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The West fjords out of the beaten path: From May to October

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Tour Details

Iceland, land of fire and ice – and volcanic island – boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes and lights of our planet, as well as a unique fauna often easy to approach.

Photo and birding tour: camera lovers will be ecstatic, especially when it will come to take pictures of sea birds. There are not so many places in Europe allowing getting so close to the bird colonies without disturbing them. Puffins are without a doubt the stars of the Icelandic cliffs.

We also have elaborated this trip in order to let you discover a part of Iceland less known but still amazing. The further you’ll get, the more you’ll fall in love with the wilderness, the endless roads that go along the fjords, the spectacular scenery, the untouched nature.

Note that due to weather conditions in Iceland this tour is only possible from May to October. 

Highlights of this trip:
  • A region really off the beaten path. Visiting the Westfjords is to meet a region apart in Iceland. Far from the main road, visited only by a small percentage of tourists, it is the perfect destination for nature lovers who want solitude in front of the great outdoors.
  • A more grandiose and wilder nature. Along beautiful winding roads, discover a different Iceland, less touristy, quieter, a more authentic Iceland with majestic nature and great landscapes.
  • The meeting with numerous wild animals. The Westfjords are home to many iconic animals in Iceland. Whether it’s the puffins nesting along the cliffs of Látrabjarg, the arctic foxes that populate the vast mountains of Hornstrandir, the seals that pose languidly on the flat rocks in the heart of the fjords or even the whales visible even from the coast, the beauty of the region is also due to these impromptu meetings.

 

Budget

Includes

  • 10 nights in guesthouse, hotels 3-4* double bedroom with shared and private bathroom (upgrade all to private possible) and breakfast
  • Car rental sedan type for 14 days with unlimited mileage and SCDW insurance
  • 1 fare Whale watching adventure with warm cloths and hot beverage
  • Road book with maps and itinerary
  • Our presence on site to help you
  • Options: Kayak, fishing...

Price does not includes:

  • International flight
  • Personal insurance
Itinerary

D1 : Arrival Keflavik - Borgarnes - 120 km (75mi)

On your arrival at the airport, you pick up your car and drive in direction of Borgarnes, the gateway of Snaefellsnes peninsula. Known for it’s settlement museum about the first settlers in Iceland, Borgarnes overlooking the ocean is an enjoyable stop for your first night in Iceland.

D2 : Beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula - 200 kms (124mi)

Explore around the volcano that inspired Jules Verne’s “Journey to the centre of the earth”. One highlight is to walk between the cliffs of Arnastapi and Hellnar and discover Budir, known for its little chapel. Stykkisholmur, a charming and quaint harbour, is your base for those two days.

D3 : Whale watching and visits - 100 kms (63 mi)

Another day to explore the peninsula focusing on the northern part and along the cliffs of Öndverdarnes lighthouse where you will have our best occasions to observe sea birds. A whale watching trip is planed for you to observe those beautiful sea mammals in the fjord.

D4: Cliffs and puffins - 100 kms (63 mi)

After the breakfast you take a ferry that cross the fjord and will arrive in the West fjord. At the western end you’ll find the impressive cliffs of Latrabjarg where are nesting one of the biggest puffins colonies in Iceland (optional you can add one day exploring the island of Flatey a place that look timeless).

D5: On the way to Ísafjörður

After an early morning observing the birds, you’ll start your journey to Isafordur making several stops en route to admire the scenery of the road. Half way you’ll be amazed by Dynjandi, an amazing waterfall.

D6: Between Ocean and Mountain

Enjoy the day discovering the fjord, you can choose a boat excursion to see the coast from the sea or just make some great walks in the wild surrounding. In the evening you get to Heydalur a beautiful valley where you’ll feel as if you’re alone.

D7: North of the North

A day of discovery, there are several option for walking to discover the area, bath in natural hot pools on the way and feel that you’re alone.

D8: At the end of the world

A day of discovery, there are several option for walking to discover the area, bath in natural hot pools on the way and feel that you’re alone.

D9: Legends and waterfalls

D10:Back in the nordic capitale

You make the road to join back the civilisation. Free evening in the town center.

D11:Departure

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Good to know

Indicative itinerary: On this self drive tour we will create a complete itinerary accordingly to your likes and hopes about Iceland and to our deep knowledge of the country. You will have an indicative day by day schedule, and the accommodation will be booked for you. We will also give you maps and a road book allowing you to travel relaxed: resupplying locations, good restaurants, tourists traps to avoid, mandatory sites and alternative locations of interest…

Vehicle:For this kind of self drive tour, except in winter time, we recommend to rent a city car instead of a 4WD. The 4WD are usually needed on the highlands roads and are not needed on asphalted roads. But if you expressively require a 4WD we will comply.

Accommodation during your stay:Usually we use quaint guesthouses or Bn’B, selected for their comfort, their nice staff and their location according to your itinerary. In some places of Iceland, the choice is limited, therefore you should book as early as possible. We avoid as much as possible hotels and standardized accommodations. You can also request to chose other accommodation types, such as 3-4* hotels, or camp sites (summer only). Please feel free to contact us for any specific requirements.

According to the season and to the weather’s instability in Iceland, here is a list of recommended gear.

YOUR PERSONAL GEAR:

  • Suitcase or bag pack for your gear
  • Back pack for your picnic and day gear
  • Sturdy (Gore-Tex) and comfortable hiking shoes
  • Waterproof (Gore-Tex) jacket with hood
  • Waterproof or insulated pants
  • A few pairs of curly wool or synthetic socks
  • Woolly jumper or thick fleece
  • T-shirts (Merinos)
  • Thin sweaters or shirts with long sleeves (Merinos or comfortable fabric)
  • Underwear top and bottom (thermal insulation)
  • Lined beanie
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletry bag
  • Swimsuit / towel
  • Hydrating sun lotion and lip balm

If you have a doubt on your gear, feel really free to contact us to receive some personalized advice!

 

 

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