South & West Iceland - 7 Days
This ideal winter route covers all the major sites in the south and west Iceland, including the views of the Snæfellsness peninsula, Borgarfjörður district, the largest geothermal spring in Europe, waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss and historical site Reykholt. The tour includes the Golden Circle route: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Crater Kerið, Dettifoss waterfall and beautiful areas along the way. We will walk along the spectacular southern coast of Iceland and visit waterfalls Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss and black basalt beaches of Dyrhólaey.
Route Length : 1140 km. (Nearly)
Season: All Year Round
Day 1 - Landing at Keflavik Airport - Reykjavik.
Car pick up is at the airport. After check-in at the hotel and quick arrangements, it's recommended to take a walk in the downtown of Reykjavik.
The main site of the day: Reykjavik.
Day 2 - West Iceland - Saga Valley - Hraunfossar Waterfall.
We will pick up the car in the morning and leave Reykjavik behind. We will head west toward the fjord Hvalfjörður also known as Whale Bay. In the inner edge of the fjord is located waterfall Glymur, the highest waterfall in Iceland. From there we will enter the Borgarfjörður district and from there head to the main city in the area - Borgarnes. In Borgarnes we will visit the settlement center that tells the saga of the Norsemen settlement in Iceland. Visitors Center dramatically recreates the birth of the Icelandic nation. After stopping at Borgarnes, we will continue toward the beautiful crater Eldborg, the most perfectly shaped crater in Iceland. On our way to the Snæfellsness peninsula we will have an opportunity to see the magnificent views. Estimated driving distance: 180 km.
Today's main sites: Whale Bay - the town Borgarnes - Crater Eldborg - Stykkishólmur.
Accommodation: Snæfellsness area
Day 3 - Snæfellsness Peninsula - Snæfellsjökull Park.
In the winter morning of the third day it is recommended to have a cruise in the beautiful Bay Breiðafjörður scattered with small islands. The cruise is available in summer and departs from Stykkishólmur. The islands area is known for its great variety of seabirds, including puffins, ducks, cormorants and even eagles. After the cruise, we will continue to ride west along the northern coast of the peninsula, through fisherman's villages Rif, Ólafsvík, Grundarfjörður and Hellissandur. We will complete the tour around the peninsula with spectacular views of the volcano Snæfellsjökull and many other sights around. We will go for a walk on the beach Djúpalónssandur, we will visit the picturesque villages Hellnar and Arnarstapi and walk along the basalt cliffs on the beautiful beach. We will continue to the eastern part of the southern coast of Snæfellsness. In the farms in this area colonies of seals can be seen often. The next stop will be the Deildartunguhver, Iceland's largest geothermal spring. We will continue to historic site Reykholt, home of the famous poet and researcher Snorri Sturluson. Estimated driving distance: 180 km.
Today's main sites: Fishin village Grundarfjörður - Black Beach Djúpalónssandur - Picturesque villages of Hellnar and Arnarstapi - Glacier Snæfellsjökull.
Accommodation: Borgarnes area.
Recommended activities: Sailing among the islands of the Breiðafjörður Bay.
Day 4 - Geysir - Gullfoss - Park Thingvellir (Golden Circle).
We will continue toward the beautiful waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, toward Húsafell, a beautiful resort of bungalows made of wood in a forest of birch trees. We will climb up one of the highest highland roads in Iceland toward the Kaldidalur pass, a dirt road which will take us to the National Park Thingvellir, geologically unique place. Research has made it clear that Þingvellir is a natural wonder on an international scale, the place was recognized by the UNESCO as the World Heritage Site in 2004. Cracks and fissures in the earth's crust can be seen here all over the place. Thingvellir is also one of the most important historical sites in Iceland, it is the establishment site of the world's first parliament Alþingi. After we've seen the beautiful sights of the park we will continue to the other side of the Lake Thingvellir - to the park of geysers and hot springs. We will see the Strokkur - one of the active geysers that erupts every few minutes. We will continue to the Gullfoss waterfall "Golden waterfall" one of the largest and most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. We'll continue south to see the waterfall Faxi and the volcanic crater Kerið where we will climb up to see the view of the lake harbored in the crater of the mountain. Estimated driving distance: 250 km.
Today's major sites: National Park Thingvellir - Kerið - Laugarvatn - Geysir - Gullfoss Waterfall - Crater Kerið.
Accommodation: Selfoss area.
Day 5 - South Iceland - Skógafoss Waterfall - Dyrhólaey Cliff.
We will continue our way eastward along the southern coast of Iceland. We will stop to admire the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. In the summer you can walk behind the waterfall Seljalandsfoss and see the water wall falls from above, a unique experience. In Skogar there is an interesting museum that shows how Icelanders lived in the past, in small wooden houses with roofs made of grass. The whole area is dominated by glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Myrdalsjokull rising above. On March 20th, 2010 there was a volcanic eruption of Fimmvörðuháls, which is a mountain ridge between two glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Myrdalsjokull. Eruption of Fimmvörðuháls lasted for a few weeks. When this eruption came to an end, a new one began, but stronger this time, beneath the ice of glacier Eyjafjallajökull. The eruption ended on May 23rd, 2010. We'll continue driving along the southern coast to the Dyrhólaey nature reserve, the southernmost point in Iceland and nesting place for many birds, including puffins. In Reynishverfi we will be able to walk on the beach with black sand and enjoy the view of the cliffs. At the village Vik we'll make a U-turn and go back to Reykjavik. Estimated driving distance: 250 km.
Today's main sites: Waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss - Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve - Village Vik - Reynishverfi Beach.
Day 6 - Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik.
We will leave Reykjavik and head to the village Hafnarfjörður, famous for its Viking village. We'll cross the Vopnafjörður toward the Reykjanes Peninsula to the Lake Kleifarvatn with the lunar landscape. From here a short drive will take us to Krýsuvík, very geothermal active area with many bubbling mud pools, hot springs and boiling water coming out of cracks in the ground! We will continue on the road that crosses lava fields to fisherman's village Grindavik. Blue Lagoon is located near the village of Grindavík. The Blue Lagoon is known worldwide as one of the top ten spas in the world, an exceptional place. We highly recommend to have a relaxing bath in the unique water of the Blue Lagoon before heading back to Reykjavik. Estimated driving distance: 150 km.
Day 7. Reykjavik - Keflavik Airport.
We'll spend the rest of the day in beautiful Reykjavik. We will return to the airport Keflavík where we will return the vehicle before the flight.
This Vacation Package Include
Do not waste time. Start exploring Iceland from the moment you arrive until your departure. Pick up and drop off car at the airport for maximum flexibility.
Best available accommodation all around Iceland.
Daily breakfast bouffe.
New cars only with low mileage from international leading brand.
Need more drivers? no problem! You can add additional drivers from as low as 32 EUR per drive for the whole period.
Available in different languages.
This is your tour guide from A to Z. In our detailed itinerary you'll find all the information you need to explore Iceland like the local. Tips and useful information included with daily maps and driving directions.
What clothes to bring? How to use your mobile phone? etc. All you need to know before arriving to Iceland.
All officials roads and more in one map.
Our experienced stuff is available for you during your travel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Package Does Not Include
We offer our customers an all-inclusive car rental service for the best price and with the best service. Our vehicles offered for rent are new, clean and in excellent condition.
Due to very high demand of rental cars in summer, we cannot guarantee a particular type of vehicle. We will do our best to provide you the best available car in each price category. Vehicle name indicates about its level but the model can be different.
|A||Economy - Manual/Auto
|B||Compact - Auto
|K||Compact 4wd - Manual
|Toyota Urban Cruiser|
|C||Intermediate - Manual/Auto
|T||Intermediate station- Manual
|Toyota Corolla Verson|
|E||Station 4wd - Manual/Auto
|Skoda Octavia Station|
|R||Intermediate Station - Auto
|Toyota Avensis Station|
|F||Medium 4wd - Manual/Auto
|I||Large 4wd - Auto
|Toyota Landcruiser GX|
|Q||Large Van - Manual
|D||Large 4wd Van - Manual
|W||Large 4wd Van - Manual
The minimum age to rent an off-road vehicle is 23 years and 20 years for other types of vehicles – at the pickup of the vehicle the driver must present a valid driver's license for 12 months at least. The license must be presented at the rental beginning.
The payment for our services is by international credit cards like Visa and MasterCard.
The drivers of 10-seats or more vehicles must present a third party driver's license.
Rental Car Insurance CDW includes two drivers. Can be purchased driver insurance for an
additional driver for the whole rental period directly at the rental counter for 32 euros at the pickup of the vehicle.
Third-party coverage (CDW, TP), theft insurance and personal accident insurance are automatically included in the rental contract.
Third party coverage is determined by the Icelandic law at any given time. This applies also to the insurance holder's participation.
Vehicles are rented for the unlimited kilometrage.Insurance holder's participation for the CDW insurance is included in the package:
Private vehicles: 1350 Euro.
4x4 vehicles, vans: 2275 Euro.
Upon the vehicle pick-up can be purchased extended SCDW insurance to reduce the insurance holder's participation to minimum.
Private vehicles price: 12 euros per day. Reduces the insurance holder's participation to 190 euros.
4x4 vehicles / vans price: 16 euros per day. Reduces the insurance holder's participation to 430 euros.
Upon the vehicle pick-up can also be purchased windshield insurance (Windshield Protection) for 6 euros per day for the regular vehicles, 9 euros per day for the 4x4 vehicles.
This insurance reduces the insurance holder's participation to zero.Car insurance (including SCDW) does not cover damage caused by:
Driving on the roads marked as forbidden to vehicles.
Damages caused as a result of crossing streams and waterways.
Damage to tires and bottom chassis of the vehicle.
Damage caused by dust storms and ashes.
Vehicles that are not SUVs and 4x4 are not allowed to travel on roads marked on maps with F, including the road Kjölur (Kjölur # 35), road Kaldidalur (Kaldidalur # 550) and the roads leading to Landmannalaugar, Askja, craters of Laki and Thorsmork.
Roads leading to the sites in central Iceland as: Askja, Laki, Thorsmork and Landmannalaugar include crossing rivers and waterways. Crossing waterways is under the responsibility of the tenant only and in case of damage to the vehicle all the charges apply to the tenant including rescue and towing charges.
All of our tours include high quality accommodation! – Accommodation levels are divided into three categories: budget, comfort and quality. Great variety of suppliers who work with us all over Iceland allow us to find for you the best accommodation available in each category.
Rooms with private bathroom (shower and/or bathtub and toilet). This category includes the best hotels available in each area. All hotels provide breakfast which is included in the price,
- Private facilities
- Comfort hotels, quality guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation.
- 4 star hotel in Reykjavik,
Examples of Quality hotels:
Address: Silfurtorgi 2, 400 Ísafjörður
Address: Olnbogaás, 660 Mývatn
Address: SIGTÚN 38, 105 REYKJAVÍK
Address: 310 Borgarnes
Address: Ránarslóð, 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
Address: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri, Thingvallastraeti 23, 600 Akureyri
Address: Borgarbraut, Stykkishólmur
Rooms with private bathroom (shower and toilet). This category includes hotels, guest houses and farms with high tourist class. Breakfast is included.
- Private facilities
- Economy hotels, guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation
- 3 star hotel in Reykjavik,
Examples of Comfort hotels:
Address: Sudurlandsbraut 12 108 Reykjavik
Address: Gullfoss, Iceland.
Address: 320 Reykholt
Address: Aðalstræti 100, 450 Patreksfjörður
Address: 531 Hvammstangi, Iceland
Address: Tjarnarbraut 25, 700 Egilsstadir
Address: Geislagata, 600 Akureyri
Rooms with shared bathroom, which are often in the corridor or on the same floor. This category includes hotels, guest houses and farmhouses. In some rooms there is a sink in the room. Breakfast is included. Outside Reykjavik, in more remote areas, most of the places in this category offer dinner for an additional fee.
- Shared facilities
- Budget hotels, guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation
Examples of Budget hotels:
Address: Skúlagata 21, 310 Borgarnes - Iceland
Address: Laugar in Saelingsdalur, 371 Búðardalur
Address: Þórsgata 26, 101 Reykjavík
Address: Breiðavík / Látrabjarg - 451 Patreksfjörður
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