Iceland: Western Wilderness & Fjords Tour

30 July – 10 August 2021

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This special tour takes you to places not many tourists visit. The areas in the North West Fjords are very dramatic, a chain of table mountains stretch out to the horizon, etched with deep blue fjords. We visit the most westerly point of Europe, where huge colonies of birds nest on the high cliffs, stretches of red sands by the coast where seals bask. The whole area is totally different to the rest of Iceland, wild and peaceful.

TOUR PRICE

£3790 per person

Single Supplement £619

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

FLIGHTS – From and to the UK with Icelandair.

Private transfers from and to Keflavik airport, accompanied by your guide.

ACCOMMODATION – Half board, farm and town hotels for 9 nights en-suite and full board for 2 nights without en-suite at the Djupavik Hotel.

FOOD – Half Board – 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 11 evening meals (three courses) . With two of the evening meals at top Reykjavik restaurants. Members buy their own picnic lunches for 10 days.

PRIVATE COACH, GUIDE AND DRIVER FOR THE WHOLE 12 DAYS.

EXCURSIONS, VISITS AND ENTRANCE FEES:

• Photo stop at the blue lagoon.

• Settlement Museum at Borgarnes.

• Hellisandur Museum.

• Boat trip on widest fjord for bird life amongst the islands.

• Natural thermal swimming pool.

• Glacier trip (weather permitting).

• Shark and Marine Museum.

• Natural thermal pool and swimming pool Flókalund.

• Visit Látrabjarg for bird life, including huge puffin colony.

• Visit to Dynjandifoss a huge waterfall – see front page.

• Herring Museum at Djúpavík.

• Hólmavík Witches Museum.

• Visit to horse riding centre.

• Lunch at Hvammstanga.

• Private visit to a farmer friend.

• Reykjavik three hour City sightseeing tour, to include the National Museum, the architectural museum plus other visits and a special treat “FlyOver” Iceland.

• Lunch at Harbour Restaurant.

• Isafjorður Museum.

• Boat trip to Vigur island.

• Bolungarvík Museum.

PROPOSED ITINERARY NB: Subject to change, for your benefit.


Day 1: Transfer Keflavik Airport – Reykjavik Landing at Keflavik airport. We make our way to our accommodation at Hotel Hamar in Borgarnes.

Day 2: This morning we visit the Settlement Museum, which is very informative and interesting. Then we drive around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, visiting many interesting places, including a natural thermal swimming pool. A visit is made at Hellissandur for the fisherman’s museum. A walk along the coast line at Arnastapi to see the colonies of birds nesting on the cliffs. Then to our hotel at Stykkishólmur.

Day 3: Today we experience a wonderful boat trip amongst the islands situated in Iceland’s widest fjord, to see the bird life, sea eagles, puffins etc. Then in the afternoon more exploration of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, to visit a shark museum and an ancient country church. Time for photography amongst the incredible lava shapes in a vast lava field. Back to Stykkishólmurfor our second night in this fishing port, famous for scallops.

Day 4: We drive right around the widest fjord in Iceland which has 2,000 small islands, to our
destination at Hotel Flókalundur which is situated at the far end of the fjord called Vatnsfjörður. Here we should have time to take walks, or visit a natural thermal pool located on the beach, or have a swim in the local thermal swimming pool.

Day 5: Latrábjarg – Patreksfjörður – Ísafjörður We will go and see Latrábjarg, which is the home of one of the world’s biggest Black Guillemot bird colonies. Up to 444m high the cliffs are occupied by millions of Puffins, Gannets, Guillemots and Razorbills. Enjoy this unforgettable bird cliff on the edge of the world with white sand beaches and Snæfellsjökull glacier in the distance. The Puffins wait for you to photograph them just a few feet away! Located at northern extreme of Breiðafjörður, it marked the start of the WestFjords in the south, but at the same time is the western most point of Iceland – and therefore of Europe. Interesting stops include the village of Þingeyri. We also see the huge waterfall Dynjandisfoss. After this amazing day we head to the largest town in the Westfjords of Iceland, Isafjörður where we stop for 2 nights at Hotel Isafjarður.

Day 6: Ísafjörður and Bolungarvík and a boat trip to the island of Vigur. We will explore the west fjords surroundings and the small towns that meet us on the way to Bolungarvík, coastal mountains stand guard over Bolungarvík (pop. 1000). Bolungarvík has been a fishing port since Iceland was settled. Opposite Bolungarvikís Osvor, an old fisherman’s hut from this time has now been restored to its original mode. Our boat trip in the afternoon takes us to the small island of Vigur, for afternoon tea, where only one family live, their source of income being eider down from the flocks of eider ducks that live on the island. The island is also inhabited by thousands of puffins, and other birds. Back to Hotel Isafjörður.

Day 7: We journey across to the Eastern side of this area, from Reykjanes via Steingrimsfjarðar-heath to Djúpavík where the remains of a once
prosperous herring factory are the only reminder of times gone by. A spectacular place!

Day 8:We have a conducted tour of the herring factory Museum, (very interesting) and visit a small museum. In the afternoon we travel to Bjarnarfjörður for a swim in a very remote swimming pool situated on a rocky beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, we may see Icebergs floating past which have escaped from Greenland. Djúpavík is pervaded by a ghostly spirit. Once upon a time a centre of the region in the golden days of the “herring adventure”, this village became a ghost town when the herring disappeared”. We may have the opportunity of some fishing for cod in the Djúpavík (Deep Bay), weather permitting. Two nights in hotel Djúpavík, no ensuite, but the small family hotel makes up for this in so many other ways.

Day 9: Djúpavík – Saudarkrokur Our first stop today will be at Hólmavík, the largest town in Strandir, the history of the witch hunting’s in 17th century Iceland is presented as well as various aspects of magic from younger sources, in the local museum. From Hólmavík we drive along the deep fjord of Hrutafjordur and via Skagafjörður valley, which is famous for horse breeding. Overnight at Hotel Laugarbakki.

Day 10: This morning we pay a visit to a local farmer, who breeds horses and sheep, he is quite a character. He will walk with us along the beach and show you the eiders nesting and tell you about the killer whales that swim up into the fjord in the evening. He also has a colony of seals off the shore and sea eagles nesting in the high cliffs. We stop for coffee and cakes. Then continue our journey south, or if weather or time permits we could take another route and visit some interesting places, such as waterfalls and hot springs.

Day 11: Reykjavik Area. Free time to explore Reykjavik. Or you have the option (not included in the tour price), to take a day excursion of the Reykjanes Peninsular (very interesting) or descend down into a volcano – the only place on earth that this can be done or choose a helicopter ride.

Day 12: Transfer to Keflavik Airport. Pick up from the Hotel and transfer to the airport.