Iceland Road Trip in 9 Days - the Best of South & West

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Iceland Road Trip in 9 Days – the Best of South & West

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For a real Icelandic vacation, consider our best-seller tour – the Snæfellsnes and South Coast in 9 days tour. Snæfellsnes being one of the most spectacular places in Iceland combined with the rough landscapes of the South, creates a combination not to be missed.

This Iceland road trip in 9 days, gives an opportunity to see the perfect cone shaped mountain Kirkjufell, fishing villages of the West, the Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon just to name a few.

On the way you will have a great opportunity to get acquainted with Icelandic Sagas and you will see all the major natural attractions including volcanoes, Geysirs and waterfalls. If you are keen on fully enjoying your vacation in Iceland, we are sure that this is the perfect tour package for you.

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Day 1: Góðan Dag Reykjavik!

Reykjavik city breaksWelcome to Iceland! At the airport, you will be welcomed by our private chauffeur. He will transfer you directly to your hotel/guesthouse in the city center. He will also hand over all of your travel documents, such as the hard copy of your final itinerary, map of Iceland and more. On your way to Reykjavík, you will see endless lava fields and moon-like landscapes. After you have checked into your hotel room, we would like to invite you for an optional private information meeting during office hours. As for the rest of the day, you can enjoy by exploring the capital of Iceland or simply resting up for your upcoming road trip in your cozy hotel room (check in is normally at 14:00). There are also many interesting guided tours available in Reykjavik. Overnight at a hotel or guesthouse in the heart of Reykjavík.

Sites recommended in Reykjavik: Hallgímskirkja church, National Museum, Kolaportið flea market (open during weekends), Laugavegur shopping street, Harpa – Music Center, Solfar sculpture
Optional activities: Helicopter tourWhale watching, Reykjavík boat tour, Reykjavik city walk

Day 2: West of Iceland with Hraunfossar Waterfalls

iceland-road-tripToday, your adventure starts for real! You will pick up your rental car and drive north, towards the mystical and powerful Snæfellsnes peninsula. Drive through the Route #1 underwater tunnel, and later, take road 50 via Borgarfjörður. This road will lead you to Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls coming from underneath the lava, and then Deildartunguhver, Europe´s most powerful hot spring. Afterwards you can visit Langjökull glacier and take a tour in the man-made ice tunnel and ice caves located in Europe´s second largest glacier. Then, head to Snæfellsnes where you will stay in the area for a good night’s sleep. Approximate driving distance: 296 km/ 184 miles.

Highlights of the day: Borgarfjörður, Deildartunguhver hot spring, Hraunfossar waterfalls, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and more
Optional activities: Inside the Glacier

Day 3: Snæfellsnes – Small Fishing Towns, Beautiful Beaches

Iceland honeymoonIn southern Snæfellsnes, you can explore places such as Sönghellir cave and the spectacular Hellnar cove. Here you can have lunch at the beautiful Hellnar café before taking a ride up to Snæfellsjökull glacier. You should also visit the famous black church – Búðir and don´t forget testing your strength on the four stones at the Djúpalónssandur. In the northern part of the peninsula, visit the small towns Ólafsvik and Grundarfjörður, and the well-known, perfect cone shaped mount Kirkjufell.

Not far away from Grundarfjördur, driving east via lava fields, you will end up in Stykkishólmur. On your way there, a stop at the Bjarnarhofn shark museum is a must. There you can taste some rotten shark meat, a traditional Icelandic delicatesse. Stykkishólmur is a gate to Breiðafjörður´s amazing islands. At the harbor of Stykkishólmur you will find the dark and magnificent Norwegian House (built in 1832 as the first double story timber house in Iceland). This old house is now a folk museum with rather interesting objects. There you will also find a cliff with an amazing view over the Breiðaförður fjord. Overnight in a hotel or guesthouse in the area. Approximate driving distance: 196 km/ 122 miles.

Highlights of the day: Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Kirkjufell mountain, Snæfellsnesjökull glacier, Bjarnarhöfn – shark museum, Stykkishólmur and more
Optional activities: VatnshellirHorseback riding, whale watching, puffin boat tour

Day 4: Golden Circle with Gullfoss Waterfall and Geyser Strokkur

GeyserStart the day by driving back south and head to the amazing Þingvellir National Park. Driving there, you have a choice between taking the underwater tunnels again, or doing a small detour via Hvalfjörður route, where you will find the amazing Glymur waterfall. Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rich with its incredible natural beauty and history. There you can see how the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are diverging. On the Golden Circle tour, your next stop is the Strokkur geyser, which gushes a column of water up to 30 meters high. Later, continue to Gullfoss waterfall, recently voted as one of 10 most beautiful waterfalls of the world.

From there, make your way towards the south coast, passing through beautiful Icelandic lush farmlands. Finally, make sure to stop at Kerið, a volcanic crater displaying its crystal clear water. Stay overnight in the Hella/ Hvolsvöllur area. Approximate driving distance: 447 km/ 278 miles

Highlights of the day: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir area, Kerið volcanic crater, and more
Optional activities: Snorkeling or diving in Silfra fissure

Day 5: Adventurous South Coast with Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

south iceland tourThis day will take you along the beautiful south coast of Iceland. Shortly after leaving the Hella/Hvolsvöllur area, you will reach the spectacular Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Take the opportunity to enjoy a 360° view of the waterfall, as it is possible to walk behind it. Above, you will have a very good view of Eyjafjallajökull volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption. A little further down the road you will find the Eyjafjallajökull visitor center.  Next on your map, is the majestic Skógafoss, which is an impressive 60 meters high waterfall. If interested, visit the Skógar Folk museum where you can see reconstructed turf houses and ancient artifacts on display. From there, continue to Dýrhólaey and Reynisfjara beach, with its black sand and stunning cliffs and basalt columns. Stay the night in the area of Vík or Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Approximate driving distance: 149 km/ 92 miles.

Highlights of the day: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Skógar Folk Museum, Eyjafjallajökull visitor center, Dyrhólaey, Vík and more
Optional activities: Glacier walkSnowmobile tour on a glacier

Day 6: National Park Vatnajökull and the Famous Glacial Lagoon

glacier lagoon jokulsarlon Today your journey takes you to the famous Jökulsárlón – glacier lagoon. On your way there, make a stop at Foss á síðu (waterfall) and then enjoy a hike in Skaftafell, a part of the Vatnajökull National Park. We recommend a light hike to Svartifoss waterfall, that features pitch black hexagonal basalt columns and a rugged canyon. Moreover, Skaftafell is a site of enormous splendor and variations of landscape: from a lush green oasis to a mighty glacier and black sands. When you reach Jökulsárlón, you will witness the impressing floating icebergs and if you are lucky, you might even spot some seals. Then, continue to the village of Höfn – the lobster capital of Iceland. Once there, enjoy a luxurious lobster dinner at one of Höfn’s gourmet lobster restaurants. Overnight in the area. Approximate driving distance: 200 km/ 125 miles.

Highlights of the day: Vatnajökull National Park, Svartifoss waterfall, Jökulsárlón – Glacier lagoon, Höfn, and more
Optional activities: Zodiac or Amphibian boat tour, Glacier walk

Day 7: Waterfalls, Canyons & Lava

iceland-road-trip-south-and-westFrom Höfn you will turn back and drive west towards Reykjavik. On the way, you can make stops here and there, according to your preferences. You will pass Ingolfshöfði, where you can join a guided bird watching tour. In Kirkjubæjarklaustur we recommend stopping by Systrafoss, a truly beautiful waterfall in the middle of the village. The story behind its name refers to the first monastery in Iceland, built there, back in 1186. A few kilometers west of Kirkjubæjarklaustur you will be passing Iceland’s second biggest lava field – Eldhraun. Also near Kirkjubæjarklaustur you will find Fjarðárgljúfur canyon which is a beautiful sight. In the afternoon, you can meet and get to know the Icelandic horse on a horseback riding tour. Continue to the Hvolsvöllur area where you’ll stay for the night. Approximate driving distance: 352 km/ 219 miles.

Highlights of the day: Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Fjarðárgljúfur canyon, Systrafoss waterfall, Eldhraun lava field, and more
Optional activities: Horseback riding tour, bird watching tour in Ingólfshöfdi

Day 8: Blue Lagoon and Reykjanes Hot Springs

iceland-road-trip-in-9-daysAs your holiday slowly comes to an end, it’s time for you to spoil yourself and relax in the very unique Blue Lagoon (optional, needs to be booked in advance). This part of the trip will give you a very good feeling of how powerful Iceland is. Drive west from your hotel and make a left turn by the village of Selfoss, towards the coast and head for the Reykjanes peninsula; an active geothermal area with dramatic coastlines and quaint, historic towns. In Seltún (Krýsuvík) you will find boiling mud pools and colorful mountains. Take a moment to stand on the “Bridge between the Continents” which connects the American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Continue to your hotel in Reykjavik after returning the rental car. In the evening, we recommend enjoying a nice dinner in one of many gourmet restaurants Reykjavík has to offer. Approximate driving distance: 150 km/ 95 miles.

Highlights of the day: Reykjanes peninsula, Krýsuvík cove, Salt-fish museum, Grindavík, Blue Lagoon (optional), and more
Optional activities: ATV tour, massage in the Blue Lagoon

Day 9: Good bye Iceland

Reykjavik Iceland Sadly your Iceland vacation has come to an end. Pickup at your hotel and transfer to Keflavík International airport via fly bus in time for your flight home. Have a safe and enjoyable trip back home!

 

 

 

Detailed Information about our Iceland road trip in 9 days

Accommodation

We offer three different accommodation categories for this tour:

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationBudget.
Budget accommodation includes shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some you might find a TV and a washbasin in your room. All offer breakfast that’s included in the price. In some places in the countryside you can order an evening  meal as long as you give at least a couple of hours of advance notice.

 

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationComfort.
In Comfort accommodation you will have access to private facilities (shower and WC). These would be 3 star hotels and better guest houses many of whom have their own restaurant. All offer a continental breakfast that is included in the price.

 

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationQuality.
Rooms with private shower/bath and WC. These are the best available rooms in 4 star hotels or the best hotels in each  region.  Suites and Jr. Suites are available upon request within the Quality category.

 

Car Rental:

Rental Cars available for this tour are:

A: Toyota Aygo (or similar) – Manual
B: Toyota Yaris (or similar) – Automatic
C: VW Golf (or similar) – Manual
D: VW Golf (or similar) – Automatic
E: Skoda Octavia Station – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
F: Skoda Octavia Station (or similar) – Automatic
G: Dacia Duster – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
H: Skoda Yeti – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
I: Toyota RAV4 – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
J: Kia Sportage – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
K: Toyota Land Cruiser – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
L: Land Rover Defender – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual

Included:

    • 8 nights accommodation (budget/comfort/quality) with breakfast
    • Rental car of your choice for 7 days with unlimited mileage/CDW & VAT
    • GPS unit for easier navigation
    • Car WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
    • Unlimited drivers for the rental car
    • Optional private information meeting with our travel consultant in Reykjavik before your tour starts
    • Handwritten, detailed map with route, sightseeing recommendations and accommodations highlighted
    • Private pick-up at Keflavík Airport and transport to your accommodation in Reykjavik
    • Shuttle bus transfer with pickup at your accommodation in Reykjavik upon departure
    • Use of an Icelandic mobile phone with 1,500 ISK worth of calls
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fee

Not included:

    • Flights to/from Iceland
    • Meals and drinks at restaurants and entrance fees (unless otherwise agreed upon)
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Gasoline

 

Please contact us and get a price quote for this Iceland road trip in 9 days. Note that this tour is fully customizable and days and activities can be added upon request. This tour is also offered as a fully guided private tour.

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