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Wonderful Westfjords: 9 Day Tour

Capture the amazing beauty of the rugged Westfjords of Iceland in this 9-day self-drive tour. Along the way, you will experience towering mountains, cascading waterfalls and deep fjords that will amaze you. There are many unique activities available on the way, such as deep sea fishing, hiking, boat cruises along the beautiful coast and some of the best spots for bird watching in Iceland and around the world. The Westfjords also boasts the highest number of natural hot pools found in Iceland in one region, most of which have the perfect temperature for bathing. The Westfjords of Iceland are as spectacular as they come and this Westfjords self-drive tour is ideal for a revisiting traveler that want’s to focus on a specific area of Iceland.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this tour, please click on the “Request a quote” widget on the left side of the page. A quick form will open up where you will provide us with more information about your travel expectations. You will then be connected with your specialized travel agent who will assist you throughout the planning a provide a fully detailed quote.

Please note that this itinerary can be adjusted and customized to meet your travel needs and preferences. The package can also be offered as a privately guided tour if a self-drive option is not what you had in mind for your Iceland experience.

Tour Code

SD-09

Season

May - Sept

Travel Style

Self-Drive

Duration

9 days / 8 nights

Location

West Iceland and the Westfjords

Accessibility

Not recommended

Included

  • 8 nights’ accommodation of your choice with breakfast
  • Rental car of your choice for 7 days with unlimited mileage, CDW & VAT
  • GPS unit for easier navigation
  • WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
  • Unlimited extra drivers for the rental car
  • Transfer from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavik
  • One way ferry trip across Breiðafjörður bay including the rental vehicle
  • Transfer with pickup at your accommodation in Reykjavik upon departure
  • Written guides of the regions you will be visiting
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee

Not Included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals, drinks at restaurants
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gasoline
Day 1 | Arrival in to Iceland and Reykjavik

Welcome to Iceland! After you have gathered your luggage and cleared customs, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavik.  If you arrive during office hours, and after you have received your travel documents, you are welcome to stop by our office for a complimentary information meeting about the days ahead.  Enjoy the rest of the day in the vibrant city of Reykjavik by going on a sightseeing tour or visit one of many outdoor geothermal swimming pools that are to be found all over the city. In the evening we recommend that you visit one of many gourmet restaurants in the heart of the city. Overnight in a downtown hotel/guesthouse.

Day 2 | Travel to the Westfjords of Iceland

Today your self-drive tour of the Westfjords of Iceland starts. You will be picked up by our car rental partner and transferred to their HQ where you will receive your rental vehicle. Drive out of the city and head for Borgarnes. Continue driving into Borgarfjörður fjord before taking road #60 towards the Dalabyggð region. Drive to the village of Búðardalur where close by, you can visit the Eiríksstaðir Museum – a replica of Eirikur Rauði’s (Eric the Red, father of Leif the lucky) farm. Approx. 20 kilometers/12,5 miles north of Búðardalur, you’ll find Guðrúnarlaug a small but beautiful geothermal pool which is open for visitors all year and free of entry. The changing facilities are Viking style so don’t be shy. The Fellsströnd area offers a good opportunity for bird watching and there are puffin colonies in the area during summer. Continue to Vogur, where you’ll spend the night.

Day starts in

Reykjavik

Day ends in

Vogur

Driving distance

~207 km / 129 miles

Day 3 | Spectacular Standir Region

After a good breakfast in Vogar, continue to the Strandir region via the village of Hólmavík. Strandir was for many centuries one of the most remote areas in Iceland and was well known for the inhabitants’ knowledge of black magic and as a safe haven for criminals. Now it has a population of roughly 800 good, honest and friendly people of which most reside in the villages of Hólmavík and Drangsnes. They mostly make their living of sheep farming and fisheries and related service. Drangsnes is a paradise for bird watchers, especially in spring and early summer. Hot pools can be found on the beach outside the village. Drive further north and you’ll find Djúpavík – a remote place untouched by modern developments and where silence reigns over an abandoned herring processing factory. Here, you can literally drive to the end of the road before returning to Hólmavík where you will spend the next night. Don’t forget to check out the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft, located in the village.

Day starts in

Vogur

Day ends in

Hólmavík

Driving distance

~240 km / 150 miles

Day 4 | The winding road to Ísafjörður

Today you will need to put down some miles as you will travel from Hólmavík via the winding road to the town of Ísafjörður. First up is the Steingrímsfjarðarheiði mt.road that rises approx. 440 meters above sea level at it’s highest point. The fjords on the way are surrounded by towering mountains and offer fantastic views as you enter them. Continue through the village of Súðavík where you can enjoy a sea kayaking trip before continuing to Ísafjörður – the largest municipality in the Westfjords of Iceland where you will stay for one night. We recommend a walk through the beautiful old town of Ísafjörður where you’ll find friendly locals, restaurants, sculptures and museums that honour the towns’ rich cultural heritage. There are many opportunities for hiking in the area and during your hike, you can discover seals, a plethora of birds and an occasional Arctic Fox (completely harmless).

Day starts in

Hólmavík

Day ends in

Ísafjörður

Driving distance

~222 km / 138 miles

Day 5 | Ísafjörður at leisure

Spend a full free day in the beautiful town of Ísafjörður. We highly recommend that you take a boat cruise from the port of Ísafjörður to the magnificent Hornbjarg bird cliff. Other optional activities include sea angling, riding tours, kayaking, ATV tours, hiking tours and more. You can also rent a bicycle and bike around this beautiful town. Spend another night at a hotel in Ísafjörður.

Day starts in

Ísafjörður

Day ends in

Ísafjörður

Driving distance

Optional

Day 6 | The westernmost point of Iceland

It’s time to continue your Westfjords self-drive tour. Today you will drive to the remote Breiðavík area where close by you’ll find the amazing Látrabjarg – the largest bird cliff in Iceland, measuring 14 kilometers in length and 441 meters in height. Some of the inhabitants of the cliff include puffins, razorbills and seagulls.  On the way, make sure to stop and admire Dynjandi – one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfall. Not far from Látrabjarg you will find the westernmost point of Iceland – the Bjargtangar cliffs. Be on the lookout for the magnificent White Tailed Eagle that can sometimes be seen in this area. Return and spend the night in the Patreksfjörður area.

Day starts in

Ísafjörður

Day ends in

Patreksfjörður area

Driving distance

268 km / 166 miles

Day 7 | Westfjords to Snæfellsnes

It’s time to leave the Westfjords and visit another peninsula called Snæfellsnes. If you leave early, you can visit the Rauðisandur red sand beach on the way to Brjánslækur where you can catch the ferry Baldur across the Breiðafjörður bay to Stykkishólmur. The trip across takes about three hours. Once back on dry land, continue your self-drive tour by heading to the mystical Snæfellsjökull glacier in the Snæfellsjökull National Park. On the way, you can visit places such as Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, coastal villages of Grundarfjörður, Ólafsvík and Hellissandur and the not-to-be-missed Hellnar cove with its beautiful hexagonal basalt columns. You can drive all the way up to the edge of the Snæfellsjökull glacier but do not hike onto the glacier without proper equipment and a guide at your side. You will stay the night in the area.

Day starts in

Patreksfjörður area

Day ends in

Snæfellsnes

Driving distance

~224 km / 139 miles

Ferry Baldur

~2 hours and 45 minutes

Day 8 | Return to Reykjavik

It’s time to close the circle and finish your Westfjords of Iceland self-drive tour. Head towards the village of Borgarnes. Once there, you have the option to explore Borgarfjörður fjord and visit Hraunfossar waterfalls and Deildartunguhver – the most voluminous hot spring in Europe. As you drive towards Reykjavik, you can either take the road tunnel on route #1 or take a 42-kilometer detour into Hvalfjörður fjord where you can embark on a short hike and discover Glymur – the tallest waterfall in Iceland with a 198 vertical drop into a deep canyon. Finish your self-drive tour by driving to Reykjavik and returning your rental car before checking into a hotel in the heart of Reykjavik. In the afternoon, it’s ideal to visit one of the many geothermal swimming pools that are located in the city. When evening falls the gourmet restaurants of Reykjavik awaits you. Stay at a downtown hotel for the night.

Day starts in

Snæfellsnes

Day ends in

Reykjavik

Driving distance

~300 km / 187 miles

Day 9 | Departure

Your last day in Iceland has come but you’re not done just yet. You will be transferred to Keflavik International Airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, we highly recommend that you visit the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport. Soak in the milky blue water of the Blue Lagoon and enjoy an optional in-water massage which will leave you very relaxed and rejuvenated before your flight back home – a wonderful last memory of Iceland. Thank you for choosing Iceland Unlimited as your travel agency in Iceland. We wish you well and a safe journey home.

Budget

Budget accommodations include shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some cases, the rooms might be equipped with a TV and a washbasin. The in-room amenities are limited and basic but they all adhere to a high standard of cleanliness.
Breakfast is included.

Comfort

Comfort accommodations offer access to private facilities (shower and toilet). This type of lodges belongs to the 3-star hotel category. Most of these properties have an in-house restaurant. This section offers an upgrade in comfort and service compared to the budget category. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Quality accommodations offer private rooms with en-suite shower/bath and toilet. These rooms are the best available accommodations in 4-star hotels or the highest quality lodges in each region. Luxury accommodations - the highest class of lodges, suites, and penthouses - are available upon request. Breakfast is included.

Kia Ceed Wagon


or similiar

Type: Intermediate Wagon
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4×4 Hyundai Kona


or similiar

Type: SUV Economy
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 3
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4×4 Kia Sportage


or similiar

Type: SUV Full Size Intermediate
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser


or similiar

Type: SUV Full Size
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4×4 Land Rover Discovery


or similiar

Type: SUV Full Size Luxury
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

Hyundai H1


or similiar

Type: VAN
Passenger: 8
Luggage: 5
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

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