Northern Lights in the Westfjords



Northern Lights in the Westfjords

Enjoy the perfect combination of refreshing outdoor activities and true relaxation in a remote setting in Iceland‘s beautiful Westfjords - great for northern lights viewing. Stay with the family at the cosy Heydalur Guesthouse, enjoy local food, relax in the natural hot spring pool and let the locals guide you around the stunning scenery of the Westfjords. Ideal for adventurous types - and a great value package too with all transport, meals and activities included! Departutres from September to April. 

From:1,455 EUR
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Highlights

  • Explore the natural and historic attractions of West Iceland 
  • Tour the rugged landscapes of the Westfjords with local guidance
  • Enjoy exciting winter activities such as ice-fishing 
  • Bathe in a natural hot spring pool
  • Savour freshly prepared local Icelandic food
  • Be dazzled by the sight of the northern lights

Included

  • 4 nights' accommodation in Heydalur; room with private/en-suite bathroom, breakfast included
  • Pick-up and return transfer Reykjavík - Heydalur
  • 4 lunches
  • 4 evening meals
  • 1 guided hike to Drangajökull Glacier 
  • 1 guided ice fishing tour (or horse riding/kayaking in autumn)
  • 1 guided day tour to Ísafjörður town and surroundings
  • Northern lights lookout all evenings and free access to the natural hot spring pool 
  • Entry to the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, Litli Bær folk museum in Skötufjörður, the Arctic Fox Centre in Súðavík, Ósvör Maritime Museum and the Icelandic Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft in Hólmavík. 

Itinerary

Day 1 | West Iceland and Heydalur

You are picked-up in Reykjavik in the morning (between 9:00 and 10:00) and then driven through the beautiful landscapes of West Iceland to the secluded and peaceful Heydalur Valley in the Westfjords. Total travel time is 6-7 hrs including stops at several attractions en route; the Settlement Centre at Borgarnes for a peak into Iceland's Viking past and lunch, Deildartunguhver hot spring and Hraunfossar and Barnafossar falls in Borgarfjörður, driving through historic Reykholt as well. In the evening enjoy a sumptious 3-course dinner with the family in the converted old barn at Heydalur, relaxing afterwards in the on-site natural hot spring pool. If the skies are clear you have the possibility of seeing the northern lights.

Accommodation at Heydalur.

Days 2 - 4 | Westfjords excursions

The programme for the next 3 days is flexible and depends on weather conditions each day, time of year and guests' desires. There are opportunities for several guided tours and activities (included in the tour price):

  • Guided hike to Drangajökull Glacier or snow-shoe hiking in Heydalur Valley.
  • Guided ice-fishing tour to a nearby mountain lake and surroundings including the salt factory in Reykjanes, old Viking-age ruins in Vatnsfjörður and a look at Heydalur's private troll, Þrándur, along the way. Alternatively, in autumn, a kayak trip in the fjord or a horse riding tour along the river.
  • Guided day tour to Ísafjörður town and surroundings including visits to the church, library, old town and viewing point over Ísafjörður, Hvítanes seal colony, the small folk museum Litli Bær in Skötufjörður, the Arctic Fox Centre in Súðavík and Ósvör Maritime Museum.
  • Exploration of Heydalur and surroundings. You can go for a walk or just relax, perhaps bathe in the hot spring pool or enjoy the company of the resident pets and farm animals including an arctic fox!

Every evening you will enjoy delicious 3-course meals and a dip in the natural hot spring pool followed by a northern lights hunt in the valley - or perhaps straight from the pool!

Accommodation for 3 nights at Heydalur.

Day 5 | Hólmavík and Reykjavík

The return transfer to Reykjavik commences after breakfast (around 10:00). Visit the Icelandic Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft in Hólmavík en route for an insight into this fascinating part of Icelandic history and folklore. Arrival in Reykjavík around 16:00.

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

Price

€1,455 per person in a double room with private/en-suite bathroom

No discounts for children. Suitable for well-travelled and more ‘robust’ children (minimum age 12 yrs).
Minimum 2 participants –  maximum 12 participants.
Recommended age range: 20-70 years.

Departure from Reykjavík 

 
Tour dates 2017

  September     October     November     December   

  September 4 - 9 
  September 27 - October 1  
 
 

  October 2 - 6 
  October 9 - 13  
  October 24 - 28
  October 30 - November 3  
 

  November  6 - 10   
  November  21 - 25  
  November 27 - December 1  

  December 3 - 7  
  December 9 - 13  
 
 

 

Tour dates 2018

  January    February    March 

  January 20 - 24   
  January 26 - 30

 

  February 1 - 5  
  February 10 -14
  February 16 - 20
  February 22 - 22  

  March 6 - 10  
  March 12 - 16  
  March 18 - 22 
  March 29 - April 2   

 

Alternative dates available on request. 

 

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