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The Road Less Travelled

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  • 14 nights
  • May-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
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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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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

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Off-the-beaten-track

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

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.

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.

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 Keflavik - 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 Hotel 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 Hotel Husafell.

Day 2 explore 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.

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.

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Day 3 Husafell - Hellnar

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 at Fosshotel Hellnar.

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 at Fosshotel Hellnar.

Day 4 exploring 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.

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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Day 5 Hellnar - Patreksfjordur

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 at Fosshotel Westfjords.

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 at Fosshotel Westfjords.

Day 6 Patreksfjordur - 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 at Fisherman Hotel.

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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Day 7 exploring the West Fjords

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

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

Day 8 Isafjordur - 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. Overnight at Malarhorn Guesthouse.

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.

Day 9 Strandir coast - Siglufjordur

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.

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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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.

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 Siglufjordur - 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 at Icelandair Hotel 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 at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri.

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Day 12 Akureyri - 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. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Laxá.

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 at Icelandair Hotel Laxá.

Day 13 exploring Myvatn and 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.

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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Day 14 Lake Myvatn - 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 – adding another highlight on this unforgettable trip! Overnight at Hotel Cabin.

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 at Hotel Cabin.

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.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £1969 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout with 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
  • Financial protection

From prices per person

Based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price
May 2020 14 nights B - VW Golf £1,969
May 2020 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,116
May 2020 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,224
Jun- Aug 2020 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,551
Jun- Aug 2020 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,776
Jun- Aug 2020 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £3,021
Sep 2020 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,185
Sep 2020 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,332
Sep 2020 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,440

 

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.

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One of our specialists
Meet Eric

10 Visits to Iceland

5 Successful whale watching trips

4 Shooting stars with northern lights

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