Self Drive tour to west Iceland, Geysir and south Iceland

Iceland holiday package on your own

Price: from ISK 216500

Explore the southern part of Iceland, all the way east to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon to Snaefellsnes peninsula in the east.  See 4 different glaciers, visit the old parliament site where the tectonic plates meet, relax in small fishing villages and gaze upon several beautiful and unique waterfalls.

Prices:
From ISK 226300 in winter
From ISK 373400 in summer

Summer prices and rental car options:
Skoda Octavia 4wd or similar: ISK 373400.-
Toyota Land Cruiser 4wd or similar: ISK 497600.-
Land Rover Defender 4wd or similar: ISK 533600.-
Prices are for 2 persons staying in a double room

Optional: Hotel upgrades available in some areas.

Price from: ISK 226300

Available:  All year

Included:
Rental car for 6 days with CDW insurance, GPS and unlimited mileages
Accommodation for 7 nights in 3* hotels and guesthouses

Breakfast
A detailed Road Atlas and driving directions
An Icelandic cell phone with all necessary numbers

Excluded:
Optional activities
Meals except for breakfast
Fuel

Gullfoss waterfall on Iceland's Golden Circle

Gullfoss waterfall in south Iceland

You can extend your holiday in Iceland if you wish. If you have any questions, comments or requests, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Available:

All year

Price: from ISK 216500

Self-Drive Itinerary to west Iceland, Geysir and south Iceland

Day 1: Arrival in Keflavik Int. Airport
Transport to a hotel in Reykjavik by Flybus or a taxi. You can also choose to stop on the way at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak.  At your guesthouse a self-drive package will be waiting for you; maps with your route, an Icelandic mobile phone and a road atlas.
Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik downtown.

Day 2: Reykjavik - Snaefellsnes Peninsula
In the morning you pick up your rental car.  Drive the small town of Stykkisholmur in the Snaefellsnes peninsula, where you have the option of going sailing on a sightseeing tour around Breidafjordur Bay, ideal for bird watching in the middle of the nesting season.  We say here in Iceland that the islands in Breidafjordur are too many to count.
We recommend a drive around in the “Danish” town Stykkisholmur with its beautiful surroundings and little houses. Drive from Stykkisholmur around Snaefellsnes peninsula and look at all the things that it has to offer; volcanic glacier, beautiful rocky beaches full of nesting birds, rugged landscape with lava fields meeting the Atlantic Ocean.
Accommodation; Hotel on the south shore of Snaefellsnes

Day 3: Snaefellsnes - Borgarfjordur - Thingvellir - Geysir area
From Snaefellsnes you head to Borgarfjordur, to see its main attractions: Hraunfossar (Lava Waterfalls) where the river flows from underneath the lava field and flows down into the river. Just a few meters away there’s another great waterfall, Barnafoss. You pass through the historical site of Reykholt before visiting Iceland’s most powerful geothermal spring, Deildartunguhver.
The route to Thingvellir depends on what kind of a car you will be driving. If you have rented a 4x4, we recommend you take the mountain road Kaldidalur to Thingvellir national park. This road really shows you the barren and remote side of Iceland; rugged lava surrounded by glaciers and mountain desert, and takes you close to Iceland’s second largest glacier Langjokull.
If you don’t have a 4x4, you will have to stick to the main roads, driving through the scenic Hvalfjordur.
Thingvellir is the site where Iceland’s ancient parliament of Althingi established in 930 AD, which makes it the oldest parliament in the world. Thingvellir is also known for its natural beauty and geographical uniqueness. From Thingvellir you head on to Geysir area where you spend the night.
Accommodation: Hotel by Geysir

Day 4: Geysir area - Gullfoss - Horse rental
Spend the day near the Geysir area; see the various hot springs, including the geyser Strokkur which erupts every 5-7 minutes and of course Geysir himself.  There are several hiking paths available in the area, to enjoy the surroundings.  We recommend a swim in the swimming pool by Hotel Geysir which is filled with warm water from the hot spring area. From the Geysir area there is a 10 min. drive to Gullfoss waterfall which is a must-see. We recommend that after you looked at the Gullfoss waterfall to try our national dish, the classical lamb meat soup at Gullfoss café.
Optional: Horseback riding, River Jet or ATV tour.
Accommodation: Hotel by Geysir

Day 5:  Hotel Geysir - Eyjafjallajokull glacier – Kirkjubaejarklaustur
You can choose from several routes from Geysir through the green country side to Eyjafjallajokull glacier, where you stop at the 40 m high waterfall Seljalandsfoss and take short walk behind the waterfall to feel the spray and drizzle on your face.  From the road you can see Eyjafjallajokull glacier, which erupted so memorably in 2010.  Next stop is the 62 m high beautiful Skogafoss waterfall, by the little village Skogar where there is a very good folk museum worth visiting.
From Skogar you head eastwards along Iceland’s south shore through the village of Vik close to Iceland’s southernmost tip; Dyrholaey. In Vik you can go down to the black sanded beaches and see Reynisdrangar, lava formations that stand out from the sea. Drive on trough a black sand desert and by the lava fields from Mount Laki, to the small village Kirkjubaejarklaustur.  Once there you can take a walk up to Systrafoss waterfall before dinner.
Accommodation; Hotel or guesthouse by Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Day 6: Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Skaftafell - Glacier Lagoon
From Kirkjubaejarklaustur you drive on eastwards to Skaftafell national park. The road will take across the largest black sand desert in Iceland, and beautiful lava fields with a spectacular mountain view. In Skaftafell there are several hiking paths available, and we highly recommend walking up to Svartifoss waterfall which flows down a black columnar basalt cliff.
From Skaftafell it’s only a half an hour’s drive to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon where you can go on a boat tour of the lagoon, enjoy the spectacular icebergs up-close and perhaps see some seals swimming in the water or bathing on an iceberg.
The road by Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull, is very scenic; steep colorful mountains with the white glacier in the back and the ocean on the other side, reindeer and sheep crossing the road.
Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse by Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Day 7:  Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Fjadrargljufur – Reykjavik
Head back west, stopping at the beautiful gorge Fjadrargljufur.  Travel back through Vik in Myrdalur and by the majestic Myrdalsjokull glacier.  We recommend taking the route closer to the coast, and visiting the small village of Stokkseyri.  Here you can visit the ghost museum and the coastline is the ideal place for bird watching in the summer. Rauda husid (the Red House) in Eyrabakki village is well-known for their delicious seafood, and is well worth the visit.  Another option for a stop on the way to Reykjavik is to see the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi, and hike up to Reykjadalur to enjoy the natural hot springs there.  Return the rental car in Reykjavik.
Optional: Glacier hike on Solheimajokull glacier or ATV tour in Vik.
Accommodation: Hotel in Reykjavik downtown

Day 8: Reykjavik - Departure from Keflavik Airport
If you have a late departure you can spend the day in Reykjavik and explore the city.  On the way to the airport you can stop at the Blue Lagoon, if you didn’t on day 1.  You can either take a taxi or a bus to the airport.

South & West Iceland Tour Highlights

Snaefellsnes & Snaefellsjokull

Budir, Arnarstapi & Hellnar
- Gatklettur Cliff
- Olkelda
- Budir timber church

Borgarfjordur
- Hraunfossar & Barnafoss waterfalls
- Deildatunguhver
- Borgarnes
- Reykholt historical site 

The Golden Circle
- Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir

Eyjafjallajokull volcano

Myrdalsjokull glacier

Seljarlandsfoss & Skogarfoss waterfalls

Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon

Vik and Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Prices for the Complete South + West Iceland Self-Drive vacation

All rates are total for 2 people staying in a double room with private facilities. For other room types or more rooms, please contact us.

Summer season prices (June through August):
Skoda Octavia 4wd or similar: ISK 373400
Toyota Rav4 4wd or similar: ISK 437600
Toyota Land Cruiser 4wd or similar: ISK 497600
Land Rover Defender 4wd or similar: ISK 533600

Shoulder season prices (May and September):
Skoda Octavia 4wd or similar: ISK 315600
Toyota Rav4 4wd or similar: ISK 379800
Toyota Land Cruiser 4wd or similar: ISK 439800
Land Rover Defender 4wd or similar: ISK 475800

Winter season prices (October through April):
Skoda Octavia 4wd or similar: ISK 226300
Toyota Rav4 4wd or similar: ISK 259300
Toyota Land Cruiser 4wd or similar: ISK 295300
Land Rover Defender 4wd or similar: ISK 313300

Included:
Rental car for 6 days with CDW insurance, GPS and unlimited mileage
Accommodation for 7 nights in 2-3* hotels and guesthouses.
A detailed Road Atlas and driving directions
An Icelandic cell phone with ISK 1000 credit

Excluded:
Optional activities
Meals other than breakfast
Fuel

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions 

What is Icelandic weather like?
Weather in Iceland unpredictable, so we strongly advise our customers to check the weather report each day, especially in winter. Weather forecasts for the whole of Iceland can be found on the Icelandic Met Office website. 

What are Icelandic roads like?
We also strongly recommend that you check the overview maps showing road conditions and the current situation for all main roads at a given point, provided by the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration. Attached is a representative photo of such a map, showing that some roads are closed, others icy or very icy, etc.  

Map on Icelandic road conditions from the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration

Be well prepared when planning to drive in Iceland:

  • Get accurate, up to date information about the area
  • Check the weather forecast - in Iceland, the weather can change suddenly
  • Always leave your travel plan with someone who can react if needed
  • Remember to bring the right equipment for the type of travel
  • Always use maps, compass, GPS when travelling outside the urban areas
  • Most of the Icelandic Highland roads are closed in wintertime


Where can I find information about driving in Iceland?

Nature Explorer provides you with a Self Drive Package which contains useful information about travelling safely in Iceland. The package includes a Road Atlas, Iceland's Big Map (that has your route marked out) and an Icelandic cell phone with prepaid call credit. A list of interesting highlights that you might wish to explore on your route is also enclosed.

The Icelandic Road Traffic Directorate (Umferðarstofa) has produced a video entitled "How to Drive in Iceland", as well as a downloadable brochure in English, German and French, which can be accessed on their website.

Additionally, the Icelandic Association for Search & Rescue, ICE-SAR (Landsbjörg), provides vital information for safe travel in Iceland. It is essential to be well informed when travelling around Iceland, especially in the Highlands - the combination of unfamiliar terrain and the abrupt weather changes can prove hazardous.

What happens if I don't reach my hotel due to weather, or if I find myself in some distress on my route?
If you are unable to reach your destination due to an event of force majeure nature, then the force majeure clause, cited below, will apply. 

Should you find yourself in distress, or in any uncertainty, you can call us at any time using the Icelandic mobile phone included in your Self Drive Package. If your arrival to your hotel is likely to be delayed, please give them a call and let them know. All the necessary phone numbers are included in your Self Drive Package. The 24 hour emergency phone number for ambulance, police and fire services in Iceland is 112.

If a road is closed and I can't make it to my next hotel – will that hotel still charge?
The usual minimum cancellation time for hotel bookings is 48 hours so technically they can charge, but give us a call and we will try our best to sort it out so there is little or no cost if possible. This is one of the advantages of having a local travel agency plan your Iceland tour. Most hotels are very understanding when it comes to changes due to weather.

I will then need another hotel - who pays for that?
Customers are responsible for covering any additional costs themselves but if we got the hotel cancelled without a fee, then of course that refund goes into the cost of the other hotel. We always try our best for our customers and it has always worked out with a few phone calls – remember, with us you will have an Icelandic mobile phone with our number that you can ring any time and the numbers of all your hotels.

Winter driving in Iceland is perhaps not for everybody and might not be everybody's idea of a carefree holiday. In wintertime, many of our customers opt to go first on a Super Jeep tour with us, to get a good sense of the Icelandic roads and conditions (as well as good insider tips) from our driver guides, before venturing on their own. Our expert driver guides can take you anywhere you would like to go. You can have any tour as a privately guided Super Jeep adventure.

Force Majeure
It is possible that an eruption, a flood, a storm or another form of Force Majeure might affect your tour in a way that is beyond human control. The standard Force Majeure or 'Act of God' clause applies and frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstances beyond the control of the parties (clients / tour operator) prevent one or both parties from fulfilling their obligations under the contract.

Your plans may need to change in such circumstances. We will, of course, help in any way we can; however, it is expected that the clients understand that driving, especially in a foreign country, inherently involves a degree of personal risk.

Insurance
Nature Explorer considers appropriate travel insurance to be essential. Please familiarise yourself with the details of your insurance policy and take it with you on holiday. It is a matter of personal responsibility to ensure that the insurance you have purchased covers you for the holiday activities in Iceland, whether they be driving tours, riding tours, snowmobiling tours, winter sports activities or other.

Disclaimer
Nature Explorer disclaims responsibility for any loss, damage, accidents, sickness or changes in schedules caused by weather, strikes or any other irregularity beyond the control of Nature Explorer. Nature Explorer reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or departure times, without prior notice, should the necessity arise.



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