Wild West Westfjords
The wildest Iceland, the Westfjords are home to nesting puffin and hot springs for soaking.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeDiscovery, Family, Guided Tours, Short Breaks, Trekking
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
Join us for a very special four day tour of the Wild West of Iceland: the Westfjords. This area of Iceland has some of the most remote towns, windy and narrow dirt roads, and friendliest people. It is also host to large nesting Puffin colonies that are accessible from land – the Látrabjarg Cliffs. In the early summer (May – June) the birds are building and roosting in these colonies and as part of our 4-day adventure we have a chance to visit with them up close and personal. On this May trip there are very few people in the Westfjords so we will have the birds to ourselves!
Other trip highlights:
Seabirds and nature of Flatey Island
Visit the oldest, most remote parts of Iceland
(Waterfall of the Thundering Noise)
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners & dining
- All accommodation
- All transportation once in Iceland including internal
- Expert tour and trekking guides for entire journey
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Liquors, beers and alcoholic beverages
- Flights to Iceland
Arrival in Iceland
Typically, flights into Iceland arrive early in the morning. We will arrange transportation for you to get from the airport to the hotel in Reykjavik after you land. You will be able to leave your bags at the desk while you explore Reykjavik until check-in time. Our first meet-up of the Big Chill Adventure team will be in the hotel lobby that evening, and then we head out for dinner at our favorite restaurant in Reykjavik. After dinner everyone is free to explore the town on your own or rest up in your room before we meet first thing in the morning for breakfast! If you are interested in arriving a day or two early and being on your own, resting up or exploring, we can help you find accommodations and transport into town.
After breakfast at our hotel, we will headnorth to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. We willspend the morning wandering among thehiking trails, churches, nature preserves, andincredible rock formations between Budir,Arnarstapi and Hellnar – all small fishingvillages on the South coast of Snaefellsnes. After a light lunch we will make our way to Stykkisholmur for the ferry to the Island of Flatey at 3:30 pm – a place where time literally stands still. Most of Flatey´s houses are from the 19th century, so strolling around the island gives the impression of traveling back in time. There is unique nature, birds, a church with stunning artwork, the old library, historic sites and the old village …and when we get hungry we can eat delicious homemade delicacies from Hotel Flatey where we will be spending the night.
After breakfast on Flatey Island we will get on the ferry and head farther north to the Westfjords. The ferry leaves at 10:30, arriving in Brjánslækur only 45 minutes later. Upon arriving in the Westfjords, we will stretch our legs along the black sand beaches and cliffs of the shore then take a very adventurous drive deep into the Westfjords interior. Our first stop will be the Rauðisandur beach (red sands) where we will have lunch and explore one of the most uniquenatural wonders of Iceland – a beach that is NOT made of basalt! We will then make our way to the Breidavik Hotel, the closest hotel to the Látrabjargcliffs, the nesting home of the both large puffin and razorbill populations. After checking in, we recommend that we all take an afternoon nap because the absolute besttime to interact with the puffin is after dinner when they are nesting.
After a big day the day before, we will take ita little easier and leave for our first stop inthe morning at 9:30 am – leaving plenty of morning for sleeping in and coffee. Our first stop is the Hnjótur Museum in Örlygshöfnwhere one of the local famers collected thousands of cureos of Icelandic life -including whole boats and planes. After this stop we will move on to lunch in Tálknafjörður on our way to the beautiful Dynjandi Waterfall. Dynjandi means ‘thundering noise’ in Icelandic and it is clear why when we get there. Throughout the journeyto the waterfall you will be amazed by the fjords and vistas provided by the Westfjords of Iceland. The winding roads of the Westfjords will bring us back to the ferry and to Stykkisholmar where we will spend the night.
After breakfast in our hotel, we will make our way toward Mount Kirkjufell – one of the most photgraphed and photogenic formationsin Iceland. After a walk to the waterfalls of Mount Kirkjufell we will continue across the Snaefellsnes peninsula toward Borgarnes where we will stop for lunch. Day four brings us optional activities: we will have to choose between a hike to Glymur (the second tallest waterfall in Iceland), riding on Icelandic horses, or a more leisurely visit to the War & Peace museum. All provide an opportunity to explore Iceland. After this exploration we will continue back to Reykjavik where we end this trip.
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Warm beds and hot showers at every stop along the way.
Bring a couple of options!
Waterproof, winter boots and slippers (for the hotel).
You are welcome to pick up items from duty free on your way into the country.
The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman
88 Stories Around Iceland by Armann Reynisson (not available by regular printing in the US, but you can sometimes find a used version on Amazon); this is about Icelandic as you can get and you will immediately be dropped into how Iceland is today
Any of the Inspector Erlendur Icelandic murder mysteries (by Arnaldur Inridason)