7 Days in West Iceland
Season: 15 May - 30 September
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Areas: West, Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Travel at your own pace and experience Iceland away from crowded places on this 7 day self drive tour to the spectacular Strandir coast, Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Borgarfjörður fjord in West Iceland.
Strandir coast is one of the most remote area in Iceland known for its history of witchcraft and sorcery as well as the extraordinary landscape and amazing nature. The varied landscape of the Snæfellsnes peninsula has much to offer with many interesting, beautiful sights and lovely villages. The Borgarfjörður fjord is a true natural paradise where you can choose from many adventures activities, visit beautiful sights and learn about the Viking Saga history.
Since this is a self-drive trip you can decide where to stop and what attractions to explore while driving the less travelled roads of the West, giving you a better insight into the charm of the Icelandic nature and culture. You will not miss out on anything as we have put together this great itinerary with well located camping sites/accommodation, suggestions of interesting places to visit and optional activity available on the way.
- 4x4 car rental for 7 days and roof top tent for 2 persons+camping gear/accommodation
- GPS and extra driver
- Detailed itinerary for each day
- Map with practical information on interesting sites, things to do and more
- Fun Iceland Travel Guide
- Travel agent to oversee your itinerary and answer all your questions
- Meeting with travel agent when you arrive (optional)
- Taxes, service fee and VAT
- Flights to and from Iceland
- Optional activities (can be added)
- Personal insurance
- Any arrangements not specifically stated as included
Day 1 Arrival
Depending on your arrival to Iceland either spend one night in Reykjavik after your flight or begin our journey when you arrive. We will transfer you from the airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik with the Flybus airport transfer or you can pick up your rental car at the airport. We recommend that you spend at least one day in Reykjavik, you can do it before or after your travels to the south.
Accommodation: Reykjavik (Optional and not included in the price)
Day 2 - West Iceland
Begin your journey to Strandir region in the Westfjords, stopping by glanni waterfall and the Paradise Hollow along the way. Continue to the small village Hólmavík and spend the rest of the day exploring the area, visit the Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft, go birdwatching or hike around the coast.
Highlights: Glanni waterfall, Paradise Hollow and Hólmavík
Optional activity: Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft
Day 3 - Strandir Region
Strandir region is known for its history of witchcraft and sorcery and was for many centuries one of the most remote areas in Iceland. Visit the small village Drangsnes and the least populated area in Iceland, Árneshreppur. Relax in natural hot springs, explore the abandoned herring processing factory in Djúpavík, enjoy the vast beaches and diverse landscape. Deep in the fjord you will find Krossneslaug geothermal pool.
Highlights: Drangsnes, Árneshreppur, Gvendarlaug, Djúpavík, Trékyllisvík and Krossneslaug
Day 4 - Reykhólar - Rauðisandur beach - Látrabjarg cliffs
Continue to Látrabjarg, the highest cliffs in Iceland and one of the largest bird colony in Europe. Take a barefoot walk on Rauðisandur golden beach, one of the most peaceful places in Iceland. Explore the small village Reykhólar, the perfect hub for bird watching, hiking and take a seaweed bath.
Highlights: Látrabjarg cliffs, Rauðisandur beach and Reykhólar
Day 5 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Head towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula, an area characterized by diverse landscape, unique natural wonders and friendly villages. Along the way stop by Guðrúnarlaug geothermal pool and Eiríkstaðir museum. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring Snæfellsnes peninsula, including Snæfellsnes National Park, Arnarstapi, Djúpalónssandur beach, Lóndrangar basalt cliffs and Kirkjufell mountain.
Highlights: Gilsfjörður fjord, Guðrúnarlaug geothermal pool, Eiríkstaðir museum, Stykkishólmur, Grundarfjörður, Ólafsvík, hellissandur, Rif, Kirkjufell mountain, Snæfellsnes National Park, Djúpalónssandur beach, Dritvík, Lóndrangar basalt cliffs, Hellnar, Arnarstapi and Sönghellir cave.
Optional activity: Vatnshellir cave
Day 6 - Snæfellsnes peninsula
Spend the day exploring the rest of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, places that you missed or want to revisit.
Highlights: Stykkishólmur, Grundarfjörður, Ólafsvík, hellissandur, Rif, Kirkjufell mountain, Snæfellsnes National Park, Djúpalónssandur beach, Dritvík, Lóndrangar basalt cliffs, Hellnar, Arnarstapi and Sönghellir cave.
Optional activity: Vatnshellir cave
Day 7 - Borgarfjörður
It is time to start to head back but first spend the day exploring the Borgarfjörður fjord. The fjord is known for its history and exquisite nature. For those interested in Icelandic history you might enjoy a visit to Snorrastofa at Reykholt. Also don’t miss the waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, the powerful hot spring Deildartunguhver or go on a cave tour and explore the Víðgelmir cave (optional). From Húsafell you also have the option to go on a snowmobile tour to Langjokull glacier and visit the ice cave located there. (Optional).
Highlights: Snorrastofa & Reykholt, Hraunfossar waterfall, Barnafoss waterfall and Deildartunguhver hot spring.
Drive back to Reykjavík