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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
    Golden Circle Tour
    Day 3
    Golden Circle Drive and then stay in a small fishing village
    Day 4
    Explore Snæfellsjökull glacier and its 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
    Duration
    11 Days
    Start Date
    Flexible
    Travel Style
    Independent
    Suitability
    Easy independent self-drive holiday suitable for singles & couples
    Code
    50DN0440

    Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.

    Details

    Transportation

    Transfers & self-drive car

    Included
    • 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
    • Private transfer from airport to Reykjavik
    • Small group tour to the Golden Circle
    • Entrance to Hvammsvik
    • Small group tour in the Westfjords
    • Ferry ticket
    • Blue Lagoon entrance included
    • Into the Glacier tour
    • Rental car return to Reykjavik airport
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    Not Included
    • 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.
    • Flight tickets to/from start and end points, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik and transfer into town

    On arrival, private transfer into Reykjavik. After settling in, start exploring this lovely capital. Be sure to check out the design stores and cool cafes in central Reykjavik.

    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.

    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.

    Accommodation
    Hotel Alda
    Restaurants
    Matarkjallarinn Food Cellar and Cocktails

    Day 2 - Golden Circle Tour

    This morning you will be going on a small group tour to the Golden Circle region. You will be picked up by small minivan from your hotel - Þingvellir National Park, home of Iceland’s ancient Viking parliament and listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage site will be our first stop. There you will take a walk to experience firsthand the geological phenomenon that is the Mid-Atlantic ridge.

    While you are in Iceland, there is a “must do” to try all the authentic Iceland has to offer. You get the chance to visit an Icelandic dairy farm and enjoy what Icelander’s call, "Made in satin”. That means enjoying food and products which the farmers make with their own hands.

    After lunch, head to the Geysir blow hole and then the Gullfoss waterfall before returning to the city.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Hotel Alda
    Restaurants
    Traditional Icelandic Fare - Matur og Drykkur

    Day 3 - Golden Circle Drive and then stay in a small fishing village

    Pick up your car today and head west. We have included the entrance to one of Iceland’s hot springs, the new Hvammsvík geothermal sea baths. These are luxury geothermal sea baths located in Hvalfjörður (whale fjord) and there you get the most stunning view while relaxing both mind and body.

    At your leisure, head towards your stay tonight in a small fishing town by the beautiful Breiðafjörður with its 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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Director's Choice
    Restaurants
    Sjávarpakkhúsið Restaurant

    Day 4 - Explore Snæfellsjökull glacier and its 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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Director's Choice

    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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Hotel in the Patreksfjörður area or similar

    Day 6 - Explore Dynjandi waterfall on your way to Westfjords main town, Ísafjörður

    This morning, join a small group tour to visit Látrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff and the western-most point of Iceland. Enjoy the amazing bird life (bird season is from mid-April until beginning of August), incredible nature and the stillness and pristine beauty of Rauðasandur, one of Iceland’s best kept secrets. Includes a visit to the Heritage Museum at Hnjótur.

    There are lots of different driving route 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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Central hotel in Ísafjörður
    Director's Choice

    Day 7 - Ísafjörður optional activities - go hiking, boating or sea kayaking

    Today is set aside for you for optional excursions. A golf course, hiking and biking trails, horse riding, bird watching, skiing and kayaking are all within an easy reach. Ferries to Hornstrandir Nature Reserve depart from Ísafjörður daily during the summer months.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Director's Choice

    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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Borgarbyggd area hotel
    Director's Choice

    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.

    'Into the Glacier' is included today - it is just down the road. Hiking, Ice Caving, Golfing and Flight-seeing can also be included.

    Be sure to enjoy new Nordic Cuisine and great views at the hotel's restaurant.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Borgarbyggd area

    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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Silica Hotel standard room

    Day 11 - Departure day

    After breakfast, return your car at the airport and fly to your next destination.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    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.

    Dates
    Valid From
    Valid To
    From Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    1 Jun 2024
    30 Sep 2024
    1 Jun 2024
    30 Sep 2024
    EUR 4,172
    Available
    Standard

    Important Information

    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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