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Self Drive

10 day Snæfellsnes South Coast & Landmannalaugar

Experience Iceland’s most popular attractions on a 10 day Snæfellsnes South Coast & Landmannalaugar self drive road trip.

  • Trees planted 16
  • Available jul, aug, sep, oct
  • Duration 10 days / 9 nights
  • Departure Keflavík airport / Reykjavík city
  • Distance driven 1360 km. / 845 mi.

What you'll experience.

Experience Iceland’s most popular attractions on a 10 day Snæfellsnes South Coast & Landmannalaugar self drive road trip.

10 day Snæfellsnes South Coast & Landmannalaugar area is a great way to experience all that these regions have to offer. This way you are in full control of the journey, no hassle and no crowded buses!

The tour

This 10 day Snæfellsnes South Coast & Landmannalaugar self-drive road trip, will take you to all the amazing highlights of the Southern and Western parts of Iceland and the incredible Landmannalaugar area. Highlights will include majestic glaciers, vast black sand beaches, boiling hot springs, picturesque waterfalls and many more interesting attractions. This self drive adventure is ideal for those who want to get the most out of their time in Iceland during summer.

You will start your journey by exploring Reykjavík city on your arrival day. Next you will head on to West Iceland where you will discover the amazing beauty of Snæfellsnes peninsula and the Borgarfjörður area. Snæfellsnes peninsula is often known as “miniature Iceland” due to the abundance of attractions it holds. Attractions include Kirkjufell mountain, Djúpalónssandur beach, Lóndrangar view point, Arnarstapi, Gatklettur rock formation, and many more. From there you will continue to Borgarfjöður area where you will visit one of the most historic places in Iceland, Reykholt. Other attractions in the area include Hraunfossar waterfalls, Deildartunguhver hot spring, and Surtshellir lava cave.

Next up is the Golden circle of Iceland. There you will be exploring world famous attractions. Þingvellir national park, a UNESCO world heritage site, is a sacred place for the Icelandic nation. It is the birth place of the oldest parliament in the world, Alþing (Althing), established in Þingvellir in 930. You will continue along the Golden circle and visit stunning attractions including, Kerið crater, Geysir geothermal area, Strokkur spouting hot spring, Gullfoss waterfall, Brúarhlöð gorge and more.

You will now venture into the highlands of Iceland and visit the otherworldly, Landmannalaugar area. The Landmannalaugar area offers incredible hiking options in the stunning landscape. Afterwards it is possible to enjoy a relaxing time in a geothermal hot spring located in the area.

The South Coast of Iceland is probably the most popular travel route in Iceland. It includes many amazing attractions with an incredibly easy access just of the main road. Attractions of the day include, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Gljúfrabúi waterfall, Skógafoss waterfall, Sólheimasandur plane wreck (optional hike), Dyrhólaey promontory, Reynisfjara black sand beach, and more. You will end the day somewhere around the beautiful town of Vík. Continuing along the South Coast will give you the chance to explore more amazing attractions like, Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, Skaftafell geopark, Vatnajökull national park, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the Diamond beach, and more.

Finally, you will explore the stunning Reykjanes peninsula and geopark. The peninsula holds geothermal areas, volcanic craters, sea cliffs, the Mid-Atlantic ridge, and other beautiful sights. Attractions like, Seltún geothermal area, Gunnuhver hot spring, Brimketill lava rock pool, Reykjanesviti lighthouse, and the Bridge between continents, will be on the your list for the day.

Please note

Adding optional activities may change the itinerary slightly. When selecting a rental car in the request form, please select a 4WD/4X4 car as 2WD cars are not allowed on highland roads (F-roads).

A detailed itinerary will be provided once booking has been confirmed.

To request a price quote for this tour, please fill out the request form below, and we will send you a price quote based on your preferences.

If you want more information about the Airport direct or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can either send us a message through the contact form or via email at info@nordicgreentravel.com.

This tour is carbon offset through the forestry project Plant a Tree in Iceland

If you want to know more about Plant a Tree in Iceland, please visit the project at www.plantatreeiniceland.is

Don’t want to drive yourself? Check out our selection of guided multi-day tours here.

Rental car selection.

If you are planning on driving in Iceland during winter, between September and May, we highly recommend choosing a 4x4 vehicle for your safety and to make your vacation more enjoyable. The weather in Iceland can change suddenly and you could encounter snow or sleet. Some roads are also not accessible for smaller vehicles but can be reached on 4x4´s.

To ensure your safety on our self-drive tours in Iceland, we only provide 4WD cars from 1st of October through March, due to possible snow, sleed, and other hazardous road conditions.

Included in rental rate

  • Unlimited mileage
  • CDW (Collision Damage Waver)
  • SCDW (Super Collision Damage Waver)
  • GP (Gravel Protection. Includes damages to windscreens, headlights and the car)
  • TP (Theft Protection)
  • Extra driver option
  • 4G WiFi with unlimited data to stay connected during your tour
  • VAT 24%

Not included in rental rate

Can be added in the booking process

  • Liability waiver for carefree travelling
    Small car: 3.290 ISK per day
    Medium/Large car: 3.890 ISK per day
  • GPS navigation system
    Some cars have free GPS systems on board
    1.550 ISK per day
  • SAAP (Sand and Ash Insurance)
    Recommended for those travelling the south coast.
    Rates depend on the size of the rental car.
  • Baby seat
    0 - 13 kg 4.000 ISK per rental
  • Child seat
    15 - 36 kg 4.000 ISK per rental

Accommodations.

You can choose from four main categories of accommodations in the booking request process, Comfort, Quality, Quality+ and Luxury. Breakfast is included in all categories.

Comfort

This includes rooms with private bathroom and shower, in hotels and guesthouses.

Breakfast is included.

Quality

This includes rooms with private bathroom and shower, in 3 — 4 star hotels or the best available in the area.

Breakfast is included.

Quality+

This includes deluxe / superior rooms or suites with private bathroom and shower, in 3 — 4 star hotels or the best available in the area.

Breakfast is included.

Luxury

This includes rooms or suites with private facilities, in luxury and boutique hotels. Please note that this category has very limited availability and is not available in all parts of Iceland.

Breakfast is included.

Included in final tour price.

Included

  • Accommodation for 9 nights with daily breakfast and private facilities
  • Rental car of your choice for 7 days including CDW, SCDW, TP, GP, Extra driver, 4G Wifi hotspot with unlimited data and VAT 24%
  • Detailed personal itinerary
  • Free mobile app for interactive itinerary
  • Carbon offsetting (16 trees planted)
  • Taxes and service fees
  • Personal and professional service

Not included

  • Flight to/from Iceland
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gasoline/petrol, tunnel and parking fees
  • Meals and drinks beside breakfast
  • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
  • Optional activities listed in booking request process

Highlights.

  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • South Coast of Iceland
  • The Golden Circle of Iceland
  • Landmannalaugar Highlands area
  • Reykjavík City

Itinerary.

Day 1

Today is arrival day in Iceland. You will start by picking up your rental car at Keflavík international airport and start your Iceland adventure. You will spend your first day exploring the vibrant capital, Reykjavík city. The city has a lot to offer for everyone, great restaurants, cafe's, and bars, terrific shopping venues, interesting museum, and exiting exhibitions. You can also participate in activities like Whale watching or enjoying a relaxing stay at one of Iceland's luxurious geothermal baths, The Blue lagoon or the Sky lagoon.

Day 2

The amazing natural beauty of the Snæfellsnes peninsula awaits - You will start your day by driving to Borganes, a small town located in the Borgarfjörður fjord. From there you will drive through the lava fields of Eldborgarhraun where you can take a short hike up to the Eldborg crater. You will then proceed to drive along the south coast of the peninsula to Arnarstapi and Hellnar where you can add an optional caving expedition to Vatnshellir cave. After a refreshing stop there you will enter the Snæfellsnes National Park and drive under the Snæfellsjökull glacier. If conditions are good and you are driving a 4x4 car, it is possible to drive up to the glacier's edge and take a walk on the ice cap. You will spend the night in the Snæfellsnes area.

Km driven: 235

Day 3

You will continue your Snæfellsnes peninsula exploration. Now you will head to Stykkishólmur, a small, charming fishing town by the north coast of the peninsula. We highly recommend taking a boat ride out on the bay to observe the amazing wild life of the area. You will even get to taste freshly caught scallops and mussels right on the boat. From Stykkishólmur you will head towards Húsafell. On your way there you will make stops at the beautiful waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. In Húsafell you can also join an optional expedition to the man made ice cave in Langjökull glacier. You will spend the night in the Húsafell area.

Km driven: 220

Day 4

Today you will make your way to the Southern part of Iceland. Drive towards Reykjavík and make a turn to Þingvellir National Park, a UNSECO World Heritage Site. There you can witness the effects of the Eurasian and North American continental drift. We highly recommend a snorkeling or diving session in the Silfra fissure for those who are willing and able. There is nothing quite like the experience of snorkeling in the crystal clear waters between two continents. After your stay in Þingvellir you will head to the Geysir geothermal area and check out the spouting hot spring Strokkur before heading to the iconic Gullfoss waterfall. You will spend the night in the Flúðir area. If you are up for it, we recommend a trip to the Secret Lagoon near Flúðir where you can relax and rest tired bones before retiring to your accommodation.

Km driven: 245

Day 5

Today is dedicated to the amazing Landmannalaugar highlands area. The area is known for its colorful landscape and stunning views as well as the warm river that runs through the area so don't forget your bathing suit! On your way to and from Landmannalaugar you will be able to check out other stunning attractions such as Þjófafoss waterfall, mt. Hekla, Háifoss waterfall, and the Commonwealth farm one of Iceland's many active volcanoes.

Km driven: 230

Day 6

You will now head to the South coast. Your first scheduled stop will be at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Take the opportunity to walk behind it for a unique view and some amazing photos. You will then proceed passed the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier to the picturesque waterfall Skógafoss before heading to the abandoned plane wreck at Sólheimasandur black sand beach. A little further east you can see the beautiful basalt columns of Reynisfjara and witness the awe-inspiring power of the North Atlantic ocean pounding on the rocks.

Km driven: 167

Day 7

After breakfast you'll head further East. Your first visit will be to the famous Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. You will head to Skaftafell geopark and Vatnajökull national park, where you can hike to the stunning Svartifoss waterfall and perhaps also to one of the outlet glaciers in the area. Afterwards you can head to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. There you can go for an optional boat ride on the lagoon and sail between the enormous ice bergs that float slowly to the North Atlantic ocean. You can also join a glacier walk on Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's biggest glacier. You will now continue heading East to the town of Höfn. There you will visit Vestrahorn mountain before settling in for the night.

Km driven: 203

Day 8

Today you will start your return drive back to the Western part of Iceland and end the day in the town of Vík. You will however start your day by driving a little bit further East and visit the stunning Vestrahorn mountain. After that you will start your journey back. Along the way you can visit any attractions you might have missed out on along the South coast. Other attractions can be visited as well and we recommend a visit to Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon which is located not far from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Day 9

You can start your day by going for an optional glacier hike at Sólheimajökull glacier before heading back towards Reykjavík. On your way to Reykjavík you can make a stop in the town of Hveragerði and go for a hike to Reykjadalur valley and bathe in the geothermal river running through it. You can also take a detour and visit the famous Blue Lagoon near Grindavík and explore the beautiful attractions on the Reykjanes peninsula and geopark.

Please note that tickets to the Blue Lagoon are very limited and we recommend booking well in advance. You will spend your final night in Reykjavík or Keflavík area.

Km driven: 185 to 265 depending on itinerary choice.

Day 10

Departure from Keflavík airport and car rental return. Depending on your departure time you can explore Reykjavík a little further.

Km driven: 50

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