Day 1- Þingvellir - Hvalfjörður - Borgarnes
Pick up at 8:30 from your hotel. We will start our trip by visiting the historical site of Thingvellir; a national park which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and also known for its spectacular geological features. This beautiful place was the location of the national parliament during the Viking age and is the birthplace of democracy in Iceland. Here we will visit the cave Gjábakahellir. After a moment of Icelandic history and nature we will continue our journey to Hvalfjörður or the Fjord of the Whales. Here we will stop at various places to take photos of the landscape and pay a visit to the farm at Bjarteyarsandur. We will reach our hotel in the late afternoon, located just outside the village of Borgarnes.
Day 2 – Snæfellsnes - Stykkishólmur
After a steady breakfast at the hotel we will drive to the magical Snæfellsnes; a volcanic peninsula that expands from the West of Iceland with a magnificent mountain range from east to west. The highest peak is the Snæfellsjökull glacier, well known for its mystical powers and towering view. We will follow the road that goes around the peninsula and explore the amazing birdlife, lava fields and dramatic cliffs at Lóndrangar, Hellnar and Arnarstapi, as well as making stops at the charming little sea villages by the coast. You might wish to measure your strength at the stones of the black volcanic beach of Djúpalónssandur like the seamen did back in the day. Or simply relax and take in the glacier’s alleged supernatural energy. We will finish our day in the lovely town of Stykkishólmur where we will stay overnight.
Day 3 – Ferry to the West fjords - Rauðisandur – Látrabjarg – Patreksfjörður
Today we’ll have an early morning start and take the ferry over the to the wild West fjords. With land under our feet we will head off to visit Rauðisandur, a golden beach of 10 km - a very rare phenomenon in Iceland, the land of black beaches. The magnificent hues of the sand change with daylight and weather, from yellow through orange to red. After a relaxing walk on the beach we will pass on to Látrabjarg. This majestic cliff, 14 km long and 441 m high, is the most western point of Iceland and home to a great variety of birds. Here you will get the chance to experiment with your talent for photography as this location provides us with stunning photographic opportunities. We will spend the evening as well as the night in the small fishing town of Patreksfjörður.
Day 4 – Bíldudalur Sea Monster Museum - Dynjandi - Stykkishólmur
Our first stop today is the small village of Bildudalur where we will visit The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum. Here we will learn about various tales and stories of sea monsters. These creatures are an important element in the folklore and cultural heritage of the nation and thousands of written accounts can be found all over the country. After an interesting and perhaps a bit chilling visit we will drive up to the magnificent waterfall Dynjandi, thought by many to be the most picturesque waterfall in all of Iceland. A light hike up alongside the 328ft high waterfall will give an interesting perspective on this force of nature. The hike is suitable for all. Later we will head back to take the ferry that will bring us to Stykkishólmur where we will stay overnight.
Day 5 – Borgarfjörður - Reykjavík
This day will be the last in our West Iceland adventure. In the morning we will take a short walk and explore the town of Stykkishólmur which is the only town known to have a Library of Water. This library is a long-term project conceived by the American artist Roni Horn in the former “normal” book library of the town. The library offers an interesting exhibition on water, words and weather reports, as well as excellent views over the town and over the Breiðafjörður bay. After a reflective hour we will have lunch and start to think about our trip back to Reykjavík. Enroute we will make few last stops. First at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, and then at the romantic waterfalls Hraunfossar. Just few meters away, we can spot the waterfall called Barnafoss or the Waterfall of Children which got its name from an old legend. We will end our trip in Reykjavík in the late afternoon.