Nature, Summer and Adventure in West Iceland



Nature, Summer and Adventure in West Iceland

Discover impressive landscapes and hidden gems off the beaten track in West and North Iceland and the beautiful Westfjords. Relax in hot spring pools, admire the wildlife and enjoy adventurous activities such as walking/hiking, caving and canyoning along the way. Ideal for nature lovers and avid hikers who prefer slow travel. Departures from June to August,  

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Included

  • 12/13 nights' accommodation: 3/4 nights in double- or multi-bed rooms and 9 nights in sleeping-bag accommodation in guesthouses, farmhouses and mountain huts
  • Competent English, German and Icelandic speaking guide
  • Entrance fees according to itinerary
  • Full board (breakfast, picnic, dinner) starting with breakfast and dinner on day 2 until breakfast on day 13 (in Reykjavik only breakfast, not in the case of early morning flights)
  • Safety helmets and torches for cave excursions provided
  • Walking/hiking (without luggage) for up to 8 hours a day

Highlights

  • Explore the mystical Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the stunning Westfjords
  • Walk/hike up mountains and volcanic craters, over lava fields and down canyons 
  • Discover secret spots including hidden harbours and caves
  • Cross the dramatic landscapes of the highlands
  • View bird and seal colonies
  • Bathe in natural hot spring pools
  • View the famous 'Golden Circle' landmarks

Itinerary

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Day 1 | Arrival - Reykjavík

Arrival at Keflavík airport and overnight in a simple guesthouse nearby.

Days 2 and day 3 | Reykjavík - Kirkjuból - Surtshellir

You are picked up at the guesthouse at 14:00 and transferred to Kirkjuból a recreation area situated in west Iceland in a wooded lava field close to Hraunfossar falls; approx. 3 hours drive. Húsafell has a nice geothermal swimming pool with hot tubs. You will go on several short excursions in the area, for example to Surtshellir, Europe’s largest lava cave.

Accommodation for two nights in a simple, small cottage in Húsafell.

  • Breakfast - day 2 and day 3
  • Dinner - day 2 and day 3
  • Simple picnic - day 3

Day 4 | Kirkjuból - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Journey to the mystical Snæfellsnes Peninsula with two nights‘ lodging right under Snæfellsjökull Glacier. The glacier is supposedly one of the Earth‘s seven 'energy spots' and is featured in the novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' by Jules Verne. Snæfellsnes is EarthCheck certified for being a sustainable community and the diversity of the landscape and geology is unique. You will go on several walks, one of which leads to an old smuggler‘s cave by the sea.

Accommodation in Snæfellsnes.

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5 | Snæfellsnes - Arnarstapi

Walk along the lava-strewn coast by Arnarstapi fishing village, over the old fern-covered lava fields of Búðahraun Crater and climb down a canyon.

Accommodation in Snæfellsnes.

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6 | Arnarstapi - Boat trip - Patreksfjörður

Cross the beautiful Breiðafjörður Bay by ferry, admiring the numerous small islands and cliffs. After the crossing the journey continues by car, followed by a walk along a mountain track down to the natural harbour of Skor.

Accommodation in a guesthouse in the southern Westfjords.

  • Breakfast
  • Simple picnic
  • Dinner

Day 7 | The Westfjords - Látrabjarg

Go for a walk along the enormously steep cliffs of Látrabjarg, Iceland's westernmost point and breeding ground to millions of seabirds – among them the colourful and charming puffin. Opportunity for a climbing-excursion down the coast.

Accommodation in a guesthouse in the southern Westfjords.

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 8 | The Westfjords - Dynjandi

Arrive at Arnarfjörður Fjord after an up-hill drive across several mountains and admire the impressive Dynjandi Waterfall. Relax in a natural hot spring pool on a nearby beach.

Accommodation in a guesthouse in the southern Westfjords.

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 9 | Barðarströnd - Brekkulækur

Go on an excursion to a remote canyon where plant fossils can be found. Drive along the deserted coast of Barðaströnd. Enjoy a delicious Icelandic dinner at farmer's guesthouse Brekkulækur in the evening.

Accommodation at Brekkulækur Guesthouse.

  • Breakfast
  • Simple picnic
  • Dinner

Day 10 | Vatnsnes Peninsula

Journey by bus to the Vatnsnes Peninsula. Go for a long walk along the sea viewing a seal colony and bird cliffs along the way. Relax in a geothermal swimming pool with hot tubs.

Accommodation at Brekkulækur Guesthouse.

  • Breakfast
  • Simple Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11 | Kjölur highland route

Drive across the ancient highland route Kjölur which snakes through the stark, uninhabitated interior of Iceland between glaciers Hofsjökull and Langjökull. Stop-over at the geothermal area and nature reservoir Hveravellir which was a dwelling for outlaws in the old days. Walk up to the volcanic crater Strýtur.

Accommodation in a mountain hut.

  • Breakfast
  • Simple Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12 | Kerlingarfjöll - Geothermal Area

Explore Kerlingarfjöll, a striking mountain range with colourful rhyolite-peaks, small glaciers and hot springs. The tour then continues southwards.

Accommodation near the Geysir/Gullfoss area.

  • Breakfast
  • Simple lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13 and day 14 | The Golden Circle - Reykjavík

View the famous 'Golden Circle' attractions: Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir hot spring area and the historic parliament site Þingvellir National Park. Arrive in Reykjavík in the evening.

Accommodation at a guesthouse in Reykjavík city centre or transfer to the airport and flight back home (dinner not included but a wide choice of restaurants nearby).

  • Breakfast

Prices

€2,320 per person for 12 night tour - tour without flight
€2,400 per person for 13 night tour - tour without flight

Tour dates

  Tours 2017     12 nights     13 nights    Status
  Tour 1      June 15 - 27    June 15 - 28   Fully booked
  Tour 2   July 6 - 18       July 6 - 19      Fully booked
  Tour 3   July 20 - August 1         July 20 - August 2      Fully booked
  Tour 4   August 3 - 15      August 3 - 16     Fully booked
  Tour 5   August 17 - 29     August 17 - 30    Few seats available

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Short transfers in Reykjavík

Requirements

Participants should be healthy and in good shape. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Maximum number of participants: 16

 

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