Majestic Fjords

Ring Road, plus Westfjords and Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Barnafoss waterfall, Iceland © Pixabay

This is the ultimate Iceland experience! A self-drive tour along the highlights of the Ring Road, the Scenic Westfjords, and the mystical Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Allow yourself to be captivated by newly-formed volcanic hot spots, such as Krafla, and ancient landscapes found in the far West, where roads lead to remote fishing villages, weave around coast lines and through narrow fjords. Extra nights in Reykjavik can be added at the end.

Itinerary

Day 1 Keflavik Airport - Hveragerdi 100km

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. 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. Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.

Day 2 Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Fludir/Selfoss 170km

National Park of Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - Massive Waterfall
Drive to Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. Visit the Golden Circle natural wonders, the famous Geysir hot-spring area and the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall. While in the area, perhaps relax in one of the hot spring-fed pools that make Iceland so famous. The Secret Lagoon is a historical swimming pool with an all-natural feel and its own little geyser and the Laugarvatn Fontana steam baths are a local favourite. Overnight in Fludir area or similar.

Day 3 Thjorsardalur - Hella - Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur 300km

Hekla Volcano - Thundering Waterfalls - Seabirds - Black Sand Beaches - Lava Fields
Drive along the spectacular south coast, viewing highlights such as Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, Myrdalsjokull glacier, Dyrholaey* and the black sand beaches of Vik. Continue towards the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur known for its fabulous trout fishing and is the former site of a 12th century catholic convent. *Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, mid-May to late-June. Overnight in South East Iceland.

Day 4 Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon - Hofn 210km

Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Today you will be near Vatnajokull National Park. Visit the amazing Skaftafell area nestled between glaciers offering many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, nearby Diamond Beach. Continue on, perhaps detour past the mountain of Vestrahorn on your way to the harbour town of Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe. Overnight in Hofn area.

Day 5 Djupivogur - Reydarfjordur - Egilsstaðir 335km

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 visit the quirky egg sculptures in the harbour of charming Djupivogur village 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 Egilsstaðir area, you can visit the beautiful Hallormsstadur forest and a river reputed to be the home of a friendly sea monster. Perhaps you'll end the day at Lake Urridavatn's Vok Baths, where you can unwind in untouched nature in distinctive floating geothermal pools. Overnight in Egilsstaðir area.

Day 6 Dettifoss - Asbyrgi - Husavik 280km

Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall - Glacier Carved Gorge
Travel across Modrudalsoraefi highlands renowned for their stark beauty to the mighty Dettifoss Waterfall. Discover the horseshoe shaped Asbyrgi Canyon in Vatnajokull National Parks northern area before continuing around the fossil rich Tjornes Peninsula to the fishing village of Husavik, famous for whale watching. A great way to end the day is with a relaxing swim in the warm sea waters of Husavik's GeoSea Baths. Overnight in North East Iceland.

Day 7 Lake Myvatn - Akureyri - Siglufjordur 240km

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 shapes at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colourful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard and Krafla volcano area. Depart Myvatn for Godafoss, waterfall of the gods. Take some time to visit Akureyri. Drive to Siglufjordur along one of Iceland's most beautiful coastlines enjoying a unique view towards the North Atlantic, the town itself has many beautifully restored and colourful buildings. There is also the option for outdoor recreation including golfing, hiking or whale watching. Overnight in North Iceland.

Day 8 Siglufjordur - Skagafjordur - Laugarbakki 305km

Viking Heritage - Historical Fjord - Viking Horses
Explore the fascinating area of Skagafjordur fjord, renowned for horse breeding and medieval history, before driving on to the Hrutafjordur area. A recommended stop along the way is Vatnsdalsholar, a cluster of hills found in Vatnsdalur Valley. Today you may like to visit Borjgarvirki a natural fortress used during the viking age. Other interesting places include Glaumbaer turf manor house and also Holar Cultural Centre both of which reflect centuries of Icelandic history. Near Varmahlid town, you might visit Lytingsstadur Icelandic horse farm. Overnight in the Laugarbakki area.

Day 9 Holmavik - Isafjordur 360km

Scenic Coastline - Striking Fjords - Steep Mountains - Seal and Birdlife
Drive to Holmavik, across Steingrimsfjardarheidi to the spectacular region of the West Fjords, the oldest part of Iceland. Drive the numerous uninhabited fjords of Isafjardardjup with a beautiful coastline alive with seals and birds. Continue to Isafjordur, the largest town in the area. Overnight in the Isafjordur area.

Day 10 Isafjordur and surrounding - Variable Mileage

West Fjords - Local Museums - Hiking in Hornstrandir Natural Reserve
Spend time in Isafjordur and surrounding area including the neighboring towns of Bolungarvik and Sudureyri. You may like to take a walking tour around Sudureyri and get to know about the town's unique sustainable fishing industry while trying samples of gourmet and traditional seafood products along the way. Bolungarvik's renovated fishing camp from the 19th century shows you how people made their living while fishing from wooden row boats. The once-inhabited Hornastrandir is now a nature reserve where you can take a guided day tour to enjoy hiking or Arctic fox viewing. Or take a day tour to Vigor Island and its tiny community where you'll learn about how the inhabitants sustainably collect eider down. Isafjordur also offers several interesting guided walking tours that take you through historical back streets and up into the hills overlooking the town. It is possible to try sea-kayaking in Isafjordur's waters. Overnight in Isafjordur area.

Day 11 Thingeyri - Bildudalur - Latrabjarg - Flokalundur 330km

Small Picturesque Villages - Striking Waterfall - Red Sand Beaches - Sea Cliffs with Birdlife
Drive from Isafjordur through the beautiful West Fjords. A stop at the stunning Dynjandi waterfall is recommended as well as driving to Latrabjarg cliffs, 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 Westfjords.

Day 12 Ferry - Breiðafjordur - Stykkisholmur

Ferry Across the Bay - Picturesque Islands with Birdlife - Charming Village
Sail with the ferry Baldur across Breiðafjordur bay with countless islands and rich birdlife to the charming village of Stykkisholmur for an overnight stay. Please note after September 01, the ferry Baldur departs once per day and does not sail on Saturdays.

Day 13 Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Borgarfjordur - Reykjavik 360km

Quaint Fishing Villages - Picturesque Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring - Scenic Fjord
Continue around the Snaefellsnes peninsula passing the small fishing villages 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. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 14 Reykjavik - Keflavik Airport 52km

Your tour concludes with car drop-off at Keflavik International Airport.


2021 departures: daily 1 May - 30 September

Notes:

The first night of your tour is spent in the Hveragerdi area, a small town about 45km from Reykjavik, to enable you to then head off into the countryside the next day without having to go through Reykjavik. Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the end.

Choose from three different levels of accommodation:
Budget: standard rooms with shared facilities in budget hotels, farm houses and guesthouses
Comfort: standard rooms with private facilities in standard hotels and guesthouses. Last night at 3 star hotel.
Quality: standard rooms with private facilities in quality hotels and guesthouses or superior rooms in standard hotels and guesthouses. Last night in 4 star hotel.

The names for individual accommodations are not available prior to booking, as the tour package is based on specific hotel/price categories and not on specific hotels/accommodations. The exact location of the countryside hotels will vary according to availability- the itinerary indicates the region for each overnight stay (with the exception of the last night which is always in Reykjavik itself).

1 night not available in quality accomodation, comfort accomodation / price for one night instead.

For other car types and accommodation prices please enquire.

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    Ring Road, plus Westfjords and Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Tour Category

    Self Drive
  • Duration

    14 days

    Departures

    May - Sep

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

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    • Prices shown are for COMFORT accommodation category 2.0 compact 2wd manual rental car for travel in May 2021

      Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: 13 nights accommodation including breakfast; compact 2wd manual rental car for 13 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up, CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system and additional driver; car pick up and drop off at Keflavik International Airport; detailed road map (1:500 000); travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September; ferry across the Breidafjordur Bay; Tablet with travel app which includes nature sites, historic places, road side services, safety guidelines, info from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, detailed itinerary including hotels and GPS road guide to each hotel, map view of the road trip, detailed pdf travel book about Iceland (please note the tablet does not have internet connection capacity).

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices shown are for QUALITY accommodation category 2.0 compact 2wd manual rental car for travel in May 2021

      Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: 13 nights accommodation including breakfast; compact 2wd manual rental car for 13 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up, CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system and additional driver; car pick up and drop off at Keflavik International Airport; detailed road map (1:500 000); travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September; ferry across the Breidafjordur Bay; Tablet with travel app which includes nature sites, historic places, road side services, safety guidelines, info from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, detailed itinerary including hotels and GPS road guide to each hotel, map view of the road trip, detailed pdf travel book about Iceland (please note the tablet does not have internet connection capacity).

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