Romantic Road Trip in Iceland

Julien Ratel
traditional houses in Iceland
Your road trip

From
2100€/person
Duration
8 days / 7 nights

Your Icelandic Romantic Road Trip!

If you’re looking for resorts or hotels in mansions complete with French gardens, then maybe Iceland isn’t the place for you.

Otherwise, our selection of simple accommodations of undeniable quality with stunning natural backdrops will not disappoint!

You will be enchanted by their warm welcomes and the exceptional level of their cuisine.

These are truly fantastic places to escape and relax in Iceland’s embrace. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Flatey Island are the setting of this trip. Staying at Flatey is available from June to August. For the rest of the year, this portion of the trip will be replaced by an additional night at either Hotel Glymur or Hotel Rangá.

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Keflavík

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Búdir

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Snæfellsnes Peninsula

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Flatey

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Your Romantic Road Trip day by day itinerary

Day 1

Keflavik - Reykjavík

Arrival at Keflavik international airport. Rental car pick up and drive to Reykjavík. Settle into your accommodation. The rest of your first night is at your leisure in the world’s northernmost capital. Staying overnight in Reykjavík’s three star hotels.

Distance travelled: 50 km. 1h

Night in Reykjavík

Day 2

Reykjavik - Búdir

Spend your morning driving along the “whale fjord” to get to the Snaefelsness peninsula. Settle into the Budir Hotel and in the afternoon explore the wild coast nestled between the tiny ports of Arnastapi and Hellnar. Coves and cliffs alternate along the shore and are home to Black-legged Kittiwake gulls and arctic terns. You can also choose to discover the reefs of Djupalonssandur or the edges of the Snæfellsjökull glacier with its pumice stone expanses. Staying overnight in the Budir hotel.

Distance travelled: 160 km about 3h

Night in Budir

Day 3

Snæfellsnes peninsula

Take this this day to finish exploring the tranquil beauty of the Snæfellsnes rerion or your can relax on the sandy beach a few minutes walk from the hotel Staying overnight at Hotel Budir.

Distance travelled: 120 km about 2h

Night in Budir

Day 4

Búdir - Stikkishólmur - Flatey

Follow route 54 to the north coast of the peninsula and head east towards Stykkishólmur. Then, departure by ferry early in the afternoon to the island from the port of Stykkishólmur, where you will leave your vehicle. Indeed! cars are not allowed on the island, which guarantees peace and serenity. Walk, daydream or nap in the grass and watch the puffins dance. All you have to do is enjoy the island. Do not miss following the path around the island (4.5 to 5 km in all) and have a look at the beautiful church. At night, singing snipe accompany your sleep. Staying overnight at hotel Flatey.

NB. The rooms do not have private bathrooms (they are shared on the floor) but the establishment and the island in general have a charm which will not make you regret this stopover.

Note: This hotel lay-over is only possible from June to August. The rest of the year, this step will be replaced by an extra night at Hotel Glymur or Hotel Ranga.

Distance travelled: 120 km env. 2h + 1h30 ferry

Night in Flatey

Day 5

Flatey - Stykkishólmur - Hvalfördur

Take the morning ferry to Stykkishólmur, in the summer there are two ferries a day. Taking the first ferry of the day, you’ll have a chance to explore a spectacular region with a variety of landscapes and stunning contrasts that will lead you to your hotel that is situated upon the hills overlooking the Whale fjord “Hvalfjörður” Staying overnight at Hotel Glymur.

Distance travelled: 1h30 ferry. 250 km about 4h

Night in Hvalfördur

Day 6

Golden Circle – Reykjavik

Head into Iceland’s interior to its famous Golden Circle: You’re off to discover Iceland’s infamous Golden Circle. Your first stop will be Thingvellir to discover the effects of the oceanic rift and the site of the oldest parliament in the world. Then you’ll continue your drive through a volcanic landscape before entering fertile farmland to reach the famous Strokkur geyser in Geysir (the place that originally gave the phenomenon its name). A bit further is the Gulfoss waterfall, where the Hvítá River has created an impressive canyon.. In summer with the 4WD option only: follow the Kaldidalur trail that link the Reykholt and Thingvellir valleys along the western flanks of the Langjökull glacier. Staying overnight in the Ranga hotel.

Distance travelled: 120 km about 2h

Night in Reykjavík

Day 7

Reykjanes Peninsula and the Blue Lagoon

Return towards the capital by driving along the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula. Savage coasts and lunar landscapes formed by numerous volcanic eruptions. Iceland’s Geothermal activity manifests itself here in many forms: the bubbling cauldrons of mud and steam at Krýsuvík as well as the romantic, thermal turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon spa (optional). Staying overnight in Reykjavik. Car rental return and staying overnight in Reykjavik

Distance travelled: 120 km about 2h

Night in Reykjavík

Day 8

Reykjavik – Keflavik

Return your rental car at Keflavik international airport and enjoy your flight home.

Distance travelled: 50km about 1 h

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Your accomodation during your Romantic Road Trip in Iceland

Take your pick: hotels, mountain huts, campsites…

HOSTEL
If you have a backpacker’s soul, a small budget, or are travelling to Iceland alone, this may be a good option for you.

GUESTHOUSE
Whether they are someone’s actual home or an establishment more like a cosy and simple inn, Reykjavik guesthouses most often offer the best access to downtown.

3 STAR HOTEL
Three star hotels are often in the middle of downtown areas. When they are not, they are about ten minutes away by taxi or bus. The accommodations are simple but many offer possible upgrades and triple rooms if travelling as a family.

4 STAR HOTEL
Since extravagance and 5 star hotels are hard to come by in Iceland, these are the most deluxe options for your stay. The downtown hotels are comfortable, centrally located and reasonably spacious. They have quality restaurants and excellent efficient service.

APPARTMENT
If you chose to do this Iceland travel with your family or in a group of friends, you can rent apartments in Reykjavik by the day or by the week.

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Price range per person for this self-drive: 2 100€ to 2 300€*

Pricing based on two persons, double room, with a regular car, from June to August

4WD vehicle supplement (category FG): from 290 to 440 Euros per vehicle

*Final price varies depending on the number of people, the season, the accomodation and the category of vehicle.

Included in this travel

  • Transfer to and from Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavík accommodations.
  • 7 nights in double rooms or the hotels described with breakfasts provided (room not villa at the Glymur hotel)
  • A trip folder including road maps and a road-book describing your detailed day by day itinerary.
  • 8 day rental of a category A vehicle, unlimited distance, 25.5% VAT, CDW insurance, second driver and one-way fee included.
  • The ferry crossing

Not included in this travel

  • Flights to and from Iceland
  • Other meals, drinks and personal expenses.
  • Optional visits and activities.
  • Admission to sites that charge for visits.
  • Super CDW insurance and gravel protection (SCDW) including excess liability charges.
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Friendly advices for your Romantic Road Trip:

  • Plan your trip in the month of June to benefit from bird nesting season and the increased daylight hours.
  • In summer with the 4WD option or on a snowmobile excursion, get up close and personal with the Snæfellsjökull volcano glacier and soak in its views of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
  • Rent a 4WD vehicle to have access to Iceland’s wilder terrain.
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Your road trip

From
2100€/person
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Highlights

  • Quality accommodation for the entire trip.
  • A day on Flatey Island.
  • A rhythm that encourages leisure and relaxation.
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