Gear up for an extensive Iceland 7-day tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Westfjords. Sample all the diverse nature Iceland has to offer on a scenic road trip across the West Coast. This experience will introduce you to the highlights and heritage of the region. See why they call this area 'Iceland in a nutshell.' Your itinerary will take you to charming towns, black sand beaches, stunning fjords, ancient volcanoes, and natural thermal pools. Observe the country’s famous wildlife,from Puffins to Arctic Foxes. Perfect for the independent traveler who wants to see the country at their own pace. Enjoy the striking beauty of this remote area of the country on a personalized road trip. We take care of all trip planning logistics, from booking your accommodation to your rental car.
Included in your 7-day self-drive package is a rental car, accommodation, and daily breakfast.
All at the best price guaranteed.
Duration: 7 days
Group maximum: 5
Age limit: No age limit
- Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- Djúpalónssandur Beach
- Puffin Watching
- Snæfellsjökull National Park
- Dynjandi Waterfall
- Golden Beaches
Pick up your car at:
Keflavík International Airport
For the best experience we recommend that you pick the car up early on departure day, and return it in the afternoon or evening on the last day.
Drop off your car at:
By default your drop-off location is always set to Keflavik international airport (KEF), no matter which pickup location you select.
You can, however, drop-off the car at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik on the last day. If you prefer this drop-off location, you can change the drop-off location afterwards (details can be found in the confirmation email).
- 7-Day itinerary for an epic Iceland self-drive tour
- 6 nights accommodation with private bathroom
- 7 days car rental
- Breakfast each morning at hotels
Bring with you:
- Warm clothes/layers
- Hiking boots
- Driver’s License
Comfortable accommodation is included in the package. Good locations, breakfast included and you get a private bathroom. Keep in mind if you book for 2 or 4 persons you will get twin/double rooms. If you book for 3 or 5 persons you get a combination of double/twin rooms and a single room.
To offer the best price possible, this self-drive package is fixed and cannot be changed or altered. The package has been optimized for the best experience.
If 4 persons - May vary depending on group size, season and availability.
Discover the diverse natural beauty of Iceland through the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Westfjords. This scenic 7-day self-drive tour in Iceland will take you through picturesque landscapes, as you stop at the numerous attractions of the region.
Discover charming fishing villages, golden beaches, glacial volcanoes, bubbling natural hot springs, and stunning fjords. Home to rare wildlife species, you'll encounter Arctic foxes, puffins, and seals. During your village visits, soak up the local heritage from museums, churches and other historic sites.
This self-paced tour is perfect for people who want to explore on their own terms. Stop at the places that interest you or spend more time at other sights, it's up to you!
Day 1: The Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Arrive at Keflavik International Airport any time in the morning to pick up your rental car and head to Reykjavik. If your arrival time is in the afternoon, you can spend your first night in the capital and start your tour the following day. Collect your car and head towards the capital region and Snæfellsnes Peninsula along the West Coast. Snaefellsnes is known as 'Iceland in a nutshell.' The scenic peninsula is a snapshot of the country's famous natural sights, such as black sand beaches, waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers.
Snæfellsjökull National Park sits on the tip of the peninsula. Established in 2001, it is one of three National Parks in Iceland. Snæfellsjökull might not be the largest park but it is home to several famous points of interest in the country.
Snæfellsjökull Glacier is one of the most well-known natural attractions on the peninsula and in the park. The surreal beauty of the glacier-covered volcano has inspired centuries of writers and artists. Most notably the 700,000-year-old glacier was used as a setting for Jules Verne’s iconic classic novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”
Another breathtaking attraction within Snæfellsjökull is Djúpalónssandur Beach. The arched-shaped bay is composed of coal-colored sand, dark cliffs, fresh-water lagoons, and rare lava formations. These odd, rocky landscapes and lagoons have served as inspiration for local lore.
Adjacent to the park is a series of charming small towns along the peninsula. Once operating as fishing towns, they offer tourists the opportunity to learn about Icelandic history and customs. Arnarstapi and Hellnar Villages are quaint towns with rustic houses surrounded by nature vistas.
One of your last stops of the day is the most photographed mountain in Iceland. Kirkjufell Mountain, accompanied by the cascading Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall, creates a stunning photo.
Your hotel for the night is in the North-West Region.
Bjarnarhöfn: A farmstead of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, this historic area offers museums and natural attractions. Bjarnarhöfn Church and the Shark Museum are listed as the No.1 Snaefellsnes attractions by Lonely Planet travelers. Also found in Bjarnarhöfn are the colorful, eye-catching Berserkjahraun lava fields.
Ytri Tunga Beach: Unlike the famous black-sand beaches of Iceland, Ytri Tunga has golden sand. Situated alongside Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, it is one of the best places for seal sightings.
Lóndrangar Basalt Cliffs: Geological wonders of the peninsula, the Lóndrangar cliffs are all that remains of a volcanic crater. As in most of the country, folklore surrounds the area. It is said farmers have never used the grassy fields around the cliffs, as elves are rumored to live there.
Budakirkja Church: One of two buildings in the village of Budir, this isolated black church has become a popular photography spot. The picturesque 19th-century building sits in the middle of a scenic field.
Day 2: Westfjords
On the second day, you’ll arrive in the scenic Westfjords. Your drive will be accompanied by views of spectacular mountain ranges and fjords.
Your day begins with a visit to the old fishing village of Drangsnes. Sat along the shoreline, you'll find three hot tubs off the main road. The tubs are heated naturally by geothermal springs and are the perfect spot to relax among nature. Soak up the nearby mountain views, while you soak in the steamy waters of the Drangsnes Hot Tubs.
Back on the road, you'll weave through a mountain pass, beyond Kaldbaks Horn Mountain, and into Djúpavik Village. As you enter you'll find a large concrete building, out of place among the rest of the charming village structures. Opened in 1917, this building once served as a herring factory. It shut down not long after and another factory was built in 1934. In its heyday, it was the largest concrete building in the country. The old factory is now open to tourists as a museum.
Standing watch over Djúpavik, Djúpavíkurfoss, or the waterfall of Djupavik, flows into the village. The tall waterfall streams alongside the village and creates the illusion that the herring factory is floating on water.
If time allows, stop at Krossnes Swimming Pool for a dip. Surrounded by a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, take in the sights at the edge of the outdoor pool. The pool is heated by natural springs and is located on a pebble beach.
Your last stop in the land of hot springs is Gvendarlaug natural geothermal spring. This hot spring releases bubbles, so it’s almost like bathing in an outdoor jacuzzi. Water temperature in the pool reaches around 42°C (108°F), perfect for year-round visits. Enjoy the giant swimming pool there filled with natural mineral water from the springs.
Your hotel for the night is based in Hólmavik, a village known for its history of witchcraft.
Day 3: Isafjordur
On the third day, you’ll head northwest, to the picturesque mountains and fjords of the region.
Súdavik Village is our first stop. Súdavik was first developed strictly as an agricultural area. Farms were built throughout the village, and by the mid-19th century, Súdavik held 21 farms, but no houses. Towards the end of the century, the town transitioned and built a whaling station. When the station closed, Súdavik became a fishing village.
While Súdavik never had a large population, in 1995, a deadly avalanche claimed the lives of 14 locals. The village was rebuilt, but the area where the avalanche hit remains empty.
The most popular attraction in town is the Arctic Fox Center (entrance fee is not included in the tour price). Founded by locals and tour operators, this non-profit research and exhibition center aims to increase ecotourism in Iceland.
Arnarnes Point is your next stop. The outermost point of Skutulsfjörður Inlet, it is surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Witness the coast span out in front of you, and mountains rise up in the distance. At the cape, discover the enchanting red and yellow Arnarnes Lighthouse.
Isafjordur offers a variety of nearby hiking trails and walking paths. A popular route is through the Naustahvilft Valley, also known as the Troll Seat. Peculiar flat-topped mountains surround this deep valley, which is accessible with a short hike. The stunning views from Naustahvilft make this a worthwhile adventure. Another hiking spot in the region is Tungudalur Valley, home to a lovely waterfall.
Tungudalur Waterfall flows into the valley and streams into a well-manicured forest. You’ll spend the night at a hotel in Isafjordur, a charming, historic town. Each summer the town hosts the popular music festival Við Djúpið.
Day 4: Small Towns and Dynjandi Waterfall
On your fourth day, your drive takes you along the coast of the Westfjords. Enjoy views of Òshyrna Mountain as you enter this stunning coastal region. Keep an eye out for the bright-orange Òshólaviti Lighthouse on the Vestfirðir Peninsula!
Discover the northernmost town in the Westfjords, Bolungarvik. The town offers two museums dedicated to the heritage and wildlife of the area. Learn about the town's fishing history at Ósvör Museum, a replica of an old fishing outpost. The natural history museum exhibits an extensive collection of mammals and birds.
Next to town is the popular visiting point, Bolafjall Mountain. The top of the mountain offers spectacular views of Ísafjarðardjúp, Jökulfirðir, and some even say, Greenland!
Flateyri is the largest settlement in Önundarfjörður. Tourists are taken with the charm and natural beauty of this fishing village. Home to several quirky museums, the largest is the International Doll Museum. The exhibit was founded in 2001 after the town was gifted with an enormous collection of national costume dolls from Dr. Senta Siller. Known for her humanitarian work, she helped women in developing countries. In a philanthropic aid effort, she assisted women to create businesses where they produced dolls dressed in national costumes.
Thingeyri (Þingeyri) sits at the top of the picturesque Dýrafjörður Fjord. The fishing industry has fed this thriving small town, which offers several attractions. Discover the oldest functioning mechanic workshop in Iceland, founded in 1913. Golfers can hit the country's most scenic golf courses, just a short ways from town. The beautiful greens are surrounded by what is referred to as the Westfjords Alps. Kaldbakur, the highest peak, reaches 1,167 m (3829 ft).
The most photogenic attraction in the Westfjords, Dynjandi Waterfall is the highlight of the day. The multi-tiered cascade reaches a total height of 100 m (328 ft). Dynjandi, or Fjallfoss, is the largest waterfall in the Westfjords. You will want to bring your camera out for this sight!
A quick drive from Dynjandi is Bildudalur Village. This has an Icelandic Sea Monster Museum and hosts an annual music festival. Your hotel for tonight is based in Patreksfjördur, the biggest town in the southern part of the Westfjords.
Day 5: Puffin watching in the West Fjords
On your fifth day, you'll make your way to Látrabjarg Cliff, with stops at a variety of spectacular natural sights along the way.
Örlygshöfn Cove, unlike its black-sand counterparts, offers a stretch of golden sand beach. This scenic coastline is peaceful and remote.
Along the way, you’ll pass Òlafsviti Lighthouse and Breiduvikurkirkja Church. The isolated white church sits alone, appearing to be in the middle of nowhere.
Next, we hit the highlight of our day, Látrabjarg Cliff. It’s one of the largest bird cliffs in Europe and is the westernmost point of Iceland. The cliff is 14 km (8.7 mi) long and up to 440 m (1,443 ft) high and is home to diverse wildlife.
Millions of birds nest and live on the cliff, the most famous being the puffins. These enchanting birds spend most of the year at sea and only return to land in the summer to nest. Large puffin colonies are a rare sight, as they tend to be solitary in the water. On the cliffs, however, birdwatchers can catch thousands of thousands of puffins nesting and laying eggs. Bring out your camera for some epic wildlife shots!
As well as puffins, you can find guillemots, razorbills, and gannets. If you’re really lucky, you might even witness whales playing among the waves!
End your day with a relaxing dip in Hellulaug natural geothermal pool. The pool is located on the beach and offers ocean views. Your accommodation for the night is in Patreksfjördur.
Day 6: Golden Sand Beach
On day six spend some time relaxing in the sand. Rauðasandur is a 10-km (6-mi) stretch of brightly colored sand. Unlike the common black sand beaches in Iceland, this beach is blanketed with colors of red and cold. Sometimes it appears as though the beach changes color, as the hues depend on the sunshine and time of day.
Not just popular with human tourists, seals love to sunbathe on the shores of Rauðasandur. Sometimes you will find hundreds of them on the beach.
Explore the nearby area and visit the Saurbæjarkirkja church. The secluded church is a black structure with a red roof and white shutters, surrounded by the idyllic nature.
Another stop on your itinerary is Vatnsfjördur Nature Reserve. The giant area is home to around 20 kinds of birds and arctic blueberries. The Skiptá River winds through the reserve.
It takes about five hours to drive to Raudasandur Beach and your hotel. Spend as much time at the beach as you wish, it is your day! Enjoy a picnic on the shore, or spend time discovering the wildlife.
You’ll spend the night at a hotel in Reykhólar. The coastal village offers lovely views of the sea and mountains.
Day 7: Reykjanes Peninsula
On the last day of your journey, you’ll leave the Westfjords and take a scenic route to Reykjanes Peninsula.
On your drive, you'll pass an abandoned farm in Ólafsdalur Valley. Between 1880 and 1970, the farm served as the first agricultural college in Iceland. Today the abandoned college is commemorated only by a statue of founder Torfi Bjarnason and his wife Gudlaug. Multiple walking trails have been forged near the farm.
At the foot of the hill, you'll notice Krosshólar, a giant stone cross. The cross is a monument for Auður djúpúðga Ketilsdóttir, an early Norwegian female settler. Auður was a Christian and arranged crosses on the hill by her home. In her day she was only among a few Christian settlers in Iceland. The hill later came to be called Krosshólar or Cross-hill. Auður's own monument was erected in 1965.
On your ride back visit Barnafoss and Hraunfoss Waterfalls. Barnafoss features twisting, chaotic waters, tumbling under a natural stone bridge. Hraunfoss, on the other hand, is a collection of trickling streams that flow from a lava field.
Before returning your car, you have the opportunity to visit the famous Blue Lagoon Spa (not included in the price). The spa is located near the airport, so you can have a stress-free soak before take-off.
You can return the car either at the KEF airport or BSI Bus terminal in Reykjavik.