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The Road Less Travelled

from £2501 excluding flights

  • 14 nights
  • May-Sep
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Highlights

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Explore Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s stunning coast and volcanoes

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Delve inside Langjokull icecap on an Into the Glacier tour

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Venture to the less-explored West Fjords

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Count all seven tiers of the majestic Dynjandi waterfall

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Visit the picturesque town of Siglufjordur

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Discover pseudo-craters and mud pools at Lake Myvatn

Why this trip...

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Off-the-beaten-track

This holiday showcases places and experiences away from the usual tourist routes

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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 tantalising peninsula dangling off the northwest tip of Iceland and riddled with surprises around every one of its myriad corners.

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, which is part of the spectacular Diamond Circle touring route. Other highlights include the waterfalls Godafoss and Dettifoss as well as Asbyrgi canyon and Hverfjall crater.

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Itinerary

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 Hotel Husafell.

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 (currently closed, undergoing renovation).

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The spectacular Snaefellsnes 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 Snaefellsnes, 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 Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

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.

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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.

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 at Fisherman Hotel.

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

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. Overnight at Malarhorn Guesthouse.

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). Two nights at Hotel Siglo.

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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.

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.

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Hotel Kea

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A 4-star hotel that is found on Akureyri's pedestrian street, Hotel Kea's 104 rooms are centrally located to allow easy exploration of this northern town.

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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. Overnight in Myvatn.

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.

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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 – adding another highlight on this unforgettable trip! Overnight in Reykjavik.

Transfer to Keflavik for your flight back home.

Accommodation Options

We have selected properties for this holiday referenced in the itinerary. However, with a wide choice of accommodation in Iceland, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference – from hotels, farmstays and self-catering apartments to private villas and countryside properties.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £2501 excluding flights

Airfares vary widely and are quoted separately to the holiday price, starting from around £250pp return with Icelandair and British Airways, though may be lower with Play or EasyJet. We'll provide the best fare available at the time of enquiry, which tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

UK Airports with flights direct to Iceland are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. We can also arrange flights from non-UK destinations. Discover more »

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Financial protection

From prices per person

Based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

Departure Duration Car Category* Twin Price
May 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,501
Jun- Aug 14 nights B - VW Golf £3,126
Sep 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,861

 

* Choice of Vehicles

We would always recommend a 4WD for winter travel, but many clients also prefer the greater security and comfort that a larger vehicle provides year round – upgrade your vehicle from as little as £10 per person per day.

  • We can offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday – our team will be happy to talk you through the options and provide a quote for the most suitable category based on your individual requirements.
  • Our long-standing relationship with the local Europcar franchise means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits, including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available.

Tailor made trips

As independent destination specialists, we are able to tailor make holidays to suit you, be that customising the itineraries shown on this website or creating something bespoke.

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