Journey beginning and ending at Reykjavik, Iceland tours
On request: 2020-05-01 to 2020-09-30 starting from $5602 AUD
Available: 2021-05-01 to 2021-09-30 starting from $5879 AUD
Take a journey into the Icelandic countryside, self-driving the sparsely populated Westfjords region. Isolated, rugged and wind-shorn: these are qualities that easily define the Westfjords in Iceland. But this lonely peninsula also harbours the unspoilt beauty of Iceland’s more secluded landmarks. Explore the levels of the Dynjandi waterfalls, visit the bird cliffs of Látrabjarg and wait for the returning fishing boats in the harbours to unload the ‘catch of the day’.
Get off the beaten track – the oldest and wildest part of Iceland is ready to welcome you.
Day 1 – Arrive Reykjavik and transfer into town
On arrival, make your own way to the hotel. After settling in, start exploring this lovely capital. Be sure to check out the design stores and cool cafes in central Reykjavik.
In the evening you can enjoy a gourmet dinner at one of Reykjavik’s many fine restaurants – taste the fresh Atlantic seafood or free-range lamb that Iceland is famous for.
Day 2 – Reykjavik – optional activities such as ‘Inside the Volcano’ tour
Reykjavik is an easy city to explore on foot or bike. Feel the fresh air on your face with a visit the harbour and perhaps enjoy a food tour of this small capital. If you’re interested in experiencing the city’s thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.
Optional day tours include the ‘Inside the Volcano’ or the ‘Inside the Glacier’ tour which we would recommend booking before you travel.
Day 3 – Golden Circle Drive and then stay in a small fishing village
Pick up your car today and before heading west, drive the Golden Circle: erupting hot springs at Geysir, Gullfoss waterfalls and Þingvellir National Park. The Gullfoss waterfalls are Iceland’s most popular and easily accessible from Reykjavik, therefore, rather crowded in the peak season. These two-tiered waterfalls are spectacular and involve a short walk from the car park.
Þingvellir is one of the most frequently visited tourist sites in Iceland where you can become better acquainted with Iceland’s history and traditions. You can join guided tours of the site and also find short hiking trails to help you explore Þingvellir National Park.
At your leisure, head towards your stay tonight in a small fishing town by the beautiful Breiðafjörður with it´s numerous islands. Everything is within walking distance from your hotel such as museums, restaurants, the swimming pool and the beautiful harbour; the gateway to Breidafjordur Bay.
Day 4 – Explore Snæfellsjökull glacier and it´s surrounding area
Options today include exploring Snæfellsjökull glacier and it´s surrounding area. You can take an organised tour to reach the top of the glacier by either ski touring, ice-climbing or on a SnowCat.
From the top of the glacier it´s possible to go underground while exploring Vatnshellir Cave, an 8000 years old lava tube. It´s also possible to go horseback riding and birdwatching today.
Just thirty minutes away is the town Grundarfjörður where Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland, is located. Go for a boat ride touring Breidafjordur Bay with it´s innumerable islands, it´s various wildlife and try some local sushi.
Day 5 – Ferry to Brjánslækur, visit the bird cliffs at Látrabjarg or have a swim down by the harbour
This morning, board a ferry from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur. On arrival, you can visit the natural hot springs at Hellalaug that look over the fjords, a short five minute drive from the ferry port. Afterwards head toward Europe’s most westerly town, Patreksfjörður and take a dip in the water front swimming pool. Keen birders can head out at dusk to the Látrabjarg cliffs. Be sure to check with the locals about the condition of the gravel road out to the cliffs before you leave.
Your hotel this evening is centrally located and family run. Situated close to the water, head down to the fishing harbor in the early afternoon when boats get back with their day catch, making the fish market active or first thing the next day as the boats head out to sea.
Day 6 – Explore Dynjandi waterfall on your way to Westfjords main town, Ísafjörður
There are lots of different options for today but the route we suggest is driving via Bíldudalur and doing the sea cliff drive to the Samúel Jónson’s naive art museum in Selárdalur. This drive is very scenic – check out the google map directions before you go!!
If sea monsters is your thing, stop in Bíldudalur to visit the Sea Monster museum.
Next stop is the Dynjandi waterfall – one of Iceland’s most impressive & majestic waterfalls, and often considered the icon of The Westfjords. There are seven levels to explore.
Day 7 – Ísafjörður optional activities – go hiking, boating or sea kayaking
Today is set aside for you for optional excursions. A golf course, hiking and biking trails, horse riding, bird watching, skiing and kayaking are all within an easy reach. Ferries to Hornstrandir Nature Reserve depart from Ísafjörður daily during the summer months.
Day 8 – Head back towards Route 1 and Reykjavik, stopping along the way at quirky museums and natural hot springs
A longer day of driving today gets you back to Route 1. If visiting hot tubs is on your bucket list, deviate slightly to visit the three cute square jacuzzi tubs on the side of the road overlooking the beach in Drangsnes, and there are even fancy change rooms across the road. Afterwards, you can have a coffee at the Hólmavík witchcraft museum and have another hot springs dip at Gvenarlaug next door, a beautiful rock-lined and very hot outdoor pool.
Day 9 – Day exploring Borgarfjordur – lava fields, waterfalls or into the Glacier
After breakfast, explore the surrounding area. Start with the Hraunfossar waterfalls; which cascade gloriously from underneath the edge of a lava field and spill into the glacial river Hvítá. A geothermal bath is also located on the grounds of your hotel.
Optional tour ‘Into the Glacier’ can be included today – it is just down the road. Hiking, Ice Caving, Golfing and Flightseeing can be included.
Be sure to enjoy new Nordic Cuisine and great views at the hotel’s restaurant.
Day 10 – Drive to the Blue Lagoon
After breakfast, at your leisure, make your way to the Blue Lagoon, the ultimate hot spring experience. Set in the heart of a stunning lava landscape, Silica Hotel is a just ten-minute walk from the Blue Lagoon. The hotel offers its own private bathing lagoon, which is available for hotel guests every day from 09:00 to 22:00.
Day 11 – Departure day
After breakfast, return your car at the airport and fly to your next destination.
- Rental manual car for 9 days Car type B (VW Golf or similar), with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance
- GPS included
- Accommodation outside of Reykjavik in small hotels with private facilities and breakfast included
- 2 nights in Reykjavik central downtown hotel, breakfast included or similar
- Ferry ticket
- Blue Lagoon entrance included
- Rental car return to Reykjavik airport
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- Inside the Volcano tour (half day tour) and Jokulfirdir tour
- Extra car insurance, such as S-CDW and gravel protection. If you are planning on driving to the Látrabjarg bird cliffs, you will be on gravel.
- If you wish to hire an automatic car, these are ‘on request’ and can be difficult to obtain. Please seek further advice with us.
- Transfers from airport to hotel on Day 1. We can arrange a private transfer if you wish.
- Flight tickets to/from start and end points, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
To find out more or to book this incredible tour, contact Globetrotter Lifestyle today!