Breiðafjörður Sailing Tour- AS30

The Icelandic Exploration Boat Tour You should not miss out on!

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Adult: 232.500

Duration: 5 days

Meeting point: The tour begins and ends in Stykkishólmur

Group size: 2 to 6 participants

Note: Since this tour is an exploration tour, the program may change and we might find some other places than mentioned in the itinerary, but just as beautiful, to drop our anchor.

  • Description:

    Explore Nature, Birds and Islands

    In Iceland it is said that it is impossible to count the many islands of the fjord of Breiðafjördur. The fjord is a magnificent area with diverse birdlife, seals and wildlife. The Breiðafjörður Sailing Tour is an exploration of this natural paradise starting and ending in the friendly fisherman’s village Stykkishólmur, located on the north eastern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. On this tour we will explore Breiðafjörður’s and its islands, go ashore at a few locations and enjoy the remote wild life that the area is famous for. Many of the islands have crowded bird cliffs and we can expect to see a lot of different bird species, whales and seals. Among the sites visited is the charming and welcoming island of Flatey the only inhabited island left in the fjord, though with only five dwellers living there the whole year around, but more in the summer. The houses in the island were all originally built around 1900 and are all in their original shape giving you a great experience of the past. An excellent discovery of nature, culture and wildlife!

    Included: Yacht costs, services of guides and crew for 5 days (from 13:00 on day 1 to 13: 00 on day 5), all food whilst onboard (except alcohol).

    Not included: Personal clothing and equipment, personal insurance.

    The tour begins and ends in Stykkishólmur. Take a look at our add-ons for a complete travel package.

    Pre tour add-ons

    1: Arrival day via Blue Lagoon
    Transfer from airport* via Blue Lagoon. Standard entrance with towel included.
    Visit to the Blue lagoon; enjoy one of the miracles of the world. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal natural spa surrounded by lava fields on Reykjanes peninsula. You will enjoy that amazing contrast of blue water and black lava and have time to relax in the geothermal waters. 

    For price and information please contact icelandrovers@icelandrovers.is

    2: Transfer from Reykjavík to Stykkishólmur or Stykkishólmur to Reykjavík (one way) 
    Pickup at 9.00 from your guesthouse/hotel. Transfer to Stykkishólmur, approx. 3 hours’ drive (please note transfer is not guided to get price for a guided tour please contact IMG office).

    For price and information please contact icelandrovers@icelandrovers.is

    Post tour add-on

    3: 2 day Snæfellsnes and Essential Iceland by Super Jeep 
    Private super jeep tour around Snæfellsnes peninsula, through Borgarfjörður and Þingvelllir to Reykjavík. Experience the magical Snæfellsjökull National Park, with amazing birdlife, lush valleys, lava fields and towering glacier Snæfellsjökull. Passing Dritvík Cove, Lóndrangar Cliffs as well as Hellnar and Arnarstapi Cliffs with its bursting bird-life and the small villages on the coast. Night in Snæfellsnes. Right after breakfast we head to Borgarfjörður. First we will take a look at one of the world's largest hot springs Deildartunguhver than visit the unusual waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. We’ll take a look at one of the caves of Hallmundarhraun lava field and then we head up to Langjökull, for an unforgettable discovery of this enormous glacier. Then we continue to the highlands, through the barren mountain pass of Kaldidalur until we reach Þingvellir National Park, the site of the ancient Viking parliament dating back to the 10th century, before returning to Reykjavík.

    For price and information please contact icelandrovers@icelandrovers.is

    Add a night in Reykjavík before and after the tour

    3*star hotel 
    In a three-star hotel including breakfast and private bathroom:
    Based on double occupancy 33.200 ISK per person (for persons traveling together, both persons have to purchase this item for it to be valid).
    Single room: 53.000 ISK.

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  • Itinerary:

    Day 1: Dímonarklakkar 
    Your 5 days sailing tour begins at 13:00 with departure from Stykkishólmur Harbor. We head the northeast towards Dímonarklakkar Island, today’s final destination. This island is a spectacular sight being the highest islands in the whole fjord of Breiðafjörður. On our way we will sail beneath some great bird cliffs with many excellent locations for photographing birdlife. After 2-3 hours of sailing we will anchor in the bay of Dímonarvogur. There we go ashore for a hike up to the highest part of the island (72m), a point where in good weather conditions we get an incredible view over the area. The bay is famous for being the hiding place of Erik the Red when he was preparing his ship for his escape from Iceland around the year 980. His travels afterwards sent him west where he found Greenland. 

    Day 2: Flatey 
    After breakfast and a morning walk (if time and conditions allow) we start sailing between small islands and skerries to the island of Flatey. On our way we will do some exploring and go ashore on some of the islands. On our way we’ll take our time to watch the bird life and cliffs and hopefully we’ll see some seals and whales on this route. In the afternoon we arrive in Flatey and anchor in Hafnarey (Harbour Island) which is located only few meters north of Flatey. Hafnarey is an island shaped like a horse shoe, offering an excellent shelter. It was used as a natural harbor for the fishing boats of local islanders in the old days.

    Day 3 : Flatey 3rd day of sailing 
    Today we have a few options open, we could for example do some hiking on Flatey island, taking a closer look at the village, or we could sail around the island and explore its surroundings. This might also be a good day to try some fishing or make some combination of all three options! Flatey has a seasonal habitation; most of the houses there are only occupied during the summer. In winter, the island’s total population is five people. In spite of this, Flatey used to be one of the main cultural centers of Iceland, with its no-longer existing monastery (founded in 1172) standing on the highest point of the island as its beacon of knowledge. There is only one single road on the island, which leads from the Ferry dock to the so-called “old village”. Flatey has a beautiful church built in 1926. The church’s interior is painted with scenes from the history of Iceland through the centuries. It was painted by a Catalan painter in the 1960s, Baltasar Samper, who painted it in return for free accommodation when he was visiting the island. Today the church bears the odd title of holding the oldest and smallest library in Iceland, established in 1864.

    Day 4: Elliðaey and Bjarnarhöfn 
    On day four we will leave Flatey and head south to Elliðaey which is the largest puffin colony in Breiðarfjörður, holding over four thousands burrows in the soil. After exploring the puffin colony from sea, we will go ashore and walk around the island to take a look at the bird cliffs from above and visit the Elliðaey Light house (built in 1951). After our stop in Elliðaey we head to Bjarnarhöfn which is on the mainland on the south coast of Breiðafjörður. Near Bjarnarhöfn is the bay of Kumparavogur where we will anchor overnight. Bjarnarhöfn is a farm where the oldest shark production in Iceland can be found and it‘s also where the Museum of Sharks is located. We will get a guided tour through the museum and see the preparation of shark meat, first hand, and of course try out he famous Icelandic shark along with the traditional Icelandic brennivín. 

    Day 5: Back to Stykkishólmur.
    After a nice breakfast we sail back to Stykkishólmur where the trip ends around 13.00.

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