Iceland In-Depth | Two-Week Road Trip
Explore every magnificent region Iceland offers and tailor your vacation to your group's passions with this once-in-a-lifetime, two-week road trip.
If you want to marvel over the wonders of the "land of ice and fire" without rushing, you shouldn't hesitate to book this holiday. Families, solo travelers, couples, and groups of friends will all find this journey an unforgettable experience.
By booking this tour, you'll avoid spending weeks planning that perfect Iceland itinerary. We've already covered the planning part to save you from all the hassle. We also made this tour available for a great price.
Organizing your trip may sound exciting, but you risk missing out on some of the best attractions. By letting us handle the planning, we'll ensure that all the essential stops you need to see and experience during your self-drive tour are included.
Cascading waterfalls, sparkling glaciers, plunging fjords, steaming hot springs, and towering volcanoes are on your agenda. You'll 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. Whale-watching, horseback riding, lava caving, and glacier hiking are all classic local adventures you'll enjoy.
Meanwhile, 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.
These extra stops add to why people love this two-week self-drive trip that has earned high ratings and positive reviews. It's also one of the easiest tours, perfect for guests of all ages.
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 organizing accommodation or finding the right car rental.
Furthermore, you'll be sent a detailed itinerary straight after booking, telling you about all the attractions you can visit along your route, from world-famous natural landmarks to hidden gems only some make an effort to reach. As this is a self-drive excursion, you're beholden to no set agenda, the whims of other travelers, or the schedule of a tour guide.
As such, this summer vacation is perfect for those who like to take the reigns and make their own unique experiences.
Aside from having control and flexibility during the tour, you'll also get 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 cancel your trip for any reason, you may do so for free and get a full refund 24 hours before departure.
Take an epic road trip around the land of ice and fire with this two-week summer self-drive tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.
Day 1 - 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.
You’ll have three choices of what to do first. To reach Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, you’ll need to cross the Reykjanes Peninsula, but there’s no need to rush. It is an incredible place, defined by a haunting terrain of moss-coated lava, cone-shaped volcanoes, and geothermal areas worth spending time on.
Most travelers overlook these sites in their rush to get to the capital, but all are magnificent, providing the perfect introduction to the country’s nature.
You could also make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It’s in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere.
Interestingly, the regenerative waters of the lagoon feature silica and sulfur, which may help improve skin ailments. Additionally, the water’s temperature averages 37–39° Celsius (98–102° Fahrenheit), providing a relaxing effect.
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 arrange this for you.
Finally, you could head straight to your hotel in Reykjavik. This city is increasingly world-renowned for its unique culture, wealth of history, thriving music scene, and quirky museums and galleries.
You can check out its famous cultural landmarks like the Perlan Museum and Observation Deck, the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, and the Hallgrimskirkja church.
Alternatively, you can explore Reykjavik’s streets, especially the Laugavegur main street. Check out the different shops and boutiques and try the tasty offerings from some of Laugavegur’s restaurants and cafes.
Today may be the only chance to explore here, as you’ll spend the next thirteen nights in the countryside.
After an eventful first day in Iceland, you’ll spend the night in the capital.
Day 2 - Thingvellir National Park - Geysers - Gullfoss Falls
On day two, you'll 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: 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 snorkeling tour into one of these springs, particularly Silfra. The underwater views, defined by unbelievable shades of blue, make this a magical experience, exaggerated because you are swimming between the European and North American continents.
About 37 miles (59 kilometers) away is the second attraction of the Golden Circle, the geyser of Strokkur in the Geysir geothermal area. Surrounded by bubbling hot springs and vibrantly dyed soil, this phenomenon erupts steam and water every few minutes. Sometimes, Strokkur's eruptions reach and occasionally exceed 66 feet (20 meters) high.
This sightseeing route's third and final location is Gullfoss, about six miles (9.6 kilometers) from Geysir. Gullfoss is the most famous waterfall in Iceland. It boasts a unique color caused by the glacier water pouring from the second-largest ice cap in the country.
It also 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. As you rocket across a terrain of snow and ice, you'll see the magnificent landscapes of the Highlands, south, and west. It's a thrilling ride you'll never forget.
If neither snorkeling nor snowmobiling speaks to you, you can 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 an excellent 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 revisit your itinerary and find any local hidden gems that most guests will overlook.
The Solehimar eco-village, the Secret Lagoon, and the 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 in a countryside hotel in Southwest Iceland for the night.
Day 3 - 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 an impressive 197 feet (60 meters) tall. The forces of nature carved an enormous cavern behind it centuries ago, allowing it to be viewed from some unique angles.
Nearby on a hidden off-the-beaten track, is another beautiful waterfall, Gljufrabui. This waterfall cannot be seen from the Ring Road and is often overlooked. Moreover, you must wade through a stream inside a grotto to reach the waterfall.
Though both are incredible to behold, these falls are gentle and serene compared to the neighboring Skogafoss. Located about 18.6 miles (30 kilometers) from Gljufrabui, the Skogafoss waterfall is renowned for its incredible power.
Thundering from a cliff face and shattering into a cloud of spray, Skofagoss cascades from a height of 197 feet (60 meters) and 82 feet (25 meters) wide. You can also marvel at this beauty from below and above due to an adjacent staircase.
After enjoying this site, you’ll leave the Ring Road 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.
You’ll also be provided a helmet, crampons, and an ice ax. The guide will also brief you regarding safety and other essential reminders. Should the weather be clear, this is also an excellent opportunity to enjoy awe-inspiring views.
Continuing eastward, you’ll soon come to the Dyrholaey rock arch. It’s an impressive natural feature that boasts a resident puffin colony throughout summer.
Reynisfjara beach sits just by Dyrholaey and is another top coastal attraction. With black volcanic sands, enormous waves, and the fascinating sea stacks of Reynisdrangar, steeped in folklore, the atmosphere here is equally mystical, ominous, and mesmerizing.
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.
The tour is conducted on the ice cap covering the Katla volcano, one of the country’s most notoriously explosive peaks.
You can find many other attractions just off the beaten track on your itinerary. You may detour to any of them before retiring at your accommodation in South Iceland.
Day 4 - Skaftafell Nature Reserve - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
On the fourth day of your two-week holiday in Iceland, you’ll explore the wonders of Vatnajokull National Park in the southeast.
This national park is the country’s biggest, named after its defining glacier, Vatnajokull. Interestingly, Vatnajokull is the largest ice cap in Europe and covers almost 10% 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 black sand deserts, lava plains, 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. Many hiking trails allow guests to explore the primal landscapes shaped by millennia of battles between the forces of ice and fire.
These trails also lead to some breathtaking features, the most famous of which is the black waterfall of Svartifoss. Its raw natural surroundings have heavily inspired modern Icelandic architecture.
You can embark on a glacier hiking tour in Skaftafell and scale the outlet of Svinafellsjokull. Even if you joined this activity the day before, each glacier is different in its landscape. You’ll see new and incredible views from its heights.
After Skaftafell, you’ll drive 35 miles (57 kilometers) 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, giant icebergs and home to countless playing seals. The sights will give you the feeling of seeing a fantasy novel come to life.
You can spend as long as you like marveling as your breath is being taken on the lagoon’s shores. However, if you want an even more immersive experience, you can join a boat tour amongst the icebergs on an amphibious vessel or a zodiac. Because you’ll spend less time on the road today, you can take this boat tour alongside the glacier hike at Skaftafell.
Beside Jokulsarlon is Diamond Beach, your final destination for the day. Hundreds of spectacular, glistening icebergs often decorate the black sands here, washed up after finally escaping the lagoon.
Once you’ve made the most of every opportunity this corner of Vatnajokull National Park offers, you’ll retire at a hotel in Southeast Iceland.
Day 5 - 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, East Iceland.
This part of Iceland is best known for its dramatic, breathtaking fjords. Your route will be winding up and down and will be unforgettable as you head from site to site. The height of the mountains, the sparkling expanses of water, and the beautiful islands make every turn as awe-inspiring as the last.
Apart from their remarkable natural appeal, you can enjoy the area without crowds of other travelers vying for the best spot. Moreover, the Eastfjords are most renowned for their wildlife and cultural attractions.
Countless seabirds nest in the cliffs and swooping above the seas. Seal colonies often haul out on the beaches. Whales and dolphins are not uncommon in the bountiful waters, while 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 like they have been unchanged for centuries. You can seek out many spots deeply associated with legends.
You can stop at Djupivogur, a coastal fishing town beneath the large pyramid-shaped Bulandstindur mountain. Interestingly, folklore says that the wishes of people who visit Djupivogur during the summer solstice will be granted.
Another village worth visiting is Faskrudsfjordur, a former French fishing village. As you explore this village, you'll see imprints of the early French settlers through the different street signs, the hospital, and the harbor.
As you continue driving, you'll encounter many attractions tied to Iceland's folklore. You'll see elf rocks, said to be the homes of hidden people.
You'll also visit Lake Lagarfjlot, allegedly host to a fearsome monster. This creature, the Lagarfljot Wyrm, is said to be the cousin of the Loch Ness monster.
However, your main destination today is Egilsstadir, about nine miles (15 kilometers) from Lagarfjlot. Egilsstadir is the largest town in East Iceland and a perfect place to rest and refuel after a long drive. The town is also close to many attractions worth visiting.
Hallormstadasskogar, Iceland's largest forest, is about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Egilsstadir. The forest boasts a beautiful woodland with dozens of trails leading to mesmerizing views.
If you booked admission to the Vok baths, you're in for a special treat. It's a luxurious spa in a lake just north of the settlement, boasting geothermal waters and incredible views. You can relax in its warm pools here while enjoying the enchanting scenery.
You'll stay in East Iceland in the evening to rest and regroup for the next day.
Day 6 - Lake Myvatn Mysteries
Day six of your two-week summer holiday to Iceland will be packed with action and adventure as you explore the north.
Setting out from Egilsstadir, the Ring Road will take you across the volcanic, lunar landscapes that define the northern reaches of Vatnajokull National Park. It's also an area where you can take some incredible detours.
For example, the most powerful waterfall in Europe can be found here. Dettifoss waterfall pours with incredible power into a valley of black rock, framed by two similarly impressive falls, Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss.
Dettifoss drops 141 feet (43 meters high and has a width of 328 feet (100 meters). Furthermore, the waterfall boasts an average flow rate of 50985 gallons (193 cubic meters) per second. With its sheer power, it was used in the 2012 film "Prometheus" during its opening scene.
Meanwhile, about 19 miles (30 kilometers) away is Asbyrgi, a canyon shaped like an enormous horseshoe. This canyon is framed by sheer cliffs and filled with lush forest. Old Norse religion says that Asbyrgi was formed after Odin's horse stomped one of its eight legs on Earth.
Once you have explored these sites, your main two destinations today are Husavik and the Lake Myvatn region. Husavik is one of the country's oldest settlements and among the world's most sought-after whale-watching spots.
If you include the activity upon booking, you can take a comfortable traditional boat tour to see these incredible creatures or a similar but more thrilling trip on a zodiac.
Humpback whales are famous for their dramatic leaps from the water's surface. These lovely creatures are abundant here and regularly joined by white-beaked dolphins, porpoises, and Minke whales—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. It's salty but with equally revitalizing minerals.
About 45 miles (72 kilometers) from Husavik is the Lake Myvatn region, North Iceland's most famous attraction. The lakes 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 imposing and not just for its sheer scale. It's also steeped in legend, said to be the home of Iceland's thirteen Christmas trolls and their child-eating mother.
Meanwhile, the Myvatn Nature Baths is a geothermal spa in this area. The therapeutic waters and facilities here make it a great place to relax after a day of adventure and exploration. You can book this as an alternative activity to those above.
You can then head to Akureyri, the largest town in the north. If you still have energy, check out the lively nightlife, an esteemed restaurant, or the beautiful architecture.
You'll spend the night in North Iceland.
Day 7 - The Troll Peninsula
Today, you'll continue to traverse North Iceland, focusing on the beautiful peninsulas and far-flung towns as you creep toward 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 can spend all day leisurely exploring this beautiful area.
Siglufjordur is a historic village with fantastic views from the harbor and towering mountains on either side. It's also the home of the Herring Era Museum, an award-winning museum revolving around the importance of fishing in the region's history.
After spending time in the museum, you'll head 37 miles (60 kilometers) toward the Troll Peninsula and stop at Hofsos. Known for its lovely seaside infinity pool, Hofsos is a favorite attraction for locals and visitors. Take a dip in the pool while enjoying some of the most stunning views you'll see in the country.
Four tours will also help immerse you even more into this unique region. Before leaving Akureyri, you can join a whale-watching trip from the town's picturesque harbor. Like in Husavik, the seas here are abundant with wildlife, and animal lovers will be grateful for another opportunity to marvel over the gentle giants of the deep.
Hauganes, a little town up the fjord of Eyjafjordur, offers a similar tour. It has a sea-angling component that lets you fish for dinner between sightings of whales, dolphins, puffins, and other seabirds.
Alternatively, you can 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 share local legends about your surroundings as you travel.
Today's final choice for your activity is a dip in the Beer Spa in Arskogssandur. Located by a brewery with stunning views over Eyjafjordur fjord, the spa lets you bathe in young beer that's said to have many benefits for the skin. Adults can enjoy this unique experience with a cold pint in one hand.
After making the most of the coastal and rural beauty of North Iceland, you'll retire in Northwest Iceland.
Day 8 - Westfjords Introduction
On the eighth day of your two-week road trip around Iceland, you'll head to the magnificent Westfjords.
Few travelers 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're 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 Center. Furthermore, you can find the impressive monuments of the Borgavirki lava fortress and the Hvitserkur rock monolith here.
Standing 580 feet (177 meters) above sea level and 33 to 49 feet (10 to 15 meters) above its surroundings, Borgavirki was turned into a fortress by the early Vikings.
Meanwhile, the impressive Hvitserkur rock protrudes 50 feet (15 meters) from the ocean. It also resembles the shape of an elephant at a certain angle.
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 awed by the countless waterfalls pouring from the peaks, the sparkling bays, and the breathtaking views around every turn.
While many natural sites and cultural towns are included in your itinerary, visiting Holmavik should be part of your journey, even if you're remotely interested in Iceland's history of magic.
Home to the Museum of Witchcraft and Sorcery, Holmavik is a fantastic place to learn how Icelanders attempted to manipulate the forces of nature through spells for centuries. Many of the artifacts on display are as disturbing as fascinating, such as a pair of necropants made of human skin.
Meanwhile, about 20 miles (33 kilometers) away is the associated Sorcerer's Cottage at Bjarnarfjordur. A turf house decorated to represent the life of a lonely Icelander in the 17th Century, the cottage contains hidden staves on the walls and furnishings, which were said to carry powerful spells.
Other fascinating Westfjords sites you can easily reach today include Reykholar, a town renowned for birdwatching opportunities and spectacular surroundings. Another is Drangsnes, which has energizing hot pools immersed in beautiful nature.
You'll end the day at your accommodation in the Westfjords.
Day 9 - Deep into the Westfjords
On your ninth day in Iceland, you’ll travel deeper into the primordial landscapes of the Westfjords as you head to its largest town, Isafjordur. Today 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, many hiking trails dotted throughout the region will expose you to some breathtaking views. Moreover, you’ll get the chance to see the Arctic Foxes that are so abundant in this region.
To learn more about these creatures, you can visit the Arctic Fox Center in the picturesque village of Sudavik. The center focuses on the conservation, behavior, and charm of Iceland’s only native land mammal.
As you travel along the water’s edge, there’s a great chance of seeing whales, dolphins, and porpoises feeding in the bountiful fjords. If you see flukes or fins breaking the surface of the glistening waters, find a safe, legal place to pull up before enjoying the unforgettable experience.
Once you reach Isafjordur, you’ll be treated to some of the most beautiful surroundings of any town in Iceland. Flat-topped mountains frame the town and boasts stunning views up the glistening fjord. Considered the unofficial capital of the Westfjords, Isafjordur is the largest settlement in the region.
It’s the center for commerce, services, and education and played an essential role during the 16th century as a fishing and trading center. It also has several museums, galleries, and boutiques you may wish to explore before retiring.
Visit the Tjoruhusid restaurant and feast on some of the finest seafood in Iceland. Check out the Westfjords Heritage Museum, which houses exhibits about the Westfjords’ cultural and historical significance.
Stop at the Culture House, where you’ll find the town’s public library and a display of hospital artifacts. Marvel at some of the oldest houses in Iceland as you drive around the town. Some of these houses even date back to the mid-18th century.
After another eventful day of exploring, you’ll rest in your accommodation in the Westfjords.
Day 10 - Westfjords and Dynjandi - Latrabjarg Puffins
On your 10th day in Iceland, you'll 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 heading to the waterfall is even more spectacular, requiring you to pass a parade of smaller waterfalls, each with a unique charm and appeal.
Once you approach Dynjandi, you'll understand why this is considered one of the best among all of the incredible sites of the Westfjords. Standing 328 feet (100 meters) 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 fantastic appearance.
After admiring and photographing this show-stopping wonder, you'll continue your Westfjords adventure toward the Latrabjarg cliffs, about 89 miles (144 kilometers) from Dynjandi. Another record-breaking feature, Dynjandi features the longest birdwatching cliffs in Europe and is home to millions of nesting creatures.
Among these, the most popular are the puffins. Not only are they incredibly numerous, but they are rarely bothered by guests, so long as they stay a few feet back. To see such adorable animals so closely, admiring how they interact in their couples and waddle 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 certain deaths had it not been for the bravery of the locals. Practiced in gathering bird eggs by descending Latrabjarg on ropes, they reached the shipwreck and saved the stranded sailors.
You'll retire in the area after making the most of these jewels and some hidden gems in the Westfjords.
Day 11 - By Ferry from Westfjords to Snaefellsnes Peninsula
After several days of immersing yourself in the remote Westfjords, you'll depart the region and head to the incredible Snaefellsnes Peninsula. However, you can spend your morning seeking additional local sites.
Getting to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula from the Westfjords is easy, as a ferry large enough to escort your car regularly runs between them. Breidafjordur, the bay separating these regions, is an incredible place to take a relaxing cruise. It has countless islands teeming with birdlife and breathtaking views across the waters.
As you approach Snaefellsnes, it will quickly become apparent why many consider it the country's most mystical and dramatic region. Fifty-six miles (90 kilometers) long, it is lined by enormous volcanic peaks.
The mighty Snaefellsjokull volcano is on its tip, the largest and most impressive. It stands 4,744 feet (1,446 meters) tall and capped by a twin-peaked glacier. It also offers majestic views of Reykjavik from across the bay.
Interestingly, the glacier is also rich in folklore. It is believed to be an ancient energy source. Additionally, some Icelanders claim the rock formations around the glacier are where the hidden people live.
Next, you'll land in Stykkisholmur, about 56 miles (91 kilometers) from Snaefellsjokull. It's the largest town on the peninsula and a center 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.
As you'll have all of tomorrow to continue your exploration of Snaefellsnes, there's no need to rush around all the sites. Instead, you can 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 prioritize a visit to Mount Kirkjufell. This uniquely shaped peak has been compared to a pyramid, an arrowhead, and a church. It stands alone by the coast, mightily at 1,519 feet (463 meters) tall, mightily commanding the attention of any who passes it.
Moreover, it was featured in Game of Thrones and is the favorite subject of many local photographers. The best angle to appreciate it is by its adjacent waterfall.
The Icelandic Shark Museum is another attraction on the northern shore where you can experience Iceland's culture. Located in the charming village of Bjarnahofn, the museum shows how the revolting Icelandic delicacy of hakarl, or fermented shark, is produced. You can give it a try.
After a fantastic start to your Snaefellsnes adventure, you'll retire for the night on the peninsula.
Day 12 - Activities in Snaefellsnes Peninsula
After waking up on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on the 12th 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 Snaefellsjokull glacier at its center, sits at the peninsula's tip and boasts the region's most beautiful landscapes. You'll 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 left of a once even greater crater. You'll see two pillars on a cliff, one measuring 246 feet (75 meters) high and the other standing 200 feet (61 meters) tall.
Londrangar is home to hundreds of thousands of nesting seabirds throughout the summer. This area is also renowned for its other wildlife, like arctic foxes, often seen hunting for eggs.
A second site within the national park is Djupalonssandur beach, 4.6 miles (7.5 kilometers) from Londrangar. While all of Iceland's stretches of black-sand shoreline are beautiful, Djupalonssandur is remarkable for its historic lifting stones. For centuries, the locals would come here to see which of the four rocks they could lift as a show of strength and test for their suitability to live on a fishing boat.
To add a thrilling adventure to your day, you can immerse yourself more into 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.
Once you've enjoyed the country's third and final national park, you'll start your exploration of the south coast of Snaefellsnes. This part of the region will showcase why 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. Bring sturdy shoes and water clothing if you wish to find the waterfall.
Meanwhile, the seal-watching beach of Ytri Tunga invites guests to relax on the shore and watch the animals at play. You'll see two seal species in the area: the grey and the harbor seals.
If you're fascinated by Iceland's geology, you'll enjoy the hexagonal columns of the Gerduberg cliffs. In contrast, if you're interested in local history and folklore, you 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 - Hraunfossar and Barnafoss - Deildartunguhver
Your 13th day may be the second-to-last of your Icelandic summer holiday, but the adventure is far from over.
Today, you can explore the rural, idyllic landscapes of the West and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime excursion. Of course, you can double-check your itinerary for any hidden gems in and around the Snaefellsnes peninsula.
Reykholt, for example, is a tiny picturesque village with a beautiful church and peaceful surroundings. At its Snorrastofa museum, you can learn how it was also the home of legendary medieval historian Snorri Sturluson. He was integral in documenting most of what we know about the Old Norse Gods and 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 famous for its Settlement Center exhibition. Here, you'll be enthralled by the interactive displays documenting how wayward Vikings made this hostile land their home over a millennium ago.
One of the most notable natural attractions you can visit alongside these towns is Deildartunghver, 23 miles (37 kilometers) from Borgarnes. It is the highest-flowing hot spring in Europe and a magnificent place to admire Iceland's 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—the latter streams calmly through a field of lava.
Though there's plenty to sightsee, it's possible to make your final full day in the country even more unforgettable with one of these three tours.
The first is a super jeep tour up the slopes of Langjokull glacier to explore its incredible Ice Tunnel. Carved by hand and machine, it's the only construction of its kind that's open to guests. The intensities of the blues and whites of the ice and the perfect creation of the corridors and chambers make this a unique and mesmerizing experience.
Alternatively, you can join a tour of the spectacular Vidgelmir lava cave. 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 colors.
Finally, you can join the Into the Volcano tour, a lava-caving experience you can only find 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, it is one of the few places in the world as memorable and phenomenal.
Once you've witnessed every nook of West Iceland, you'll return to Reykjavik. If you still have some energy left, make the most of the midnight sun and explore the beautiful streets of this cultural capital.
Day 14 - Drop the Car off at the Airport
Sadly, today concludes your 14-day summer holiday in Iceland. You'll need to drive back to the airport in time for your flight.
If you're lucky enough to have a late departure, there's a lot you can fill your day with. You can visit the natural sites surrounding the capital, such as the Reykjanes Peninsula, Mount Esja, or the Reykjadalur hot spring valley.
Alternatively, you can use the opportunity to do some souvenir shopping down the street of Laugavegur. However, we highly recommend organizing 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. You'll see life-size models of every species that frequent these North Atlantic waters, from the humble harbor porpoise to the colossal blue whale.
Meanwhile, at the Icelandic Flyover experience, you'll be strapped into your chair, suspended above an enormous screen, and be given one last incredible impression of Iceland's nature as you watch it unfold beneath you. This fantastic journey provides the sensation of flying like no other interactive experience can. It's complete with wind and scent effects for an immersive ride.
If you have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you'll end your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. It's the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters while looking back on the incredible adventure you've just taken in the land of fire and ice.
If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey and hope you'll return to Iceland again.
What to bring
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.
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.
Rooms with a private bathroom in three star hotels or quality guesthouses. Very close to the best attractions at each location. Breakfast is included.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.