“Looking to see the best parts of Iceland with a self drive tour. Would prefer to drive less than 4 hours per day. We are pretty adventurous but probably won't want to hike more than a couple miles a day. Looking for great sights and pictures and to experience the beauty and nature of Iceland. Would love to spend some time in Reykjavik experiencing Icelandic urban life as well. Happy to rent a car and drive.”
Trip planning highlights
Summary of the trip planning conversation
Considering that you don’t want to drive more than 4 hours each day, and also avoid the crowds, I recommend the Westfjords and Snaefellsnes regions. Here is an itinerary:
9th May - Arrival in Iceland. Coach transfer to Reykjavik where you can spend the exploring the landmarks of the city, museums and restaurants.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
10th May - Transfer to the domestic airport for a morning flight to Isafjordur. Pick up your rental car. Spend the day in Isafjordur visiting the surrounding towns, experiencing the culture and visiting places off the beaten path.
11th May - Drive through the fjords to the Southern Westfjords enjoying the stunning coastline and spectacular mountain views. Stop at the majestic Dynjandi waterfall. In the evening visit the cliffs of Latrabjarg and the surrounding colourful beaches.
Overnight in the Southern Westfjords.
12th May - Drive to the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula, where the Snæfellsjökull glacier dominates the landscape. Visit the Kirkjufell mountain, Berserkjarhraun lava field, the Djupalonssandur beach and drive around Snaefellsjokull volcano/glacier.
Overnight in Snaefellsnes close to the glacier.
13th May - Explore the southern Snaefellsnes peninsula - the Budir black wood church at the edge of a lava field, look our for seals along the beaches, drive past some colourful mountains and go on a walk on the Arnarstapi-Hellnar coastline. Drive back to the Reykjanes peninsula where you stay the night.
14th May - Visit the Blue Lagoon. Drive to the airport where you drop your rental car. Departure from Iceland.
Small hiccup that was weather related. Could have been more responsive during the planning period. Itinerary was outstanding and the way that it was adjusted when the weather threw a monkey wrench was great. Otherwise, we loved it.
Timing of responses could have been better. When I started directly emailing him and calling while in Iceland, communication was much better