Roads that wind around dramatic coastal fjords, over mountain ranges and pass by tiny fishing villages steeped in history and tradition, and barely driven by any of Iceland’s visitors. Come with us to explore one of the most remote and wild regions of Iceland. You will be fully immersed in the history, culture and nature of Iceland over four incredible days. Exploring the Westfjords is like exploring the final frontier of Iceland and what feels like the edge of the world. We will take advantage of the endless summer days in Iceland’s north as part of our small group adventure (maximum 8 guests) to create memories, friendships and experiences you will never forget.
The four day tour gives you the time to take in all the Westfjords have to offer. Walk up to the impressive Dynjandi waterfall, one of Iceland’s largest falls with multiple waterfalls to marvel at on the way. You’ll get to peer over the edge of the towering bird cliffs at Látrabjarg, the western most point in Iceland, keeping an eye out for the birds that call this home for the summer, including the ever so cute puffin. Visit a small island and cruise around the bays of Ísafjarðardjúp on the lookout for the abundant wildlife, including whales, puffins, seals and sea birds. Learn all about the history and ways of life in the historic homesteads, museums and tiny fishing towns scattered along the shores of the fjords. These fishing towns also give us access to some of the freshest seafood and produce to sample along the way. A major part of local life is taking advantage of the numerous hot pots and outdoor swimming pools, seemingly scattered all over the fjords. Taking in the spectacular scenery from these hot pools is unforgettable. This four day itinerary allows you to truly experience the wonders of Iceland.
– Walk along the 400 metre sea cliffs at Látrabjarg
– Scenic boat ride to the secluded island of Vigur
– Searching for puffins, arctic foxes, whales and free-roaming sheep
– Peer upwards at the 100m tall Dynjandi cascading waterfall
– Taste the local produce, from skyr and cheese to locally caught fish
– Driving along the deep scarred fjords. Every turn is breathtaking
– Step back in time to learn about Iceland’s Viking heritage
– The hidden experience in the least visited part of Iceland
Westfjords of Iceland | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Norris Niman | Feature
EURO / GBP Triple – €1,650 / £1,480
Double – €1,780 / £1,595
Single – €1,844 / £1,654
Included: All activities; Erpstaðir Dairy Farm tour and tastings, Eirikstadir Longhouse, Heydalur Greenhouse Hot Pool, Súðavík Arctic Fox Centre Guided Tour, Boat Tour from Ísafjörður. The hotels and guesthouses are picked for their comfort, location and authenticity. All with modern rooms, private bathrooms and breakfast. Pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik in a small group (maximum 8 guests), with our friendly English speaking guide who will explore all the fjords, waterfalls, sea cliffs and museums with you.
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After leaving Reykjavík we head north on Route 1, where we get a great introduction to the incredible landscapes we will see on this trip as as we pass by and under Hvalfjörður, the whale fjord. On the way north we will turn off and leave the route 1 traffic behind, continuing our way to the northwest, where we will make our first stop. At Erpstaðir Dairy Farm we will go on a guided tour by the farmer, getting to learn about life on a dairy farm in Iceland and to see how they make all their delicious Skyr, cheese and ice-cream. We get to sample all their wonderful produce they make right there on the farm. Next it is a short drive on to where we will have lunch for the day, getting to try typical Icelandic fare.
Before we continue north, we will take a guided tour of Eiríksstaðir, a recreated longhouse built on the very grounds that Erik the Red settled over 1000 years ago. This is a fantastic place to learn about Iceland’s rich Viking heritage. After lunch, we continue on, passing over mountains and wind our way along the coast until we reach the Guesthouse of Heydalur, tucked deep away in a secluded valley. Here is a small farm with horses, a greenhouse with hot pool and orchard. We take it easy, getting accustomed to the quieter pace of life on the farm by going for hikes in the spectacular scenery looking for arctic foxes, bathing in the geothermal pools on the farm and in the greenhouse or using the sauna. Before retiring for the night, or taking a stroll in the midnight sun, we have dinner at their wonderful restaurant, where we can taste fresh produce from the area. All the rooms have a private bathroom and include Heydalur’s delicious buffet breakfast.
The day to day | Day 2 of 4
Our second day starts with the delicious buffet breakfast from Heydalur, getting a taste of local produce and a typical Icelandic breakfast. After breakfast we dive deeper into the Westfjords, stopping in the town of Súðavík to learn all about the Arctic Fox. The fox has an interesting history in Iceland and we will get a guided tour of the Arctic Fox Centre by the passionate staff, before we check in on the resident foxes. From here we continue our trip west, heading toward the ‘capital of the Westfjords’. The town of Ísafjörður seems like a thriving metropolis compared to all the tiny fishing towns we have encountered so far. This 2,500 person town is situated in a truly picturesque setting. Here we will have lunch before we explore the beauty of the fjord in detail, by cruising around the waters on a guided boat tour. This breathtaking boat ride has us taking in all the spectacular views from a different angle, whilst giving us the chance to get close to whales, seals and the bird life that is abundant in these waters.
Back on dry land we will continue to explore the area around Ísafjörður, taking in the incredible scenery and views all around this town. We will have dinner at one of Iceland’s most revered restaurants, Tjöruhúsið. This family run restaurant is a must visit for any Icelander visiting the Westfjords as it offers some of the freshest and best seafood dishes in the country. After dinner we will leave town and go to our guesthouse for the night. It is only a short drive, by taking advantage of the tunnel that gets us through the mountains, into the next fjord. Driving through the gorgeous scenery of Önundarfjörður always leaves us speechless. We will spend the night here in the restored farmhouse of Kirkjuból, a cosy guesthouse set in rolling green fields and surrounded by towering mountains.
The day to day | Day 3 of 4
After an early breakfast on day three we set off for Dynjandi, which has to be one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls. This is a big statement with waterfalls seeming to be around every corner in Iceland. You will hike past many smaller falls on the way up to the larger falls of Dynjandi, the immense, cascading ribbons of water leaving every visitor in awe. The views from the top are equally impressive. We continue south toward the town of Bíldudalur, tucked deep away in massive fjords, often protecting this town from the afternoon sea breezes that prevail in the fjords. The drive to get here is spectacular with the often potholed mountain road slowing our drive, which allows us to better take in the breathtaking views that greet us over every mountain crest and around every corner.
We will have lunch in Bíldudalur before continuing to the southwestern town of Patreksfjörður where we will be staying tonight. Yet another fishing town with stunning views across the fjord. We will check into the delightful Hotel West. We will take advantage of the abundant daylight and head out to explore the Látrabjarg peninsula. The towering cliffs of Látrabjarg are the western most point of Iceland, dropping over 400 metres down into the rough seas of the North Atlantic Ocean below. These cliffs are a haven for seabirds, including the ever popular puffin (June to mid August). Being here in the evening is the best time for viewing these cute birds, as well as watching the sun almost set on the horizon. Another great photo stop is by the abandoned, run aground ship, Garðar BA 64. This old whaling ship, launched the same year as the Titanic, presents some stark photo opportunities within the scenery of the Westfjords. We return to rest in Patreksfjörður after another epic day in the west.
The day to day | Day 4 of 4
We will have a slightly later start after yesterday’s big day of exploring. After breakfast we start making our way back toward Reykjavik. The dramatic scenery of the Westfjords isn’t over yet as we continue winding our way around fjords and over mountains in the drive south. Before leaving the Westfjords we will stop in the town of Reykhólar, where they have taken advantage of the abundant geothermal heat in a number of ingenious ways. We can visit the Norður Salt factory, where they use geothermal heat to evaporate the sea water from the fjord to leave behind salt flakes that are in demand from restaurants around the world. Also here are the increasingly popular seaweed baths, hot water baths filled with seaweed extract to truly nourish the skin, as has been tradition in this area for generations (only available on select tours due to opening times). One last chance to truly relax before getting back to civilisation, and reality, of life in the capital of Reykjavík. We will stop off along the way but arrive in town in time for a late dinner, where the wonders of the past four days will only just be starting to settle in.
Good to know
This tour includes all activities each day and accommodation every night at our preferred guesthouse in each area, all including a delicious buffet breakfast, allowing you to rest easy and rejuvenate for another day exploring this amazing part of Iceland.
As with all our trips, be sure to bring along waterproof jackets and pants for the unpredictable Icelandic weather. Waterproof jackets and pants are available to hire. Make sure to order in the booking process or contact us directly.
All tours are charged in Icelandic Krona (ISK). Other currencies shown on the website are only indicative and are subject to currency fluctuations.