Iceland Ring Road & Westfjords Epic Adventure

14 days / 13 nights
Snowy mountain landscape in Westfjords
the green face of the hornstrandir sea cliff rising high and jagged
Puffins on the Látrabjarg sea cliffs
Snowy mountain landscape in Westfjords
the green face of the hornstrandir sea cliff rising high and jagged

Explore every corner of Iceland in 2 weeks

Sail across the Breiðafjörður bay to the Westfjords, Iceland’s remotest region, and discover it in depth. Then continue your way around the Ring Road, taking in majestic waterfalls, glorious glaciers, and striking mountains.

On this 14-day epic adventure around Iceland, pass through every region of the country and soak up the unique vibe of each one. And because it’s a self-drive trip, you can set your own pace and stop when and where you like.

Travel styleSelf-drive
Trip length14 days / 13 nights
VibeUltimate
SeasonSummer
(1 May–15 Oct)
TransportRental car
Starts fromReykjavík
Tour codeSD03

On this tour you will...

  • Get truly off the beaten track in the Westfjords region

  • Explore ‘Iceland in Miniature’ on the Snæfellsnes peninsula

  • See the geothermal wonders of North Iceland

  • Admire mighty waterfalls and giant glaciers

  • Follow the classic Golden Circle route

  • Have the chance to spot puffins, Arctic foxes and whales

Top attractions

The town of Ísafjörður on a sunny day

Ísafjörður

Multiple cascades of the Dynjandi waterfall in summer

Dynjandi

A man standing below Kirkjufellsfoss

Kirkjufell

The Hraunfossar waterfall in winter covered in ice

Hraunfossar and Barnafoss

Puffins on the Látrabjarg sea cliffs

Látrabjarg

Town of Borgarnes from above

Borgarnes

Lake Mývatn in its autumn colors

Lake Mývatn

The Goðafoss waterfall in summer

Goðafoss

The harbor in the fishing village of Húsavík

Húsavík

The Dettifoss waterfall in autumn

Dettifoss

Vik Church with Reynisdrangar sea stacks in the distance

Vík í Mýrdal

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall covered in icicles

Seljalandsfoss

A rainbow over the Skógafoss waterfall on a sunny day

Skógafoss

The Gullfoss waterfall in summertime

Gullfoss

Þingvellir National Park, Iceland, in autumn colors

Þingvellir National Park

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 14-day self-drive itinerary

Your 14-day self-drive itinerary
Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Your memorable Iceland adventure begins the very moment you arrive at Keflavík Airport. Once you pick up your rental vehicle, you’ll head directly for Reykjavík and your exciting first night in Iceland.

Highlights

The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

Extra activities

The Sky Lagoon at sunsetExtra

Sky Lagoon Pure Pass

Riders on FlyOver Iceland above a virtual waterfallExtra

FlyOver Iceland

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 inSnæfellsnes area
Driving distance300 km (186 mi)

Today you will be discovering an interesting area, rich with cultural and historical heritage. As you head toward Borgarfjörður, we recommend stopping by the magnificent Hraunfossar waterfalls where the water seems to magically flows from the lava bed into the river below. Heading to Snæfellsnes peninsula you should visit the beautiful places all around the peninsula; for example Búðir, Arnarstapi and Hellnar on the way to your accommodation in the Snæfellsnes area.

Staying inSouthern Westfjords area
Driving distance150 km (93 mi)

Your day will start with a boat ride on the Baldur ferry taking you to the beautiful West Fjords. You will depart in the morning from Stykkishólmur heading to Patreksfjörður and sailing through Breiðafjörður Bay.

Staying inNorthern Westfjords area
Driving distance170 km (106 mi)

Today you continue up north along the West Fjords, 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. Dynjandi is a beautiful waterfall that lies in the northern arm of the fjord Arnarfjörður. You continue toward the north until you reach the village Flateyri and from there you drive on to reach your accommodation near the Ísafjörður town.

Staying inHrútafjörður area
Driving distance360 km (224 mi)

Today your journey through the most remote places in Iceland continues. Next up is Strandir, the eastern part of the Westfjords. You’ll thrill to the spectacular landscape while driving along the numerous small fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp and passing Vigur Island along the way.

Staying inAkureyri area
Driving distance200 km (124 mi)

Your next day’s journey continues toward the northern part of Iceland ending in the north’s capital, Akureyri, passing through Skagafjörður known for exceptional horse breeding; in fact, many stunning Icelandic horses can be seen on your drive.

Staying inMývatn/Húsavík area
Driving distance130 km (81 mi)

In the morning you can spend some time in Akureyri before heading to the Lake Mývatn area. It is undoubtedly one of Iceland’s most renowned areas due to its volcanic activity and its amazing bird life. On the way to Mývatn, you will have the opportunity to take a look at the picturesque Goðafoss waterfall.  At Mývatn there are various exciting places of interest that you can visit such as the Skútustaðir pseudo-craters and the mysterious lava formations of Dimmuborgir. Two nights in or near the Mývatn area.

Staying inMývatn/Húsavík area
Driving distance65 km (40 mi)

Your whole day today is dedicated to the marvels of the Lake Mývatn Nature Reserve renowned for being one of Iceland’s most inspiring natural wonders. Be sure to make a stop at the Mývatn’s warm geothermal bath for a relaxing moment in the blue waters while enjoying a superb view over the lake.

Staying inEgilsstaðir area
Driving distance310 km (193 mi)

Your day starts in the charming fishing village of Húsavík. After Húsavík, you will drive the Tjörnes Peninsula coastline where you can make a quick stop on the way at its extremity to enjoy the view and spot some seabirds. The journey then continues to the eastern part of Iceland with a few stops on the way for your next evening’s stay.

Staying inHöfn area
Driving distance270 km (168 mi)

You discover today the Eastfjords! Starting with the fjord Reyðarfjörður where a small-but-fascinating World War II history museum is located before continuing along the fjords toward Southeast Iceland where you might like to drive to other fjords on the way. Finally you drive through the tunnel of Almannaskarð to arrive in the Höfn region where you will spend the night.

Staying inKirkjubæjarklaustur/Vík area
Driving distance285 km (177 mi)

Your next stop is Iceland’s scenic southeast. After passing various glaciers tongues of the Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, you’ll arrive at the stunningly surreal beauty of the glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón. This exceptional sight sits at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur. Skaftafell National Park is another area definitely worth a visit. This oasis surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains offers a broad range of options for great hiking. Later, continue your drive to Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur for your overnight stay.

Staying inSelfoss/Hveragerði area
Driving distance130 km (81 mi)

Today you can start by taking a look at the black sand Reynisfjara beach, famous for the Reynisdrangar rock stacks that rise from the sea and its basalt columns. You might like to make a stop at Dyrhólaey cape which is the southernmost point of Iceland. A small road takes you to the top of this 120 m high sea cliff where you often can see a large number of puffins. (Please note that Dyrhólaey is closed during nesting season from May 15 til June 23 and from mid- August the puffins will have gone to sea!).

Continuing westbound you arrive at Skógar and pass Skógafoss waterfall, one of the highest in Iceland. As you continue towards Selfoss you pass Seljalandsfoss waterfall and you can actually walk behind it.

Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance200 km (124 mi)

Today you will explore and marvel at the attractions of the famous the Golden Circle. First, the imposing Gullfoss waterfall, followed by the steaming power of Geysir. Here you can witness the Strokkur geyser propel warm water columns in the air every 5–10 minutes. Last but not least, the Þingvellir National Park. This is where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, creating this impressive landscape.

Later, you’ll reach Reykjavík where you will spend your last night in Iceland.

Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

It seems as if your journey to fabulous Iceland only began a moment ago, but now it is time to head back home, driving back to Keflavík Airport for your flight. Depending on your flight’s time, you may be able to squeeze in a last day in Reykjavík or an extra night in there to experience all the amazing things that the city has to offer.

What’s included?

Detailed itinerary

Budget, Comfort, or Quality accommodation every night

Continental breakfast every day

Rental car of your choice for 13 days

2 authorized drivers as standard

Unlimited in-car Wi-Fi

Unlimited mileage

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

Food & drink, unless otherwise stated

Attraction entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Fuel & parking charges

Personal travel insurance

Customer reviews

Read what real customers had to say about Iceland Ring Road & Westfjords Epic Adventure.

Overall rating for this trip
4.8
based on 30 reviews
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Mary - United States
September 14, 2023 - Verified booking
We chose the Ring Road and Westfjords 14 day trip and absolutely loved it. Iceland is so beautiful and this trip did not disappoint. Traveling in September was wonderful - we got to see the Aurora, the fall colors were at their peak and crowds were low (especially in the Westfjords, north and east). Can't wait to come back!
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William - United States
September 8, 2023 - Verified booking
This was our first trip to Iceland. We are older, and figured this would be the only time we would make it to Iceland, so wanted to experience as much of the country as we could in our time. We took your 14-day driving tour that included the Westfjords, and circumnavigated the country. We are
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Nona - United States
September 4, 2023 - Verified booking
We had an amazing journey around the island! Lots to see, lots we missed. I think a better road map and better directions would have helped.

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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