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Explore untamed Iceland on this thrilling 3-day tour of the wonderful Westfjords, with marvelous mountain views, fabulous fjords, charming villages and more!
The Westfjords won Lonely Planet’s ”Best in Travel” award in 2022 and it’s easy to see why.
Majestic mountains tower above bright blue fjords, while thrilling coastal roads take you from tiny fishing villages to bird-filled cliffs and stunning waterfalls. Only a few people live in this remote area, far from the busier tourist trails. You can sit back safely and enjoy this unique road trip with our experienced guides, who know all the best sights to see!
After a pick-up from the capital, you’ll see sights on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, including the Gerðuberg cliffs, a pretty church at Rauðamelskirkja and a taste of local fishing traditions at the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum. Then we’ll catch the ferry from Stykkishólmur across a beautiful fjord to the southern edge of the Westfjords, taking the coastal road to stay overnight in Patreksfjörður.
On the second day, get ready to see the picturesque cliffs at Látrabjarg, a perfect place for bird spotting, the colorful sandy beaches at Rauðasandur, and the epic falls of Dynjandi, the greatest waterfall in the area. We’ll spend the night in Ísafjörður, the capital of the Westfjords.
The third day takes us through seven fjords on the northern coast, stopping at scenic viewpoints where you can look for seals and whales and see the unspoiled wilderness of Hornstrandir. On our way back to Reykjavík (arrival 8-9 pm), we’ll stop at Eiriksstaðir for a look at local Viking history.
It’ll be an unforgettable experience, seeing Iceland at its best!
Your Westfjords adventure will start with a pick-up in the capital and a scenic drive to Borgarnes for a pit stop before we explore the northern side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
You’ll see the beautiful basalt columns of the Gerðuberg Cliffs and a pretty red-roofed church at Rauðamelskirkja. Then we’ll take you to the fascinating Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, where you’ll learn all about hakarl, one of Iceland’s most famous delicacies!
From there, it’s a short drive to Stykkishólmur, where we’ll catch Baldur, the ferry that crosses Breiðafjörður (2.5 hours), the second-largest fjord in Iceland. Enjoy fabulous views of Flatey and countless other islands on the way with a coffee and a snack in the onboard restaurant!
Docking at Brjánslækur, your first sight of the Westfjords, we’ll go to a viewpoint over beautiful Barðastrandarsandur, a rare example of a white sand beach in Iceland. Then sit back and relax as we drive to Patreksfjörður for our first overnight stop, with astonishing views of the southern peninsulas along the way.
We’ll cross a towering mountain range called Kleifaheiði en route to Patreksfjörður. There’s an intriguing sight to see at the top! The engineers who built the mountain road raised a 5-meter-high stone statue called Kleifabúi in their spare time, marking the high point of their work.
“Patró” gets its name from St Patrick, and its bars and restaurants are ideal for unwinding after your journey!
From here, your Westfjords adventure will really begin!
OVERNIGHT STAY ON THE COUNTRYSIDE
You will stay in a cozy country hotel located in the Patreksfjörður village or nearby
The second day of your Westfjords tour takes you first to the towering bird-filled cliffs at Látrabjarg. On the way, we’ll pass the Garðar shipwreck, a stranded fishing boat as old as the Titanic!
We’ll follow gravel paths cut into steep mountainsides until we reach the famous bird colonies and Bjargtangar Lighthouse at Iceland’s westernmost point. A perfect place for bird spotting, you’ll have the chance to see puffins (nesting there until mid- late August), kittiwakes, fulmars and cormorants on cliff tops more than 440 meters above the surf. Be careful – there are no fences, and it can be very windy!
On our return, we’ll take you to the multicolored sands of the 10-kilometer beach at Rauðisandur. Most Icelandic beaches are made of black volcanic sand, but Rauðisandur appears red and golden. That’s because the Westfjords are not volcanically active now, so there is no black sand!
We’ll then head north, stopping for pictures at Fossfjörður waterfall and the Instagram icon “A-House”. The day’s highlight comes next – the wedding cake-shaped waterfall, Dynjandi. The Thunderer crashes down over 100 meters in a wonderful “waterfall ladder.” You can climb to the top for a closer view, but you’ll need waterproofs!
Then we’ll make our way to our overnight stay in Ísafjörður, stopping for another photo opportunity at Önundarfjörður Pier for outstanding views.
Making our way through a 9-kilometer road tunnel, we’ll arrive in Ísafjörður, the capital of the Westfjords!
OVERNIGHT STAY IN ÍSAFJÖRÐUR
We’ll stay in Ísafjörður, the capital of the Westfjords!
From Ísafjörður, you’ll enjoy unforgettable views wherever you look as the road traces its way up and down seven breathtaking fjords. Looking north, you’ll see the famous wildlife preserve of Hornstrandir and the Arctic Ocean beyond. Arctic foxes roam this area, so keep a close eye out for the only native land mammal in Iceland here!
The road hugs the coastline and offers uninterrupted views of fjords, mountains, and glaciers in all directions. As well as that, there are seal colonies, salmon farms, and turf-roofed huts to be seen too! There are several incredible viewpoints along the way. We’ll stop at the best ones, depending on visibility on the day.
Tröð is one of the most impressive, with astonishing views of Álftafjörður and Drangajökull glacier on Hornstrandir. Beyond this spot, we’ll stop at Steinninn í Skötufirði, a unique honeycomb rock formation, one for the kids to explore!
Hvitanes is one of the most accessible places to spot seals in the Westfjords, so we’ll take a look at these charming creatures here. Before we leave the Westfjords, we’ll visit Gervidalsá, a pretty rock canyon with a fast-flowing waterfall close to the road.
Heading south, we’ll break the return journey to Reykjavík (ETA 8-9 pm) at Eiriksstaðir for an exclusive tour of the Viking heritage museum. This beautiful turf-roofed house was once home to Eirik the Red and his son Leif the Lucky, who sailed to America long before Columbus was born!
This will be the last stop on your memorable adventure exploring the wild Westfjords!
Know Before You Go
For your convenience and safety reasons, it is recommended that you pack lightly for this tour, in a small suitcase or backpack. If you have large luggage with you, please check with your accommodation if they offer luggage storage for your time on this tour. If that is not a possibility, you can pay a small fee per luggage and we will make sure we have space for it on the tour bus or in a special luggage trailer
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We offer pick up and drop off within the city of Reykjavik. We can pick-up directly from many hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik as well as from the Reykjavik cruise ship terminals.
Parts of Reykjavík City Center are closed for the commercial traffic. Please note, that your pick up might be from one of the dedicated meeting points