Best of the West

Day 1 – A day in Isafjordur

Highlights
• The picturesque town of Isafjordur
• Bolungarvik village and the Osvor maritime museum
• Flateyri village, the golden Holt beach and the scenic Onundarfjordur fjord
• Sudureyri village and the remote Sugandafjordur fjord
• Tjoruhusid, Iceland’s best fish restaurant in a heritage house

The heart of the Northern Westfjords, the charming town of Isafjordur, offers a variety of options for exploring the surrounding fishing villages, adventure activities and day hikes.

The surrounding fishing villages of Bolungarvik, Sudureyri and Flateyri are all within a 20-minute drive and provide insight into life in the Westfjords.

Options for activities include sea kayaking in the fjord and bay, a super-jeep tour around the offbeat Svalvogar peninsula or a culture walk in the town. Hiking options are endless and range from all-day hikes to Hornstrandir or the Westfjords Alps, to shorter options in the mountains surrounding Isafjordur.

Here are some of our favourite activities in Isafjordur:
• Hornstrandir nature reserve hiking (June-September)
• Westfjords Alps mountain hiking (July-September)
• Svalvogar peninsula by super jeep (June-September)
• Isafjordur culture walk (May-September)
• Sea kayaking (June-September)

Day 2 – Dynjandi & the Northern Westfjords

Highlights
• Majestic Dynjandi waterfall, the icon of the Westfjords
• Arnarfjordur, one of Iceland’s most spectacular fjords
• Dyrafjordur fjord and the historic Thingeyri village
• Golden Holt beach in Onundarfjordur fjord

The road between the northern and southern Westfjords goes through some of the most beautiful fjords in Iceland, charming fishing villages and steep mountain passes. The drive through the fjords of Arnarfjordur, Dyrafjordur and Onundarfjorduris very scenic.

The highlight of this route is the majestic Dynjandi waterfall, one of Iceland’s prettiest waterfalls and an icon of the Westfjords.

Here are some of our favourite activities in the Northern Westfjords:
• Horse riding in Dyrafjordur (June-August)
• Kaldbakur mountain hiking tour (July-September)
• Svalvogar peninsula off-road trail tour (June-September)

Day 3 – Latrabjarg, Raudasandur & Southern Westfjords

Highlights
• Latrabjarg bird cliffs with a variety of birds including the puffins
• Raudasandur red-sand beach and seal colony
• Golden-sand beaches of Breidavik and Orlygshofn

The Southern Westfjords are famous for some of the most stunning light-coloured beaches in Iceland. The most popular of these is the red-hued Raudasandur, also home to a colony of seals.

The Latrabjarg cliffs are the westernmost point of Iceland. In the summer, they offer fantastic opportunities for bird watching and are considered the best place in Iceland to photograph puffins up close.

Here are some of our favourite things to do in the Southern Westfjords:
• Latrabjarg cliffs hiking & bird watching (May-September)
• Raudasandur beach seal watching (June-March)

Day 4 – The wonders of Snaefellsnes

Highlights
• The mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier volcano
• The photogenic Kirkjufell mountain and waterfall, also featured in the Game of Thrones series
• The beaches and rock formations of Djupalonssandur, Hellnar and Arnarstapi
• Berserkjahraun & Budahraun lava fields
• Budir black church

The 90-km long Snaefellsnes peninsula is often referred to as “Iceland in miniature”.

Dominated by the majestic Snaefellsjokull glacier volcano, it offers an incredible variety of sights and hidden treasures – desolate lava fields and fascinating rock formations, windswept beaches with inspiring coastal views, orca whales and bird colonies.

The picturesque Kirkjufell mountain and waterfall just outside of the Grundarfjordur town is a very popular icon of the region.

Here are some of our favourite activities in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula:
• Whale watching tour (Feb-Sep)
• A lava cave tour in Vatnshellir (all year)
• Glacier hike on Snaefellsjokull (May-September)

Day 5 – Reykjavik city

Highlights
• The towering Hallgrimskirkja church, the best-known icon of Reykjavik
• The Laugavegur main street and the town squares
• Tjornin, the city pond and the charming old harbour
• The Harpa Concert Hall, an architectural masterpiece
• Solfar Sun Sculpture overlooking the coastline
• Optional: Several interesting museums for history, art, whales depending on your interests
• Optional: The Perlan building

The world’s northernmost capital is one of the cleanest, greenest and safest cities of the world. Spend the day in the capital exploring its charming downtown area, impressive landmarks and variety of museums.

Depending on your interests, the city has a vibrant cultural and music scene, a variety of design shops and art galleries, and world-class restaurants.

Here are some of our favourite things to do in Reykjavik:
• Reykjavik food walk with a local guide (all year)
• Whale watching tour from Reykjavik (all year)

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