximize your adventures and experiences. For instance, as you pass through the Golden Circle, you can stop to snorkel in the Silfra fissure in Thingvellir National Park, a rift between two continents. 

Also, if you're captivated by the glaciers, you can hike up one and descend into an ice cave on another. You can also snowmobile across their ancient, vast white icy expanses. If you wish to relax, you can book a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon Spa to recuperate in its tranquil azure waters.

You can also choose to explore Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon on a boat. Alternatively, you can go sea-angling or whale watching in the North to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures of the deep. 

If you want something lighter, you can take a trail ride on an Icelandic horse or sail the coast searching for puffins. The opportunities are endless to help make your trip that extra special.

The extra stops add to the many reasons people love this Ring Road and Westfjords road trip, earning high ratings and positive reviews for the tour. It's also one of the most accessible tours, perfect for guests of all ages.

Aside from having control over your flexibility and freedom, 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 cancel your trip for any reason, you may do so for free and get a full refund 24 hours before departure.

Reserve this trip now for a complete experience of the wonders of Iceland. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

13 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included. More detailed info below)
Vehicle for 14 days (Toyota Aygo or similar. Upgrades available); all cars are new
Transfer with the ferry Baldur, including 1 car
CDW insurance for super budget level vehicle; other levels include gravel protection insurance
Free Wi-Fi in vehicle
Detailed itinerary
Personal travel agent
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Ice Caving
Self drive

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Book this 14 Day Self Drive Tour and take control of your journey around Iceland.

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland, Car Ready at the Airport

Your adventure starts right away when you arrive at the airport in Keflavik. Pick up your car at the airport before driving through a fascinating lava landscape to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavik.

On your way to Iceland’s capital city, you can stop at the impressive Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere.

The Blue Lagoon’s regenerative water features silica and sulfur, which may help people with various skin ailments. 

With a temperature averaging 98 to 102 F (37 to 39 C), the Blue Lagoon offers a comfortable and relaxing feeling in both the swimming and bathing areas. If you add the Blue Lagoon, it will be arranged according to your flight. 

If there’s no time to visit the lagoon today, it can be added to another day. Your travel consultant can arrange this for you, as there is plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula if you have extra free time.

After settling in at your hotel in Reykjavik, make the most of your proximity to the vibrant city center by exploring the abundance of museums, galleries, restaurants, and bars.

For the city’s best views, head to Perlan, up on Oskjuhlid Hill. Perlan is a museum with a unique rotating glass dome design, making it one of the most iconic landmarks in the country.

You can also visit the great Hallgrimskirkja church. Measuring 245 feet (74.5 meters) tall, the Hallgrimskirkja church features a design inspired by Icelandic nature. Its architect drew inspiration from elements like mountains, glaciers, and the hexagonal basalt columns surrounding the Svartifoss waterfall.

Alternatively, you can visit the famous Laugavegur main street and go shopping. When hungry, finding a restaurant or cafe is easy in Laugavegur.

After a tiring day, return to your Reykjavik accommodation and spend the night in the beautiful and quirky capital city.

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Day 2
Visit Gullfoss waterfall, one of Iceland's most iconic natural attractions.

Day 2 - Thingvellir National Park - Geysers - Gullfoss Falls

On day two, visit some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland on the Golden Circle.

The first stop of the Golden Circle is the Thingvellir National Park. It is right between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates drift apart. Interestingly, you can walk in this rift valley and cross two continental plates. 

Thingvellir also played a massive role in Iceland's heritage, being the original site of the world's longest-running, ongoing representative parliament. It is where the country converted to Christianity in 1000 AD and where it declared independence from Denmark in 1944.

There is plenty to see as you walk around this UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are adventurous, you can go for an exhilarating snorkel at Silfra. The fissure boasts crystal-clear waters, allowing you to take beautiful underwater photos. Participants in the optional snorkeling excursion eed to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

Take note that Silfra’s temperature can be frigid. Make sure to wear a dry suit before dipping into the glacial waters.

The beautiful geothermal valley of Haukadalur is next. Here, you can see the geysers Strokkur and Geysir, among other steaming hot springs. While the more famous Geysir is mainly inactive now, Strokkur erupts roughly every five to 10 minutes to heights of over 66 feet (20 meters).

The final stop on the Golden Circle tour is one of the most popular attractions in Iceland, the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. A pathway takes you to the water's edge, where you can get a real sense of the intense natural power of this 105-foot (32-meter) tall falls.

From Gullfoss, you can go on an optional snowmobile tour on the nearby Langjokull glacier. An experienced guide will ensure you have all the necessary safety gear. You’ll then head to the glacier, where you’ll ride a snowmobile to reach the top of Langjokull.

If you don’t feel like joining a snowmobile tour, you can opt to ride an Icelandic horse, which is an essential Icelandic experience. 

The Kerid volcanic crater lake is also well worth a visit. Approximately 3,000 years old, the Kerid crater is only around half the age of most of Iceland’s volcanic calderas. 

Its iron deposits are relatively fresh compared to older craters. In turn, the color of Kerid’s slopes is red instead of the usual volcanic black. Enjoy the dazzling colors of the red-and-orange lava rock and the azure waters of the deep lake’s center. 

Take a lot of photos before spending the night in Southwest Iceland.

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Day 3
Skógafoss waterfall is located by the Ring Road on Iceland's South Coast.

Day 3 - Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach

On today's road trip, head to the South Coast and visit the majestic and mesmerizing Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls.

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall has an impressive drop of 200 feet (60 meters) and unique natural features that continue to attract locals and tourists. It features a pathway that stretches around it. You'll walk toward a wide cavern with a pathway, allowing you to encircle the waterfall during summer fully.

Meanwhile, the Skogafoss waterfall has its own appeal and beauty. Apart from its drop of 197 feet (60 meters) and width of 82 feet (25 meters), the waterfall is rich in folklore. 

It is believed that Thrasi Thorolfsson, one of the first Viking settlers in Iceland, hid a treasure chest near the waterfall before he died in 900 AD. Folklore states that the chest was filled with gold and that he buried it in a cave behind the Skogafoss waterfall.

After visiting the two epic waterfalls, you'll see the Solheimajokull glacier. Here, you can go glacier hiking and ice climbing or take an exhilarating snowmobile tour.

Solheimajokull is an outlet glacier from the Myrdalsjokull ice cap. It measures about five miles (eight kilometers) long and over a mile (two kilometers) wide. It's also one of the most accessible glaciers if you're coming from Reykjavik.

Next, you'll drive about 19 miles (31 kilometers) toward the village of Vik. Along the coast near Vik are the black volcanic coastline and the dramatic Dyrholaey peninsula and Reynisdrangar rock formations. This area also has a large puffin colony during summer.
Be careful near this beach, as the waves and currents are powerful and unpredictable.

More sights as you drive ahead include the magnificent Myrdalsjokull glacier. Here, you can squeeze in a tour of the Katla ice cave, a magical attraction on the ice cap.

Another stop along the way to Vik is the quaint, historic village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. The village is filled with stories about superstition, heresy, and vengeance. Folklore states that Systrastapi, or the "Sister's Rock," a rock hill attraction in the village, is where two nuns executed for selling their souls to the devil were buried.

After another eventful day, you'll spend the night in South Iceland.

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Day 4
Skaftafell Nature Reserve is nestled in a glacier landscape.

Day 4 - Skaftafell Nature Reserve - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Spend day four amid the beautiful vistas of the Skaftafell Nature Reserve within the Vatnajokull National Park. The place is known for its natural beauty, which offers a different vibe. Its rich flora grows between the glaciers and sands, creating a contrasting scenery.

If you enjoy hiking, you'll find many trails in Skaftafell tailored for all abilities. One of the trails leads to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, which cascades down unique hexagonal basalt columns.

You may also opt for an exciting glacier hike on this day on Skaftafellsjokull. Sitting in Skaftafell, the Skaftafellsjokull glacier tongue spurts off the Vatnajokull ice cap. 

The hiking trail is about five miles (eight kilometers) long. It also goes up 1,280 feet (390 meters) to the Svartifoss waterfall.

However, don't spend all day here, as the stunning Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is the next stop. The lagoon features icebergs that break from a glacier tongue and float serenely towards the ocean.

You can enjoy this magnificent sight much closer through an optional boat ride that will take you right amongst the icebergs. You can also choose between an amphibious vessel or a little zodiac for your ride.

Be sure to take photos of icebergs that can be taller than several stories. Also, marvel at their coloration, which comes with a mix of white and dyed electric blue. You'll also notice some black streaks of ash resulting from eruptions from centuries ago.

If you see any seals, whistle, and they may come closer to investigate the noise. They are often as curious about you as you are about them. 

Don't forget to look at Diamond Beach, just by the ocean next to the lagoon. Interestingly, some of the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon's icebergs wash up on the shore of Diamond Beach.

Chunks of ice in all shapes and sizes decorate the shoreline like a string of beautiful jewels. In addition, these icebergs create a beautiful contrast with the beach's volcanic black sand, making for excellent photo opportunities.

After a day of exploring these natural wonders, you'll spend the night in a cozy accommodation in Southeast Iceland.

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Day 5
On this 14 Day Self Drive Tour you'll enjoy the fact that you are in the driver's seat.

Day 5 - The East Coast

Today, you'll experience rural Iceland in all its glory, visiting the idyllic villages, breathtaking fjords, and verdant fields of the east coast.

The east coast, or the Eastfjords, is a 75-mile (120-kilometer) coastline. It stretches from Berufjordur in the south to the fishing village of Borgarfjörður Eystri in the north.

Moreover, the Eastfjords covers an area of 8,773 square miles (22,721 square kilometers). You'll see waterfalls on hillsides and fantastic panoramic views on your journey.

The area is home to some of the most incredible wildlife in Iceland, like puffins, reindeer, foxes, and seals. During the drive, the Eastfjords will take you on an up-and-down ride over the mountains as you explore one after another.

Each mountain and every stop is stunning and has its unique charm. 

You'll notice many cliffs surrounding the narrow fjords. These cliffs are home to some of Iceland's most beautiful towns and fishing villages.

If you're looking for a hiking spot, check out Borgarfjordur Eystri fjord. Known for its natural beauty, Borgarfjordur Eystri has many hiking routes, including the mountain ring and the trail leading to "The Giant Boulders."

Moreover, Borgarfjordur Eystri is a famous bird-watching place. You'll see many puffins around the area, where about 10,000 pairs nest every summer.

Alternatively, you can go to Papey Island, where large colonies of puffins live. Here, you'll also find remnants of the old settlement, such as a church, a weather station, and a lighthouse.

Another must-see village rich in history is Faskrudsfjordur, nestled in the middle of the Eastfjords. Faskrudsfjordur is a small village with a population of 700. French fishermen first settled in the area, and their legacy remains alive in the form of hospitals, houses, and a harbor they built.

In the evening, you'll come to the town of Egilsstadir, near Lake Lagarfljot. Legends say that the lake hides a monster beneath its peaceful surface. 

Considered the capital of East Iceland, Egilsstadir has all the essential services like shops, restaurants, and petrol stations. It also has a few museums, like the East Iceland Heritage Museum, where you can learn about East Iceland's culture and society.

You can then relax at the Vok Baths, East Iceland's largest spa, to cap off an adventurous day. It features two pools on the same level as Lake Urridavatn. It also has hot pools, a cold tunnel, and an on-site sauna.

After an energizing bath, you'll spend the night in East Iceland.

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Day 6
The area surrounding Lake Mývatn in North Iceland is brimming with geological marvels such as Námaskarð geothermal area.

Day 6 - Lake Myvatn Mysteries

On day six, you'll visit Lake Myvatn. The lake is serene and beautiful, and its surroundings are dramatic and unique. Since there's a lot to see, it's recommended that you prioritize the hot spring cave of Grjotagja, the Dimmuborgir lava fields (known as 'the Dark Fortress'), and the nature baths.

Grjotagja is a small lava cave near Lake Myvatn. Because the cave is small, it isn't easy to spot at times. However, the cave has a geothermal hot spring inside, which made Grjotagja one of Iceland's hidden gems.

Bathing inside the lava cave is no longer allowed. Volcanic eruptions from 1975 to 1984 have caused the waters' temperature to rise and reach boiling point. Though the spring has slowly cooled down, it tends to heat rapidly again.

Meanwhile, the Dimmuborgir lava fields were formed after an eruption around 2,300 years ago. You'll see large stacks of rocks, caves, and caverns around the area. These were formed by bubbles of intense steam that came with the eruption.

Exploring the Dimmuborgir lava fields is like going through a medieval castle. You'll encounter rock formations that serve as rising towers and hidden chambers.

Next, you'll head to the Myvatn Nature Baths, a set of steam baths and geothermally heated pools. Since it opened its doors in 2004, the place has evolved into a worthy northern equivalent of the famous Blue Lagoon Spa from the southwest of Iceland.

The heated pools surround a large lagoon with temperatures ranging from 100 to 104 F (38 to 40 C). The water contains different minerals that help people with skin and respiratory problems.

Next, a drive through the Jokulsargljufur part of Vatnajokull National Park to visit the impressive Dettifoss waterfall is also highly recommended. Fed by the glacier river Jokulsa a Fjolluma, Dettifoss is arguably the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

It boasts an average water flow of 6,186 cubic feet (193 meters cubed) per second. Moreover, it measures 330 feet (100 meters) wide and drops 150 feet (45 meters).

Another sight to behold is the mud pits at Krafla, a caldera that is part of the Krafla volcanic system.

After exploring these geothermal spots, you can join a whale-watching tour at the village of Husavik, about 43 miles (70 kilometers) from Krafla. Renowned as the whale-watching capital of Europe, Husavik is home to different whale species led by the humpback whales that appear throughout summer.

Upgrade this tour to include a puffin-watching segment if you're up for more animal adventures. 

After you have finished your activities, you'll spend the night in North Iceland.

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Day 7
Be sure to visit Goðafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods, when you visit North Iceland.

Day 7 - The Troll Peninsula

Start the day in Akureyri, a charming town sporting unique shops and museums. Sitting under the Sulur peak, Akureyri is an excellent place to relax and unwind. It offers many activities that families and individual travelers will enjoy.

The town has one of Iceland's finest swimming spots. The Akureyri swimming pool features two 25-meter outdoor pools, a splash pool, water slides, and an indoor pool.

If you wish to take relaxation to the next level, the place has a steam bath and sauna. Geothermal water heats the pools, with temperatures ranging from 80.6 to 107.6 F (27 to 42 C).

Akureyri is also home to one of the world's northernmost botanical gardens, with more than 7,000 native and non-native plant species. The Akureyri Botanical Gardens is about 31 miles (50 kilometers) from the Arctic Circle.

With thousands of different plant species, the gardens cover 3.6 hectares of land. When visiting the botanical gardens, check out the old wooden buildings that add to the place's charm.

If you'd like a closer look at the local flora in nature, you could opt for a riding tour along the coast of the fjord this morning. Otherwise, you can join a whale-watching tour if you missed it the day before.

You'll then head toward Skagafjordur, a valley known for its abundance of Icelandic horses. Skagafjordur is also an agricultural hub and a place with a rich history. You may book a scenic horseback riding tour and experience the power of Icelandic horses while enjoying the scenic views.

You'll also pass through the beautiful area of Trollaskagi, a peninsula famous for its vast mountains. Here, you'll see mountains reaching over 3,200 feet (1,000 meters) in height. The tallest mountain in Trollaskagi is Mount Kerling, measuring over 4,921 feet (1,500 meters) tall.

From there, you'll drive to the old herring-fishing village Siglufjordur. The place is rich in natural beauty, with mountains towering over the town. You'll also see abundant birdlife and several hiking trails.

If you have time, check out the Herring Era Museum and the Folk Music Museum. Lastly, you'll visit Hofsos, where you can enjoy the magnificent scenery from the town's thermal pool.

By evening, you'll spend the night in Northwest Iceland.

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Day 8
The midnight sun is a phenomenon that makes any summer vacation in Iceland unforgettable.

Day 8 - Westfjords Introduction

Day eight is the beginning of your drive to the breathtaking remote Westfjords of Iceland.

The westernmost part of Iceland, the Westfjords offer untouched beauty and natural attractions. It covers an area of about 8,600 square miles (22,270 square kilometers), stretching to the mainland's northwest portion.

Sights along the way include Vatnsdalsholar, a cluster of hills across the mouth of Vatnsdalur Valley. You'll also see the Borgarvirki natural fortress, about 27 miles (43 kilometers) from Vatnsdalsholar. It's a volcanic plug on the Vatnsnes Peninsula that stands 580 feet (177 meters) above sea level. 

As you examine Borgarvirki, you'll notice its columnar shape, which prompted the Vikings to convert it into a fortress.

You'll then drive 10.5 miles (17 kilometers) to the Hvitserkur monolith. Also called the "Troll of Northwest Iceland" because of its shape, the Hvitserkur monolith is a basalt rock stack protruding from Hunafloi Bay. It measures 49 feet (15 meters) tall and serves as a nesting ground for fulmars, seagulls, and shags.

With several hours to spare, drive to the Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum in Holmavik. It features two floors filled with items that tell the history of witchcraft in Iceland, particularly during the 17th century.

You'll also see unique-looking creatures like the Tilberi, the milk-sucking demons. The museum also houses the only ritualistic stone ever found in Iceland that dates back to Viking times.

Another exciting stop to consider is the Sorcerer's Cottage in Bjarnarfjordur, only 16 miles (25 kilometers) from Holmavik. It features three connected houses made of turf, driftwood, and rocks. The cottages will give you an idea about the living conditions and habitation of sorcerers and tenant farmers during the 17th century.

Also, consider soaking in the natural hot springs at Drangsnes. The Drangsnes hot tubs feature three pools with geothermal hot water at varying temperatures.

After relaxing at the hot tubs, you'll retire in the Westfjords.

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Day 9
See the unforgettable landscapes of the Westfjords of Iceland.

Day 9 - Deep into the Westfjords

The journey on day nine is characterized by the dramatic fjords you'll pass through and the towering mountains that run alongside you on the way to Isafjordur. 

Here, you'll find some of the oldest mountains in Iceland, dating back to 18 million years ago. The Westfjords is also the location of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, an area rich in Icelandic wildlife.

The place is Iceland's least populated region outside of the Highlands. Flora and fauna have grown intensely in the area over the past few decades. 

You'll see the arctic fox, commonly elusive in most parts of the country. They can be easily found here, especially on flat tundra. You'll be surprised at the curiosity of these creatures whenever people are around.

Seals also abound in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. As you walk along the coastline, check out the rocks where the seals are usually seen.

Moreover, it's one of the best places in Iceland to see whales feeding from the shore. The humpback whale is the most prevalent species you'll find in Hornstrandir. Aside from the whales, orcas and white-beaked dolphins swim in the surrounding waters.

You may also want to drive to Bolungarvik and visit the Osvor Maritime Museum. Opened in 1988, the museum features a replica of a 19th-century fishing station.

The replica depicts what life was like for Iceland's fishermen back in the day. Interestingly, the Osvor Maritime Museum was built on the ruins of old fishing huts, creating a more authentic feel and enriching environment.

You'll also see various tools and artifacts fishermen use daily. You'll also find fish sheds, a salt house, and a spot for drying fish, where Icelanders prepare traditional Icelandic hardfiskur.

When you reach Isafjordur, enjoy the town's quiet, isolated charm. Considered the "Capital of the Westfjords," Isafjordur is the region's center of culture.

After exploring Isafjordur, you'll spend the night in the Westfjords.

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Day 10
Visit the Westfjords of Iceland and see Dynjandi, one of the country's most impressive waterfalls.

Day 10 - Westfjords and Dynjandi - Latrabjarg Puffins

At the start of day 10, head to Dyrafjordur fjord, where you’ll find the trail of Gisli Sursson, the Viking saga hero from the 13th century. Sursson, the Gisla saga’s main protagonist, is also a poet and an outlaw who was punished for avenging his foster brother.

Meanwhile, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Dyrafjordur is Skrudur, Iceland’s oldest botanical garden. Opened in 1909, Skrudur has evolved into a haven for colorful flowers and lush greenery.

It also features unique elements that add character to the place. You’ll notice an arch made of whale jaw bones. On top of the arch is Iceland’s flag, greeting you as you enter the garden.

You’ll also pass through some gravel paths before reaching the central part of the garden. Be sure to look at the various fruit trees around the area. There’s also a special section with red, blue, and purple flowers. 

In addition, look for the small glass greenhouse where other fascinating plants are kept.

Your next stop is Hrafnseyri, where you can visit a museum dedicated to Jon Sigurdsson, another national hero. Sigurdsson was a former president of the Althing and leader of the Icelandic independence movement of the 19th century. He played a crucial role in the 1940s during the battle for Iceland’s independence from Denmark.

The Jon Sigurdsson Museum contains various photos, artifacts, and historical documents about the revered hero. The museum is housed inside a traditional turf building where Sigurdsson used to live.

Next, stop at the magnificent Dynjandi, a stunning series of fast-moving waterfalls that cascade down the face of a massive cliff. The waterfalls are the largest in the region, measuring over 328 feet (100 meters) tall. You’ll also notice Dynjandi’s cascade that resembles a trapezoidal shape. 

After marveling at this wonder, head to the spectacular 1,457-foot (444-meter) high cliff of Latrabjarg, arguably the westernmost point of Iceland. Here, you can get an incredibly close look at some of Iceland’s many species of nesting seabirds, such as puffins and razorbills.

The puffins love to nest and burrow on the cliff. As a result, the surface of the cliff’s edge may become unstable. Hence, be careful when getting closer to the puffins and other birds.

After another adventurous day, you’ll spend the night in the Westfjords.

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Day 11
Mt. Kirkjufell mirrored in a lake during a midsummer night in Iceland.

Day 11 - By Ferry from Westfjords to Snaefellsnes Peninsula

On day eleven, you'll take the Baldur ferry from Brjanslaekur across Breidafjordur bay.

The price of the ferry is included in your tour, and you can bring your car at no additional cost! Moreover, it's an excellent opportunity to get some rest from driving.

The ferry will take you to the village of Stykkisholmur on the Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Stykkisholmur is a charming fishing town famous for portraying Greenland in the movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." It is steeped in folklore and history, making it worth exploring.

Stykkisholmur also has an attractive natural harbor. It's also near Breidafjordur's fertile fishing grounds that benefit the locals. 

Compared to other towns in the area, Stykkisholmur is relatively small. However, it has become a notable cultural hub over the years. 

You'll visit the Norwegian House, Snaefellsnes's regional museum. Built in 1832, the museum is also the country's oldest two-story building. The reason it's called "Norwegian" is because the wood they used to build the museum was imported from Norway.

On the first floor, you'll see rotating exhibitions and a museum shop selling sweets, handicrafts, and other local products. Meanwhile, the second floor serves as an open storage.

Alternatively, you can check Iceland's oldest weather station, built in 1845, or the Volcano Museum.

After exploring Stykkisholmur, you can visit the peninsula's other unique sights. Mount Kirkjufell, which featured in Game of Thrones, is a spectacular feature that begs to be hiked around and photographed.

The Snaefellsjokull glacier in the beautiful Snaefellsjokull National Park is a must-see attraction. For centuries, the Snaefellsjokull glacier was believed to be a source of energy and mysticism. The superstitious Icelanders claimed the glacier's rock formations were petrified trolls.

Others also say the rock formations were "hidden people's" houses.

Dritvik Cove and Djupalonssandur Beach are stops worth your time. Dritvik is a pebble beach cove, about .62 miles (1 kilometer) west of Djupalonssandur beach. It features unique lava formations and gorges.

Meanwhile, Djupalonssandur Beach has dramatic cliffs leading down to the sea. It's also the location of the ruins of a shipwreck coming from a British fishing ship from 1948. 

You'll also see four big lifting stones fishermen used to measure their strength and determine who was qualified to work on the boats.

If you still have the energy, you can see the small, charming hamlets of Arnarstapi, Hellnar, and Budir.

As another day winds down, you'll stay and spend the night in the Snaefellsnes area.

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Day 12
Snæfellsnes peninsula is characterised by peace, tranquility and stunning natural variety.

Day 12 - Activities in Snaefellsnes Peninsula

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula has a lot of beautiful and exciting locations to explore. You’ll spend day 12 touring the area and seeing anything you missed yesterday. 

This region has many hiking trails and enough activities to fill a day. You can return to the Djupalonssandur black beach for a hike. You can further discover the area’s beautiful nature, rock formations, and vast sands. 

If you are here during the summer, you can return to Snaefellsjokull and ascend to the mighty glacier. In this extra activity, you’ll board a vehicle that has been specially built to handle the rough glacial landscapes of Iceland from the quaint town of Grundarfjordur. 

You’ll travel to the foot of Snaefellsjokull and 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.

You can also join a caving tour at Vatnshellir, a lava tube formed after a volcanic eruption around 8,000 years ago. Exploring the fascinating cave, you’ll see how the cooled-down molten rock left a hollow tube. Also, check out the various colors, like red, green, and yellow, representing the mineral deposits inside the Vatnshellir cave.

If you didn’t have the time to visit the small hamlets the previous day, you can do so today. Start with a drive to Arnarstapi, about 5.6 miles (nine kilometers) from the Snaefellsjokull glacier.

Located at the foot of Mt. Stapafell, Arnarstapi is a small fishing village surrounded by captivating nature. It’s also home to several charming old houses. 

However, its main attraction is the beach, which has eroded into a circular stone arch. Residents called the arch “Gatklettur” or “Hellnar Arch.” As you explore the beach, watch the sunlight touch the waves, creating a visual spectacle.

Next, you’ll head to Hellnar, an old fishing village about 3.1 miles (five kilometers) from Arnarstapi. There was a time when Hellnar was one of Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s largest fishing stations, dating back to 1560.

After going around Hellnar, you can drive 13.6 miles (22 kilometers) to Budir, on the peninsula’s westernmost tip. Budir is a small hamlet in the lava fields of Budahraun. Be sure to check out Budakirkja, a black wooden church, the only remaining structure of Budir’s former community.

After all the exploring, you’ll spend another night in the Snaefellsnes area.

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Day 13
Visit West Iceland and see the captivating Hraunfossar waterfalls.

Day 13 - Hraunfossar and Barnafoss - Deildartunguhver

Explore West Iceland with its many natural attractions on day 13, including Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in Europe.

Located in Reykholtsdalur, about 58 miles (94 kilometers) from the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the Deildartunguhver hot springs have a rapid flow rate of 380 pints (180 liters) per second.

However, the temperature of the waters can be dangerous when you get too close. They have a constant temperature of 207 F (97 C).

While in the Deildartunguhver area, visiting the Krauma Geothermal Bath & Spa is highly recommended. It's a perfect place to relax your mind and body anew before leaving Iceland the following day.

If you love botany, check out the Blechnum Spicant or "deer fern" plant scattered around the Krauma complex. Interestingly, the Blechnum Spicant grows only in the Deildartunguhver area and nowhere else in the country.

After enjoying the geothermal bath, you'll head to the captivating Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls flowing from ledges of rocks. Incidentally, these rocks are part of the Hallmundarhraun lava field, and the waterfall pours into the Hvita river.

After spending some time in the Hraunfossar area, you'll walk nearby to see the Barnafoss waterfall. Translated "the children's falls" in English, Barnafoss is a waterfall that creates powerful rapids as it rushes through a rocky canyon.

Next, you'll drive 11 miles (18 kilometers) to Snorrastofa, the medieval research institute in Reykholt. History buffs enjoy visiting Snorrastofa, where the early settler Snorri Sturluson wrote the saga Heimskringla in the 13th century. Snorri is also famous for writing the bible of old Norse mythology, Edda.

On the way back to Reykjavik, you can join an adventurous caving tour in the Vidgelmir lava tubes. Considered to be Iceland's longest cave, Vidgelmir measures 5,200 feet (1,595 meters) long, 52 feet (15.8 meters) high, and 54 feet (16.5 meters) wide. Thankfully, the paved walkway and light installations make exploring the lava cave easy.

Another thrilling adventure is the "Inside the Volcano" tour, where you can descend into a vast, beautiful magma chamber of the Thrihnukagigur volcano. After the tour, it's recommended that you take a short break at Fossatun, a waterfall said to be guarded by a troll woman named Drifa. 

You'll then head back to Reykjavik for a well-deserved rest or to hit the restaurants and bars on your last night in Iceland.

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Day 14
Visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is the best way to end your Iceland adventure.

Day 14 - Blue Lagoon & Drop the Car off at the Airport

Drop off your car at the Keflavik International Airport in time for your departure. If you’re lucky enough to be taking an afternoon or evening flight, consider fitting in one last fantastic Icelandic experience. 

If you have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you’ll finish your stay unwinding before heading to the airport. It’s the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters while looking back on your incredible adventures in the land of fire and ice. 

You can also visit cultural landmarks like the Perlan Museum and Observation Deck, the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, and the Hallgrimskirkja church. You can also walk along the streets of Reykjavik and do some last-minute shopping. 

If you have an early flight back home, we hope you enjoyed your epic two-week tour of the Ring Road and the Westfjords, and we wish you a pleasant journey.

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What to bring

Warm clothes
Camera
Driver's license
Swim Suit

Good to know

Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavik 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 present 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, and 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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, of maximum 2 years of age. Super Budget levels come with standard CDW insurance, while all other levels also include Gravel Protection (GP) insurance. Please note that off-road driving is illegal for all types of cars.

All levels come equipped with free Wi-fi. You can enjoy unlimited data with the Wi-Fi device, which can be connected to up to 10 devices at once. The car rental will provide 24-hour roadside emergency services.

Age requirement for each level can be found below. For all levels, the driver must possess a valid driving license for at least one year before the date of the rental.

We recommend Budget 4X4 level for summer driving and Comfort 4X4 for winter driving.

Super Budget 2WD

A small 2WD vehicle such as Toyota Aygo or similar, fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions. Compact and comfortable for up to 2 travellers with very little luggage. No highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

Budget 2WD

A basic 2WD vehicle, such as a Toyota Yaris or similar, suitable for travelling in everyday conditions. Comfortable for 3 travellers with light luggage. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

Budget 4x4

A basic 4WD (4X4) jeep or SUV such as a Dacia Duster or similar. Comfortably fit up to 3 travellers with 2 large pieces of luggage. Fit for most travel and decent for snow and off-asphalt driving. Has basic highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

Comfort 4x4

A medium-sized 4WD (4x4) jeep or SUV such as a Toyota Rav4 (automatic) and Suzuki Vitara (manual), or similar. Comfortably fit up to 4 travelers with 3 large pieces of luggage. Fit for most travel and good for snow and off-asphalt driving. Has basic highland capabilities. The driver must be of 21 years of age or above.

Luxury 4x4

A large 4WD jeep such as a Toyota Land Cruiser or similar. Comfortable for up to 4 travellers with 4 large pieces of luggage. Fit for nearly all travelling. Has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads. The driver must be of 21 years of age or above.

Van

A large 9-seater van such as a Mercedes Benz Vito or similar. Comfortable for 5 to 7 travelers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. The driver must be of 23 years of age or above.

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