Duration: 7 days, 6 nights / Season: 01 May to 30 September / Departure: All days / Language: English / Transport: Car and Ferry
Travel along West Iceland and the varied landscapes of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a showcase of lava formations, geothermal activity and Viking Saga history.
The remote Westfjords are the least populated area in Iceland and ideal for off-the-beaten-track encounters with extraordinary nature. The Westfjords specialize in extremes: steep mountains plunge into deep fjords, rugged seabird cliffs hang over delicate beaches, and steamy thermal pools that among flowering vegetation.
What’s in it for you?
- Worry free travelling
- Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion.
- 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.
- Visit the region Lonely Planet recommended as a must-visit place in 2016
- Follow the footsteps of Viking settlers, including famous explorers
- Visit locations mentioned in Icelandic Sagas
- Be captivated by Snaefellsjokull, a glacial volcano that has inspired authors and artists for hundreds of years
- Explore the hidden and stunning beauty of the Westfjords region
- Discover tiny villages tucked in the fjords, each with its own character
- View some of the most diverse wildlife in Iceland in nature reserves
- Take advantage of opportunities to try sea kayaking, boat tours and seacoast horseback riding
- You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
- Car category 2.0 or higher is recommended for this itinerary
- Accommodation for 6 nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
- Rental car for 6 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended: 2.0 and higher)
- FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
- 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
*Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.
- Breakfast on arrival day
- International airfare
- Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
- Ferry transfer 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”
Day 1: Arrival
Approximate distance: ca. 100km / 62 miles
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.”
Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.
Highlights: Hallgrimskirkja – Tjornin – National Gallery – The Sun Voyager – Perlan
Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras
Day 2: Reykjavik – Snaefellsnes Peninsula – Stykkisholmur
Approximate distance: ca. 250 km / 160 miles
Massive Crater – Pebble Beaches – Glacier-Capped Volcano
Depart your hotel and travel along the western coast towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula. En route pass the perfectly formed Eldborg crater, which looks as if it belongs on the moon. Explore the extraordinary variety of natural wonders along the peninsula from the rich birdlife at Arnarstapi sea cliffs to pleasant hiking along the shiny pebble beach at Djupalonssandur.
Throughout the day enjoy the sight of Snaefellsjokull glacier, the icy cone-shaped peak which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD.
Overnight in west Iceland.
Highlights: Eldborg Crater – Budahraun Lava Field – Snaefellsjokull National Park – Arnarstapi – Hellnar – Berserker Lava Field – Dritvik – Djupalonssandur – Kirkjufell – Shark Museum – Stykkishólmur
Day 3: Stykkisholmur – Brjanslaekur – Westfjords
Approximate distance: ca. 155 km / 95 miles
Quaint Fishing Villages – Ferry on Breidafjordur Bay – Europe’s Largest Bird Cliffs
Sail across Breidafjordur Bay, which is home to more than 3,000 tiny islands inhabited with nesting seabirds and playful seals. (Please note the ferry cost is not included in the package price.) Upon reaching the remote Westfjords, explore the area’s main attraction, Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point in Europe. The remarkable 441-meter-high (1,447 ft) sea cliffs are alive with millions of playful puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills. This beautiful natural sculpture has been recognized by both Lonely Planet and National Geographic as one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world. The cliffs make a stunning viewpoint to the beautiful beaches below during the Midnight Sun of summer.
Overnight in the Westfjords.
Highlights: Breidafjordur – Flatey Island – Latrabjarg – Patreksfjordur
Day 4: Patreksfjordur – Bildudalur – Thingeyri – Isafjordur
Approximate distance: ca. 220 km / 135 miles
Rugged Heaths – ‘Thunderer’ Waterfall – Capital of the Westfjords
Travel across the spectacular Westfjords, keeping an eye out for thermal bathing springs hidden among the rugged heaths. At Dynjandi waterfall, the thunderous power of the main cascade drops 100 meters (329 ft) off the edge of a mountain. The waterfall base provides views seaward over lush valleys, making it an ideal picnic stop. En route, enjoy provincial charms in the fishing villages of Thingeyri before arriving in Isafjordur. Explore this honorary capital of the Westfjords, which has a real vibrancy and an endearing micro-culture created from years of isolation.
Overnight in Isafjordur area.
Highlights: Talknafjordur – Bildudalur – Dynjandi – Þingeyri – Isafjordur – Isafjordur Maritime Museum
Optional: Seal Watching in Raudasandur (from Patreksfjordur)
Day 5: Isafjordur – Holmavik – Strandir – Laugar Saelingsdalur
Approximate distance: ca. 360 km / 220 miles
Uninhabited Fjords – Seal and Birdlife – Remote Arctic Wilderness
Drive the numerous uninhabited inlets of Isafjardardjup Fjord, with its beautiful coastline teeming with seals and bird life, towards Holmavik village. We recommend an excursion to the Strandir coast, one of the least-visited corners of Iceland. This remote and desolate wilderness has an air of mystery, where you can hike the breathtaking moorlands, soak in natural geothermal pools and learn about ancient sorcery and witchcraft. End your day in the fertile green valleys of Laugar in Saelingsdalur, an area rich in ancient Saga folklore and history.
Overnight in the Laugar Saelingsdalur area.
Highlights: Vigur Island – Isafjordur – Hólmavík – Strandir Coast
Day 6: Laugar Saelingsdalur – Borgarfjordur – Reykjavik
Approximate distance: ca. 290km / 180 miles
Viking Heritage – Mysterious Waterfalls – Europe’s Most Powerful Hot Spring
Drive to Eiriksstadir, the Viking Age home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eriksson, who discovered North America. See the turf-covered replica of his longhouse and the adjacent excavation site where you can stand on Leif’s doorstep and share his magnificent view overlooking Haukadalur valley. Head through Borgarfjordur, visiting Hraunfoss waterfall where the water shimmers from moss-covered lava into cerulean waters below. The nearby Barnafoss Falls have a mysterious secret to reveal. Be sure to stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, where you can buy organic tomatoes grown using geothermal heat. Continue via Hvalfjordur (the Whale Fjord) to Reykjavik.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Highlights: Eiriksstadir Viking Home – Deildartunguhver – Hraunfossar – Barnafoss – Borgarnes – Settlement Center of Iceland – Hvalfjordur Fjord – Húsafell
Optional: The Settlement Center (Entrance Fee) – Into the Glacier (Classic Tour from Husafell Hotel or Klaki Base Camp)
Day 7: Departure
Approximate distance: 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 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.
Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras
Price: from Fr. 212.00 / night and person