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Iceland In-Depth | Two-Week Road Trip

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Explore every magnificent region Iceland has to offer and tailor your vacation to your group’s personal passions with this once-in-a-lifetime, two-week road trip. Those who want to marvel over the wonders of the Land of Ice and Fire without rushing a single spectacular site should not hesitate to book this holiday.

Cascading waterfalls, sparkling glaciers, plunging fjords, steaming hot springs, towering volcanoes; all are on your agenda as you encircle the Ring Road of Iceland, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, and even the remote and breathtaking Westfjords. As this is a summer trip, all of your sightseeing and adventuring will be conducted beneath the light of the Midnight Sun, allowing you to start as early and end as late as you like.

Regarding the adventures you can embark on over these fourteen action-packed days, there truly is something for everyone. Activities such as whale-watching, horseback riding, lava caving and glacier hiking are all classic local adventures, and experiences such as the Into the Volcano tour and Ice Tunnel excursion can only be enjoyed in Iceland.

Furthermore, you’ll have the chance to bask in luxurious geothermal spas and pools throughout your trip.

After selecting the tours and admissions that best suit the interests and desires of your group, everything else will be sorted for you; you do not have to worry about stressful details such as organising accommodation or finding the right car rental. Furthermore, you’ll be sent an itinerary straight after booking telling you about all the attractions you can visit along your route, from world-famous natural landmarks to hidden gems very few make the effort to reach.

As this is a self-drive excursion, you are beholden to no set agenda, the whims of other travellers, nor the schedule of a tour guide; as such, this summer vacation is a perfect choice for those who like to take the reigns and make their own unique experiences.

Take an epic road trip around the Land of Ice and Fire with this two-week summer self-drive tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

13 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included. 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
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
The Blue Lagoon is a mystical geothermal spa surrounded by jagged lava.

Arrival in Iceland: Collect Car at the Airport

Welcome to Iceland! You’ll make your landing at Keflavik International Airport, speed through customs, and find your rental car waiting for you. As soon as you set off, the freedom offered by a slow-paced self-drive tour such as this one will become instantly apparent, as you have three choices of what to do.

To reach Reykjavik, you’ll need to cross the Reykjanes Peninsula, but there is no need to rush; this is an incredible place, defined by a haunting terrain of moss-coated lava, cone-shaped volcanoes and geothermal areas. These sites are overlooked by the vast majority of travellers in their rush to get to the capital, but all are magnificent, providing the perfect introduction to the country’s nature.

You could also 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.

Finally, you could head straight to your hotel in Reykjavik. This city is increasingly world-renowned for its unusual culture, with its wealth of history, thriving music scene, and quirky museums and galleries. This will be one of the only chances you get to explore here, as you’ll be spending the next thirteen nights in the countryside.

You’ll spend the night in the capital.

Day 2
Thingvellir National Park has still bodies of water that beautifully reflect the colourful sky.

Thingvellir National Park - Geysers - Gullfoss Falls

On day two, you will drive out of Reykjavik to begin your immersive exploration of Iceland’s incredible nature. Your main sites for today are along the country’s most popular tourist trail, the Golden Circle.

The first of these sites is one of the country’s three national parks, all of which you will visit on your travels: Thingvellir. Though it attained its status from its millennium of fascinating history, its nature is just as appealing. Situated in a valley directly between two tectonic plates, the landscapes of lava fields, birch woodland and crystal-clear springs are breathtaking.

When booking, you’ll notice you can plan a snorkelling tour into one of these springs, named Silfra. The underwater views, defined by unbelievable shades of blue, make this a magical experience, exaggerated by the fact that you are literally swimming between the continents.

The second attraction of the Golden Circle is the geyser of Strokkur in the Geysir Geothermal Area. Surrounded by bubbling hot springs and vibrantly dyed soil, this phenomenon erupts a column of steam and water every few minutes to heights that often reach - and occasionally exceed - twenty metres.

The third and final main location on this sightseeing route is Gullfoss, the most famous waterfall in Iceland. A unique colour due to the fact that it is glacier water, pouring from the second largest ice cap in the country, it thunders with stupendous power into a valley carved out in the last Ice Age.

From the car park at Gullfoss, you can set out on a snowmobiling adventure on this glacier, named Langjokull. Rocketing across a terrain of snow and ice, looking out at the magnificent landscapes of the Highlands, south and west, this thrilling ride is an experience you’ll never forget.

If neither snorkelling or snowmobiling speak to you, you can alternatively take a trip on the back of an Icelandic horse through the majestic landscapes surrounding the Golden Circle. Not only will this allow you to feel like an early settler exploring this untouched, primordial land, but it’s a great opportunity to get to know Iceland’s most famously friendly animal.

After seeing the major attractions in this region and embarking on a thrilling activity, you can address your itinerary and find any local hidden gems that most guests will overlook. The Solehimar eco-village, the Secret Lagoon and Kerid Crater lake are just three examples of the many sites that can easily be driven to from Gullfoss.

Once you’ve explored to your heart’s content, you’ll retire for the night in a countryside hotel in the area.

Day 3
The sun sets on one of Iceland's most unique waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss.

Waterfalls and Black-Sand Beach

On the third day of your two-week summer self-drive around Iceland, you’ll set out to explore another breathtaking and world-renowned region: the South Coast. Throughout this journey, you’ll have magnificent views of the tumultuous Atlantic Ocean to your right and a never-ending parade of unbelievable features to your left.

The first of these magical sites is the waterfall of Seljalandsfoss, which stands at an impressive sixty metres tall. The forces of nature carved an enormous cavern behind it centuries ago, allowing it to be viewed from some unique angles. Near Seljalandsfoss, hidden off the beaten track in a little gorge, is another beautiful waterfall, Gljufrabui.

Though both are incredible to behold, these falls are gentle and serene; the neighbouring Skogafoss, however, is renowned for its incredible power. Thundering from a cliff face and shattering into a cloud of spray, this attraction can be marvelled at from both below and above due to a staircase running adjacent to it.

If you elected to do so while booking, you’ll leave the Ring Road after enjoying this site for a thrilling glacier hiking tour. On the glacial outlet of Solheimajokull, you’ll explore dramatic ridges, ice walls and crevasses, all under the lead of an experienced guide. Should the weather be clear, this is also a great opportunity to enjoy awe-inspiring views.

Continuing eastward, you’ll soon come to the Dyrhólaey rock arch, an impressive natural feature that boasts a resident puffin colony throughout summer. This is your first opportunity to get up close and personal with these adorable birds, which have little fear of people and are used to being marvelled at and photographed.

Reynisfjara beach sits just by Dyrholaey, and is another top coastal attraction. With volcanic black sands, enormous waves and the ominous sea stacks of Reynisdrangar, which are steeped in folklore, the atmosphere here is equal parts mystical, ominous and mesmerising.

The village of Vik sits adjacent to the beach, and from here you can embark on an alternate tour: a trip inside an ice cave. Rather than hiking a glacier, you’ll be escorted up its slopes in a super jeep, then led into its mysterious chambers and corridors. To add even more of a sense of wonder to this tour, it is conducted on the ice cap that covers the volcano of Katla, one of the country’s most notoriously explosive peaks.

Your final destination for the day is Kirkjubaerklaustur, a historic village a little further along the South Coast. Of course, however, there are countless attractions just off the beaten track you can find on your itinerary and detour to before retiring.

Day 4
Skaftafell is is a nature reserve famous for its glaciers, waterfalls and other magnificent landscapes.

Skaftafell Nature Reserve - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

On the fourth day of your two week holiday in Iceland, you’ll explore the wonders of Vatnajokull National Park in the country’s south-east.

This national park is the country’s biggest, named after its defining glacier; Vatnajokull itself is the largest ice cap in Europe and covers almost ten per cent of Iceland’s surface. As you approach your destinations for the day, you’ll see many of its tongues creeping between the mountains, spilling over deserts of black sand, plains of lava, and historic farmland.

To see the wonders of Vatnajokull up close, you’ll first head to Skaftafell, a beautiful nature reserve sheltered by several of its outlets. Plentiful hiking trails allow guests to explore the primal landscapes, shaped by the millennia of battles between the forces of ice and fire, and approach some breathtaking features. Most famous amongst these is the black waterfall of Svartifoss, the raw natural surroundings of which have heavily inspired modern Icelandic architecture.

You can embark on a glacier hiking tour while in Skaftafell, and scale the outlet of Svinafellsjokull. Even if you partook in this activity the day before, each glacier is different in its landscapes and the incredible views that can be achieved from its heights.

After Skaftafell, you’ll continue driving to the second magical location in this national park, the glacier lagoon of Jokulsarlon. The beauty here nearly defies belief; a vast lake, filled with sparkling, gargantuan icebergs and home to countless playing seals, it feels a fantasy novel come to life.

You can spend as long as you like marvelling with your breath taken on the shores of the lagoon, but those who want an even more immersive experience can opt into a boat tour amongst the icebergs, either on an amphibious vessel or a zodiac. Because you won’t be spending so much time on the road today, you can take this excursion alongside the glacier hike at Skaftafell.

Beside Jokulsarlon is the Diamond Beach, your final main destination for the day. The black sands here are often decorated by hundreds of spectacular, glistening icebergs, washed up after finally escaping the lagoon.

Once you have made the most of every opportunity this corner of Vatnajökull National Park has to offer, you’ll retire at a hotel in the area.

Day 5
East Iceland is a remote and magnificent region few travellers manage to reach.

The East Coast

On the fifth day of your summer road trip around Iceland, you’ll escape the regular tourist crowds as you enter one of the country’s most remote regions: the east.

This part of Iceland is best known for its dramatic, breathtaking fjords, and your route winding up and down them as you head from site to site promises to be unforgettable. The height of the mountains, the sparkling expanses of water and the beautiful islands make every turn on your route as awe-inspiring as the last.

Apart from their remarkable natural appeal and the fact that they can be enjoyed without crowds of other travellers vying for the best spot, the East Fjords are most renowned for their wildlife and cultural attractions.

In terms of the former, countless seabirds can be found nesting in the cliffs and swooping above the seas; seal colonies often haul out on the beaches; whale and dolphins are not uncommon in the bountiful waters; and herds of wild reindeer, which cannot be found anywhere else in the county, roam freely.

Regarding the culture, you’ll pass through countless fishing villages that feel as if they have been unchanged for centuries, and have the chance to seek out many spots deeply associated with legend. From elf rocks, said to be the homes of hidden people, to Lake Lagarfjlot, allegedly host to a fearsome monster, there is plenty for those fascinated by Iceland’s folklore to discover.

Your main destination for today is Egilsstadir, the largest town in East Iceland. Before retiring, however, those who booked admission to the Vok baths are in for a special treat; this luxurious spa is immersed in a lake just north of the settlement, boasting geothermal waters and incredible views.

Day 6
Myvatn is the name for a collection of stunning lakes renowned for their birdlife in north Iceland.

Lake Mývatn Mysteries

Day six of your two week summer holiday to Iceland will be packed with action and adventure as you begin your exploration of the north. Setting out from Egilsstadir, the Ring Road will take you across the volcanic, lunar landscapes that define northern reaches of Vatnajokull National Park, where you can take some incredible detours.

The most powerful waterfall in Europe, for example, can be found here; Dettifoss pours with incredible power into a valley of black rock, framed by two similarly impressive falls, Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss. Asbyrgi, meanwhile, is a canyon shaped like an enormous horseshoe, framed by sheer cliffs and filled with lush forest.

Once you have explored these sites, your main two destinations for today are Husavik and the Lake Myvatn region. Husavik is one of the country’s oldest settlements and amongst the world’s most sought-after whale-watching spots. If you elected to while booking, you could take a comfortable traditional boat tour to see these incredible creatures or a similar but more thrilling trip on a zodiac.

Humpback whales, famous for the dramatic leaps they make from the surface of the water, are most abundant here, but they are regularly joined by white-beaked dolphins, porpoises, Minke whales, and even rare species such as Blue whales and orcas.

Husavik is also home to the GeoSea Baths, which provide a great alternative activity to whale-watching. Unlike other geothermally heated pools and spas in Iceland, the water here is from the ocean, thus salty and pregnant with different - but equally revitalising - minerals.

The Lake Myvatn Region, meanwhile, is north Iceland’s most famous attraction. The lakes themselves are a paradise for those eager to see the country’s flora and fauna; species of arctic flowers and freshwater birds can be found in abundance. Furthermore, their geology is dramatic and unique, with rare formations such as pseudocraters and basalt towers found around every corner.

The lava fortress of Dimmuborgir is particularly impressive, and not just for its sheer scale; it is also steeped in legend, said to be the home of Iceland’s thirteen Christmas trolls and their child-eating mother.

The Myvatn Nature Baths are a geothermal spa nestled in this area, and can be booked as an alternative activity to those above; the therapeutic waters and facilities here make it a great place to relax after a day of adventure and exploration.

You’ll finish your travels at the largest town in the north, Akureyri. If you aren’t too tired, be sure to check out the lively nightlife, an esteemed restaurant or the beautiful architecture.

Day 7
Both nature and culture enthusiasts should be sure to visit the beautiful and historic Godafoss waterfall.

The Troll Peninsula

Today, you’ll continue to traverse north Iceland, focusing on the beautiful peninsulas and far-flung towns as you creep towards the Westfjords.

With stunning settlements such as Siglufjordur, renowned for the magnificent fjord it is nestled in, and Hofsos, home to the spectacular Infinity Pool, you’ll be able to spend all day leisurely exploring this beautiful area. There are, however, four tours on offer that will help immerse you even more into this unique region.

Before leaving Akureyri, for example, you could embark on a whale-watching trip from the town’s picturesque harbour. Like at Husavik, the seas here are abundant with wildlife, and those with a love for animals will be grateful for another opportunity to marvel over the gentle giants of the deep.

A similar tour is on offer from a little town just up the fjord of Eyjafjordur, Hauganes, that also has a sea-angling component. This allows guests to fish up their dinner between sightings of whales, dolphins, puffins and other seabirds.

Alternatively, you could enjoy a completely different experience with Iceland’s animals by enjoying a horseback riding tour. The landscapes of the north are even more breathtaking when admired from the back of one of these friendly creatures, and your guides will be able to tell you local legends about your surroundings as you travel.

A final choice for your activity today is a dip in the beer baths in Arskogssandur. Located by a brewery, with stunning views over Eyjafjordur fjord, the young beer is not only relaxing to bathe in but is said to have many benefits for the skin. Adults can enjoy this unique experience with a cold one in hand.

After making the most of the coastal and rural beauty of North Iceland, you’ll reach the commercial centre of Blonduos, where you’ll retire for the night.

Day 8
The Westfjords on a still day are amongst the most peaceful places on earth.

Westfjords Introduction

On the eighth day of your two-week road trip around Iceland, you’ll head to the magnificent Westfjords; few travellers ever get to this remote region due to its distance from Reykjavik and its vast size, but you’ll have several days to explore its hidden gems.

As such, you are welcome to make detours to visit some of the final sites of north Iceland en route. The Vatnsnes Peninsula stands out due to its abundance of attractions. It is, for example, home to many seal colonies and the fascinating Icelandic Seal Centre. Furthermore, you can find the impressive monuments of the Borgavirki lava fortress and the Hvitserkur rock monolith here.

As you leave the Ring Road, the enormous mountains of the Westfjords will rise before you. As soon as you enter the region, you’ll be no doubt awed by the countless waterfalls pouring from the peaks, the sparkling bays and breathtaking views around every turn.

While there are plenty of natural sites and cultural towns that you can find on your itinerary, any even remotely interested in Iceland’s history of magic should beeline to Holmavik. Home to the Museum of Witchcraft and Sorcery, this is a fantastic place to learn about how Icelanders attempted to manipulate the forces of nature through spells for centuries. Many of the artefacts on display are as disturbing as they are fascinating, such as a pair of necropants - made of human skin.

Nearby, at Bjarnarfjordur, is the associated Sorcerer’s Cottage. A turf house decorated to represent the life of a lonely Icelander in the 17th Century, you can find many hidden staves on the walls and furnishings, which were said to carry powerful spells.

Other fascinating sites in the Westfjords you can easily reach today include Reykholar, a town renowned for its birdwatching opportunities and spectacular surroundings, and Drangsnes, which has revitalising hot pools immersed in beautiful nature.

You will end the day in the Strandir region, which boasts excellent views of the remote cliffs of Hornstrandir and abundant flora and fauna.

Day 9
A pair of rainbows arch over landscapes in the Westfjords.

Deep into the Westfjords

On the ninth day of your fortnight in Iceland, you’ll travel deeper into the primordial landscapes of the Westfjords as you head to its largest town, Isafjordur. This is one of the most beautiful days on the road you could imagine, as you travel over incredible mountain passes and around deep, majestic fjords.

Following your itinerary, you can depart the main road to find a range of hidden gems, such as waterfalls, coves and birdwatching cliffs. Furthermore, there are many hiking trails dotted throughout the region, on which you’ll not just be exposed to some breathtaking views, but will have a chance of seeing the Arctic Foxes that are so abundant in this region.

To learn more about these creatures, you can visit the Arctic Fox Centre in the picturesque village of Sudavik, which discusses the conservation, behaviour and charm of Iceland’s only native land mammal.

Whenever you are travelling along the water’s edge, you will also have a great chance of seeing whales, dolphins and porpoises feeding in the bountiful fjords Should you see flukes or fins breaking the surface of the glistening waters, be sure to find a safe, legal place to pull up before enjoying the unforgettable experience.

Isafjordur has some of the most beautiful surroundings of any town in Iceland, framed by flat-topped mountains and boasting stunning views up the glistening fjord. It also has several museums, galleries and boutiques you may wish to explore before retiring.

Day 10
Puffins gather every summer on the cliffs of Latrabjarg in the Westfjords.

Westfjords and Dynjandi - Látrabjarg Puffins

On your tenth day, you will focus your Westfjords exploration on two of its most incredible sites: Dynjandi waterfall and the cliffs of Latrabjarg.

Dynjandi is nestled inland, requiring a beautiful drive through some twisting mountain passes to reach. The trail leading up to it is even more spectacular, as it requires you to pass a parade of other smaller waterfalls, each with a unique charm and appeal.

Once you approach the main feature, however, you will be left in little wonder as to why, amongst all of the incredible sites of the Westfjords, this is considered one of the best. A hundred metres tall, Dynjandi tumbles down what appears to be a set of perfectly carved steps descending a cliff. As it falls, its flow widens, increasing its dramatic scale and fantastical appearance.

After admiring and photographing this show-stopping wonder, you’ll continue on your Westfjords adventure to Látrabjarg. Another record-breaking feature, these are the longest birdwatching cliffs in Europe and home to millions of nesting creatures.

Amongst these, the most popular is, of course, the puffins; not only are they incredibly numerous, but they are little-bothered by the attention of guests, so long as they stay a few metres back. To see such adorable animals so closely, admiring how they interact in their couples and waddle clumsily around their burrows, is an intensely intimate wildlife experience.

Latrabjarg is also famous for a heroic rescue story; after a British trawler capsized beneath the cliffs, its sorry crew would have all met their certain deaths had it not been for the bravery of the locals. Practised in gathering bird eggs by descending Latrabjarg on ropes, they reached the shipwreck and saved the stranded sailors.

After making the most of these jewels in the crown of the Westfjords, as well as any other hidden gem on your itinerary you have chosen to seek out, you’ll retire for the night in the spectacular fjord of Patreksfjordur.

Day 11
Kirkjufell and the water Kirkjufellsfoss are two magical attractions on Iceland's Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

By Ferry from Westfjords to Snæfellsnes Peninsula

After several days immersing yourself in the remote and magnificent Westfjords, you’ll depart the region and head to the incredible Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Of course, however, you are welcome to spend your morning seeking out any additional local sites you weren’t able to witness.

To get to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula from the Westfjords could not be easier; a ferry large enough to escort your car regularly runs between them. Breidafjordur, the bay which separates these regions, is an incredible place to take a relaxing cruise across, with its countless islands teeming with birdlife and breathtaking views across the waters.

As you approach Snaefellsnes, it will quickly become apparent why many consider it to be the most mystical and dramatic region of the country. Ninety kilometres long, it is lined by a range of enormous volcanic peaks. On its tip, capped by a twin-peaked glacier, is the largest and most impressive of them all, the mighty Snaefellsjokull volcano.

You’ll land, however, in Stykkisholmur, the largest town on the peninsula, and a centre of fishing culture and folklore.

After a stroll around this quaint and mystical place, you’ll head to the main road around Snaefellsnes by crossing the haunting Berserkjahraun lava field. The desolate beauty here, in contrast with the verdant greenery of the islands of Breidafjordur, is striking and exaggerated by the dark legend of how the road was first paved.

As you’ll have all of tomorrow to continue your exploration of Snaefellsnes, there is no need to rush around all the sites. You could, for example, focus on seeing the attractions along the peninsula’s northern shore today, and the attractions of the southern shore tomorrow.

If you do this, you’ll want to prioritise a visit to Mount Kirkjufell. This peak, which has been compared to a pyramid, an arrowhead and a church, stands alone by the coast, commanding the attention of any who pass it. Featured in Game of Thrones and the favourite subject of many local photographers, it is best appreciated by its adjacent waterfall.

The Icelandic Shark Museum is another attraction on the northern shore that guests looking to get a taste of Iceland’s culture should not miss. Located in the charming village of Bjarnahofn, here you can learn all about how the revolting Icelandic delicacy of hakarl, or fermented shark, is produced, and can give it a try if you dare.

After a fantastic start to your Snaefellsnes adventure, you’ll retire for the night on the peninsula.

Day 12
The coastal geology around Snaefellsnes is spectacular to behold.

Activities in Snaefellsnes Peninsula

After waking up on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on the twelfth morning of your two-week holiday in Iceland, you have countless sites and adventures ahead of you. If you spent the day before exploring the north, then the wonders of Snaefellsjokull National Park and the peninsula’s south await.

Snaefellsjokull National Park, named after the aforementioned subglacial volcano at its centre, sits at the tip of the peninsula and boasts the region’s most beautiful landscapes. You’ll be able to marvel over the dramatic coastal geology, abandoned fishing villages and expansive lava fields found here with the shimmering ice cap as the perfect backdrop.

Aside from the glacier, one of the park’s most incredible attractions is the Londrangar sea stack. This colossal, natural monument is all that was left of a once even greater crater and is now home to hundreds of thousands of nesting seabirds throughout the summer. This area is also renowned for its other wildlife, with Arctic Foxes often seen in the area, on the hunt for eggs.

A second site within the National Park well worth visiting is Djupalonssandur beach. While all of Iceland’s stretches of black-sand shoreline are beautiful, Djupalonssandur is particularly remarkable for its historic lifting stones. For centuries, the locals would come here to see which of the four rocks they could lift up as a show of strength, and test for their suitability to life on a fishing boat.

To add a thrilling adventure on your day, you can immerse yourself even more into the nature of Snaefellsjokull by ascending its glacier on a snowcat tour. This unique trip will have you scale the slopes on an all-terrain vehicle designed for the ice, providing both an adrenaline rush and, if the weather permits, some of the most magnificent views you’ll see on your vacation.

Once you’ve enjoyed the country’s third and final national park, you’ll start your exploration of the south coast of Snaefellsnes. It is this part of the region where it becomes particularly apparent how the area earned the nickname ‘Iceland in Miniature’.

The enormous mountainside cleft of Raudfeldgsja begs hikers to explore its depths and locate its hidden waterfall; the seal watching beach of Ytri Tunga, meanwhile, invites guests to relax on the shore and watch the animals at play. Those fascinated by Iceland’s geology can marvel at the hexagonal columns of the Gerduberg cliffs. In contrast, those interested in local history and folklore should wander through the mystical hamlet of Budir.

After exploring the diverse sites of Snaefellsnes to your heart’s content, you’ll spend a second evening on the peninsula.

Day 13
West Iceland has many waterfalls, such as the gentle Hraunfossar.

Hraunfossar and Barnafoss - Deildartunguhver

Your thirteenth day may be the second-to-last of your Icelandic summer holiday, but the adventure is far from over.

Today, you have the opportunity to explore the rural, idyllic landscapes of the west, and potentially embark in a once-in-a-lifetime excursion. Of course, you can double-check your itinerary for any hidden gems on and around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula you may want to visit before continuing your journey, such as the Eldborg crater or Lysuholslaug swimming pool.

Once you begin exploring west Iceland, you can tailor your trip based on whether you’d like to immerse yourself in the region’s nature, culture, or both. After all, while it is home to waterfalls, hot springs and fjords, it also has several settlements deeply entrenched in the country’s history.

Reykholt, for example, is a tiny, picturesque village, with a beautiful church and idyllic surroundings; at its Snorrastofa museum, you can learn how it was also the home of legendary medieval historian Snorri Sturluson. Not only was he integral in documenting most of what we know about the Old Norse Gods, but he was heavily involved in all stages of Iceland’s tumultuous civil war.

Borgarnes, meanwhile, was one of Iceland’s first settlements; it has since bloomed into a stunning coastal town, most famous for its Settlement Centre exhibition. Here, guests will be enthralled at the interactive displays documenting how wayward Vikings made this hostile land their home over a millennium ago.

In terms of the natural attractions you can visit instead of or alongside these towns, one of the most notable is Deildartunghver. Another record-holder, it is the highest-flowing hot-spring in Europe and a magnificent place to admire Iceland’s daunting volcanic forces.

Near this dramatic geothermal area are the twin waterfalls of Barnafoss and Hraunfossar. Despite their proximity, the fury and power of Barnafoss’ flow, which thunders down a narrow canyon, completely contrasts with the serene trickles of Hraunfossar, which streams placidly through a field of lava.

Though there is plenty to sightsee, it is possible to make your final full day in the country even more unforgettable with one of the three tours on offer.

On the first of these, you will take a super jeep up the slopes of Langjokull glacier to explore its incredible Ice Tunnel. Carved by hand and machine, this is the only construction of its kind in the world that is open to guests. The intensities of the blues and whites of the ice, as well as the perfect creation of the corridors and chambers, make this a mesmerising and truly unique experience.

Alternatively, you could organise a tour into the spectacular Vidgelmir lava cave today. On this expedition, you’ll explore a tunnel left over by a dramatic volcanic eruption and stand in awe at the resulting formations and striking colours. Not only is this a great way to learn about geology, but also Icelandic folklore; these places were long said to be the home of trolls.

Finally, you could embark on the Into the Volcano tour, taking a lava caving experience and turning it into something that, like the Ice Tunnel, can only be experienced in Iceland. Using a mining lift, you’ll be escorted into the unbelievably vast, kaleidoscopic world inside the magma chamber of a dormant volcano. An incredibly rare formation discovered purely by chance, there are few places in the world as memorable as this unbelievable phenomenon.

Once you have witnessed every nook of west Iceland, you’ll return to Reykjavik. If you still have some energy left after your two-week adventure, make the most of the Midnight Sun to explore the beautiful streets of this cultural capital.

Day 14
Grotta Lighthouse is one of Reykjavik's more peripheral attractions.

Drop the Car off at the Airport

Sadly, today concludes your fourteen-day summer holiday to Iceland; you’ll need to drive back to the airport in time for your flight. If, however, you are lucky enough to have a late departure, there is plenty you could fill your day with.

You could, for example, visit the natural sites surrounding the capital such as the Reykjanes Peninsula, Mount Esja, or the Reykjadalur hot spring valley. Alternatively, you could use the opportunity to do some souvenir shopping down the street of Laugavegur. Most highly recommended, however, is organising a ticket to either the Whales of Iceland exhibit or the Flyover Iceland experience.

The Whales of Iceland exhibit is a fantastic place for the whole family to learn about the world’s largest creatures and the country’s most dramatic residents. Life-size models of every species that frequents these North Atlantic waters, from the humble harbour porpoise to the colossal Blue whale, can be marvelled over and learnt about.

At the Icelandic Flyover experience, meanwhile, you’ll be strapped into your chair, suspended above an enormous screen, and be provided with one last incredible impression of Iceland’s nature as you watch it unfold beneath you. Providing the sensation of flying like no other interactive experience, this incredible journey is complete with wind and scent effects for immersive authenticity.

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.

What to bring

Warm clothes
Camera
Driver's license
Swim Suit

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.

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), and Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) insurances. Please note that off-road driving is illegal for all types of cars. All levels come equipped with a GPS and 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, or similar. Comfortably fit up to 4 travellers 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 Renault Trafic (2WD manual), Mercedes Benz Vito (4WD automatic, has highland capabilities and better suited for winter driving), or similar. Comfortable for 5 to 7 travellers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. The driver must be of 23 years of age or above.

Meals

Are you looking to try some of the best dishes Iceland’s top restaurants have to offer? You can now add delicious meals to your booking without having to research where to find them. Select this option to include dinner every night as an extra, and we’ll provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We’ll choose the top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. Your server will offer you a set menu of two to three courses at the restaurant, from which you can choose meat, fish, or vegetarian options. If you prefer to try a different dish, the meal voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Save time and effort during your vacation, and let us take care of your meals for you. Choose the meal option today so you’ll be guaranteed to eat well on your forthcoming trip. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

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