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Day 1 – September 18: Reykjavik to Snæfellsnes south (approx. 180 km)
The car rental can pick one or two of you up at your hotel to bring you to the car rental and pick up the vehicle.
Departure West. You can either drive through the Hvalfjörður, Whale Fjord, and do a hike to the second highest waterfall of Iceland, Glymur. This takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to walk up and a bit less to walk down again.
Or you can take the undersea tunnel to shorten the drive, then you won’t be driving through the fjord and you will spare time. Head northwest and cross the marshy tundra of the Borgarnes region to reach the south of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. At Borgarnes, you could have lunch at the Settlement Center.
On the way you will see from the road the perfectly shaped crater of Eldborg (Fortress of Fire), the crater stands like a guard on the boundaries of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Mýrar.
The peninsula is a narrow snowy mountain range jutting far into the ocean, pointing west as a finger with the magnificent volcano Snæfellsjökull -the glacier of snowfell-crowning its tip.
Tonight, you will be staying at the very charming Hotel Budir which has a beautiful view over the ocean and the Snæfellsnes glacier.
There is a restaurant at the hotel. Nice walk to the famous black church of Búðir and its yellow sand beach with its grassy tundra.
- Eldborg crater (or the last day on the way back to Reykjavik)
- Djúpalón beach to Dritvík
- Olkelda – mineral spring
If you are a sparkling mineral water fan you can find a mineral spring, the water is safe to drink but it has a strong iron taste. There is the red hill mountain of Ytri Rauðamelskúlur nearby where you can go up admire the view all the way to Reykjavik.
Day 2 – September 19: Snæfellsnes Peninsula (approx. 195 km)
The legendary Snæfellsjökull volcano crowned by a majestic immaculate glacier, rushes out of the ocean like a boreal Fuji-Yama. It is the entrance passage of the legendary "Journey to the Center of the Earth" by Jules Verne. Hike to the tip through desolate lava fields covered with moss and lichen contrasting with the pure white snow. Hiking on the basalt cliffs of Arnarstapi, then to the deserted black pebble beaches of Djúpalónsandur. Arnarstapi, known for its magnificent cliffs of basalt organ where thousands of kittiwake’s nests. From Arnarstapi there is a little hike you can do along the coast to Hellnar.
The north coast of the peninsula is carved with many small fjords some of which are home to small active fishing ports. The village of Grundarfjörður has become well known for one of Iceland's most famous and solitary mountains, Kirkjufell, which has the shape of Toblerone. It is true that it is beautiful!
The road finally reaches the pretty fishing harbour of Stykkishólmur, located on Breidafjörður Bay, dotted with innumerable islands and islets. On the way to Stykkishólmur you could visit the shark museum at Bjarnarhöfn which is not far from Stykkishólmur that you can visit. Drive through the beautiful lava fields of Berserkjahraun, the name Berserkjahraun comes from one of the Icelandic Sagas, Eyrbyggja-Saga. According to the saga a farmer brought two berserkers from Sweden to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. One of the berserker fell in love with his daughter and wanted to marry her, the farmer promised him that he could if he would clear the path in the lava field to his brothers farm, which he was able to do but the farmer did not keep his promise and had them killed, both swedes and buried in the lava field near the path that they had made.
Accommodation proposed tonight, Hotel Egilsen. There are two very good restaurants next to the hotel, Sjávarpakkhúsið or Narfeyrarstofa. There is also a cosy little café next to your hotel, at the Harbour hostel. A nice swimming pool if you want to soak in a pool like the locals do, a volcano museum, the water museum up on the hill and little nice shops. Little walk in town to see all the pretty little doll like houses and also nice little walk on the hillside on the harbour with a pretty view over the village.
From Arnarstapi to Hellnar: A nice little hike of 30-45 minutes along the shore to the small village of Hellnar.
Miðfell: A nice hike on a small mountain with a beautiful view over the western part of the Snæfellsness. The walk begins at the same location as at Hreggnasa at the mouth of Eysteinsdalur. There is a parking and it is easy to leave the car there. You follow a marked trail that lies on Hreggnasa up to the first neck. Head from there to Miðfell. The trail is not marked, but we follow the neck and take the direction to a fairly obvious spine in the mountain. You go up to it, but it is a bit steep and the ground a bit loose. A little brittle the last meters on the mountain, but you should not have any difficulty if you are used to walking. Same way back.
Day 3 – September 20: Stykkishólmur to Reykjavik – 172 km
Drive back to Reykjavík via Borgarnes and take the undersea tunnel.
Possible hike at Eldborg crater on the way back to Reykjavik.
On the way you could also take a little de-tour and bathe in the Krauma hot baths and visit the waterfalls of Barnafossar and Hraunfossar. Barnafoss is near Hraunfossar which burst out of Hallmundarhraun which is a great lava plain.
Hotel of your own choice tonight in Reykjavík.
Day 4 – September 21: Reykjavík - Keflavík airport - 45 km
Hit the road at least 3 hours prior to your flight. Return the vehicle at the airport.
Have a safe trip home!
The maximum speed limit in Iceland is 90 km per hour. Note that roads can sometimes be narrow, even on the main roads. Please be careful when going over bridges, they are often very narrow and only for one car to pass at a time.
Note, the km are an estimation and do not include extra stops, visits, activities, lunches etc.
Here is a good website with all kinds of useful information about Iceland: http://fr.visiticeland.com/
You’ll need to bring comfortable and adequate clothing to protect you
from cold and wet weather, such as polypropylene, capilene, or pile.
Wool and wool/synthetic blends are also suitable – though wool, if
wet, dries slowly compared to synthetic fabrics. We discourage the use
of cotton in wet conditions it dries very slowly. When layering, the
innermost layer should be long underwear. The middle layer can be a
synthetic turtleneck or wool shirt, and pants. The outermost layer must
be a breathable waterproof jacket such as a good quality Gore-Tex
wind/rain parka and over-pants. For quantities for each item listed,
use your own judgment, based on the expected weather conditions and
overall packing/weight restrictions for your luggage.
• Regular underwear.
• Short-sleeved synthetic or cotton/synthetic T-shirts
• Synthetic thermal underwear
• Full-length pants, quick-drying synthetic fabric
• Long-sleeved, synthetic or wool shirt
• Wool or/and synthetic socks
• Medium-weight synthetic fleece sweater or jacket
• Gore-Tex rain/wind parka
• Gore-Tex rain/wind pants
• Sun & rain hat
• Wooly hat
• Gloves (wool or pile)
• Down jacket from September to May (optional)
• Hiking trousers, quick-drying synthetic fabric
• Casual sportswear for evenings in lodging
• Lightweight sports shoes for lodging
• Or just bring your usual clothes but something rainproof to put
over your usual things!
• Swimsuit and small towel (High density synthetic-chamois) for
hot spring bathing and swimming pool
Toiletry kit—soap, toothbrush, and so on.
• Personal first aid kit
• Moisturising lotion. (The air in Iceland is very dry)
• Sunscreen and lip protection (The sun in Iceland is much more
intense than you probably imagine)
• Toilette paper and a lighter to burn it
• Spare pair of prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses, or
contact lenses (but not only lenses, as wind-blown dust can
make them very uncomfortable)
• Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries (from August
• Swiss Army-type pocket knife (Must be kept in duffle bag, not
in hand luggage, when flying !)
• Half liter capacity unbreakable water bottle or thermos
• Binoculars for bird watching, seals and whales (from March to
• Hiking poles. Highly recommended
• Netting hood, head net or bug bucket hat * (optional, can be
purchased on site
Optional Travel Accessories
• Hiking poles. Highly recommended
• Repair kit with needle, thread, and safety pins
• Reading and writing material
• Your favorite snack food such as raisins or chocolate
• Protein supplements for vegetarian
1 or 2 good bottles of wine or a bottle of something stronger
Cameras, tablets, smart-phones
• Camera bag
• Replacement batteries for electrical devices
• Additional memory card
• Adapter for electrical plug (European standard)