Discover the west of Iceland on this fly-drive holiday. Begin your journey with an optional stop at the Blue Lagoon, for a dip in the healing geothermal waters before travelling to the quirky capital Reykjavik. From here travel to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, take a ferry to Flokalundur and spend time in Isafjordur. Visit museums, discover puffins nesting in their thousands and enjoy picnic hikes through the countryside.
Please contact us to pre-book your Blue Lagoon excursion as pre-booking is mandatory.
Fly to Iceland. Arrive at Keflavik Airport and collect the rental car. Drive to the famous Blue Lagoon (optional) for a soak in the mineral rich waters before continuing to Reykjavik. On arrival check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. (80Km)
Depart Reykjavik and head for Snaefellsnes peninsula. Perhaps drive through the Hvalfjordur bay tunnel (the tunnel fee is about £5) or to drive the scenic old road around the fjord. Spend the day exploring Snaefellsnes peninsula, with its diverse geology. Perhaps enjoy a leisurely hike from Arnarstapi to Hellnar, along the coast line. For a break from walking stop at the friendly coffee house called Fjoruhusid in Hellnar. Drive around the tip of the peninsula enjoying the view of Snaefellsjokull glacier, which became famous in the 1800s when Jules Verne published his book: Journey to the Centre of the Earth. End the day in the fishing town of Stykkisholmur. Overnight in Stykkisholmur. (B) (280km)
In the morning take the ferry Baldur across Breidafjordur bay to Flokalundur on the south coast of the west fjords. The journey takes about 3 hours and sails by the island of Flatey. For those who wish to spend time on Flatey Island, disembark and pass your car keys to the ferry staff, who will take the car ashore then pick up the next ferry to meet with the car again. Continue west towards the western most tip of Iceland, Latrabjarg, and check into the accommodation for two nights. (B) (147Km)
Latrabjarg boasts the largest bird cliffs of Iceland with hundreds of thousands of seabirds nesting, among them the friendly puffin. Evenings and early mornings are good times to go hiking along the cliffs.(B) (0Km)
Drive to Isafjordur, the largest town in the area. Take a detour to the valley of Selardalur, in Arnarfjordur. Here was the home of farmer Samúel Jónsson in early 1900, who has been called the artist with a child’s heart. He dreamt of the world he was not able to visit and created sculptures of famous buildings, among them his version of the lion‘s fountain in the Alhambra-palace in Granada, Spain, all from pictures in books. At the bottom of the fjord Arnarfjordur discover Dynjandi waterfall - a perfect spot for a short hike or picnic. End the day in the small town of Isafjordur. Overnight here for the next two nights. (B) (210Km)
Enjoy a full day in the Isafjordur. area. Visit the maritime museum in Osvor and the old blacksmiths workshop. For a closer look at the puffins, take the optional boat tour to Vigur island, where the birds nest in their thousands. (B) (0Km)
Travel the winding road to the end of the long fjord Isafjardardjup and cross the mountain pass Steingrimsfjardarheidi to the area of the west fjords called Strandir. Discover the museum of Icelandic sorcery and witchcraft as well as Iceland’s only Sheep farm museum. Stay in the area one night. (B) (230Km)
Return to Reykjavík. Drive through the Borgarfjordur area, visit Hraunfossar waterfalls and Deildatunguhver hot spring. And take a look into the Viking culture with a visit to Reykholt medieval centre, where the saga writer Snorri Sturluson lived in the 1200s. (B) (260Km)
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