Iceland Summer Family Trip

  Group of 3 friends visited Iceland in July 2017

“Travel with 2 of my young adult children. Interested in the ring road. Enjoy hiking, outdoors, pubs, food. Will probably sleep in one room each stop. Interested in budget accommodations. Will want to see the famous geothermic lake and we heard about Fjadrarglufur Canyon.
- Gerald F.”

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Best of the West: Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Westfjords

Day 1: Arrival and Downtown Reykjavik
Day 2: North to Borgarnes, Glymur Falls, and Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Day 3: Volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Day 4: Snaefellsnes Peninsula to the Westfjords
Day 5: Southern Westfjords
Day 6: Isafjordur or Hornstrandir Hiking
Day 7: Drive back to Reykjavik
Day 8: Departure
Map of Best of the West: Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Westfjords

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Hi Gerald, I'm happy to help you with your trip plans. I'll put together some hotel options for you for a trip to the Westfjords and you can take a look at the options and let me know which you think would be a good fit.

Gerald F:

Sounds great. Let's get started.


Hi Gerald,  I've created an initial plan with some accommodation options. In some areas, we may find more availability if you are ok with 2 rooms, as not all guesthouses in those areas have rooms for 3 people. I can start reserving some of these initial options if you like with free cancellation options, and then if I find more options for 2 rooms I can update to those instead. 

Gerald F:
Lets do Hotel Framnes for 2 nights. Guesthouse should be fine. We need to look into car rentals as well.

What if we fly from Isafjordur to Reykjavik on the 9 am flight? We stay in city center Reykjavik. I would prefer. Means we leave the rental car in Isafjordur. Can that work?


Yes, that would be best, when I put together some car options, it will be for ones that offer one-way dropoff. Typically there is a one-way fee for this, and I can list that as well so that you can decide if you instead prefer to drive back.


Hi Gerald, I think we are set. For the Ferry, it may not be possible to get them on the spot as there is a limited number of cars that they can take. You could still try and have a backup plan to drive, but I wanted to warn you that you shouldn't expect it to definitely be possible.





I added a link to the map to your itinerary. I also added some food recommendations for the regions. Is there anything else I can help with?

Have a great time! 


Oh, and here are some swimming pools on the route, I will add pins to the map as well

Grundarfjordur (May-August only) 
The small town of Grundarfjordur is famous for the nearby Kirkjufell that serves as the town's iconic landmark. Near the town’s campsite, you’ll find two hot tubs with a wading pool. Borgarbraut 19. Open May 19-August 20, Mondays - Fridays from 7am-9pm and Saturdays - Sundays from 10am-6pm.

The large port of Stykkisholmur is home to an extensive swimming complex, with both outdoor and indoor swimming pools, thermal tubs, wading pool and a fun waterslide. Borgarbraut 4. Open year-round, weekdays 7am-10pm, 7am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm.

A challenge to find, Landbrotalaug is comprised of two hot pots in either side of a little pond behind an abandoned farm in Snaefellsnes. This is the place to head to if you crave some seclusion--miles away from any town. One hot pot is fed by a pipe into a large pool, and the other, deeper but narrower, is located behind a makeshift rock wall. GPS: N64°49.933 W22°19.110.

Lýsuhólslaug (June-August only) 
Look for Lýsuhólslaug in the south of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It appears like your typical, humble swimming pool, but the waters are fueled with warm, geothermal water and rich in minerals. Open June-August 11am-8pm.

Patreksfjordur Pool

Gerald F:

Thanks. You did a super job. I will use this company for a Croatia trip next year.

Chris McCarty

Glad you had a great time. Looking forward to seeing you again next year to help you plan a trip to Croatia. The Istria region is supposed to be very nice (and less crowded than the south coast).

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