Westfjords 10 Day Tour

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    Strandsel Iceland Tours

    We operate a small number of exclusive tours annually to some of Iceland’s most remote and dramatic locales. Wether it is steep fjords, mountain scenery, volcanic beaches, pristine glaciers with mirror-like lagoons, or walking in and around geologic formations and enjoying serene abandoned remote farmsteads.

    • Duration:10 Days
    • Max group size:8 persons + guide
    • Dates:4th. - 14th. June and 21st. - 30th. August , 2021

    Experience the magnificent and unspoiled beauty of Iceland on this ten day tour around Westfjords. 

    The Westfjords lies just beneath the arctic circle. During the summer it benefits from an abundance of natural light which gives us the opportunity to photograph and trek well after dinner. So be prepared to challenge yourself and have fun doing what you love!

    Price Includes

    • TransportationComfortable and roomy tour bus
    • Food & drink (excluding alcoholic beverages)
    • Local museum
    • AccommodationThe price is based on two person sharing a room.

    Price Excludes

    • Guests are responsible for their own airfare(s) to Iceland

    Accommodation

    Hotel or bed and breakfast

    Meals

    Breakfast, lunch (either seated or packed) and dinner are included. Emphasis on high quality local dishes. 

    Arrival/Departure

    Guests will be picked up from their hotel on Day 1 of the tour between 08:30AM – 09:30AM

    Payment Information

    Payments are made in two installments. A deposit of $1500.00 must be made within 2 weeks of registration. The balance is due 60 days prior to departure date.

    A single supplement is available for a $700 additional charge.

    Itinerary

    Day 1Dalir

    We head for picturesque Dalir, birth place of Leifur Eríksson, discoverer of Vínland, the first settlement by a European in North America. Tour a replica farmstead where interpreters in period dress bring to life conditions in his day. On to Reykhólar, located on the southern edge of Westfjords. This area is abundant with skerries (sea rocks) and inlet, home to harbor and grey seals, and sea birds unique to Iceland, such as the eider duck, famous for its down. Overnight in Reykhólar, with evening time after dinner open for relaxing in the local geothermal pool or exploring the local coast. 

    Day 2Cliffs of Látrabjarg

    Travel around several narrow fjords, making a few stops to photograph and explore before we arrive at Rauðisandur, where we will explore an immense reddish-golden sand beach home to a large seal colony. Overnight nearby. Evening walk at Látrabjarg, the westernmost point in Europe to view and photograph puffins, and other sea birds who call this 500m high sea cliffs their home.

    Day 3Sea villages of Westfjords

    Head onto Örlygshöfn to explore the river’s estuary home to eiders and waders. The folks museum at nearby Hnjótur has unique farming, airplane and fishing artifacts of a bygone era. Explore the little and intriguing village of Patreksfjördur before we proceed to Tálknafjördur, a small quiet and quaint fishing village for the night.

    Day 4Sheer cliffs, majestic waterfall among steep mountains

    Today we thread the narrow and tranquil shore of southern Arnarfjördur to Selárdalur to explore the local artist Samúel Jónsson’s eccentric art collection and a church he built by hand. Depart from Bíldudalur and experience this vast fjord by boat to Dynjandi, an impressive cascading waterfall, overnight at Thingeyri for 2 nights.

    Day 5The Westfjords Alps

    Drive a precipitous cliff road and explore the stark steep mountains, often referred to as the ‘Westfjords Alps.’ We take in the harsh living condition that this isolated and now abandoned farm community in the West Fjords had to endure. Return to Thingeyri for the night. A light evening walk atop of nearby small and unassuming mountain gives us a chance to view the spectacular evening vista of this narrow and lingering fjord. 

    Day 6Ísafjördur, charming old trading post

    Head onto Ísafjörður, the capital of Westfjords, to wander through this old fishing town home to some rare 17th century houses, one of which is our luncheon spot. Here we explore the friendly town and neighboring area. Our accommodation for 2 nights is here in town.

    Day 7The old way of living

    Visit a maritime museum in the northernmost town in the region, Bolungarvík and take a boat ride to an abandoned village located across the sound in the Hornstrandir nature preserve. On our return, a chance to experience a unique view from the top of a 600m high mountain nearby.

    Day 8Island of Vigur

    Morning sailing to Vigur island home to puffins and eider.  Amidst 18th century farmhouses stands Iceland’s only windmill. Back onto the mainland for lunch and explore nearby area.. Overnight at nearby farm guesthouse, with the nearby geothermal hot spring will give us a chance to relax our weary legs.

    Day 9The Glacier of the Westfjords

    We plan to trek close to Drangajökull, Westfjords’ only glacier. On our way to Strandir we will travel  through sparsely populated coastal farmland and moorland. Overnight at a comfortable county hotel with a hot pool and  spring.

    Day 10Witchcraft and siberian drift-wood

    Stroll through tiny and quaint village of Hólmavík. The nearby coast is home to the Icelandic harbor  and grey seals. While we seek them out we may spot accumulated driftwood, originating from as far away as Siberia. Then we head back to Reykjavik. Open night to dine, relax, and explore the city life.

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