Snaefellsnes Express Road Trip

Explore one of the most magical places in Iceland, Snæfellsnes peninsula, on this budget-friendly 5- day road trip of a lifetime.

Type of tour:Road-Trips
Season:All year
Duration:5 Days/4 Nights
Departure:All days

Snaefellsnes Express Road Trip


Short on time? Want to experience area voted by US Travel Magazine Travel and Leisure as the winter getaway in Europe? Don´t want to break the bank? We invite you to go on a 5-day road trip of a lifetime through the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

The western edge of the peninsula is a national park which features Snaefellsjokull glacier which is featured in the epic adventure ´Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.´ Snaefellsnes peninsula has been referred to as ´Iceland in Miniature´ as you can experience all the best of Iceland in this region. This includes Snaefellsjokull glacier, impressive beaches, vast lava fields, cliffs teaming with birdlife, impressive rock stacks, friendly fishing towns and imposing mountains.

On our road trips you have the freedom to travel at your own pace by car, you can explore dramatic landscapes sculpted by ancient glaciers and volcanoes, hunt for the elusive northern lights or bask in the midnight sun (depending on the time of year!), and visit the sites – including the famous Londrangar sea stacks.

Do you want to add caving or a sushi tour or other exciting activities to your itinerary? Go for it! You can easily book your day tours or activities in advance or if you are feeling spontaneous, book them directly in your Iceland Travel Companion App along the way. It’s that easy!

What's in it for you?

  • Flexible stress-free travelling. With a comprehensive map and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace and choose your own stops and activities along the way.
  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion App preinstalled on a tablet. The app includes:
    • Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates.
    • A map view of your entire trip.
    • Thousands of points of interest with descriptions clearly displayed on your map. The points of interest can be customized to suit your interests and individual route.
    • Book a day tour or activity directly in the app.
    • GPS Road Guide in several different languages, safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, emergency numbers and more.
  • An electronic version of the Iceland Travel Guide. Prior to your arrival, we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure


  • Explore all Iceland's main attractions along the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Visit the charming fishing villages of GrundarfjordurArnarstapi and Hellnar, beautiful mountains and volcanic craters such as Kirkjufell and Ljosufjoll, the black beach at Djupalonssandur, the majaestic glacier Snaefellsjokull, and the seal colony at Ytri Tunga. If you’re lucky and travelling between September and April, you might even spot the northern lights along the way.
  • See all that Reykjavik city has to offer with two overnights in the 'Capital of Cool'.





  • Due to high demand, accommodation in Reykjavik for New Year's Eve cannot be guaranteed.
  • Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher.
  • Please note: The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • Please note that this package can only be booked online.Our road trip packages are designed by our team of travel experts. They are created for people like you who want to experience the very best of what Iceland has to offer. To get the best value Iceland Travel has to offer, book our road trips online. Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee.
  • With our exclusive road trip app, you don´t have to worry about missing out and you will always find your way to your hotel after a full day of traveling. It is easy to book day tours and activities in the app when you are on the road. 

What to bring:

Learn more about what to pack for you Iceland adventure here.


  • 2 nights in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 2 night in countryside hotels, including breakfast
  • Rental car for 5 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**
  • GPS system with car and additional authorized driver
  • Tablet with the Iceland Travel Companion App preinstalled, plus phone charger and standard outlet charger
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavik international airport
  • Airport Service Charge
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours

**Please note that the package price is based on 4 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 5 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4-day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

Not included

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Gasoline/petrol
  • Admissions and activities
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 1400 (2:00 pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Day 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

Arrival in Iceland - The world’s northernmost capital city

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport, make sure you receive a tablet with protective case and chargers, and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is yours to rest and use at your own leisure.

Overnight in Reykjavik.


Day 2: Reykjavik - South of Snæfellnes

Approximate distance: ca 190km / 118miles

Impressive mountains – beautiful 19th-century church – lava fields – fishing villages – unique rock formations - Snæfellsjökull glacier

This is a day for romantic seaside scenery.

Drive from Reykjavik via the Hvalfjordur tunnel to Borgarnes town which makes for a perfect pit stop. We recommend the cosy Kaffi Kyrrd for refreshments. Proceed from Borgarnes on road 45 to your hotel on the southwestern edge of Sneafellsnes peninsula where the imposing Snaefellsjokull glacier dominates the scenery.

Visit the fishing village of Arnarstapi and its harbor. Walk along the coastline to see the teeming birdlife and the magnificent lava formation.  See the monument of the mythical protector of Snaefellsnes, Bardur Snaefellsas and don´t miss Gatklettur or Arch Rock which is a beautiful cliff with a circular arch. It is surrounded by birdlife and pretty flora.

Near Arnarstapi are such natural wonders such as Raudfeldsgja, Dritvik, Bjarnafoss and Londrangar sea stacks.

Nearby is the old charming fishing village of Hellnar. It has lovely rock formations by the sea. One rock formation is especially noteworthy, it is called Valasnos. It has a cave called Badstofa which is famous for its light and hues.

Near Hotel Budir is a pathway which takes you through a lava field by the coast to charming 19th-century church. It is a setting for a perfect romantic walk.

Overnight in a local hotel.


Day 3: South West of Snaefellsnes to North of Snaefellsnes

Approximate distance: ca 159KM / 99miles to Stykkisholmur town

Drive from your hotel on the South Western part of Snaefellsnes peninsula. If you are up to it you can book a caving tour in the 200 meters long and 35-meter deep lava cave Vatnshellir. Don´t worry, you can book this tour in the Iceland Companion app at your leisure. Continue to the fishing villages of Hellissandur, Rif and Olafsvik. At Olafsvik town you can join a whale watching tour during the summer (1 April – 15 September). Again, you can book this in the Iceland Travel Companion app.

Proceed to the town of Grundarfjordur which is famous for the picturesque (or shall we say Tolkienesque) mountain of Kirkjufell. During the summer Grundarfjordur hosts a ´Viking village´ with the local Viking Association showing re-enactments.  The surrounding fjord is abundant in marine-life and in winter orca whales can be seen swimming near the shore, chasing Iceland’s delicious herring. The area has also become a known sanctuary for the white-tailed eagle which is the largest predatory bird in Iceland.

From Grundarfjordur there is a short drive to Stykkisholmur town. 

Overnight in Stykkisholmur town or nearby towns.


Day 4: Stykkisholmur (or other town in the north of Stykkisholmur to Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca 165KM / 103 miles to Reykjavik

Drive back to Reykjavik through Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Borgarfjordur Valley via Borgarnes. Enjoy a scenic detour to Hvalfjordur fjord. Enjoy your free afternoon in Reykjavik.


Day 5: Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon, as it is on your way to the airport if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day. *

 **Please note that the package price is based on 18x24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 19 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 18-day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.


Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.



  • 1 Person = 1 single room
  • 2 Persons = 1 double/twin room
  • 3 Persons = 1 double/twin + 1 single room
  • 4 Persons = 2 double/twin rooms
  • 5 Persons = 2 double/twin + 1 single room

Car Rental

Our selfdrive packages include basic insurance (CDW), unlimited mileage, VAT, a GPS system and two authorized drivers.


Quality is an important factor for Iceland Travel. When organizing our tours we choose accommodation with regards to quality, value for money, location and service provided.


Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.


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