This highlights tour takes you to Iceland’s most top attractions in the West and South part of the country. You begin by visiting magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula that in relatively small area covers diverse and fascinating landscape. It is basically Iceland in a nutshell. Snæfellsjökull glacier is also believed to be a gateway to the center of the Earth in Jules Verne’s famous novel “Journey to the center of the Earth”. Even if you question region’s natural power and energy as well as numerous legends and ghost stories, you will definitely find Snæfellsnes a magical place. Its beauty makes your blood circulate quicker. The dose of attractions does not decrease in the South either. Impressive waterfalls, black beaches, famous Geysir, dramatic highlands of Þórsmörk and much more make up the experience of traveling in the South. If you want to see all these places, and visit many of Iceland’s most famous natural wonders, this tour is meant for you.
Day 1 - Snæfellsnes
You begin the day by driving from Reykjavík towards the North, via Borgarnes. Snæfellsnes has it all, you can call it: Iceland in a nutshell. You drive along the broad southern coastal plain, pass impressive rock formations at Hellnar and Arnarstapi, and visit Búðir on the westernmost tip of the peninsula. Búðir is a small historical hamlet that used to act as a commercial and trade hub for Snæfellsnes during an extended period of Danish trade monopoly. Another attraction of the area is Snæfellsjökull national park, also located at the end of the long arm of the peninsula. There have been numerous legends about this majestic glacier and its surroundings, but its main fame was gained thanks to Jules Verne’s novel “Journey to the center of the Earth”, where Snæfellsjökull was believed to be a gateway. You continue driving along the coast to the Northern part, which is quite different from the South. The views of dramatic volcanic peaks from one side and waters of Breiðafjörður from the other entertain this part of the ride.You pass by an impressive pyramid called Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. Stykkishólmur is the last stop on the peninsula and worth a little detour. It is an old fishing town with charming colourful houses and a fairly good choice of restaurants. Overnight stay in the area.
The driving distance for this day is +- 297km.
Day 2 - Borgarfjörður - Deildartunguhver - Húsafell
Today you explore Borgarfjörður with an option to visit an interesting Settlement Centre in Borgarnes. Then you drive inland to Europe´s biggest hot springs, Deildartunguhver. Just around the corner, further to the East, there is the little town of Reykholt, which used to be one of the most important medieval settlements in Iceland. You continue driving to impressive Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by the streams from the lava field created in an eruption of one of the Langjökull volcanoes. The nearby area of Húsafell, with its mild weather, forest and hot springs, attracts many visitors, incl. Icelanders keen on camping here. Accommodation in the area.
The driving distance for this day is +- 160km.
Day 3 - Þingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir
Drive to the South to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO site and the place where the Icelandic Parliament was founded in AD 930. Þingvellir is also located in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge caused by the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates separation. You have a chance to walk along the part of it, called Almannagjá gorge. Next you drive to Geysir, the famous hot spring that has given name to hot springs all over the world. Geysir had been remaining inactive for years now, but its neighbour Strokkur gushes regularly up to the air. In only 10-min driving distance there is Gullfoss, or “The Golden Fall”, spectacular double cascade waterfall. Overnight stay in the area.
The driving distance for this day is +- 200km.
Day 4 - Þórsmörk
Today you embark on a highland adventure. After driving along the rough gravel road deeper into the interior of the country, you suddenly enter the green paradise of Þórsmörk Nature Reserve. It has one of Iceland’s most dynamic and beautiful landscapes, where active volcanoes and towering glaciers rise above the lush green valleys below. Feast your eyes on the breathtaking scenery and try out one of several hiking trails. You also have the chance to see the infamous Eyjafjallajökull that paralyzed air traffic in 2010, and affected the volcanic area of Gígjökull where its glacier lagoon was greatly diminished by the eruption. Overnight stay in the area.
The driving distance for this day is +- 116km.
Day 5 - Seljalandsfoss - Skógar - Vík
You begin the day by driving the F-road through the glacier rivers and rocky surfaces up to Road 1. The South Coast and its various popular attractions are the goal of today. Right before you turn to the Ring Road, stop by spectacular Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It tumbles over rocky scarp into a pool, leaving some room between the water and the wall, for stirring walks behind the waterfall. Shortly before Vík you can turn up the hill to Dyrhólahey. It dramatically rises above the Vík neighborhood revealing a beautiful overlook of the coast. Puffins are keen on nesting in its bluff cliffs in summer time. After that, drive back down the hill to Reynisfjara with its impressive black sandy beach backed by Reynisdrangar, basalt sea stacks emerging from the sea. You can visit the little charming community of Vík. Overnight stay in the area.
The driving distance for this day is +- 100km.
Day 6 - Reykjavík
Today it is time to head back to Reykjavík. On the way back, you can stop by the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, in a little distance from the Ring Road. You might either enjoy the view from the bottom or take steep stairs up the mountain for a better view from above. Shortly after Selfoss, you reach the town of Hveragerði located on the hot springs. If you have enough time and strength, there is a pleasant 2-hour hike to a hot river with bathing option.
The driving distance for this day is +- 180km.
What is Ísafold Travel’s cancellation policy?
All cancellations must be made by e-mail or letter. In conformity with business practices within the Icelandic travel industry, the travel agent is obliged to charge cancellation fees to passenger(s) as follows, in addition to the non-refundable deposit:
More than 6 weeks prior to arrival: No additional charge
Less than 6 weeks and more than 2 weeks: 15%
Less than 2 weeks and more than 72 hours: 50%
Less than 72 hours and more than 24 hours: 75%
Less than 24 hours notice, and no-shows: 100%
We recommend that all passengers take out comprehensive travel insurance.
Does Ísafold Travel handle domestic/international flights?
Ísafold Travel does not handle or book international flights from and to Iceland for our clients. However, flights between Iceland and Greenland and domestic flights in Iceland can be arranged by us.
What is a self-drive/self-guided tour?
A self-drive or self-guided tour is a packaged tour that allows you to travel at your own pace – by yourself or in a group. We arrange everything from the vehicle to accommodation so you don’t have to worry about anything. You can just go and enjoy your own private road trip through Iceland.
Do kids get a discount on some of the activities?
Yes, depending on their age they might be eligible for a discount on some of the activities. Please write their ages in the comments while booking and the discount they are eligible for while be deducted from the remaining balance.
Is it possible to customise my tour after booking?
Yes! It’s absolutely possible to further customise your tour after booking through our website. We only require a 20% deposit to be paid up front before we start customising your tour.
Am I required to pay the full amount upon booking?
No. It’s possible to pay only a 20% deposit upon booking. The remaining amount will be required no later than 30 days before your tour starts.
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Prices & Availability
Please note that you can further customize your tour after paying the deposit.*
*It’s possible to pay a 20% deposit in advance and customize the tour you booked before requiring a full payment. However, this only applies if you are booking more than 30 days in advance of the starting date of your tour.
- Pickup & return from hotel in Reykjavík area (8:00 – 18:00)
- Rental car with unlimited mileage, CDW insurance
- Breakfast (except for dormitory accommodation)
- Winter transport to Þórsmörk
- WiFi connectivity in the car
- Map of Iceland and detailed itinerary of your tour
- Pamphlet about driving in Iceland
- Optional meeting with travel consultant
- 24 hour emergency service
- Taxes & service fees
What’s not included?
- Gasoline / Diesel
- Personal Travel Insurances
- Additional activities
- Meals or drinks
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- Parking and road tunnel fees
- Any services not listed under list of included items