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From Kjölur to Westfjords: Unveiling Iceland’s Untamed Beauty

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Discover the Unspoiled Beauty of Iceland’s Westfjords and Highlands: Available only between June and September, this exclusive adventure takes you off the beaten path into the heart of Iceland’s untamed wilderness. The Westfjords and Highlands remain pristine and less traveled, offering a unique escape from the tourist crowds. Delve into a world of natural wonders as you journey from glacier to glacier along the famed Kjolur trail, and then explore the tranquil Westfjords, a haven for hiking, birdwatching, and relaxing in natural hot baths. Choose this extraordinary trip for an authentic Icelandic experience, where unspoiled landscapes and solitude set the stage for a truly exceptional unique adventure.

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/person.
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: Welcome to Iceland

Your Icelandic adventure begins with your arrival at the airport, where you’ll collect your rental vehicle. Depending on your flight schedule, you can either make your way to your accommodation in the Golden Circle region or opt to spend the night near the airport in the event of a late arrival. Your journey starts with the flexibility to accommodate your travel needs.

Journey: approximately 120 km

Stages: Reykjanes

D2: Golden Circle

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Iceland’s Golden Circle. Begin your day with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, where you’ll witness the remarkable separation of the North American and European tectonic plates. Next, head to the geothermal wonderland of the Geyser region, home to the famous Geysir and Strokkur geysers, which shoot powerful jets of water vapor into the sky. Conclude your day with the awe-inspiring Gullfoss waterfall. Tonight, you’ll rest in the Gullfoss region, with the option of enjoying a soothing bath at the Secret Lagoon to make your Icelandic experience even more unforgettable.

Journey: approximately 200 km

Stops: Gullfoss, Geysir, Thingvellir National Park

D3: Volcanic Wonders on the Kjölur Trail

Today, you’ll venture deep into the heart of Iceland on the Kjölur trail. Embark on a beautiful hike in the midst of a volcanic mountain landscape, where sulfur and fumaroles emerge from the earth, creating a surreal atmosphere at Kerlingarfjöll, also known as the Witch’s Mountains. Your journey continues northward, with a captivating stop at Hveravellir. Here, you can witness volcanic manifestations and even take a rejuvenating dip in a natural hot water spring, making for an unforgettable day of exploration. Spend the night in the North region, ready for more Icelandic adventures.

Journey: approximately 250 km

Stages: Hveravellir, Kerlingarfjöll

D4: Exploring the Enigmatic Vatnsnes Peninsula

Today, embark on a journey of discovery as you explore the discreet Vatnsnes Peninsula. Get up close and personal with the resident seals while enjoying breathtaking views of the sea. Make sure to stop and marvel at the famous Hvítserkur rock, a geological formation that some say resembles a petrified troll.

Your adventure continues as you head towards another unique facet of Iceland—the Westfjords, often described as an ‘island within an island’ and the oldest part of the country. Tonight, you’ll stay in the Hólmavík region, where you can immerse yourself in ancestral Icelandic customs and traditions, adding a touch of cultural richness to your journey.

Journey: approximately 300 km

Stages: Hólmavík, Vatnsnes

D5: Uncovering the Charms of Drangsnes

On this day, you’ll explore the Drangsnes region, a coastal haven dotted with small fishing ports that harken back to the golden age of herring fishing. Take the opportunity to indulge in a unique experience by swimming in natural hot water springs, with numerous options to choose from. The region is renowned for its picturesque beaches adorned with driftwood, providing a serene backdrop for your exploration. After a day of discovery, you’ll spend another night in the same place as the day before, allowing you to soak in the tranquility of this coastal gem.

​Travel: approximately 150 km

Stops: Holmavik, Drangsnes, Drangsnes hot tubs, Djúpavík

D6: Unveiling the Enchanting Heydalur Valley

Your morning can be dedicated to further exploration of this remarkable region, with the option to embark on an exciting whale-watching excursion. Following your wildlife encounter, your journey proceeds to the Heydalur valley, where you’ll have the opportunity to embark on beautiful hikes through the scenic landscape. For those seeking more adventure, consider a kayaking expedition, a horseback ride, or a fishing session in the nearby lake.

Wrap up the day with a soothing soak in a pleasant hot spring, a perfect way to unwind and rejuvenate. You’ll spend the night on-site, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Heydalur valley.

Journey: approximately 150 km

Stages: Heydalur

D7: Isafjördur, the Far Northwest Gem

Spend the night in the heart of the city center, surrounded by the charm and culture of Isafjördur.

Journey: approximately 150 km

Stages: Ísafjörður, Hornstrandir, Bolungarvík

D8: The West Fjords: Nature's Masterpiece

Immerse yourself in the majesty of the West Fjords, a true masterpiece of nature. As you journey through these dramatic fjords, Route 60, leading south, unveils some of the most scenic vistas in the entire country. Along the way, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make stops, each one more captivating than the last. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Dynjandi waterfall, take in the diverse flora, and witness the rich tapestry of bird species that call this region home.

You’ll spend the night in the enchanting Látrabjarg cliffs region, a place of sheer natural wonder that promises to leave a lasting impression.

Journey: approximately 200 km

Stages: Dynjandi, Patreksfjörður

D9:Cliffs and Puffins

Begin your day with a remarkable walk along the towering cliffs of Látrabjarg, situated in the far west of Iceland. Home to millions of seabirds, these cliffs provide an unforgettable spectacle, as puffins, gulls, guillemots, and other seabirds continuously traverse between land and sea. It’s a unique opportunity for observing and photographing puffins in their natural habitat.

In the afternoon, journey to Brjánslækur, where you’ll board a ferry to make your way to Stykkishólmur on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. As you arrive on the north coast of Snæfellsnes, you’ll find yourself surrounded by even more natural beauty and wonders.

Journey: approximately 150 km

Stages: Stykkisholmur, Látrabjarg

D10:Snaefellsnes Peninsula Adventure

Today, your adventure unfolds on the enchanting Snaefellsnes Peninsula, offering a rich tapestry of natural wonders. In a single day, you’ll have the opportunity to spot seals, wander along picturesque pebble beaches, approach imposing cliffs to meet seabirds, take in the iconic ‘church mountain’ Kirkjufell, and admire the glacier-volcano Snæfellsjökull—an entry point to the center of the Earth, according to Jules Verne’s novel.

And why not savor a taste of Icelandic culture by trying a typical dish of fried shark? This delightful day concludes with a night in the Snaefellsnes region, surrounded by the enduring beauty of Iceland.

Journey: approximately 200 km

Stages: Snæfellsnes, Hellnar, Kirkjufell

D11:Exploring Reykjavik's Vibrant Streets

Your Icelandic journey comes full circle as you arrive in Reykjavik in the morning for a day of exploring the capital. Don’t miss the chance to visit the striking Harpa cultural center and the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church, which offer unique architectural and cultural experiences.

If you prefer to extend your immersion in Iceland’s natural beauty, you can choose to spend the day in the Borgarfjörður region or on the Reykjanes Peninsula, where more wonders await. The day concludes with an overnight stay either in Reykjavík city center or near the airport, depending on your flight schedule for the following day.

​Travel: approximately 100 km

Stages: Reykjavik

D12:Departure

Journey to the airport for your international flight.

Stages: Reykjanes

Map

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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