Spectacular Westfjords and More
From $1919 Per Person
Independent Self-Drive, 7 Days/6 Nights
Daily on request, May 1 - September 30, 2017. TBA for 2018
This seven day trip into Iceland's west coast and the Westfjords lets you explore areas at your own pace. Visit areas such as Snaefellsjokul glacier, the fishing villages of Breidafjordur Bay and maybe spot those iconic birds of Iceland, Puffins! Drive up to Isafjordur in the Westfjords, a endearing micro-culture created from years of isolation from the rest of the country. Experience remote arctic wilderness along with sites such as the Viking home of Eric the Red. An area definitely less traveled and is ready for you to explore.
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Dates: May - September, 2017. TBA for 2018
Day 1: WELCOME TO ICELAND
Geothermal Lagoon – Scenic drive - Hot springs of Hveragerdi. Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience. Depending on your arrival time in Iceland it is ideal to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal water before heading to the small town of Hveragerdi. The approximate distance you'll be traveling today: 128 km / 79 miles
Accommodation in Hveragerdi
Day 2: Reykjavik - Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Stykkisholmur
Massive Crater - Pebble Beaches - Glacier-Capped Volcano Depart Reykjavik and travel along the western coast towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula. En route pass the perfectly formed Eldborg crater which looks as if it belongs on the moon. Explore the extraordinary variety of natural wonders along the peninsula from the rich birdlife at Arnarstapi sea cliffs to pleasant hiking along the shiny pebble beach at Djupalonssandur. Throughout the day glimpse views of Snaefellsjokull glacier, the icy cone-shaped peak which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. The approximate distance you'll be traveling today: 250 km / 160 miles
Accommodation in Stykkisholmur
Day 3: Stykkisholmur - Brjanslaekur - Westfjords
Quaint Fishing Villages - Ferry on Breidafjordur Bay - Europe’s Largest Bird Cliffs. Sail across Breidafjordur Bay which is home to more than 3,000 tiny islands inhabited with nesting seabirds and playful seals. Upon reaching the remote Westfjords, explore the area’s main attraction, Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point in Europe. The remarkable 441 meter high (1,447ft) sea cliffs are alive with millions of playful puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills. This beautiful sculpture in nature has been recognized by both Lonely Planet and National Geographic as one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world. The cliffs make a stunning viewpoint to the beautiful beaches below during the Midnight Sun of summer. The approximate distance you'll be traveling today: 155 km / 95 miles
Day 4: Patreksfjordur - Bildudalur - Thingeyri - Isafjordur
Rugged Heaths - ‘Thunderer’ Waterfall - Capital of the Westfjords. Travel across the spectacular Westfjords, keeping an eye out for thermal bathing springs hidden among the rugged heaths. At Dynjandi waterfall the thunderous power of the main cascade drops 100 meters (329ft) off the edge of a mountain. The waterfall base provides views seaward over lush valleys making it an ideal picnic stop. En route enjoy provincial charms in the fishing villages of Thingeyri before arriving Isafjordur. Explore this honorary capital of the Westfjords which has a real vibrancy and an endearing micro-culture created from years of isolation. The approximate distance you'll be traveling today: 220 km / 135 miles
Accommodation in Isafjordur
Day 5: Isafjordur - Holmavik - Strandir - Laugar Saelingsdalur
Uninhabited Fjords - Seal and Birdlife - Remote Arctic Wilderness. Drive the numerous uninhabited inlets of Isafjardardjup Fjord with a beautiful coastline teeming with seals and bird life towards Holmavik village. Recommended is an excursion to the Strandir coast, one of the least visited corners of Iceland. This remote and desolate wilderness has an air of mystery where you can hike the breathtaking moorlands, soak in natural geothermal pools and learn about ancient sorcery and witchcraft. End your day in the fertile green valleys of Laugar Saelingsdalur, an area rich in ancient Saga folklore and history. The approximate distance you'll be traveling today: 360 km / 220 miles
Accommodation in the Laugar Saelingsdalur area
Day 6: Laugar Saelingsdalur - Borgarfjordur - Reykjavik
Viking Heritage - Mysterious Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring. Drive to Eiriksstadir, the Viking Age home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson who discovered North America. See the turf-covered replica of his longhouse and the adjacent excavation site where you can stand on Leif’s doorstep and enjoy his same magnificent view overlooking Haukadalur valley. Heading through Borgarfjordur visit Hraunfoss waterfall where the water shimmers from moss-covered lava into cerulean waters below and Barnafoss Falls which have a mysterious secret to reveal. Be sure to stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring where you can buy organic tomatoes grown using geothermal heat. Continue via Hvalfjordur (Whale) Fjord to Reykjavik. Upon arrival downtown, drop your rental car. Independent transfer to your hotel for your last overnight. The approximate distance you'll be traveling today: 290 km / 180 miles
Accommodation in Reykjavik
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast, take the flybus from your hotel to the Keflavik airport.
Or, extend your trip! Please inquire.
Your Trip Includes the Following:
- Accommodation with breakfast for six nights
- Rental car with CDW, theft protection and unlimited mileage – Compact category (Toyota Auris or similar). No charges for an additional driver
- GPS navigation system
- Iceland Travel guide and map
- Car pick up at Keflavík International Airport, drop downtown Reykjavik
- Flybus transfer from Reykjavik hotel to Keflavik Airport
Single Supplement from: $1447
NOTE: With an easy upgrade of your rental car to a 4WD and or an SUV. If interested, lease inquire.
This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.