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Why Book With Us?

  • A local agency
  • Off the beaten tracks
  • Emphasize quality over quantity
  • Expert guides at your service
Tour Details

This itinerary will allow you to discover the region of the West fjords, a region with very little tourism, the wildest in Iceland. With magnificent landscapes, the North West of Iceland will give you the feeling of having reached the end of the world. You will drive surrounded by vertiginous mountains and deep fjords. This stay will allow you to discover superb deserted beaches, magnificent waterfalls, very beautiful viewpoints. You will have the chance to be able to bathe in natural hot springs, observe fauna with seals, whales and in summer, thousands of sea birds… a trip for those who love tranquility outside of mass tourism.

Before arriving in the West fjords, you will have the possibility of traversing the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula with various walks, along high cliffs, on pebble beaches or lava fields. Each site is an invitation to leave your vehicle and marvel in front of the landscapes.

You can also extend this trip and visit the Golden Circle and its three must-see sites, Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss, or enjoy the calm of Flatey Island, a paradise for bird watchers. A place that seems to have remained frozen in the past.

Highlight of this trip
  • A trip away from mass tourism. The West fjords region receives less than 10% of the tourists who come to discover Iceland. With this low percentage, it is one of the wildest regions of the island and which retains all its authenticity. The discovery of this region is for those who want a connection with nature in the most real and simple possible way.
  • Authenticity. During this stay you will be far away from the “fancy” restaurants of the capital or the standardized design hotels. This region offers an authentic and sometimes almost abandoned aspect that will charm those who wish to discover a country without its tourist traps.
  • Hot baths in nature. The West fjords is one of the regions with the most natural hot springs in nature, a good “excuse” to experience this typical Icelandic activity in the heart of beautiful landscapes.
  • Rich fauna and flora. With less than 3 inhabitants per km2, animals, especially migratory birds, are particularly extensive in those deserted areas. Nature lovers, bird watchers, photographers, this is where you will have the best chances of finding close contact with this rich nature. The flora is often sumptuous, very changeable according to the seasons and always spectacular.
Our commitments
  • A selection of partners engaged in more responsible tourism.
  • A real tailor-made trip designed for you.
  • Refund of excursions not carried out for reasons beyond your control (weather, cancellation by the service provider).
  • The option to request a change in the booking of your accommodation, subject to availability.
  • The guarantee of working with a local agency.
  • We are contributing to the reforestation of Iceland with the planting of around 1 tree for 4 people.
Price

Included

  • Nights in guesthouse, room with mix of private and share bathroom (Superior category or 100% private bathroom on request).
  • Buffet breakfast. Our accommodation sometimes offer a kitchen and / or hot bath on site. Bedsheets and towels are provided. We try to choose as much as possible eco-friendly accommodation.
  • Rental car with unlimited mileage, taxes and SCDW insurance included, refund of the deductible 0 €. Vehicle picked up and drop off at Keflavik Airport. 2x4 or 4x4 depending on demand or season.
  • 1 whale watching excursion per person to observe humpback whales. Warm clothes provided and a hot drink offered. Approximate duration 3h.
  • Optional: horseback riding, birdwatching, kayaking, diving, rafting ... Booking dinners to be paid on site.
  • Personalized travel book. Includes a general presentation of Iceland, various tips and a day-by-day program including supplies, suggestions for visits, advice for walks and hikes, as well as a detailed information for each accommodation. Map 1: 600,000 and hiking maps.
  • Our contact and locale assistance

Not included

  • International flight from 200 € departing from Europe
  • Meals other than breakfast, petrol
  • Personal cancellation and repatriation insurance
  • Optional: Additional of 2nd driver supplement between 25 and 40 € to be paid only at the rental agency.
Itinerary

D1: Beginning of the adventure

The itinerary is given as an indication. We can arrange this self-drive according to the time you have, with a minimum of 8 days on site. A domestic flight is possible between Reykjavik and Ísafjörður, if you do not have enough time to drive back to the capital.

Upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you pick up your rental vehicle and drive to your accommodation, located in the vicinity of Borgarnes on the country’s west coast. It was here that some of the first Vikings settled, as mentioned in the writings of the Icelandic Sagas.

For late arrivals, it is possible to stay near the airport, by the coast.

Driving distance about 120 kms.

D2: Beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula

For this first day, you will head to the Snaefellsnes peninsula, taking the road along the coast which will take you all around the Snæfellsjökull glacier-volcano, gateway to the book Journey to the center of the Earth by Jules Verne. Many stops are possible, at the charming church of Búðir, along the impressive cliffs of Arnastarpi or in the heart of the deserted pebble beaches of Djúpalónssandur. In some places it is not uncommon to spot seals. Your accommodation is located in the town of Stykkisholmur famous for its local gastronomy.

Driving distance about 250 kms.

D3: Whales, birds and fermented shark

On this second day on the peninsula, you will be able to observe the many sea birds, which inhabit the high cliffs, located at the end of the peninsula. You can also admire Kirkjufell, one of the most famous mountains in Iceland, due to its very particular shape, and take a whale watching excursion. Finally, the visit to the museum of the fermented shark and the tasting of this very special dish, is only reserved for the more adventurous. Overnight at the same place.

Driving distance about 200 kms.

D4: Cliffs and puffins

This morning, you take a ferry across the fjord, to the West Fjords. Then you take a road to the cliffs of Latrabjarg, a privileged place to see puffins. This piece of land, the westernmost in Europe, is home to one of the largest colonies of seabirds in the world with several million animals. With your cameras you’ll be able to capture this unforgettable spectacle, of uninterrupted comings and goings, between the cliffs and the sea.

Overnight in Breiðavík. Driving distance about 140 kms.

D5: On the way to Ísafjörður

For the early birds a must do is to return to Latrabjarg in the morning to see the puffins leaving to fish at sea. Then, it’s time to hit the road towards Ísafjörður. The landscapes of fjords are magnificent. Many possible stops en route, especially to admire the superb waterfall of Dynjandi. You will drive by several vertiginous passes, with superb views of the fjords below. Here and there, you will see a few isolated farms and pass by small sleepy villages, before arriving in the capital of the West Fjords.

Overnight in Ísafjörður’s city center. Driving distance about 200 kms.

D6: Hike, hot spring and sea kayak

You take the road that go pass between sea and mountains with many viewpoints, sometimes looking at a lazy seal. You get in the heart of the Heydalur valley, an idyllic place where the blueberries bushes help foxes to hide easily. You can have a bath in nature and for those who want, horseback riding or kayaking excursion are possible ! You then continue to Holmavik, famous for its witchcraft museum. Overnight in the surroundings of Drangsnes, to enjoy the wild beauty of the landscapes and another hot bath, facing the sea.

Driving distance about 270 kms. 

D7: At the end of the world

Today you discover the Norðurfjörður region, surely the most isolated in the country. The road is strewn with potholes, forcing you to drive more slowly, thankfully the landscape invites you to contemplation… Djupavik is home to an old herring factory, vestiges of a prosperous era in the fjords. You will not meet many people here, your only companions for the day will be sheep! 
 
Driving distance about 200 kms.

D8: Legends and waterfalls

It’s now time to leave the fjords and take the road towards the South and the Reykholt region. The long road passes one more time along the coast. Enjoy the unique spectacle of deserted beaches covered with driftwood, before returning to the landscapes of fertile plains. Visit the Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls which are home to ancient stories … Overnight in the surroundings.

Driving distance about 250 kms. 

D9:Back to Reykjavik

You drive back to Reykjavik and return to civilization. Spend the day visiting the Icelandic capital, stroll through the city center, to the small harbor, towards the cathedral, enjoy some shopping and an evening to discover the local gastronomy and enjoy the atmosphere of its bars and cafes. Late flight or overnight in the city center and early drive the next morning to the airport.

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Good to know

  • Itinerary : on this self-drive tour we create a tailor-made itinerary following the length of your stay in Iceland and your personal interest according to our knowledge of the country as travel agency. A day by day itinerary will be given on a indicative basis and accommodations will be booked for you in advance. We provide you with all necessary maps and a trip information package with practical information that allows you to enjoy your vacation in the best possible way; tips on where to buy food, good restaurants, places to go – places to avoid, inescapable sites, our personal knowledge of Iceland and our experience as a local travel agent.
  • Domestic flight (if applicable): the flight between Reykjavik and Akureyri is carried out from Reykjavik domestic airport by the Icelandic company Air Iceland. For this flight you can embark at no extra charge with hand luggage of 6 kgs and hold luggage of 20 kgs.
  • Transport : For this self-drive we usually advice, from May to end of September, to rent a berline instead of a 4×4 only necessary on gravel roads for the highlands but not needed on paved road, except if you request something special.
  • Accommodation: We work as a priority with accommodation such as charming guesthouse or B&B, chosen for their comfort, hospitality and location, in relation with your itinerary. As the choice can be limited in some regions of the country, it is important to book your stay as soon as possible to benefit from the largest possible offer. In any case, we avoid standardized hotels. It is possible to choose other types of accommodation during your stay, 3/4 * hotel or camping. Contact us for any specific request.
  • Period to travel: we offer this itinerary from May to end of September.
     
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