WILD WESTFJORDS
4 DAY TOUR

From 249,990 ISK
(US$2,049 / €1,675 / £1,455)

Minimum numbers (4 people) have been met on the following dates:
July 7th-10th, 2021
August 9th-12th, 2021
June 1st-4th, 2022!

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 semi-private 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 westernmost 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.

Scroll down for a day to day breakdown of the itinerary!

Tour Highlights

– 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 breath-taking
– Step back in time to learn about Iceland’s Viking heritage
– The hidden experience in the least visited part of Iceland

Tour Highlights

OPERATES
June – August
(September, by request)

PICK UP TIME
8:30 AM

DURATION
4 days

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Easy

GROUP SIZE
Semi Private
Min 4 / Max 8

MINIMUM AGE
8 years old

PRICE – ISK
Triple – 249,990 ISK
Double – 269,990 ISK
Single – 279,990 ISK

USD
Triple – $2,049
Double – $2,215
Single – $2,298

EURO / GBP
Triple – €1,670 / £1,455
Double – €1,810 / £1,567
Single – €1,875 / £1,628

Included
All activities; Erpstaðir Dairy Farm tour and tastings, Eiriksstaðir Viking 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 Reykjavík 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.

Excluded
Lunches and dinners. 

Booking of this tour is subject to confirmation, based on the availability of accommodation on your selected dates. Please book by room type. Select single room if you are travelling by yourself, if you are a couple then book a double room, etc.

Less than four?

Then join us when our minimum booking numbers have been met on the following dates. If your preferred day isn’t open to book get in touch!

August 9th-12th, 2021
June 1st – 4th, 2022

For choosing your PICKUP LOCATION please read this important information.

The day to day | Day 1 of 4

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 roughly a 1 hour drive to where we will have lunch for the day depending on what your guide suggests.

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 (dinner not included).

Valleys of Westfjords of Iceland | Wild Westfjords Tour | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Norris Niman

The day to day | Wild Westfjords Day 2 of 4

Our second day starts easy with the delicious buffet breakfast from Heydalur, getting a taste of local produce and a typical Icelandic breakfast. Take the time to wander the grounds in the early morning before 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. Please note that this is a rescue centre and not a zoo, so it isn’t guaranteed that a fox will be in need of rescue that summer. There often is though.

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 to Vigur Island (or another neighbouring island).

This tiny island has us taking in all the spectacular views from a different angle, whilst giving us the chance to get close to seals and the bird life that is abundant around these waters. At the right time in the summer you will be treated to close ups of Atlantic puffins, Arctic tern, Guillemot and the odd common seal. Please note, from mid-August the bird life diminishes greatly on the island. Not to worry though, the views, the guided tour along the coast and the fantastic island-grown-rhubarb jam make this a trip to remember.

Back on dry land, we will have dinner at one of Iceland’s most revered restaurants, Tjöruhúsið (not included). 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. Alternative dinner reservations will be made for vegetarian friendly trips. After dinner we will leave town and go to our guesthouse for the night into the next fjord. Driving through the gorgeous scenery of Önundarfjörður always leaves us speechless. We will spend the night here at Hótel Holt or another cosy guest house in the rolling green fields and surrounded by towering mountains.

The day to day | Wild Westfjords 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. Next, we continue up into the mountains 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 continue 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 or another harbour side hotel. We will then take advantage of the abundant daylight and head out to explore the Látrabjarg peninsula. The towering cliffs of Látrabjarg are the westernmost point of Iceland, dropping over 400 metres directly 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). Depending on the weather you can walk along the cliff edge for a seemingly endless amount of time before turning back. Don’t get too close though! 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 | Wild Westfjords Day 4 of 4

After breakfast we start making our way back toward Reykjavik. Today is all about the scenic drive. Trust us, the dramatic scenery of the Westfjords isn’t over yet! We continue winding our way around fjords and over mountains in the drive south. Before leaving the Westfjords your guide will delight in stopping off at their own favourite viewpoints to break up the drive south.

Before we get too far south, 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. In the afternoon we will get to the impressive 170m Grábrók crater where we will walk along the top of the crater edge while taking in the incredible 360 degree view of the historic lava fields in the area. We arrive back in Reykjavík in the early evening where the wonders of the past four days will only just be starting to settle in.

Valleys of Westfjords of Iceland | Wild Westfjords Tour | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Norris Niman

 

Good to know

This tour includes all activities each day and accommodation every night at our preferred stays 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.

To alter this tour to be a private tour contact us through the contact form or email info@hiddeniceland.is.

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