South+West Self Drive eBook

(43 customer reviews)


The magical South and the stunning West are both incredible areas of Iceland. For someone planning their first trip to Iceland, this is likely the exact route you will be doing!

I wrote this book because the South and West regions of Iceland are the most traveled. Perhaps you are visiting during the winter and you don’t have time to drive the entire Ring Road…that is what this guide is perfect for.

You guys asked for it and I listened…this book has been highly requested for over a year!

“If you want to plan a trip to South Iceland, Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Golden Circle this is the best and most updated guide and map in the world. I saved dozen of hours using this guide and map to do my itinerary.” – George

Stop looking for answers via Google searches and grab the latest version of this ultimate travel guide instead.

This is NOT your average planning guidebook — it’s in-depth, practical and user-friendly. From the handy Interactive Map to the checklists and resources, this guide is designed to take the stress out of planning your trip.

Jam-packed with the type of info only a local would know (that’s me!), this eBook will help you plan your unforgettable Iceland trip from start to finish. From deciding what time of year to visit and what to pack to mapping out your itinerary of must-see places, this guidebook is your go-to resource.



This 140-page ebook is a digital download. You’ll receive an email containing the electronic file in PDF format (which you can store on your phone, tablet, computer or print out).

This complete resource for planning your South+West trip includes:

  • Guided itinerary for:
    • Golden Circle
    • Snæfellsnes peninsula
    • West Iceland
    • South coast (to Jökulsárlón)
  • An interactive Google map with layers for:
    • Major attractions
    • Hidden gems (that most tourists miss)
    • Hot springs
    • Restaurants
    • Accommodation
    • Hiking
    • Tour + excursions
  • 2 suggested detours:
    • Reykjanes Peninsula
    • Vestmannaeyjar

Included in the book:

  • Month by month planning checklist
  • Accommodation and transportation options – everything from hiring a car to flying
  • Airport arrival and departure specifics
  • Tours and excursions
  • Averages prices (so you know how much to budget)
  • Camping info
  • Best hikes, hot springs, waterfalls, detours
  • Restaurants and special diets
  • Grocery stores + translated items
  • Souvenirs
  • Pools + hot springs
  • Photography tips
  • Sample itinerary for the West+South

Also on the map:

  • Detailed descriptions inside each pin
  • Guide to gas stations + grocery stores
  • Visitor centers
  • Hiking trails in West+South Iceland
  • Rest areas + toilets!

“This eBook is so jam-packed full of helpful info, it’s nuts!  Jeannie answers almost any question about Iceland imaginable. From restaurant suggestions, money saving tips, cultural curiosities, and safety…she’s got it all. If you’re planning a trip here, I would seriously consider purchasing this eBook and map. It’s by far the best resource I have found yet!” – Megan

Special Features:

  • Suggested itinerary to make the most of each day (without feeling rushed)
  • Helpful Iceland planning tips including:
    • booking checklist, packing lists, food + drink, cultural information, animals + wildlife, local events, how to use the gas stations and pumps, and Iceland photography tips
  • Accommodation recommendations, restaurant suggestions, and information on guided tours
  • Thorough route information for navigating your trip — so you don’t end up driving by that must-see attraction
  • Easy to download to your phone or tablet to use on your trip!


You’ll receive a PDF file of this book, delivered straight to your email. From there you will be able to print it or download it to your computer, tablet, or phone to take it with you on the go!

Map: To access the interactive map, you will need to download Google Maps. Instructions for accessing the map will be included in the book.

Download on Android / iPhone

“Thank you so much for helping me! I am a busy mom, and this guide is so thorough!” –Brittany


  • This is an information product only.
  • The designs and images included in this eBook may not be copied or shared in whole or in part. All photos included are my own.
  • Due to the nature of digital files, this purchase is non-refundable. If you have any questions about this product you can email at

43 reviews for South+West Self Drive eBook

  1. Colleen

    I really love the book. I bought the book for South+West travel in Iceland. It is so comprehensive and would have take me weeks to gather this vast amount of information (some of which I’m sure would not be available unless a person like Jeannie, who lives in Iceland, put this together). I am thrilled to have this resource as my daughter and I will be going on a self drive tour of the Reykjavik and the Golden Circle. The price of this resource is low and totally worth every penny.

  2. Laura

    Lots of photos, tips and tricks. Very helpful to have it all in one place. I much preferred a how to tour Iceland from a native vs. someone who simply visited for 2 weeks. So much more information and insights!

  3. Kate

    This travel guide saved us hours of work. The layout and design of the stops were amazing. We were able to find hidden gems that Jeannie mentioned that none of our other sources mentioned. We choose to stay at guest houses on this stretch of the trip and one of our hosts even remarked how good this guide is as it had the places he as a local recommends to his guests. If you are planning a trip to Iceland Jeannie’s materials are well worth their cost. In addition to stopping points she enclosed where the best camera angles are so you can capture the perfect pictures. Stop reading the reviews and hit the Purchase button now!

  4. Michael Johnson

    Very good job consolidating information into the book and map. We have used both planing our trip and they have made our job much easier. The best part is that they were made by someone who understands what Americans want and look for information wise and delivers with the book and with the map. They have allowed us to shorten our research time.

  5. Holly

    This is the absolute best resource for Iceland planning, I’ve sent so many people here! The YouTube channel covers everything you need to know to have a safe and happy trip, and her ebooks and maps are THE BEST for making sure you don’t miss the beautiful spots around the country! Thanks Jeannie!

  6. David Graves

    Your best resource for all things Iceland! Highly recommend subscribing and watching her Youtube videos regarding driving, must see’s, and reminders. This was my second trip to Iceland. Buying the south and west coast guide made my trip much easier and more memorable. Many friends reached out seeing my pictures about adding Iceland to their bucket list. My first recommendation to each of them, trust “Iceland with a view” as the best resource for your trip.

  7. Brenda Dietzman

    Best and most comprehensive information on Iceland. Our trip will be exponentially better because of this information. YOU ROCK!

  8. Connie Harland

    When I started planning our trip, I found Jeannie’s youtube videos. I learned so much! I purchased the South + West self drive ebook. I love it and I am so happy to have this travel guide with us while in Iceland.

  9. Fernando Pinho

    Stop looking and get this guide! Most likely, this is the only book you’ll ever need to plan your trip to Iceland.

  10. Sharon Page

    I have been planning my trip to Iceland for a couple of months and came across Jeannie’s youtube videos (they are amazing!) and then purchased both the Ring Road Guide and South/West guides. Jeannie provides everything I need to know in these guides and I have been impressed and enthralled with the wealth of insider knowledge, tips and extensive information that is provided. Both guides are very easy to read and highly informative, as are the accompanying maps. These are an absolute must for anyone travelling to Iceland. Can’t wait to get there!

  11. Jack Leggo

    My Iceland trip has been planned for six months now, I have done a lot of research and thought I knew just about everything I needed to know. Until I got your book ” WOW ” was I wrong. There is so much information in your book and places to see plus saving $$$$$$. Great book

  12. Bill Waters

    Wow, Jeannie’s e-books are amazing. I don’t know about most people but trying to plan a trip to a whole country is a bit overwhelming. Especially so when the names of the towns have about a dozen consonants in them. There’s so much to see and the e-book allows you to make the highest quality choices. And the Map! Oh my goodness, it’s so cool. Click on an item and you get all sorts of valuable info. I thought it was just going to give me the name! It’s genius.
    Thank you so much, I’ve never been so excited about a trip.

  13. George Manning

    I just got back, and am so grateful I had Jeannie’s book and map. The tips about what to pack, to get a modem, etc., were spot on, even before the insider info on locations and activities. My wife got tired of me saying, “well, Jeannie says…” but Jeannie was right!

    Unlike other guide books, there isn’t a lengthy essay about each of two dozen restaurants in each tiny town. There might be just a short list, but we went to three of them and they were all great. In other words, you can and should trust what’s in the book.

    And I thought the map was terrific, full of info on attractions, hidden gems, toilets (trust me), gas and more. I’m sad I won’t be going back to Iceland for a couple of years because I need to visit more of Jeannie’s Gems!

  14. George Agridiotis

    If you want to plan a trip to South Iceland, Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Golden Circle this is the best and most updated guide and map in the world. I saved dozen of hours using this guide and map to do my itinerary.

  15. BJG

    If you are planning a trip to Iceland, no doubt you’ve discovered how much information is out there as you try to plan. Whether you are a detailed planner, first time traveler, or somewhere in-between, this guide (and all Jeannie’s content) is a one-stop resource when you are headed to Iceland. Use it to get started, fill in the gaps, or assure yourself you’ve got all the inside information – the combination of the guide and map is one of the best investments you can make!

  16. Janette Hatcher

    Search no more! You will find everything you need for your trip to Iceland with this E-book and map! I spent hours researching info on Iceland for our upcoming vacation. I stumbled upon Jeannie on her You Tube channel (check it out if you haven’t already). I debated about purchasing the Ring Road guide since I had already made arrangements for accommodations and had a loose itinerary planned. I’m so glad I made the purchase! The interactive map is full of all the places you can’t wait to see along with how much time to allow, places you didn’t know about, and the necessities like restrooms, gas stations, restaurants, parking and trail access info. I was able to place my own pins on the map marking our accommodations for each night. As soon as the South + West Ebook was published I purchased without hesitation. Although there is some overlap with general information between the two books, the map and info of the Golden Circle and Snaefellsnes are very detailed in the South + West guide. Buy the E-book! It will be the best $20.00 you spend on your vacation, taking away the stress of planning and adding to the magic of Iceland.

  17. Megan

    This eBook is so jam-packed full of helpful info, it’s nuts! I’ve been planning this trip for several months, and the trips is still several months away. I’ve always been an over-planner and there have been times during this planning process I’ve been worried I’m missing something important. But this eBook and map have completely put all of those worries to rest. Jeannie answers almost any question about Iceland imaginable. From restaurant suggestions, money saving tips, cultural curiosities, and safety…she’s got it all. If you’re planning a trip here, I would seriously consider purchasing this eBook and map. It’s by far the best resource I have found yet! Thanks Jeannie! We can’t wait to explore this amazing country!

  18. Donna Schilling

    I bought both the Ring Road and this ebook and they are both invaluable. We are RVing Ring Road in July and these books are so helpful in planning our trip. I love that there are pictures for every place mentioned and the maps are incredible!! So happy I stumbled upon Jeannie’s You Tube channel. All of her resources are the best!

  19. Sandy Jordan

    It is an amazing book! So much information that make planning a breeze. We are using it currently, planning our best trip ever! easy!!!

  20. Miriam

    This book was obviously a labour of love. The layout is easy to use, the info is concise and helpful, the timing tips are extremely useful, and the photographs are stunning. Combine that with the custom map where hidden gems and useful spots, like parking & restrooms, are noted, and you’ve got a great set of tools to plan your trip. I’d already mapped out a route for the South but this has been really reassuring that I’ve picked great locations for our interests AND has really helped me assess the timing of my trip. Thanks so much for putting this together.

  21. Jill Natale

    This has relieved so much stress and so much time I can’t recommend Jeannies maps, books, and you tube videos enough! Thank you Jeannie for helping me with my epic 50th bday trip!

  22. Sherri Griffiths-Gerbrandt

    I have been following ‘Iceland With a View’ for a long time now and get excited when My husband & I see the ‘inbox’. We love all the tips, maps updates and knowledge that Jeannie gives. We are super excited about finally planning our trip to Iceland & even may have my son come along to see my great grandparents homeland. I highly recommend this site for all its updates and friendliness. Thank you Jeannie & ‘Iceland with a view’.

  23. Colleen

    I purchased both of Jeannie’s ebooks, and at first I was hesitant to purchase the South & West after buying the Ring Road. BUT I am so glad I did! It has so much extra information especially since we are planning to go to Snæfellsnes Peninsula! I love how the books break down locations and “gems” with helpful info about like the facilities, parking, pro tips, and especially the time allotment. We are using those timelines so we can try to see as much as possible! I also love how if it’s not a location to try doing in the winter she explains why. Now for the map, it’s basically Icelandic gold, I was trying to map things out myself but it was no where near as good! She’s literally thought of everything and even has a lot of the hot pots that I had been searching the internet to try and find directions with no luck! Definitely would recommend if you are trying to plan a trip yourself!

  24. William Wheaton

    The map is easy to navigate, it will be an essential tool for me on my camper trip around Iceland in May/June. Offers lots of great information, and some excellent sights to take in along the way. Truely an excellent book!

    Love from Canada! 🇨🇦

  25. Saulius M.

    The book and accompanying map is very helpful, i.e. time+money saving for those who are planing short (few-days-long) visits to Iceland. It is prepared with love to this beautiful and inclement country, and with friendly attitude to readers, sharing insider’s knowledge, versatile suggestions and warnings how to avoid various hardships, troubles, inconveniences. Especially helpful are (1) map of Iceland ‘must see spots’, hidden gems, hot springs, swimming pools, parkings, shops, food and drink places, toilets, accommodation places, etc. etc.; (2) various ‘Nota Bene’ and evaluations how much time we should allocate to different places worth visiting (in addition to easy-to-get durations of moving from point A to pont B). AND, purchaser receives access to a VIP content of “Iceland with a View” web-portal.
    So, it feels like buying the book – you buy true friendship of professional consultant, allowing you to quickly gain much deeper knowledge of Iceland 🙂 Thanks!

  26. Laura Lei Lin

    Kept following Jeannie’s YouTube channel for a while, already learned tons and tons of useful tips and interesting facts about Iceland, one of the few countries on my bucket list. Now the eBook and the map gave me more confidence to start the journey in May. I thought I already did enough homework, but the book and map keep amazing me page after page. Can’t imagine how much effort Jeannie has put into this great project, to make this all possible! The book and map are a must, if you are a first-timer to Iceland. Money well spent! Thank you Jeannie for helping us!

  27. Kali Ackerman

    We purchased the Ring Road Self Drive Guidebook last year when we traveled the Ring Road in May and it was amazing! As someone who isn’t big on planning and is more go with the flow, the map makes it so easy to decide which stops to make while you’re on the road. We will be going back to Iceland this June, and (unfortunately) only have enough time for the South Coast, Reykjanes, and Snaefellsnes Peninsula so we decided to purchase the new Guidebook. There is even more information and stops for these regions in the new book. We will definitely be relying on this once we get to Iceland, just like we did with the Ring Road Book! We can’t recommend these guidebooks enough!!

  28. Raul

    I have been checking everywhere for any info for my trip in May. This book give me everything I need for it and more. I would recomend it for everyone. You save me and most important,my time. THANKS

  29. Kortney S.

    Jeannie has provided amazing details and tips for traveling around Iceland. Traveling to a place like Europe means you have so many things to research and plan your trip. But there is much less information about Iceland. I’ve planned my trip almost completely off Jeannie’s tidbits as they are so simple and easy to understand. She gives the most important pieces of information necessary to plan an amazing trip! Totally worth the purchase!

  30. Michelle Pack

    This guide and map are WONDERFUL!! Jeannie provides so much information – it’s AMAZING! I don’t think we could possibly have planned our trip without all of Jeannie’s videos, posts, and especially the guidebook and map!! It’s such a small cost for the amount of information you receive! Thanks Jeannie!!

  31. Frank Sparrow

    Get the ebook and map. You have watched Jeannie’s Youtube videos. You have peaked around the free sections of her website. She gave you a discount code for your car rental, and it paid for your top-of-the-line car insurance that covers molten lava raining from the sky, wind driven sand and your car door blowing off the car. Jeannie has saved you hundreds of dollars already. Just get the ebook and map! I bought it. Both items are amazing. I love the ebook. I love the Google Map. The map has information in it that is invaluable. I am taking my teenage daughter to Vik and the Glacier Lagoon. For $20, the information in the map is priceless. I want Jeannie to form a network of Jeannie’s all around the world. Thank you for reading my review. P.S. Get the ebook!

  32. Samantha

    The book and map are amazing! This is has been the single most helpful resource I have encountered! I far prefer it to the numerous travel books I had purchased. It’s thorough, but easily digestible. And the map is just incredible. It really has absolutely everything!

  33. marilyn stewart

    Very informative. Love the access to maps with google also. Learning enough I feel able to drive myself. Plus learning of some areas I didn’t know about like the bridge between the tech tonic plates, Yes I’m stopping.

  34. Joao Zornig

    The book and map are awesome!
    We are in Iceland at the moment and it is really helping us during our journey, I am happy it was released right when we got here.
    This country is not easy to get drive around during winter, the weather is crazy but the with the tips it feels safer, they are very useful and you can relax and enjoy the ride
    We are following every single tip, today we went to Gljúfrabui falls, and it was great.
    If you are coming to Iceland this guidebook and map are a must, they are definitely worth the money!

  35. Kitt Williams

    I travel mostly solo and so I like to be VERY organized with my trips; where I’m going, what do I most want to see and do, what do I need to pack and especially for each season, what to avoid and what NOT to avoid. So its extremely important to have a guidebook so I can make educated decisions about my trip. I find Jeannie’s the best because it includes a map of the MOST important thing to know, where are the bathrooms!! No, seriously, only a woman knows the importance of these little things. I feel much more prepared to make my first trip to Iceland having bought her e-books and having them with me on this most amazing adventure!

  36. Sage

    This is such a great resource!! I was debating whether or not to get it, since I had already planned the bulk of our trip in May, but in the end, I decided to give it a go….and I am SO GLAD I did! Things that I hadn’t been able to plan into my trip by myself are parking locations/fees, restroom locations, crowded times, “pro-tips,” the amount of time to spend at each location, and honestly, so much more. There are even some “Jeannie’s Gems” that can’t be found on Google – super neat places you would never know about otherwise.

    No matter where you are with your Iceland planning, this will be useful for you. The map itself is totally worth it. If you’re on the fence about the purchase, just get it!!

  37. Andrew

    Excellent guide and map my only problem was buying the guide, it was the first time that I had purchased a eBook online and the website timed out on me!


    The book is really good, and the map is marvelous, the only negative thing that I can think of is that the book is not in epub or e-reader format but rather in PDF format, that probably plays better with the style of the book because of the beautiful images that it contains, it is not a problem itself but you should be aware of it. Can’t wait for my trip in September, getting closer by the minute 🙂

  39. Tom lines

    The map alone is worth the money. I spent several long nights trying to create my own map for my trip and this version is still way better than mine. As for the book, it covers everything you need. Like…everything. If it isn’t covered, then it’s not worth worrying about. If you’re going to Iceland, purchase this as your very first step and all other steps of the planning after that will be so much easier.

  40. Matthew Christian

    I have purchased this and the ring road guide. This is very helpful in identifying great POIs as well as seasonal information. Integrates so well with Google Maps! Thanks Jeannie so much! I have purchased 2 other books from Amazon. If I had come across this first, this would have been my only purchase without doubt! Great information, Great pics. Thanks a lot!

  41. Melissa Adams-Cauble

    This book is great! Jeannie’s notes are clearly written and easy to follow. It will be handy to have all the tips in one place. The information regarding time she recommends to anticipate at a site is the most helpful to me in planning because I can anticipate how many beautiful stops will be reasonable for the time we have. I’m looking forward to using the interactive map too! Thanks, Jeannie!

  42. Ignacio

    This book has more information than what you can find online anywhere else. And the map is pure gold! It’s not just full of useful pins but with tips and information for most of them.
    Can’t wait to start planning my trip in September.

  43. Rebekah Pashley

    Very helpful and easy to understand. Concise yet detailed at the same time. Very happy and going to be super helpful when we go to Iceland!!

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