On this tour, you will visit the great Snæfellsnes Peninsula and journey through the area's dramatic landscapes before heading to the Westfjords and Flatey island, the country's most isolated regions where time seems to stand still.
While on the road, you will spend your evenings in lovely country hotels located in the idyllic fishing villages and coastal towns on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the Westfjords. You will also have the chance to spend a night on the secluded Flatey island, where life moves at a little slower pace.
Enjoy the freedom to explore on your own time, as on a self-drive tour, you are not bound by any tour guides or time limitations. Upon booking, you will receive a personal itinerary that you can tailor to best suit your interest by adding some exciting adventures, such as whale watching, caving, visiting ice cave tunnels, or descending into a dormant volcano. These activities even come at a discounted price if you add them during the booking process.
Spend the long summer days relaxing in the hot tubs of the Westfjords, hiking on the white and black sand beaches of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and enjoying the company of the puffins on Flatey island with this ten-day summer self-drive tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
On the day of your arrival, you’ll land at Keflavík International Airport, located in the barren lava desert of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Collect your bags, pick up your vehicle for the next ten days, and head to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík.
On your way to Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, 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. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula if you have extra free time.
You can start your Iceland adventure by exploring the Reykjanes Peninsula. As Keflavík International Airport is the main port for those visiting Iceland, most guests drive through this 31-mile (50 km) stretch of land. However, few take the time to stop and explore it, making the Reykjanes Peninsula the perfect place to discover some hidden gems and secret spots.
Much like the Þingvellir National Park on the Golden Circle route, Reykjanes lies on the plate boundaries along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. So it is home to many unique geological formations.
Once in the city, settle into your hotel and unwind. If the explorer in you still wants more, stroll around the streets of Reykjavík and check out the city’s architectural wonders, such as Harpa Concert hall and Hallgrímskirkja Church.
Once you are ready, you’ll bid farewell to the city and head out into the wild Icelandic nature. The next few days will be filled with green valleys, magnificent mountain ranges, remote villages, and off-the-beaten-path attractions.
Drive to the Borgarfjörður region in West Iceland. Nestled between the roaring waves of the Atlantic ocean in the west and mighty glaciers on the eastern horizon, Borgarfjörður fjord was an oasis for Vikings more than a thousand years ago. It remains an oasis today.
Make your way to the town of Borgarnes where you can learn about life before modern days at its two museums. The Settlement Centre focuses on both the age of settlement in Iceland and the Saga of Egill, a Viking-era poet and warrior. At the Borgarnes Museum, you can see a visual progression of the last 100 years through photographs of the children in this little Icelandic town.
You could make a quick detour before you reach Borgarnes, to the waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Hraunfossar is a series of trickling waterfalls that flow over cliffs of black lava while the nearby Barnafoss rush violently through a narrow, rocky chute.
Keep driving through verdant farmlands and valleys of western Iceland until you reach the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a stretch of land filled with cascading waterfalls, dramatic coastlines, black pebble beaches, majestic mountains, lava fields, and a mighty glacier.
Stop at the hidden gem of the Gerðuberg cliffs, a serene but striking feature made of hexagonal columns created by this volcanic land thousands of years ago. From there, move on to one of Iceland’s few white sand beaches, Ytri-Tunga, where you can watch seals laze on the shore.
Make sure you don’t miss the tiny hamlet of Búðir, located in the Búðahraun lava fields. Here, you can capture some hauntingly beautiful photographs of the hamlet’s jet-black church and surrounding graveyard. You can also stop at the charming village of Arnarstapi, for some extraordinary views of the surrounding cliff formations and mountains, before reaching your accommodation in the little Hellnar village.
Drive a little way to the Lóndrangar basalt plugs, a pair of twin peaks that rise out of the Atlantic Ocean like a dark castle. The rocks are the remains of a crater which the sea has eroded over the ages. Avid hikers will find delight here as many trails and tracks provide different views of these majestic peaks.
Today, you can opt to travel into Iceland's underworld on a caving expedition. A short drive away from Lóndrangar is Vatnshellir lava tube, where you can walk the path the flowing magma created thousands of years ago.
From there, you'll move to the beautiful Djúpalónssandur black pebble beach. To get to the shore, you will have to follow a path through a beautiful natural labyrinth made of jagged lava rocks, undoubtedly giving you a feeling like you have stepped inside a fairytale. The beach itself is stunning but has an eerie feel and a dark history; scattered on the shore are remains of a trawler that wrecked there in 1948, taking the lives of five men.
You'll continue your journey through Snæfellsnes National Park, making your way to the peninsula's northern side which faces the great Breiðafjörður Bay. Breiðafjörður is known as the home of countless islands and islets and a wealth of marine and birdlife. Should you want to pay a visit to some of the gentle giants of the bay, you can stop in the village of Ólafsvík for a whale watching tour.
Head towards the town of Grundarfjörður, which is surrounded by spectacular mountains, one of which is the arrowhead-shaped Kirkjufell. Kirkjufell has been one of the peninsula's most popular features in recent years because a famous fantasy television series has used it as a backdrop, earning Kirkjufell the nickname "The Game of Thrones Mountain".
Make your way to the charming coastal town of Stykkishólmur, famed for its colorful houses and great seafood, where you'll find your accommodation for the night.
You can choose to head straight to Flatey in the morning, or you can leave in the afternoon and spend the day exploring flora and fauna of the islands in Breiðafjörður Bay on a Viking Sushi Adventure that ends with a feast of fresh scallops and roe.
When it is time to leave Stykkishólmur for Flatey island, you will board the ferry Baldur and hand your car keys to the staff. They will then transport your vehicle to Brjánslækur on the other side of the Bay, as there is no need and, in fact, no room for your car on this remote, little island.
After sailing for a while, seeing the great Snæfellsjökull glacier fade away in the distance, you'll dock at Flatey. A gravel road from the pier takes you to the island's village, a place that seems to have been frozen in time; colorful houses line the street, most built over a century ago.
You'll be greeted by the island's only all-year residents: sheep, chickens, and a single dog, as you walk the short distance to your accommodation for the night, the island's only hotel situated on the Grýluvogur cove. When the tide is low, children play on the beach at Grýluvogur, searching for seashells, crabs, and jellyfish.
You can visit the Flatey's restaurant in the evening, located in a converted warehouse on the old market square. After dinner, you can make your way to the nearby bar found in the abandoned salt cellar of the warehouse, then use the rays of the midnight sun to walk around the island, savoring the unique ambiance of this enchanting place.
You can spend the morning hiking around the unspoiled nature, checking out the unique murals inside the Flatey church, and visiting Iceland's smallest library before boarding the ferry again, this time heading to the little-visited Westfjords.
After you dock at Brjánslækur port, pick up your car and make your way to the little-hidden gem of Birkimelur swimming pool and hot spring. It is a beautiful place, situated at the mouth of the river Móra, surrounded by nothing but distant mountains. From there, explore Rauðasandur, a beautiful red sand beach that stretches from the craggy mountains in the east to Látrabjarg, the westernmost part of Europe.
Látrabjarg is also Europe's largest bird cliff, home to millions of puffins, gannets, guillemots, and razorbills. Due to the Látrabjarg's remote location, the birds are particularly fearless, knowing no enemies save for Arctic foxes. This provides you with an excellent opportunity to get close to the puffins and razorbills and capture them on film.
At the end of an eventful day, make your way to the little coastal town of Patreksfjörður, where you will find your accommodation for the night.
Today, you’ll venture deep into this region, where the impressive waterfall Dynjandi lies at the bottom of Arnarfjörður fjord. The road to Dynjandi leads up rugged hills and jagged mountains that will provide you with a fantastic bird’s eye view of the surrounding fjords and valleys.
Along the way, you can stop at geothermal pools and hot tubs where you can enjoy the warm waters while breathing in the pristine mountain air. The first of these pools, Pollurinn just outside the village of Tálknafjörður, provides a clear view of the beautiful mountains of Tálknafjörður fjord. The second one, Reykjafjarðarlaug, is located further east. Hidden in the tall grass near the pool is a little turf shed inside a grassy hill.
As you approach Dynjandi from the road, you will be greeted by the thundering noises of this mighty cascade as it falls down 328 ft (100 m), fanning out at the bottom and creating the unique pyramid shape for which it is famous.
Close to the waterfalls is the town of Hrafnseyri, where you can find the restored turf house of Jón Sigurðsson, the leader of the 19th-century Icelandic independence movement. You can also drive further north and visit the quirky Nonsense Museum in Flateyri village or Holtsfjara beach, a white, sandy beach, which is great for building sandcastles.
Your accommodation tonight will either be in the village of Flateyri or the nearby town of Ísafjörður.
Most notable amongst these are Bolungarvík, which boasts an excellent maritime museum; Suðureyri, renowned for its swimming pool; and Flateyri, a port with an interesting past. Driving to these locations either requires you to drive through mountain tunnels or the around the magnificent fjords.
Those seeking adventure today can find it in an optional kayaking adventure; you do not need to be experienced to embark on this breathtaking tour. Not only will it get your adrenaline pumping and expose you to some magnificent views, but it provides you with a chance to marvel over sea birds, seals, and maybe even whales.
Some travelers also use their opportunity of being in Ísafjörður to visit the magnificent nature reserve of Hornstrandir. It cannot be accessed from any other town.
You'll spend tonight in the Ísafjörður area.
You can get a glimpse into the Icelandic past with a visit to the island Vigur, located a short boat ride from Ísafjörður town. There, you can see how the people utilized both the land and sea to survive in the harsh Icelandic climate without modern technology. The island is also teeming with birds, and you might spot a few seals lounging on the shore.
Before making your way south, you can take a quick detour to the village of Bolungarvík. There, you can find a Maritime Museum comprised of 19th-century fishing bases and huts with turf roofs, and the curator of the museum will greet you in a traditional Icelandic fisherman outfit. Avid hikers will love Bolafjall mountain, located just above the village. The view from atop is spectacular, and on a clear day, you might see all the way to Greenland.
When you are ready to hit the road, you will drive the winding fjords all the way to the village of Hólmavík, where you will spend the night.
Before you reach the modernity of the city, you can stop and see what life was like a thousand years ago at the Eiríksstaðir. There, you will find an open-air museum with a reconstructed Saga-age turf house, and the ruins of an ancient farm believed to be the homestead of the Viking Erik the Red and the birthplace of his son, Leif the Lucky.
Further south lies Iceland's second-largest glacier, Langjökull. An intricate tunnel system has been carved into the ancient ice, and today, you can opt for a tour into these tunnels where you can explore the blue and white world inside the glacier.
If you'd rather explore a different underworld, you can take a tour from Reykjavík city, where you descend into the empty magma chamber of a dormant volcano. There you will see bizarre rock formations and vibrant colors of the volcano's walls, but it is the sheer scale of the magma chamber that will surely leave you in awe.
You will then spend your final night in Iceland at accommodations in Reykjavík. If you are not too tired after your journey, you can stop at one of the city's many restaurants or bars for a meal or a nightcap.
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.
If you haven’t been to Hallgrímskirkja church already, you should head over there in the morning. The architecture of the church was inspired by some of Iceland’s many basalt columns, like the ones you visited at Gerðuberg on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Across the street from the church is the Einar Jónasson sculpture garden. Entry to the garden is free, and you can spend your last hours in Iceland, looking at the beautiful sculptures, which were mostly inspired by Icelandic mythology and folktales.
When it is time to hit the road, you will drive to the black lava desert on the Reykjanes Peninsula to Keflavík International Airport. Have a nice flight and come back soon.
Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavík City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license is required, along with a one-year-long on-road experience. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.
Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.
Wearing cotton or jeans as the outer layer during your trip to the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour is not allowed. Please wear suitable waterproof clothes and sturdy hiking shoes for this trip. It's always the same temperature inside the crater – about 5–6°C (42–43°F). The Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour involves a hike of approximately 3 km (2 miles) each way. The walk usually takes around 45–50 minutes (depending on the condition of people in the group). A guide will be with you at all times during the walk.
Se vores boligniveauer nedenfor og vores foretrukne indkvarteringspartnere under hver dag i den daglige rejseplan. Indkvartering med superbudget niveau arrangeres i vandrehjems senge. For andre niveauer arrangeres bookinger for en person i enkeltværelser, og bookinger til to eller flere personer deler et (e) dobbelt- / dobbeltværelse (r). Teenagere og børn arrangeres i samme rum med forældrene. Hvis der er behov for ekstra værelse (r), påløber der ekstra omkostninger. Guide to Iceland giver dig den bedste tilgængelige bolig på din tid fra din reservation fra vores foretrukne partnere. Husk, at hotelkvaliteten i Island varierer mellem placeringer og tilgængeligheden er meget begrænset. Hvis vores foretrukne partnere er fuldt bookede på tidspunktet for din reservation, vil vi finde en anden passende bolig til dig på lignende niveau. Bemærk, at ikke alle placeringer tilbyder indkvartering på kvalitetsniveau. Overnatning på komfortniveau arrangeres på disse bestemte steder, hvilket afspejles i opgraderingsprisen for kvalitetsniveau. Vi gør altid vores bedste for at imødekomme specielle ønsker, som kan medføre ekstra omkostninger. Tryk på vælg en dato for at finde tilgængelighed.
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Nedenfor kan du se de mulige biludlejningsmuligheder, der er tilgængelige for denne self-drive tour. Alle vores køretøjer er nye eller nuværende modeller på højst 2 år. Superbudgetniveauer leveres med standard CDW-forsikring, mens alle andre niveauer også inkluderer grusbeskyttelse (GP) og Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) forsikringer. Vær opmærksom på, at kørsel uden for landevej er ulovlig for alle typer biler. Alle niveauer er udstyret med en GPS og gratis trådløs internetadgang. Du kan nyde ubegrænset data med Wi-Fi-enheden, som kan forbindes til op til 10 enheder på én gang. Billeje vil levere døgnåbnet nødhjælpstjeneste. Aldersbehov for hvert niveau kan findes nedenfor. For alle niveauer skal føreren have et gyldigt kørekort i mindst et år før datoen for lejen. Vi anbefaler Budget 4X4 niveau til sommerkørsel og Comfort 4X4 til vinterkørsel.
Et lille 2WD-køretøj som Toyota Aygo eller lignende, der er egnet til grundlæggende kørsel under daglige forhold. Kompakt og behagelig for op til 2 rejsende med meget lidt bagage. Ingen højlandskapaciteter. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.
Et grundlæggende 2WD-køretøj, såsom en Toyota Yaris eller lignende, der er egnet til kørsel under daglige forhold. Behageligt for 3 rejsende med let bagage. Dette køretøj har ikke kapacitet på højlandet. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.
En grundlæggende 4WD (4X4) jeep eller SUV såsom en Dacia Duster eller lignende. Passer komfortabelt op til 3 rejsende med 2 store stykker bagage. Passer til de fleste rejser og anstændigt til sne- og off-asfaltkørsel. Har basale kapaciteter på højlandet. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.
En mellemstor 4WD (4x4) jeep eller SUV som f.eks. en Toyota Rav4 (automatisk) og Suzuki Vitara (manuel) eller lignende. Passer komfortabelt op til 4 rejsende med 3 store stykker bagage. Passer til de fleste rejser og god til sne- og off-asfaltkørsel. Har basale kapaciteter på højlandet. Føreren skal være 21 år eller derover.
En stor 4WD jeep som en Toyota Land Cruiser eller lignende. Komfortabelt for op til 4 rejsende med 4 store stykker bagage. Passer til næsten alle rejser. Har fuld highland-kapacitet til at køre på tilgængelige bjergveje. Føreren skal være 21 år eller derover.
En stor 9-personers varevogn, såsom en Mercedes Benz Vito (4WD manuel, har højlandsfunktioner og bedre egnet til vinterkørsel) eller lignende. Komfortabelt for 5 til 7 rejsende. Hvis du sidder fuldt, er bagagerummet begrænset. Føreren skal være 23 år eller derover.