Mountains and Fjords – Soft Hiking

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From $3,865 USD
June 14 - August 2, 2018
8 Days / 7 Nights

Mountains and Fjords tour to Iceland's remote Westfjords offers waterfalls, hot springs, Saga Folklore, Volcano hikes, fjords and Latrabjarg bird cliffs.

Overview

Mountains and Fjords tour explores majestic mountains, deserted villages, and unique wildlife of Iceland's Westfjords. Hike along red sand beaches, sail the fjords to quaint harbors, see puffins on Latrabjarg cliffs, soak in hot springs under the Midnight Sun. Drive along a winding coastline of scenic fjords to the colorful fishing village of Isafjördur; enjoy a boat ride across Isafjardardjup, visit historic sites of Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson.

Operation

June 14 - August 2, 2018

Departure

Departures 2018:
June 14, 21
July 5, 19
August 2

Price

  • from $3,865 per person in double room
  • from $4,725 single room

Included

  • 6 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik
  • 2 nights accommodation 2 nights w/facilities in Reykjavik
  • 5 nights accommodation 5 nights w/facilities in countryside
  • Breakfast daily, except arrival day
  • 4 dinners in the countryside (dinner in Isafjördur on day 5 not included)
  • Packed lunch on day 5
  • Ferry from Stykkisholmur to Brjanslaekur (day 2)
  • Entrance to Hnjotur Museum (day 3)
  • Boat tour to Hesteyri (day 5)
  • Entrance to the Arctic Fox Center (day 6)
  • Entrance to Eirkisstadir Museum (day 7)
  • Tasting of Icelandic specialties (day 4 ,6, 7)

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure days
  • Dinners in Reykjavik
  • Dinner in Isafjördur on day 5
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
  • Optional tours and activity
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Maximum group size: 17 people
  • Children 6-11 years old traveling with 2 adults and sharing 1 double room: 25% discount (valid only per 1 child). Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults. It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.

Tour Options

Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers, which can be booked through Iceland Travel. If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavik, the largest municipality in Iceland.

Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name "Smoky Bay" after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers.

Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm). Overnight stay in Reykjavik (airport transfer not included).

Highlights: Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Tjornin | The Sun Voyager | Perlan | Parliament House

Optional: Airport transfer: Arrival via Blue Lagoon | Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

Day 2 BORGARFJÖRDUR - STYKKISHOLMUR - FLOKALUNDUR (B, D)

Unique Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring - Ferry Ride among 3,000 Islands

Breakfast at your hotel. Start your adventure with a drive along the scenic coastline of Hvalfjördur Fjord (Whale Fjord), one of the longest and deepest fjords in Iceland. In West Iceland, explore Hraunfoss (Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children's Falls), known for their exceptional and intriguing beauty. Afterwards, stop at Deildartunguhver hot springs, which rushes out of algae-covered boulders at a steamy 97°C (200°F).

In the afternoon, your group arrives in Stykkisholmur village for a lovely ferry ride (2,5 hours sail) across the spectacular Breidafjördur Bay dotted with 3,000 tiny islands. Encircled by mountains and the Snæfellsjökull volcano, the dramatic bay is home to 50 bird species, the rare white-tailed eagle, and grey seals who enjoy lounging about on the small islets. Dinner and overnight stay in the Flokalundur area.

Highlights: Stykkisholmur | Hraunfossar | Snæfellsjökull National Park | Deildartunguhver | Barnafoss

Day 3 RAUDISANDUR - LATRABJARG - BREIDAVIK/PATREKSFJORDUR (B, D)

Remote Westfjords - Stunning Bird Cliffs - Red Sand Beach - Quirky Folk Museum

Breakfast at your hotel. Today discover unique sights in one of the least visited places in Iceland, the Westfjords! Stroll along Raudisandur beach, which shifts in color from golden to orange and red depending on the daylight. In a setting of black cliffs, Raudisandur shelters a large lagoon where curious seals and Arctic skuas are regular visitors. Afterwards, switch your focus from natural wonders to unusual local treasures at a quirky folk museum in Hnjotur.

Upon reaching Latrabjarg, Europe's largest bird cliff and westernmost point, your group will encounter an amazing wildlife spectacle, as the stunning cliffs host a mind-boggling number of sea birds. Protected from Arctic foxes, the birds are fearless, providing plenty of close-up photo opportunities. Keep an eye out for playful puffins. Dinner and overnight stay in Patreksfjördur area.

Highlights: Westfjords | Flokalundur | Latrabjarg | Raudisandur | Patreksfjördur

Day 4 BILDUDALUR - ISAFJÖRDUR (B, D)

Capital of the Westfjords - Thundering Waterfall - Outdoor Nature Spa

Breakfast at your hotel. Traveling along the winding coastline of magnificent fjords, you will reach the vibrant fishing village of Isafjördur, honorary capital of the Westfjords. Settled in the 1580s, Isafjördur boasts a charming old town center with some of the finest and most beautifully restored timber buildings in the country. The lively harbor is the town´s bustling center of commerce and provides a glimpse into the daily rural life in this northerly capital.

En route to Isafjördur, enjoy a stop at the spectacular Dynjandi Waterfall, which is a collection of seven cascades resembling a tiered wedding cake. You will also have the opportunity to take a dip in an outdoor thermal hot spring with gorgeous vistas, along with a stop to enjoy some Icelandic specialties at the historical farm of Hrafnseyri. Dinner and overnight stay in Isafjördur.

Highlights: Bildudalur | Museum of Jon Sigurdsson | Dynjandi | Isafjördur

Day 5 BILDUDALUR - ISAFJÖRDUR (B, D)

Fjord Sailing - Abandoned Settlement - Arctic Foxes

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning travel to the fjord village of Bolungarvik where you will board a boat. Sail across Isafjardardjup, the largest fjord in the Westfjords, where steep mountains descend directly into the sea. Step ashore onto one of the most remote corners of Europe.

Situated on a beautiful sandy beach, Hesteyri Island is an abandoned settlement where the elusive Arctic Fox roams among colorful wildflowers that grow knee-high. Spend a few hours here, enjoying the breathtakingly lush nature. The afternoon sail back to Bolungarvik reveals panoramic views of Drangjökull glacier.

Overnight in Isafjördur. Dinner is on your own. Isafjördur has several excellent restaurants focusing on the area's famous seafood.

Highlights: Isafjördur | Bolungarvik | Hesteyri

Day 6 HOLMAVIK - LAUGAR SAELINGSDAL (B, D)

Arctic Fox Centre - Saga Folklore - Thermal Bathing

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day with a visit to the Arctic Fox Centre in Sudavik. From Isafjördur town the route provides coastal views of the scenic fjords that were cut into the earth by glaciers during the last Ice Age. En route to Holmavik village, stop at a quaint cafe to enjoy a local favorite, freshly baked waffles.

The journey continues through green valleys to Laugar in Saelingsdalur Valley, an area rich in ancient Saga folklore and history. Here you have the opportunity to soak outside in one of the many thermal pools hidden in nature. Dinner and overnight stay in the Saelingsdalur area.

Highlights: Arctic Fox Center | Strandir Coast | Holmavik

Day 7 BUDARDALUR - BORGARFJÖRDUR - REYKJAVIK (B)

Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson - Volcano Hike - Dairy Farm Delights

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along Iceland's West Coast to the Viking Age house at Eiriksstadir, the original homestead of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, who discovered North America. In a turf-covered longhouse replica, meet modern day Vikings who will demonstrate the lifestyle of 1,000 years ago.

Later, make a tasty stop at the local Erpsstadir dairy for an introduction to Icelandic farming life and to sample freshly made ice cream. In Borgarfjördur, hike along moss-covered lava to the 3,500 year-old Grabrok volcano cone. From here you will have incredible views of the Glanni waterfall, a suspected home to elves and trolls.

Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon. Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

Highlights: Eiriksstadir Viking Home | West of Iceland | Grabrok | Glanni Waterfall | Borgarnes

Day 8 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport not included, but we would be happy to add it to your trip. We recommend you depart no later than three hours before your international flight.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you might use the opportunity to stop there now on your way to the airport.

Highlights: Reykjavik | Laugardalur | Hofdi | Reykjavik City Museum | National Museum | Reykjavik Art Museum

Optional: Airport transfer with FlyBus Plus | Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

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