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Wonders of the Westfjords

(7 days / 6 nights)

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Go off the beaten track with a local guide

Come experience a part of Iceland few get to visit, the superb Westfjords. Here you’ll be in awe at the red-sand beaches, the sweeping fjord views, the wildlife and the incredible sea cliffs. This is an ideal spot to explore if you enjoy unspoilt natural wonders and getting to know the local culture first-hand. On this tour, your local guide will also take you to the Snæfellsnes peninsula and you’ll have some free time to visit Reykjavík.

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— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Groups limited to 16 travellers
  • 100% guaranteed departures
  • Experienced & knowledgeable tour guide
  • Seamless travel experience
  • Handpicked hotels & routes designed by local experts
  • Quality & value for your money
  • Comprehensive itinerary, personalised map & travel guide
  • Service from trusted travel experts in Iceland
  • 24/7 helpline during your tour
  • Excellent customer reviews
  • Carbon offsetting included in each package

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— Cancellation Protection

  • Rebook your tour on one occasion, or
  • Cancel for any reason and receive a partial refund and travel credit

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Tour Highlights

  • Set off to one of Iceland’s most remote regions, the Westfjords
  • Visit historic museums & sights to learn about the region’s heritage
  • Marvel at the delicate, yet powerful Dynjandi waterfall
  • Explore Ísafjörður, the unofficial capital of the Westfjords
  • Go birdwatching at the gigantic cliffs of Látrabjarg
  • Enjoy the striking nature of Snæfellsnes and its charming fishing villages
  • See the cultural highlights of the Icelandic capital city, Reykjavík
  • Spot puffins and other coastal wildlife on a boat tour
  • Meet locals and get a taste of the local cuisine

Travel style

Guided Small Groups i

Interest

Fjords i, Off the Beaten Path i

Pace level

Level 2/3 (Classic) i

Activity level

Level 1/4 (Easy) i

Season

Jun-Aug

Max group size

16

Driving distance

1125/700 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

  • Day 1: ARRIVAL TO ICELAND AND REYKJAVÍK

    On arrival at Keflavík International Airport, a driver will welcome you and take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at your own pace. The main street, Laugavegur, offers a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and bars to suit all tastes. In the evening, you’ll have plenty of choice for dinner at one of Reykjavík’s many gourmet restaurants.

    Spend the night at Fosshótel Reykjavík or similar.

    Included:
    • Private meet & greet airport transfer on arrival

    Average travel & exploration time: 50 minutes

    Attractions Accommodation details See Activities for this day
  • Day 2: EXPLORING THE WESTFJORDS

    This morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel to start your adventure. During the first part of the day, you will travel through the west of Iceland, passing by Borgarnes. Before reaching Hólmavík on the Westfjords, you will make a detour to Eiríksstaðir to learn about the 10th-century Viking Longhouse here.

    End the day with a visit to the Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum, which will give you an unforgettable introduction to the mystical world of supernatural Iceland. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at your leisure in Laugarhóll, a scenic countryside. You will enjoy dinner with the group tonight.

    Spend the night at Hótel Laugarhóll or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Eiríksstaðir Longhouse
    • Entrance to the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft
    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 7-8 hours

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  • Day 3: VAST FJORDS AND ADORABLE WILDLIFE

    On today’s drive you can expect dramatic fjords and towering mountains. You will stop at the rustic old farmstead of Litlibær, which is now an open-air museum, before heading to Ísafjörður, the unofficial capital of the Westfjords. It’s in Ísafjörður that you’ll find the most historic houses of Iceland.

    From Ísafjörður, you will take a boat tour to Vigur island, home to thousands of birds such as eider ducks, arctic terns, and puffins. In Vigur you will be served refreshments by the farmer’s family. Enjoy the evening and dinner at your leisure in Ísafjörður.

    Spend the night at Hótel Ísafjörður or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Litlibær open-air museum
    • Guided boat tour to Vigur Island
    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 7-8 hours

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  • Day 4: THE DRAMATIC DYNJANDI WATERFALL

    This morning, you will head to Suðureyri where you will enjoy a walking tour, get a good taste of the local cuisine and meet the locals. This unique opportunity offers you a chance to see how Icelanders thrive at the edge of the Arctic. You will get to taste fresh fish caught from the pristine waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.

    Next, your guide will take you to the southern part of the Westfjords, starting with a visit to Dýrafjörður, where you will find the trail of the Viking Saga hero, Gisli Súrsson. Continuing to Hrafnseyri, you can visit a museum dedicated to another Icelandic hero, Jón Sigurðsson, who was influential in Iceland’s battle for independence. Then you’ll make a stop at the impressive veiled Dynjandi waterfall before heading to your accommodation. Spend the evening and dinner at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Fosshótel Westfjords or similar.

    Included:
    • Guided food trail in Suðureyri
    • Entrance to Hrafnseyri Museum
    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 7-8 hours

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  • Day 5: LÁTRABJARG CLIFFS & BREIÐAFJÖRÐUR BAY

    Kick off the day with an early visit to the spectacular 444-metre-high (1,457-feet-high) cliff of Látrabjarg, situated at the westernmost point of Europe. Here, you can get a good look at some of Iceland’s many species of nesting seabirds, such as puffins and razorbills.

    Next, the group will hop aboard the Baldur ferry to journey across Breiðafjörður Bay to the village of Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Look out as we pass the island of Flatey along the way. The rest of the day will be spent on Snæfellsnes, a truly spectacular peninsula. You’ll pass by the main town of the region, Stykkishólmur, and even spot the most recognisable sight here, Kirkjufell mountain. In the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner at your accommodation.

    Spend the night at Langaholt or similar.

    Included:
    • Baldur ferry
    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 8-9 hours

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  • Day 6: SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA

    You will start the day by visiting the highlights of the Snæfellsjökull National Park and the southern part of the peninsula. First stop is Djúpalónssandur, where you can try your strength by lifting the giant boulders found on the beach. Next, you will stop at Hellnar and then the group will visit Arnarstapi and admire the unique rock formations found here. On your drive back to the capital, you’ll pass by the iconic black church, Búðakirkja. Upon your return to Reykjavík, you will have free time to explore the city.

    Spend the night at Fosshótel Reykjavík or similar.

    Included:
    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 6-7 Hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details
  • Day 7: DEPARTURE DAY

    When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from the hotel by shuttle bus for your airport transfer. If you’re flying later in the day, you have the option to add a visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to your itinerary. This is the ideal way to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional: not included).

    Included:
    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation
    • Shuttle transfer to Keflavík International Airport on departure

    Average travel time: 50 minutes

    Attractions See Activities for this day

Optional extras

Customise your adventure with these Optional Extras.

We recommend adding your extra activities to the tour now for the best booking experience and to secure your spot, as activities are likely to sell out.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Essential information

Everything you need to know about this tour before you book

We recommend that you read carefully through the following information before booking this small guided group tour in Iceland. We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions here so you know what to expect. You’ll also find more practical advice and attraction recommendations in our online Iceland Travel Guide

On a guided group tour, a local guide will lead you and fellow travellers on an adventure in Iceland. You’ll follow a set itinerary, going on walks, excursions and dining together as a group.

Your guide will act as a driver and you’ll benefit from their in-depth knowledge of Iceland along the way. We carefully select local guides with years of experience that come highly recommended. They’ll share with you their love of their country, stories and historical knowledge as well as recommendations.

Our guides always have a trick up their sleeves to surprise you and make your experience in Iceland extra special.

You’ll travel by minibus, which is equipped with Wi-Fi. The groups are capped at 16 people so you can enjoy a more personal experience. 

The driver-guide will also be there for you if you need anything during the tour. Plus, you’ll have access to our 24/7 helpline during your trip should you need to contact us. 

All your services will be pre-booked by your personal travel consultant at Nordic Visitor. This includes your airport transfers, accommodation in Iceland, minibus and activities, as specified in the itinerary.

Yes, when you book your Iceland tour with Nordic Visitor, you always get airport transfers to and from Keflavík Airport included. This will be a private, shared or bus transfer, depending on your itinerary. Please check the details of your tour to confirm.

If you add extra nights to your stay before or after the scheduled trip, we’ll rearrange your transfers to fit your new itinerary.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your travel consultant if you have any specific requests about optional activities or services.

Due to the nature of this tour and activities included, it’s not recommended for families with young children. That said, it is suitable for well-travelled, active children of 12 years or older. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

To make sure you and your fellow travellers have a comfortable journey, we need to limit the size and amount of luggage in the bus. 

Each guest can bring one suitcase or large bag that can be stored in the back of the minibus and one smaller item (e.g., a backpack or daypack) to keep inside the van for daily essentials like camera, wallet, medications and so forth. Unfortunately carry-on suitcases (cabin bags) are too large to store in the van’s overhead racks. 

If you have any questions about luggage your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be able to assist you.

On your guided group tour, you’ll stay in accommodation that’s been hand-picked by our local Iceland travel experts. We’ve partnered with local businesses and selected hotels and guesthouses based on excellent ratings, comfort and our personal experience. 

You can view the detailed list of hotels for this trip under the accommodation tab.

During the booking steps, you can choose a single or double room. Please note that in Iceland room types are based on European standard sizes, which means they are smaller than in North America. 

For example, a double room often consists of 2 single beds pushed together. Twin rooms are 2 separate single beds. Triple rooms are not available for this tour. If your group contains 3 or more people, please contact us for booking assistance.

This itinerary includes a few walks in nature. This means you must be prepared and able to walk between 3–5 kilometres (1.8–3 miles) daily. You also need to be able to carry your own luggage when boarding the minibus and at each hotel.

By booking with Nordic Visitor, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that there’s always someone there for you throughout your trip.

For support and advice during the day, you can ask your guide or call our office. And if anything unexpected happens outside working hours, you can reach us on our 24/7 helpline. 

The Reykjavík-based travel expert on call will handle any unforeseen situations for you, such as unusual weather or events.

Nordic Visitor continues to follow the rules of local authorities in each destination.

If you become unwell and test positive with Covid-19, you may be asked to leave the tour. This is to ensure all visitors on your group are kept safe, especially if there are people with underlying health conditions.

We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance as this may impact your travels in destination and incur extra costs.

If you’re arriving from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand, you won’t need a visa to visit Iceland. 

Visiting from another country? You can find the complete list of countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Iceland on the website of Iceland’s Directorate of Immigration. If you do require a visa, they maintain a list of local embassies that can assist you with the process. 

Your passport must also be valid for at least 3 months from your departure from Iceland. It’s good to check your passport expiry date early in case you need to renew it. 

Read more about visas, airports and airlines in the getting to Iceland section of our travel guide.

Only you can pick the best time to visit Iceland for your trip. It’ll depend on how much time you have to explore, what you want to see in Iceland and any events you might like to attend.

In summer, June to August, you’ll have milder temperatures and longer daylight hours, compared to the winter. This is ideal for outdoor excursions and sightseeing. 

If you’d like to experience the top attractions with fewer visitors around then you could book your summer trip in May or September. These shoulder season months have more tour and attraction availability.

The winter months are also popular, but generally quieter, apart from the Christmas holiday season. This is the ideal time to try to spot the northern lights.

Find out what annual Icelandic events and festivals are on in our travel guide. Or read more about the best time to visit Iceland on our blog.

Because of its northerly location close to the Arctic Circle, Iceland enjoys long days throughout the summer. 

Around the summer solstice, from early June until mid-July, you’ll experience almost 24 hours of daylight. This phenomenon, known as the midnight sun, occurs within the Arctic Circle and is when the sun doesn’t fully set below the horizon. 

These long daylight hours give you plenty of time to drive around and explore. That said, you may want to pack a sleeping mask if you are a light sleeper or tend to wake up at dawn. 

Find out what the daylight hours will be during the month of your visit in this guide to time and daylight in Iceland.

Summer in Iceland is mild and boasts the best weather and longest days of the year. You can expect temperatures of around 10–15°C (50–59°F), with potential lows of 5°C (41°F) and highs of 25°C (77°F). 

It’s good to know that weather conditions are changeable in Iceland, so you should come ready for sun, rain and wind. For more information on the local climate, read the page Iceland weather conditions

Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions. This means that your itinerary might need to be altered if these conditions are not favourable during your visit.

Even in summertime Iceland’s climate can feel cool. As you’ll probably spend a lot of time outdoors, you should be ready for a variety of weather conditions.

Here is a recommended summer packing list for your trip to Iceland:

  • Durable insulated jacket
  • Rain gear, including sturdy wind and waterproof layers, like a jacket and trousers
  • Robust walking shoes with a good grip
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece or woollen jumper
  • A few pairs of warm hiking socks
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Swimwear for visiting geothermal pools or spas
  • Electronic equipment such as smartphone, external powerpack, and travel adapters
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and eye mask for the summer sun
  • And don’t forget your camera!
     

As you won’t be able to access your suitcase while sitting on the bus, we recommend packing a backpack for your daily essentials. For more information, check out this Iceland packing list.

With Nordic Visitor, breakfast is always included at your accommodations in Iceland. You’ll also have some dinners included throughout the guided portion of this tour, as stated in your itinerary. 

These will either be a set dinner menu or a buffet with a variety of fresh, local ingredients. You’ll be able to choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options by notifying your travel consultant in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Please note that drinks are not included with your dinners.

As for the other meals, your guide will stop along the way for you to pick up snacks, drinks and lunch.

The amount of spending money you’ll need will depend on the standard of restaurants you decide to go to. 

That said, we recommend budgeting between 2,000–3,000 ISK for lunch per person, each day. Dinners at casual restaurants might cost between 3,000–6,000 ISK. Meanwhile at upscale restaurants, you can expect to pay 7,000 ISK or more. This does not include the cost of alcoholic beverages.

As you’ll be travelling as part of a guided group tour, your itinerary for this portion of your trip is set. But you can still customise other parts of your package.

For instance, you could add extra nights in Reykjavík before or after the guided portion of your trip. This will give you more time to explore the Icelandic capital city at your own pace. You can add these additional days while booking your package online. 

You might also like to add optional excursions and day trips to your itinerary. On each tour page, you’ll see recommended optional activities such as whale watching, spas and food tours. 

Please get in touch with us if you have something specific in mind or have any questions about customising your guided group tour.

It’s best to book as soon as you can to secure your preferred travel dates. Once you have picked your tour, check the guaranteed departure calendar to see the availability. Then, select the date you want and complete your booking.

Nordic Visitor offers 10–20% deposits to reserve your tour. The remaining balance is due 30 days before you travel.

Many tours are also open for the following year if you like to plan well in advance. And if you have any questions or need advice, you can always contact us.

After booking your tour package online, you will be contacted within 2 business days by your own dedicated travel consultant. They will be your point of contact for all your travel needs before, during and even after your trip. 

At that time, they’ll confirm the availability of your tour. Then the booking process starts, which may take a few weeks. Once this is done, your travel consultant will provide you with all the details of your trip. You will also receive more information about what to expect during your trip.

No need! Nordic Visitor is already working on offsetting the estimated carbon footprint of your package. We’ve partnered with an environmental fund in Iceland to carbon offset all our tours.

Carbon offsetting your international flights is not included, but we highly recommend you look into possibilities with your airline or directly through a local environment fund. 

You can get in touch with our Iceland travel experts ahead of your trip if you have any questions. The live chat option is useful for getting a quick reply as someone answers live every day during office opening hours.

Once you’ve booked, we’ll provide you with a travel guide packed full of local tips and top attractions for your visit. You can also check out our online Iceland Travel Guide where we’ve compiled useful information about topics, including:

After you have booked your tour, it will only take a few days to confirm its availability. But it may take a few weeks to create your itinerary and book everything. Once your trip details are finalised, we’ll email you copies of your travel documents.

When you arrive in Iceland, you’ll receive a welcome bag with hard copies of your itinerary, attraction and tour vouchers, the Nordic Visitor Iceland Travel Guide and more.

So when do you check in? And what can you expect upon landing in Keflavík?

After picking up your luggage, you will be greeted by a driver holding a sign with your name in the arrivals hall. The driver will hand over your welcome package with hard copies of your travel documents. You’ll then be driven to your hotel in Reykjavík.

Check-in times vary between hotels and guesthouses, but it normally starts between 2 PM and 4 PM. 

You are welcome to request an early check-in for an additional fee. Although this isn’t always available, you’ll be able to store your luggage at the hotel so you can start exploring before check-in. Please contact your travel consultant well in advance of your arrival if you’d like an early check-in.

When you depart may depend on the time of your return flight. Check out early if you’re heading to the airport for a morning flight. On the other hand, if you’re flying home later in the day, you might like to enjoy a leisurely day or visit one more attraction.

You will need to check out from your room, but will be able to store your luggage at the hotel reception. Simply return later to collect your bags before catching your transfer to the airport.

All bookings are billed in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. 

Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central Bank of Iceland. This means conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

Accommodation

Relax in spacious, characterful hotels that are highly rated by visitors and handpicked by local travel experts.

Look forward to staying in accommodation with plenty of charm. All the hotels on your tour are ideally located and feature high-quality amenities and restaurants. Rest assured that you’ll stay in the best possible properties, which have all received excellent reviews from previous customers.

Fosshotel Reykjavík is located in Reykjavík’s business district, and is close to the main shopping area. The city’s tallest hotel at 16 floors, offers great views...

Laugarhóll is a family-run guesthouse located in the beautiful Westfjords. It sits in the lush green valley of Strandir with views of rolling hills all around. A fun fact is that...

Hótel Ísafjörður is centrally located and close to main town attractions. The rooms are decorated in standard Scandinavian simplicity and some rooms have a view of t...

Fosshotel Westfjords is a three-star hotel located in the small fishing village of Patreksfjörður, close to attractions including the Látrabjarg nesting cliff, the Dynjandi...

The Langaholt family-run hotel sits on the southern shore of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The owner of the hotel is the son of the woman who started the business in 1978, so you know y...

Fosshotel Reykjavík is located in Reykjavík’s business district, and is close to the main shopping area. The city’s tallest hotel at 16 floors, offers great views...

The hotels mentioned are our first priority for this tour. Please note that although we have included specific accommodations in the tour, these are subject to change in rare cases. We reserve the right to substitute a named property in the same locality for one of a similar standard. We will send you the final list of hotels before you arrive for your tour.

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