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Magical West Iceland: Mystical Landscapes and Viking Legends

West Iceland was chosen by Lonely Planet as one of its “Best in Travel 2016“ sites. Come discover more of this scenic and family-friendly region!

Type of tour:Self-Drive Tours
Season:20 June - 15 August
Duration:6 Days/5 Nights
Departure:All days
Language:English

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Our self-drive holidays with fixed dates offer pre-booked accommodations on certain days; all there is left to do is to choose a car and start looking forward to an adventure in Iceland!

These comfortably-paced trips also have the benefit of being confirmed in one business day, along with knowing at the time of booking what hotels you will be using.

With a focus on West Iceland, this six day tour boasts beautiful landscape, lush valleys, coastal scenery, snow-capped glaciers and two of Iceland’s national parks. A visit here gives you a very thorough experience of what makes Iceland special.   It’s a region rich in history, as you can walk in the places where famous Vikings lived.  You’ll also discover interesting folk tales and legends inspired by the landscape.

You´ll enjoy a comfortable traveling pace and a chance to visit friendly farms as well as the famous Golden Circle natural wonders.

Included

  • Rental car for 5 days with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection, and two authorized drivers. Types of Car recommended: any.
  • Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport
  • Accommodation with private bathrooms for 5 nights
  • Breakfast daily, except arrival
  • Detailed road map
  • Detailed Travel Booklet
  • Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version 
  • 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
 
 

Day 1: Arrival and overnight in Reykjanes Peninsula

Approximate distance: ca30km / 19miles

Volcanic Wonderland – UNESCO Geopark – Viking Heritage – Blue Lagoon

Pick up the car at the airport and drive to the Geohotel  in charming Grindavík village  (about 25 – 30 minute drive from the airport).  Check in to your hotel. 

If you are arriving on a morning flight, you are in a fantastic part of Iceland to explore and enjoy.  The Reykjanes peninsula area is an ideal introduction to Iceland´s volcanic personality.  The region has been designated a UNESCO Geopark for its otherworldly and beautiful volcanic features.   There are 55 points of interest in the area.   Some of these include Krýsuvík, a primoridial geothermal area of bubbling earth and steam,  and the Midatlantic Ridge that the divides the North American and European tectonic plates. 

Experience the area´s terrain on an ATV tour between lava and mountains and along the sea.  Try whale watching  or sailing.  Visit the Viking World museum and discover Norse history and the famous Íslendingur Viking ship at that sailed to North America in 2000.  Other area activities include birdwatching, hiking and playing golf in Sandgerði, on the edge of the ocean.

Or take a scenic drive through the area, visiting Geopark sites and enjoying seafood in charming village restaurants.

Of course, a very important place to visit in this area is the relaxing Blue Lagoon, which is a short drive from your hotel.  The soothing geothermal mineral waters are perfect for your skin, and it´s a great way to shake off jetlag!  (Important:  if you plan to visit the Blue Lagoon, admission must be booked in advance.  Iceland Travel can assist you with this.

Overnight stay in the Reykjanes area (Geo Hotel, Grindavík or similar)

 

Day 2: South Coast Road to Gullfoss and Geysir

Approximate distance: ca215km / 134miles

Thundering Waves – Magical Church – Viking Horses – Golden Falls – Spouting Geysers

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start with a drive along a scenic road taking you by thundering waterfalls and the mysterious mountains surrounding Lake Kleifarvatn.  Stop at Strandakirkja, a lovely old church,  Local legends have it that the church has been believed  provides good fortune and success to those in need of it.  The road takes you into the green farmlands and coasts of South Iceland.  Take an optional tour of  Fakasel, an interactive horse center,  where you can meet friendly Icelandic horses and discover more about this ancient Viking breed.  Your ultimate destination is the Golden Circle region.  Visit  Gullfoss, the Queen of Waterfalls.  Nearby is the Geysir Geothermal area, where hot springs bubble and even shoot into the air.  Most famous of these is Strokkur, which erupts like clockwork.   Maybe you´ll opt to bathe in one of the local favorite hot spring pools of the area.  These include the Secret Lagoon in Fludir,  or the Fontana Steambaths in Laugarvatn.

Overnight in the Geysir region.

 

Day 3: Thingvellir National Park – Whale Fjord – Borgarnes – Laugar Sælingsdalur

Approximate distance: ca250km / 155miles

Historical and Geographical park – Saga history town – Viking Homestead

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today discover two national parks.  Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) provides a visually stunning lesson in plate tectonics and is a historical treasure as the site of the world's oldest parliament.

A drive along scenic Hvalfjörður (Whale) Fjord reveals Bjarteyjarsandur, a working horse and sheep farm where you may choose to stop for a friendly visit or even participate in fun farm activities. Driving further into West Iceland brings you to Borgarnes known for Iceland's beloved Sagas where you can go on a voyage of discovery at the Settlement Center which uses the Sagas to explore the history of Iceland's early settlement by Nordic Vikings.

Take the scenic route towards Budardalur village, a village that dates back to Iceland‘s Viking settlement.  At the nearby Erpsstadir dairy farm you can stop for an introduction to Icelandic farm life and taste the freshly made ice cream.

If you continue to Eiriksstadir, you'll see the Viking Age home and turf-covered replica longhouse of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. In this area you can also visit the rocky outcrop said to be a cathedral to elves and other supernatural creatures.  In the evening, when the sun hits it just right, it takes on its own strange glow. 

Overnight at the Hotel Edda Laugar in Saelingsdalur or similar

 

Day 4: Snaefelljökull National Park- Stykkisholmur

Approximate distance: ca220km / 137miles

Pebbled beaches – Shark Museum – Bay of a Thousand Islands

Breakfast at your hotel.  Continuing north, head onto the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, also known as “Iceland in a Nutshell“ for its compact combination of the different types of landscapes that represent Iceland.  This peninsula is also rich in Icelandic history and folklore.  Snæfellsjokull National Park, the only coastal national park in the country, makes up the Western edge of the peninsula.    The park is named after the volcanic glacier that towers over the peninsula.  A benevolent half-troll spirit is said to guard the area from the top of the mountain.  The mountain has a reputation internationally as a place of healing energy.  Science fiction fans may know Snaefellskökull from Jules Vernes‘ novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

 Enjoy exploring the fantastic landscapes, birdlife and historical sites in Iceland´s oldest national park.  

Explore Stykkisholmur with its beautifully preserved town center.  From here, you can take a boat tour through Breiðafjörður bay with its jawdropping seascapes and thousands of tiny islands dotting the area.  

Many visitors to this area like to visit the Shark Museum at Bjarnarhofn for a courageous taste of 'rotten' shark meat, a local delicacy, and a fascinating lesson on shark fishing

Explore pebbled beaches to bizarrely-shaped sea cliffs with incredible birdlife.   Keep an eye out for Kirkjufell (the Church Mountain), a popular landmark for photographers.

Overnight at Hotel Hellnar. 

 

DAY 5: Borgarfjörður – Reykholt – Hvalfjörður – Reykjavík

Approximate distance: ca330km / 205miles

Picturesque Waterfalls – Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring- Home of Medevial Saga Author

Breakfast at your hotel.  A drive through Borgarfjordur reveals a region proud of its legacy, serving as the setting for most of the Icelandic Sagas with the landscape, nature and culture reflecting this heritage and bringing history to life. While in Reykholt you'll be walking in the footsteps of Snorri Sturluson, famed Saga poet and author.

A drive further reveals two adjacent waterfalls, each with very different characteristics. At Hraunfoss (Lava Falls) the water seems to magically appear from the moss covered lava rocks and shiver down into the rushing turquoise blue waters below, while Barnafoss (Children's Falls) resembles a pale blue milkshake of short, fierce rapids that cut through a narrow canyon.

Nearby is Europe's most powerful hot spring, Deildatunguhver, where visitors can by organic tomatoes grown using geothermal heat in the nearby greenhouses.

On your way back we recommend a short detour to Háafell goat farm, that is proud to protect the Icelandic goat stock. You can play your part in the protection and adopt one of their goats for a one year support or longer.

Head to Reykjavík in the afternoon.   Overnight at hotel in Hafnarfjörður or Reykjavik.

 

Day 6: Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 33miles

Breakfast at your hotel.  Drive back to Keflavik International Airport,  Drop off your car at the airport.  We recommend departing Reykjavik no later than 3 hours before your flight

 

Prices per person in EUR, valid June-August 2017

Valid for departures on fixed dates.  If you choose any other date, you can select from different types of accommodation; Comfort, Economy and Budget

  Car group 1.0 Car group 1.1 Car group 2.0 Car group 2.6 Car group 3.0 Car group 3.1 Car group 4.0 Car group 4.1 Car group 5.0 Car group 5.1 Car group 7.1 Car group 9.9 
5 adults in car  n/a  n/a  866  893  902  910  910  917 967 984 1041  1069
4 adults in car  900  908  908  943  953  963  963  972  1035  1056  1127  1162
3 adults in car  967  979  979  1024  1038  1052  1052  1063  1147  1
175
 1271  1316
2 adults in car  1102 1119   1119  1188  1208  1229  1229  1246  1373  1414  1557  1626
1 adult in car  1904  1939  1939  2076  2117  2158  2158  2192  2446  2528  2815  2952

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.

 

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.