Westfjords Coast and Culture

food-patreksfjordur-fish-farmFor a small group of 2-8, this journey focuses on one of the most beautiful and least visited areas of Iceland. The route follows the perimeter of Breidafjordur Bay, a shallow skerry filled sea that separates the Snaefellsness Peninsula and South Iceland from the remote Westfjords. Taking this trip as part of a small group and with an experienced driver guide is highly recommended. The road surfaces in this area of the country are largely gravelled, often circuitous and sometimes precipitous, and in order to enjoy the wonderful scenery at its best, travelling as a passenger rather than as a driver or navigator is definitely the first hand advice that we suggest. Added to this, the commentary that the guide provides and the places that the tour visits give the depth and insight into this area that independent travel will not match.

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Departing from Reykjavik, this 4 day itinerary follows the road north, soon leaving the main ring road (number 1) to head for small harbourside town of Stykkisholmur for the first night.

Day 2 begins by crossing Breidafjordur bay to the southern shore of the Westfjords and then onto the stunning bird cliffs at Latrabjarg, the ‘red’ beach and then overnight in the pretty coastal town of Patreksfjordur.

Day 3 takes the road further north into the Westfjords and to the stunning waterfall at Dynandi, and then heading south to a beautiful spot on the Fellsströnd for the night.

The final day returns to Reykjavik but not before visiting a fantastic selection of farms, waterfalls and geological features.

snaefellsjokull.for.ESS.ICE.west.snaefellsness panelThis tour is organised by Icelanders who between them are professionally qualified tour guides and chefs, so snacks along the way are always delicious and evening meals are 3 courses and carefully selected. The itinerary is thoughtfully planned and includes the very best places to visit, including geological, cultural and historical locations as well as those of culinary interest. There is plenty of opportunity for photography and the guide will take and share images from the tour too. The pace is Icelandic –  so expect not to be rushed, but to see and experience a great deal. There will be some walking, and strolling and with luck a crater to climb if you wish! Hot tubs feature too, and of course, the chance to stroll along the waterfront in Stykkisholmur and Patreksfjordur.

food-tour-salads-and-saltsThe tour itself is 4 days and 3 nights, and leaves Reykjavik on Tuesdays and Thursdays between May and August.  Arrival in Iceland for this tour is on Mondays or Wednesdays or make this tour part of a longer stay in Iceland.

Tour code FF10

Price Guide: from £1495 per person


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