Baldur Ferry from the Westfjords to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula | Via Flatey Island

Baldur Ferry from the Westfjords to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula | Via Flatey Island
Breiðafjörður is a beautiful bay, and the largest in Iceland.
Puffins occasionally nest in the islands of Breiðafjörður bay.
Seatours operates tours that access the Westfjords.
Iceland has many species of seabird, especially in summer.
The coast of Iceland has many beautiful geological formations.
The coasts of Iceland are best viewed by boat or ferry.
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Reach the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula from the Westfjords by ferry with this direct, convenient, affordable boat tour. This trip should not be missed by those eager to visit as many sites in Iceland as possible in a unique and stress-free way.

This ferry service begins in the port of Brjánslækur in the Westfjords, which serves as somewhat of a gateway to this remote and beautiful region. The Westfjords is the oldest and one of the remotest parts of the country, with unbelievable nature that all guests with enough time should try to visit.

The ferry, called Baldur, has space for guests to park their cars and a wealth of services for their enjoyment. Free wifi is available throughout the vessel, there is a restaurant called Bára that offers hot and cold food and drinks, and the Children’s Corner will keep the young ones entertained while the adults enjoy a beverage or the views out on deck. There are even designated areas where you can bring your pets.

The ferry Baldur takes approximately two and a half hours to cross Breiðafjörður bay. This shaves an hour off of the car journey and enables you to focus on the wonderful surrounding nature, not just the road ahead. The panoramas here are beautiful, revealing incredible fjords to the north and the spectacular volcanoes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to the south.

The bay is also littered with many islands, one of which is Flatey; a small, largely flat island with a history dating back almost a millennium. Once a cultural epicentre, it now just has five year-round residents, making it a true hidden gem of Iceland.

If you are taking the earlier boat in the summertime, you could opt to spend a few hours on the island to stretch your legs, enjoy the cafe or have a picnic in the fresh sea air before heading on to Stykkishólmur. Be sure to let a member of staff know of these plans as you board the boat.

As you sail across the bay, you can keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Though whales and dolphins are rarely found in these waters, you may spot seals and a wealth of seabirds, including white-tailed eagles.

Once your ferry arrives in Stykkishólmur, you can drive off and begin to explore another of Iceland’s beautiful regions, Snæfellsnes. Be sure, however, to have a little look around the peninsula’s largest town first, to take in its folklore, history and culture.

Make your journey travelling around Iceland a little more unique and exciting, and give yourself a few hours away from the wheel, by booking this ferry transfer now. Check availability by choosing a date


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 2,5 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Westfjords, Breiðafjörður, Snæfellsjökull, Snæfellsnes, Stykkishólmur
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 12:00. 12:15, 18:00, 19:00,

Brjánslækur
Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure.
Included:
  • Parking space for car

  • Transfer from Westfjords to Snaefellsnes Peninsula

  • Stop on Flatey Island

  • Meals and drinks


Good to know:

Please note that the ferry will not leave the harbour in the rare case that weather conditions do not allow.



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We loved every minute of it. The hotels were all great. Sometimes the itineraries weren't well planned in terms of driving distances, but that was only on a couple of days. In general, I think we would have appreciated even more suggestions and options. The main issue we had was the car that was rented for us felt very unsafe. It wasn't very sturdy on the winding roads with high winds. I wish we had been more informed in advance about road conditions, and given an option to upgrade to a sturdier vehicle.
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Our guide was just ok. When we received our itinerary we did not have reservations for one night. I called this to the guide’s attention and we got subpar accommodations at the Malahorn....not in Husavik where our guide information said we would be staying. In addition, we paid for quality rooms and I saw on the website that we were given comfort rooms for several nights. We made our reservation 8-9 months ahead and paid our monies. We should have been placed in quality rooms throughout the trip. We also paid extra for a car and hotel room on the front end. Our guide did not make the proper reservations so we had a hassle with Lava car rental upon arrival. Our guide has been in touch and refunded us for the car mixup. The overall itinerary was excellent, except for the Husavik area. We used Rick Steve’s and Lonely Planet as well. We purchased a waterproof map which came in handy. I would recommend adding an additional night in the Aukeryi area. We were rushed. We loved Iceland, the scenery was outstanding and the people were very friendly. Overall we had a good experience. I am not sure I can recommend Guide to Island to our friends, many of whom are looking to visit Iceland. We expected reservations to be made properly. If I had not read the itinerary and plotted our overnights we would have ended up without a reservation in the Husavik area.
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