RT22 - Westfjords in details and Kaldidalur 12 days
Self Drive Tour
|Season:||(JUN 28 to SEP 1)|
|Duration:||(12 days / 11 nights)|
|By Car km/mi:||(1840)|
|Price from:||(175249 ISK )|
This detailed tour gives you enough time to explore the magnificent Westfjords and introduces you to highland driving on Kaldidalur mountain road. Perfect for those who are looking to explore remote areas of Iceland and enjoy the tranquillity of western Iceland.
Day 1. Arrival
Following your arrival at the airport, you will transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavík in a comfortable, Wi-Fi connected bus. Spend the rest of the day exploring the capital of Iceland. Reykjavík offer great variety of things to do and see – sightseeing, shopping, museums and more.
Day 2. Snæfellsnes Peninsula
In the morning pick up your car and start your Iceland adventure by driving towards town of Borgarnes. At Borgarnes you will find the Icelandic Settlement Centre where you can learn all about the fascinating sagas from the settlements times as well as a unique exhibition of the famous Viking poet – Egill Skallagrímsson. Continue to Snæfellsnes Peninsula where you will find numerous natural wonders. Cross the plains of Mýrar and head to the South Coast of the peninsula. In northern part of Mýrar you will pass quite a few spectacular craters. Continue to the charming hamlets of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, where you will find an easy access to bird cliffs and stunning lava fields. Continue around the tip of the peninsula at the foot of the mysterious Snæfellsjökull glacier and volcano. Snæfellsjökull is a popular destination for hikers, snowmobilers and skiers. For those not familiar with the glacier, a guide is recommended.
Lóndrangar Rock Formations
Day 3. Breiðafjörður Bay
Drive east along the north coast of the peninsula to the charming village of Stykkishólmur. In the morning we suggest a very special cruise from Stykkishólmur, among the numerous islands of the Breiðafjörður Bay with its unique birdlife. Puffins Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Eiders and many other bird species nest here in great numbers. The White Tailed Eagles nest here too and are frequently seen. This is an unforgettable experience and takes a little more than two hours. In the afternoon, take the ferry Baldur across the Breiðafjörður Bay with its countless islands to Brjánslækur port on the south coast of the West fjords. Enroute to Brjánslækur, the ferry will make a short stop at the Flatey Island to drop off and pick up passengers. Drive from Brjánslækur to Patreksfjörður town. The town was named after Saint Patrick, who was the spiritual guide of Örlygur Hrappsson – the original settler of the area. At Patreksfjörður you will find a geothermal pool where you can relax in a hot tub in the evening.
Day 4. Rauðisandur Beach and Látrabjarg Bird Cliff
Today you will explore the area around Patreksfjörður. Start by heading to most famous beach of Iceland – Rauðisandur. The unique sand and shell mix gives the beach spectacular yellow-read colour. This is a wonderful place to enjoy an amazing bird- and wildlife. During the summer time you may spot seals relaxing at the beach. Next continue to Látrabjarg, one of the most crowded bird cliffs in the world. In summer the 444 m high sea cliffs are occupied by millions of Puffins, Gannets, Guillemots and Razorbills. Enroute, stop at the interesting folk museum at Hnjótur. Continue to explore Kollsvík, which is surrounded by magnificent scenery.
Day 5. Dynjandi Waterfall - Ísafjörður
Drive to the north towards Ísafjörður town. The drive to Ísafjörður, the largest town in the West fjords is characterized by stunning steep-sided mountain scenery and deep and narrow fjords. As you cross the Dynjandisheiði pass, visit the picturesque Dynjandi waterfall. It is the largest waterfall in Westfjords. Continue to Ísafjörður.
Day 6. Extra Day at Ísafjörður
Today you have plenty of time to explore the town of Ísafjörður and its surroundings, the neighboring towns of Bolungarvík and Suðureyri. Various day tours are available from Ísafjörður – sea kayaking, horse riding, boat trips and even hiking trips to Hornstrandir area. Hornstrandir is a nature reserve that was established in 1975. The nature reserve is accessible only by boat and foot; there are no roads for the cars.
Day 7. Kaldalón Fjord - Drangajökull Glacier - Strandir
Continue east towards the Strandir area. From Ísafjörður you will drive through numerous fjords, make sure you have your camera ready, as you will experience spectacular views. Make a detour to Kaldalón. At the end of the Kaldalón you will find a popular hiking route that will lead you to Drangajökull area. Continue to Strandir for an overnight stay.
Kaldalón Fjord and Drangajökull Glacier
Day 8. Norðurstrandir - The Scenic Fjords
Continue to explore the fjords of Strandir. Begin the day by exploring Bjarnarfjörður fjord, where you will find several farms, some of them no longer used. Visit the natural hot spring named Gvendarlaug and even take a bath. Continue to Reykjarfjörður fjord – this scenic road is usually closed during the winter time due to massive snow. Visit Djúpavík village at the end of the fjord. In the old days Djúpavík was busy fishing town - nowadays, however, the village is quiet as the fishing industry has left from there. Continue to Norðurfjörður fjord where you will find a unique geothermal pool just by the ocean. You can take a hike around this beautiful area, as the road further north ends. As you head back to your lodging, visit Hólmavík and bathe in natural hot springs in the area, relaxing your muscles after some hiking today.
Day 9. Volcanic Crater - Hot Springs - Hraunfossar Waterfalls
Today you will head south and explore the best that Borgarfjörður area has to offer. Visit the volcanic crater Grábrók. The crater sits at the top of a hill and is easily accessible by foot. As you reach the top fantastic views of surrounding area will await you. Continue to Deildartunguhver Hot Spring, which yields over 180 litres of boiling water every second. Now head inland to see the scenic Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, where the water creeps from underneath the lava fields into the river Hvítá.
Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
Day 10. Kaldidalur Mountain Road and Þingvellir National Park
Head inland to Kaldidalur mountain road. The road is only accessible by jeeps and is open only during the summer. Kaldidalur road is the shortest of the highland tracks traversing the Highlands of Iceland. This is somewhat “highland road for beginners” as you get a glimpse of Icelandic highlands. The road lies between glaciers and if the weather is good you will have a chance to catch some unforgettable views. Kaldidalur means “cold valley” in English. As you continue south you will see the impressive Skjaldbreiður shield volcano that formed in a large eruption around 9000 years ago. Head to Þingvellir national park which is an UNESCO heritage site where the first Icelandic parliament was established in 930. Þingvellir is hauntingly beautiful despite its rugged lunar-like landscapes.
Kaldidalur Mountain Road
Þingvellir National Park
Day 11. Geysir Geothermal Area - The Golden Waterfalls and Blue Lagoon
Continue to the Geysir geothermal area, where you will find numerous hot springs and geysers. One of the geysers – Strokkur – erupts every 8 minutes or so, spouting boiling hot water up to 20 meters in the air. Just a little further you will find the majestic Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Waterfalls. Gullfoss is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, plunging down 32 meters into the canyon in two stages. On the way back to Reykjavík visit the picturesque Faxi waterfall and Kerið volcano crater. Next head to the world famous Blue Lagoon where you can soak in the mineral rich, blue waters and relax after all driving and sightseeing. Head back to Reykjavík and return your car.
Geysir Geothermal Area
The Blue Lagoon
Day 12. Departure
Transfer from Reykjavík to the international airport in a comfortable, Wi-Fi connected bus.
- Flybus Transfer upon arrival to your accommodation in Reykjavík
- Rental car including VAT, unlimited milage and CDW
- Two authorized drivers
- GPS Navigation System
- Detailed Itinerary
- Road map with the route and accommodation marked in
- 24/7 Emergency Services
- Flybus transfer to Keflavik international airport
- How to drive in Iceland Booklet
- Taxes, Service fee and VAT
- Ferry Baldur from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur
- Optional Activities
This tour can be customized to your specifications and needs, so if you have any special requests, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to help you arrange the perfect Icelandic vacation.
We are arriving very early. What is the check in time?
Check in time is usually between 14:00 - 16:00 for accommodation in Iceland. The only way to secure an early check in is to book the night before as well. However if a room is ready you should be able to check in early.
Where to eat during the tour?
In the small towns around Iceland you will find restaurants, bakeries and cafes where you can get something to eat. If you are going to the highlands we recommend purchasing something to take with you as there are very limited options for meals in the remote highland areas.
Are there any hidden charges?
There are no hidden charges or fees you should be aware of. Note that fuel and meals other than breakfast are not included.
What type of car is recommended?
For this tour you require a 4x4 vehicle suitable for highland driving. On this tour you will be driving on both paved roads as well as rough highland tracks with river crossings.
Do I need an international driver’s license?
No you do not need an international drivers license but you need a valid driver’s licence, which you will have held for at least two years. Travellers from overseas will need a licence issued in their country of residence along with an English translation (where appropriate). Some form of picture Identity is required, e.g. Passport, ID card etc. A valid credit card is also required.
How far is it between gas stations?
Gas stations can be found in almost all towns around Iceland so running out of gas is not a likely scenario. However before going to the highland areas we recommend filling up the tank as there are no gas stations in the highlands.
Do hotels and guesthouses offer Wi-Fi internet connection?
Most hotels and guesthouses in Iceland do provide free access to Wi-Fi internet. Some hotels and guesthouses do charge a small fee for access to the internet.
How do I book and what is the process?
There are several factors that determine the tour price:
• Time of the year you plan on visiting
• Number of people travelling together
• Type of car Car Info (Only applicable with self drive trips)
• Accommodation type (we offer 2 categories of accommodation or you can choose mixture of both)
• Optional Activities (Various optional activities are available with each trip)
There is a special Price Calculator button with every self-drive tours and private guided tours where you can enter your choice of type of accommodation, car, number of people and your arrival date. The Price Calculator will calculate and display the price according to your specifications. This way you can see how different choices in car and accommodation types affect the price of the package.
Once you are confident about your trip selection proceed to press the book now tab. Here you will fill in the required information and proceed through the booking process.
We require a 15% deposit at the time of booking. Full payment is due 5 weeks prior to arrival.
Once a booking is made an automatic e-mail is sent informing you that the order has been placed and is currently being processed by the IcelandRoadtrip.com team. You will then be contacted with by one of our trusted travel agents with further details.
For more practical information please visit our Travel Guide
An excellent opportunity to explore the magnificent bird life of Breiðafjörður and also taste fresh scallops from the sea. The boat takes you around some of the many islands of Breiðafjörður fjord, where you will see numerous types of sea birds as well as the while-tailed eagle. The highlight of the tour is when a net plough is cast overboard and sea delicacies, such as scallops and sea urchins are brought on board for you to taste freshly from the sea.The tour is 2 hours and 15 minutes long.
January 15.-May 13 - Every Tuesday at 11:00
February 15, March 01, 15 and 22 (Friday) at 11:00
- Season: MAY 15 to SEP 30
- Item/Adult Price: 7770 ISK
- Youth age 16-20:3885 ISK
- Children age 0-15:0 ISK
Prepaid Sim Card for mobile/cell phones
SIM cards are suitable for those visiting i Iceland. With a prepaid SIM card you can stay connected during your trip, which is perfect for those who travel with their own mobile/cell phone or smartphone, and want to be able to make local calls without having to pay roaming charges and stay connected through Social Media and E-mail.
The sim card includes unlimited calls and text to local numbers and 1 GB of data.
The sim card is compatible with unlocked mobile/cell phones. You will be given a local Icelandic phone number, be able to receive incoming calls for free, and also use your existing phone (if unlocked)
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 2000 ISK
- High 1 Season: From May 26 through June 30.
- Low 1 Season: From October 01 through December 19.
- Spring Season: From April 28 through May 25.
- Fall Season: From September 01 through September 30.
- High 2 Season: From August 11 through August 31.
- Peak Season: From July 01 through August 10.
- Christmas and New Year Season: From December 20 through January 01.
- Low 2 Season: From January 02 through April 27.
1 Person = Single room or as requested
2 Sharing = One twin/double room or as requested
3 Sharing = One triple room or as requested
4 Sharing = Two twin/double rooms or as requested
5 Sharing = One twin/double room and one triple room or as requested
6 Sharing = Two triple rooms or as requested
7 Sharing = Two twin/double rooms and one triple room or as requested
8 Sharing = One twin/double room and two triple rooms or as requested
9 Sharing = Three triple rooms or as requested
10+ Sharing = As requested
- You can select your own room combination during the booking process.
- Triple rooms are in some cases only a double room with an extra bed.
Children 3-11 years old:
Iceland Road Trip offers families with one child to book up to 3 persons per double room. The room would either have a made up extra bed or a made up mattress in cases the rooms available are too small to accommodate an extra bed.
Two adults and two children need to book two double rooms.
Car Rental Season:
- High Season: From June 20 through August 25.
- Low Season: From September 30 through May 18.
- Shoulder 1 Season: From May 19 through June 19.
- Shoulder 2 Season: From August 26 through September 29.
The car rental supplier for all of our Self Drive Tours is AVIS.
Below information is from them and refers to requirements for renting a car, insurances, restrictions and other practical information.
Rental Car Delivery
A free shuttle service is included where a representative from the car rental agency picks you up from your accommodation or a nearby designated pickup location. From there you are taken to the car rental office to receive your rental car. Only the main driver and additional driver can be taken to the rental station.
Upon retruning the car a shuttle service back to Reykjavík hotels / downtown bus stops is included. The last shuttle to town leaves at 17:00.
The cars listed are examples only. Reservations are booked by car group only. If the car confirmed is not available at the time of rental, a similar or superior car is supplied at no extra cost. No distinction is made between 4x4 and 4wd vehicles.
The driver must present a fully valid drivers licence (i.e. not a temporary one) that has been held for a minimum of one year. An International Driving Permit is also required if the national drivers licence is not in the Roman script (for example in Cyrillic or Chinese script).
Minimum Age 20 years for passenger cars (A, D, N, O, B, L, E, C, M and I)
23 years for jeeps (F, P, H, J, G, K and XP)
25 years for luxury cars and minibuses (XO, XE, XG and XH)
Young driver fee
Younger drivers may drive by paying a young driver fee of ISK 1000 per day. This is possible in:
Groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, C, M and I for drivers that are 18-19 years old
Groups F, P, H, J, G, K and XP for drivers that are 20-22 years old
Groups XO, XE, XG and XH for drivers that are 20-24 years old
In any case, the young driver must present a fully valid drivers licence (i.e. not a temporary one) that has been held for a minimum of 12 months.
Credid Card Authorization
No rentals can take place without the driver having a major credit card present issued in his name. Acceptable credit cards are: MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club. Prepaid credit cards cannot be accepted! An authorization from the credit card will be taken at the start of all rentals, even if the cost of the rental is covered by a voucher. This authorization amounts roughly to the cost of one additional day plus a full tank and varies therefore according to car group and season. Payment with cash or debit cards is not accepted at any time.
Vehicles in groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, C, M, I, and XE are not allowed to be driven on roads marked F on official maps as well as Kjölur (road 35, north of Gullfoss) and Kaldidalur (road 550). Should these restrictions be ignored, all insurance (Third Party Liability, CDW, TP, WP, PAI), if accepted, shall be deemed, null and void. The driver will be held fully responsible in case of accidents or collision, including the cost of repair of the damaged vehicle and the cost of towing.
Should a car be spotted on a road on which it is not allowed, we will impose a fine that will be charged to the renters credit card – even if no damage occurs to the car. This fine currently amounts to ISK 100.000. This fine does not affect the liability of the renter to pay for any damage.
In case of breakdown or if the car is not safe to drive after an accident, our breakdown number must be contacted. The line is staffed 24 hours in summer and between 06:00 and 22:00 in winter. The number can be found on the key chain and the rental contract. Please note that this number is not to be called for any questions regarding the rental contract.
Cost of Damage
In general, damages are to be paid at the end of the rental. However, should a car have to be replaced after an accident, we may ask for settlement of the damage before a replacement car will be provided. The renter is responsible to inform us about any damages that have occurred to the car. The renters credit card may be debited for payments in respect of damage to the vehicle while in the possession of the renter. The time and terms of payment shall be at our sole discretion. This right shall remain unaffected for 6 months following the return of the vehicle. The cost of damage is determined by a price list available at all locations. In the case of major damages not covered by insurance, e.g. water damage, the cost will be estimated at an authorized garage.
Transport of a Damaged Car
For the transport of a damaged car ISK 310 per km are charged to the renter. There is always a minimum cost of ISK 55.000 which the renter must cover.
Replacing a damaged car is subject to availability. Sometimes, replacing the damaged vehicle with the same type is not possible. Such action by us does not constitute a breach of the contract and does not entitle the renter to any refund. If no alternative vehicle is available, we have no liability for refund any cost inferred by the renter. A replacement vehicle will not be provided before the damage of the old car has been settled.
In the event that the vehicle malfunctions owing to wear or other reasons for which the renter is not responsible, we will supply another vehicle or ensure that a repair is to be completed as soon as possible at a location specified by us. This does not affect the payment of the rental or any other charges payable by the renter hereunder. We will not pay any compensation in cases such as provided herein, neither for accommodation nor other.
Tires are always the renters liability. If tires go flat the renter is responsible for replacing them with tires of the same pattern and size at the nearest tire garage. If there is no tire with same pattern available the renter is required to call our breakdown number for instructions. We do not offer an emergency service for replacing flat tires.
Vehicle Condition Report (VCR)
With every rental the customer receives a Vehicle Condition Report on which all damages are marked. The customer is asked to sign the VCR and is handed a copy of the report. He has then the responsibility to check the car and can ask for amendments in case of any discrepancies to the VCR. A copy of the VCR is in the car and another copy is attached to the rental agreement. This prevents that the customer gets charged for damages he is not responsible for.
Partner Garages and Service Stations
We have many partner garages all around Iceland which provide help in case of damages to the rental car. In case of any problem our Reservation Department provides further information.
RSN - Roadside Assistance
ISK 500 per day (max. charge 10 days / 5.000 ISK)
RSN waives the towing / service fees in case of:
- The vehicle experiences a battery failure – well provide a jump start
- Keys are locked inside the vehicle or if the keys are lost
- Running out of fuel –we will deliver fuel to your location to get you on your way. If you put the wrong type of fuel into the car, we will come and help you pump it out and clean the tank.
Please note that the cost of a replacement key, additional fuel costs or the work for cleaning the tank are not included in this cover.
Any additional insurances need to be purchased directly at the car rental agency.
Third Party Liability and Personal Accident Insurance
Third-party liability insurance for owner and driver consists of the amount set by Icelandic law at any given time and is always included in the rental price but not listed separately.
Currently, Third Party Liability covers:
- Personal injury for up to ISK 2.475.000.000
- Damage to property for up to ISK 414.000.000
Personal Accident Insurance covers:
- Personal injury for up to ISK 186.000.000
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) - Includes Theft Protection (TP)
- Passenger cars (groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, C, M and I)
Non-waivable excess ISK 195.000 per incident
- Luxury cars, jeeps and minibuses
Non-waivable excess ISK 360.000 per incident
CDW/TP limits the renters financial liability for damages to the vehicle, its parts and accessories, also including theft, attempted theft or vandalism, provided the vehicle is used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the rental agreement. All rentals are subject to a non-waivable excess, for which the customer is responsible in the event of damage, loss or theft to the vehicle during the rental.
Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) - Includes Super Theft Protection (STP) and Front Windscreen Protection (WP)
Super Collision Damage Waiver price
- Passanger cars - 2300,- ISK per day
- Luxury cars, jeeps and mini buses - 2900,- ISK per day
- Passenger cars (groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, C, M and I) non-waivable excess - zero
Excess (front windscreen) - zero
- Luxury cars, jeeps and minibuses non-waivable excess - zero
Excess (front windscreen) - zero
SCDW/STP waives the renters financial liability for damages to the vehicle, its parts and accessories, also including theft, attempted theft or vandalism, provided the vehicle is used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the rental agreement. Front Windscreen Protection (WP) waives the renters financial liability in case of any damage to the front windscreen.
Sand & Ash Protection (SAP)
Sand and Ash Protection price
- Passanger cars - 1900,- ISK per day
- Luxury cars, jeeps and mini buses - 2500,- ISK per day
- Passenger cars (groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, C, M and I) non-waivable excess ISK 195.000 per incident - - Luxury cars, jeeps and minibuses non-waivable excess ISK 360.000 per incident
SAP lowers the renters financial liability in case of any damage to the car causing from of sand or ash. Please note that such damages are not covered by CDW/SCDW. SAP is available at the rental desk and cannot be booked in advance.
Insurances do NOT cover
- Intentional damage or damage owing to gross negligence by the driver
- Damage resulting from the driver being under the influence of alcohol, stimulants or sedatives, or otherwise incapable of controlling the vehicle in a secure manner
- Damage owing to racing or test driving
- Damage owing to war, revolution, civil unrest or rioting
- Damage inflicted by animals
- Holes burned into seats, carpets or mats
- Damage affecting only wheels, tyres, suspension, batteries, glass (except for windscreens when additional insurance is taken), radio receivers or loss by theft of parts of the vehicle and damage resulting there from
- Damage caused by driving on rough road, such as damage to the vehicles transmission, drive, or other components in or attached to the chassis; damage to the chassis resulting from the vehicle bottoming on rough roads because of ridges left by road graders; stones lodged in the road surface or at the edge of the roadway. The same applies to damage from stones being thrown up and striking the underside of the vehicle during driving
- Damage resulting from driving in places where the vehicle is not permitted to be driven, such as tracks, rough trails, in snowdrifts, on ice, across un-bridged rivers or streams, on beaches, on causeways accessible only at low tide or in other off-road areas. However, compensation will be paid for damage resulting from the driver being forced to leave the roadway, e.g. for roadside repairs.
- Damage to passenger vehicles that occurs during driving on roads marked F on official maps
- Damage caused by sand, gravel, ash, pumice, or other earth material being blown onto the vehicle (except when Sand & Ash Protection is taken)
- Water damage to the vehicle; also damage caused by sea spray/seawater if the vehicle is transported by sea
Further Exclusions apply. For details please refer to AVIS full terms and conditions.
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Driving distance: 1840 KM
Price from: 175249 ISK/person - Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.