Mountains and Fjords

Touring in the remote, 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 and soak in hot springs, all the while under the Midnight Sun. Although this small group tour has some walking or hiking on most days, the level of difficulty is 'easy'.

Day 1 Arrival in Reykjavik
On arrival take the airport bus to your hotel, for overnight in Reykjavík. Experience a small area of eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping and dining. Recently established as a haven for food lovers, many restaurants take advantage of abundant local seafood, meat and game. There are also a number of wonderful museums, from the National Museum to the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, the Art Museum and 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 (Whale Fjord), one of Icleand's longest and deepest fjords. In West Iceland we explore Hraunfoss (Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children’s Falls) known for their exceptional beauty and unusual natural phenomena. Stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, bubbling out of algae-covered boulders at a steamy 97°C. In the afternoon we reach Stykkishólmur and take a lovely ferry ride across the spectacular seascape of Breiðafjörður Bay, dotted with 3,000 tiny islands. Encircled by mountains and Snæfellsjökull volcano, the dramatic bay is also home to 50 bird species, incluidng the rare white-tailed eagle, as well as gray seals who enjoy lounging about on the islets. Overnight and dinner in Flókalundur area.

Day 3 Rauðisandur - Latrabjarg - Breiðavík/Patreksfjörður
Remote Westfjords – Red sand beach – Quirky folk museum
Today we discover unique sights along Strandir Coast, one of the least visited places in Iceland. The highlight of the day is a stroll along Rauðisandur beach, a 10km cinnamon-coloured sculpture of sand and shell that is unlike anything else in Iceland. The mesmerisingly beautiful beach shifts in colour from gold to orange and red, depending on the light. In this black setting, it 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. Dinner and overnight in Breiðavik/Patreksfjörður area.

Day 4 Billdudalur - Isafjordur
Capital of the Westfjords – A thundering waterfall – Outdoor natural spa
Travelling along the winding coastline of magnificent fjords, we reach the vibrant fishing village of Isafjordur, the  honorary capital of the Westfjords. Settled in the 1580's, it boasts a charming old town centre with fine and beautifully restored timber buildings. The lively harbour is the town's bustling centre of commerce and provides a glimpse into the daily scene of rural life. En-route we stop at 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 Isafjordur area, with dinner (Day 4 only).  

Day 5 Isafjardardjup
Fjord sailing - An 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, knee-high, wildflowers. Spend a few hours here, enjoying a breathtaking and 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 Centre - Saga Folklore - Thermal Bathing
Start the day with a visit to the Arctic Fox Centre, Sudavik. From Isafjordur, the route provides coastal views of 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, can be purchased. Continue 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, hidden, thermal pools. Overnight in 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 and see a demonstration of a lifestyle lived almost 1,000 years ago. Later, we 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 3,500 year-old Grabrok volcano cone, for incredible views of Glanni waterfall. It is thought that it is also home to elves and trolls. Late afternoon return to Reykjavik,  for your final overnight.

Day 8 Reykjavík Departure
Airport coach, from your hotel to Keflavik Airport, where your arrangements end.

Group size: maximum 17 persons

2018 departures: 14, 21 June; 05, 19 July; 02 August. 

Includes: Return airport transfers; 3 star hotels with private facilities - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 5 nights in the countryside, breakfast daily; 4 dinners in the countryside (Days 2, 3, 4, 6), packed lunch (Day 5); Stykkishólmur- Brjánslækur ferry (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), Icelandic specialities tasting (Days 4, 6, 7); coach tour (Days 2-7) with English-speaking guide.

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

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

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

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5206.00
Single AUD$ 6399.00

Includes: Return airport transfers; 3 star hotels with private facilities - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 5 nights in the countryside, breakfast daily; 4 dinners in the countryside (Days 2, 3, 4, 6), packed lunch (Day 5); Stykkishólmur-  Brjánslækur ferry (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), Icelandic specialities tasting (Days 4, 6, 7); coach tour (Days 2-7) with English-speaking guide.

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

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