Adventure in the West

The  tour  is  a  well  balanced  mix  of  activity  and  relaxation  and  features  insights  to  the Icelandic life in the West Fjords. Easy pace,

Adventure in the West

The  tour  is  a  well  balanced  mix  of  activity  and  relaxation  and  features  insights  to  the Icelandic life in the West Fjords. Easy pace, physical activities, two nights in the beautifully sited house Þverá complement this specialized tour.  The Icelandic meals at the Þverá house are prepared cooperatively and provide participants with savoury information about the Icelandic cuisine.  The  maximum  number  of  8  participants  will  assure  the  individual character of this trip.

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MapDepartures: on request

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Minimum number of participants 2, maximum 10.

We can arrange private departures on different dates for groups of six or more.

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Day 1, Friday:                    Arrival

Arrival in Keflavík airport and transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavík.


Day 2, Saturday:              Beauties of Borgarfjörður

We leave the capital to discover the beauties of the Borgarfjörður area. But first we drive up and around the fjord Hvalfjörður. At its end we stop for a hike in the area of Glymur waterfall.

From there we drive into the beautiful Borgarfjörður area and break at the Reykholt village where the Viking historian Snorri Sturluson composed some of his famous works.

Thereafter we stop at the astonishing waterfall Hraunfossar. Before checking in at our friendly accommodation we head for the biggest geothermal spring in Europe – Deildartunguhver. At our accommodation, we enjoy a BBQ dinner prepared by your guide. 

Day 3, Sunday:                 Mystic Snæfellsnes

Today we’ll give the Snæfellsnes peninsula all our attention. This includes a tour to the Snæfellsnes National Park and around the Snæfellsjökull glacier, the volcano where Jules Verne’s novel “Journey to the centre of the Earth” started. We also visit and walk along the cliffy coastline by the Arnarstapi fishing village.

We arrive in the afternoon in the beautifully sited Stykkishólmur fishing village, where our ferry is awaiting to take us over the Breiðafjörður bay to the remote West Fjords.

After a 2,5 hours cruise across the scenic bay Breiðafjörður we reach the fjord Vatnsfjörður, where our cosy accommodation is located.

Day 4, Monday:               Bird watching at Látrabjarg

We head to the most western point of Europe, the dramatic and rugged bird cliff of Látrabjarg. This place is perfect for getting to know Icelandic bird life. On our tour we see, depending on season, puffins that are happy to let us approach to within a few feet.

Normally we also have a quite good opportunity to get a glimpse of some seals on the coast near the nearby light house. In the evening we’ll have the opportunity to take a soothing bath in a natural geothermal spring right at the coastline of the fjord.


Day 5, Tuesday:               The West Fjords

We take a morning hike in the next door Nature Reserve of Vatnsfjörður. This reserve is one of the gems of the West Fjords and here we enjoy the rich bird life and flora. We stop at the impressive waterfall Dynjandi and there we enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing to the capital of the West Fjords, Ísafjörður.

On our way to Ísafjörður we pass deep, sheltered fjord landscapes. In the afternoon we explore the town of Ísafjörður with its lively fishing harbour. We will have dinner at the renowned local fish Tjöruhúsið restaurant offering the freshest seafood you can imagine!


Day 6, Wednesday:        Heydalur

We will begin the day with experiencing the amazing view from the high mountain Bolafjall. Close to Bolungarvík fishing village is Ósvör maritime museum, where guests can learn about the life of fishermen in the 18th century.

We drive the shore line along the Ísafjarðardjúp, stop by outstanding seal-watching location on the coast and arrive early afternoon to the Heydalur valley where our inviting accommodation is located.

You can spend the afternoon at Heydalur relaxing in the natural pool or with optional activities like hiking, horse riding, kayaking, or even angling in mountain lakes.


Day 7, Thursday:              Remote wilderness

In the morning we start for the northernmost glacier in Iceland called Drangajökull and the nearby lagoon Kaldalón. In this remote and hidden place we experience a terrific hiking area of Iceland. Back to Heydalur in the afternoon.


Day 8, Friday:                    Back South

We leave the adventurous Heydalur and the West Fjords behind to drive back down to our capital. We continue to Haukadalur valley to visit the old farm house of Eiríkur Þorvaldsson (Erik the Red) – the first settler in Greenland. We reach Reykjavík in the late afternoon/early evening where the varied cultural life of our capital is waiting for you.


Day 9, Saturday                                               Departure

Departure transfer from your accommodation to the airport or prolong your stay in Reykjavík.

Note that the route can change due to road and/or weather conditions.

Price available on request.

Included:

- 8 nights including breakfast, thereof 3 nights with shared facilities in a cottage, 1 night with shared facilities in a guesthouse and 4 nights with private facilities.
- Full board from day two to lunch on day eight. (Picnic lunches and dinner in cottages is prepared cooperatively).
- Airport transfers.
- Professional English-speaking driver guide. (German-speaking on request).
- Transportation in a 4x4 vehicle.
- Ferry transfer across Breiðafjörður bay.
- Lodging tax.

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