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We invite you to discover the Westfjords, a region of Iceland that is less touristic and much more wild. Offering awe-inspiring scenery, the Westfjords will give you the feeling of having arrived at the end of the world.
Climb behind the wheel of your very own rental car and follow the road past awe-inspiring scenery where vertiginous mountains meet deep fjords. You’ll spot seals, puffins, and maybe even a humpback whale on this 10-day journey in nature. If you long for the tranquility of a rugged country surrounded by the salty ocean, this is the trip for you.
Keflavik International Airport
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After landing at Keflavik International Airport, pick up your rental car and start your journey in the country of Ice and Fire. Depending on your time of arrival, you can discover the Reykjanes peninsula and some of its geothermal areas before getting to the town of Borgarnes. Known for its settlement museum about the first settlers in Iceland, Borgarnes, overlooking the ocean, is an enjoyable stop for your first night in Iceland.
You’ll spend the next two days on the Snaefellsnes peninsula exploring the magnificent ocean scenery. Blessed with a diverse landscape, this piece of land that juts into the Atlantic off the west coast of Iceland features steep black cliffs and deserted pebble beaches. From your home base of the charming fishing town of Stykkisholmur, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to go discover the splendor of this lovely land.
Start the day with a morning hike along the coastline, or through the beautiful mountains of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Marvel at the colors of this unique landscape and stop to appreciate the waterfalls. Later, make your way to the town of Grundafjordur, where you can embark on a whale watching adventure and may even get the opportunity to spot some humpback whales.
In the morning, board a ferry and cruise to the other side of the fjord. This is the gateway to the Westfjords. You will start driving along beautiful sinuous roads so typical of the landscape here, surrounded by impressive mountains. A detour at the famous Rauðisandur Red Beach is a must. At the western end, you’ll find the impressive cliffs of Latrabjarg where one of the biggest puffin colonies in Iceland make their nests.
We advise you to start early today and spend the morning observing the puffins. They’re at their cutest when they first awaken before heading out for a day fishing at sea. Leaving Latrabjarg, you will drive in the direction of Isafordur. The scenic road is one of the most beautiful in the region and several stops await you on the way. One of the highlights of the day is a visit to Dynjandi waterfall, which is simply stunning! You’ll pass a lot of sleepy villages where you’ll observe how the time passes slowly here.
Enjoy the day discovering Isafjordur and its surroundings. A great option for today is to embark on a boat excursion and stop at the tiny island of Vigur. This area is also lovely for walking and you’ll find numerous walking paths and hiking trails that offer good viewpoints along the fjord. Drive further into the fjords to get to Heydalur, a beautiful, lonely valley where your accommodation for tonight is located. Hot tubs and natural hot springs await you.
You’re now at a point in your journey where you will soon be reaching the other side of the Westfjords where you’ll spend two days exploring the remote region of Nordurfjordur. Follow the bumpy road that leads you past deserted fjords that form a lonely coastline. Here, you’ll see abandoned fish factories and isolated farms. Drangsnes is a nice place to stop and enjoy the beautiful hot springs overlooking the ocean, and Holmavik is an interesting town with a witchcraft legacy.
Set out on a morning hike and discover Iceland in the early hours of the day as the birds are just starting to wake up and the sea is at its calmest. Explore this remote part of the country at your own leisure. Stop for a while along the coastline to soak up the serene beauty of this remarkable destination. Later, spend some time at the hot springs enjoying the rejuvenating mineral-rich waters.
Today, follow the road towards the Reykholt region. You’ll be driving along some deserted beaches covered with driftwood before returning to a landscape of fertile plains. Take some time to explore the Borgarfjordur region, which is home to two wonderful waterfalls — Barnafoss and Hraunfossar.
You’re now back in civilization. Enjoy a free day in Reykjavik, the beautiful capital of Iceland. Take a leisurely stroll by the lake, continuing on to the harbor, then walk through the colorful streets stopping to visit some of the most interesting museums of the country. Tonight, enjoy a nice dinner at one of the city’s many excellent restaurants. Travelers with an early flight in the morning could consider staying closer to Keflavik Airport. This is also a nice area, with some good seafood restaurants.
Spend your time at your leisure before heading to the airport. Be sure to arrive with plenty of time to return your rental car, check in for your flight, and board your plane. We hope you have had an amazing trip to Iceland and wish you pleasant travels as you make your way back home.