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Iceland Self Drive
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.
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Geothermal Lagoon â€“ Flower village â€“ Geothermal Greenhouses
Approximate mileage: ca. 100 km / 62 miles
Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.
From KeflavÃk International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of HveragerÃ°i. The 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.
Depending on your arrival time in Iceland it is ideal to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal water.
Massive Crater - Pebble Beaches - Glacier-Capped Volcano
Approximate distance: 250km / 160miles
Depart your hotel and travel along the west coast towards the SnÃ¦fellsnes 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.
Day 3 Stykkisholmur - WestfjordsMeals: Breakfast
Approximate distance: ca155km / 95miles
Quaint Fishing Villages - Ferry on Breidafjordur Bay - Europeâ€™s Largest Bird Cliffs
Sail across Breidafjordur Bay, which is home to more than 3,000 tiny islands inhabited by nesting seabirds and playful seals. (Please note the ferry cost is not included in the package price.) Upon reaching the remote Westfjords, explore the areaâ€™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.
If you do not want to take the ferry, you can drive along scenic coastal roads to the southern West Fjords area of Brjanslaekur and, from there, on to LÃ¡trarbjarg. (Adds an additional hour and 211 km/131 miles to your trip.) In September, the ferry does not operate all days, and driving the coastal roads is the best option.
Overnight in the Westfjords.
Approximate distance: ca220km / 135miles
Rugged Heaths - â€˜Thundererâ€™ Waterfall - Capital of the Westfjords
Approximate distance: 220km / 135miles
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.
Day 5 Isafjordur - Holmavik - Laugar SÃ¦lingsdalurMeals: Breakfast
Approximate distance: ca360km / 220miles
Uninhabited Fjords - Seal and Birdlife - Remote Arctic Wilderness
Approximate distance: 360km / 220miles
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.
Approximate distance: ca290km / 180miles
Viking Heritage - Mysterious Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring
Approximate distance: 290km / 180miles
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 Leifâ€™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, Europeâ€™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.
Day 7 ReykjavikMeals: Breakfast
Breakfast at the hotel.
Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles
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.
Price in USD per person in double room with private facilities with recommended Compact Car (cat 2): Inquire for rates on other car categories.
LATE ARRIVAL SUPPLEMENT FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING LATE EVENING/NIGHT. YOU STAY THE FIRST NIGHT AT AIRPORT HOTEL SMARI AT KEFLAVIK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT INSTEAD OF HOTEL IN HVERAGERDI.
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 5 an additional supplement will be neccessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.
Note: Although the road quality in the Westfjords has improved drastically during the last decade, it is still an area where it is vital for your safety to drive slowly on winding, gravely and unpaved roads.
Price IncludesHotel Accommodations 8 Nights
Airport Service Charge
Rental Car With Unlimited Mileage, Gps, Cdw, Tp & 2 Drivers
Use of a Tablet With Detailed Itinerary, and Road Maps
Price Does Not IncludeTransatlantic Air
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