The West Fjords of Iceland is the island’s hidden secret. You can easily spend two weeks there and there is never a dull moment. The nature is different from the rest of Iceland with its table mountains, many long and beautiful fjords and small fishery towns.
We suggest a 7-9 days itinerary.
Arrival, drive to Reykjavík, enjoy the city in a city tour and check in to your hotel. You might like to visit the Blue Lagoon on the way.
Hotel: Hilton Konsulat or similar
We depart at 9am and drive to Húsafell in Borgarfjörður county. We start the day by visiting a volcanic cave, Víðgelmir, and after we continue to Húsafell where we´ll have lunch. You depart at 1pm in a monster truck to the ice tunnel in Langjökull glacier, a tour that takes appr. 3 hours. On return we visit Hraunfosssar waterfalls and Deildartunguhver geothermal power plant before we head to our accommodation in Borgarnes town.
Hotel: Hotel Hamar or similar
Today we visit the Snæfellsnes peninsula. We start by visiting the small fishery towns of Hellnar and Arnarstapi and you can walk from one to the other along the coastline. We´ll stop at Lóndrangar rock formations on the beach, drive inside one volcanic crater before we reach the small fishery towns of Rif and Hellissandur. If we are travelling in spring, early sumer, there is a bird hidout on the way to watch birds like Red–necked Phalarope and Grey Phalarope. We soon arrive at the most photographed mountain in Iceland, mt. Kirkjufell. We stop there before we continue to Stykkishólmur town for a night rest.
Hotel: Hotel Stykkishólmur, Hótel Egilsen or similar
DAY 4 – Monday or Friday (Ferry boat schedule issue)
We board the ferry Baldur that takes us to the West Fjords with a short stop in Flatey island. We arrive in Brjánslækur in 3 hours, at 12. We drive to the west on the south side of the West Fjörds Head of Iceland. We´ll visit Rauðisandur, Red Sand, before we continue to the magnificent sea rocks of Látrabjarg with its immense rich birdlife. In April through July you can expect to see a lot of puffins there. We spend some time there and then we head to Patreksfjörður town for night rest.
Notice: If the ferry boat is not departing at 9am, we hit the road and drive instead.
The West Fjords are one fjord after the other. We first visit the remote valley of Selárdalur and learn about its very special history (!). We then head to the beautiful and unique waterfall of Dynjandi and continue to the historic placa of Hrafnseyri. We continue through the two small fishery towns of Þingeyri and Flateyri before we drive through a long tunnel and reach Ísafjörður town, the capital of the West Fjords.
Today we enjoy the beauty of Ísafjörður and its surroundings. There is a variety of boat tours opportunities, e.g. visit to Hesteyri or Vigur. We drive to Bolungarvík town and up on top of mt. Bolaffjall where you have a view that can only be compared to Table Mountain in South Africa. We enjoy the nature, have lunch in town and return to our accommodation in Ísafjörður.
Today we start our return to the south. We drive the eastern part of the West Fjords, through Strandir and Dalasýsla to Borgarnes. We´ll stop on various beautiful places on the way, in Hólmavík and Búðardalur towns.
The Golden Circle: We drive a beautiful road to Thingvellir, the holy place for Icelanders, where the settlers from Norway founded the parliament in year 930, where Icelanders have celebrated 1000 years of settlement in 1874 and 1100 years in 1974 as well as 1000 years of Christianity in year 2000. You can see the two tectonic plates separating and beautiful rock formations. We continue to Geysir to see the hot spring Strokkur erupt several times and from there we continue to Gullfoss waterfall and then to Friðheimar tomato farm for a late lunch, around 3pm. We then close the circle by driving to Reykjavík where you can rest after a busy week.
Departure day. Pick up is 3 hours prior to departure time. If you didn´t visit the Blue Lagoon, or the Sky Lagoon, on first day, you can do it today if you have an afternoon flight back home.