Spectacular West

The west, Westfjords & Snæfellsnes Peninsula
7 days
May - Sep

Travel along West Iceland and the varied landscapes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a showcase of lava formations, geothermal activity and Viking Saga history.The remote Westfjords are the least populated area in Iceland and ideal for off-the-beaten-path encounters with extraordinary nature. The Westfjords specialize in extremes: steep mountains plunge into deep fjords, rugged seabird cliffs hang over delicate beaches, steamy thermal pools hide among flowering vegetation.

Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik or anywhere else already on the itinerary.    

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DAY 1: Arrival in Keflavík – Hveragerði 100km
Geothermal Lagoon – Flower village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience. From Keflavík International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerði.  The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the flower village.Depending on your arrival time in Iceland it is ideal to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal water. Overnight in Hveragerdi.

DAY 2: Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Stykkisholmur  250km
Massive Crater - Pebble Beaches - Glacier-Capped Volcano

Depart Hveragerði 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 Djúpalónssandur. Throughout the day glimpse views of Snæfellsjökull glacier, the icy cone-shaped peak which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. Overnight in West Iceland.

DAY 3: Stykkisholmur - Brjanslaekur - Westfjords  155km
Quaint Fishing Villages
- Ferry on Breidafjordur Bay - Europe’s Largest Bird Cliffs
Sail across Breiðafjörður 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, Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point in Europe. The remarkable 441 meter high (1,447 ft) 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. Overnight in the Westfjords.

DAY 4: Patreksfjörður - Bíldudalur - Thingeyri - Ísafjörður   220km
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 (329 ft) 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 in Ísafjörður. Explore this honorary capital of the Westfjords which has a real vibrancy and an endearing micro-culture created from years of isolation. Overnight in Isafjordur area.

DAY 5: Ísafjörður - Hólmavík - Strandir - Laugar Sælingsdalur   360km
Uninhabited Fjords - Seal and Birdlife - Remote Arctic Wilderness

Drive the numerous uninhabited inlets of Ísafjarðardjúp Fjord with a beautiful coastline teeming with seals and bird life, towards Hólmavík 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 Sælingsdalur, an area rich in ancient Saga folklore and history. Overnight in Laugar in Saelingsdalur area.

DAY 6: Laugar Sælingsdalur - Borgarfjörður - Reykjavík   290km
Viking Heritage - Mysterious Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring

Drive to Eiríksstaðir, 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 Borgarfjörður 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 Hvalfjörður (Whale) Fjord to Reykjavík for overnight.

DAY 7: Departure
Arrangements end with the return of your rental car to Keflavik International Airport.

Departures: daily 1 May – 30 September

Includes: Accommodation for 6 nights including breakfast; rental car for 6 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT;  GPS system and no charges for an additional driver; Car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport; Ferry transfer with Baldur; Detailed road map (1:500 000); travel guide; Emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September

 Excludes: Petrol; meals and beverages; optional tours and activities.

Tour Notes:

*  Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the end or anywhere else already on the itinerary along the way.

* Choose from 3 different levels of accommodation:
Budget: standard rooms with shared facilities in budget hotels, farm houses and guesthouses
Economy: standard rooms with private shower/wc in simple hotels, farm houses and guesthouses with last night in 3 star hotel in Reykjavik
Comfort: standard rooms with private shower/wc in quality hotels and guesthouses with last night in 4 star hotel in Reykjavik

Please note:  for travel in peak season from June to August 2017 there is limited hotel availability.  Whilst every endeavour will be made to book the accommodation level requested, a mixture of accommodations only may be available.  If so, the final price for the tour would be adjusted accordingly.

* The first night of your tour is spent in the Hveragerdi area, a small town about 45km from Reykjavik, to enable you to then head off into the countryside the next day without having to go through Reykjavik.
* The names for individual accommodations are not available prior to booking, as the tour package is based on specific hotel/price categories and not on specific hotels/accommodations and the exact location of your hotel will vary according to availability. The itinerary indicates the region only for each overnight stay (with the exception of the last night which is always in Reykjavik itself)

* The price is based on  6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of car pick up and finishing at the same time. Additional use of the car beyond this time frame will incur additional days rental fee.

* We recommend a Group 2.0 car or higher- the price of the tour will vary according to the car category selected.

* The price shown is for a Group 2.0 car and Economy accommodation. For other car types and accommodation prices please enquire.

* You must be 21 years of age to rent any car, and 23 years of age to rent a car category 5.0 or higher; and have a valid driver's license with photo ID (an international driver's licence is not otherwise required)    

* The suggested route for this tour has ideas for sights  and activities but please note these are NOT included in the tour price 

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2137.00
Single AUD$ 3800.00

Early Bird booking specials and discounts for travel in May and September may apply – please enquire.

Includes: Accommodation for 6 nights including breakfast; rental car for 6 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT;  GPS system and no charges for an additional driver; Car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport; Ferry transfer with Baldur; Detailed road map (1:500 000); travel guide; Emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September

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