Strandir in the West Fjords - Scenic tour- EI49
Multi-day tour by Minibus - Geothermal pool - Short walks
Three day package tour. When was the last time you really listened to the silence? Enjoyed vast and majestic landscapes? Join us in a minibus trip to the unknown, to Strandir in the West Fjords of Iceland. We will go for short hikes, and bathe in a thermal pool with incredible views to the ocean, being in harmony with nature.
From 79 990 ISK per adult
Children (10-15): 50% off
Total duration: 3 days
Group maximum: 18 persons
Pick up: 08:00 - 08:30
Available: July - Sept
Included: Reykajvik pick up & drop off, guided tour in a minibus, 2 nights of accommodation in a country hotel with breakfast, admission fee to the geothermal pool.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, hiking shoes (may rent from us), swimsuit and towel, and your camera!
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The Westfjords - Serene Beauty
Strandir is one of Iceland's secrets - the peaceful fjords with magnificent mountains that catch your eyes. Sun reflecting on the sea and mysterious fog touches the mountain tops just to remind you of the magic in the air. Seals, birds, a single surprised sheep or a curious horse welcome you together with the very few remaining inhabitants of the tiny villages along the way.
We will walk in the footsteps of farmers who used to walk the heaths to get provisions or doctor's help for their families, we visit deserted houses, go swimming in the great hot pool at Krossneslaug and maybe go fishing for supper. And if you need something, the local shop is open two hours a day.
A culinary experience is also awaiting you at the local restaurant.
Accommodation is in a small hotel just by the harbour.
We depart from Reykjavik, and as we enter the Westfjords our eyes will be treated to a feast of landscapes as we drive by the ocean. We'll have the chance to take some nice photographs and go for a short hike. Soon we start seeing some fjords and migratory birds.
In the evening we go for a warm swim in a thermal swimming pool with gorgeous views to the Arctic Ocean.
Complete Program for Day 1 ...
From Reykjavik we head north by driving through the west part of Iceland.
We drive the coastline to the small town of Borgarnes where we turn more towards the inland, alongside one of Iceland’s most famous salmon rivers, Norðurá. We have the gracious cone-shaped mountain Baula in front of us, reddish in colour due to its rhyolite rock composition. We stop for refreshments by the harbour in the village Búðardalur.
After lunch we continue north and head for the Westfjords. On a good day you will be able to see the southern coast line of the West fjords all the way to Látrabjarg, the most western point of Europe.
From here there is a good view over the countless islands of Breidafjördur bay and the colourful skerries of Gilsfjörður as most of them are covered with seaweed. You may as well spot one of the boats that harvest kelp and rockweed from the bottom of Gilsfjörður Fjord for the seaweed processing plant at village Reykhólar.
A little north of Reykhólar we take a break at Borgarhólmur and a short hike, look out for eagles that nest in the hills or some movement in the bushes which indicates that a ptarmigan might also be taking a walk.
We head towards the village of Hólmavík that rests peacefully by a small fjord.
Now we have reached the Strandir area, the part of Iceland that for centuries was mostly known for the number of people that had the knowledge of witchcraft. We enjoy the view over the broad Húnaflói, named after the polar bear. In very cold winters this large fjord was filled with icebergs from Greenland and the Arctic Ocean, which made it easy for the polar bears to reach Iceland.
Ahead of us we see the steep and magnificent mountain hills that stand out into the sea. Don‘t forget to look out for seals who every now and then pop their head out of the sea close to the shore. The narrow road winds around the mountains by the coast but you need not worry; we won’t meet many cars on the way.
We make a stop in a couple of almost uninhabited villages on our way. As we embrace the stillness and silence we feel welcome to the isolated Westfjords. Yours is only to participate in their solitude for a while and let your mind at ease.
When we reach our destination, Norðurfjörður, we can decide if we go for a swim at the warm and cozy geothermal pool of Krossneslaug, or we have dinner first and then go to the pool to spend the evening watching the beams of sunlight reflect on the Arctic Ocean from inside the hot pool.
Today we will have even a better chance to explore this glorious nature up close and personal.
We'll take some hikes on the beach, along a river towards a beautiful waterfall, and then above the fjords. In the evening we go again to the thermal pool.
Complete Program for Day 2 ...
After breakfast we enjoy the surroundings by taking a walk on the beach but then we climb into our minibus and head still further to the remains of a huge decayed herring factory from the early sixties. It reminds us that this remote place used to be full of life and laughter and love – that lasted though only a few years as the herring disappeared.
From Ingólfsfjörður we drive on to Ófeigsfjörður – where the road ends - a farm where few people live during summertime.
We walk along river Hvalá and stop at the beautifull waterfall Hvalárfoss and hike up to the hill above the fjord and experience the heaths of the West Fjords, trying to imagine life a little more than half a century ago when people walked these heaths from one side of the country to another.
From here you can only continue by foot. No road, no people – just the ocean or the heath as far as you can see. You are alone in the world. Take a deep breath. Enjoy.
When we get back to Norðurfjörður we have another go at Krossneslaug thermal pool where we soak in the hot water looking forward to another gorgeous meal by our hosts. The night is always young in Iceland!
After having breakfast at the hotel and checking out we will have the chance to take two short hikes today.
We will also visit the picturesque village of Hólmavík where we have lunch and visit the Witchcraft museum. Further on, we'll see birdlife, and the power of the ocean, before we reach Reykjavik.
Complete Program for Day 3 ...
Today we leave Norðurfjörður behind and head back south. We start the tour slowly, take a short hike in Bjarnarfjörður that is so rich of growth. This time we go into the village at Hólmavík where we have lunch and walk around and visit the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft.
From Hólmavík we follow the coast line to the bottom of Hrútafjördur fjord, stopping at two places where the boats sailed for America in the late 19th century.
Disclaimer: The itinerary can vary between trips. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best informed decision possible.