Two Week Road Trip in Iceland with the Highlands & Westfjords

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Summary

Starts from
Keflavík Airport (KEF), Iceland
Ends in
Keflavík Airport (KEF), Iceland
Duration
15 days & 14 nights
Difficulty
Easy
Available
May - Sept.
Accommodation
14 nights included
Car rental
15 days included

Description

Immerse yourself in a 15-day self-drive journey that encapsulates the essence of Iceland’s unparalleled beauty and diverse landscapes. Travelers eager for an intimate, customized exploration of the land of fire and ice should seize this opportunity now.

Your exciting self-drive holiday starts when you pick up your rental car at Keflavik International Airport. You can either drive straight to your accommodation in Reykjavik or add a stop at the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, the perfect start to your vacation. 

Bask in the freedom and flexibility that defines this self-drive tour. A meticulously crafted itinerary awaits, eliminating the hassle of planning and offering an optimized journey through Iceland’s iconic sites and hidden gems. Your travel agent ensures a seamless experience and can cater to your needs anytime.

Day two boasts the wonders of the Golden Circle sightseeing route, where geysers, waterfalls, and historical sites await amid Southwest Iceland’s enchanting landscapes. Each day blends predefined destinations and optional activities, offering a balance of structure and spontaneity.

Venture through the vibrant terrains of South and Southeast Iceland, where the Landmannalaugar super jeep tour and options like the Skaftafell glacier hike and Katla ice cave tour invite awe and adventure.

The self-drive nature of this package reflects its flexibility. The itinerary is a canvas, and the array of optional activities is the palette of colors to paint your perfect Icelandic vacation. Every region is abundant in natural wonders, from the East Fjords’ tranquil beauty to Myvatn’s geothermal marvels in the north.

Drive through scenic landscapes, where each bend reveals a new facet of Iceland’s eclectic beauty. Days in the Westfjords offer an intimate experience with Iceland’s rugged wilderness before the Baldur Ferry sails you to the mystical landscapes of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

The diversity of optional add-ons reflects the richness of this journey. From the soothing experience of the Myvatn Nature Baths to the delicious Viking Sushi experience, every day is a unique blend of Iceland’s natural and cultural treasures.

As your journey finishes, the option of a tranquil retreat to the Sky Lagoon geothermal spa before departure encapsulates the essence of Icelandic relaxation.

You’ll drop your rental car back at the airport in plenty of time for your flight home, leaving with memories to last a lifetime.

Travelers have praised this tour for the effortless combination of planned itineraries and plenty of room for personal touches. The opportunity to cancel 24 hours before departure with a full refund ensures a zero-risk booking.

A blend of curated routes, personal freedom, and the support of a dedicated travel agent makes this 15-day self-drive tour a favorite choice among travelers. A detailed itinerary with accommodation and a car included ensures an unforgettable, hassle-free Icelandic journey.

Experience every corner of Iceland in this all-encompassing 15-day self-drive tour, including the Highlands and Westfjords. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

14 nights of accommodation.
Continental breakfast on all days
New rental car for 15 days
CDW car rental insurance
Gravel protection car insurance
Unlimited Mileage
Unlimited in-car Wi-Fi
Detailed itinerary & travel plan
Personal travel agent
24/7 helpline
VAT & all taxes

Destinations

Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world.Reykjavík / 2 nights
An abandoned house on the Reykjanes Peninsula presents a striking contrast against a lush green landscape.Southwest Iceland / 2 nights
The Vatnajokull glacier in Southeast Iceland.Southeast Iceland / 1 night
East Iceland is a spectacular region.Eastfjords / 1 night
Lake Myvatn is Northeast Iceland's most famous attraction.Northeast Iceland / 1 night
North Iceland is home to many incredible attractions, such as the Hvitserkur rock formation.North Iceland / 1 night
Hvitserkur rock stands tall just off the coast of Northwest Iceland.Northwest Iceland / 1 night
A river runs through the Westfjords.Westfjords / 3 nights
Beautiful coastal geology helps to define the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.Snæfellsnes / 2 nights
Deildartunguhver geothermal hot spring in West IcelandDeildartunguhver
Reykholt was home to Snorri Sturluson, a medieval writer.Reykholt

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Attractions

Þingvellir National Park is Iceland's only UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the major stops along the world famous Golden Circle sightseeing route.Thingvellir
Geysir is a dormant hot spring in the geothermal area, Haukadalur Valley, found in South Iceland.Geysir
Long-exposure photo of Gullfoss waterfall on a cloudy dayGullfoss
Þingvellir National Park, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on Iceland’s mainland, is birthplace of the country’s parliament.Kerið
Landmannalaugar is a spectacular wilderness in Iceland.Landmannalaugar
Seljalandsfoss on the South Coast of Iceland bathed in the otherworldly light of the midnight sun.Seljalandsfoss
The mighty Skógafoss waterfallSkógafoss
Dyrhólaey Peninsula is a 120 metre promenade famed for its staggering views of Iceland’s South Coast, as well as its historic lighthouse and wealth of birdlife.Dyrhólaey
Reynisfjara beach and Reynisdrangar cliffs in winterReynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Arial view of Reynisdrangar and Mt. ReynisfjallReynisdrangar
Jökulsárlón is one of Iceland's most popular and unique attractionsJökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The icy diamonds of Diamond BeachDiamond Beach
Vestrahorn is a spectacular mountain, especially under the Northern Lights.Vestrahorn
Lagarfljot, in east Iceland, has a terrible monster in its depths, according to legend.Lagarfljót
Dettifoss waterfall in IcelandDettifoss
Asbyrgi Canyon in north Iceland is a centre of folklore and beauty.Ásbyrgi
Lake Myvatn is surrounded by stunning natural beautyMývatn
Godafoss is a beautiful waterfall with ties to Iceland's religious history.Godafoss Waterfall
Beautiful flowers can be found in the Kjarnaskogur forest in Iceland.Kjarnaskogur
Puffins are residents of Eyjafjordur from May to September.Eyjafjörður
Trollaskagi is well known for its high population of Icelandic horses.Tröllaskagi
Holar is a village in Iceland with a notably pretty church.Hólar in Hjaltadalur
Borgarvirki (Citadel) is both natural and man-made.Borgarvirki
Hvítserkur, aka; “The Troll of North-West Iceland”, is a 15-metre (49ft) high basalt rock stack protruding from Húnaflói Bay.Hvítserkur
Dynjandi (meaning "Thunderous") is a series of waterfalls in the Westfjords and the largest of its kind in the region.Dynjandi
Raudasandur is the longest beach in the Westfjords.Rauðisandur
Mount Kirkjufell on Snaefellsnes peninsula is one of the most iconic mountains in IcelandKirkjufell
Djupalonssandur has beautiful natural featuresDjupalonssandur
Lóndrangar under the midnight sun.Lóndrangar
Snæfellsjökull glacier above the black church at Búðir village.Snæfellsjökull
Búðakirkja Church bathed by the Northern LightsBudir
Seals hauling out at Ytri Tunga.Ytri Tunga Beach
Hraunfossar is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in West Iceland.Hraunfossar
Borg á Mýrum is a church estate in Iceland.Borg á Mýrum
Kleifarvatn is the third largest lake in Iceland.Kleifarvatn
KrýsuvíkKrýsuvík
Gunnuhver is one of the geothermal areas on the Reykjanes Peninsula.Gunnuhver

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Canoeing
Snowmobile
Super Jeep
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Helicopter
Ice Caving
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Day 1

Day 1 – Reykjavík

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Your Icelandic journey begins the moment you land at Keflavik International Airport. With the anticipation of adventure hanging in the air, you'll collect your rental car, ready for action. As you settle behind the wheel, the promise of freedom and discovery makes every mile a chapter of your unfolding Icelandic story.

You have the choice to drive directly to the vibrant city of Reykjavik or indulge in a detour that promises relaxation and rejuvenation. If the latter calls your name, the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, nestled in a lava field, awaits your arrival.

Imagine immersing yourself in the warm, mineral-rich waters, the steam rising gently into the crisp air, the ethereal blue waters contrasting the rugged lava rocks. It's a sanctuary where the touch of nature soothes the soul and is the perfect start to your holiday.

With renewed spirits, Reykjavik's charm beckons. As you venture into the city, the blend of modernity and tradition paints a vibrant urban landscape. Whether you visit the iconic Hallgrimskirkja, a majestic church offering panoramic city views, or wander through the city's eclectic streets adorned with art, Reykjavik captivates the soul.

Consider a stroll along the scenic waterfront, where the striking Harpa Concert Hall gleams, its geometric design reflecting the dance of light upon the waters. Explore the Old Harbor, where many delightful eateries offer a taste of Iceland's culinary delights. Each corner of the city, with its colorful houses and inviting parks, is a canvas of culture, art, and history.

As the golden hues of the extended summer sunset paint the sky, a testament to Iceland's midnight sun phenomenon, retire to your accommodation in the city center.

Amid the quiet hum of the city's nightlife and the tranquil ambiance, the anticipation of the days ahead lingers. The first day, a blend of relaxation and urban exploration, sets the tone for a journey where natural wonders and cultural experiences await your discovery.

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Day 2

Day 2 – Southwest Iceland

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  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Kerid Crater
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Day two of your Icelandic holiday unfolds with the promise of iconic landscapes and natural wonders. After a restful night, you awaken in the bustling city of Reykjavik, ready to explore the famed Golden Circle sightseeing route. This route, renowned worldwide, boasts a trifecta of natural spectacles that showcase Iceland's geological artistry and dynamic terrain.

Your first stop could be the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, wander the rift valley where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. The park is a geological wonder and a site steeped in history, as the birthplace of Iceland's parliament over a millennium ago. Amidst the expansive landscapes and tranquil waters, the echoes of ancient assemblies resonate.

The journey continues to the Geysir geothermal area, a hotbed of geothermal activity where steam rises from the earth, signaling the latent energy below. The star attraction is the Strokkur geyser.

Witness the awe-inspiring moment it erupts, sending a column of water and steam skywards. It's a dance of nature that bursts amid the serene surroundings every few minutes, a spectacle that never ceases to amaze.

The third Golden Circle attraction is the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. The Hvita river cascades into a canyon, creating a multi-tiered waterfall that's both powerful and mesmerizing. Witness the waters plunge into the depths below, a harmonious ballet of force and elegance.

As you navigate this iconic route, the long daylight hours of the Icelandic summer afford you the luxury of time. There's no rush. Every site is a chapter, every landscape a verse of the poetic journey unfolding.

With memories of the day's wonders still fresh, you'll drive through the scenic landscapes of Southwest Iceland and settle into your accommodation in the area. Amidst the tranquil ambiance, get a good night's sleep and await the adventures ahead tomorrow.

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Day 3

Day 3 – Southwest Iceland

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  • Landmannalaugar
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Day three presents an opportunity for an immersive experience in Iceland's revered Highlands in the glorious Landmannalaugar area. The journey to this breathtaking region can be an adventure in itself. Either navigate the rugged terrains if you have a four-wheel drive rental car or opt for an organized super jeep day tour, where an experienced guide takes the wheel.

Landmannalaugar is renowned for its vibrant colors, where mountains adorned in red, yellow, green, and blue hues create a stunning backdrop. The palette is nature's artwork, a visual reminder of the geothermal activity beneath the surface. The colorful rhyolite mountains, black lava fields, and verdant valleys paint a picture of ethereal beauty, enhanced by the brilliant Icelandic summer skies.

Amid the colorful landscapes lies an opportunity for relaxation and reflection. Natural geothermal hot pools offer a perfect temperature for a soothing dip. Imagine basking in the warmth of the pools, surrounded by a landscape where the midnight sun dances on the colorful mountains, casting a glow that illuminates their hues in a magical display.

While the scenic surroundings offer a peaceful setting, Landmannalaugar is the starting point for several hiking trails. Each path unveils a different facet of this geothermal wonderland.

After a day steeped in natural beauty and relaxation, or perhaps a combination of exploration and leisure, you'll head to South Iceland. The landscapes here offer a gentle transition from the rugged, ethereal beauty of the Highlands. Rolling green fields, picturesque coastlines, and iconic natural wonders make the South Coast one of the most-traveled regions.

Your accommodation in South Iceland offers a serene setting to reflect on the day's experiences. Amidst the enduring daylight of the summer evening, the soft glow of the sunset casts a peaceful ambiance. Enjoy your comfortable lodging and rest well to prepare for another adventurous day tomorrow.

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Day 4

Day 4 – Southeast Iceland

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  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Dyrholaey
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
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Day four dawns, inviting you to delve deeper into the natural allure of Iceland. You'll wake amidst the ethereal landscapes of South Iceland, with iconic attractions and intriguing day trip options promising unforgettable moments.

You might choose to begin your journey with a visit to Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, two of Iceland's most famed waterfalls.

Each cascade is a marvel. Water plummets over cliffs, mist rises, and rainbows form in the sunlight, illuminating the landscape's awe-inspiring beauty. The roar of water and the serene ambiance combine, offering a harmonious symphony of nature's power and grace.

As the road winds further southeast, Vik, a charming village nestled against a backdrop of cliffs and beaches, calls for exploration. You can experience an unforgettable Katla ice-caving excursion from Vik to witness the dance of light upon the intricate ice formations within the cave.

From Vik, the allure of the Reynisfjara black sand beach is irresistible. Waves crash against the shore, the Atlantic's expanse unfolds, and the iconic basalt stacks represent Iceland's folklore and natural beauty.

The journey then leads you to the enchanting realms of Southeast Iceland, where Skaftafell awaits. Nestled within the larger Vatnajokull National Park, this nature reserve is a world of glaciers, trails, and arresting vistas.

You have the option of embarking on a guided glacier hike, stepping onto a land of ice, and exploring its fascinating features. If today's itinerary looks full, don't worry because you'll have another opportunity for glacier hiking tomorrow.

For adrenaline enthusiasts, a black sand beach buggy tour offers a stimulating alternative. Navigate stunning terrains with the contrast of black sands and azure waters, painting scenes of captivating beauty.

As the midnight sun casts its golden hues, lengthening the daylight hours and affording ample time to immerse in the day's experiences, you'll retire to your accommodation in Southeast Iceland. Amidst the tranquil ambiance and the scenic vistas, reflections of the day's adventures promise a night of restful slumber and anticipation for tomorrow's wonders.

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Day 5

Day 5 – Eastfjords

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  • Vestrahorn
  • Lake Lagarfljot
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Day five immerses you in the serene embrace of Southeast Iceland, a world where ice and fire, mountains and sea converge in a dance of natural splendors. The morning light, intensified by the lingering embrace of the midnight sun, unveils a selection of exciting activities. Today's captivating sights promise another day of unforgettable experiences.

Your journey begins with a second opportunity to explore the mesmerizing terrains of Skaftafell with an exciting glacier hike. Alternatively, a snowmobile tour amplifies the adrenaline, sending pulses racing as you navigate the expansive icy landscapes. It offers the ultimate feeling of freedom and exhilaration.

Or, begin your day at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where colossal icebergs, adrift from the retreating glacier, float serenely. You might spot seals playfully navigating through the icebergs, their sleek bodies slipping gracefully in and out of the crystal-clear waters. The curious seals add a touch of wildlife splendor to the surreal beauty of Jokulsarlon.

Next, visit the nearby Diamond Beach. Massive ice chunks float from Jokulsarlon to the Atlantic Ocean before being washed ashore on the beach. They glisten like jewels upon the black sands, a visual spectacle where nature's artistry is profoundly displayed.

You could also choose a helicopter tour to Vatnajokull for an aerial perspective unveiling the intricacies of Europe's largest glacier. From majestic heights, the intertwining dance of ice and land and the interplay of shadows and light crafts a visual spectacle that lingers in your memory.

As the day's adventures culminate, a scenic drive leads you to the picturesque landscapes of East Iceland. The allure of verdant valleys, jagged mountains, and tranquil fjords creates a scenic tapestry of natural beauty. The region's tranquility is a soothing balm, a gentle closure to a day of exploration and excitement.

Take your pick of where you stop to fit in with the natural flow of your day. Djupivogur is a picturesque waterfront settlement with an intriguing art installation worth visiting. Large stone eggs line the coast, representing the various native bird species in the region.

As night descends, intensified by the magical hues of the midnight sun, you'll retire to your East Iceland accommodation. 

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Day 6 – Northeast Iceland

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  • Dettifoss waterfall
  • Asbyrgi canyon
  • Lake Myvatn Area
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Day six begins as you wake amid the picturesque landscapes of East Iceland. The morning sun, barely having set, graces the tranquil fjords with a golden embrace.

You may wish to explore some of East Iceland’s natural treasures before making your way further north.

Egilsstadir, the largest settlement in East Iceland, invites you to explore its charming surroundings. Here, you’ll find gorgeous landscapes and a warm community spirit. The town serves as a hub of culture and nature, where you can enjoy local Icelandic cuisine, explore art galleries, and step into the wilderness to experience the nearby trails, lakes, and forests.

Don’t miss the enchanting beauty of Lagarfljot lake, surrounded by mesmerizing attractions. The Lagarfljot Worm, a mysterious creature said to inhabit the lake, adds a touch of mystique to this picturesque area.

You could explore Hallormsstadaskogur, the largest forest in Iceland, featuring lush greenery and peaceful walking paths. The nearby Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfalls captivate visitors with their beautiful cascades and unique rock formations. 

From the tranquil embrace of the fjords, you’ll journey northwards to the mystical realms of Myvatn. The region is a sanctuary of geothermal wonders and unique land formations, a feast for the eyes and senses.

Lakes dotted with islands, lava fields stretching into the horizon, and geothermal pools create a diverse landscape. Here, you could discover the intricate lava formations at Dimmuborgir, witness the otherworldly landscapes at the Hverir geothermal area, or indulge in the mesmerizing vistas from the volcanic craters. The Myvatn area is a testament to the ever-evolving dance of the elements that shape and sculpt the Icelandic terrain.

Amidst the extended embrace of daylight, where the midnight sun lingers as a gentle companion, the Myvatn area unveils its nocturnal charm. The serene lake waters reflect the twilight hues, and the geothermal wonders whisper the ancient tales of the earth’s formation.

You’ll retire to your North Iceland accommodation at the end of the day. Enjoy a restful night surrounded by the tranquil beauty of nature’s wonders and the watchful eyes of the lingering sun.

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Day 7

Day 7 – North Iceland

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  • Godafoss Waterfall
  • Kjarnaskogur
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On day seven, you'll rise amidst the tranquility and beauty of the north, ready for a day that promises a harmonious blend of relaxation and discovery.

Your day could begin with an indulgent soak in the Myvatn Nature Baths. These geothermal waters are a haven where warmth, wellness, and scenic beauty combine. The mineral-rich waters, amid the calm and ethereal landscape, offer a serene start to your day.

Feeling energized and rejuvenated, you could then explore more of North Iceland's natural treasures.

Don't miss a visit to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Here, witness the colossal force of nature. The cascade of water into the canyon below displays immense power and grace, painting a scene of awe-inspiring beauty.

Another gem of the north is the majestic Godafoss waterfall. Known as the "Waterfall of the Gods," it's a place where the elemental force of water and Iceland's history intertwine. When Iceland converted to Christianity, the chief lawspeaker of the time reportedly threw his Norse God idols into the waterfall to symbolize the moment.

You could also visit the charming coastal town of Husavik, renowned as the whale-watching capital of Iceland. Consider embarking on a tour to witness the graceful dance of whales amidst the backdrop of stunning coastal landscapes, an unforgettable experience.

Husavik is also home to the GeoSea geothermal sea baths. Imagine soaking in warm, mineral-rich waters, with the panoramic vistas of Skjalfandi Bay and the Arctic Circle unfolding before you. You can add your ticket during the booking process.

Your diverse day, marked by powerful waterfalls, serene baths, and an intimate experience with marine life, draws to a gentle close at your North Iceland accommodation. Here, the extended daylight hours of summer cast a golden silhouette against the panoramic landscapes, offering a picturesque setting for reflection and rest.

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Day 8 – Northwest Iceland

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  • Eyjafjordur fjord
  • Troll Peninsula
  • Holar i Hjaltadal
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Day eight unfolds in the picturesque landscapes of North Iceland, with Akureyri as the cornerstone of today's explorations. Known as the "Capital of the North," Akureyri boasts a blend of cultural vibrancy and natural splendor that beckons travelers for an immersive experience.

You can start your day by exploring Akureyri's charming cityscape, adorned with colorful houses and surrounded by stunning mountains and the serene Eyjafjordur fjord.

Visit Akureyrarkirkja, the iconic local church on a hill overlooking the city, offering spiritual and scenic enrichment. Stroll through the Botanical Gardens, where the lush greenery and diverse flora provide a tranquil retreat amid the urban setting. The gardens also feature a cafe, so it's the ideal spot to stop for a coffee or lunch.

Between exploring Akureyri's landmarks, two optional add-ons offer a gateway to relaxation and indulgence.

The first is the Beer Spa, a unique experience where wellness and the rich heritage of Icelandic brewing meet. Immerse in a relaxing bath filled with warm beer, water, hops, and yeast. It's a soothing encounter and a celebration of the senses, complete with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

Alternatively, the Forest Lagoon geothermal spa offers another haven of relaxation. Amid scenic forest landscapes, the facility is a sanctuary of wellness where the warm, mineral-rich waters provide relaxation and rejuvenation.

The long summer daylight hours offer ample time to explore and indulge as the day continues. Each site and experience adds a layer to the rich tapestry of your Icelandic journey. Today's chapter is a blend of urban exploration, cultural immersion, and the optional touch of wellness amid nature's serene landscapes.

The journey then leads you to Northwest Iceland. The region's tranquility offers a perfect backdrop to reminisce about the day's adventures as you retire to your accommodation, ready for the unfolding wonders of tomorrow.

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Day 9

Day 9 – Westfjords

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  • Borgarvirki basalt strata and ruins
  • Hvitserkur Rock Stack
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Day nine begins with the promise of majestic landscapes and a day filled with discovery. You'll wake up in your Northwest Iceland accommodation, ready to explore the region at your leisure.

Your morning can start with an optional horse-riding tour near Saudarkrokur. The Icelandic horse, known for its unique tolt gait and friendly personality, is the perfect companion to explore the region's stunning terrains. Trotting through scenic landscapes, feeling the gentle breeze, and bonding with these gentle creatures is an authentic Icelandic experience.

A drive to the Hvitserkur rock stack is a must. Standing tall at 49 feet (15 meters), this iconic feature, shaped somewhat like an elephant or rhino drinking from the sea, emerges from the waters of the Hunafloi Bay.

Legends and local folklore envelop Hvitserkur, adding layers of mystique to its natural beauty. The backdrop of crashing waves and the vast expanse of the sea paints a picture of serenity, making it a photographer's paradise.

Today, you'll travel to the Westfjords, known for its rugged landscapes, cliffs, and serene fjords. As you navigate the winding roads, the Westfjords unravel their splendor with every mile, offering glimpses of the untouched beauty of Iceland.

The Westfjords are a haven for nature enthusiasts and those seeking solitude amidst nature. The sparse population and tranquil fjords create an ambiance of serenity, making it a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

As the day ends, the Westfjords welcome you with open arms. The extended daylight of the Icelandic summer ensures that there's no rush, allowing ample time to soak in the beauty of the surroundings. Retire to your accommodation in the southern Westfjords, where the calming sounds of nature promise a peaceful night's rest, gearing you up for another day of Icelandic wonders.

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Day 10 – Westfjords

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Day 10 of your Icelandic adventure begins in the quiet town of Holmavik, set against the beautiful backdrop of the Westfjords. Enjoy a nourishing breakfast at your accommodation before setting off for another fantastic day of exploration.

The morning offers an opportunity to visit the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft. Here, you'll see intriguing exhibits that unveil the mystique, tales, and traditions surrounding witchcraft and magic in Iceland. It's a glimpse into the folklore and myths woven through the fabric of Icelandic culture.

After enriching your knowledge of Icelandic traditions, set off on a scenic drive towards Isafjordur. The journey through the Westfjords is a visual symphony of dramatic fjords, rugged cliffs, and serene waters. Every bend in the road reveals yet another snapshot of Iceland's mesmerizing landscapes.

Stop in Sudavik and visit the Arctic Fox Centre, a small museum dedicated to education on Arctic foxes. Learn about these enchanting creatures, Iceland's only native mammal, through insightful information on their habits, habitat, and the challenges they face.

When you arrive in Isafjordur, marvel at this gorgeous settlement amid towering mountains and beautiful fjords. As one of the largest towns in the Westfjords, Isafjordur has a rich cultural scene and vibrant harbor.

You might spend your afternoon exploring the Westfjords History Museum or wandering through the old town's winding streets, each echoing the heritage of this charming settlement. Hversdagssafn, the museum of everyday life, is another excellent option.

Isafjordur also serves as a gateway to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, a paradise for those keen on hiking amidst untouched terrains, flourishing birdlife, and breathtaking vistas.

As the evening light lingers, thanks to the midnight sun painting the sky with pastel hues, you'll retreat to your accommodation in the Westfjords. You'll have plenty of time to explore the region's top attractions tomorrow.

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Day 11

Day 11 – Westfjords

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  • Dynjandi
  • Raudisandur red sand beach
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Day eleven invites you to unravel more of the Westfjords' charm, a region where nature's beauty manifests in every landscape. Today's itinerary features iconic landmarks and natural spectacles that promise to captivate your senses.

Your journey could begin with a visit to the majestic Dynjandi waterfall, a breathtaking natural feature of the Westfjords. Nestled amidst serene landscapes, Dynjandi is a series of waterfalls with a combined height of 328 feet (100 meters).

Witness the waters cascade down the rugged terrains, each tier a distinct waterfall. You can enjoy a short hike up past several waterfalls to get close to Dynjandi's power or admire it from below. The harmonic sound of flowing water, set against a backdrop of mountainous terrains, promises a magical experience.

With memories of Dynjandi still fresh, your next destination could be Raudisandur, the renowned red-sand beach. Raudisandur is a stretch of golden-red sands against blue waters and green hills, a notable contrast to Iceland's typical black sand shores.

It's a serene location where time seems to pause, a picturesque setting for relaxation and reflection. Stroll along the beach and capture gorgeous photos for lasting memories.

The grand finale of the day's exploration could be the Latrabjarg sea cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and Europe. Stretching over 8.7 miles (14 kilometers) and rising to 1446 feet (441 meters) high, these cliffs are a haven for bird enthusiasts.

During the summer, they teem with birds, including the charming puffins. Witness these adorable creatures in their natural habitat against a backdrop of the cliffs where the ocean meets the sky. It's a natural sanctuary that affirms Iceland's reputation as a haven for diverse and abundant birdlife.

As the sun casts its lingering summer glow over the landscapes, you'll head to your Westfjords accommodation. Nestled amidst nature's pristine beauty, it's a setting that invites relaxation and reflection.

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Day 12

Day 12 – Snæfellsnes

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  • Kirkjufell Mountain
  • Djupalonssandur black pebble beach
  • Londrangar Basalt Cliffs
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Day twelve is a refreshing transition, inviting you to exchange the wild and remote allure of the Westfjords for the mystical charm of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Your journey today is not merely a transition but an experience enriched with scenic vistas courtesy of the Baldur Ferry.

Your adventure begins as you steer away from the untamed landscapes of the Westfjords, driving towards the Brjanslaekur ferry terminal. The remote beauty of the Westfjords, a canvas of towering cliffs, serene fjords, and picturesque hamlets, casts a memorable farewell scene.

As you embark on the Baldur Ferry, the voyage across Breidafjordur Bay is a testament to Iceland's natural beauty. The ferry glides gracefully through the waters, offering panoramic fjord views and weaving between small islets. Every breeze is a dance of nature's gentle touch, ensuring the journey is as captivating as the destination.

Arriving in the harbor town of Stykkisholmur on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the landscape transforms. Stykkisholmur welcomes you with its colorful houses, capturing the essence of Icelandic charm and a harbor that's a gateway to various sea tours and excursions.

You have an array of attractions at your disposal. The town's proximity to many natural wonders offers a glimpse of the adventures on the peninsula. The iconic Kirkjufell mountain and the black pebble beach of Djupalonssandur are just a sneak peek into the area's enchanting allure, setting the stage for tomorrow's exploration.

As the long daylight hours of summer extend your day, granting you the luxury of unhurried exploration, you'll eventually retreat to your accommodation on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Nestled amidst the captivating landscapes, under the soft glow of the midnight sun, the promise of another day filled with discovery lingers in the air. Rest, rejuvenate, and anticipate tomorrow's mystical journey on this unique peninsula.

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Day 13

Day 13 – Snæfellsnes

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  • Snaefellsjokull
  • Budir hamlet
  • Ytri Tunga Beach
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Day 13 allows you to immerse yourself further in the captivating landscapes of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The serene morning sets the tone for a day of exploration and engagement with Iceland's natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Your day may begin with the enthralling Viking Sushi boat tour from Stykkisholmur. Savor fresh seafood plucked straight from the pristine waters, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and culinary delight.

Alternatively, the mystical allure of Kirkjufell mountain could beckon you to a kayaking adventure. The calm waters mirror the sky, the iconic mountain serving as a backdrop that paints a scene of unbeatable beauty. Paddle through the serene environs, every stroke unveiling the landscape's charm.

Beyond these optional excursions, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a treasure trove of natural wonders. You can choose where you go and what attractions you visit.

The solemn grace of the Budir church, standing isolated amidst the wild landscapes, is a must-visit site. Its simplistic elegance against the backdrop of mountains and lava fields blends culture and nature.

A visit to Arnarstapi fishing village offers a glimpse into Iceland's vibrant coastal life. The settlement is a gateway to stunning sea cliffs, teeming with birdlife and echoing the songs of the sea. The Londrangar cliffs emerge majestically from the ocean, a testimony to Iceland's volcanic origins and dynamic landscapes.

The day's exploration isn't complete without a journey through the Snaefellsjokull National Park. Home to the famed glacier-capped volcano, the park is a sanctuary of diverse landscapes, from lush fields to lava tubes, each telling a tale of the geological processes that have sculpted Iceland.

As the midnight sun bathes the landscapes in a golden hue, your journey continues to West Iceland. Here, you'll retire for the evening, the day's experiences adding to the unforgettable memories that this self-drive tour promises.

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Day 14

Day 14 – Reykjavík

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  • Deildartunguhver hot spring
  • Reykholt historical site
  • Hraunfossar & Barnafoss waterfalls
  • Borg a Myrum church and farm
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Scenic drives and enriching experiences mark day 14. Today, you'll drive back to Reykjavik, but not without exploring the captivating attractions of West Iceland.

The Deildartunguhver hot springs await, offering a glimpse into the raw, untethered energy that flows beneath Iceland's surface. The hot springs boast the highest flow rate in Europe, with steaming waters that surge from the earth, signifying the geothermal vitality of the region.

Equally mesmerizing yet contrasting are the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. Hraunfossar's gentle cascade, a series of waterfalls seeping through a vast lava field, offers a tranquil experience. Nearby, Barnafoss impresses with its vigorous flow and dramatic scenery, marking the dynamic nature of Icelandic landscapes.

Don't miss a visit to the Reykholt historical site. It's a journey back in time, where the echoes of the past resonate, offering insights into Iceland's culture and history.

You can add an optional visit to the Hvammsvik hot springs today. These geothermal pools are a haven of relaxation, where the warm waters and serene settings promise rejuvenation.

The journey to Reykjavik boasts scenic landscapes that unfold with every mile, leading you to the vibrant capital city teeming with attractions.

You might consider delving into Reykjavik's rich cultural scene, with museums like the National Museum of Iceland or the Arbaer Open Air Museum offering a wealth of insights into the nation's heritage.

Many possible activities await in Reykjavik. Opt for a city card and gain access to a world of attractions, or embark on a walking tour to explore the city's iconic landmarks and hidden gems.

The Whales of Iceland museum is a unique attraction, bringing you face-to-face with life-sized models of these majestic sea creatures.

As the day ends, the energy of Reykjavik promises an evening of exploration or relaxation, as per your inclination. Retire to your city center accommodation when you're ready.

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Day 15 – Reykjavík

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  • Kleifarvatn
  • Krysuvik
  • Gunnuhver
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Day 15 marks the final chapter of your incredible Icelandic adventure. As you wake up amid Reykjavik's energetic vibes, many options await if you have a late flight home.

You could spend your last day rejuvenating at the Sky Lagoon geothermal spa. Imagine immersing yourself in the relaxing waters, surrounded by panoramic views, the perfect finish to your vacation. You can add your ticket during the booking process.

The city of Reykjavik, with its diverse offerings, invites exploration. A leisurely walk around Tjornin Pond promises a tranquil start. The reflections of the city's iconic structures dance on the water's surface, creating a picturesque setting for relaxation or photography.

If shopping is on your agenda, Laugavegur street is a paradise. Walk through a world where eclectic boutiques meet renowned brands. Every store is a treasure trove of artifacts, souvenirs, and Icelandic designs, offering ample opportunities for last-minute shopping.

Consider visiting the Perlan Museum, where interactive exhibits and immersive experiences bring Iceland's geological and natural wonders to life. The panoramic views of Reykjavik from the observation deck are the icing on the cake, offering incredible scenic vistas.

If time permits, the Reykjanes Peninsula extends an invitation for a final dance with Iceland's natural wonders. Explore the Krysuvik geothermal area, a colorful terrain where hot springs, mud pools, and steam vents create a mesmerizing landscape.

Reykjanesviti, the country's oldest lighthouse, contrasts perfectly with the wild beauty of the surrounding terrain. The nearby Gunnuhver hot springs, with their steaming vents and boiling waters, are a reminder of the geothermal energy that lies beneath.

As the day winds down, you'll drive to Keflavik International Airport. The landscapes that have been your companions for the past two weeks offer a scenic farewell. With memories of an unforgettable journey, you'll drop off your rental car, ensuring a hassle-free conclusion to your Icelandic adventure.

As you board your flight, with the images of Iceland's pristine beauty ingrained in your soul, we wish you a pleasant journey. May the land of fire and ice call you back again to explore, experience, and fall in love with its untamed beauty again. Safe travels!

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What to bring

Driver's licence
Warm, waterproof clothing
Good outdoor shoes
Swimsuit and towel
Camera

Good to know

Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavik City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license and a one-year-long on-road experience are required. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better. Although it's summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.

Prerequisites for snorkeling tours:

Be at minimum 4’9 (145cm) tall/maximum 6’7 (200cm) tall

Be at minimum 99 lbs (45kg) / maximum 264 lbs (120kg)

Be able to swim and be comfortable in the water

Be physically fit

Not pregnant

Be at least 12 years of age

Not wear glasses. Please use contact lenses when joining us on tour.

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Please note that you might have to turn in a physician's allowance to participate in this tour if you have any neurological, circulatory, or respiratory problems or underlying diseases, battled any illnesses, or have any physical problems. If you are over 45 and partake/have partaken in pipe smoking or heavy alcohol intake, you might need a medical waiver. You need a medical waiver if you are over 65 years of age. Please contact the operator for further information and application papers.

Gravel protection is not included if you choose a Toyota Aygo or similar.

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