Mountains & Fjords

The remote and unique Westfjords region
8 days
Jun - Aug
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Travel in Iceland’s remote Westfjords region – an area of untouched nature, where you can sail the fjords, hike along red sands & soak in hot springs under the midnight sun. This small group tour has some walking or hiking on most days but the level of difficulty is "easy".

Day 1 Arrival in Reykjavik
On arrival take the airport express bus to your hotel, for an overnight stay in Reykjavík . The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. 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 archaeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.

Day 2 Borgarfjörður – Stykkishólmur – Flókalundur: Unique Waterfalls – Europe’s Most Powerful Hot Spring – Ferry Ride among 3,000 Islands
We drive along the scenic coastline of Hvalfjordur Fjord (Whale Fjord), one of the longest and deepest fjords in Iceland. In West Iceland we explore Hraunfoss (Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children’s Falls) known for their exceptionally beauty and unusual natural phenomena. We stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, which bubbles out of algae covered boulders at a steamy 97°C. In the afternoon we reach Stykkishólmur village and take a lovely ferry ride across the spectacular seascape of Breiðafjörður Bay dotted with 3,000 tiny islands. Encircled by mountains and the Snæfellsjökull volcano, the dramatic bay is home to 50 bird species, the rare white-tailed eagle, and gray seals who enjoy lounging about on the small islets. Overnight stay in the Flókalundur area.

Day 3 Rauðisandur – Breiðavík/Patreksfjörður: Remote Westfjords – Red Sand Beach – Quirky Folk Museum
Today we discover unique sights along the Strandir Coast, one of the least visited places in Iceland. The highlight of the day is a stroll along Rauðisandur beach, a 10 km cinnamon-coloured sculpture of sand and shell that is unlike anything else in Iceland. The mesmerizingly beautiful beach shifts in colour from golden to orange and red depending on the light of day. In a setting of black cliffs, Raudisandur shelters a large lagoon where curious seals and Arctic skuas are regular visitors. Afterwards, switch your focus from natural wonders to unusual local treasures at a quirky folk museum in Hnjotur. Also visit Latrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff and Iceland's westernmost point, where you will see an amazing wildlife spectacle, as the stunning cliffs host a mind-boggling number of sea birds. Protected from Arctic foxes, the birds are fearless, providing plenty of close-up photo opportunities.  Keep an eye out for playful puffins.Overnight stay in the Breiðavik/Patreksfjörður area.

Day 4 Billdudalur- Isafjordur: Capital of the Westfjords – Thundering Waterfall – Outdoor Nature Spa
Traveling along the winding coastline of magnificent fjords, we reach the vibrant fishing village of Isafjordur the honorary capital of the Westfjords. Settled in the 1580s, Isafjordur boasts a charming old town centre with some of the finest and most beautifully restored timber buildings in the country. The lively harbour is the town´s bustling centre of commerce and provides a glimpse into the daily scene of rural life in this northerly capital. En route we stop at the spectacular Dynjandi Waterfall which is a collection of seven cascades resembling a tiered wedding cake. We have the opportunity to take a dip in an outdoor thermal hot spring with gorgeous vistas, along with a stop to enjoy some Icelandic specialities at the historical farm of Hrafnseyri. 2 nights in the Isafjordur area.  

Day 5 Isafjardardjup: Fjord Sailing - Abandoned Settlement - Arctic Fox
This morning travel to the fjord village of Bolungarvík, where you will board a boat to sail across Isafjardardjup, the largest fjord in the Westfjords, where steep mountains descend directly into the sea. Step ashore onto one of the most remote corners of Europe.  Situated on a beautiful sandy beach, Hesteyri Island is an abandoned settlement where the elusive Arctic Fox roams among colourful wildflowers that grow knee-high. Spend a few hours here, enjoying the breathtakingly lush natural environment. In the afternoon, the sail back to Bolungarvik reveals panoramic views of Drangjokull glacier. Overnight in Isafjordur. 

Day 6 Holmavik – Laugar Saelingsdal: Arctic Fox Center – Saga Folklore – Thermal Bathing
Start the day with a visit to the Arctic Fox Centre in Sudavik. From Isafjordur town, the route provides coastal views of the scenic fjords that were cut into the earth by glaciers during the last Ice Age. En route to Holmavik village, stop at a quaint cafe where a local favourite, freshly baked waffles, are for sale. The journey continues through green valleys to Laugar in Saelingsdalur Valley, an area rich in ancient Saga folklore and history. Here you have the opportunity to soak outside in one of the many thermal pools hidden in nature. Overnight in the Saelingsdalur area

Day 7 Budardalur – Borgarfjordur – Reykjavik: Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson – Volcano Hike – Dairy Farm Delights
Drive along Iceland's West Coast to the Viking Age house at Eiriksstadir, the original homestead of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, who discovered North America. In a turf-covered longhouse replica, meet modern day Vikings who will demonstrate the lifestyle of 1,000 years ago. Later, make a tasty stop at the local Erpsstadir dairy for an introduction to Icelandic farming life and to sample freshly made ice cream. In Borgarfjordur, hike along moss-covered lava to the 3,500 year-old Grabrok volcano cone.  From here you will have incredible views of the Glanni waterfall, a suspected home to elves and trolls.
Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon for overnight.

Day 8 Reykjavík Departure
Arrangements end with  the airport coach from your hotel to Keflavik airport

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Maximum group size: 17 persons

Includes: return airport transfers, fully guided tour Day 2-6 with English speaking guide as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik, accommodation 2 nights with private facilities in Reykjavik and 5 nights with private facilities in the countryside, breakfast daily except arrival day, 4 dinners in the countryside (dinner in Ísafjörður on day 5 not included, dinner in Reykjavik on Days 1 and 7 not included), packed lunch on day 5, ferry from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur (day 2), entrance to Hnjótur Museum (day 3), boat tour to Hesteyri (day 5), entrance to the Arctic Fox Centre (day 6), entrance to Eiriksstadir Museum (day 7), tasting of Icelandic specialities (day 4, 6, 7)

Your time in Reykjavik can be extended, or you can add the following 2 night stays (May to September). Please enquire for further details.

Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar): includes return flights Reykjavik- Westman Islands, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.  

Hofn: includes return flights Reykjavik- Hofn, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.

Egilsstadir: includes return flights Reykjavik- Egilsstadir, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.

Akureyri: includes return flights Reykjavik- Akureyri, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast, guided coach tour to Lake Myvatn 8-9hrs.

Husavik: includes return flights Reykjavik- Husavik, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast, whale watching excursion 2-3hrs.

Isafjordur: includes return flights Reykjavik- Isafjordur, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4488.00
Single AUD$ 5432.00

Includes: return airport transfers, fully guided tour Day 2-6 with English speaking guide as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik, accommodation 2 nights with private facilities in Reykjavik and 5 nights with private facilities in the countryside, breakfast daily except arrival day, 4 dinners in the countryside (dinner in Ísafjörður on day 5 not included, dinner in Reykjavik on Days 1 and 7 not included), packed lunch on day 5, ferry from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur (day 2), entrance to Hnjótur Museum (day 3), boat tour to Hesteyri (day 5), entrance to the Arctic Fox Centre (day 6), entrance to Eiriksstadir Museum (day 7), tasting of Icelandic specialities (day 4, 6, 7)

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

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