West Iceland Wonders
Tour Code: ILR38
Discover west Iceland – Iceland's best kept secret filled with wild and untouched nature.
June and August
Minimum 6, maximum 16 (for smaller groups please contact us)
Walking per day
2-5 hours total
Highlights of the tour
- The untamed shoreline of Snæfellsnes
- Dramatic cliffs and seabirds
- The glorious waterfall of Dynjandi
West Iceland is known for its diverse nature, remarkable wildlife, and for being the setting of many famous Icelandic Sagas. In the region of Borgarfjörður, you will find natural wonders such as waterfalls, hot springs, craters and the mysterious glacier towers over the peninsula of Snæfellsnes. Along the coastline, you will witness golden beaches and dramatic cliffs while flocks of seabirds soar over the ocean and seals rest on shore. Along your journey, you will pass through some of the great characteristics of this region, deep fjords. The varied landscapes and stunning views are what makes this area a favorite among locals and travelers in Iceland.
Minimum age: 14 years
- Vehicle transportation
- Ferry fees
- Full board for 5 days
- Accommodation in country hotels
- Entrance to the Sea Monster Museum
- Entrance to the Library of Water
Day 1- Þingvellir - Hvalfjörður - Borgarnes
After a pick up at 8:30 from your accommodations in Reykjavík, your adventure starts with a visit to the historical Þingvellir - a national park known for its spectacular geological features and its distinction as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This beautiful place was the location of the national parliament during the Viking age and is the birthplace of democracy in Iceland. There, you will visit the cave Gjábakahellir. After learning about Icelandic history and nature, you will journey to Hvalfjörður or the “Fjord of the Whales.” This fjord offers various places to take landscape photos and you will visit the farm at Bjarteyarsandur. You will reach your hotel in the late afternoon, located just outside the village of Borgarnes.
Day 2 – Snæfellsnes - Stykkishólmur
Following a filling breakfast at the hotel, you will head to the magical Snæfellsnes; a volcanic peninsula that expands from the west of Iceland and has a magnificent mountain range from east to west. The highest peak is the Snæfellsjökull glacier, well known for its mystical powers and towering view. You 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 charming little sea villages along the coast. During a stop at Djúpalónssandur, you might wish to measure your strength at the stones on the black volcanic beach, like the seamen did back in the day, or simply relax and take in the glacier’s alleged supernatural energy. You will finish your day in the lovely town of Stykkishólmur, where you will stay overnight.
Day 3 – Ferry to the West fjords - Rauðisandur – Látrabjarg – Patreksfjörður
The day starts off early to catch the ferry over to the wild Westfjords. With land back under our feet, we head off to visit Rauðisandur, a golden beach that is 10 km long - a very rare phenomenon in Iceland, which is known as the land of black beaches. The magnificent hues of the sand change from yellow to red depending on the daylight and weather. After a relaxing stroll on the beach, you will travel to the very remote 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 test out your photography skills, as this is the perfect location to capture fantastic photos. That evening your overnight accommodations will be in the small fishing town of Patreksfjörður.
Day 4 – Bíldudalur Sea Monster Museum - Dynjandi - Stykkishólmur
Our first stop of the day is the small village of Bildudalur where you will visit the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum. 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 hearing fascinating and bizarre stories, you 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 that evening, you will catch the ferry back to Stykkishólmur, where you will stay overnight.
Day 5 – Borgarfjörður - Reykjavík
On the final day of your West Iceland adventure, you will go on a short morning walk to explore the town of Stykkishólmur, 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 boasts excellent views of the town and the Breiðafjörður bay. After a taking some time to reflect and enjoy your surroundings, you will dine on some delicious food for lunch. On the way back to Reykjavík, you will stop at a few amazing sites. First up is Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. Following that is the romantic waterfalls of Hraunfossar. The last stop is just few meters away, and it is a waterfall called Barnafoss or the Waterfall of Children, which got its name from an old legend. You will top off this spectacular journey with a scenic ride back to Reykjavík. You can expect a late afternoon arrival.