West Iceland Itinerary
Sample Fly/Drive West Iceland Itinerary (8 days)
Depart US to Keflavík on Icelandair.
Day 1 – Reykjavík
Arrive Keflavík, Iceland the next morning or on a late evening flight. Take FlyBus to accommodations in Reykjavík – Stay at accommodations ranging from 4-star hotels to charming guesthouses located in downtown Reykjavík. Private facilities and breakfast included.
Day 2 – Reykjavík – Golden Circle - Reykjavík
Take popular day tour in Iceland: The Golden Circle Super Jeep tour – the best way to get to know Iceland’s history, culture and geology before heading off on your own on day 3. Includes visits to hot springs, waterfalls, geysers and the mid-Atlantic ridge at Iceland’s famous Thingvellir National Park. Same overnight location in Reykjavík.
Day 3 – Snæfellsnes- Hellnar - Búðir
After breakfast, pickup rental car from your accommodations and checkout. Head north and west to Hellnar on south coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula (3-hour drive) and spend two overnights at Hótel Hellnar or Búðir situated on the southwest coast of the peninsula overlooking the ocean to the south and the mystical glacier to the north. Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with the region with a hike along the coast or a visit to the glacier.
Day 4 – Snæfellsnes- Hellnar - Búðir
Today is a free day for touring Snæfellsnes on your own or by hiring a private local guide. Options include a whale watching trip from Ólafsvík, a boat trip from Arnarstapi, a visit to the famous lava stone beach of Djúpalónssandur or a horse trek from a local horse farm. Same overnight location as previous night.
Day 5 – Snæfellsnes - Stykkishólmur
Today drive to the north side of the peninsula with the quaint fishing village of Stykkishólmur as your destination. Overnight at Hótel Breiðafjörður or Stykkishólmur. On your way drive around the western end of the peninsula through Iceland’s newest National Park or drive over the mountains next to the glacier. 2-hour drive and plenty of time to stop along the way.
Day 6 – Borgarfjörður - Reykholt
Today you have the option to take a morning cruise into the beautiful and bird-rich bay of Breiðafjörður. Then you will head inland to the region of Borgarfjörður to the history-rich settlement of Reykholt for an overnight at the Viking spa hotel at Reykholt. In the afternoon visit hot springs, waterfalls and lava caves or put your feet up for some first class spa services.
Day 7 – Borgarfjörður - Reykholt
Today offers a free day to hike to waterfalls and into deep lava caves or visit to saga-sites of the region. Be sure to visit the new Settlement Museum in the nearby town of Borgarnes. Same overnight location.
Day 8 – Blue Lagoon - Home
After breakfast, check out and drive west to Blue Lagoon (2 hours) for a late morning dip in the world famous lagoon. Consider lunch at the site or travel the rugged coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula before heading to Keflavík airport for return flight to US. The Blue Lagoon is located within a 15-minute drive of the airport. Drop off rental car at the rental car return lot next to the arrivals side of the main terminal. Check-in is recommended two hours before the flight departure time.
Feel free to add a day or two to this itinerary. For flight departures to Europe, the final day in Iceland may require adjustments. Check with IST for options and costs.
Iceland Saga Travel (IST) prepays all Iceland-based service providers. Client and service providers will have prepaid vouchers for each service (rental car, accommodations, tours, ferries, etc.). All accommodations include breakfast. IST provides airport FlyBus tickets, maps, driving directions and regional information brochures. IST is happy to recommend and pre-book Reykjavík restaurant reservations.