Touring in the West and Westfjords of Iceland
After confirming the tour, you will get a full google maps itinerary for all the routes. We can change the itinerary according to your wishes.
Arrival in Keflavík. Pick up a car at Europcar station in Keflavík Airport.
Activity suggestions on the way from airport to hotel:
- Blue Lagoon – https://www.bluelagoon.com/
- Walk to the active volcano in Geldingardalir
Activity suggestions in Reykjavík:
- Downtown stroll in Reykjavík: from Reykjavíkurtjörn, Skólavörðustígur, Hallgrímskirkja, Laugarvegur.
- Visit Perlan and some of the exhibition: https://www.perlan.is/en-gb
- Bath in Sky lagoon: https://www.skylagoon.com/
- Do a whale watching tour: https://elding.is/
- Fly over Iceland: https://www.flyovericeland.com/
Night 1: Accommodation downtown Reykjavík.
Drive from Reykjavík to Borgarnes, stop in Englendingavík in Borgarnes for a strech out and walk along the ocean. In Borgarnes there is also a nice museum called The Settlement Centre: http://www.landnam.is/eng/and a nice swimming pool.
Drive around Snæfellsnes peninsula
Búðir and Búðakirkja: On the south coast of the peninsula, there’s a village with only a hotel and a tiny black church called the Búdakirkja that sits alone among a field of lava rocks. Búdakirkja was built on the spot in1703 and reconstructed in 1987 after a claim by a single member that lobbied to have it back. It has a historic graveyard, a bell and chalice from the time it was erected. It is a listed building, owned by the National Museum of Iceland, but it is in the care of the Búdir parish. Without a doubt, this picturesquechapel has a romantic air about it and is a real attraction to the site.
Gatklettur: This tiny fishing village of Arnarstapi has picturesque coastal cliffs which derived from glowing magma hitting the wild waves of the Atlantic. Known in Iceland as the most beautiful harbor of the country. Thousands of years later erosion has formed beautiful stone arcs and a remarkable marine geyser. Enjoy a walk along the coastline.
Lóndrangar: The Lóndrangar are a pair of rock pinnacles in Iceland and are remnants from a bigger crater which has mostly eroded away. Looming over the entire southern coastline, Lóndrangar, a set of 75-meter high basalt pinnaclesset the tone for what’s to come. They host a variety of seabirds, northern fulmars and puffins, and others.
Djúpalónssandur: A beach of black volcanic sand and stones where for centuries Icelandic fishermen rowed out to the fertile fishing grounds of the Atlantic ocean. Still today we find the so-called “lifting stones” which fishermen of yore used to test out their strength and prove themselves worthy of the physically straining life of Atlantic rowboat fishing. You can try to lift them yourself! In 1948 a British fishing trawler stranded on the sand reefs of Djúpalónssandur. Five men perished while 14 were rescued by local rescue squads. The remains of the ship are still there, strewn across the beach as an eerie reminder of the awesome power of nature.
Saxhólar: Formed over 4,000 years ago, this volcanic crater has now been made accessible via an iron staircase giving you the option of hiking it. The hike is not too challenging and gives you a 360° view of the lava fields with Snæfellsjökull glacier looming over.
Kirkjufell: This iconic narrow mountain has become the landmark of Snæfellsnes in recent years. It became famousafter being presented as the “Arrowhead Mountain” on Game of Thrones. The erosive powers of the glaciers during the last ice age about 12,000 years ago gave this mountain its shape. Due to this unique look, it is one of the most photographed sights in Iceland and just across you will see the beautiful waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss which completes your perfect shot of the mountain.
Night 2: Accommodation in Stykkishólmur.
Drive from the ferry station to the main road and take a turn to right.
Very nice natural hot spring pool is to be found just 5 min drive from the ferry station: https://goo.gl/maps/zpcf1TDHCCTdP51G8
Very nice natural hot spring pool Hellulaug, is to be found very close to Flókalundur hotel.
There are many nice hikes in Vatnsfjörður Nature Reserve. We recommend a hike up the waterfalls Þingmannafossar.
Drive along Barðaströnd coast to Patreksfjörður.
Activity suggestions in Patreksfjörður and Tálknafjörður:
- Kajak og try out SUP paddle boards in Patreksfjörður
- Get a good suggestion for a great biking route in the area.
- Stop by at a self-service fishing booth in Tálknafjörður
- Bath in a natural hot spring pool in Tálknafjörður
- Bike from Tálknafjörður to the natural hot spring pool of Pollurinn.
Night 3: Accommodation in Patreksfjörður or Bíldudalur.
Drive to Rauðasandur, Garðar BA and Látrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff and the western-most point of Iceland. Enjoy the amazing bird life (bird season is from mid-April until beginning of August), incredible nature and the stillness and pristine beauty of Rauðasandur, one of Iceland’s best kept secrets. We will tell you if it is better to start with Rauðasandur og Látrabjarg cliff, as it depends on the tides.
We recommend a visit to Hnjótur museum, a visit to Keflavík, lunch at Hótel Breiðavík…and a stroll at the beautiful Breiðavík beach and a visit to the secret waterfall, Svuntufoss.
Night 4: Accommodation in Patreksfjörður or Bíldudalur.
Head to Dynjandi waterfall (45 min drive) and do not skip to hike all the way up to the highest point of the waterfall. From the waterfall, head to Geirþjófsfjörður and Reykjafjörður where you will pass another natural hot spring pool, just by the road.
Activity suggestions on the way to Ísafjörður:
- Visit the outdoor museum in Selárdal and some beautiful white sand beaches and deep valleys on the way.
- Go sea angling in Bíldudalur
- Visit Skrímslasetrið in Bíldudalur
- Try the famous fish and chips in Vegamót, Bíldudalur
- Rent a mountain bike in Þingeyri and bike along Sléttanes Horse riding from Þingeyri
- Drive up Bolungarfjall in Bolungarvík.
- Visit the small fishing villages of the northern Westfjords: Flateyri, Suðureyri, Súðavík
- Backcountry skiing in Ísafjörður
- Stroll around Ísafjörður, the capital of the Westfjords.
Night 5: Accommodation in Ísafjörður
In Hvítanes in Ísafjarðardjúp there is a great possibility of seeing some seals.
Visit Glanni in Borgarfjörður: The Glanni Waterfall on the Norðurá River is said to be the dwelling place of elves and trolls. However, during our visit, we noticed that this waterfall was situated near a golf course nearby an old lava flow (called the Grábrókarhraun lava field) and the hamlet of Bifröst. The falls was one of those wide river-type waterfalls that we saw quite a few of in the country, but this one segmented into at least three side-by-side drops as well as eachone having multiple tiers.
Hike up Grábrók crater: Grábrók is the largest of three craters within the same volcanic fissure. The fissure is onlyabout 7 kilometres (4,3 miles) in length with the average thickness of 20 metres (66 feet). As the last eruption happened, the lava dammed the river Norðurá and pushed it east up the valley. The lava, known as Grábrókarhraun, also dammed the valley, which is now, consequently, Lake Hreðavatn.
Nice geothermal baths in Krauma: https://www.krauma.is/
Night 6: Accommodation in Borgarfjörður
Drive to Hraunfossar and Húsafell.
Head to Reykjavík and Keflavík
Hraunfossar: Hraunfossar – Lava Falls – are beautiful and unusual natural phenomena. Clear, cold springs of subterranean water seep through the lava and run as tiny waterfalls and rapids into the Hvita River.
Hraunfossar have been protected since 1987.
There is a viewpoint at the car park offering an amazing view over the Lava Falls and Hvita River. Restaurant and souvenir shop open all year round.
Short detour from Mosfellsbær to Þingvellir national park if you feel like it.