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Spectacular West

Travel along West Iceland. Experience the varied landscapes of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the magnificent Westfjords, a showcase of lava formations, geothermal activity and Viking Saga history

Type of tour:Self-Drive Tours
Season:01 May - 30 September
Duration:7 Days/6 Nights
Departure:All days
Language:English
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Travel along West Iceland and the varied landscapes of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a showcase of lava formations, geothermal activity and Viking Saga history.

The remote Westfjords are the least populated area in Iceland and ideal for off-the-beaten-track encounters with extraordinary nature. The Westfjords specialize in extremes: steep mountains plunge into deep fjords, rugged seabird cliffs hang over delicate beaches, and steamy thermal pools that among flowering vegetation.

 

What's in it for you?

  • Worry free travelling
  • Electronic version of Iceland Travel Booklet. 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!
  • Safety first! Free SIM card worth 2000 ISK to phone us in case of a travel hiccup or an emergency. It also gives you the opportunity to phone your friends and family at home and share your Iceland experience through social media.
  • Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day.

Highlights:

  • Visit the region Lonely Planet recommended as a must-visit place in 2016
  • Follow the footsteps of Viking settlers, including famous explorers
  • Visit locations mentioned in Icelandic Sagas
  • Be captivated by Snaefellsjokull, a glacial volcano that has inspired authors and artists for hundreds of years
  • Explore the hidden and stunning beauty of the Westfjords region
  • Discover tiny villages tucked in the fjords, each with its own character
  • View some of the most diverse wildlife in Iceland in nature reserves
  • Take advantage of opportunities to try sea kayaking, boat tours and seacoast horseback riding

 

 

 

 

Important:

  • You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
  • Car category 2.0 or higher is recommended for this itinerary.

Included

  • Accommodation for 6  nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 7 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended:2.0 and higher)
  • FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
  • Detailed road map
  • Detailed Travel Booklet
  • Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version
  • Ferry transfer between Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Westfjords
  • One SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 300 MB of data. StandardMicro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland.
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes

 

**Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7  an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

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Day 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

Geothermal Lagoon – Flower Village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.

From Keflavik International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. This village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and, because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs, it is often called the “flower village.“

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi

 

Day 2: Reykjavik - Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Stykkisholmur

Approximate distance: ca250km / 160miles

Massive Crater - Pebble Beaches - Glacier-Capped Volcano

 
Depart your hotel and travel along the western coast towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula. En route pass the perfectly formed Eldborg crater, which looks as if it belongs on the moon. Explore the extraordinary variety of natural wonders along the peninsula from the rich birdlife at Arnarstapi sea cliffs to pleasant hiking along the shiny pebble beach at Djupalonssandur.
 
Throughout the day enjoy the sight of Snaefellsjokull glacier, the icy cone-shaped peak which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD.

Overnight in West Iceland

 

Day 3: Stykkisholmur - Brjanslaekur - Westfjords

Approximate distance: ca155km / 95miles

Quaint Fishing Villages - Ferry on Breidafjordur Bay - Europe’s Largest Bird Cliffs

 
Sail across Breidafjordur Bay, which is home to more than 3,000 tiny islands inhabited with nesting seabirds and playful seals. Upon reaching the remote Westfjords, explore the area’s main attraction, Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point in Europe. The remarkable 441 meter high (1,447 ft) sea cliffs are alive with millions of playful puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills.  This beautiful natural sculpture has been recognized by both Lonely Planet and National Geographic as one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world. The cliffs make a stunning viewpoint to the beautiful beaches below during the Midnight Sun of summer.

Overnight in the Westfjords

 

Day 4: Patreksfjordur - Bildudalur - Thingeyri - Isafjordur

Approximate distance: ca220km / 135miles

Rugged Heaths - ‘Thunderer’ Waterfall - Capital of the Westfjords

 
Travel across the spectacular Westfjords, keeping an eye out for thermal bathing springs hidden among the rugged heaths. At Dynjandi waterfall,  the thunderous power of the main cascade drops 100 meters (329 ft) off the edge of a mountain. The waterfall base provides views seaward over lush valleys, making it an ideal picnic stop. En route, enjoy provincial charms in the fishing villages of Thingeyri before arriving in Isafjordur. Explore this honorary capital of the Westfjords, which has a real vibrancy and an endearing micro-culture created from years of isolation.

Overnight in Isafjordur area.

 

Day 5: Isafjordur - Holmavik - Strandir - Laugar Saelingsdalur

Approximate distance: ca360km / 220miles

Uninhabited Fjords - Seal and Birdlife - Remote Arctic Wilderness 


Drive the numerous uninhabited inlets of Isafjardardjup Fjord, with its beautiful coastline teeming with seals and bird life, towards Holmavik village. We recommend an excursion to the Strandir coast, one of the least-visited corners of Iceland. This remote and desolate wilderness has an air of mystery, where you can hike the breathtaking moorlands, soak in natural geothermal pools and learn about ancient sorcery and witchcraft. End your day in the fertile green valleys of Laugar in Saelingsdalur, an area rich in ancient Saga folklore and history.

 
 

Day 6: Laugar Saelingsdalur - Borgarfjordur - Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca290km / 180miles

Viking Heritage - Mysterious Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring

 
Drive to Eiriksstadir, the Viking Age home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, who discovered North America. See the turf-covered replica of his longhouse and the adjacent excavation site where you can stand on Leif’s doorstep and share his magnificent view overlooking Haukadalur valley. Head through Borgarfjordur, visiting Hraunfoss waterfall where the water shimmers from moss-covered lava into cerulean waters below.  The nearby Barnafoss Falls  have a mysterious secret to reveal. Be sure to stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, where you can buy organic tomatoes grown using geothermal heat. Continue via Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord) to Reykjavik.

 

 

Day 7: 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 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7  an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer

 

Iceland Travel offers different types of self-drive categories, where the main difference between each category is the accommodation which allows you to create an Iceland experience fitting your travel style.

Take a look at the accommodation categories here below and let us know your selection during the booking process.

 

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made prior to / including 31st March 2017

For travel period from 1st May - 30th September
May and September are offered with a 15% discount of below prices

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar2640143413921224x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar2688145814161236x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar26881458141612361254
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar28261524146412721278
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar28621548147012781284
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar28981566148212901296
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar29221584149412961296
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar29641602150613021308
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar32521740159613801368
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar33241782163213981386
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar36961968174614881452
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar38582046180015241488

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made from 1st April 2017

For the travel period 1st July - 15th August

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar2826153614881308x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar2874156015181320x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar28741560151813201344
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar30241632156613621368
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar30601656157213681374
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar31021674158413801386
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar31261692159613861386
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar31741716161413921398
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar34801860171014761464
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar35581908174614941482
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar39542106186615901554
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar41282190192616321590
 

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made prior to / including 31st March 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar2274129012541074x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar2322131412661086x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar23221314126610861104
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar24601386131411221140
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar24961404132611401146
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar25321422133811461152
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar25561434134411521158
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar26041452136211641164
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar28861596145812301218
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar29581632148212481236
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar33301818160213441308
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar34921896166213861344

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made from 1st April 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar2436138013441152x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar2484140413561164x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar24841404135611641182
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar26341482140412001218
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar26701500141612181224
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar27121524143412241230
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar27361536144012301242
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar27841554145812481248
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar30901710156013141302
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar31681746158413381320
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar35641944171614401398
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar37382028177614821440
 

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made prior to / including 31st March 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar194411341104930x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar198611581122942x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar198611581122942966
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar2131812181158978990
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar214812361170990996
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar2184125411829961002
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar22141266119410021008
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar22501284120610141014
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar26041470129010741068
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar26821506131410981086
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar30361680142811761152
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar31981758153612181182

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made from 1st April 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar208212121182996x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar2124124212001008x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar21241242120010081032
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar228121302124210441062
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar22981320125410621068
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar23341344126610681074
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar23701356127810741080
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar24061374129010861086
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar27841572138011521140
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar28681614140411761164
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar32461800153012601230
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar34201884164413021266

 

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 78 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 49 EUR in Category Comfort and 70 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.  

 

Discounts & special offers

15% discount for departures in May and September

 

Children rate

Valid when one child shares a double room with 2 adults:

  • Children 2-11 years old: EUR 54 / GBP 41 / USD 62 / CAD 83  per night. Add the total to the rate for 2 adults in car.
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • Children's accommodation consists of an extra bed/mattress on the floor.

 

Child Seat 0-13 kg approx. EUR 27 / GBP 21 / USD 31 / CAD 41 per rental.

Child Booster 9-25 kg approx. EUR 11 / GBP 8 / USD 13 / CAD 17 per rental. Payable on spot.

 


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.

 

Rooms

  • 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.

Accommodation

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.

 
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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.br /> 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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