The Highlights of the West and the South 11 days

The Highlights of the West and the South 11 days

The tour includes many of the most important sights in West, South and the Westfjords.

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AVAILABLE:
June 1 to September 30

DURATION:
11 days / 10 nights

CAR RENTAL DAYS:
9 Days

DEPARTURES:
Daily

TOUR ID:
BP21

Included

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival


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

Highlights of the day:
ReykjavÝk

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Day 2. The Charming Hvalfj÷r­ur Fjord & The Wonders of SnŠfellsnes peninsula


Pick up a car in the morning and leave Reykjavik at the eastern outskirts. Drive towards the charming Hvalfj÷r­ur fjord and Borgarnes. Continue to Borgarnes, a small town at the Borgarfj÷r­ur fjord where we recommend a visit to the Settlement Centre. The prime objective of the Icelandic Settlement Centre is to dramatically recreate the fascinating sagas surrounding the birth of this island nation where multi-media and theatrical techniques are employed to help the visitor experience firsthand the trepidation and excitement of setting off over the open ocean for lands unknown. From Borgarnes, continue to the SnŠfellsnes peninsula. Enroute, pass the magnificent Eldborg crater as well as a number of other cone shapes craters, before exploring the numerous natural wonders the peninsula has to offer. Head along the south shore of the peninsula towards Arnarstapi, a small fishing hamlet with spectacular coast and sea cliffs with rich birdlife in the summer. Continue a short distance to Hellnar with more sea cliffs and varied birdlife. Drive around the tip of the peninsula at the foot of the magnificent SnŠfellsj÷kull icecap and stop at the rocky beaches of Dj˙palˇnssandur and DritvÝk. This is a popular hiking area. Continue to the north side of the peninsula, passing the fishing towns Rif and Hellissandur and to ËlafsvÝk. Popular whale watching tours are available at ËlafsvÝk during summer. From ËlafsvÝk, continue to the scenic Stykkishˇlmur fishing town.

Driving distance
280 kilometers

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

Overnight:
Stykkishˇlmur area

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

Day 3. The Countless Islands of Brei­afj÷rdur bay & Lßtrabjarg Cliff


In the morning (at 11:00) we recommend a very interesting boat trip for a little more than 2 hours among the numerous islands on the bay with rich birdlife. 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. Sail in the afternoon with the ferry Baldur from Stykkishˇlmur across the beautiful Brei­afj÷r­ur bay with its countless islands and rich bird life to BrjßnslŠkur. Enroute to BrjßnslŠkur, the ferry will be making a short service stop at the Flatey Island. 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 and razorbills. Enroute, stop at the interesting folk museum at Hnjˇtur.

Driving distance
100 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Lßtrabjarg Cliff

Overnight:
Lßtrabjarg area

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

Day 4. The Fascinating West Fjords


Drive to the north towards ═safj÷r­ur town. Drive across the Dynjandishei­i pass and stop at the impressive waterfall Dynjandi after crossing the pass. Drive along the shore of the Arnarfj÷r­ur Fjord and across the Hrafnseyrarhei­i Pass to the fishing village Ůingeyri. From Ůingeyri across Gemlufallshei­i Pass to Flateyri and then take the tunnel to ═safj÷r­ur, the largest town in the Westfjords. Explore the town of ═safj÷r­ur and its surroundings, the neighbouring towns of BolungarvÝk and Su­ureyri. In summer Kayak tours are available on ═safj÷r­ur Fjord and the Natural History Museum of BolungarvÝk is an interesting place to visit.

Driving distance
220 kilometers

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

Overnight:
═safj÷r­ur town

Day 5. The North West


Explore the town of ═safj÷r­ur and its surroundings such as the neighbouring towns of BolungarvÝk and Su­ureyri. 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 uninhabited fjords of ═safjar­ardj˙p with beautiful coastlines teeming with seals and bird life and towards HˇlmavÝk. Enroute there is an interesting detour to Reykjanes where there is a possibility to take a swim in a geothermal pool. Cross the plateau SteingrÝmsfjar­arhei­i and as you come down to the SteingrÝmsfj÷r­ur Fjord, drive to the village HˇlmavÝk where the Witchcraft museum is worth taking a look at.

Driving distance
240 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
HˇlmavÝk town

Overnight:
Strandir area

Day 6. Borgarfj÷r­ur district


Continue to the Hr˙tafj÷r­ur Fjord and cross the plateau Holtav÷r­uhei­i to Borgarfj÷r­ur district. drive to Deildartunguhver hot spring, the largest hot spring in Europe. Continue a short distance further to the historic site Reykholt. Visit the interesting historical museum at Reykholt and see the hot pool Snorralaug. After Reykholt, drive further inland to Barnafossar and Hraunfossar waterfalls. Make the waterfalls a turnaround point and head back towards Borgarnes town.
(In summer it is possible to take the Kaldidalur highland road to Thingvellir from Borgarfj÷r­ur, a little further inland than Hraunfossar, if you are driving a 4x4, but this road is impassable due to snow and closed for all traffic during the winter).

Driving distance
300 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Deildartunguhver
Reykholt town
Hraunfossar

Overnight:
Borgarnes area

Day 7. The Great Golden Circle


Drive towards Lake Ůingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in the country and to the Ůingvellir National Park, situated at the lakeshore. Ůingvellir is a unique place from a geological point of view, rich in history and a place of exceptional beauty. Research has shown that Thingvellir is a natural wonder and the faults and fissures of the area show evidence of the rifting of the earth's crust. After exploring the numerous places of interest in the area, head back to 35 and take this road to the Great Geysir area with numerous hot springs and erupting geysers. The most active one, Strokkur erupts every 5 - 10 minutes. From here drive to the majestic Gullfoss, one of Icelands largest waterfalls in the glacial river HvÝtß that takes its source in the Langj÷kull Ice field in the center of the country, the second largest one in Iceland. Make Gullfoss a turnaround point. Continue towards Selfoss and stop to see the waterfall Faxi on the left hand side of the road. Further down the road, stop to take a look at the volcanic crater Keri­.

Driving distance
230 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Ůingvellir
Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs
Faxi waterfall
Keri­

Overnight:
Selfoss area

Day 8. The Amazing South Coast


Drive further east to the scenic South shore. See the Saga Centre at Hvolsv÷llur. Continue across the lowland plains towards the Eyjafj÷ll District. Stop at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss where in summer it is possible to walk behind the falls. This is a quite a unique experience. A little further east stop at Skˇgafoss, another pretty waterfall and donĺt miss the folk museum at Skˇgar, close to the waterfall. The glaciers Eyjafjallaj÷kull and Mřrdalsj÷kull are towering above the area. Make a short detour to the tip of the Sˇlheimaj÷kull glacier tongue. Proceed further east to the headland Dyrhˇlaey, a natural reserve and a nesting colony of numerous seabirds. Go to Reynishverfi, with spectacular coast and beautiful rock formations and thousands of nesting seabirds in summer. Then continue to Vik the southernmost town in Iceland. Drive across the Mřrdalssandur floodplains and Eldhraun, the largest lavafield ever to flow on Earth in historical time, and to the small village Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Fja­rßrglj˙fur is a narrow and beautiful canyon a few km to the west from KirkjubŠjarklaustur, worth taking a look at. At KirkjubŠjarklaustur, see Kirkjugˇlfi­ (the Church Floor), a protected natural monument just east of the village. Kirkjugˇlfi­ is columnar basalt, shaped and eroded by water and wind.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skˇgafoss Waterfall
VÝk Town
Dyrhˇlaey Nature Reserve
Reynisfjara beach
Fja­rßrglj˙fur Canyon
KirkjubŠjarklaustur town

Overnight:
KirkjubŠjarklaustur area


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

Day 9. Skaftafell National Park & The Amazing Glacier Lagoon


Continue from KirkjubŠjarlaustur over Skeidarßrsandur, vast tracts of black sandy desert washed down by numerous torrential glacial rivers. Stop at Skaftafell National Park, an oasis wedged between glacier and sand. Its natural beauty is a result of unusually favourable weather conditions and the interaction of ice and fire. Beneath the Vatnaj÷kull ice cap, towering above Skaftafell is GrÝmsv÷tn, one of Icelandĺs most active volcano. 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 started 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 ceased on 28. May 2011. See the interesting Visitors Center where you can learn the history of fire and ice in the region and a video of the volcanic eruption and the catastrophic flood in the area in 1996 can also be viewed. An interesting hiking trail takes you to Svartifoss, one of Icelands most picturesque waterfall, framed in by beautiful basalt columns that surround it. In the Skaftafell area are many other interesting hiking trails. Continue to J÷kulsarlˇn, the Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs, sculptures of nature, broken off the Brei­amerkurj÷kull glacier float and grind together in the deep blue waters of the lagoon. An interesting cruise among the icebergs on the Lagoon is available in summer.

Driving distance
320 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Skaftafell National Park
Svartifoss waterfall
J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacial Lagoon
VÝk town

Overnight:
VÝk area

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

Day 10. A Relaxing Bath at The Blue Lagoon


Return on road 1 to the village Hverager­i where hot spring water is used for heating greenhouses for cultivation of decorative flowers and vegetables. Cross the plateau Hellishei­i, with a lot of geothermal activity and plumes of steam rising from the ground. Numerous boreholes have been drilled on Hellishei­i in the last years for hot water and steam, some of the cleanest energy available. Stop at Hellishei­i Geothermal Powerplant where natural hot water and steam pressure from the ground is used for generating electricity. Here, you can enjoy an optional tour through the power station and and learn about the eco-friendly geo thermal energy. Head to the Reykjanes peninsula and drive to the Blue Lagoon in a beautiful moon like setting. Enjoy a relaxing bath in an otherworldly setting. In this unique area, lava and thermal water complement each other to prepare you for your journey home. Soak in the refreshing waters of the Blue Lagoon, and have a wonderful last unforgettable taste of Iceland, that ensures that you are fully relaxed when you leave Iceland. 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
260 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Hverager­i Town
The Blue Lagoon

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Recommended optional activity:
Glacier Walk

Day 11. Departure


Transfer from your hotel by FLYBUS to KeflavÝk airport.

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

01.A - Hyundai I10 or similar - Manual -

01.A - Hyundai I10 or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 4
Suitcases: 1
Doors: 5

02.D - Hyundai I10 or similar - Automatic -

02.D - Hyundai I10 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 4
Suitcases: 1
Doors: 5

03.N - Hyundai I20 or similar - Manual -

03.N - Hyundai I20 or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5

04.O - Hyundai I20 or similar - Automatic -

04.O - Hyundai I20 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5

05.B - Hyundai I30 or similar - Manual -

05.B - Hyundai I30 or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5

06.L - Hyundai I30 or similar - Automatic -

06.L - Hyundai I30 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5

07.E - Hyundai I30 station or similar - Manual -

07.E - Hyundai I30 station or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 5

10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual -

10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5

11.H - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Automatic -

11.H - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5

12.J - Kia Sorento 4WD or similar - Automatic -

12.J - Kia Sorento 4WD or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 5

14.XE - VW Transporter 2WD or similar - Manual -

14.XE - VW Transporter 2WD or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 9
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 4

15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 9
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 3

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.


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

Drop off is in ReykjavÝk the day prior to your departure ľ day 10.

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 early in June and due to road conditions some routes may temporarily not be passable without prior notice.

Types of car recommended: Any. During September, snow and ice can be expected. Although the route of this tour is usually passable by any car type, we strongly recommend 4x4 during September.


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 kilometres if applicable, extra insurance, parking fines, damages or any costs due to the car rental company as a result of the hirer'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.

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