West and South Iceland 7 days

West and South Iceland 7 days

This tour covers all the major sights in the south and the west, including the numerous sights of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

BP08 Map

BP08 Map

AVAILABLE:
All year

DURATION:
7 days / 6 nights

CAR RENTAL DAYS:
5 Days

DEPARTURES:
Daily

TOUR ID:
BP08

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 Reykjavik. Depending on arrival time, the rest of the day you will be free to explore Reykjavik. Downtown Reykjavík offers excellent restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs. You may want to join an optional tour if you arrive early.

Highlights of the day:
Reykjavík

Overnight:
Reykjavík

Day 2. West Iceland


Pick up a car in the morning and leave Reykjavík and drive to the beautiful Hvalfjörður fjord and enjoy the tranquil environment. From there head to the Borgarfjörður district and Borgarnes town. In Borgarnes town you will find the interesting Saga Centre. The prime objective of the Icelandic Settlement Centre at Borgarnes is to recreate the fascinating sagas surrounding the birth of this island nation. 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. After a stop at Borgarnes, pass the beautiful Eldborg crater on your way to the Snæfellsnes peninsula with numerous interesting sights. Drive across Vatnaleið Pass. On the north side of the Pass there are numerous beautiful craters. Continue to the charming town Stykkishólmur.

Driving distance
180 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Borgarnes town
Stykkishólmur Town

Overnight:
Snæfellsnes area

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

Day 3. Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Borgarfjörður


In the morning we recommend a very interesting cruise on the Breiðafjörður bay available daily during summer from Stykkishólmur among numerous islands famous for the rich birdlife where millions of seabirds, puffins, guillemots, cormorants, kittiwakes, fulmars and even the white tailed eagles nest. The cruise is available daily at 11:00 from 14. May – 15. October and at 11:00 on Tuesdays from 15. January - 03. December. Please call 433 2254 for details. After the cruise, drive to the west along the north coast of the peninsula, through the fishing villages Grundarfjörður, Ólafsvík, Rif and Hellissandur. Then drive around the tip of the peninsula with numerous interesting sights. Take a short walk to Djupalónssandur and visit Hellnar and Arnarstapi all with spectacular scenery and rich birdlife in summer. Drive to the east along the south coast of the peninsula. At the farm Ytri Tunga seals are often to be seen especially at low tide. Head for Borgarfjörður district and visit Deildartunguhver, Icelands largest hot spring. Continue further inland to the historic Reykholt, home of 13th century chieftain, writer, poet and a scholar Snorri Sturluson. Continue to Hraunfossar and Barnafossar, some of Icelands most scenic waterfalls.

Driving distance
220 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Djúpalónssandur
Hellnar hamlet
Arnarstapi
Lóndrangar rock formation
Snæfellsjökull Glacier
Reykholt town


Overnight:
Borgarfjörður area

Recommended optional activity:
Unique Adventure Cruise on Breiðafjörður bay

Day 4. The Golden Circle


Head towards Reykjavik and continue to Thingvellir. Research has shown that Thingvellir is a natural wonder on an international scale and was accepted as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2004. The faults and fissures of the area show clear evidence of continental drift. Thingvellir is also the most historical place in the country and a place of exceptional beauty. See the main sights at Thingvellir on the North West side of the lake. From Thingvellir, continue to the Great Geysir hot spring area with numerous hot springs and erupting geysers. The most active one, Strokkur erupts every few minutes. Continue to Gullfoss one of Icelands largest and most impressive waterfall. Continue to the south and stop to see the waterfall Faxi. Further down the road see the volcanic crater Kerið.

Driving distance
270 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Þingvellir
Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs
Kerið

Overnight:
Selfoss / Hveragerði area

Day 5. The Beautiful South Shore


Drive to the east along the South Shore and stop by the beautiful waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. During the summer you can walk behind Seljalandsfoss which is quite a unique experiance. At the hamlet Skógar you will also find the interesting Skógar Folk Museum. The glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull are towering above tha area.
On March 20th 2010, a volcanic eruption started on Fimmvörðuháls, a mountain ridge between the glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. The eruption on Fimmvörðuháls lasted a couple of weeks. After this eruption came to an end a new and bigger eruption started underneath the nearby icecap of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier. This eruption came to an end on 23. May 2010. Snowmobiling is available on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. Make a short detour to the glacier Sólheimajökull, where guided Glacier Walks are available, before continuing to Dyrhólaey nature reserve. Dyrhólaey is a nesting colony of numerous seabirds in summer. Continue to Reynishverfi, with a black volcanic beach, spectacular rock formations and thousands of nesting seabirds in summer. Make Vík a turnaround point and return to Selfoss. Cross the plateau Hellisheiði, with a lot of geothermal activity and plumes of steam rising from the ground. Numerous boreholes have been drilled on Hellisheiði in the last years for hot water and steam, some of the cleanest energy available. Stop at Hellisheiði 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.

Driving distance
320 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve
Vík Town
Reynisfjara beach

Overnight:
Reykjavík

Recommended optional activity:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Solheimajokull Glacier

Day 6. Reykjanes Peninsula & The Amazing Blue Lagoon


Drive from Reykjavik to the fishing town Hafnarfjörður, famous for its Viking Village by the fishing harbour. Head out to the Reykjanes peninsula and to Lake Kleifarvatn in a moon like setting. From here there is a short drive to the Krýsuvík high temperature geothermal area with numerous hot springs and solfataras and boiling mud pools. From here, head towards the fishing village Grindavik and drive through interesting and rugged lava fields. The Blue lagoon is close to Grindavík town where a stop is a must. We strongly recommend a relaxing bath in the unique waters of the Blue Lagoon before heading back to Reykjavík to drop off car. 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

Driving distance
150 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Kleifarvatn
Krýsuvík
The Blue Lagoon

Overnight:
Reykjavík

Day 7. Departure


Transfer from your hotel to Keflavik 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

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 Reykjavík the day prior to your departure – day 6.

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 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, driving conditions can occasionally become difficult and we strongly recommend 4x4 during winter.

 
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 client’s wishes. If you want to change or extend the tour, add days etc, please contact our office.

Please note that some activities described may only be available during summer.


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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