Explore the majestic mountains, deserted villages, and unique wildlife of Iceland's Westfjords
Season: 18 June - 13 August Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
- Iceland's remote Westfjords offer the most unusual and untouched nature imaginable. Hike along red sands, sail the fjords to deserted villages teeming in wildlife, see puffins on Latrabjarg cliffs, and soak in hot springs under the Midnight Sun.
- Be captivated by Iceland's most remote region!!
Day 1: Arrival
Overnight stay in Reykjavík
Day 2: Borgarfjordur – Stykkisholmur – Flokalundur
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 (200°F).
In the afternoon we reach Stykkisholmur village and take a lovely ferry ride across the spectacular seascape of Breidafjordur Bay dotted with 3,000 tiny islands. Encircled by mountains and the Snaefellsjökull 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 Flokalundur area.
Day 3: Raudisandur – Latrabjarg - Breidavik/Patreksfjordur
Remote Westfjords – Stunning Bird Cliffs - Red Sand Beach – Quirky Folk Museum
Today we discover unique sights in one of the least visited places in Iceland. We stroll along Raudisandur beach, which shifts in color from golden to orange and red depending on the daylight. In a setting of black cliffs, Raudisandur shelters a large lagoon where curious sealsand Arctic skuas are regular visitors. Afterwards we behold unusual treasures at a quirky folk museum in Hnjotur.
Reaching Latrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff and westernmost point, we encounter an amazing wildlife spectacle as the stunning cliffs host a mind-boggling number of sea birds. Safe from Arctic foxes, the birds are fearless, providing plenty of close-up photo opportunities including our playful puffins.
Overnight stay in Breidavik/Patreksfjordur area
Day 4: Bildudalur – 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 where, honorary capital of the Westfjords. Settled in the 1580s, Isafjordur boasts a charming old town center with with some of the finest and most beautifully restored timber buildings in the country. The lively harbor is the town´s bustling center 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 springwith gorgeous vistas along with a stop to enjoy some Icelandic specialities at Hrafnseyri.
Overnight stay in Isafjordur for the next 2 nights.
Day 5: Isafjordur
Fjord Sailing - Abandoned Settlement - Arctic Fox
With an early morning boat ride we cross Isafjardardjup, the largest fjord in the Westfjords where steep mountains descend directly into the sea. We go ashore in one of the most remote corners of Europe for afull-day outing in the breathtakingly lush nature.
Situated on a beautiful sandy beach, Hesteyri is an abandoned settlement where the elusive Arctic Fox roams among the colorful wildflowers that grow knee-high. In the evening, our sail home reveals panoramic views of Drangjokull glacier.
Day 6: Holmavik – Laugar Saelingsdal
Arctic Fox Center – Saga Folklore – Thermal Bathing
We start the day with a visit to the Arctic Fox Center in Sudavik. From Isafjordur town the route provides coastal views of the scenic fjordsthat were cut into the earth by glaciers during the last Ice Age. En route to Holmavik village we stop to enjoy a local favorite, freshly baked waffles in a quaint café.
Our journey continues through green valleys to Laugar in Saelingsdalur, an area rich in ancient Saga folklore and history. Here we have the opportunity to soak outside in one of the many thermal pools hidden in nature.
Overnight stay in Saelingsdalur area.
Day 7: Budardalur – Borgarfjordur – Reykjavik
Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson – Volcano Hike – Dairy Farm Delights
We drive along Iceland's West Coast to the Viking Age house at Eiriksstadir, the original home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson who discovered North America. In a turf-covered longhouse we meet modern day Vikings who demonstrate the lifestyle from 1,000 years ago.
We make a tasty stop at the local Erpsstadir dairy for an introduction toIcelandic farming life and sample freshly made ice cream. In Borgarfjordur we hike along moss-covered lava to the 3,500 year-oldGrabrok volcano cone with incredible views of the Glanni waterfall, a suspected home of elves and trolls.
Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon. Overnight stay in Reykjavik.
Day 8: Departure
Transfer to the airport.