Day 1: Reykjavík – Grundarfjörður – Whale watching - Vogur
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík in the morning between 08:30 and 09:00am by your guide. For the next three days we will be travelling through west Iceland, a region filled with its history and amazing nature. From the city we head north in the direction of Snæfellsnes, a peninsula that stretches out into the sea from the west of Iceland. The peninsula is known for its beaches and it is divided by a mountain ridge that stretches along from east to west. We make our way to north side of Snæfellsnes for a visit at the Shark museum at Bjarnarhöfn, run by the local family that has been fishing and producing shark since the eighteen hundreds. From there we continue over to Grundafjörður, a small town on the northern part of the peninsula, where we go for a 2 hour whale watching tour around the Breiðafjörður bay (not available in October). In winter, herring has been coming into the fjord in winter followed by vast number of Orcas creating the perfect opportunity for a unique whale watching tour. After our adventure at sea we turn back along the north side of the peninsula and head over to the remote region of Fellsströnd where we find the Vogur country lodge where we will spend the next two nights.
In the past, Vogur was a busy farmstead that has been converted to a quality hotel. The location is set away from all civilization and is truly off the beaten track surrounded by untamed nature. Its secluded location makes it the ideal place to see and capture the northern lights.
In the evening we will enjoy the comfort of our country hotel where an excellent 3 course dinner awaits us and we have the opportunity to relax in an open air hot tub under the night sky. If we are lucky the Northern lights may come out and grace us with a spectacular show.
Driving: 5 -6 hrs total (340km) Walking: 1-2 hrs total (accumulated)
Activities: Whale Watching tour(not in October), visit to shark museum
In October we will visit the cave Vatnshellir on the south side of the peninsula
Highlights: Snæfellsnes, Grundarfjörður, Bjarnarhöfn, Breiðafjörður
Day 2: Vogur and the Fellströnd area
Today’s activities are dependent on your interests. You can relax at the country hotel and enjoy the facilities that the hotel offers (sauna and hot tub) and its surroundings or add a guided day tour around the amazing region of Fellsströnd and Skarðsströnd (optional, for a reasonable additional price). On the day tour we will visit a corner of Iceland that is one of the most isolated ones in the country. Only a few come this way but they are richly rewarded by unique nature and history, where some sites are home of events in the Icelandic sagas. During this day tour will visitthe church at Skarð which has been a church site since the 13th century. The current church was built in the early 20th century and is a typical Icelandic country church. One of the important resources of the area is down collected from seabirds and we will learn about how the farmers collect and manufacture the down, visit to a local farmers and learn about the history of the region and life in Iceland throughout the ages. After a wonderful day we return to our hotel for another great 3 course dinner and hopefully some northern lights.
Driving: 4-5hrs total Walking: 1-2 hrs total
Activities: Optional extra: Day tour to Fellsstönd, Skarð and local farm.
Highlights: Untamed landscape
Day 3: Borgarfjörður – Húsafell –Langjökull Glacier
We leave our wonderful hotel and head back towards the main road. Turning south we head towards the Borgarfjörður region. Optional is a tourInto the Glacier,an adventure into a man-made tunnel that leads deep into the Langjökull Ice Cap (2-3 hours tour from Húsafell). Otherwise we will spend our time to explore the lush waterfalls of Hraunfossar that flow from under a lava field and the beautiful Barnafoss, the hot spring of Deildartunguhver and if time allows we may take a look into one of the many lava tubes of Hallmundarhraun before heading back to Reykjavík. Arrival at your accommodation in the late afternoon.
Driving: 4-6 hrs total Walking: 1-2 hrs total