3 Day Hiking & Sightseeing in the Westfjords & Strandir
Explore the most remote area of Iceland, the West Fjords of Iceland on this 3 day tour. You will see the beauty of Strandir, where you can go on hikes and relax in a thermal pool overlooking the vast sea, where you will feel at one with nature.
DAY 1 - Friday
Departure from Reykjavik in a minibus. What follows is a scenic ride along the ocean to the Westfjords. The landscape on the way is very picturesque, perfect for photo enthusiasts. We'll make a stop for a short hike on the way and then continue towards the fjords. Look out for some migratory birds, this area is rich in birdlife.
In the evening there is the option to go for a warm swim in a thermal swimming pool with gorgeous views to the Arctic Ocean.
DAY 2 - Saturday
On the second day there is an even better chance to explore the surrounding nature up close and personal.
We'll go for a hike along a river on the beach, towards a beautiful waterfall, and then we will hike above the fjords. In the evening there is the option to go again to the thermal pool.
DAY 3 - Sunday
After having breakfast at the hotel and checking out we will have the chance to take two short hikes.
Then we visit the quaint village of Hólmavík where we have lunch and visit the Witchcraft museum. Finally, we make our way back to Reykjavík.
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- Available: All year
- Duration: 3 days
- Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Bird watching
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Languages: English
The Westfjords are the westernmost part of Iceland and the whole of Europe. The Westfjords are home to some off the most beautiful natural gems and off the beaten track attractions in Iceland.
The Westfjords are a wide area stretching as a peninsula to the northwest of the mainland. The peninsula is all mountainous with numerous fjords of varying length.
The town Isafjordur in the fjord Skutulsfjordur serves as the capital of the region, with around 3000 inhabitants. There are many fishing villages in the fjords, as good fishing banks are found around the Wesfjords.
The agriculture is very scant, due to the steepness of the mountains and the lowland is limited. Below are some of the best natural attractions you can find in the Westfjords.
Hornstrandir nature reserve
Many places in the Westfjords are now deserted, such as the northernmost part of the peninsula: Hornstrandir. Hornstrandir is a holy place for travelers who seek solitude, wildlife, breathtaking scenery and great hiking trails. Don´t miss it if you´re looking for peacefulness.
Dynjandi ('Thunderous') is one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls. This is really a series of waterfalls, seven altogether, with a cumulative hight of 100 meters. The trapezoidal shape of its main uppermost tier is particularly notable (40 m wide at the top, 60 m at the bottom.
Europe’s westernmost part is in The Westfjords, the massive vertical seacliff Latrabjarg, over 400 meters high with millions of seabirds nesting there. In 1947 a British trawler stranded there. Local farmers managed to safe most of the fishermen by heaving them by rope 190 meters up into the air. This heroic deed has been filmed.
Raudisandur Beach & Sjounda
The beach by the cliff is called Raudisandur, rare for its pale red, almost pink sand. Along with many seabirds, the beach also features hundreds of seals.
Innermost of Raudisandur are the remnants of the farm Sjounda. At the beginning of the 19th century it was a site for one of Iceland’s most famous murder cases.
Two farmers lived there with there wives but the one farmer fell in love with the other's wife and she with him and they were later sentenced to death for murdering their spouses. This dramatic event later served as an inspiration for Icelandic author Gunnar Gunnarsson's masterful novel Svartfugl (The Black Cliffs).
Starting time : 09:00
hotel pick up (8:30-9:00) & drop off, guided tour in a minibus (max. 12 people), 2 nights of accommodation in a country hotel with breakfast, admission fee to the geothermal pool.
meals (other than 2x breakfast)
What to bring:
swimsuit and towel
Good to know:
The booking minimum is 4 persons for most departures.
If 4 persons have already booked, then there is no booking minimum for those departures.
Contact us if you want to be put on a waiting list.
Strandir is one of Iceland's secrets - the peaceful fjords with magnificent mountains that catch your eyes. Sun reflecting on the sea and mysterious fog touches the mountain tops just to remind you of the magic in the air. Seals, birds, a single surprised sheep or a curious horse welcome you together with the very few remaining inhabitants of the tiny villages along the way.
We will go on short or long hikes in the footsteps of farmers who used to walk the heaths to get provisions or doctor's help for their families, we visit deserted houses, go swimming in the great hot pool at Krossneslaug and maybe go fishing for supper. And if you need something, the local shop is open two hours a day.
A culinary experience is also awaiting you at the local restaurant.
Accommodation is in a small hotel just by the harbour.
From Reykjavik we head north by driving through the west part of Iceland.
We drive the coastline to the small town of Borgarnes where we turn more towards the inland, alongside one of Iceland’s most famous salmon rivers, Norðurá. We have the gracious cone-shaped mountain Baula in front of us, reddish in colour due to its rhyolite rock composition. We stop for refreshments by the harbour in the village Búðardalur.
After lunch we continue north and head for the Westfjords. On a good day you will be able to see the southern coast line of the West fjords all the way to Látrabjarg, the most western point of Europe.
From here there is a good view over the countless islands of Breidafjördur bay and the colourful skerries of Gilsfjörður as most of them are covered with seaweed. You may as well spot one of the boats that harvest kelp and rockweed from the bottom of Gilsfjörður Fjord for the seaweed processing plant at village Reykhólar.
A little north of Reykhólar we take a break at Borgarhólmur and a short hike, look out for eagles that nest in the hills or some movement in the bushes which indicates that a ptarmigan might also be taking a walk.
We head towards the village of Hólmavík that rests peacefully by a small fjord.
Now we have reached the Strandir area, the part of Iceland that for centuries was mostly known for the number of people that had the knowledge of witchcraft. We enjoy the view over the broad Húnaflói, named after the polar bear. In very cold winters this large fjord was filled with icebergs from Greenland and the Arctic Ocean, which made it easy for the polar bears to reach Iceland.
Ahead of us we see the steep and magnificent mountain hills that stand out into the sea. Don‘t forget to look out for seals who every now and then pop their head out of the sea close to the shore. The narrow road winds around the mountains by the coast but you need not worry; we won’t meet many cars on the way.
We make a stop in a couple of almost uninhabited villages on our way. As we embrace the stillness and silence we feel welcome to the isolated Westfjords. Yours is only to participate in their solitude for a while and let your mind at ease.
When we reach our destination, Norðurfjörður, we can decide if we go for a swim at the warm and cozy geothermal pool of Krossneslaug, or we have dinner first and then go to the pool to spend the evening watching the beams of sunlight reflect on the Arctic Ocean from inside the hot pool.
After breakfast we enjoy the surroundings by taking a walk on the beach but then we climb into our minibus and head still further to the remains of a huge decayed herring factory from the early sixties. It reminds us that this remote place used to be full of life and laughter and love – that lasted though only a few years as the herring disappeared.
From Ingólfsfjörður we drive on to Ófeigsfjörður – where the road ends - another deserted village.
We walk along river Hvalá and stop at the beautifull waterfall Hvalárfoss and hike up to the hill above the fjord and experience the heaths of the West Fjords, trying to imagine life a little more than half a century ago when people walked these heaths from one side of the country to another.
From here you can only continue by foot. No road, no people – just the ocean or the heath as far as you can see. You are alone in the world. Take a deep breath. Enjoy.
When we get back to Norðurfjörður we have another go at Krossneslaug thermal pool where we soak in the hot water looking forward to another gorgeous meal by our hosts. The night is always young in Iceland!
Today we leave Norðurfjörður behind and head back south. We start the tour slowly, take a short hike in Bjarnarfjörður that is so rich of growth. This time we go into the village at Hólmavík where we have lunch and walk around and visit the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft.
From Hólmavík we follow the coast line to the bottom of Hrútafjördur fjord, stopping at two places where the boats sailed for America in the late 19th century.
We drive on a mountain pass to Búðardalur.
Now we are getting closer to civilization again, but let’s adjust slowly and take a short mountain road, Rauðamelsheiði and savor still for a while the peacefulness of the wastelands where we stretch our legs on a short hike.
On this route we pass a couple of lakes filled with trout. When we are down on the lowlands we turn again to the seaside and make a break by Straumfjörður fjord, rich of birdlife and Álftafjörður where we visit the churchyard that is slowly disappearing to the ever powerful sea. We are in Reykjavik around 20:00.