The Road Less Travelled

from £2311
excluding flights *
14 nights May-Sep
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Overview

Tingling with the prospect of goosebump-inducing scenery, this two-week self-drive wastes no time taking you deep into Iceland's wild west – and beyond to sublime Siglufjordur and Lake Myvatn in the north. Sandwiched in the middle of it all is an in-depth exploration of the West Fjords – that tantalizing peninsula dangling off the northwest tip of Iceland and riddled with surprises around every one of its myriad corners.

Highlights

  • Count all seven tiers of the majestic Dynjandi waterfall
  • Drive and hike the dramatic Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Relax in Siglufjordur, spot whales in Eyjafjordur
  • See fumaroles, lava flows and craters at Myvatn
  • Embellish your trip with our exclusive interactive guide iDiscover

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental throughout
  • Unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover app

Full description

Snaefellsnes and the West Fjords

Driving north from Keflavik you’ll pass Europe’s most powerful hot springs at Deildartunguhver and the delicate, almost lace-like Hraunfossar waterfall before reaching Hotel Husafell – a chic base from which to explore the ice cave of Langjokull. Two days on the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula are easily filled with coastal walks and whale watching before taking the ferry across Breidafjordur to the West Fjords. From the seabird cliffs of Latrabjarg to fan-shaped Dynjandi waterfall and the towering crags of the Strandir Coast, this magnificent, largely deserted region forms a riveting climax to Iceland. But it’s not the end of the line for this holiday...

Akureyri and the North

Unravelling from the West Fjords, the road leads east, passing the dragon-shaped sea stack of Hvitserkur before reaching the peaceful fishing village of Siglufjordur. Whale watching is possible from Akureyri and Husavik, while birds and bubbling mud pools steal the show at Myvatn.

Snaefellsnes and the West Fjords

Driving north from Keflavik you’ll pass Europe’s most powerful hot springs at Deildartunguhver and the delicate, almost lace-like Hraunfossar waterfall before reaching Hotel Husafell – a chic base from which to explore the ice cave of Langjokull. Two days on the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula are easily filled with coastal walks and whale watching before taking the ferry across Breidafjordur to the West Fjords. From the seabird cliffs of Latrabjarg to fan-shaped Dynjandi waterfall and the towering crags of the Strandir Coast, this magnificent, largely deserted region forms a riveting climax to Iceland. But it’s not the end of the line for this holiday...

Akureyri and the North

Unravelling from the West Fjords, the road leads east, passing the dragon-shaped sea stack of Hvitserkur before reaching the peaceful fishing village of Siglufjordur. Whale watching is possible from Akureyri and Husavik, while birds and bubbling mud pools steal the show at Myvatn.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £70 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price (pp)
May 2019 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,311
May 2019 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,443
May 2019 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,519
Jun- Aug 2019 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,617
Jun- Aug 2019 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,741
Jun- Aug 2019 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,871
Sep 2019 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,250
Sep 2019 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,382
Sep 2019 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,458

 Note Other variations such as single rooms, rooms without facilities, three or four people sharing a vehicle, will be quoted on request.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental throughout
  • Unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover App
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Fuel
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Husafell

Arrive at Keflavik Airport, collect your rental vehicle and drive to Hvalfjordur and on to Reykholt, visiting Iceland’s largest geothermal area at Deildartunguhver. Don’t miss the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfall, emerging from under moss-covered lava in a series of rivulets. At Reykholt, you can find out about medieval history and the Icelandic Sagas at the Snorrastofa cultural centre. Historian, writer and law-speaker Snorri Sturluson lived in the area from 1206-41. Continue to Husafell where you’ll spend the following two nights at the stylish Hotel Husafell.

Day 2: Langjokull glacier

Rising to about 1,450m, Iceland’s second largest icecap is the setting for an extraordinary adventure exploring a manmade tunnel cut deep into the glacier’s blue ice. The optional ‘Into the Glacier’ tour begins with a journey in an 8WD supertruck across the surface of Langjokull before venturing on foot into the 500m-long ice tunnel. Led by an experienced guide, you will not only discover how icecaps are created, but you will also witness amazing natural and manmade features, from crevasses to a subterranean ice chapel. Back at Husafell, spend time relaxing in the outdoor complex of geothermal pools. Overnight at Hotel Husafell.

Day 3: Snaefellsness Peninsula

The spectacular Snaefellsness Peninsula beckons today. It’s a stunning drive from Husafell, tracing Iceland’s west coast before branching off onto the narrow, mountainous peninsula that points into the Atlantic like a bony finger. You can drive all the way around Snaefellsness, admiring the 1,446m-tall, snow-capped volcano that rises from its tip. The dramatic coastline of sea arches, basalt cliffs, black-sand beaches and blowholes is best appreciated on the walk between Arnarstapi and Hellnar where you’ll also find a couple of excellent cafés! The following two nights are spent on the Snaefellsness Peninsula.

Day 4: whale watching

Continue exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, perhaps joining one of the optional whale watching trips from Olafsvik harbour. A boat trip not only offers opportunities for spotting sperm whales and orca, but it provides a superb vantage from which to admire the mountainous spine of the Snaefellsnes.

Day 5: West Fjords

Take a ferry from the north coast of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula through the islands and skerries of Breidafjordur bay to the West Fjords – one of Iceland’s most spectacular and least visited regions. Highlights today include the incredible 400m-high sea cliffs at Latrabjarg (high-rise accommodation for millions of puffins, gannets, guillemots and other seabirds) and the unusual red-sand beach at Raudisandur. Drive to Patreksfjordur for an overnight stay.

Day 6: Isafjordur

Spend time enjoying the mesmerising scenery of the West Fjords. There are natural wonders almost around every corner. Don’t miss the seven-tiered, fan-shaped waterfall at Dynjandi before continuing to Isafjordur, the largest town in the region where you will spend the following two nights.

Day 7: Isafjordur

Explore Isafjordur and perhaps take a drive to the nearby town of Bolungarvík, scaling Bolafjall Mountain for stunning views.

Day 8: Strandir Coast

Spend the day snaking around the fjords to Drangsnes and north along the spectacular Strandir coast. This remote and haunting stretch of coast notches the West fjords’ eastern spine north of Holmavik – Iceland’s greatest sorcerer is said to have once lived in the shadow of its towering crags. Return to Drangsnes for an overnight at Hotel Malarhorn where you can relax in the hot tubs by the shore.

Day 9: northern coastline

From Hrutafjordur, drive along the northern shores to Siglufjordur. Take a detour to Hvitserkur, a 15m-high sea stack shaped like a dragon (or a rhino depending on your view). Check in to the delightful Hotel Siglo, right on the waterfront, for the following two nights.

Day 10: exploring Siglufjordur

A day to relax, soaking up the atmosphere of Hotel Siglo, taking an optional boat trip in the fjord or delving into the interesting maritime museum.

Day 11: Akureyri

Take a leisurely drive to Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Explore the colourful town with its shops, restaurants and botanic garden or set off on an optional whale watching boat trip, venturing into Eyjafjordur in search of humpbacks. Overnight in Akureyri.

Day 12: Lake Myvatn

Drive to Myvatn, stopping at the impressive horseshoe-shaped Godafoss waterfall along the way. More natural wonders can be found around Lake Myvatn itself – from troll-shaped lava formations and pseudocraters to boiling mudpools and the Krafla volcano. In spring and early summer, the lake supports a wide range of nesting birds, including the red-throated diver and harlequin duck. Slightly further afield, the mighty Dettifoss waterfall roars through a wild canyon. Spend the following two nights in the Lake Myvatn area.

Day 13: Lake Myvatn & Husavik

Another day to explore the myriad wonders of Myvatn, perhaps including a detour north to Husavik. Departure point for whale watching trips in search of minke, humpback and blue whales in Skjalfandi bay, the town also has an excellent whale museum and several excellent restaurants.

Day 14: Reykjavik

Drive to Akureyri Airport and drop off your rental vehicle before flying back to Reykjavik for an overnight stay. If you have a 4WD vehicle, suitable for Highland driving, it is possible to return via the Kjolur route to Reykjavik – another highlight on this unforgettable trip!

Day 15: return to the UK

Transfer to Keflavik International Airport for your return flight to the UK.

Hotel Husafell

Iceland

Grade: Superior

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Hotel Siglo, Siglufjordur

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Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

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Other Information

Choice of Vehicles

We offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday provided by the local Europcar franchise. Our long-standing relationship with them means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available on the day.

Alternatively, consider renting a motorhome and use this itinerary as a route outline. You'll have complete flexibility on where you overnight.

iDiscover digital app

If you book any self drive in Iceland with us you will also get free use of our exclusive digital travel app, iDiscover, pre-loaded with your personalised itinerary. With 4G connectivity, the app allows you access to a vast travel directory featuring scenic wonders, 'must-visit' sites as well as hidden gems and activities.

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