Grand tour around Iceland including the Westfjords self drive 14 days

Self Drive Tour

Grand tour around Iceland including the Westfjords self drive 14 days

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Self Drive Tour

The grand tour of self drive Iceland covers all the sights and attractions along the main circular highway around the country, as well as SnŠfellsnes and the Westfjords. Enjoy self drive holidays in Iceland with this 2 weeks grand tour of Iceland that promises a great vacation with cheap car hire for Iceland circle.

BP03 Map

BP03 Map

AVAILABLE:
June 1 to September 20

DURATION:
14 days / 13 nights

CAR RENTAL DAYS:
12 Days

DEPARTURES:
Daily

TOUR ID:
BP03

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Included

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival


Upon your arrival at Keflavik airport, a meet and greet service by a TOURIS representative who will take you to your Reykjavik hotel.

Highlights of the day:
ReykjavÝk

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Day 2. SnŠfellsnes peninsula


Pick up a car in the morning and leave ReykjavÝk to head to the West. Visit the famous Settlement Centre at Borgarnes. The prime objective of the Icelandic Settlement Centre at Borgarnes is to dramatically recreate the fascinating sagas surrounding the birth of this island nation. Continue towards SnŠfellsnes Peninsula to explore the countless natural wonders of the area SnŠfellsnes peninsula divides the west coast of Iceland into two large bays, Faxaflˇi and Brei­afj÷r­ur. Cross the lowland plains of Mřrar, drive to the south coast of SnŠfellsnes and head towards the tip of the peninsula. In the northern part of Mřrar, pass a number of volcanic craters on both sides of the road, Eldborg being the largest and most beautiful shape. Continue to Arnarstapi and Hellnar to view the beautiful and spectacular coast with it┤s rich birdlife. Continue around the tip of the peninsula at the foot of SnŠfellsj÷kull, a glaciated volcano, the backdrop for the famous novel "The Journey to the Centre of the Earth". Much of interesting geological phenomena and many historic sites can be found in the SnŠfellsj÷kull National Park, the most recent one in Iceland. Among many places of interest are DritvÝk, Dj˙palˇnssandur and Índver­arnes a former fishing station. Make a short detour to Dj˙palˇnssandur and take a short walk along a marked path to the beach.

Driving distance
280 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Borgarnes town
Stykkishˇlmur Town
SnŠfellsj÷kull Glacier
Hellnar hamlet
Arnarstapi
Lˇndrangar rock formation

Overnight:
SnŠfellsnes area

Recommended optional activity:
The Settlement Exhibition and The Egil Saga Exhibition

Day 3. Beautiful Brei­afj÷r­ur Bay & Lßtrabjarg Cliff


Continue to the east along the north coast of the peninsula to the charming village of Stykkishˇlmur. In the morning we recommend a very special cruise from Stykkishˇlmur, among the numerous islands of Brei­afj÷r­ur Bay with its unique birdlife. Many bird species nest here in great numbers in summer, including Puffins Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Eiders and The White Tailed Eagles nest here too and are frequently seen. This is an unforgettable experience and takes a little more than two hours. The cruise is available daily at 11:00 from 14. May ľ 15. October and at 11:00 on Tuesdays from 15. January - 03. December. Please call 433 2254 for details. In the afternoon, take a ferry across Brei­afj÷r­ur Bay with its countless islands to BrjßnslŠkur, a port on the south coast of the Westfjords. Enroute to BrjßnslŠkur, the ferry will make a short stop at Flatey Island to drop off and pick up passengers. Drive from BrjßnslŠkur to Lßtrabjarg, one of the most crowded bird cliffs in the world. In summer the 444 m high sea cliffs are occupied by millions of Puffins, Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills and other species of seabirds. Enroute, stop at the interesting folk museum at Hnjˇtur.

Driving distance
100 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Brei­af÷r­ur Bay
Lßtrabjarg Cliff

Overnight:
Patreksfj÷r­ur / Lßtrabjarg area.

Recommended optional activity:
Unique Adventure Cruise on Brei­afj÷r­ur bay

Day 4. The West Fjords


Continue to the north towards ═safj÷r­ur town. The drive to ═safj÷r­ur, the largest town in the West fjords is characterized by stunning steep sided mountain scenery with narrow and deep fjords in one of the most remote regions of the country. Stop at the waterfall Dynjandi after crossing Dynjandishei­i Pass. Continue through a tunnel from Flateyri to ═safj÷r­ur town. Explore ═safj÷r­ur and its surroundings, the neighboring towns of BolungarvÝk and Su­ureyri. In summer Kayak tours on the ═safj÷r­ur fjord are available and the Natural History Museum of BolungarvÝk is also worth a visit.

Driving distance
220 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Dynjandi Waterfall
═safj÷r­ur Town

Overnight:
═safj÷r­ur / Su­ureyri area

Day 5. The West Fjords


In summer an interesting boat tour to the picturesque Vigur Island is available from ═safj÷r­ur. This is a great experience. Drive along the shores of the numerous and some uninhabited, fjords of ═safjar­ardj˙p with beautiful coastlines, teeming with seals and bird life and towards HˇlmavÝk. At Drangsnes, a small fishing village at SteigrÝmsfj÷r­ur fjord is a hot outdoor pool with natural hot water, - popular for bathing, where you can take a dip and relax after a day of driving through the Westfjords.

Driving distance
240 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
HˇlmavÝk town

Overnight:
Strandir area

Day 6. North West Iceland


Continue to the fertile valley of Skagafj÷r­ur, renowned for horse breeding. The Icelandic Seal Center at Hvammstangi town is an interesting place to visit. It is a research and exhibition center investigating the lives of seals found in and around Iceland. Around Vatnsnes peninsula you have a unique opportunity to watch both harbour seals and grey seals in their natural habitat. The main watching locations are Svalbar­ and at Illugasta­ir on the west coast and and at Ësar on the east coast. The Icelandic Seal Center at Hvammstangi gives more information about these locations and how to approach the seals with care. It is usually best to see the seals at low tide since seals usually rest ashore during low tide but feed during high tide. Enroute to Skagafj÷r­ur, pass the service center Bl÷nduˇs, situated on the banks of Blanda glacial river. Continue and cross Vatnsska­ pass to the Skagafj÷r­ur district. Popular horse riding tours for beginners and experienced riders are available in the Skagafj÷r­ur district. Some of the best White Water Rafting in Iceland is available there too. See GlaumbŠr Folk Museum, open during the summer and the old church at VÝ­imřri. Hˇlar is an interesting historical place to visit and the town Hofsˇs with its old buildings and the Emigration Center.

Driving distance
300 kilometers

Highlights ofn the day:
HvÝtserkur Cliff
Vatnsdalshˇlar mounds
GlaumbŠr Folk Museum

Overnight:
North-west Iceland

Recommended optional activity:
Horseback Riding

Day 7. Akureyri The Capital of The North


Continue to Akureyri, the largest town in the North. Explore the fascinating town on the shores of the Eyjafj÷r­ur Fjord. One of the most extraordinary aspects of the town is its mild climate. Although Akureyri is situated only about 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, it enjoys some of the best weather in the country. See the Botanical Gardens and some of the many museums and art galleries. Overnight in the Eyjafj÷r­ur area.

Driving distance
130 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Akureyri

Overnight:
Eyjafj÷r­ur area

Different options:

Explore Tr÷llaskagi Peninsula. Drive along the eastern shore of Skagafj÷r­ur Fjord to Hofsˇs and further to the north to Fljˇt District. Continue to Siglufj÷r­ur, a remotely located fishing town that during the herring boom in early 20th century used to be the most prosperous fishing town in Iceland. Visit the award-winning Siglufj÷r­ur Herring Era Museum. It charts the rise and decline of the former "Herring Capital of the World" and the great Herring Adventure that lasted until 1968. Take the Lßghei­i Pass to Ëlafsfj÷r­ur, a fishing town on the shores of Eyjafj÷r­ur Fjord. A short (15 min.) ferry ride is available several times daily (every 1-2 hours) during summer from ┴rskˇgssandur to the small Island HrÝsey. HrÝsey has earned a reputation as a bird watching destination. There are no natural predators on the island, making it an ideal bird sanctuary.

Day 8. Lake Mřvatn┤s Amazing Landscape


Leave the Akureyri area and head for Lake Mřvatn. Stop at the pretty waterfall Go­afoss. Spend the day exploring the numerous natural wonders of the Lake Mřvatn area and its surroundings. The lake area is known worldwide for abundance of birdlife and great number of duck species, breeding in one place in summer. The lake's surroundings show amazing formations of geological interest and great variety of landscapes. Visit the numerous highlights of the area: Dimmuborgir lava formations, Nßmaskar­ geothermal area, Sk˙tusta­agÝgar pseudo craters, the Nature Baths, the volcano Krafla, and numerous other interesting and scenic spots.
Proceed to H˙savÝk, sometimes called "The Whale Watching Capital of The World". H˙savÝk was the first place in the country to offer very successful Whale Watching cruises. The Whale Museum in H˙savÝk is an educational centre on marine wildlife.

Driving distance
150 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Go­afoss waterfall
Lake Mřvatn
Dimmuborgir
Nature Baths
H˙savÝk Town

Overnight:
H˙savÝk/ Lake Mřvatn area

Recommended optional activity:
Nature Baths
Whale Watching From H˙savÝk

Day 9. J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park


Leave H˙savÝk and drive to the north towards the Íxarfj÷r­ur Bay. Make a detour to Vesturdalur and Hljˇ­aklettar, the Echo rocks, an extremely beautiful canyon carved by the river J÷kulsß ß Fj÷llum. This area offers many interesting hiking trails to explore the many wonders of the J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park. ┴sbyrgi canyon is a strange and spectacular horseshoe shaped canyon by the main road, - not to be missed. Continue to the south along a rather rough but scenic route to Dettifoss waterfall, the largest waterfall in Europe. From Dettifoss proceed across the highland plateau to Egilssta­ir town, the largest town in east Iceland. Near Egilssta­ir is Hallormssta­askˇgur, the largest forest in the country and the legendary Lagarfljˇt River. A short and scenic drive from Egilssta­ir across Fjar­arhei­i Pass is Sey­isfj÷r­ur, a small and picturesque fishing town and a ferry port, certainly worth a visit.

Driving distance
310 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Hljˇ­aklettar rock formations
┴sbyrgi Canyon
J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park
Dettifoss Waterfall
Egilssta­ir town
Hallormssta­askˇgur Forest
Sey­isfj÷r­ur town

Overnight:
Egilssta­ir / Sey­isfj÷r­ur area

Day 10. The Tranquil East Fjords


Drive to the scenic East Fjords, each of them a world of its own. The stone collection of Petra at St÷­varfj÷r­ur is interesting to visit to see beautiful stones collected in this area. An interesting option is taking a boat tour to Papey Island near Dj˙pivogur, where thousands of puffins and other seabirds nest in summer. Continue to the south and past Lˇns÷rŠfi and to top of Almannaskar­ pass for a great view over the surrounding area. Continue through a tunnel to H÷fn, a blooming fishing community in the realm of Vatnaj÷kull, the greatest glacier in Europe. The fishing town H÷fn, famous for its lobster catch is located at the foot of Vatnaj÷kull, and the scenery is breathtaking.

Driving distance
250 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Egilssta­ir town
H÷fn

Overnight:
Dj˙pivogur / H÷fn area

Day 11. The Glacier Lagoon & Skaftafell National Park


Continue to the west and head for the Glacial Lagoon, J÷kulsßrlˇn, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. Huge icebergs, true sculptures of nature floating and some stranded in the blue glacial waters of the deep lagoon at the foot of the Brei­amerkurj÷kull Glacier. An extremely popular boat trip is available from here during summer to sail among the icebergs. Continue along the south coast and head for Skaftafell National Park, nestling at the foot of the glacier with many hiking options in the area. The natural beauty of Skaftafell is a result of very favorable weather conditions and the interaction of ice and fire. An interesting hiking trail takes you to Svartifoss, one of Icelandĺs most picturesque waterfall, famous for the pretty basalt columns which surround it and the hiking trail to Skaftafellsj÷kull Glacier is an easy walk. Vatnaj÷kull, the largest glacier in Europe is to the north from here. In the afternoon of 21. May 2011, a sub-glacial eruption started in the GrÝmsv÷tn volcanic system underneath Vatnaj÷kull Glacier. Later the same day, the eruption broke the ice cover of the glacier and began spewing volcanic ash into the air. The amount of ash fall was the greatest close to the village KirkjubŠjarklaustur. The eruption went on for about a week. It came to an end on 28. May 2011. Drive across Skei­arßrsandur floodplains and to KirkjubŠjarklaustur. See Kirkjugˇlfi­ (the Church Floor), a protected natural monument just east of KirkjubŠjarklaustur. Kirkjugˇlfi­ is columnar basalt, eroded and shaped by wind and water, only a few minutesĺ walk from the road. Fja­rßrglj˙fur is a beautiful canyon a few km. to the west from KirkjubŠjarklaustur. Then across the black sandy floodplains of Mřrdalssandur to the village VÝk for an overnight stay in the area.

Driving distance
280 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
H÷fn
J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacial Lagoon
Skaftafell National Park
Svartifoss waterfall
KirkjubŠjarklaustur town
Kirkjugˇlf Basalt Columns
VÝk town

Overnight:
KirkjubŠjarklaustur / VÝk area

Recommended optional activity:
Amphibian boat Tour on J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacier Lagoon

Day 12.The Great Golden Circle


Drive to Reynishverfi with a spectacular coast and beautiful rock formations. Thousands of seabirds nest here in almost every crevice in summer. Head west towards ReykjavÝk and stop at the beautiful waterfall Skˇgafoss and donĺt miss the Folk Museum at Skˇgar. On March 20th 2010, a volcanic eruption started on Fimmv÷r­uhßls, a mountain ridge between the glaciers, Eyjafjallaj÷kull and Mřrdalsj÷kull. The eruption on Fimmv÷r­uhßls lasted a couple of weeks. After this eruption came to an end a new and bigger eruption started underneath the nearby icecap of Eyjafjallaj÷kull Glacier. This eruption came to an end on 23. May 2010.
It is possible to walk behind the pretty waterfall Seljalandsfoss in summer. This is an interesting experience. Continue to the village Hvolsv÷llur where you will find the Icelandic Saga Centre. The surrounding area is the scene of Njßls Saga, one of the most famous Icelandic Sagas. Continue to the volcanic crater Keri­. Drive further inland and to the waterfall Faxi. Continue to the Geyser area to see the famous Great Geysir and Strokkur, a very active geyser that spouts every few minutes, as well as numerous other hot springs. From Geysir, continue a short distance further to the majestic waterfall Gullfoss, one of Icelandĺs largest and most beautiful waterfalls. Make Gullfoss a turnaround point and head to the National Park Ůingvellir, a unique place from a geological point of view. Research has shown that Thingvellir is a natural wonder on an international scale where evidence of continental drift and the rifting of the earth's crust can clearly be seen at your feet. Thingvellir is also the most historical site in the country and a place of exceptional beauty. From the National Park head back to ReykjavÝk.

Driving distance
300 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
VÝk Town
Reynisfjara beach
Dyrhˇlaey Nature Reserve
Skˇgafoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Keri­
Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs
Ůingvellir

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Recommended optional activity:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Solheimajokull Glacier
Horse Riding Tour South

Day 13. The Blue Lagoon


Drive to the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy a relaxing bath at the Blue Lagoon in an otherworldly setting where lava and geothermal water complement each other to prepare you for your journey home. Filled with mineral rich warm water, the Blue Lagoon has become famous for providing soothing relief for sufferers of skin disorders, as well as for others simply looking for a sensational bathing experience. Soak in the refreshing waters of the lagoon and have a wonderful last experience of Iceland, that ensures you will be relaxed when you leave the country. If you plan to take a bath at the Blue Lagoon, we strongly recommend that you book your ticket in advance. It can be booked at www.bluelagoon.com Return to ReykjavÝk and drop off the car.

Driving distance
100 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
The Blue Lagoon

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Day 14. Departure


Transfer from your hotel to the KeflavÝk airport by Flybus

ACCOMMODATION

Cat 1

Cat 1

Rooms in guesthouses with shared facilities but sometimes with washbasins in the rooms. Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Cat 2

Cat 2

Rooms in guesthouses or hotels with private shower or bath and WC. Breakfast is included.

Cat 3

Cat 3

Rooms in the best quality accommodation available with private shower or bath and WC. Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

CARS

A - Kia Picanto or similar - Manual -

A - Kia Picanto or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 4
Suitcases: 1
Doors: 5
Average fuel consupmtion: 4,7 l/100 km

B - Kia Picanto or similar - Automatic -

B - Kia Picanto or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 4
Suitcases: 1
Doors: 5
Average fuel consupmtion: 6,0 l/100 km

C - VW Polo or similar - Manual -

C - VW Polo or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5
Average fuel consupmtion: 5,8 l/100 km

D - VW Polo or similar - Automatic -

D - VW Polo or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5
Average fuel consumption: 6,4 l/100 km

E - Hyundai i30 or similar - Manual -

E - Hyundai i30 or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5
Average fuel consumption: 6,0 l/100 km

F - Hyundai i30 or similar - Automatic -

F - Hyundai i30 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5
Average fuel consumption: 6,8 l/100 km

G - Kia Ceed Station or similar - Manual -

G - Kia Ceed Station or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5
Average fuel consumption: 4,4 l/100 km

H - Kia Ceed Station or similar - Automatic -

H - Kia Ceed Station or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5
Average fuel consumption: 4,4 l/100 km

J - Dacia Duster 4x4 or similar - Manual -

J - Dacia Duster 4x4 or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5
Suitable for highland driving.

Average fuel consumption: 5,3 l/100 km

L - Kia Sportage 4x4 or similar - Automatic -

L - Kia Sportage 4x4 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 5
Kia Sportage
Category: Large
This is a real SUV of the correct size for people who set high standards for performance, safety and costs. It is great on highways, driving in town or on the mountain paths. The luggage space is 564 liters. Average fuel consumption is 6,9 l/100 km. This car is suitable for F-roads.

M - Kia Sorento 4x4 or similar - Automatic -

M - Kia Sorento 4x4 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 5
Suitable for highland driving.

Average consumption: 6,7 l/100 km

N - Toyota Land Cruiser or similar 4x4 - Automatic -

N - Toyota Land Cruiser or similar 4x4 - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 5
Doors: 5
Toyota Land Cruiser
Category: Large
The Toyota Land Cruiser 150 is not only incredibly powerful it's truly luxurious. Suitable for highland driving.

P - VW Caravelle 4x4 or similar - Manual -

P - VW Caravelle 4x4 or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 9
Suitcases: 5
Doors: 3
VW Caravelle 4x4
Category: Large
VW Carawelle 4x4 Average fuel consumption is 8,1 l/100 km. This car is suitable for F-roads.

R - Renault Traffic 9 seat or similar - Manual -

R - Renault Traffic 9 seat or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 9
Suitcases: 5
Doors: 4
Fuel consumption 6,2 l/100km

T - Mercedes Benz Vito 4x4 or similar - Automatic -

T - Mercedes Benz Vito 4x4 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 9
Suitcases: 5
Doors: 5
Mercedes Benz Vito
Category: Large
This car is suitable for F-roads

Optional Extra: Would you like to do some extra activities? Below activities can be added to this tour.

Useful Information: Here you will find other information for this tour.

Please note that the tour can not start on Thursdays in September

Pick up of rental car is the morning of day 2.

Drop off is in ReykjavÝk the day prior to your departure ľ day 13.

An extra day will be charged if the car is returned later.

Due to road conditions routes may have to be altered without prior notice.
The highland tracks of Iceland are usually not expected to be open until the middle of June and due to road conditions some routes may temporarily not be passable without prior notice.

Types of car recommended: Any. During winter, usually September through May, snow and ice can be expected. Although the route of this tour is usually passable by any car type, we strongly recommend 4x4 during May and September
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Accommodation is according to your choice in farmhouses, guesthouses or hotels, cat. 1, 2 or 3. including breakfast. Due to limited availability of accommodation in the Icelandic countryside and a great demand for summer, we are only able to confirm specific category but not a specific hotel in each locality until booking has been made and confirmed.


Early morning arrival: Check in time at hotels is usually between 14:00 - 16:00. If you arrive early morning, you may not be able to check in immediately on arrival.
A credit card imprint will be taken at the start of all rentals for security reasons, even when a voucher covers the cost of the rental. Cash and debit card deposits will not be accepted. This credit card imprint may be used to pay all extra charges, including extra driven kilometers if applicable, extra insurance, parking fines, damages or any costs due to the car rental company as a result of the hire's use of the car.

Self Drive tours can often be modified according to the clientĺs wishes. If you want to change or extend the tour, add days etc, please contact our office.

Travel Insurance: To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.

Price Calculator: There are several factors that determine the price of self drive packages:

1. Time of the year.

2. Number of people traveling together

3. Type of car (we offer more than 15 different types of cars)

4. Type of accommodation (we offer 3 different categories of accommodation)

There is a special Price Calculator button at our website with every self drive tour package where you can enter your choice of type of accommodation and car, number of people and when you want to begin the tour (arrival date) and the Price Calculator will calculate and display the price of different options.

Note: Day(s) can be added before and / or after if your arrival and departure does not fit the itinerary of this tour. Additional day tours can be added for the additional day/s. If you have any questions please don┤t hesitate to contact us by email to tour@tour.is and we will be more than happy to advice.
Please note: In all cases, if you are traveling alone and if you would like to add Snowmobiling, you need to add a single ride fee. This is obligatory for single travelers. If you would like to have your own snowmobile when traveling with other people, you also need to add a single ride fee if you would like to have your own snowmobile.