Self Drive Tours in Iceland – rent a car and explore Iceland
Our car rental holiday packages offer an exciting way to travel around Iceland. Our self drive tours are an excellent option for individuals, couples, small groups and families who want to visit Iceland and travel in Iceland at their own pace and leisure. Rent a car in Iceland with Nordic Visitor‘s self drive tour.

Nordic Visitor offers a comprehensive selection of self drive tours at very competitive prices. All our rental car vacations start from the capital Reykjavik. Nordic Visitor offers various low price categories for a car rental holiday depending on season, type of accommodation, number of passengers and type of rental car, be it a family car or 4x4. These variables mean that there are well over 250 different price combinations available for every rental car vacation, ensuring that our clients can always find the trip best suited to their respective requirements and budgets. We can also offer fly and drive package. Book an easy and cheap car hire in Iceland and explore Iceland in a self drive holiday, experience the blue lagoon, geysers and iceland nature self driving.

Enjoy an exciting self drive vacation in Iceland. 

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Hidden Gems of Iceland

(14 days/13 nights)

This journey takes you to the sparsely populated regions of the West Fjords and Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where you can experience some of the country’s best-kept secrets and natural wonders. Imagine narrow fjords offset by jagged mountains, unspoilt scenery, well-preserved cultural traditions and the kind of tranquillity that few places on earth can match.
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Price p.p. from:
ISK 315422
Product Id:
ISSD-12
Season:
1 Jun - 31 Aug
Duration:
14 days/13 nights
Departures:
Daily
Type of tour:
Self-drive
Special Offer:
20% Off
Travel By:
Travel by carTravel by ferry
By car km/mi:
1588/930

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

It saves to plan ahead!
For a limited time only, take 20% off any self-drive package in Iceland with arrival between May and September 2015. Pay only 20% deposit during the online booking process. Offer expires October 5th 2014.

What are the other advantages of booking early?
- Hotels and guesthouses fill up quickly in summertime, especially in the countryside, so booking early allows us to reserve the best accommodations for you.
- You may be able to book your flights at a lower cost or take advantage of airfare sales.
- Extra time to plan for any optional activities along your travel route or to contact us for questions and advice.

Terms & conditions for this offer

  • Offer expires 5 October 2014.
  • For new bookings only.
  • Pay only 20% deposit of the total amount during the online booking process. The remaining 80% will then be due four weeks prior to your arrival in 2015.
  • Not valid for vacation packages already on special offer or in combination with other discounts.
  • “Self-drive” refers to standard packages with a rental car.
  • Discount does not apply for additional nights, optional activities or extra days with the rental car.
  • The discount will be displayed and calculated in the total price during the booking process.
  • Bookings of packages with this discount are not commissionable for third-party travel agents.

These are in addition to our standard terms and conditions for all bookings – see them here.

 

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Optional Activities:

  • You can choose between various optional activities for this vacation package
  • See details and prices in the "Optional Activities" tab above
  • Easy to add during the online booking process
  • Example of optional activities for this package are:
    sightseeing tours, horseback riding, whale watching, Blue Lagoon and more.

Day 1: Welcome to Reykjavík

On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city centre with its abundance of museums, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.
Spend the night at a hotel or guesthouse in central Reykjavik.

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Day 2: Hot Springs and Vikings

Explore West Iceland today. If you‘re interested in Iceland‘s early history, visit the Icelandic Settlement Centre exhibition in the town of Borgarnes, or for a close up look at the island‘s geothermal power, check out the largest hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver. Nearby you can pay a visit to the beautiful Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls, where the clean spring water spills from the lava-field.

History or Nordic literature buffs may also find it worthwhile to stop at the medieval research institution of Snorrastofa at Reykholt, where Snorri Sturluson wrote the Saga Heimskringla in the 13th century.
Spend the night in a hotel or guesthouse in the Borgarnes area. 

Driving distance approx. 150 km / 93 mi.

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Day 3: Journey to Iceland’s Wild West

 

Begin your journey to the tranquil, remote West Fjords of Iceland. Notable sights along the way today include Búðardalur, Dagverðarnes and Skarð at Skarðsströnd. After passing over the mountain road from Tröllatunguheiði to Steingrímsfjörður, you will find Hólmavík, an enchanting small town known for its Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft. 
Spend the night in the Drangsnes area

Driving distance approx. 170km / 105 mi.

 

Highlights:

  • Dagverðarnes
  • Skarð
  • Reykhólar

 

Day 4: The End of the Road

You have the whole day to enjoy the secluded Strandir area of the West Fjords. This is one of the most remote places in Europe, and the pristine natural environment is largely untouched by modern development. Take your time as you travel the coastline between Djúpavík and Norðurfjörður—the point where the road literally ends—to experience the tranquil surroundings. You can also bath in a natural thermal pool, watch an amazing diversity of birdlife and soak up the unique history this region has to offer.
Spend another night in the Drangsnes area or, if available, in Djúpavík (with shared facilities). 

Driving distance approx. 90 km / 55 mi. 

Highlights:

  • Norðurfjörður
  • Krossneslaug
  • Gjögur
  • Eyri í Ingólfsfirði (Ingólfsfjörður)

 

 

Day 5: Fjord Scenery and Serenity

Drive from the Strandir area over the rugged Steingrímsfjarðarheiði route on your way westward to Heydalur in Mjóifjörður. In Heydalur, you have plenty of options to enjoy the great outdoors, including a horse ride, an invigorating hike with a local guide, fishing in the fresh mountain lakes or relaxing in a hot pot or thermal pool in a truly unique natural setting.
Spend the night in the Mjófjörður area. 

Driving distance approx 162 km / 101 mi.

Highlights:

Optional:

  • 1 - 2 hour horse ride
  • Guided hike
  • Angling tour
     

 

Day 6: Capital of the West Fjords

Today’s journey is characterized by endless but dramatic fjords and towering mountains on your way to Ísafjörður, the “Capital of the West Fjords” and the biggest settlement in the region. There you‘ll find some of the most historic houses in Iceland, dating back to the mid-18th century. You may also wish to drive to nearby Bolungarvík for a visit to the Ósvör Maritime Museum, or head to the radar station on top of Bolafjall where, on a clear day, you can have amazing views over the uninhabited Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.

For an ideal ending to this picture-perfect day, make a detour to the Skálavík cove and test your inner Viking with a barefoot walk on the tranquil seashore.
Spend the next three nights in the Ísafjörður area. 

Driving distance approx. 160 km / 99 mi.

Highlights:

Optional:

  • Kayaking in the fjords
  • Mountain biking

 

 

 

Day 7: Harmony with Nature

Today you have the untouched world of North Hornstrandir at your fingertips. From Ísafjörður, you can choose from a great selection of hiking and/or boat tours to this oasis. One option is a day hike from Aðalvík to Hesteyri. Another option is a visit to the “King and Queen of Bird Cliffs” at Hornavík and Hornbjarg. Or, for those with more energy to burn, a kayaking tour to Vigur Islands might do the trick. For a perfect ending to this active day, we recommend dining at the Tjöruhúsið restaurant for a taste of the area’s fresh catch of the day from the local fishermen. Spend the night in the Ísafjörður area. 

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Day 8: Adventures at Sea in Suðureyri

Make your way to Suðureyri in Súgandafjörður, an ideal place to experience being a sailor or fisherman for a day! With various boat and angling tours on offer, you could get lucky and catch a big arctic Cod and then learn how to clean it and cook it back on shore. If you’re more of a dry land person, then you may instead wish to do some light hiking around Suðureyri and end the day in the local swimming pool, where you can relax with the locals.
Spend another night in Ísafjörður area.

Highlights:

  • Suðureyri

 

Day 9: Viking Trails to Waterfalls

Head to Dýrafjörður, where you will find the trail of the Viking saga hero Gisli Súrsson as well as the Skrúður botanical garden, the oldest in Iceland and one of the northernmost in the world. Continuing to Hrafnseyri, you can visit a museum dedicated to another hero, Jón Sigurðsson, who was influential in Iceland’s battle for independence. End the day with a stop at the impressive Dynjandi waterfall nestled in the Arnarfjörður fjord. Spend the night in the Patreksfjörður area.

Driving distance approx. 203 km / 126 mi.

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Day 10: Látrabjarg Bird Cliffs and Golden Beaches

Enjoy the morning with a refreshing walk at Látrabjarg, which has the distinction of being Europe’s westernmost point and largest bird cliff at 14 km long and up to 440 metres high! Here you have a unique opportunity to get a close up look at some of the cliff-dwelling birds such as puffins and razorbills (when in season). Then drive to the sand mounds of Sauðlauksdalur, the “home of the Icelandic potato”, and finally to Rauðisandur (“Red Sands”) to view the breathtaking golden beaches. Spend another night in the Patreksfjörður area.

Driving distance approx 90 km / 56 mi

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Day 11: The Car-Free Island of Flatey

 

Drive to Brjánslækur and board the Baldur ferry for a short, scenic voyage through the Breiðafjörður Bay to Flatey, an idyllic small island with well-preserved 19th century wooden houses and postcard-perfect scenery. As cars are not allowed on this small island—leaving tractors as the main form of transport, your car will be transferred onwards to the port at Stykkishólmur, where you can pick it up the next day. Spend the night at the charming Hótel Flatey. 

Driving distance approx. 90 km / 56 mi. Ferry passage from Brjánslækur to Flatey: Approx 1 hour.*

*Note: the Baldur ferry does not stop at the island of Flatey from approx. 27 August to 9 June (this schedule can change slightly each year). If your travel dates fall within that period, your travel consultant will arrange for you to spend an extra night on Snæfellsnes Peninsula instead of stopping at Flatey.

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Day 12: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

 

Spend the morning in Flatey before boarding the Baldur ferry bound for the charming village of Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. From Stykkishólmur, drive to the holy mountain of Helgafell, where legend has it that you will be granted one wish if you walk up the mountain. Another worthwhile stop is to the beautiful, “church-like” mountain of Kirkjufell in Grundarfjörður. Spend the night in Snæfellsnes area. 

Driving distance approx 40 km / 25 mi. Boat trip from Flatey to Stykkishólmur: Approx 2 hours.

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Day 13: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Experience the mystical Snæfellsjökull glacier, well known for the dazzling beauty of its snow capped peak and its lava field surroundings. Believed to have magical energizing powers, this mountain is also the setting of Jules Verne’s famous novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Other notable sights in the area include Skarðsvík, Búðir, Hellnar, Arnarstapi and the Dritvík cove. After a fulfilling day of sightseeing, head back to Reykjavik, where you will drop off the rental car and spend this last Icelandic evening at your leisure. Spend the night at hotel or guesthouse in central Reykjavik.

Driving distance approx 266 km / 165 mi. 

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Day 14: Departure

Transfer by bus to Keflavík Airport in time for your departure flight. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can fit in a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or even take a short guided tour of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula (optional; not included

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Optional Activities

Add extra adventures! Our itineraries are designed to be flexible, allowing you to add your own optional activities in Iceland.  (Your travel consultant can also help with finding suitable activities or with adding day tours after booking.)

Below are all activities available for this specific vacation package. Click on the activity names to see more details, and click “Show All Activities” to expand the selection for all days. You can then add any desired activities to your package in the online booking steps after clicking “Book Now”.

NOTE: We do not recommend booking more than one activity per day. For assistance with scheduling day tours in your itinerary, please contact us.

Day 1View Map

Helicopter Sightseeing Tour of Reykjavik
This short but exciting helicopter tour of Reykjavik gives you a great overview of major city landmarks, as well as a brief landing on top of Mt. Esja.

Price per Adult:
25500 ISK

Horse Riding - Laxnes Special
Whether you are a beginner or expert, this guided tour is ideal for all those interested in riding a hardy, sure-footed Icelandic horse.

Price per Adult:
9900 ISK

Reykjavik Sightseeing by Bike
This easygoing guided biking tour takes you from landmarks in the city centre to the green parts of the city, including picturesque views of the sea.

Price per Adult:
5500 ISK

Reykjavik Sightseeing by Bus
This guided bus tour includes visits to the most significant historical, cultural and natural landmarks in the greater Reykjavik area.

Price per Adult:
5500 ISK

Reykjavik Welcome Card 24 hours
Offers free entry to a great selection of museums and galleries, all city swimming pools and free travel by bus within the Greater Reykjavik Area.

Price per Adult:
2900 ISK

Reykjavik Welcome Card 48 hours
Offers free entry to a great selection of museums and galleries, all city swimming pools and free travel by bus within the Greater Reykjavik Area.

Price per Adult:
3900 ISK

Whale Watching
Take part in an adventure at sea with this unforgettable trip into the world of whales and sea birds!

Price per Adult:
8500 ISK

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Boat tour to Vigur Island
Join a guided boat tour to beautiful Vigur Island, a haven for thousands of birds. You will be able to walk around the island and enjoy light refreshments at a farmer's house.

Price per Adult:
8900 ISK

Kayaking from Ísafjörður
This guided tour offers a great introduction to the sport of sea kayaking and a great way to experience the tranquil natural beauty of the West Fjords.

Price per Adult:
8900 ISK

Day 12: Snæfellsnes PeninsulaView Map

Nature and Bird Watching Rib Boat Safari
The perfect tour for bird watchers, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts or anyone who wants to enjoy Icelandic nature with a little adventure at sea.

Price per Adult:
11250 ISK

Vatnshellir Lava Cave
Follow the path of a lava flow! Experience the amazing world below the the earth's surface with this guided tour into the Vatnshellir cave.

Price per Adult:
2500 ISK

Whale Watching from Snæfellsnes
Enjoy a fascinating and scenic whale watching tour from the village of Ólafsvík on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Price per Adult:
8900 ISK

Day 13View Map

Nature and Bird Watching Rib Boat Safari
The perfect tour for bird watchers, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts or anyone who wants to enjoy Icelandic nature with a little adventure at sea.

Price per Adult:
11250 ISK

Vatnshellir Lava Cave
Follow the path of a lava flow! Experience the amazing world below the the earth's surface with this guided tour into the Vatnshellir cave.

Price per Adult:
2500 ISK

Whale Watching from Snæfellsnes
Enjoy a fascinating and scenic whale watching tour from the village of Ólafsvík on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Price per Adult:
8900 ISK

Day 14View Map

Blue Lagoon Relaxation by Bus
Experience geothermal bathing surrounded by a moon-like lava field. This is considered a "must-do" activity for all visitors and can be enjoyed year-round.

Price per Adult:
9800 ISK

Horse Riding - Laxnes Special
Whether you are a beginner or expert, this guided tour is ideal for all those interested in riding a hardy, sure-footed Icelandic horse.

Price per Adult:
9900 ISK

Reykjavik Sightseeing by Bike
This easygoing guided biking tour takes you from landmarks in the city centre to the green parts of the city, including picturesque views of the sea.

Price per Adult:
5500 ISK

Reykjavik Sightseeing by Bus
This guided bus tour includes visits to the most significant historical, cultural and natural landmarks in the greater Reykjavik area.

Price per Adult:
5500 ISK

Reykjavik Welcome Card 24 hours
Offers free entry to a great selection of museums and galleries, all city swimming pools and free travel by bus within the Greater Reykjavik Area.

Price per Adult:
2900 ISK

Reykjavik Welcome Card 48 hours
Offers free entry to a great selection of museums and galleries, all city swimming pools and free travel by bus within the Greater Reykjavik Area.

Price per Adult:
3900 ISK

Whale Watching
Take part in an adventure at sea with this unforgettable trip into the world of whales and sea birds!

Price per Adult:
8500 ISK

Accommodation

We offer a variety of accommodation options to suit all travel needs. To ensure that the accommodations included in our packages meet our own high standards for quality and service, each establishment has been hand-picked by our local travel experts.

See the descriptions below for more information about each category of accommodation offered in this package. You can choose your preferred category in the booking process.

 

Rooms

  • 1 Person = Single room
  • 2 Sharing = One twin/double room
  • 3 Sharing = Triple room
  • 4 Sharing = Two twin/double rooms

Budget

Rooms with shared WC and shower or bath in farmhouses, guesthouses or well-appointed hostels. All provide breakfast (included in the price).

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Budget

Rooms with shared WC and shower or bath in farmhouses, guesthouses or well-appointed hostels. All provide breakfast (included in the price). 

Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower or bath in three-star hotels or well-appointed guesthouses. All provide breakfast (included in the price).

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Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower or bath in three-star hotels or well-appointed guesthouses. All provide breakfast (included in the price). 

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