The Best of the South and West 7 days

This road trip includes the best of the South West Iceland has to offer.
Due to limited availability of rental cars this summer we strongly advice planning your road trip timely and if you are looking to book a road trip with less than 5 weeks notice please contact us to check availability

Overview

Map for The Best of the South and West 7 days tour
  • Duration:7 days / 6 nights
  • By Car km/mi:1240
  • Season:All year
  • Operates:Daily
  • Price From:85357 ISK/Per Person
  • Tour ID:RT31

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival - Reykjavik City



You will transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik in a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus. Enjoy the rest of the day in Reykjavik, which offers a great variety of things to do. Included is a visit to the Northern Lights Center in Reykjavik where you can learn about the Northern lights and how to take good photographs of them, which might come in handy if you get to see them on your tour. See iconic buildings including the Perlan (the Pearl), the Alþingishúsið (where the Icelandic parliament is housed), and Hallgrímskirkja Church. If you don't have time to shop on Laugarvegur Street, don't worry; you can do that when you return from your adventure.

Highlights:
Reykjavik city

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 2. Golden Circle



Pick up your car in the morning and begin your day with the famous Golden Circle route, where some of the most precious gems of Iceland can be found. First you visit the Þingvellir National Park, which is an UNESCO world heritage site and is full of history and natural beauty. This is the place where the Icelandic Parliament was established in 930. The Mid-Atlantic ridge runs through the national park and forms an impressive rift valley. From Þingvellir continue to Geysir geothermal area where you explore hot springs and geysers. The most powerful, active geyser – Strokkur erupts every 8 minutes or so with such a force that the boiling water jets up to 20 meters into the air. Just a little further from the geothermal area you will find the majestic Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Waterfall – one of Iceland´s most impressive waterfalls. Heading south to your lodging for the night visit the picturesque waterfall Faxi and the impressive volcanic crater – Kerið along the way.

Highlights:
Kerið Crater
Faxi Waterfall
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Þingvellir National Park

Driving distance:
220 km

Overnight:
Hella area


Day 3. The South Coast



Today, continue east towards the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano that last erupted in 2010 and stopped the air traffic in Europe and America. At the foot of the glacier you will find two stunning waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. If there is no snow or ice, it is possible to walk behind the Seljalandfoss waterfall, but be careful. By Skógafoss waterfall you´ll find museum called Skógasafn. Before you turn back to you accommodation drive towards the small town of Vik and visit the black lava beach and basalt columns at Reynisdrangar and Dyrholaey Nature Reserve.


Highlights:
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Eyjafjallajökull Glacier
Vík Town
Reynisfjara Beach

Optional Extra
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
LAVA Centre

Driving distance:
190 kilometers

Overnight:
Hella area


Day 4. Scenery & Sagas



Head to Borgarnes town via Hvalfjörður fjord where you will find the Icelandic Settlement Centre, whose main objective is to present the fascinating sagas from the settlement times as well as a special exhibition of the famous Viking poet, Egill Skallagrímsson. Continue traveling through Borgarfjörður district to see the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, the hot spring area of Deildartunguhver and The historic Reykholt the former home of Snorri Sturluson a great writer, poet and chieftain in Iceland who was assassinated by the order of the Norwegian king in 1241


Highlights:
Borgarnes-Town
Reykholt Town
Hraunfossar Waterfalls

Optional Extra
Krauma Baths
The Settlement Center
Ice caves and tunnels on Langjökull glacier

Driving distance:
300 kilometers

Overnight:
Borgarnes area


Day 5. The West Coast and Snæfellsnes



Continue to Snæfellsnes Peninsula where you will come upon numerous natural wonders. Cross the plains of Mýrar and head to the South Coast of the peninsula. In the northern part of Mýrar, you will pass a number of spectacular craters. Continue to the charming hamlets of Arnarstapi and Hellnar Continue around the tip of the peninsula at the foot Snæfellsjökull, a graceful glaciated volcano that is a popular destination for glacier hikers, snowmobilers, and skiers. For those not familiar with the glacier, a guide is recommended. Continue to the north side of the peninsula and visit the small fishing villages before visiting a local shark catcher and try the local fermented shark if you have the guts for it (not included).

Highlights:
Arnarstapi Village
Lóndrangar Rock Formations
Snæfellsjökull Glacier

Driving distance:
230 kilometers

Overnight:
Snæfellsnes area


Day 6. Reykjanes Peninsula and the Blue Lagoon



Drive back towards Reykjavik and continue on your journey to the lunar-like landscapes of Reykjanes Peninsula. Visit Lake Kleifarvatn and the Krísuvík geothermal area for a feel of the power of the Earth. Continue to Grindavík, a quaint fishing town before continuing a short distance to the amazing Blue Lagoon. Here you can enjoy a relaxing bath in the mineral rich waters and apply some of the silica mud to rejuvenate and your soften skin. At the Blue Lagoon, you can enjoy a stroll, dine at the Lava Restaurant, get a massage, and visit the Blue Lagoon Café . It's a great place to collect your thoughts after your days exploring Iceland (Blue Lagoon entrance not included). Head back to Reykjavík and drop off the car.

Highlights:
Lake Kleifarvatn
Krýsuvík Geothermal Area
Grindavík Town
The Blue Lagoon

Driving distance:
300 km

Overnight:
Reykjavík City


Day 7. Departure



It's your last day in Iceland. Transfer in a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus to the airport from your accommodation in Reykjavik.


Accommodation

Comfort Accommodation
Comfort Accommodation


Private rooms with private WC facilities and shower/bath in hotels or well appointed guesthouses.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Economy Accommodation
Economy Accommodation


Private rooms with shared WC facilities and shower in guesthouses.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Mixed Accommodation
Mixed Accommodation


Combination of both Economy and Comfort accommodation.
With 50/50 distribution of nights you get the best from both categories, economy and comfort. For tours with odd numbers of nights, the additional night is booked in Comfort accommodation.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Quality Accommodation
Quality Accommodation


Rooms in the highest quality accommodation available with private shower or bath and WC.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds.In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Rental Cars

01.A - Hyundai I10 or similar - Manual -

01.A - Hyundai I10 or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:4
  • Suitcases:1
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Manual
02.D - Hyundai I10 or similar - Automatic -

02.D - Hyundai I10 or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:4
  • Suitcases:1
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
03.N - VW Polo or similar - Manual -

03.N - VW Polo or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:2
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Manual
04.O - VW Polo or similar - Automatic -

04.O - VW Polo or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:2
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
05.B - VW Golf or similar - Manual -

05.B - VW Golf or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:2
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Manual
06.L - VW Golf or similar - Automatic -

06.L - VW Golf or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:2
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
07.E - Hyundai I30 station or similar - Manual -

07.E - Hyundai I30 station or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Manual
09.M - Skoda Octavia Station AWD or similar - Automatic -

09.M - Skoda Octavia Station AWD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
10.P - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Manual -

10.P - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:3
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Manual
11.H - Kia Sportage 4WD or similar - Automatic -

11.H - Kia Sportage 4WD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:3
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
12.J - Land Rover Discovery Sport 4WD or similar - Automatic -

12.J - Land Rover Discovery Sport 4WD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:3
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
14.XE - VW Transporter 2WD or similar - Manual -

14.XE - VW Transporter 2WD or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:9
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:4
  • Operation:Manual
15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:9
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:4
  • Operation:Manual

Other Information

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.

*FAQ*

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?
During summer (May - September) any type of vehicle is sufficient for this tour. In winter between mid September – mid April we recommend a 4x4 vehicle as there is a chance of some snow or ice on the road. The cars are equipped with good winter tires during winter.

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.

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Photos

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