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Self Drive

9 day Westfjords and West Iceland Self Drive Road Trip

A 9 day Westfjords and West Iceland self drive road trip along secluded villages and deep fjords. Avoid the crowds in the Westfjords.

  • Trees planted 16
  • Available apr, may, jun, jul, aug, sep, oct
  • Duration 9 days / 8 nights
  • Departure Keflavík airport / Reykjavík city
  • Distance driven

What you'll experience.

A 9 day Westfjords and West Iceland self drive road trip!

On this 9 day Westfjords and West Iceland self drive road trip you will embark on a journey to some of the most remote villages and areas in Iceland.

The Westfjords hide great attractions and beautiful tiny villages. The Westfjords of Iceland were named one of the top 10 regions to travel in 2022 by Lonely Planet. Dramatic landscapes, secluded villages, rugged mountain ranges, dirt roads, and deep fjords, are some of the areas landmarks. If you are looking to leave the masses behind, the Westfjords are where you want to go.

On your way to and from the Westfjords you will explore the Western side of the island. Snæfellsnes peninsula geopark offers a stunning day of exploration, glacier, lava fields, lava caves, sea cliffs, and craters. The peninsula is often called “miniature Iceland” for the abundance of attractions it holds. The Borgarnes area is full of history and beautiful natural attractions.

Reykholt. Attractions of the day include Deildartunguhver hot springs, Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls, and Surtshellir lava caves.

Highlights

Please note

Adding optional activities may change the itinerary slightly.

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, slush, 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 (when suitable)
  • 4G WiFi with unlimited data to stay connected during your tour
  • VAT 24%

Can be added in the booking process

  • Liability waiver for carefree travelling
    Small car: ISK 3.590 per day
    Medium/Large car: ISK 4.690 per day
  • SAAP (Sand and Ash Insurance)
    Recommended for those travelling the south coast.
    Rates depend on the size of the rental car.
    ISK 1.650 per day
  • GPS navigation system
    Some cars have free GPS systems on board
    1.550 ISK per day
  • Roadside assistance waiver
    ISK 800 per day
  • Booster seat
    Free of charge
  • Baby seat
    0 - 13 kg - ISK 4.000 per rental
  • Child seat
    15 - 36 kg - ISK 4.000 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.


Included in final tour price.

Included

  • Accommodation for 8 nights with daily breakfast and private facilities
  • Rental car of your choice for 10 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

      Itinerary.

      Day 1

      Today is your arrival day in Iceland. When you have gone through the arrival gate, you will collect your rental car and start your Iceland journey. Your first night will be in Reykjavík city so you can use this day to explore the city and what it has to offer.

      If you are looking to visit the Blue lagoon, we highly recommend doing so when you arrive. It is a very good feeling to rejuvenate your body and soul in the warm water after a long flight to Iceland.

      km driven: 50

      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 Búðir, Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Close by 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 continue along the Snæfellsnes peninsula visiting Lóndrangar basalt cliffs, Djúpalónssandur beach and Dritvík cove, Malarrif lighthouse, and Kirkjufell mountain. If time allows, you can visit Bjarnarhöfn shark museum and learn everything there is to know about how the famous fermented shark is made.

      You will spend the night in the Snæfellsnes area.

      Km driven: 235

      Day 3

      Today you will start your journey around the Westfjords of Iceland. You have the option of taking the ferry Baldur from Stykkishólmur across Breiðafjörður fjord, the fjord of 1000 islands, to Brjánslækur or you can drive around visiting the Reykhólar area and driving along the beautiful coastline. We highly recommend the boat tour across as it is a very beautiful crossing and it shortens the drive a whole lot.

      Today you will visit attractions like Rauðasandur beach, and Látrabjarg, one of Europe's largest bird cliffs, before settling in at your accommodations for the night.

      Km driven: 170/350

      Day 4

      Continue along the fjords of the West and visit tiny secluded towns and some beautiful attractions.

      Today you will visit Reykjafjarðalaug geothermal pool, Dynjandi waterfall, and the tiny towns of Tálknafjörður, Bíldudalur, Þingeyri, Flateyri, Suðureyri, before settling in at your accommdations in the Ísafjörður area.

      km driven: 149 km

      Day 5

      You can spend today relaxing in the town of Ísafjörður and exploring this beautiful capital of the Westfjords.

      Today you will also take a short drive over to the town of Bolungarvík where you can visit Mount. Bolafjall viewpoint for a spectacular view over Ísafjarðardjúp and Jökulfirðir fjords. Some people say that on a bright, clear day, you can even see all the way to Greenland.

      km driven: 30

      Day 6

      You will now drive along the deep fjords of the Ísafjarðardjúp way. The deep fjords hide some very beautiful views and attractions. On the way you will drive through the town of Súðavík before continuing on to Hvítanes seal spot where seals are usually resting on rocks very close to shore. Close by is a small farm called Litlibær. There you can enter the tiny house and learn about it's history from the time it was built and how people lived in the very secluded small farm. Next you will continue along the deep fjords and driving by historical areas and Reykjaneslaug geothermal pool before leaving the Ísafjarðadjúp area.

      You will settle in for the night in the Hólmavík / Drangsnes area.

      km driven: 223

      Day 7

      You will now explore the isolated fjords, and residents along the Strandir area. You will drive along a dirt road today and the scenery is spectacular! You will start the day by driving to Bjarnafjörður fjord before continuing onwards on the rugged dirt road to the historical village of Djúpavík and the abandoned herring factory. Continuing onwards will lead you past villages and factories that used to be teaming with life but are now abandoned or only a shadow of their former self's in the early 19th century. Stunning natural attractions like Reykjaneshyrna mountain and Tafla mountain offer great hiking options. Norðurfjörður and Krossneslaug geothermal pool is where the road ends and you need to turn back. In Norðurfjörður you can find a nice café and a grocery store that is operated there during summer.

      Árneshreppur the least populous municipality in Iceland, with only 53 inhabitants. It stretches over a wide area, though, covering some 780 km2. The population density is thus only 0, 07 individuals per km2.

      You will settle in for the night in the Hólmavík / Drangsnes area.

      km driven: 211

      Day 8

      Today you will explore the Borgarfjörður area. You will start by leaving the the Westfjords heading South and drive down to the Ring road (road 1). In the Borgarfjörður area you will explore beautiful natural attractions and visit one of Iceland's most historic places, Reykholt. Attractions of the day include Deildartunguhver hot springs, Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls, and Surtshellir lava caves. After your exploration of the Borgarfjörður are, you will drive back to Reykjavík city where you will spend your last night in Iceland.

      Your accommodations will be in the Reykjavík area.

      km driven: 344

      Day 9

      Today is your departure day from Iceland. Depending on your time of departure you may be able to explore the beautiful Reykjanes peninsula geopark.

      km driven: 50

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