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Highlights of Westfjords, North & West Iceland

(12 days / 11 nights)

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Adventure awaits in classic attractions and hidden gems

This journey takes you from the wondrous west coast to incredible natural sites of the north to the wild Westfjords and spectacular Snæfellsnes Peninsula. During this 12-day self-drive, you can experience some of the country’s best-kept secrets and natural wonders. Imagine geothermal hot spots offset by looming glaciers, unspoilt scenery, well-preserved cultural traditions and the remote Westfjords that few places on earth can match.

12 days / 11 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 235450 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Value for your money
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Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Active i, Honeymoon & Romance i, Midnight sun i, Off the Beaten Path i, Slow Paced i

Season

1 May - 30 Aug

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2149/1335 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Arrival & Explore Reykjavík

    Upon arrival to Keflavik International 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 in Reykjavik.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: West Iceland: Hot springs, Waterfalls & Glacier adventures

    Begin your journey today by driving through the bountiful Borgarfjörður area. Sights along the way include the twin waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss along with the Deildartunguhver hot spring, and Háafell Goat Farm. You also have the choice to join optional activities such as visiting the Krauma to soak in soothing geothermal baths, exploring the lava tunnel Víðgelmir or venturing inside of a glacier. Continue the drive towards Skagafjörður, known for their Icelandic horses and amazing midnight sun displays.

    Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 395 km/245 miles

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 3: The Splendour of Skagafjörður, Icelandic Horses & Charming Akureyri

    Skagafjörður is a region rich with culture, purebred Icelandic horses and numerous natural sites. You can stroll along a black sand beach, explore the turf houses of Glaumbær, visit the pool Grettislaug, enjoy a horseriding adventure or join other optional activities. You will continue the day driving to Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland. There are numerous museums, galleries, and cafes to visit, as well as outdoor areas like the botanical gardens and the harbour area to roam. You could also stroll along the historical town centre on the streets of Hafnarstræti and Aðalstræti to view the old houses and visit the Nonni Museum.

    Spend the night in Akureyri

    Driving distance approx. 160 km/99 miles

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 4: Magical Lake Mývatn: Dimmuborgir & Geothermal Waters

    Today’s drive brings you to the Lake Mývatn region, a hotbed of volcanic landscapes including the Námaskarð Pass, Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters, Dimmuborgir lava formations and Krafla, one of Iceland’s most fascinating volcanoes. Later, take a dip in the soothing milky blue geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths, the perfect way to relax after a full day of sightseeing.

    Spend the night in the Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 105 km/65 miles

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  • Day 5: Jökulsárgljúfur National Park

    Use this day to explore more of Lake Mývatn and its unique surroundings. We recommend a drive through the Jökulsárgljúfur part of the vast Vatnajökull National Park, visiting such sights as the Ásbyrgi canyon and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Another great option is to join a whale watching tour at the nearby village of Húsavík, “the whale watching capital of Europe”.

    Spend another night in the Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 6: Majestic Fjords of the Troll Peninsula

    After your time in Myvatn, head to Tröllaskagi (the Peninsula of the Trolls), where you can enjoy fantastic scenery of beautiful mountains, jagged cliffs and wide fjords. Then, continue through Siglufjörður, which was once the centre of Iceland’s herring fleet, and make a stop at Hofsós to relax in the thermal pool (optional) before arriving to Skagafjörður, an area known for its abundance of purebred Icelandic horses.

    Spend the night in the Hvammstangi area

    Driving distance approx. 360 km/223 miles

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  • Day 7: Journey to the Westfjords

    Today marks the beginning of your journey around the beautiful Westfjords, one of the most remote, unspoilt regions in Iceland. Sights along the way include the countless mounds of Vatnsdalshólar, the Borgarvirki natural fortress, the impressive Hvítserkur rock formation (which some say resembles a rhino) and Illugastaðir, where you are likely to find seals at play.

    Continue the drive to Hólmavík where you will find the Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum, the Sorcerer’s Cottage and the hot natural pools in Drangsnes are also well worth a visit.

    Spend the night in the Hólmavík area.

    Driving distance approx. 145 km / 90 miles

  • Day 8: Explore Ísafjörður

    Start your day early from Hólmavík and get ready for a splendidly scenic drive to Ísafjörður. The coastal roads weave in between mountains and fjords, allowing you to enjoy awe-inspiring views. The journey is very much part of the adventure. Once in Ísafjörður, explore the bustling downtown area close to the harbour, where there are shops, cafes, and museums. For those seeking a little nature, there are well-maintained trails just outside of town. After a full day, dine at one of the town's restaurants serving fresh fish.

    Spend the night in Ísafjörður.

    Driving distance approx. 220 km/231 miles

    Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 9: Dramatic Dynjandi Waterfall & Látrabjarg Cliff

    Today you will be treated to two pearls of the Westfjords. Be sure to have your camera batteries charged! Drive from Ísafjörður along Dýrafjörður to the delicate, yet powerfall Dynjandi waterfall. Often described to a bridal veil, the 7-tiered waterfall is possibly the most romantic one on the island, and the largest in the Westfjords. Next, drive to Látrabjarg, a favourite area for birdwatchers and puffin-enthusiasts. The gigantic bird cliff, which sits on the westernmost point of Europe, is dotted with thousands of birds during the summer months. Catch of glimpse of the adorable Atlantic puffins!

    Spend the night in the Patreksfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 170 km/136 miles

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  • Day 10: Rauðisandur & Ferry Crossing Breiðafjörður Bay

    Kick off the day with an early visit to the rich golden sands of Rauðisandur, or take a relaxing dip in a natural hot pool at Vatnsfjörður nature reserve. Take the Baldur ferry at noon across Breiðafjörður Bay to the village of Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, passing the island of Flatey along the way*. The duration of the ferry ride is about 2 Hours and 45 minutes.

    If you have time to explore after your arrival in Stykkishólmur, we recommend spending the afternoon roaming the region's unique sights, including Snæfellsjökull glacier in Snæfellsjökull National Park, the Dritvík cove and the small, charming hamlets of Arnarstapi, Hellnar and Búðir.

    Spend the night on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

    Driving distance approx. 55 km/34 miles

    In May and September, the Baldur ferry departs only in the evenings, so we recommend that you drive around the bay to Stykkishólmur village. The drive adds approximately 280 km / 173 mi to your journey, but it is very scenic.

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  • Day 11: Snæfellsnes Peninsula To Reykjavík

    Experience the geographically diverse Snæfellsjökull National Park, with rich birdlife, lush valleys and lava fields. It's an ideal road trip to drive around the peninsula, exploring Dritvík Cove, Lóndrangar Cliffs as well as Hellnar and Arnarstapi Cliffs with its abundant birdlife and the quaint villages along the coast. You might wish to test your strength at the stones of the black volcanic beach of Djúpalónssandur like the sailors did years ago to prove their strength and vie for choice roles in ships. In Snæfellsnes, you can choose from a variety of activities such as hiking, taking a boat cruise or simply relax and take in the glacier’s alleged supernatural energy.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Driving distance approx. 290 km / 180 mi.

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  • Day 12: Departure From Iceland

    On your day of departure, a shuttle bus will collect you from your hotel in Reykjavík and transport you to Keflavík International Airport ahead of your scheduled 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).

    Attractions Optional Activity

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Budget

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

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Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel or well-appointed guesthouse. All provide breakfast (included in ..

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

Hyundai i20 (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Hyundai i20 (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: A
  • Description: Economy sub-compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Description: Compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x2
  • M

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Description: Sedan
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Skoda Octavia Station (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Skoda Octavia Station (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Description: Station wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Description: Compact SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Description: Mid-size SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Description: Full-size SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Description: SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Suitcases: 4/3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Proace (Automatic)
or similar

  • x8
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Toyota Proace (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 8
  • Luggage: 6-7
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)

  • Type: J
  • Description: Highland SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Luggage: 4/2
  • Doors: 2/4 to 6
  • Transmission: Manual

Price per person from

Approx 235450 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

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Optional activities

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Tour Information

  • Extra nights can be added to this package on request.
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs; contact us for details.
  • We recommend choosing the larger rental cars for this tour. The West Fjords have many gravel roads and it is more comfortable to be in a vehicle with higher ground clearance.

Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday. 

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