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Best Fjord Tours in Iceland

Iceland's 109 stunning fjords offer a unique and captivating experience for travelers. These U-shaped inlets, carved out by glacier tongues, are primarily clustered in the Eastfjords and Westfjords, with a few in the North and near Reykjavik. Fjords are not just geographical features; they are gateways to Iceland's natural wonders.

The best way to explore these Icelandic marvels is through fjord tours. A self-drive tour stands out as the top choice, allowing you to set your own pace and personalize your itinerary while navigating the ring road. This flexibility lets you immerse yourself in the diverse beauty of each fjord, from the inner, mountain-hemmed sea bottoms to the wider, open-mouthed bays.

These fjords, unique to Iceland, are not to be confused with their freshwater counterparts in Norway and New Zealand. The Icelandic fjords are all connected to the ocean, making them saltwater havens. As you journey through these fjords, you'll encounter stunning landscapes, with steep mountains, glaciers, and cascading waterfalls reflecting in the serene waters.

Iceland's fjord tours offer a range of scenery unparalleled by any other destination. While Norway's fjords are adorned with trees, Iceland's barren yet enchanting fjords boast moss-covered hillsides, vibrant grounds, and countless waterfalls. 

Whether you opt for a guided tour or a self-drive adventure, these fjords will immerse you in Iceland's raw and untamed beauty, making your journey an unforgettable exploration of nature's wonders.

Frequently asked questions

What is a fjord?

Created by glacial erosion, a fjord is a long and narrow inlet of land with cliffs or mountains on each side. If the inlet's mouth is broader than its length, it is considered a bay or a cove, not a fjord.

What is the best fjord tour in Iceland?

The best fjord tour in Iceland is this 14-day budget self-drive tour of the complete Ring Road of Iceland with Myvatn & the Westfjords. Explore Iceland in two weeks and visit Iceland's iconic attractions and breathtaking landscapes with this comprehensive and affordable self-drive package.

Is it worth it to take a fjord tour in Iceland?

Absolutely, taking a fjord tour in Iceland is undoubtedly worth it. These tours showcase the country's unparalleled natural beauty, offering a unique perspective on the stunning landscapes and captivating fjords. The experience provides a memorable and immersive journey into Iceland's raw and untouched wilderness.

What is the cheapest fjord tour in Iceland?

The cheapest fjord tour in Iceland is this exciting 2.5-hour whale-watching tour in North Iceland from Hauganes, which costs around 85 USD per person. On this tour of Eyjafjordur fjord, one of Iceland’s longest fjords, you’ll see different kinds of whales on board an oak boat.

When is the best time to go on fjord tours?

The best time to go on fjord tours in Iceland is during the summer months, from June to August, when the weather is relatively mild and the roads are more accessible. This period offers extended daylight hours, providing ample time to explore the stunning landscapes of the fjords.

However, if you prefer fewer crowds and a chance to witness the northern lights, late winter and early spring, from February to April, can also be a rewarding time for fjord tours, although conditions may be more challenging.

Summer fjord tours include this customizable eight-day summer self-drive tour of Iceland's Westfjords & Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the 10-day summer self-drive tour to Iceland’s remote Northwest with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords, and this guided 11-day midnight sun photography workshop in Iceland’s Westfjords.

During winter, you can take this two-day northern lights winter break in Iceland’s Westfjords with flights from Reykjavik.

Which fjords are best for puffin spotting?

Migrating puffins build their nests in rocky cliffs by the sea, and their habitats are not limited to Iceland’s fjords. Optimal locations for puffin spotting include Mt. Latrabjarg at the westernmost point of the Westfjords, Ingolfshofdi cape on the South Coast, the islands Dyrholaey and Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) and Borgarfjordur fjord in the Eastfjords.

Are there fjord tours for animal lovers?

Yes, there are. For whale lovers, there is a whale-watching tour where you’ll get to witness the gentle giants of the Icelandic seas onboard an environmentally friendly oak boat.

You'll ride a beautiful Icelandic horse in the morning and take a fascinating whale-watching tour in the afternoon on this scenic eight-hour horse riding & whale watching day tour with transfer from Reykjavik.

For a different kind of experience, join this challenging eight-day horse riding adventure on the Eastfjords of Iceland and explore the hidden valleys of East Iceland on horseback.

Are there fjord tours in Iceland that focus on relaxation?

Yes, indeed. Iceland offers fjord tours that cater to relaxation and leisure, allowing you to unwind amidst the breathtaking natural beauty of the country's fjords.

Enjoy the luxurious hot spring experience by availing this admission to Hvammsvik hot springs near Reykjavik, regarded as the #1 place to visit in 2023 by TimeOut.

Elevate your trip to North Iceland with a relaxing geothermal bathing experience surrounded by forests and a fjord by booking this entrance to the Forest Lagoon in North Iceland.

What are the Westfjords?

The Westfjords
are an administrative district in Iceland, covering a vast peninsula which boasts dozens of mountainous fjords. The Westfjords include Iceland’s northwestern-most point which faces the east coast of Greenland. Because of the lack of lowland areas, the Westfjords are sparsely populated, relative to their grand size, and are only home to approximately 7,400 inhabitants.

What are the Eastfjords?

The Eastfjords are a large region in East Iceland, which consists of a dozen fjords. The area is home to around 15,300 people, and the largest town is Egilsstadir.

Why aren't there any fjords in South Iceland?

Due to glacial outbursts over the past 10,000 years, sediments deposited by meltwater outwash, at the terminus of a glacier, formed vast outwash plains or “sandar” on Iceland’s South Coast. Underneath the soil, there rests the vast lava field Þjórsárhraun. The edges of the lava field reach several hundred metres offshore, thereby protecting the lowland from the invasion of the sea, resulting in the shoreline’s smooth appearance.

How did Iceland's fjords come into existence?

During the last ice age, enormous glaciers carved out Iceland's eastern and western coastlines, creating valleys and fjords. Volcanic activity under the glaciers stacked up mountains and ridges, and during periods of warmth, the lava flowed over. When the glaciers melted, the land rose quickly, and the top part of the soil became lighter. This process led to creating the alpine landscape of the Eastfjords and the Westfjords.

How many fjords are there in Iceland?

There are 109 fjords in Iceland.

Why are there so many towns by Icelandic fjords?

There are multiple reasons for this. One is that since Iceland's Highlands are all but uninhabitable, most people choose to live by the seaside; another is that fjords provide ideal spots to build harbours because the mountains and cliffs on each side provide wind-shelter and mild waters.
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