Camping in West Iceland
Driving Distance: ca 1200 km
Season: 15 May - 30 September
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Areas: West, Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Travel at your own pace and experience Iceland away from crowded places on this 6 day camping 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, suggestions of interesting places to visit and optional activity available on the way.
- Airport transfer/car pick up airport
- Tent and camping gear
- Rental car for 6 days (GPS and extra driver)
- Detailed itinerary
- Camping sites map
- 24/7 Emergency phone service
- Taxes, service fee and VAT
Day 1 - Arrival: West Iceland
Option 1 - Rental car pick up at the airport
Option 2 - Airport transfer to Reykjavík
Pick up your car at the airport/Reykjavík and begin your journey to the west. From Reykjavík drive towards the town Borgarnes and continue from there to Strandir region in the Westfjords. On the way we recommend stopping by the waterfall Glanni and the Paradise Hollow, located approx. 30 km from Borgarnes. Continue across the Holtavörðuheiði until taking road nr. 68 to the Westfjords. Spend the rest of the day exploring the area around Hólmavík town where you can visit the Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft, go birdwatching in Broddanes or hiking around the coast.
Camp in Holmavik or Drangsnes area
Highlights: Glanni Waterfall, Paradise Hollow and Hólmavík
Day 2 - 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. Drive to the town Drangsnes, a small village with population around 100 people and a paradise for bird lovers. From Drangsnes continue to visit Árneshreppur, the least populated area in Iceland with only 50 inhabitants. The road to the region is usually closed during the winter time, making transportation difficult for the residents. It might take a while to drive the road as there is so much to see on the way. Begin by visiting the natural hot spring called Gvendarlaug. Continue further north to Reykjafjörður fjord until you arrive in a small abandoned village called Djúpavík where you will find the old herring processing factory. The movie Justice League (2017) was partly filmed in Djúpavík. Continue to Norðurfjörður fjord, where you can take a walk around Trékyllisvík and explore the spectacular wildlife or relax in the geothermal pool called Krossneslaug. When you are at the end of the road you can start to head back to Drangsnes and relax in the hot tubs by the shore.
Camp in Drangsnes or Nordurfjordur
Highlights: Drangsnes, Árneshreppur, Gvendarlaug, Djúpavík, Trékyllisvík and Krossneslaug
Day 3 - Reykhólar - Rauðisandur beach - Látrabjarg cliffs
After a nice breakfast in Drangsnes it is time to continue exploring the Westfjords. Your next camping ground is in Reykhólar about 1 hour drive from Drangsnes. Reykhólar is a small village and the perfect hub for birdwatching. There you will also find some interesting hiking trails, swimming pool and the seaweed processing factory where you can enjoy a seaweed bath.
We also recommend to begin the day by driving to Látrabjarg, the westernmost part of Iceland. Látrabjarg are the highest cliffs in Iceland and one of the largest bird colony in Europe. On the way back it is a must to stop at one of the most peaceful places in Iceland, Rauðisandur beach. The drive from Reykhólar to Látrabjarg takes about 3,5 hours one way.
Camp in Reykholar or Midjanes
Highlights: Reykholar, Látrabjarg and Rauðisandur
Day 4 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula
We continue the journey and next destination is the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Take road nr. 60 and cross the bridge over Gilsfjörður where you might want to stop for a photo on a good day. We also recommend stopping at Guðrúnarlaug geothermal pool and Eiríksstaðir museum. Snæfellsnes peninsula is characterized by diverse landscape, unique natural wonders and friendly villages. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the area, you can start by driving to Stykkishólmur town where you can find some interesting museums, restaurants and a swimming pool.
Camp in Snæfellsnes peninsula
Day 5 - Snæfellsnes peninsula
Spend the day exploring the rest of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Begin by driving to Arnarstapi where you can take a walk through a lava field to Hellnar where you can find a cozy café. Snæfellsnes National Park is an important historical site and offers many interesting sights including Snæfellsjokull glacier, Lóndrangar basalt cliffs, Vatnshellir cave (optional tour), Songhellir cave, Djúpalónssandur beach and Dritvík. On the north part of Snæfellsnes you will find the friendly villages Hellissandur, Rif, Ólafsvík and Grundarfjörður with the beautiful mountain Kirkjufell located near the town.
Camp in Snæfellsnes peninsula, Varmaland or Reykholt
Day 6 - Borgarfjörður
It is time to start to head back but before we go back to Reykjavík we will 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).
Drive back to Reykjavík