RT28 - The Westfjords in a nutshell with Snæfellsnes and Highlands of South Iceland 16 days
Self Drive Tour
|Season:||(JUL 5 to AUG 15)|
|Duration:||(16 days / 15 nights)|
|By Car km/mi:||(2865)|
|Price from:||(349424 ISK )|
This unique self drive tour gives you a luxurious opportunity to experience the massive contrasts of Iceland. Along the famous South Coast and Snæfellsnes you will visit the remote Westfjords and experience south Iceland highlands. A true 16 day adventure, packed with spectacular views and sites.
Day 1. Arrival
Following you arrival at the airport, you will transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavík, in a comfortable, Wi-Fi connected bus. Spend the rest of your day exploring Reykjavík, which offers a great variety of things to do and see.
Day 2. The Scenic Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Pick up your car in the morning and start your Iceland adventure by driving towards the town of Borgarnes. At Borgarnes you will find the Icelandic Settlement Centre where you can learn all about the fascinating sagas from the settlements times as well as a unique exhibition of the famous Viking poet – Egill Skallagrímsson. Continue to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where you will find numerous natural wonders. Cross the plains of Mýrar and head to the South Coast of the peninsula. In northern part of Mýrar you will pass quite a few stunning craters. Continue to the charming hamlets of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, where you will find an easy access to bird cliffs and unique lava fields. Continue around the tip of the peninsula at the foot of the mysterious Snæfellsjökull glacier and volcano. Snæfellsjökull is a popular destination for hikers, snowmobilers and skiers. For those not familiar with the glacier, a guide is recommended. Snæfellsjökull glacier was featured in Jule Verne´s story „Journey to the Centre of Earth“. Drive east along the north coast of the peninsula to the charming village of Stykkishólmur.
Lóndrangar Rock Formations
Day 3. Breiðafjörður Bay
We suggest a very special cruise from Stykkishólmur in the morning among the numerous islands of Breiðafjorður Bay with its unique birdlife. Puffins Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Eiders and many other bird species nest here in great numbers in summer. The White Tailed Eagles nest here too and are frequently seen. This is an unforgettable experience and takes a little more than two hours. The cruise is available daily at 11:00 from 14. May – 15. October and at 11:00 on Tuesdays and Sundays from 14. January - 13. May. In the afternoon, cruise with the ferry Baldur across Breiðafjörður Bay with it’s countless islands to Brjánslækur Port on the south coast of the Westfjords. Enroute to Brjánslækur, the ferry will make a short stop at the Flatey Island to drop off and pick up passengers. Drive from Brjánslækur to Hnjótur.
Viking Sushi Boat Tour
Day 4. Látrabjarg Cliff and Rauðasandur Beach
Continue to Látrabjarg, one of the most crowded bird cliffs in the world. In summer, the 444 m high sea cliffs are occupied by millions of Puffins, Gannets, Guillemots and Razorbills. Return to Hnjótur and further to explore Kollsvík, which is surrounded by magnificent scenery. Next visit the most famous beach of Iceland – Rauðasandur. The unique sand and shell mix gives the beach a spectacular yellow-read colour. This is a wonderful place to enjoy an amazing bird- and wildlife. During the summer time you may spot seals relaxing at the beach.
Day 5. Dynjandi Waterfall and towards Ísafjörður
Head to the north towards Ísafjörður town, the largest town in the Westfjords. The route is characterized by stunning steep-sided mountain scenery and deep and narrow fjords. On your way visit Tálknafjörður and Bíldudalur. Make sure you stop at the waterfall Dynjandi, after crossing Dynjandisheiði Pass. Drive along the shore of Arnarfjörður Fjord and across the steep Hrafnseyrarheiði Pass to the small fishing village Þingeyri.
A day at Ísafjöður and surroundings
Return to the tunnel and continue to Ísafjörður. Today you will have plenty of time to explore the town of Ísafjörður and its surroundings. Various day tours are available from Ísafjörður – sea kayaking, horse riding, boat trips and even hiking trips to Hornstrandir area. In summer, an interesting boat tour to the picturesque Vigur Island is available from Ísafjörður, - a great experience. Hornstrandir is a nature reserve that was established in 1975. The nature reserve is accessible only by boat and foot as there are not any roads to Hornstrandir.
Day 7. Kaldalón - Drangajökull Glacier - Strandir
Continue on your journey towards Hólmavík, along the shores of the numerous and some uninhabited, fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp with beautiful coastlines, teeming with seals and bird life. Make a detour to Kaldalón at the foot of Drangajökull Glacier. At the end of the road, you will find a popular hiking route to Drangajökull area. Next continue across Steingrímsfjarðarheiði Pass heading for Hólmavík. After crossing Steingrímsjarðarheiði Pass, visit Drangsnes, a small fishing village. Boat trips for bird watching and sea angling are available from Drangsnes. Information is available at Guesthouse Malarhorn at Drangsnes. At Drangsnes is a hot outdoor pool with natural hot water, - popular for bathing, where you can take a dip and relax.
Kaldalón Fjord and Drangajökull Glacier
Day 8. The Beautiful Fjords of Norðurstrandir
Continue to explore the fjords of Strandir and visit Bjarnarfjörður fjord, where you will find several farms, some of them abandoned. Continue on scenic road by Reykjarfjörður Fjord which is usually closed during the winter time due to massive snow. Visit Djúpavík village at the end of the fjord. In the past, Djúpavík was busy fishing town - nowadays however, the village is quiet as there is no longer any fishing industry at Djúpavík. Continue to Norðurfjörður Fjord, where you will find a unique geothermal pool on the shore. Continue further to Ingólfsfjörður Fjörd where you will find an abanbdoned herring processing factory. Soon after construction the herring catches declined and the factory was closed in 1952. Continue further to Ófeigsfjörður Fjord where the road ends. There are numerous hiking opportunities in this area.
Day 9. Vatnsnes Peninsula - Hvítserkur - Skagafjörður Fjord
In the morning head for Hólmavík. We suggest a stop at the Witchcraft museum at Hólmavík. From there continue to Hrútafjörður Fjord. From Staðarskáli by the main highaway continue to Miðfjörður Fjord and along Víðidalur Valley towards the fertile valley of Skagafjörður, renowned for horse breeding. The Icelandic Seal Center at Hvammstangi town is an interesting place to visit. It is a research and exhibition center, investigating the lives of seals found in and around Iceland. Around Vatnsnes peninsula, you have a unique opportunity to watch both harbour seals and grey seals in their natural habitat. The main watching locations are Svalbarð and at Illugastaðir on the west coast and at Ósar on the east coast. The Icelandic Seal Center at Hvammstangi gives more information about these locations and how to approach the seals with care. It is usually best to see the seals at low tide since seals usually rest ashore during low tide, but feed during high tide. Next you will pass Blönduós town and drive further across Vatnsskarð Pass to the Skagafjörður district. Popular horse riding tours for beginners and experienced riders are available in Skagafjörður. Some of the best White Water Rafting in Iceland is available here too. We recommend a visis to the Glaumbær Folk Museum, open during the summer and the old church at Víðimýri, close to Varmahlíð is also well worth a visit. Hólar is an interesting historical place to visit as well as the town Hofsós with its old buildings and the Emigration Centre
Glaumbær Folk Museum
Day 10. Kjölur Highland Road
Leave Skagafjörður and head south towards the Kjalvegur (Kjölur) highland route. Fill up the tank before you go (Varmahlíð) and take along some food for the day, - there is no filling station and no food available along this route. Drive past the man made Blöndulón Lake, a lake reservoir for Blönduvirkjun Hydro Electrical Power Station and take 35 south across the centre of the highlands between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull. On a fine day, - an unforgettable drive of breathtaking magnificence and beauty. The route traveled is an ancient south and north horse trail artery. You will be coming to the colorful geothermal area Hveravellir between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull, a picturesque hot spring area at an altitude of 672m. The springs are surrounded by multi colored sinter terraces and display different colors and a variety of forms. There is a mountain hut and a warden station at Hveravellir, open during the summer.
Next to the mountain hut is a small warm water pool, ideal for a dip in the thermal water. Along the uninhabited highland route, there are extensive views of mountains of all sizes and shapes, the two ice fields Langjökull and Hofsjökull, a black desert and to Kerlingarfjöll, a colourful range of rhyolite mountains, their highest peak rising 1477m. There is a short detour on F347 to Kerlingarfjöll. This is a true mountain wilderness of spectacular peaks, canyons and hidden here are strange and colorful thermal areas. Proceed south and past Mt. Bláfell. After that, you will be descending towards the edge of the highland plateau. Come to the waterfall Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfall. Continue a short distance further on 35 to the Great Geysir area. Explore the Geysir hot spring area on foot and see the famous Great Geysir and Strokkur, a geyser that spouts every few minutes. Remember the water temperature is close to boiling, - so be careful. The Geysir Service Centre offers a restaurant, hotel, swimming pool, souvenir shop, snack bar, gas station, horse riding tours, quad bike tours, and more. Continue to the school centre Laugarvatn, where you will find a popular geothermal spa, - Laugarvatn Fontana.
Day 11. Geysir Geothermal Area - Þingvellir National Park
Continue across Lyngdalsheiði Heath and head to the National Park Þingvellir, a unique place from a geological point of view. Research has shown that Þingvellir is a natural wonder on an international scale, where evidence of continental drift and the rifting of the earth's crust can clearly be seen. There are few places on the planet, - if any, where evidence of continental drift is as clearly visible as it is at Þingvellir. Þingvellir is also the most historical place in the country and a place of exceptional beauty. After exploring the many sights at Þingvellir, continue to the south and later east along the lakeshore of Lake Þingvallavatn and drive to Nesjavellir, one of the largest geothermal area in Iceland. Numerous boreholes have been drilled at Nesjavellir for natural hot water that is piped from Nesjavellir to Reykjavik, a distance of about 30 km for heating the city. There are many interesting marked hiking trails in the slopes of Mt. Hengill above. Continue your toad trip to Selfoss, the largest town in south Iceland and further to Hella town.
Geysir Geothermal Area
Þingvellir National Park
Day 12. Landmannalaugar and Fjallabak Route
Today you will head once again to highlands of Iceland. Drive along Mt Hekla, which is also called “the queen of Icelandic volcanoes”, to the stunning highland oasis – Landmannalaugar. On the way to Landmannalaugar you will visit the scenic Frostastaðavatn and impressive Ljótipollu crater. The breathtaking scenery in Landmannlaugar is a mixture of the colourful Rhyolite mountains, black lava fields, yellow and green moss, and hot springs. One of Iceland’s most famous natural pools is located in Landmannalaugar, ideal for a relaxing bath after hiking and exploring this highland pearl. The area is an absolute paradise for hikers and nature lovers. From Landmannalaugar continue south via Fjallabak route, which is one of the most scenic highland paths in Iceland. On the way, visit Eldgjá Canyon and Ófærufoss Waterfall.
Day 13. Kirkjubæjarklaustur Area and Laki Craters
Start your day by exploring the surroundings of Kirkjubæjarklaustur town. Stop by Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon located just west from Kirkjubæjarklaustur and the Kirkjugólfið (the Church Floor), a protected natural monument just east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Kirkjugólfið's basalt columns have been eroded and shaped by wind and water, but they look man-made. Next head inland to Laki craters. From the main highway, it is about 80 kilometres to Laki on a rugged mountain road. The rewarding scenery at the end of the road makes the bumpy ride worthwhile. There are few wild and rugged natural wonders that equal the beauty of the Laki area. The enormous lava field is now covered with green moss, but the volcanic debris and colourful craters provide the Laki area with a grim, natural beauty. After exploring the lunar-like landscapes, head back to your overnight location in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.
Kirkjugólf - The Church Floor
Day 14. Skaftafell National Park - Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
By the roots of Vatnajökull glacier lays the stunning Skaftafell National Park. This is a fantastic place for short hikes and to enjoy the tranquillity of the national park. Skaftafell contains numerous breathtaking hiking trails including a walk to the elegant Svartifoss Waterfall, which is one of the parks most inspiring treasures. After a visit to Skaftafell National Park, continue along the roots of the glacier to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where gigantic icebergs the size of houses float around and slowly drift towards the sea. A boat tour on the lagoon amongst the icebergs is available and is highly recommended. Head back to Kirkjubæjarklaustur for an overnight stay.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The Glacier Lagoon - Amphibian Boat Tour
Skaftafell Surroundings - Flightseeing
Day 15. The Scenic South Coast and the Blue Lagoon
Drive towards Reykjavík enjoying the spectacular views of Iceland´s south coast. Visit the charming town of Vík, where you can buy various Icelandic wool products. Just outside Vík you will find the Black beach Reynisfjara with it´s strange rock formations rising from the sea, and Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve where you will find abundance of bird species including the puffin. Make a detour and visit Sólheimajökull glacier tongue, which is a part of the bigger Mýrdalsjökull. Stop at two majestic waterfalls – Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. If you are not afraid of getting wet, you can walk behind Seljalandsfoss falls. Pass towns of Selfoss and Hveragerði and continue to Reykjavík and further to the Blue Lagoon.
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Day 16. Departure
A Flybus transfer from the hotel to Keflavik airport in a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus.
- Flybus Transfer upon arrival to your accommodation in Reykjavík
- Rental car including VAT, unlimited milage and CDW
- Two authorized drivers
- GPS Navigation System
- WiFi included with the rental car
- Detailed Itinerary
- Road map with the route and accommodation marked in
- 24/7 Emergency Services
- Flybus transfer to Keflavik international airport
- How to drive in Iceland Booklet
- Taxes, Service fee and VAT
- Ferry Baldur from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur
- Optional Activities
This tour can be customized to your specifications and needs, so if you have any special requests, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to help you arrange the perfect Icelandic vacation.
We are arriving very early. What is the check in time?
Check in time is usually between 14:00 - 16:00 for accommodation in Iceland. The only way to secure an early check in is to book the night before as well. However if a room is ready you should be able to check in early.
Where to eat during the tour?
In the small towns around Iceland you will find restaurants, bakeries and cafes where you can get something to eat. If you are going to the highlands we recommend purchasing something to take with you as there are very limited options for meals in the remote highland areas.
Are there any hidden charges?
There are no hidden charges or fees you should be aware of. Note that fuel and meals other than breakfast are not included.
What type of car is recommended?
For this tour you require a 4x4 vehicle suitable for highland driving. On this tour you will be driving on both paved roads as well as rough highland tracks with river crossings.
Do I need an international driver’s license?
No you do not need an international drivers license but you need a valid driver’s licence, which you will have held for at least two years. Travellers from overseas will need a licence issued in their country of residence along with an English translation (where appropriate). Some form of picture Identity is required, e.g. Passport, ID card etc. A valid credit card is also required.
How far is it between gas stations?
Gas stations can be found in almost all towns around Iceland so running out of gas is not a likely scenario. However before going to the highland areas we recommend filling up the tank as there are no gas stations in the highlands.
Do hotels and guesthouses offer Wi-Fi internet connection?
Most hotels and guesthouses in Iceland do provide free access to Wi-Fi internet. Some hotels and guesthouses do charge a small fee for access to the internet.
How do I book and what is the process?
There are several factors that determine the tour price:
• Time of the year you plan on visiting
• Number of people travelling together
• Type of car Car Info (Only applicable with self drive trips)
• Accommodation type (we offer 2 categories of accommodation or you can choose mixture of both)
• Optional Activities (Various optional activities are available with each trip)
There is a special Price Calculator button with every self-drive tours and private guided tours where you can enter your choice of type of accommodation, car, number of people and your arrival date. The Price Calculator will calculate and display the price according to your specifications. This way you can see how different choices in car and accommodation types affect the price of the package.
Once you are confident about your trip selection proceed to press the book now tab. Here you will fill in the required information and proceed through the booking process.
We require a 15% deposit at the time of booking. Full payment is due 5 weeks prior to arrival.
Once a booking is made an automatic e-mail is sent informing you that the order has been placed and is currently being processed by the IcelandRoadtrip.com team. You will then be contacted with by one of our trusted travel agents with further details.
For more practical information please visit our Travel Guide
Prepaid Sim Card for mobile/cell phones
SIM cards are suitable for those visiting i Iceland. With a prepaid SIM card you can stay connected during your trip, which is perfect for those who travel with their own mobile/cell phone or smartphone, and want to be able to make local calls without having to pay roaming charges and stay connected through Social Media and E-mail.
The sim card includes unlimited calls and text to local numbers and 1 GB of data.
The sim card is compatible with unlocked mobile/cell phones. You will be given a local Icelandic phone number, be able to receive incoming calls for free, and also use your existing phone (if unlocked)
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 2000 ISK
Breiðafjörður Cruise - special offer
An excellent opportunity to explore the magnificent bird life of Breiðafjörður and also taste fresh scallops from the sea. The boat takes you around some of the many islands of Breiðafjörður fjord, where you will see numerous types of sea birds as well as the while-tailed eagle. The highlight of the tour is when a net plough is cast overboard and sea delicacies, such as scallops and sea urchins are brought on board for you to taste freshly from the sea.The tour is 2 hours and 15 minutes long.
January 15.-May 13 - Every Tuesday at 11:00
February 15, March 01, 15 and 22 (Friday) at 11:00
- Season: MAY 14 to OCT 15
- Item/Adult Price: 6605 ISK
- Youth age 16-20:3302 ISK
- Children age 0-15:0 ISK
- Available departure times:
- 11:00 (MAY 15 to SEP 30)
Horse Riding Tour North - 1 hour
The ideal tour for your first experience with the Icelandic horse! Enjoy a break on your journey in Iceland when discovering Skagafjörður, a mythical region for Icelandic horses. The scenic landscape alongside the river Svartá between prominent mountains provides a wonderful setting for horseback riding and getting to know more about our four-legged friends.
- Season: MAY 15 to OCT 15
- Item/Adult Price: 8500 ISK
- Children aged 6-11 (accompanied by an adult):8500 ISK
Glacier Walk - About 2 hours
Along the way to the glacier we will have a good view of the glacier lagoon and the area around the glacier. When we are at the starting point, we start with a safety briefing and a short lesson how to use the crampons and the ice pick on the glacier walk. Glacial landscape is amazing and dynamic, including crevices, sink holes and small black volcanic sand hills. Sometimes it's possible to take a look into the small holes or enter the caves. In winter the ice is blue and clear, the surface mostly covered by snow. During the summertime the ice becomes more white and the volcanic ash which forms various patterns in the landscape is more visible. As previously mentioned the glacial landscape changes day by day which makes it even more interesting to see and explore. With the glacier melting very rapidly in recent years the landscape has become more exciting. Sólheimajökull glacier is the ideal place to view geomorphology in formation and the effects of global warming on glaciers.
Minimum age requirement: 10 years
Duration: 2 - 2,5 hours - Time on the glacier: Approximately 1 - 1,5 hours
You bring: Bring warm clothing and something waterproof to wear, good walking shoes, gloves and cap.
- English speaking guide
- Ice axe
- Other safety equipment
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 11900 ISK
- Children age 8-15:8500 ISK
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier.
A valid driving license is required for driving a snowmobile. This snowmobile tour is perfect for first-time riders that are looking for a fun way to explore and experience the wilderness and the breathtaking views over South Iceland. The tour is 3 hours long (1 hours snowmobiling) and you will be provided with special snowsuits and helmets for you safety and comfort. The snowmobiles are easy to operate - it's just a matter of squeezing the accelerator or brake. Valid driver´s license is needed for driving the snowmobile.
The price is per person for two persons sharing a snowmobile. In all cases, if you are traveling alone, or if you prefer to be alone on a snowmobile traveling with other people, you need to add the single ride fee.
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 26990 ISK
- Single ride supplement per person:7000 ISK
- Children (5 - 11):19990 ISK
Amphibian boat Tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is one of the greatest natural wonders in Iceland and is also one of the most visited attraction. The boat tour gives you an amazing opportunity to sail among the massive ice floating in the lagoon. You might even be lucky and see some seals swimming around. The amphibian boat tour is 30-40 minutes long, guided in English and perfect for people of all ages. The tour is only available during the summer as the lagoon freezes over in winter time.
June - August every day between 9:00 - 19:00
May & September - October every day between 10:00 - 17:00
- Season: MAY 1 to SEP 30
- Item/Adult Price: 5900 ISK
- Children aged 6-12:2900 ISK
- Children (age 0-5):0 ISK
This 15 minute fixed wing tour takes you over the spellbinding scenery that surrounds us here in the Skaftafell National Park area, flying over the areas with the best conditions on the day. Enveloped by the Skeiðarársandur black sand beach to the south and west, with its majestic glacial riverbeds weaving abstract patterns in the sand, and Skeiðarárjökull glacier and Öræfajökull glacier volcano to the north, Skaftafell Terminal is truly located in a paradise on earth. Join us for an unforgettable sightseeing flight experience.
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 19500 ISK
- Children age 13-16:19500 ISK
- Children age 2-12:14625 ISK
LAVA Exhibition and Cinema
Examine the various volcanos—eruptions and lava flows, volcanic and rift systems, faults and glacial floods that make Iceland a showcase of volcanism. The centre introduces the Katla Geopark plus Iceland's elaborate monitoring system for surveying volcanos and earthquake zones.
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 3590 ISK
- Children age 6 - 15:1795 ISK
- Children 5 years and younger:0 ISK
A cancellation insurance is offered as an optional extra to considerably reduce or eliminate financial loss that may occur in case of a cancellation.
Cancellation terms if cancellation insurance is purhcased:
- If cancelled more than 48 hours prior to arrival date: 85% of full price will be refunded. Remaining 15% will be held by us and can be used towards a new tour within 36 months.
- If cancelled less than 48 hours prior to arrival date: 40% of full price will be charged.
- If cancelled on arrival date: 100% of full price will be charged.
Adults - 5000 ISK per person
Children 0-11 - Free
-The cancellation insurance covers cancellations for any reason.
-The cancellation insurance must be purchased for all tour participants.
-The cancellation insurance only applies to cancellations and not to booking changes.
-The cancellation insurance can be added to your booking up to 24 hours after the booking has been made.
-The cancellation insurance only applies to the whole tour and not to parts or Individual services within the package.
-The cancellation insurance is non refundable.
-Cancellation must be sent in writing by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancellation terms if cancellation insurance is NOT purhcased:
-If cancelled more than 2 weeks prior to arrival date: 15% of full price will be charged.
-If cancelled less than 2 weeks prior to arrival date: 50% of full price will be charged.
-If cancelled less than 72 hours prior to arrival date: 100% of full price will be charged.
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 5001 ISK
- Children 0-11:0 ISK
- High 1 Season: From May 26 through June 30.
- Low 1 Season: From October 01 through December 19.
- Spring Season: From April 28 through May 25.
- Fall Season: From September 01 through September 30.
- High 2 Season: From August 11 through August 31.
- Peak Season: From July 01 through August 10.
- Christmas and New Year Season: From December 20 through January 01.
- Low 2 Season: From January 02 through April 27.
1 Person = Single room or as requested
2 Sharing = One twin/double room or as requested
3 Sharing = One triple room or as requested
4 Sharing = Two twin/double rooms or as requested
5 Sharing = One twin/double room and one triple room or as requested
6 Sharing = Two triple rooms or as requested
7 Sharing = Two twin/double rooms and one triple room or as requested
8 Sharing = One twin/double room and two triple rooms or as requested
9 Sharing = Three triple rooms or as requested
10+ Sharing = As requested
- You can select your own room combination during the booking process.
- Triple rooms are in some cases only a double room with an extra bed.
Children 3-11 years old:
Iceland Road Trip offers families with one child to book up to 3 persons per double room. The room would either have a made up extra bed or a made up mattress in cases the rooms available are too small to accommodate an extra bed.
Two adults and two children need to book two double rooms.
Car Rental Season:
- High Season: From June 20 through August 25.
- Low Season: From September 30 through May 18.
- Shoulder 1 Season: From May 19 through June 19.
- Shoulder 2 Season: From August 26 through September 29.
The car rental supplier for all of our Self Drive Tours is AVIS.
Below information is from them and refers to requirements for renting a car, insurances, restrictions and other practical information.
Rental Car Delivery
A free shuttle service is included where a representative from the car rental agency picks you up from your accommodation or a nearby designated pickup location. From there you are taken to the car rental office to receive your rental car. Only the main driver and additional driver can be taken to the rental station.
Upon retruning the car a shuttle service back to Reykjavík hotels / downtown bus stops is included. The last shuttle to town leaves at 17:00.
The cars listed are examples only. Reservations are booked by car group only. If the car confirmed is not available at the time of rental, a similar or superior car is supplied at no extra cost. No distinction is made between 4x4 and 4wd vehicles.
The driver must present a fully valid drivers licence (i.e. not a temporary one) that has been held for a minimum of one year. An International Driving Permit is also required if the national drivers licence is not in the Roman script (for example in Cyrillic or Chinese script).
Minimum Age 20 years for passenger cars (A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and I)
23 years for jeeps (C, F, P, H, J, G, K and XP)
25 years for luxury cars and minibuses (XO, XE, XG and XH)
Young driver fee
Younger drivers may drive by paying a young driver fee of ISK 1000 per day. This is possible in:
Groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and I for drivers that are 18-19 years old
Groups C, F, P, H, J, G, K and XP for drivers that are 20-22 years old
Groups XO, XE, XG and XH for drivers that are 20-24 years old
In any case, the young driver must present a fully valid drivers licence (i.e. not a temporary one) that has been held for a minimum of 12 months.
Credid Card Authorization
No rentals can take place without the driver having a major credit card present issued in his name. Acceptable credit cards are: MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club. Prepaid credit cards cannot be accepted! An authorization from the credit card will be taken at the start of all rentals, even if the cost of the rental is covered by a voucher. This authorization amounts roughly to the cost of one additional day plus a full tank and varies therefore according to car group and season. Payment with cash or debit cards is not accepted at any time.
Vehicles in groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M, I, and XE are not allowed to be driven on roads marked F on official maps as well as Kjölur (road 35, north of Gullfoss) and Kaldidalur (road 550). Should these restrictions be ignored, all insurance (Third Party Liability, CDW, TP, WP, PAI), if accepted, shall be deemed, null and void. The driver will be held fully responsible in case of accidents or collision, including the cost of repair of the damaged vehicle and the cost of towing.
Should a car be spotted on a road on which it is not allowed, we will impose a fine that will be charged to the renters credit card – even if no damage occurs to the car. This fine currently amounts to ISK 100.000. This fine does not affect the liability of the renter to pay for any damage.
In case of breakdown or if the car is not safe to drive after an accident, our breakdown number must be contacted. The line is staffed 24 hours in summer and between 06:00 and 22:00 in winter. The number can be found on the key chain and the rental contract. Please note that this number is not to be called for any questions regarding the rental contract.
Cost of Damage
In general, damages are to be paid at the end of the rental. However, should a car have to be replaced after an accident, we may ask for settlement of the damage before a replacement car will be provided. The renter is responsible to inform us about any damages that have occurred to the car. The renters credit card may be debited for payments in respect of damage to the vehicle while in the possession of the renter. The time and terms of payment shall be at our sole discretion. This right shall remain unaffected for 6 months following the return of the vehicle. The cost of damage is determined by a price list available at all locations. In the case of major damages not covered by insurance, e.g. water damage, the cost will be estimated at an authorized garage.
Transport of a Damaged Car
For the transport of a damaged car ISK 310 per km are charged to the renter. There is always a minimum cost of ISK 55.000 which the renter must cover.
Replacing a damaged car is subject to availability. Sometimes, replacing the damaged vehicle with the same type is not possible. Such action by us does not constitute a breach of the contract and does not entitle the renter to any refund. If no alternative vehicle is available, we have no liability for refund any cost inferred by the renter. A replacement vehicle will not be provided before the damage of the old car has been settled.
In the event that the vehicle malfunctions owing to wear or other reasons for which the renter is not responsible, we will supply another vehicle or ensure that a repair is to be completed as soon as possible at a location specified by us. This does not affect the payment of the rental or any other charges payable by the renter hereunder. We will not pay any compensation in cases such as provided herein, neither for accommodation nor other.
Tires are always the renters liability. If tires go flat the renter is responsible for replacing them with tires of the same pattern and size at the nearest tire garage. If there is no tire with same pattern available the renter is required to call our breakdown number for instructions. We do not offer an emergency service for replacing flat tires.
Vehicle Condition Report (VCR)
With every rental the customer receives a Vehicle Condition Report on which all damages are marked. The customer is asked to sign the VCR and is handed a copy of the report. He has then the responsibility to check the car and can ask for amendments in case of any discrepancies to the VCR. A copy of the VCR is in the car and another copy is attached to the rental agreement. This prevents that the customer gets charged for damages he is not responsible for.
Partner Garages and Service Stations
We have many partner garages all around Iceland which provide help in case of damages to the rental car. In case of any problem our Reservation Department provides further information.
RSN - Roadside Assistance
ISK 500 per day (max. charge 10 days / 5.000 ISK)
RSN waives the towing / service fees in case of:
- The vehicle experiences a battery failure – well provide a jump start
- Keys are locked inside the vehicle or if the keys are lost
- Running out of fuel –we will deliver fuel to your location to get you on your way. If you put the wrong type of fuel into the car, we will come and help you pump it out and clean the tank.
Please note that the cost of a replacement key, additional fuel costs or the work for cleaning the tank are not included in this cover.
Any additional insurances need to be purchased directly at the car rental agency.
Third Party Liability and Personal Accident Insurance
Third-party liability insurance for owner and driver consists of the amount set by Icelandic law at any given time and is always included in the rental price but not listed separately.
Currently, Third Party Liability covers:
- Personal injury for up to ISK 2.475.000.000
- Damage to property for up to ISK 414.000.000
Personal Accident Insurance covers:
- Personal injury for up to ISK 186.000.000
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) - Includes Theft Protection (TP)
- Passenger cars (groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and XD)
Non-waivable excess ISK 195.000 per incident
- Luxury cars, jeeps and minibuses
Non-waivable excess ISK 360.000 per incident
CDW/TP limits the renters financial liability for damages to the vehicle, its parts and accessories, also including theft, attempted theft or vandalism, provided the vehicle is used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the rental agreement. All rentals are subject to a non-waivable excess, for which the customer is responsible in the event of damage, loss or theft to the vehicle during the rental.
If you plan to use your own insurance or one provided by your credit card for extra coverage please read and understand the terms of your insurance carefully and note that the CDW is included in all bookings and can not be removed from the car rental contract or declined.
Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) - Includes Super Theft Protection (STP)
Super Collision Damage Waiver price
- Passanger cars - 2700,- ISK per day
- Luxury cars, jeeps and mini buses - 3600,- ISK per day
- Passenger cars (groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and XD) non-waivable excess - zero
- Luxury cars, jeeps and minibuses non-waivable excess - zero
SCDW/STP waives the renters financial liability for damages to the vehicle, its parts and accessories, also including theft, attempted theft or vandalism, provided the vehicle is used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the rental agreement.
Wind & Gravel Protection (WGP)
Sand and Ash Protection price
- Passanger cars - 2700,- ISK per day
- Luxury cars, jeeps and mini buses - 3600,- ISK per day
- Passenger cars (groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and XD) non-waivable excess ISK 195.000 per incident - - Luxury cars, jeeps and minibuses non-waivable excess ISK 360.000 per incident
WGP lowers the renters financial liability in case of any damage to the car caused by the forces of nature, such as sand or ash, wind or gravel. Please note that such damages are not covered by CDW/SCDW. Damages to the front windscreen are covered by WGP. WGP is available at the rental desk and cannot be booked in advance.
Insurances do NOT cover
- Intentional damage or damage owing to gross negligence by the driver
- Damage resulting from the driver being under the influence of alcohol, stimulants or sedatives, or otherwise incapable of controlling the vehicle in a secure manner
- Damage owing to racing or test driving
- Damage owing to war, revolution, civil unrest or rioting
- Damage inflicted by animals
- Holes burned into seats, carpets or mats
- Damage affecting only wheels, tyres, suspension, batteries, glass (except for windscreens when additional insurance is taken), radio receivers or loss by theft of parts of the vehicle and damage resulting there from
- Damage caused by driving on rough road, such as damage to the vehicles transmission, drive, or other components in or attached to the chassis; damage to the chassis resulting from the vehicle bottoming on rough roads because of ridges left by road graders; stones lodged in the road surface or at the edge of the roadway. The same applies to damage from stones being thrown up and striking the underside of the vehicle during driving
- Damage resulting from driving in places where the vehicle is not permitted to be driven, such as tracks, rough trails, in snowdrifts, on ice, across un-bridged rivers or streams, on beaches, on causeways accessible only at low tide or in other off-road areas. However, compensation will be paid for damage resulting from the driver being forced to leave the roadway, e.g. for roadside repairs.
- Damage to passenger vehicles that occurs during driving on roads marked F on official maps
- Damage caused by sand, gravel, ash, pumice, or other earth material being blown onto the vehicle (except when Sand & Ash Protection is taken)
- Water damage to the vehicle; also damage caused by sea spray/seawater if the vehicle is transported by sea
Further Exclusions apply. For details please refer to AVIS full terms and conditions.
Duration: 16 days / 15 nights
Driving distance: 2865 KM
Price from: 349424 ISK/person - Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.