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11 days - Independent self drive | Látrabjarg cliffs | Dynjandi waterfalls
Take a journey into the Icelandic countryside, self-driving the sparsely populated Westfjords region. Isolated, rugged and wind-shorn: these are qualities that easily define the Westfjords in Iceland. But this lonely peninsula also harbours the unspoilt beauty of Iceland's more secluded landmarks. Explore the levels of the Dynjandi waterfalls, visit the bird cliffs of Látrabjarg and wait for the returning fishing boats in the harbours to unload the 'catch of the day'.
Get off the beaten track - the oldest and wildest part of Iceland is ready to welcome you.
- Day 1
- Arrive Reykjavik and transfer into town
- Day 2
- Reykjavik - optional activities such as 'Inside the Volcano' tour
- Day 3
- Golden Circle Drive and then stay in a small fishing village
- Day 4
- Explore Snæfellsjökull glacier and it´s surrounding area
- Day 5
- Ferry to Brjánslækur, visit the bird cliffs at Látrabjarg or have a swim down by the harbour
- Day 6
- Explore Dynjandi waterfall on your way to Westfjords main town, Ísafjörður
- Day 7
- Ísafjörður optional activities - go hiking, boating or sea kayaking
- Day 8
- Head back towards Route 1 and Reykjavik, stopping along the way at quirky museums and natural hot springs
- Day 9
- Day exploring Borgarfjordur - lava fields, waterfalls or into the Glacier
- Day 10
- Drive to the Blue Lagoon
- Day 11
- Departure day
- Start/End Place
- Reykjavik, Iceland tours
- Country Visited
- Iceland tours
- 11 Days
- Easy independent self-drive holiday suitable for singles & couples
Transfers & self-drive car
- Rental manual car for 9 days Car type B (VW Golf or similar), with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance
- GPS included
- Accommodation outside of Reykjavik in small hotels with private facilities and breakfast included
- 2 nights in Reykjavik central downtown hotel, breakfast included or similar
- Ferry ticket
- Blue Lagoon entrance included
- Rental car return to Reykjavik airport
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- Inside the Volcano tour (half day tour) and Jokulfirdir tour
- Extra car insurance, such as S-CDW and gravel protection. If you are planning on driving to the Látrabjarg bird cliffs, you will be on gravel.
- If you wish to hire an automatic car, these are 'on request' and can be difficult to obtain. Please seek further advice with us.
- Transfers from airport to hotel on Day 1. We can arrange a private transfer if you wish.
- Flight tickets to/from start and end points, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik and transfer into town
On arrival, make your own way to the hotel. After settling in, start exploring this lovely capital. Be sure to check out the design stores and cool cafes in central Reykjavik.
In the evening you can enjoy a gourmet dinner at one of Reykjavik's many fine restaurants - taste the fresh Atlantic seafood or free-range lamb that Iceland is famous for.
Day 2 - Reykjavik - optional activities such as 'Inside the Volcano' tour
Reykjavik is an easy city to explore on foot or bike. Feel the fresh air on your face with a visit the harbour and perhaps enjoy a food tour of this small capital. If you're interested in experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.
Optional day tours include the 'Inside the Volcano' or the 'Inside the Glacier' tour which we would recommend booking before you travel.
Day 3 - Golden Circle Drive and then stay in a small fishing village
Pick up your car today and before heading west, drive the Golden Circle: erupting hot springs at Geysir, Gullfoss waterfalls and Þingvellir National Park. The Gullfoss waterfalls are Iceland's most popular and easily accessible from Reykjavik, therefore, rather crowded in the peak season. These two-tiered waterfalls are spectacular and involve a short walk from the car park.
Þingvellir is one of the most frequently visited tourist sites in Iceland where you can become better acquainted with Iceland's history and traditions. You can join guided tours of the site and also find short hiking trails to help you explore Þingvellir National Park.
At your leisure, head towards your stay tonight in a small fishing town by the beautiful Breiðafjörður with it´s numerous islands. Everything is within walking distance from your hotel such as museums, restaurants, the swimming pool and the beautiful harbour; the gateway to Breidafjordur Bay.
Day 4 - Explore Snæfellsjökull glacier and it´s surrounding area
Options today include exploring Snæfellsjökull glacier and it´s surrounding area. You can take an organised tour to reach the top of the glacier by either ski touring, ice-climbing or on a SnowCat.
From the top of the glacier it´s possible to go underground while exploring Vatnshellir Cave, an 8000 years old lava tube. It´s also possible to go horseback riding and birdwatching today.
Just thirty minutes away is the town Grundarfjörður where Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland, is located. Go for a boat ride touring Breidafjordur Bay with it´s innumerable islands, it´s various wildlife and try some local sushi.
Day 5 - Ferry to Brjánslækur, visit the bird cliffs at Látrabjarg or have a swim down by the harbour
This morning, board a ferry from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur. On arrival, you can visit the natural hot springs at Hellalaug that look over the fjords, a short five minute drive from the ferry port. Afterwards head toward Europe’s most westerly town, Patreksfjörður and take a dip in the water front swimming pool. Keen birders can head out at dusk to the Látrabjarg cliffs. Be sure to check with the locals about the condition of the gravel road out to the cliffs before you leave.
Your hotel this evening is centrally located and family run. Situated close to the water, head down to the fishing harbor in the early afternoon when boats get back with their day catch, making the fish market active or first thing the next day as the boats head out to sea.
AccommodationHotel in the Patreksfjörður area or similar
Day 6 - Explore Dynjandi waterfall on your way to Westfjords main town, Ísafjörður
There are lots of different options for today but the route we suggest is driving via Bíldudalur and doing the sea cliff drive to the Samúel Jónson’s naive art museum in Selárdalur. This drive is very scenic - check out the google map directions before you go!!
If sea monsters is your thing, stop in Bíldudalur to visit the Sea Monster museum.
Next stop is the Dynjandi waterfall - one of Iceland’s most impressive & majestic waterfalls, and often considered the icon of The Westfjords. There are seven levels to explore.
AccommodationCentral hotel in Ísafjörður
Day 7 - Ísafjörður optional activities - go hiking, boating or sea kayaking
Day 8 - Head back towards Route 1 and Reykjavik, stopping along the way at quirky museums and natural hot springs
A longer day of driving today gets you back to Route 1. If visiting hot tubs is on your bucket list, deviate slightly to visit the three cute square jacuzzi tubs on the side of the road overlooking the beach in Drangsnes, and there are even fancy change rooms across the road. Afterwards, you can have a coffee at the Hólmavík witchcraft museum and have another hot springs dip at Gvenarlaug next door, a beautiful rock-lined and very hot outdoor pool.
AccommodationBorgarbyggd area hotel
Day 9 - Day exploring Borgarfjordur - lava fields, waterfalls or into the Glacier
After breakfast, explore the surrounding area. Start with the Hraunfossar waterfalls; which cascade gloriously from underneath the edge of a lava field and spill into the glacial river Hvítá. A geothermal bath is also located on the grounds of your hotel. Drive up to the popular visiting point in Bolungarvík, the top of Bolafjall Mountain with a new viewing platform. The place offers a staggering view over Ísafjarðardjúp, Jökulfirðir and some people say all the way to Greenland.
Optional tour 'Into the Glacier' can be included today - it is just down the road. Hiking, Ice Caving, Golfing and Flightseeing can be included.
Be sure to enjoy new Nordic Cuisine and great views at the hotel's restaurant.
Day 10 - Drive to the Blue Lagoon
After breakfast, at your leisure, make your way to the Blue Lagoon, the ultimate hot spring experience. Set in the heart of a stunning lava landscape, Silica Hotel is a just ten-minute walk from the Blue Lagoon. The hotel offers its own private bathing lagoon, which is available for hotel guests every day from 09:00 to 22:00.
AccommodationSilica Hotel standard room
Day 11 - Departure day
After breakfast, return your car at the airport and fly to your next destination.
Price per person. Due to the current volatility of the Icelandic Króna (ISK) and car hire costs, this price is indicative. We are happy to individually quote this tour for you.
30 Sep 2023
Activities in Iceland:
Along our self-drive routes of Iceland, there are many different options for things to do, with new activities becoming available virtually every second month. Along with a GPS, map and driving notes included on arrival in Iceland, we include suggested activity sheets with our documents for each of the main driving regions. If you are trying to decide which self-drive itinerary to do, based on activities available, let us know and we will give you more specific details.
If you are travelling during the peak period, we suggest asking us about what you might like to book beforehand. But, each traveller is different and a lot of the experience of Iceland is just to be there and take things as they come. We do suggest doing a little research yourself if you have a particular focus and then let us help you out.
Driving in Iceland:
In regards to gravel roads; technically you’re not recommended to take a hire car on gravel roads, but in Iceland you may not have a choice. Some guesthouses are located on gravel roads. Consider getting extra car insurance with gravel protection if it is something that might worry you. The Látrabjarg bird cliffs involve a gravel drive.
The hire car cannot be driven in the Highlands area.
When driving in Iceland, plan that all your destinations are going to take longer to reach than planned. Most of the time it is because you are going to make unanticipated stops to check out a waterfall, a viewpoint, a museum, or a shop. Sometimes it is also that traffic is just slow, animals may be crossing the road, or there is bad weather. If you build some extra time into your day, you won’t have to be rushing around at the end of the day.
For more Iceland driving rules and tips and to stay up to date on road conditions, check out the Road Conditions website and for all kinds of safety and travel information in Iceland check out the Safe Travel website. Bookmark both of these websites before you start your drive in Iceland.
Please note: Due to limited availability of accommodation in certain areas of Iceland this summer, we may need to adjust overnight locations and driving distances in some tours.
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Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/