14 Day Budget Self Drive Tour | Iceland's Ring Road & the Westfjords

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Duration
14 days
Difficulty
Medium
Free pickup
Reykjavík

See the whole of Iceland and visit the Westfjords with this affordable two-week package. You’ll have the chance to see all the famous sites as well as countless hidden gems while s...

See the whole of Iceland and visit the Westfjords with this affordable two-week package. You’ll have the chance to see all the famous sites as well as countless hidden gems while staying on budget.

After booking this self-drive, you will receive a personal itinerary, telling you about all the places you'll be able to reach on each day. That way, you will not miss out on the great places you have heard so much about, such as the Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, and Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Nor will you miss the places that few know of; treasures off the beaten track and places where you will be able to immerse yourself fully in nature without the crowds.

During the booking process, you can add a myriad of extra activities at a discounted price, so you can make the most of the many...

Included

13 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast not included, shared bathrooms; more detailed info below)
Vehicle for 14 days (Toyota Aygo or similar, upgrades available)
Transfer with the ferry Baldur, including 1 car
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
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
Westfjords
West Iceland
Reykjavík
Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Mývatn
Dimmuborgir

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Iceland

On day one, you will arrive at Keflavík International Airport and pick up your rental car. You can either drive straight to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavík to unwind and get to know the city or head to the Blue Lagoon, which is en route and perfect for recharging after a long flight. Because of the popularity of the Lagoon, it is recommended that you reserve your tickets well in advance.

After enjoying your first night in the capital, you will retire to your downtown accommodation.

Day 2

The Golden Circle

On day two, you will travel around three of Iceland’s most popular sites as you take the Golden Circle trail. The first location on this journey is Þingvellir National Park. This Park has historical and geographical standing so unique that it is of the country’s most loved destinations.

Firstly, it is the original site of what is now the world's longest-runni...

Day 3

The South Coast

You will head along the beautiful South Coast of Iceland on your third day. This stretch of road is lined with features that you will no doubt want to stop at. The magnificent, well-known waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, for example, can be found along this stretch. While both of these warrant many photographs, you should also seek out Gljúfrabúi, a...

Day 4

Skaftafell Nature Reserve and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

On day four, you have two spectacular destinations to enjoy. The first of these is Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a place so beautiful it was once a National Park in its own right, before the greater Vatnajökull National Park was established, which enveloped it. Skaftafell is sheltered by mighty glaciers and mountains and filled with lava fields, forests and riv...

Day 5

The East Coast

On day five, you will enjoy the rural beauty and remote villages of the East. Renowned for its beautiful, little-visited fjords, you will get spectacular views of the coast and mountains as you wind your way north.

This part of Iceland has more wildlife than anywhere else in the country. In the seaside cliffs, you can hope to see puffins; along the shores are...

Day 6

Lake Myvatn

You will head to Lake Mývatn on day six, driving past the Jökulsárgljúfur part of the Vatnajökull National Park. En route, you can stop at Dettifoss waterfall, a mightily impressive feature which has a greater water flow than any other falls in Europe.

Once you reach the Mývatn area, there are a wealth of things to see and do. The lake itself is beautiful, an...

Day 7

The Troll Peninsula

On day seven, you can start by enjoying the ‘Capital of the North’, Akureyri, with its many boutiques, museums, and the world’s northernmost botanical gardens; you can also take a whale watch this morning. Once you are ready, you will head across the beautiful fjord of Skagafjörður, admiring the many Icelandic horses as you travel, and through the mountains...

Day 8

Westfjords Introduction

On day eight, you will head towards the incredible Westfjords, a place of breathtaking beauty that few visitors have enough time to visit. En route, you will find many locations worth stopping at. The Borgarvirki fortress is a natural, geological marvel, that was used as somewhat of a castle in the early years of Iceland’s history, and was never sieged. You...

Day 9

Deep into the Westfjords

You will spend today winding through the remote, spectacular Westfjords. The mountains that tower beside you are incredible, and the coastal scenery dramatic. Keep your eyes on the water, as it is possible that you will see both seals and whales.

When you have reached the town of Ísafjörður, you may wish to do a small detour and visit the charming village of...

Day 10

Dynjandi and Latrabjarg

Today you will head to two of the Westfjords greatest wonders: Dynjandi waterfall and the Látrabjarg bird cliffs. En route, the Dýrafjörður fjord and Skrúður botanical gardens are worth visiting.

Dynjandi is an incredible, inspiring location; the water surges down a magnificent cliff face, and the path up to it is dotted with other beautiful falls. Látrabjarg...

Day 11

Westfjords to Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Today you will leave the Westfjords for the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, taking the Baldur ferry over to the historic village of Stykkishólmur. The ferry price is included in the tour price, and taking the car is no additional cost. 

Snæfellsnes is a 90 kilometre stretch of peninsula often called ‘Iceland in Miniature’. There are a wealth of sites to see here, so y...

Day 12

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

You will spend day twelve seeing the sites you missed the day before. You could seek out the seals on Ytri Tunga beach, the lava tube of Vatnshellir, the windswept church of Búðir, and the dramatic basalt plug Lóndrangar. Other beautiful sites are the Bárðarlaug lake near Hellnar, where legends say that the Jotunn protector of the area used to bathe.

Spend a second night on the Snæfellsnes.

Day 13

West Iceland

On your penultimate day, you will head back towards Reykjavík, enjoying the many sites of West Iceland as you do. 

The waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, which sit right beside each other, are both incredibly beautiful, though dramatically different; Hraunfossar trickles out of a wide stretch of lava fields, while Barnafoss thunders through a canyon. Not f...

Day 14

Departure

Sadly, day fourteen is your last. You will head back to Keflavík airport in time to drop off your car and to take your flight. If you wish, you could stop at the Blue Lagoon on your way, the perfect way to recharge after your fortnight of adventure.

Map

What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothes
Hiking shoes
Driver's license
Swimsuit and towel

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.

Wearing cotton or jeans as the outer layer during your trip to the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour is not allowed. Please w...

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. Budget level 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.

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.

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 and Comfort 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

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

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.

Meals

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.

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.