Western wonders: 7 day Iceland itinerary

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Duration (in days): 7

From: Reykjavik

To: Reykjavik

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Overview

Explore the lesser-known Westfjords in Iceland and the natural wonders of the west coast with this spectacular Iceland itinerary. Starting in Reykjavik, you’ll drive north to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula where snowy glaciers, geothermal activity and ancient Viking history will capture your imagination. Next, hop on the ferry or drive north to the Westfjords and lose yourself in this remote land of magic, wildlife and rugged beauty. After a few days of wild blueberry ice-cream and puffin-watching, you’ll drive back to Reykjavik for a day exploring the city, toasting a successful trip to Iceland with a local craft beer!

This Iceland itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements, so please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

Highlights

  • Explore the rugged beauty of remote west Iceland             
  • Hike through the lush scenery of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula            
  • Admire the snowy peak of the Snaefellsjokull glacier         
  • Discover the tiny villages of the Westfjords
  • Witness the puffin and guillemot covered sea cliffs of Latrabjarg
  • Experience the power of the Dynjandi waterfall
  • Visit Eiriksstadir, the birthplace of Leif Eriksson
  • Stroll through the colourful harbour in Reykjavik
  • Taste the best of Reykjavik - craft ale and fresh seafood
Itinerary


Itinerary in brief:

  • 1 night Hveragerdi           
  • 1 night West Iceland       
  • 1 night Westfjords area
  • 1 night Isafjordur             
  • 1 night Saelingsdalur area        
  • 1 night Reykjavik

 

Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik

On arrival into Reykjavik, you will pick up your hire car at the airport and drive down to the southern coast, where you’ll spend your first night in the charming village of Hveragerdi. This village is one of the few places in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and, because of the many greenhouses heated by natural springs, it is known as the flower village.               


Day 2: Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Stykkisholmur   

Today you’ll set off on your trip in west Iceland, travelling along the scenic road towards the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. On route, you’ll pass the Eldborg Crater, which looks like it belongs on the moon. Keep your eyes peeled for birds as you make your way along the coast. Throughout the drive, you’ll see the snow-capped peak of the Snaefellsjokull glacier. Make a stop on the shiny black pebble beach at Djupalonssandur and take some time to explore the national park. Further along, you’ll arrive in Stykkisholmur, where you can spend the afternoon wandering through the pretty town, enjoying the restored timber houses and eating local blueberry ice cream by the harbour. All kinds of birdwatching tours and cruises depart from Stykkisholmur, including a great boat trip where you can see starfish, scallops and urchins pulled up from the ocean and try some of the freshest sushi around. If you want to add a cruise, just ask!


Day 3: Stykkishomur, Brjanslaekur and the Westfjords         

After breakfast, you’ll head north to the  Westfjords, either by ferry or by road. The ferry takes around 3 hours while the journey by road is closer to 4 hours, but very scenic indeed. Arriving into the Westfjords, you’ll very quickly see why this is one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets. Here, you’ll find the 1500-foot-high Latrabjarg Cliffs, alive with millions of puffins, gannets and razorbills all clamouring for a spot on the outcrop. It’s truly one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world. If you want to really get off the grid, head to Flatey Island, a tiny spot in the Breidafjordur Bay where native Icelanders go to renovate their ancestor’s old homes in the traditional village - strictly limited to the summer months.


Day 4: Patreksjordur and Isafjordur  

Travelling across the spectacular Westfjords today, you can keep an eye out for hot bathing springs dotted throughout the rugged landscape. Head to the wide sandy beach at Raudasadur, famous for its orange sand and seal colonies, before stopping at the powerful Dynjandi waterfall, cascading 100 metres off the edge of a mountain with views over the lush valley. Why not stop here for a picnic lunch before driving leisurely through the pretty fishing village of Thingeyri? You’ll finish the day in the tiny town of Isafjordur, where you’ll find a thriving harbour, delicious local food and colourful narrow streets – perfect for an evening of exploration.


Day 5: Hólmavík and Laugar Saelingsdalur       

Today you’ll head over to the village of Hólmavík on the rugged eastern edge of the Westfjords, which has long been infamous for witches, sorcerers and all things magic. Here, you’ll find beaches strewn with driftwood, seals lazing on the beach, arctic foxes play in the grass and wild blueberries growing in abundance. This area is only accessible in midsummer, but its remote beauty makes it all the more worthwhile to visit. There are lots of opportunities for kayaking, horseback riding and hiking, as well as enjoying bustling village life in Hólmavík, which has regular food markets and summer festivals. End your day in the green valleys of Laugar in Saelingsdalur, rich in saga folklore and perfect for a pitstop on your way down south.


Day 6: Borgarfjordur and Reykjavik   

Spend the day slowly driving down to Reykjavik, stopping at Eiriksstadir, the Viking Age home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif, who discovered North America. Here, you can see the replica of his house and stand on its doorstep, with magnificent views over the Haukadalur Valley. Stop off at the Hraunfoss waterfall where the water trickles through moss into the pool below, as well as Deildartunuhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. If you’re peckish, you can even buy some tomatoes grown using geothermal heat to fill your sandwiches! Arriving in Reykjavik in the afternoon, you can spend some time exploring the city. Walk along the pretty harbour, browse the craft shops and feast on fresh Icelandic seafood for dinner. At the end of the evening, raise a pint of Icelandic craft ale and toast a wonderful trip to the spectacular west coast.


Day 7: Depart Reykjavik        

Today is your final day in Iceland, you’ll drive back to the airport in time to catch your onwards flight.            


      

Info

*Due to the Icelandic climate, this itinerary can only be driven between May and September.*

Iceland enjoys a milder climate than many people think. The summers are generally warm and sunny, while winters are as cold as they come. Due its location - just at the point where the Gulf Stream and Arctic Air meet - the weather is extremely changeable, so make sure you bring a range of clothing, even if you are there in midsummer. The midnight sun shines between late May and August, which means you can maximise your time here by exploring until late at night. In the winter, the sun doesn’t rise until 11am and disappears around 3pm, making it perfect for aurora spotters out to see the northern lights.                    

This Iceland itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • 6 nights’ accommodation             
  • Daily breakfast  
  • Car rental with GPS
  • Tablet with travel app and maps

Not included: 

  • Fuel       
  • Meals not mentioned above        
  • Ferry from Stykkisholmur to Westfjords
Accommodation

Six nights in 3*/4* standard accommodation.

Outside of Reykjavik, Iceland is made up of small villages and towns. There is a limited amount of accommodation in each area, which means we do not specify hotels until you have booked with us.

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