Duration: 14 days, 13 nights / Language: English or French
Offering the ultimate Iceland experience, this superb self-drive tour covers all the major highlights of the mainland, plus the many wonders of the more secluded Westfjords. These two weeks of travel bring together a sequence of attractions, from the newly-formed volcanic hot spots such as Krafla, to those ancient landscapes found in the far west, where the roads lead to remote fishing villages, weave around coastlines and through narrow fjords. This is the ultimate Iceland experience – including the highlights of the Ring Road, the scenic Westfjords, and the mystical Snaefellsnes peninsula.
What’s in it for you?
- Worry free traveling
- Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion app.
- Electronic version of Iceland Travel Booklet. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure!
- Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day.
- This tour has it all allowing you to drive along the Ring Road and to explore the Western Fjords, the least visited area of Iceland, as well as the magical Snaefellsnes Peninsula including Snaefellsnes glacier where, according to Jules Verne, the entrance to the center of the earth can be found.
- Glaciers, geysers and hot springs, majestic waterfalls, National parks and more. All the best sites of the Icelandic nature awaits you in this complete tour.
**Please note that the package price is based on 13 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 14, an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 13 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.
- Accommodation for 13 nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
- Rental car for 13 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended: car cat 2.0 or higher)
- Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
- Emergency phone line available 24/7
- Service fee and taxes
- Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion. The app includes:• Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
• Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
• Detailed description of the customer´s journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
• A map view of the Iceland road trip
• Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French
- Breakfast on arrival day
- International airfare
- Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
- Ferry across Breidafjordur Bay (can be added into the package- see price details) *
- Admissions and activities
- Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
- Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 2:00pm)
- Guaranteed late check-out
- Any service not specifically listed under “included”
* We highly recommend adding the one-way ferry to this tour. Please let us know at booking time and we will be happy to set up the ferry booking for you.
- You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
- We recommend car category 2.0 or higher for this itinerary
- With our exclusive road trip app you don’t have to worry about missing out and you will always find your way to your hotel after a full day of traveling. It is easy to book day tours and activities in the app when you are on the road.
Day 1: Arrival
Approximate distance: ca. 100 km / 62miles
Geothermal Lagoon – Flower Village – Geothermal Greenhouses
Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.
From Keflavik International Airport, we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. This village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and, because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the “flower village.“
If your flight arrives early in the day, you might stop at the Blue Lagoon (a short distance from the airport) for a chance to relax in the soothing geothermal mineral waters.
Important: Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance.
Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.
Highlights: Reykjavik I Hallgrimskirkja I Tjornin I The Sun Voyager I Perlan
Day 2: Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Fludir/Selfoss
Approximate distance: ca. 170 km / 106 miles
National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Massive Waterfall
Drive to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. Continue to the famous Geysir hot-spring area and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall.
Overnight in the Fludir area.
Highlights: Gullfoss I Geysir I Kerid I Skalholt I Geysir Center
Day 3: Thjorsardalur – Hella – Vik – Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Approximate distance: ca. 300 km / 186 miles
Hekla Volcano – Thundering Waterfalls – Seabird Colony – Black Sand Beaches – Lava Fields
Drive along the spectacular south coast and view highlights along the way such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Myrdalsjokull glacier, the seabird cliff of Dyrholaey* and the black sand beaches of Vik. Continue towards Kirkjubaejarklaustur, a picturesque village known for fabulous trout fishing and is the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent.
Overnight in southeast Iceland
*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, from around mid-May until June 23rd.
Highlights: Eyjafjallajokull I Thjorsardalur I Vík I Skogafoss I Seljalandsfoss
Day 4: Skaftafell – Jokulsarlon – Hofn
Approximate distance: ca. 200 km / 124 miles
Glacier-Rimmed Oasis – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier
Today you will be in the area of Vanajokull National Park, named after Europe‘s largest glacier. Visit the park’s amazing Skaftafell area, a green oasis nestled between glaciers that offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and the harbour town of Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.
Overnight in Hofn area
Highlights: Skaftafell National Park I Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon I Vatnajokull
Day 5: Djupivogur – Reydarfjordur – Egilsstadir
Approximate distance: ca. 300 km / 186 miles
Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Mineral Collection
Drive through the spectacular East Fjords with towering mountains and charming fishing villages to the fertile Egilsstaðir area. On the way, you might opt to take a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (mid-May – early August) or visit Petra’s famous local stone and mineral collection at Stodvarfjordur.
You can either drive straight through Fagridalur to Egilsstaðir or head along the East Fjords, one of the oldest regions in Iceland, shaped by glaciers during the Ice Age. Although many are uninhabited, each fjord has its own grandeur. The natural harbours in the fjords led to the development of fishing villages that have still hung on to a degree of old-world charm.
In the Egilsstadir area, you can visit the beautiful Hallormsstadur forest and a river reputed to be the home of a friendly sea monster. Then it´s time to head to edge of the eastern highland wilderness a stunning area of vast green heaths, black mountains and rushing glacial rivers. Visit the new Wilderness Center located at the edge of the hauntingly beautiful eastern highlands. The centre offers two exhibitions on life in the Icelandic wilderness where abandoned farm buildings showcase the hardship and the beauty of this spectacular frontier. The Wilderness Center is also a unique gateway for hiking into the highlands.
Overnight in the Egilsstadir area
Highlights: Reydarfjordur I Faskrudsfjordur I Petra’s Minerals I Egilsstadir
Day 6: Dettifoss – Asbyrgi – Husavik – Myvatn
Approximate distance: ca. 310 km / 193 miles
Europe’s Most Powerful Waterfall – Glacier-Carved Gorge – Whale Watching
Travel across the vast Modrudalsoraefi highlands to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Explore the impressive horse-shoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon in Vatnajokull National Park´s northern rim before continuing to the fishing port of Husavik.
Overnight in northeast Iceland.
Highlights: Dettifoss I Ásbyrgi I Jokulsargljufur National Park I Hljódaklettar I Húsavík I Myvatn Nature Baths
Day 7: Lake Myvatn – Akureyri – Siglufjordur
Approximate distance: ca. 180 km / 112 miles
Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal Activity – Waterfall of the Gods – Iceland’s Second Largest City
Spend the day exploring the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area. Visit highlights such as the lava citadels at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard and the Krafla volcano area. Depart Myvatn and drive westward, visiting beautiful Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods. Drive to Siglufjordur along one of Iceland´s most beautiful coastlines, enjoying a unique view towards the North Atlantic. The town of Siglufjordur itself has many beautifully-restored, colourful buildings and excellent options for outdoor recreation, from golf to hiking to whale watching.
Overnight in north Iceland.
Highlights: Dimmuborgir I Myvatn I Krafla
Day 8: Siglufjordur – Varmahlid/Laugarbakki
Approximate distance: ca. 200 km / 124 miles
Fertile Farmlands – Folk Museum – Viking Horses
Explore the fascinating area of Skagafjordur, renowned for horse breeding and Medieval history, before driving to Hrutafjordur Fjord. A recommended stop along the way is Vatnsdalsholar, a cluster of hills found in Vatnsdalur valley. These hills are considered to be one of the three natural sites in Iceland too numerous to easily count, along with the lakes in Arnarvatnsheidi and the islands in Breidafjordur Bay.
Overnight stay in Varmahlid/Laugarbakki area
Highlights: Siglufjordur I Dalvik I The Herring Era Museum I Skagafjordur Fjord I Saudarkrokur I Trollaskagi – Troll Peninsula
Day 9: Holmavik – Isafjordur
Approximate distance: ca. 360 km / 224 miles
Scenic Coastline – Striking Fjords – Steep Mountains – Seal and Birdlife
Drive to Holmavik, a village renowned for its museum of witchcraft. Head across Steingrimsfjardarheidi and into the spectacular region of the Westfjords, the oldest part of Iceland. Thread around the numerous uninhabited fjords of Isafjardardjup, a beautiful coastline alive with seals and birds. Continue to Isafjordur, the largest town in the area.
Overnight in the Isafjordur area.
Highlights: Strandir Coast I Hólmavík I Isafjordur I Isafjordur Maritime Museum I Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum
Day 10: Isafjordur and Surroundings
Distance is variable
West Fjords – Local Museums – Hiking in Hornstrandir Natural Reserve
Spend time in Isafjordur and surrounding area including the neighboring towns of Bolungarvik and Sudureyri. In Sudeyri you might opt to take a pleasant walking tour around the town, getting acquainted with the town’s unique sustainable fishing industry. Try samples of gourmet and traditional seafood products along the way. Bolungarvik has a rennovated fishing camp from the 19th century that shows you how people made their living, fishing from wooden row boats. A pleasant activity to try in the area is sea kayaking in the calm, peaceful fjord waters.
Overnight in the Isafjordur area.
Highlights: Flateyri I Bolungarvik I Outdoor Maritime Museum at Osvor I Sudureyri Fjord I Vigur Island
Day 11: Thingeyri – Bildudalur – Latrabjarg – Flokalundur
Approximate distance: ca. 330 km / 205 miles
Small Picturesque Villages – Striking Waterfall – Red Sand Beaches – Sea Cliffs with Birdlife
Drive from Isafjordur through the beautiful Westfjords. A stop at the stunning multi-tiered Dynjandi waterfall is recommended, as well as visiting Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point in Europe. In the summer, these high sea cliffs are teeming with millions of puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Head onwards to the southern coast of the Westfjords and the Flokalundur area.
Overnight in the Westfjords
Highlights: Thingeyri I Dynjandi I Bildudalur I The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum I Talknafjordur I Patreksfjordur
Day 12: Ferry Baldur – Breidafjordur – Stykkisholmur
Ferry Across the Bay – Picturesque Islands with Birdlife- Charming Village
Sail with the ferry Baldur across Breiðafjordur bay with its countless islands and rich birdlife to the charming village of Stykkisholmur for an overnight stay. (Please note the ferry cost is not included in the package price.)
Please note: After Sept. 1. the ferry Baldur departs once per day and does not sail on Saturdays.
From Stykkisholmur: 15:45
From Brjanslaekur: 19:00
Highlights: Breidafjordur I Flatey Island I Stykkisholmur
Day 13: Snaefellsnes Peninsula – Borgarfjordur – Reykjavik
Approximate distance: ca. 360 km / 223 miles
Quaint Fishing Villages – Picturesque Waterfalls – Europe’s Most Powerful Hot Spring – Scenic Fjord
Continue around the Snaefellsnes peninsula, passing the small fishing villages of Hellissandur and Grundarfjordur. Make a stop at the magnificent columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi, as well as the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur. Explore Borgarfjordur area and visit the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, Reykholt and the hot spring Deildartunguhver. Continue via Hvalfjordur fjord to Reykjavik.
Highlights: Snaefellsjokull National Park I Shark Museum I Kirkjufell I Ólafsvík I Songhellir I Arnarstapi I Budahraun Lava Field I Barnafoss I Hraunfossar I Borgarnes
Day 14: Departure
Approximate distance: ca. 52 km / 32 miles
Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon, as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day. *
**Please note that the package price is based on 13 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 14, an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 13 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.
Price: from Fr. 212.00 / night and person