Wonderful Westfjords of Iceland In 9 Days

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Wonderful Westfjords of Iceland In 9 Days

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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 boast 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 revisiting traveler that want’s to focus on an specific area of Iceland.

 

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Day 1: Arrival in to Iceland and Reykjavik

Westfjords of IcelandWelcome to Iceland! After you have gathered your luggage and cleared customs, our driver will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name on it.  He will deliver all your travel documents and phone. Afterwards he will transport you to your hotel in downtown Reykjavik. If you arrive during office hours, 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 down town hotel/guesthouse.

Highlights of the day: Reykjavik City

Day 2: Travel to the Westfjords of Iceland

roads-in-icelandToday your self-drive tour of the Westfjords of Iceland starts. You will be picked up by our car rental partners and transferred to their HQ where you will receive your rental vehicle. Drive out of the city and head for Borgarnes. Continue across the Holtavörðuheiði mt.road to Hrútafjörður 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. Approx. driving distance: 211 kilometers/131 miles.

Highlights of the day: Borgarfjörður, Hraunfossar, Eiríksstaðir, Guðrúnarlaug, Fellssströnd

Day 3: Spectacular Standir Region

Westfjords of IcelandAfter 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.  Approx. driving distance: 240 kilometers/150 miles.

Highlights of the day: Hólmavík, Drangsnes, Djúpavík, Strandir

Day 4: The winding road to Ísafjörður

Westfjords of IcelandToday 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 honor the towns’ rich cultural heritage.

There are many opportunities for hiking in the area and during your hike you can discover seals, plethora of birds and an occational Arctic Fox (completely harmless). Approx. driving distance: 222 kilometers/138 miles.

Highlights of the day: Súðavík, Ögur, Ísafjörður municipality

Day 5: Ísafjörður at leisure

Westfjords of IcelandSpend a full free day in the beautiful town of Ísafjörður. We highly recommend that you take a boat cruse 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.

Highlights of the day: Ísafjörður & surroundings, Optional boat cruises and other activities

Day 6: The westernmost point of Iceland

Westfjords of IcelandIt’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 cliffst. 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 Breiðavík/Patreksfjörður area. Approx. driving distance: 197 kilometers/123 miles.

Highlights of the day: Suðureyri, Arnarfjörður, Dynjandi, Dýrafjörður, Breiðavík, Látrabjarg

Day 7: Westfjords to Snæfellsnes

Westfjords of IcelandIt’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 ferry departs at 12:15 and you need to be there one hour before departure. The trip across takes 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 it’s 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. Continue along route #54 until you reach Langaholt where you’ll spend the night. Approx. driving distance: 220 kilometers/137 miles.

Highlights of the day: Rauðisandur, Breiðafjörður bay, Stykkishólmur, Grundarfjörður, Snæfellsjökull National Park, Hellnar cove

Day 8: Return to Reykjavik

Westfjords of IcelandIt’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 (1,000 ISK road toll) or take a 42 kilometer detour into Hvalfjörður fjord where you can embark on a short hike and discover Glymur – the second 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 many geothermal swimming pools that are located in the city. When evening falls the gourmet restaurants of Reykjavik awaits you. Stay at a down town hotel for the night. Approx. driving distance: 267 kilometers/166 miles.

Highlights of the day: Borgarnes, Hraunfossar, Húsafell, Hvalfjörður, Glymur, Reykjavik

Day 9: Departure

Westfjords of IcelandYour last day in Iceland has come but you’re not done just yet. You will be picked up by the airport shuttle and 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.

Highlights of the day: The Blue Lagoon

 

 

Detailed Information

This tour can be offered with a private driver/guide

Accommodation

We offer three different accommodation categories for this Northern Lights Reykjavik tour:

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationBudget Budget accommodation includes shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some you might find a TV and a washbasin in your room. All offer breakfast that’s included in the price. In some places in the countryside you can order an evening  meal as long as you give at least a couple of hours of advance notice.

 

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationComfort In Comfort accommodation you will have access to private facilities (shower and WC). These would be 3 star hotels and better guest houses many of whom have their own restaurant. All offer a continental breakfast that is included in the price.

 

 

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationQuality Rooms with private shower/bath and WC. These are the best available rooms in 4 star hotels or the best hotels in each  region.  Suites and Jr. Suites are available upon request within the Quality category in Reykjavik only.

 

 

Season: 1st of April until 1st of October

Car Rental

Rental Cars available for this tour are:

E: Skoda Octavia Station – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
G: Dacia Duster – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
H: Skoda Yeti – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
I: Toyota RAV4 – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
J: Kia Sportage – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
K: Toyota Land Cruiser – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
L: Land Rover Defender – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual

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
  • Private pick-up at Keflavík Airport and transfer to Reykjavik
  • One way ferry trip across Breiðafjörður bay
  • Shuttle bus transfer with pickup at your accommodation in Reykjavik upon departure
  • Mobile phone with 1,500 ISK worth of calls
  • Written guides of the regions you will be visiting
  • Use of an Icelandic mobile phone with 1,500 ISK worth of calls
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee

Not Included:

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals, drinks at restaurants
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gasoline

This itinerary can be customized.  Please contact us to arrange a tour that fully meets your needs, including adding extra days, altering the schedule and destinations. Here are our terms & conditions.