Ultimate Westfjords Way Road Trip

11 days / 10 nights
The Rauðisandur beach from above
A man standing below Kirkjufellsfoss
The Látrabjarg sea bird cliffs
The Rauðisandur beach from above
A man standing below Kirkjufellsfoss

Dive into the wilderness of the most tranquil region

The Westfjords are truly off the beaten track. The remotest region in Iceland packs in endless sea views, sheer cliff faces, and unspoilt mountainscapes as far as the eye can see.

On this 11-day road Westfjords Way road trip, you’ll wind along the coast-hugging roads past waterfalls, abandoned farms, and quaint villages. If you’re looking to escape it all and reconnect with nature, there really is no place like the Westfjords.

Travel styleSelf-drive
Trip length11 days / 10 nights
VibeIn depth
(1 May - 30 Sep)
TransportRental car
Starts fromReykjavík
Tour codeSD13

On this tour you will...

  • See puffins nesting at the Látrabjarg sea cliffs

  • Spot whales and Arctic foxes roaming free

  • Admire beautiful multi-tiered waterfalls

  • Explore the diverse scenery of the Snæfellsnes peninsula

  • Cross the magnificent Breiðafjörður bay by ferry

  • Weave in and out of fjords, each with its own character

Top attractions

Multiple cascades of the Dynjandi waterfall in summer


The town of Ísafjörður on a sunny day


Puffins on the Látrabjarg sea cliffs


The village of Hólmavík at sunset


The Rauðisandur beach from above


The Bolafjall radar station near the village of Bolungarvík


A kittiwake flying above cliffs in the Breiðafjörður bay

Breiðafjörður bay

The black sand of the Djúpalónssandur beach


Gatklettur rock arch at Arnarstapi


Þingvellir National Park, Iceland, in autumn colors

Þingvellir National Park

The Gullfoss waterfall in summertime


The Strokkur geyser erupting in winter against a sunset

Geysir and Strokkur

Water coming out of colorful rocks at Deildartunguhver hot spring


The Hraunfossar waterfall in winter covered in ice

Hraunfossar and Barnafoss

The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

Why book a self-drive trip with Iceland Tours?

  • Start your tour on the date that suits you

  • 24/7 emergency helpline in Iceland

  • Secure your booking with just a 5% deposit

  • New rental cars with 2 drivers as standard

  • Handpicked local accommodation options

  • Best Price Guarantee

Your 11-day self-drive itinerary

Your 11-day self-drive itinerary
Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Your memorable Icelandic adventure begins at the very moment you arrive at Keflavík Airport! Once you pick up your rental vehicle, you head directly towards Reykjavík where you stay for the night.


The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

Extra activities

Riders on FlyOver Iceland above a virtual waterfallExtra

FlyOver Iceland

The Sky Lagoon at sunsetExtra

Sky Lagoon Pure Pass

An Atlantic puffin perched on a cliff in IcelandExtra

Puffin Watching

whale breaching in front of orange and yellow sunsetExtra

Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavík

Close up of a hand holding a hot dogExtra

The Reykjavík Food Walk

Group on a horse riding tourExtra

Horse Riding from Reykjavík

A group of people being lowered into a lava cave © Inside the VolcanoExtra

Inside the Volcano tour from Bláfjöll

Staying inSnæsfellsnes area
Driving distance300 km (186 mi)

You head north-ouest today towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula where sits the famous and majestic Snaefell volcano toured by the Snæfell glacier. You discover several sites along the way, such as the Eldborg volcanic crater, Gerðuberg basalt columns, Búðir, Djúpalónssandur and its historical remain ship wrech right on the pebble beach among others before reaching the village of Stykkishólmur where you spend the night.

Staying inSouthern Westfjords area
Driving distance30 km (19 mi)

After crossing the Breiðafjörður bay by ferry from Stykkishólmur, you reach the Westfjords. The trip takes approximately 3 hours between the two points where countless small islands punctuate the landscape.

Staying inSouthern Westfjords area
Driving distance135 km (84 mi)

You visit today the most secluded places in Iceland where steep mountains, fjords and bays are predominant. Your destination for today is Látrabjarg, one of the biggest bird cliffs in Iceland and one of the country’s largest puffin colonies. On Your way from Látrabjarg you can make a stop to Rauðisandur where stretches of reddish sand beaches can be found giving a surreal feeling of the landscape.

Staying inNorthern Westfjords area
Driving distance175 km (109 mi)

Today you continue up north of the Westfjords, one of the most remote regions of Iceland. The landscape is breathtaking as you cross mountains and heaths and drive along the dramatic fjords at the foot of steep cliffs. You will pass Dynjandi a beautiful waterfall that lies in the northern arm of the fjord Arnarfjörður. You will drive along the west fjords until you reach Ísafjörður.

Staying inHólmavík area
Driving distance230 km (143 mi)

From Ísafjörður you continue your journey of the Westfjords driving along the numerous small fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp passing the Vigur Island on the way. You drive pass Drangsnes before reaching Hólmavík where you can visit an interesting museum dedicated to the ancient Icelandic magic.

Staying inHólmavík area
Driving distance250 km (155 mi)

You explore today the beautiful area of Strandir on the eastern part of the Westfjords. From Hólmavík you drive up north to Krossnesfjall. You might like to take an easy hike up the mountain Reykjarneshyrna and experience the magnificent view it offers right from the top! When you have reach Krossnes you might like to stop and enjoy a relaxing moment in the geothermal pool of Krossneslaug. This natural pool offers the unique experience being one with the raw elements of nature around as it is surrounded by stunning mountains behind you and facing the open ocean in front. This is an absolute moment not to miss out on. On the way back to Hólmavík you can make a stop in the small village Djúpavík for reaching your hotel for the night.

Staying inHrútafjörður area
Driving distance250 km (155 mi)

Your adventure in Iceland continues and today you will be heading towards Hvammstangi on Vatnsnes peninsula. Located in Húnaflói, Vatnsnes is known as one of the largest seal colonies in Iceland and is the perfect location to spot seals at close range. For hiking enthusiasts Vatnsnes is the perfect destination since the area offers a lot of different hiking paths such as the one leading to Borgarvirki. You countinue driving towards Hvammstangi/Hrútafjörður where you will stay for the night.

Staying inLaugarvatn area
Driving distance375 km (233 mi)

Today you drive south towards Þingvellir. You stop at Grábrók crater and take a walk up to the very top from to admire in breathtaking view over the Borgarfjörður region on clear days. You continue to Deildartunguhver hot spring, Reykholt, and the splendid waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Next is Þingvellir National Park! The latter one is considered to be one of the geological wonders of the world where you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements which have opened various cracks and fissures in the earth’s crust. It was here that the Icelandic parliament was founded in the 10th century.

Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance170 km (106 mi)

You start the day today by visiting the famous geothermal area of Geysir which shoots a hot column of water in the air every 10 minutes. Some 10 km further from the Geysir Area, you reach the “golden” waterfall Gullfoss which falls impressively into a deep ravine and is without no doubt the country´s one most beautiful waterfalls.

Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Drive back to Keflavík airport for your flight back home. Or book an extra night in Reykjavík, the vibrant capital of Iceland!

What’s included?

Detailed itinerary

Comfort or Quality accommodation every night

Continental breakfast every day

Rental car of your choice for 10 days

2 authorized drivers as standard

Unlimited mileage

Unlimited in-car Wi-Fi

Collision damage waiver

Tickets for Baldur ferry to Westfjords

24/7 emergency helpline when you’re in Iceland

VAT, taxes & service fees

Flights to Iceland

Fuel & parking charges

Food & drink, unless otherwise stated

Attraction entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Personal travel insurance

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FAQs about our self-drive trips

On a self-drive trip with Iceland Tours, you’ll be at the wheel of the rental car of your choice and free to go pretty much where you want, whenever you want.

We provide a detailed itinerary to help you plan your route and where you want to stop along the way. But it’s up to you whether you want to stick to it or go your own way. If you do take detours, make sure that you aren’t too far from your accommodation on any given night.

That said, it’s a good idea to stick to the suggested itinerary if you’ve never visited Iceland before. Created by our Reykjavík-based travel experts, it contains plenty of things for you to and see and do on each leg of your trip. One thing’s for sure: you won’t be short on ideas!

You also get unlimited in-car Wi-Fi, so you can stay connected and use maps on your phone for navigation.

You have to be at least 20 years old to rent a car in Iceland, or 23 years old for larger vehicles like jeeps and vans. You’ll need to have held a valid driver’s license for at least 1 year and present a credit card when you collect your car.

You don’t need an International Driving Permit unless your license is not in Latin script (for example, Arabic or Chinese).

Find out more about car rental in Iceland.

Yes! It’s possible to add extra activities or extend your trip with additional nights in Reykjavík or the countryside. Check the itinerary above to see what activities are available on what day.

Once you’ve paid your deposit for your trip, we’ll finalize bookings for your accommodation, rental car, and any activities. As soon as we receive confirmation of everything, we’ll email your travel documents to you.

We aim to finalize everything within a few weeks of receiving your booking request, but in busy periods this might take longer. That said, you’ll always receive all of your documents before your departure date.

You’ll be able to pick up your rental car at Keflavík International Airport from the arrivals hall. Before your trip, we’ll send you information about where to go in the terminal to collect your keys.

Make sure you have your driver’s license and credit card ready when you collect your vehicle.

If you land late at night, you can use the out-of-hours phone at the pick-up desk to contact someone who will be able to help you.

You also have the option to collect your rental car in Reykjavík, if you’re planning to spend some extra days in the city before your trip starts. If you’d like to do this, please let us know in the ‘Special requests’ box at checkout.

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