Gems of the West



Gems of the West

Explore fascinating natural attractions and historic sites on this short break self-drive tour of West Iceland. View the majestic Snæfellsjökull Glacier, beautiful pebbled beaches, basalt rock formations and fishing villages and gain insight into Iceland's history along the way. This tour is ideal for those who prefer a more in-depth experience on the road less travelled. Available from 1 october - 30 April. 

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Included

  • Accommodation for 3 nights in comfort rooms with breakfast in the countryside (same location for all 3 nights)
  • Rental car for 4 days with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance (pick up & drop off in Reykjavik
  • Transfer from airport to Reykjavík (one transfer per tour)
  • Free Wi-Fi in car during your trip (travel period 1 Oct 2017 – 31 May 2018)
  • Use of GPS satellite navigation
  • Two authorized drivers (travel period 1 Oct 2017 – 31 May 2018)
  • Good road map and suggested itinerary in English, also available in French
  • Electronic version of Iceland Guide Book (from 1 Oct 2017)
  • 24/7 emergency phone line service
  • Taxes and service fee

Highlights

  • Get to know Iceland's interesting Viking history
  • Fall under the spell of Snæfellsjökull Glacier's alleged mystical powers
  • Stroll along beautiful empty beaches
  • Get up and close with wildlife including birds, seals and whales
  • Visit charming harbour villages and breathe in the fresh sea air
  • View the northern lights if you are lucky

Optional

  • Go on a glacier tour on Snæfellsjökull Glacier
  • See whales in their natural environment in Grundarfjörður

Itinerary

Arrival day | Reykjavík

Explore the attractions of Reykjavík city: Tjörnin Lake, Hallgrímskirkja church, Perlan (the Pearl), the old harbour area and Harpa Concert and Conference Centre. Relax in one of the many outdoor geothermal swimming pools.

Accommodation in Reykjavík (optional, not included in the tour price).

Day 1 | Borgarfjörður area

Head north from Reykjavík towards the Borgarfjorður district. You can choose to either drive the scenic coastal route around Hvalfjörður fjord or take the tunnel to save time. Borgarfjörður is an area steeped in history, the site of one of the most popular Icelandic Sagas, Egil's Saga. The Saga is explained in a lively way together with other aspects of Iceland's Viking past at the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes town. Explore the many attractions of the area including Hraunfossar and Barnafossar falls, the powerful Deildartunguhver hot spring and Reykholt, home to one of the most important people in Icelandic history: Snorri Sturluson.

Accommodation in the Borgarfjörður area.

Day 2 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula - south side

Snæfellsnes is EarthCheck certified for being a sustainable community and the diversity of the landscape and geology is unique. Legend says that Snæfellsjökull Glacier is one of the seven 'energy points' of the Earth and author Jules Verne also famously featured it in his novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. Glacier tours are available. As you travel along the south side of the peninsula view the church at Búðir, Arnarstapi fishing village, the pebbled beach and lava rocks at Djúpalónssandur beach and the adjacent cove at Dritvík, once one of the largest fishing centres in Iceland.

Accommodation in the Borgarfjörður area.

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Day 3 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula - north side

Visit Grundarfjörður village with its stunning view of Mt Kirkjufell. Keep your eyes open for orcas which can often be spotted in the fjord even in winter! It is also possible to go on a boat tour to view these majestic creatures out at sea. Explore the pretty harbour village of Stykkishólmur with its many colourful renovated old timber houses.

Accommodation in the Borgarfjörður area.

Day 4 | Reykjavík

ead back to Reykjavík and enjoy the city's cultural attractions, shops and boutiques, café and restaurant scene.

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