Small-Group 3-Day Guided Westfjords Sightseeing Tour with Reykjavik Transfers

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Description

Summary

Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Starting time
at 08:30
Duration
3 days
Ending place
Reykjavík, Iceland
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
June - Sept.
Minimum age
5 years old

Description

Explore the majestic landscapes of the Westfjords and Snaefellsnes Peninsula over three days on this sightseeing tour with departures from Reykjavik. Travelers keen to discover one of Iceland's most beautiful off-the-beaten-track destinations and enjoy its spectacular natural wonders and cultural attractions should book this tour now.

In 2022, the Westfjords was recognized with the prestigious "Best in Travel" award by Lonely Planet, and for a good reason. The region has impressive mountains that loom over clear, azure fjords. It also boasts quaint fishing villages, breathtaking bird-filled cliffs, and captivating waterfalls. 

During this tour, you'll travel in a comfortable minibus with a small group of up to 19 people. A small-group experience allows for an excellent service level from your experienced, English-speaking guide.

This unbeatable three-day Westfjords tour covers all the essentials. The price includes two nights of bed and breakfast accommodation in a double or twin room and museum entry fees. Solo travelers must select a single supplement when booking.

On day one, you'll see the Gerduberg cliffs, a fascinating wall of hexagonal basalt columns. Then admire the picturesque beauty of the charming Raudamelskirkja church before visiting the Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum for a unique glimpse into Iceland's fishing heritage.

Next, it's time for a scenic ride on the Baldur Ferry from Stykkisholmur on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula to Brjanslaekur on the Westfjords. Finally, you'll head to Patreksfjordur village to spend the night.

After breakfast on day two, your driver will take you to the Latrabjarg cliffs, renowned for their dramatic vistas and prime birdwatching opportunities. The day's itinerary also includes visits to Raudasandur, a vibrant red-sand beach, and the magnificent Dynjandi waterfall, one of the country's most stunning waterfalls. You'll stay the night in Isafjordur, the unofficial Westfjords capital.

On your final day, you'll travel through an astonishing seven fjords! Your guide will allow you plenty of time to look for wildlife like whales and seals at various viewpoints. Ensure your camera is ready to capture the essence of the remote and glorious Hornstrandir nature reserve.</p>

During the journey back to Reykjavik, your group will stop at Eiriksstadir, a Viking Longhouse, for a taste of history. You should arrive at your Reykjavik accommodation between 20:00 to 21:00.</p>

This unbeatable three-day Westfjords tour covers all the essentials. The price includes two nights of bed and breakfast accommodation in a double or twin room, a ferry ticket, and museum entry fees. Solo travelers can select a single supplement when booking.

Don't miss the opportunity to experience the best of the Westfjords on this three-day, small-group sightseeing tour, including bed and breakfast accommodation and Reykjavik transfers. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

Professional guided tour in English
Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik
Accommodation for two nights in a double/twin room with private bathroom and breakfast included
Minibus transportation with free Wi-Fi and USB chargers
Museum entry fees

Activities

Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Bird watching

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Your three-day tour includes a boat trip from the Snaefellsnes Peninsula to the Westfjords.

Day 1 - Reykjavik and Southern Westfjords

Our journey begins with a comfortable pick-up from the capital, setting off towards the Southern Westfjords. Immerse yourself in Viking history as we visit Eiriksstaðir, a fascinating glimpse into the local heritage.

Then, we embark on a scenic coastal drive to our overnight stay in the Patreksfjörður area, passing by the enchanting Coastall Cliffs, the gateway to the Westfjords. Along the way, we'll explore the Vatnsfjörður Natural Reserve, a haven of canyons and cascading waterfalls. Optional bathing in the geothermal pool at Birkimel bay, known as Krosslaug, offers a rejuvenating experience. Lastly, we'll marvel at the imposing Kleifaheiði monument, perched atop one of the region's many mountain passes.

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Day 2
Dynjandi waterfall is known as the Jewel of the Westfjords.

Day 2 - Westfjords Top Attractions

After a nourishing breakfast to start your day, the group will head off for another epic day of sightseeing. The first point of interest is the Gardar shipwreck, an intriguing coastal landmark amid a beautiful setting. This abandoned vessel once served as a whaling ship, offering visitors a glimpse into Iceland's maritime history.

The adventure continues along gravel roads to the Latrabjarg cliffs. This remarkable natural treasure lies on Iceland’s westernmost point. The towering cliffs boast unbeatable ocean views and are home to various bird species, including the famous Atlantic puffin.

Raudisandur red sand beach is next on the agenda. This secluded beach is known for its unusual reddish-golden sand, and it’s a picture-perfect site to behold with its towering cliffs and clear waters. Raudisandur is a real hidden gem and an excellent spot for a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Your group will then head north to Dynjandi waterfall, making two stops along the way. After seeing the pretty Fossfjordur waterfall, get ready for the jaw-dropping presence of Dynjandi. It could be the most memorable site on your Westfjords tour and is a bucket list attraction for many travelers to Iceland.

Also known as "The Jewel of the Westfjords," Dynjandi boasts power and beauty as it tumbles down a series of terraces and creates a mesmerizing mist. With its remote and unspoiled location, the Dynjandi waterfall is one of Iceland’s must-visit natural attractions.

The journey continues toward Isafjordur, stopping first to appreciate the superb views from the Onundarfjordur pier. Capture photos of yourself with the calm fjord waters and awe-inspiring mountains as your backdrop for memories to last a lifetime.

Tonight you’ll stay in Isafjordur, the largest Westfjords settlement. People love this charming town for its outdoor activities, cultural attractions, and delicious cuisine. You can choose somewhere to enjoy a tasty dinner before relaxing at your accommodation for the evening.

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Day 3
Eiriksstadir is a turf-roofed longhouse.

Day 3 - Seven Fjords, a Viking Longhouse, and Back to Reykjavik

Final day start with ride via 5km long tunnel that transports us to the picturesque fishing town of Bólugnvarvik. From there, we'll embark on a mountain road towards Bolafjall, a majestic peak standing at 638m. Prepare to be amazed as we walk along a viewing platform that overlooks dramatic cliffs, offering panoramic views that will leave you in awe.

As we make our way back to Ísafjörður, we'll make a stop at the enchanting Ósvör Fishing Village. This collection of turf-roofed buildings exudes charm and offers a glimpse into Iceland's rich maritime history. Our next stop is the Óshólaviti Lighthouse, a beacon of light that has guided sailors for generations.

Leaving Ísafjörður behind, get ready to feast your eyes on one breathtaking view after another. Our journey will take us along the mesmerizing coastline, where you'll be treated to captivating vistas of fjords, mountains, and glaciers. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive Arctic foxes, the only native land mammal in Iceland, as they roam the Hornstrandir wildlife preserve. If luck isn't on your side, don't worry! You can still visit the Arctic Fox Center and contribute to the protection of these beautiful creatures.

Driving along the coastline, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of fjords, mountains, and glaciers stretching as far as the eye can see. Don't forget to look out for charming seal colonies, salmon farms, and traditional turf-roofed huts along the way. And don't worry about missing out on the best viewpoints – we'll make sure to stop at the most incredible spots, taking into account the visibility on the day.

Hvitanes, one of the most accessible places to spot seals in the Westfjords, will be a highlight of our journey. Prepare to be captivated by these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. And before we bid farewell to the Westfjords, we'll make a stop at Gervidalsá, a picturesque rock canyon with a mesmerizing waterfall just a stone's throw away from the road.

Heading back towards Reykjavík, we'll make one final stop at the breathtaking Grábrók Volcanic Craters. Take a moment to stretch your legs and climb the stairs to enjoy the stunning views from multiple platforms. It's the perfect way to end your unforgettable journey through the untamed beauty of the Westfjords!

 

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What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Good hiking shoes (available for rent if needed)
Camera
Swimwear and towel - needed for optional visit at swiminning pools

Good to know

Each traveler can bring one small carry-on-sized suitcase or backpack for the trip. Please leave additional luggage at your accommodation in Reykjavik if possible. If you need extra baggage, the tour operator can accommodate it for an extra fee, either on the minibus or in a luggage trailer.

Solo travelers must select a single supplement for accommodation.

If activities need to be canceled due to weather or safety reasons, the tour operator will arrange new activities where possible. Alternatively, they will refund the fee for the canceled activities or any applicable price difference.

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