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Information For Your Rental Car
Pick-up: Choose between pick-up locations at Keflavik International airport (KEF) or BSI Bus Terminal in downtown Reykjavik, at flexible times.
For the best experience, we definitely recommend that you pick your car up early on the day of arrival, and return it in the afternoon or evening on your last day.
Drop-off: By default, the drop-off location for your car will be at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), no matter which pick-up location you have selected.
You can, however, drop-off the car at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik, on the last day of your tour. If you prefer this drop-off location you can change it afterward (details can be found in your confirmation email).
Rental Car Options
A mini/economy (Toyota Aygo or similar) vehicle option is included in the tour by default. As you make your booking you can upgrade the vehicle to Standard (Toyota Avensis or similar), Economy SUV (Dacia Duster or similar), or Full Size SUV (Mitsubishi Pajero or similar) car model.
Please Note: If the group consists of more than 5 people, you’ll need to upgrade to the van (8- person maximum) option.
All rental cars have automatic transmission. Van option can come either with automatic or manual transmission, if automatic is not available.
Arrive at Keflavik International Airport or BSI Bus terminal at any time in the morning and pick up your rental car. If you arrive in Iceland in the afternoon, you can spend the first night in Reykjavik and begin your tour the next day. Once you col...)
Arrive at Keflavik International Airport or BSI Bus terminal at any time in the morning and pick up your rental car. If you arrive in Iceland in the afternoon, you can spend the first night in Reykjavik and begin your tour the next day.
Once you collect the car, make your way towards the capital region and drive along the West Coast to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Snaefellsnes is often referred to as a miniature Iceland. The peninsula encompasses many natural sights the country is famous for, including waterfalls, black sand beaches, and volcanoes.
Snæfellsjökull Glacier is one of the most famous natural wonders on the peninsula. The 700,000-year-old glacier-capped volcano is well known to Jules Verne’s readers. Snæfellsjökull is a setting for his famous classic novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”
Many charming small towns are located on the peninsula. Previously fishing towns, they’re now open for tourists who want to learn about Iceland’s history and local customs. Arnarstapi and Hellnar Villages are dotted with old houses and surrounded by idyllic nature. You can’t help but expect a troll to appear from behind a basalt rock column.
Djúpalónssandur Beach in Snæfellsjökull National Park is another attraction that will take your breath away. The beach is covered in black pebble rocks that look like pearls, smoothed by waves and wind. Surrounded by curious lava formations, the beach has been a source of inspiration for local stories and folktales.
One of the final stops for the day is the most-photographed mountain in the country. Kirkjufell towers over Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall and the scenic landscape around the mountain makes a great picture!
Your hotel for the night is based in the North-West Region.
On the second day, you’ll reach the Westfjords and drive past spectacular vistas of mountains and fjords. One of the first stops on your itinerary is an old fishing village, Drangsnes. Three hot tubs are located right at the shoreline in Drangsnes, ...)
On the second day, you’ll reach the Westfjords and drive past spectacular vistas of mountains and fjords.
One of the first stops on your itinerary is an old fishing village, Drangsnes. Three hot tubs are located right at the shoreline in Drangsnes, away from the main road. Heated by natural geothermal springs, the tubs create the perfect environment to relax and enjoy the views of mountains and fjords on the horizon.
The road will take you through a mountain pass, past Kaldbakshorn mountain ridge, to Djúpavik Village. You’ll soon spot a large concrete building that looks out of place in the village. A herring factory was opened in Djúpavik in 1917. It soon closed but another factory was built in 1934 and now serves as a museum. At the time, it was the largest concrete building in the country.
The village stands at the foot of Djúpavíkurfoss, or the waterfall of Djupavik. A tall waterfall with water streaming down next to the village creates an illusion as if the herring factory stands on the water.
If time allows, stop for a dip in Krossnes Swimming Pool. Its dramatic location opens up to a memorable view of the Atlantic ocean at the edge of the outdoor pool. The pool is heated by the flow of natural springs and rests on top of a pebble beach.
The next stop is Gvendarlaug natural geothermal spring. The hot spring releases bubbles so it feels like you’re soaking in an outdoor jacuzzi! In the natural pool, the water temperature reaches around 42°C (108°F). A large swimming pool is built by the natural pools, and it’s also filled with natural mineral water.
Your hotel for tonight is based in Hólmavik, a village with a rich history of sorcery and witchcraft.
On the third day, you’ll drive toward the northwest, past scenic fjords, mountains and the Stadará River. One of the stops is Súdavik Village. Unlike other villages in the area, Súdavik first developed as an agricultural area. A number of farms had ...)
On the third day, you’ll drive toward the northwest, past scenic fjords, mountains and the Stadará River.
One of the stops is Súdavik Village. Unlike other villages in the area, Súdavik first developed as an agricultural area. A number of farms had been built in the village, and by the middle of the 19th century, it hosted 21 farms, but no houses. Later, towards the end of the century, a whaling station was built in the hamlet. After the station was closed, Súdavik became a fishing village.
While Súdavik never had many residents, in 1995, a deadly avalanche swept the village and killed 14 locals. The village has since been rebuilt, but the area where the snow avalanche fell is still empty.
The village hosts the Arctic Fox Center (entrance fee is not included in the tour price). The non-profit research and exhibition center has been founded by locals and tour operators that share an interest in arctic foxes and seek to increase ecotourism in Iceland.
Next up is Arnarnes Point. It’s Skutulsfjörður inlet’s outermost point. Standing here, the scenery of mountains rising from the coast stretches out right in front of you. At the cape, you’ll spot a charming little Arnarnes Lighthouse, painted in red and yellow.
Multiple hiking trails and green walking paths lay near Ísafjörður. One of them is Naustahvilft, also called the Troll Seat. It’s a deep valley surrounded by flat-topped mountains. Getting there requires a short hike, but the views at the end make it worth all the effort. Another hiking spot is a green Tungudalur valley. Tungudalur waterfall cascades into the valley, where its water streams into a well-maintained forest.
You’ll spend the night at a hotel in Ísafjörður, a beautiful town with a rich history. A popular music festival Við Djúpið is held in the town every summer.
On the fourth day, you’ll drive along the coast of the Westfjords, past Óshyrna Mountain and a bright-orange Óshólaviti Lighthouse. Explore the northernmost village in the Westfjords, Bolungarvik. Ósvör museum, a replica of an old fishing outpost, i...)
On the fourth day, you’ll drive along the coast of the Westfjords, past Óshyrna Mountain and a bright-orange Óshólaviti Lighthouse.
Explore the northernmost village in the Westfjords, Bolungarvik. Ósvör museum, a replica of an old fishing outpost, is located in the town. A natural history museum is also located in Bolungarvik and it exhibits an extensive collection of birds and mammals.
The town is located right next to Bolafjall Mountain. People say that from the top of the mountain, you can see Greenland on a clear day!
Flateyri is another fishing village along your way. One of the largest attractions in the settlement is the International Doll Museum, founded in 2001 when Dr. Senta Siller gifted her collection of national costume dolls to the town. Dr. Siller is known for her work with women in developing countries. She helped women set up businesses by producing dolls dressed in national costumes.
Thingeyri (Þingeyri) is located at the top of the scenic Dýrafjörður. Here you’ll find the oldest functioning mechanic workshop in the country that was founded in 1913. One of the most scenic golf courses in Iceland is based near the town. The course is surrounded by high peaks of the so-called Westfjords Alps, including the highest mountain, Kaldbakur. Its peak reaches 1,167 m (3829 ft).
The highlight of today’s itinerary is Dynjandi Waterfall. The series of waterfalls resembles a bridal veil and their total height reaches 100 m (328 ft). Dynjandi, or Fjallfoss, is the largest waterfall in the Westfjords.
A short drive from the falls is Bildudalur Village. A small village hosts an annual music festival and has an Icelandic Sea Monster Museum.
The hotel for tonight is based in Patreksfjördur, a village with nearly 700 inhabitants.
The main attraction on the fifth day is Látrabjarg Cliff. On your way to the cliff, you’ll drive past beautiful landscapes. One of them is Örlygshöfn Cove. A stretch of golden sand beach rolls for miles along the shoreline. Örlygshöfn Cove is a calm...)
The main attraction on the fifth day is Látrabjarg Cliff.
On your way to the cliff, you’ll drive past beautiful landscapes. One of them is Örlygshöfn Cove. A stretch of golden sand beach rolls for miles along the shoreline. Örlygshöfn Cove is a calm and peaceful place, perfect for walks and watching romantic sunsets.
Along the way, you’ll drive past Ólafsviti Lighthouse and Breiduvikurkirkja. The white church stands alone, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
Next up is the Látrabjarg Cliff. It’s one of Europe’s largest bird cliffs, and also the westernmost point of Iceland, and, arguably, Europe.
Millions of birds live and nest on the cliffs, including puffins. These charming colorful birds spend most of the year out in sea and only come to land to nest during summer. It’s quite rare to see puffins in large colonies because they tend to be well spread out while on the water. But here on the cliffs, thousands of puffins nest and lay eggs, giving a perfect chance to see the birds from up close and take a picture.
The Látrabjarg Cliff is 14 km (8.7 mi) long and up to 440 m (1,443 ft) high. Along with puffins, here you can spot guillemots, gannets, and razorbills. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a sight of whales playing out in the sea!
Wrap up the day relaxing in Hellulaug natural geothermal pool. The hot pot is located right on the beach and features views of the ocean and Vatnsfjörður.
For the night, head back to the hotel in Patreksfjördur.
Day six is all about beaches. It takes around five hours in total to drive to Raudisandur Beach and the hotel where you’ll stay tonight. You’re free to spend as much time at the beach as you wish. Grab a picnic and enjoy food in sand dunes, or stroll...)
Day six is all about beaches. It takes around five hours in total to drive to Raudisandur Beach and the hotel where you’ll stay tonight. You’re free to spend as much time at the beach as you wish. Grab a picnic and enjoy food in sand dunes, or stroll around and spot local wildlife.
Rauðisandur is a 10-km (6-mi) stretch of unique, color-changing beach. Covered in pulverized scallop shells, the beach changes its color depending on the sunshine and daytime. Sometimes it seems like the beach is all red, and on other days you could swear that it’s covered in gold dust.
Seals love this beach and sometimes you can spot hundreds of them sunbathing on the shore.
A secluded church stands near Raudasandur Beach. Saurbæjarkirkja is a black church with a red roof and white shutters, surrounded by the unspoiled nature of the Westfjords.
Vatnsfjördur Nature Reserve is another stop on today’s itinerary. It’s a large area, mostly rocky and barren with some birchwood. Arctic blueberries thrive in the area, and it’s home to around 20 kinds of birds. The Skiptá River flows in the area.
You’ll spend the night at a hotel in Reykhólar. The 120-person village features views of the sea and mountains.
On the last day of the tour, you’ll leave the Westfjords and drive through a scenic route towards Reykjanes Peninsula. Along the way, you’ll drive past an abandoned farm in Ólafsdalur Valley. Between 1880 and 1907, this farm functioned as the first a...)
On the last day of the tour, you’ll leave the Westfjords and drive through a scenic route towards Reykjanes Peninsula.
Along the way, you’ll drive past an abandoned farm in Ólafsdalur Valley. Between 1880 and 1907, this farm functioned as the first agricultural college in the country. Today it sits empty, with a nearby statue commemorating the founder of the college Torfi Bjarnason and his wife Gudlaug. Multiple walking trails are marked in the deep valley near the farm.
You’ll notice Krosshólar, and a massive stone cross standing on the hill, all the way from the road. The cross is a monument for the Norwegian Auður djúpúðga Ketilsdóttir, an early female settler. The monument was erected in 1965. Auður was a Christian and erected crosses on the hill near her home. At the time, she was one of the few Christian settlers in Iceland. The hill later became known as the Krosshólar or Cross-hill.
On the way to Reykjanes Peninsula, take some time to visit Barnafoss and Hraunfoss waterfalls. Hraunfoss is a collection of small water streams running out of a lava field, while Barnafoss features mesmerizing blue waters running under a natural stone bridge.
Before returning your car, you have a chance to visit the Blue Lagoon Spa (not included in the price). The spa is located near the airport, so you can soak in the healing mineral water if you have extra time before your flight.
You can return the car either at the KEF airport or BSI Bus terminal in Reykjavik.
Self-drive tour is a package tour that includes accommodation, car rental and suggested itinerary. The tours are self-guided but we provide you with information to make sure you know where to go and what to see, as well as general practical information about Iceland.
Included with our tours are accommodation and car rental, as described for each tour, itinerary with suggested points of interest along the way, GPS points for each stop (accommodation, activities, points of interest), and a detailed self-drive handbook with lots of practical information.
We use a very varied mix of local accommodations.
Comfort rooms are private rooms with private bathroom in guesthouses, hotels, motels, lodges, etc. Approximately 3-star rating.
Budget rooms are private rooms with shared bathroom at guesthouses, hostels, hotels, etc. Approximately 2-star rating.
4WD vehicles are recommended during winter months (October – April) but it doesn’t need to be a jeep, it is safest to drive a vehicle that you are comfortable with so if you’re not used to driving large cars then a smaller, but 4WD, might be a better option. In summer any vehicle is good, depending on how many are traveling together, how much luggage you carry along and how much you’re willing to pay.
This depends on the itinerary, some are faster paced while others are more relaxed. Days can range from 200-400 km, though very few days exceed 350 km. Of course you are your own driver and guide while on a self drive tour so you are free to make detours as you wish.
It is always a good idea to make sure you have good travel insurance, as you never know what might happen while in a foreign country. Sure it costs a bit extra, but it can take a load off the mind and end up being totally worth it in case something should happen.
Take a look at what type of insurance is provided with your credit card, alternatively buy special travel insurance from an insurance provider.
As for the car rental, you can opt to buy extra insurance at the time of collecting the car. It may be wise to buy extra insurance such as windshield protection, as a cracked windshield from a stone being thrown off another car is among the most common incidents on Icelandic roads.
Other extra car insurances would be for example sand and ash protection, or additional insurance to lower the self-risk in case of an incident.
Our self drive adventures have been optimized for the best value experience, which includes doing some thrilling activities in the amazing Icelandic nature. As the packages are offered at the best possible price no partial refunds or modifications to the itinerary can be permitted. That includes opting out of an included activity and getting a refund for that activity. You can, of course, choose not to do the activity but as mentioned there would be no partial refunds of the package price.
You should contact the service provider in question: If there is a problem with the car, contact the car rental. If you have troubles finding the hotel (which shouldn’t happen as you will be provided with the address and GPS coordinates), you should call the hotel.
If you have questions about an activity, contact the activity provider. You will receive all the necessary contact information from us.
We cannot guarantee twin beds but a large majority of our hotels can accommodate twin bed arrangements and clients can contact the hotels directly after purchase to request a twin bed arrangement.