The Westfjords

Mountains & Fjords of Northwest Iceland
5 Days
Oct-Nov & Mar-Apr
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This tour takes you from Reykjavik to the westfjords region, an area of wild, untamed landscape and amazing natural beauty and wildlife. This ancient  peninsula of northwest Iceland has mountains and fjords encircling charming villages and this tour  introduces you to both traditions and innovations of local life.

Stroll  back in time on guided walking tours of towns and scenic coastal roads set in stunning natural surroundings. Meet local residents from towns and farms and discover how they live year-round on the edge of the fjords. Sample some of Iceland‘s freshest seafood products and take part in a fisherman‘s cooking class.  Marvel at the powerful beauty of the mountains and fjords, perfect backdrops for northern lights shimmering on the long winter nights, especially when bathing in one of the area’s famous hot spring-fed pools.

Maximum group size: 16 persons

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Day: 1 Arrival Reykjavik
On  arrival in Reykjavik transfer by airport express bus to your hotel.  Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2- Reykjavik – Isafjordur – Sudureyri- Isafjordur
This morning meet your fellow travellers in the hotel lobby for your transfer to Reykjavik Domestic Airport and check-in for your flight to Isafjordur, the largest town in the Westfjords Peninsula.  You will be met at Isafjordur Airport by your local guide for a transfer to this beautiful town surrounded by spectacular fjord scenery.

Your trip in the Westfjords starts with a drive through scenic countryside and an ingenious mountain tunnel to Sudureyri in Sugundafjordur Fjord.  This pretty village was once isolated by high mountains and rough roads and now the thriving community processes gourmet-quality fish using sustainable methods combining tradition and innovation.  Enjoy a village walking tour, with samples of delicious fish treats along the way. Learn how the fishing industry has shaped Icelandic culture then finish with a visit to the Fisherman Hotel where there is a seafood cooking school using locally-sourced ingredients.  Here you´ll learn to prepare a simple fish course you can try at home. Return to Isafjordur- tonight you might want to try some of the delicious local seafood at one of the local restaurants. Overnight at the Hotel Isafjordur or similar.  Perhaps you might see the northern lights! 

Day 3: Isafjordur and Dyrafjordur
This morning visit Myrar, located on Dyrafjordur Fjord, home to a large nesting areas for eider ducks.  Meet a local farmer and hear about the sustainable eider duck farming industry and learn about local wildlife, such as the arctic fox.   Visit Myrarkirkja, a beautiful wooden country church then stroll on a white sand beach where you can take in views of Önundarfjordur, considered by locals to be one of the area´s prettiest fjords.   Enjoy home-made cakes and coffee in Flateyri, a village with its own special stories to share.

This afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy  Isafjordur.  The town has some of Iceland´s oldest buildings, beautifully painted and maintained.  A stroll through the charming old town area is like walking back to a simpler time in Iceland.  Visit a museum or art gallery, or simply sit in a cafe and enjoy the relaxed pace of life. Tonight depart for a countryside restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal in a cosy, welcoming atmosphere. Afterwards, if the weather permits, you‘ll go out looking for northern lights and have the opportunity to relax in one of the local hot-spring fed swimming pools.  Overnight in Isafjordur.

Day 4: Osvor Museum in Bolungarvik, Oshlid Road and Flight to Reykjavik
The morning starts with a vist to the preserved  9th-century fishermen´s huts and camp at the Osvor Maritime Museum in Bolungarvik.   Here you can see the wooden rowboats fishermen used at sea, along with the materials used for catching and processing fish.  Afterwards take an easy nature walk along Oshlid, a scenic costal road that is closed to traffic and considered abandoned.  Nature and weather are reclaiming the road, but you can still see how challenging travel here was in older times. Then tiem at leisure before farewell to the Westfjords and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Reykjavik Domestic Airport, and a transfer to your hotel for Reykjavik overnight. The evening is at leisure. 

Day 5: Departure
This morning arrangements end with a transfer by airport express bus back to Keflavik International Airport. 

Departures 2016:

09 & 23 October;  6 November 2016

Departures 2017:

19 & 26 March; 02 April 2017

Maximum group size: 16 persons

Extra nights can be added in Reykjavik - please enquire.

Includes: return Keflavik Airport/hotel transfers, 2 nights at hotel in Reykjavik including breakfast, 2 nights at hotel in Isafjordur including breakfast; return domestic flights Reykjavik-Isafjordur including airport taxes; return transfers between Reykjavik hotel and Reykjavik Domestic Airport, guided coach tour Day 2 to 4; visit to Sudureyri fishing village with guided walking tour, including tastings of fish products and a cooking lesson; guided visit to a traditional farm and church at Myrar in Dyrjafjordur Fjord; coffee and cakes at Flateyri village; dinner at a countryside restaurant and, weather permitting, northern lights hunt annd bathing in a hot spring swimming pool; visit and admission to Osvor preserved Fisherman‘s Hut and camp; guided walk along Oshlid coastal road.

Excludes:  any optional/additional tours  or activities.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1873.00
Single AUD$ 2123.00

Includes: return Keflavik Airport/hotel transfers, 2 nights at hotel in Reykjavik including breakfast, 2 nights at hotel in Isafjordur including breakfast; return domestic flights Reykjavik-Isafjordur including airport taxes; return transfers between Reykjavik hotel and Reykjavik Domestic Airport, guided coach tour Day 2 to 4; visit to Sudureyri fishing village with guided walking tou, including tastings of fish products and a cooking lesson; guided visit to a traditional farm and church at Myrar in Dyrjafjordur Fjord; coffee and cakes at Flateyri village; dinner at a countryside restaurant and, weather permitting, northern lights hunt annd bathing in a hot spring swimming pool; visit and admission to Osvor preserved Fisherman‘s Hut and camp; guided walk along Oshlid coastal road.

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