Price from

1.115

Book now

Dramatic Westfjords and Local Secrets

Meet the intriguing Westfjords residents and marvel at the powerful beauty of the mountains and fjords, perfect backdrops for northern lights shimmering on the long winter nights

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Season:09 October - 02 April
Duration:5 Days/4 Nights
Departure:Details
Language:English
Transport:
  •  

Price from

1.115

Packages

Meet the little-known but fascinating Westfjords, the geologically-ancient peninsula of northwest Iceland. Mountains and fjords encircle charming villages dependent on the sea for fishing and transportation. Though life here presents challenges from the landscape and nature, this area has played an important role in Icelandic history, even producing two of the country's presidents.   

This escorted tour introduces you to preserved traditions and eco-friendly innovations that have enabled the residents to coexist with the changing sea and weather. Stroll back in time on guided walking tours of towns and scenic coastal roads set in stunning natural surroundings. Meet local residents from towns and farms and discover how they live year-round on the edge of the fjords. Sample some of Iceland‘s freshest seafood products and take part in a fisherman‘s cooking class. Marvel at the powerful beauty of the mountains and fjords, perfect backdrops for Northern Lights shimmering on the long winter nights, especially when bathing in one of the area’s famous hot spring-fed pools. 

Please note: Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings can not be guaranteed

Highlights:

  • Visit the region Lonely Planet voted a Best Place to Visit on an intimate tour with a small group size
  • Take in the surreal winter beauty of fjords, mountains and beaches
  • Discover Isafjordur, charming home to some of Iceland‘s oldest buildings and a vibrant art scene.
  • Stroll through a pretty village famous for sustainably-processed fresh fish 
  • Taste some of the best fish in Iceland, caught fresh from the sea, and learn to prepare a fish dish at a local cooking class
  • Meet local residents and hear about daily life and traditions in the Westfjords
  • Visit a 19th-century hut and camp where fishermen once braved the seas in wooden rowboats.
  • Walk along an abandoned coastal road, enjoying amazing views and feeling nature‘s power.
  • Learn about the local wildlife such as arctic foxes and eider ducks
  • Go for a northern lights hunt along the coast, with the chance to swim in a hot-spring fed local swimming pool.  

 

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants.

Maximum group size: 16 participants.

Included

  • 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Isafjordur, including breakfast
  • Round-trip domestic flights Reykjavik - Isafjordur, including airport tax 
  • Round-trip transfers between Reykjavik hotel and Reykjavik airport with assistance  
  • Guided tour with transport between Day 2 and 4
  • Visit to Sudureyri fishing village with guided walking tour, including tastings of fish products and a cooking lesson 
  • Guided visit to a traditional farm and church at Myrar in Dyrjafjordur Fjord
  • Coffee and cakes at Flateyri village
  • Dinner at a countryside restaurant and, weather permitting, northern lights hunt. Also possibility to bathe in a hot spring swimming pool 
  • Visit and Admission to Osvor preserved Fisherman‘s Hut and camp
  • Guided walk along Oshlid coastal road 

Departures

DateLanguageStatusExtra
09 October 2016EnglishCancelled
23 October 2016EnglishSold out
06 November 2016EnglishCancelled
19 March 2017EnglishGuaranteed
26 March 2017EnglishGuaranteed
02 April 2017EnglishGuaranteed
 
 

Day 1: Arrival

Check in at your hotel in Reykjavik and get yourself comfortable for your day in the city (airport transfer not included). At your hotel, you will get a packet with more information about your trip.

Reykjavik is an ideal city for a stylish Scandinavian getaway. The numerous art galleries and museums, as well as superb restaurants and cafés, are perfect for discovering the city's unique culture and cuisine.

If you arrive early in the day, there are abundant choices of optional tours available, and it is easy to visit some of the well-known natural attractions such as the Golden Circle, the Blue Lagoon, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls and more.  Overnight in Reykjavik.

 

Day 2: Reykjavik - Isafjordur - Sudureyri - Isafjordur

Stunning Fjord Views ––Innovative Fishing Village- Delicious Seafood

Breakfast at hotel. Meet in the hotel lobby for your group transfer to Reykjavik Domestic Airport and check-in for your flight to Isafjordur, (population approx. 2,600) the largest town in the Westfjords Peninsula. You will be met at Isafjordur Airport by your local guide for a transfer to this beautiful town surrounded by spectacular fjord scenery.

Your trip in the Westfjords starts with a drive through scenic countryside and an ingenious mountain tunnel to Sudureyri in Sugandafjordur Fjord. This pretty village was once isolated by high mountains and rough roads; thanks to the tunnel, Sudureyri now welcomes visitors year-round. The thriving community processes gourmet-quality fish using sustainable methods combining tradition and innovation. A local guide will take you on a village walking tour, telling you about the daily life in town and offering samples of delicious fish treats along the way. You´ll hear how the fishing industry has shaped Icelandic culture and discover how Icelandic fish can be on your dinner plate hours after leaving the ice-cold Atlantic waters. You´ll also see where one of Iceland´s most famous clothing companies got its start. 

The tour ends with a visit to the Fisherman Hotel and its seafood cooking school using locally-sourced ingredients. Here you´ll learn to prepare a simple fish course you can try at home. 

Return to Isafjordur. Tonight you might want to try some of the delicious local seafood at one of the local restaurants. Overnight at Hotel Isafjordur or similar. If you're lucky, you might even see the Northern Lights, which can often be seen on cold and clear nights.

 

Highlights:

Westfjords  |Ísafjordur  |Sudureyri Fjord
 

Day 3: Isafjordur - Dyrafjordur

Traditional Eider Farming - Fjord views and white-sand beach - Charming Isafjordur - Northern Lights Hunting 

Breakfast at hotel. Today you'll visit Myrar, located on Dyrafjordur Fjord. This area is home to one of the larger nesting areas in Iceland for eider ducks. Meet with an area farmer and hear about the sustainable coexistence between eider ducks and farmers. Learn about local wildlife, such as the arctic fox. Visit Myrarkirkja, a beautiful wooden country church. Stroll on a white-sand beach where you can take in views of Önundarfjordur, considered by locals to be one of the area´s prettiest fjords. Enjoy homemade cakes and coffee in Flateyri, a village with its own special stories to share. 

This afternoon is open for you to enjoy Isafjordur. The town has some of Iceland´s oldest buildings, beautifully painted and maintained.  A stroll through the charming old town area is like walking back to a simpler time in Iceland. Visit a museum or art gallery, or simply sit in a cafe and enjoy the relaxed pace of life. 

Tonight depart for a countryside restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal in a cosy, welcoming atmosphere. Afterwards, if nature cooperates, you‘ll go out looking for the Northern Lights. Don‘t forget your swimsuit and towel: tonight you might have the opportunity to relax in one of the local hot-spring fed swimming pools. Overnight in Isafjordur.

 

Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings can not be guaranteed

 

Day 4: Osvor Museum in Bolungarvik - Oshlid Road - Reykjavik

Local Fishing Heritage – Scenic Coastal Road  – Farewell to the Westfjords

Breakfast at hotel. Today you'll visit the preserved 19th-century fishermen´s huts and camp at the Osvor Maritime Museum in Bolungarvik. Here you can see the wooden rowboats fishermen used at sea, along with the materials used for catching and processing fish.    

Afterwards take a nature walk (easy walking) along Oshlid, a scenic coastal road that is closed to traffic and considered abandoned. Nature and weather are reclaiming the road, but you can still see how challenging travel here was not that long ago. 

Lunch on your own in Isafjordur. Then it´s farewell to the Westfjords with a transfer to Reykjavik Domestic Airport. Transfer from airport to hotel in Reykjavik and overnight. The evening is free for your own activities.

 

Day 5: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon you can spend the day at your leisure or experience Iceland further by going on a half-day tour. You can also add extra days to your stay and we will help you make arrangements.

 

Price per person

in EUR

DBL SGL
1.October 2016 - 30.April 2017 - English 1115 1270

Save 10% on departure 23rd - 27th October 2016


Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

   
No map available

View on map

Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

Show prices

Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

Show prices

Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

Show prices

Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.

 

Travelers also liked

 

East Iceland Highlands, Fjords and Heritage

East Iceland is a beautiful region of vast reindeer-filled highlands and rugged fjords. This terrain has shaped the people wh...

Duration: 5 days/4 nights

Price from

1.261

 

Isafjordur: Gateway to the Secret Westfjords - Extension

In the Westfjords, land meets sea in the most dramatic way imaginable, with sheer mountains rising from the sea and deep fjor...

Duration: 3 days/2 nights

Price from

500