15 Days from$2,118 p/p in USD
DeparturesJul, Aug, Sep
This 14-night self-drive itinerary showcases Iceland’s spectacular Snaefellsnes Peninsula, less-visited West Fjords and south coast with rugged coastlines, snow-capped volcanoes, iconic waterfalls, glaciers and geothermal springs. From May to mid-July Iceland’s cliffs are stacked with nesting seabirds such as the towering cliffs of Latrabjarg, home to Iceland’s largest concentration of sea birds including puffins and kittiwakes. Seals haul out on rocky islets and if you’re lucky, you might spot a whale or two from the shore. You can also take a whale watching boat trip from Olafsvik. Spend time in Isafjordur, a protected remote area thriving with flora and fauna, such as arctic foxes, birds, seals and plants. There is also the option to the visit the Arctic Fox Sanctuary.
Safari types:Birding Safari, Self Drive Safari
You will visit:Latrabjarg, Olafsvik, Hveragerdi, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, West Fjords, Isafjordur, Reykjanes Peninsula, Stykkisholmur
Wildlife:Birds, Orca, White-Beaked Dolphin, Arctic Fox, Whales, Seals
Activities:Hiking, Kayak, Boat Cruise, Bicycle, Nature Walk, Optional Activities, Birding, Whale Watching
Getting around:Ferry, Rental Car
Start/end:Start/end in Keflavik International Airport
Price Per Person – GBP
From £ 1,731 per person – May
From £ 2,060 per person – June, July, August (SPECIAL OFFER usual price £ 2,287)
From £ 1,702 per person – September (SPECIAL OFFER usual price £ 1,824)
Prices based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire (Car Category B – VW Golf)
Prices may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.
Choice of Vehicles
We would always recommend a 4WD for winter travel, but many clients also prefer the greater security and comfort that a larger vehicle provides year round – upgrade your vehicle from as little as £10 per person per day. We can offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday – our team will be happy to talk you through the options and provide a quote for the most suitable category based on your individual requirements. Our long-standing relationship with the local Europcar franchise means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits, including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available. Alternatively, consider renting a motorhome and use this itinerary as a route outline. You’ll have complete flexibility on where you overnight.
- Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
- Daily breakfast
- Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
- No charge for additional driver
- Exclusive use of iDiscover App
- 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
- No surcharge guarantee
- Full financial protection
- Flights – Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Discover The World‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Discover The World‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
- All itineraries are subject to availability
Day by Day Overview
Fly to Keflavik and collect your vehicle. Take the short drive to Northern Lights Inn and if time allows drive around the rugged coastline of the western tip of the peninsula. Scenery here is dramatic with the crashing waves on to the black lava field. Visit Brimketill, a small, naturally carved pool by marine erosion. According to a legend, a giantess called Oddny used to frequently bathe here. Overnight at Northern Light Inn.
Following the coastline of Reykjanes Peninsula head north towards Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Passing Reykjavik and the mighty Mt Esja, arrive at the beautiful Hvalfjordur. Drive through the tunnel and head towards Borgarnes and Snaefellsnes. Check in to your hotel for a two night stay.
Explore the scenic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, walking among the fantastic coastal formations at Arnarstapi and visit the fjords and fishing villages along its north side where you find the iconic Kirkjufell mountain and waterfall. The western tip is scattered with extinct volcanic craters, rugged and dramatic coastal scenery, hidden coves and fantastic walking opportunities. Keep a look out for orcas and dolphins patrolling the coastline. In clear weather you may have views of the mystical cone-shaped volcano and Snaefellsjokull icecap.
Spend the morning at leisure or perhaps join a 3-hour whale watching boat trip from Olafsvik. In the afternoon make your way to Stykkisholmur for the ferry departure at 15:00. The Baldur ferry calls in at the beautiful island of Flatey before arriving in Brjanslaekur at 18:00. Spend the next two nights in the southern part of the West Fjords.
Enjoy the stunning fjord and mountain views as you drive to the bird cliffs at Latrabjarg, the westernmost point in Iceland and a must-see for bird watchers. Take your time here to enjoy the most spectacular views and teaming birdlife. The nearby Raudasandur beach is a beautiful reddish colour and can be viewed from a distance or take the 1km hike down, which involves wading a shallow river.
Heading north along Road 2, the scenery becomes more dramatic and there is a new view around every corner. The highlight of today is the thunderous Dynjandi waterfall. This fan shaped collection of falls cascades 100 metres down blending with six smaller falls as it descends. Take a short hike up to the viewing area to fully enjoy this spectacular natural site. Continue north making stops at the tiny fishing villages of Flateyri and Sudureyri before arriving in Isafjordur for a three night stay.
It is easy to explore the town on foot before getting in the car driving to the nearby town of Bolungarvik. Take the road up to the radio mast station for the most amazing views of the sea and surrounding mountains.
Exploring the area by foot, bike or kayak, or perhaps take an optional day trip by boat to the isolated and uninhabited Hornstrandir. This remote area is now protected and thriving with flora and fauna, such as arctic foxes, birds, seals and plants. Hiking in the mountains and past abandoned settlements you can enjoy the spectacular panoramic views across Isafjardardjup bay and Jokulfirdir glacier fjords to Drangajokull glacier.
The snaking coastline guides you in and out of the narrow fjords finally reaching the mountain plateau leading to Holmavik and the beautiful Strandir coast. Take the panoramic drive along the coast to Djupavik and look out for the seals along the way. There are many scenic stops and the old herring factory in Djupavik is an interesting and dramatic building to photograph. Overnight in Laugarholl or Drangsnes.
Heading south to Husafell, at Reykholt visit the church and the cultural centre of Snorrastofa, named after Iceland’s best-known author Snorri Sturluson. Here you also find Snorralaug, a geothermally heated pool preserved from Iceland’s medieval period. Also visit Iceland’s largest geothermal area, Deildartunguhver and the nearby Krauma Spa for a relaxing bathe before heading to Hotel Husafell for a two-night stay.
Spend the day exploring the area on foot or by car. Perhaps take an optional excursion to the Vidgelmir Caves or Into the Glacier. Enjoy the thermal baths at the hotel.
Today’s journey will take you to the stunning Hvalfjordur, and then on to the Thingvellir National Park, which is part of the fissure zone running through Iceland in the boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Continue to the beautiful 2-tiered waterfall Gullfoss and the Geysir geothermal area where the famous Strokkur spouts every few minutes. Also visit the Faxi falls on your way to Hveragerdi for a two night stay.
Take a leisurely drive along the beautiful south coast, visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the falls and the more hidden, yet stunning falls of Gljufrafoss. Continue to 60-metre high Skogafoss and perhaps hike to the top of the waterfall for amazing views of the south coast and the sea. The Dyrholaey bird cliffs are teaming with seabirds and here you normally find a colony of puffins (until mid August). Drop in at The Lava Centre, a great place to learn more about the volcanoes in Iceland, many of which you can see on your drive along the south coast.
A leisurely day exploring the Reykjanes Peninsula, which is on the drift zone between the North American and Eurasian plates. Visit the Krysuvik hot spings, the mudpools and steam vents at Gunnuhver, walk across the bridge between the continents, drive along the shores of the Kleifarvatn lake and perhaps end your day at the Blue Lagoon Spa. Overnight at Northern Lights Inn.
Return your vehicle to Keflavik Airport in time for your flight back to the UK.