Multi-Day Tour | Private

The Remote West (8 days)

Iceland Encounter

Reykjavík, Iceland To Reykjavík, Iceland

Valid for Departures: 01 Jun 2019 - 31 Aug 2019


Day 1
Reykjavík, Iceland
None None

Welcome to Iceland! Our car service to pick you up at the airport and drive your to Reykjavik, where you check into your downtown hotel. Spend the day at leisure with recommendations from us.

Day 2
Arnarstapi, Iceland
Hellnar, Iceland
None Breakfast, Snack

Snæfellsnes Peninsula: Today, we head to the Snæfellsnes peninsula which is sometimes called Iceland in a Nutshell. The enchanting landscape has beautiful mountain ranges, numerous beaches, lava caves, waterfalls and mineral hot springs and at the end of the peninsula is the majestic Snæfellsjokull volcano made famous in Jules Verne´s Journey to the Center of Earth. Today we explore the south side of the peninsula. We walk the scenic trail from Hellnar, the home of Bardur the guardian spirit of Snaefellsnes, to Arnarstapi and see a variety of geological formations. We will also visit Vatnshellir lava cave and explore the varied and beautiful beaches and pebbled coves some favored by seals.

Day 3
Stykkishólmur, Iceland
None Breakfast, Snack

Snæfellsnes Peninsula, North Shore: Today, we head to the north side of the peninsula. We will visit small fishing villages and the Bjarnarhofn shark farm – the most famous shark farm in Iceland. Learn how Icelandic fermented shark is prepared and have a taste if you dare! Consider an easy climb to the top of Mt. Helgafell which gives us breathtaking views of the surroundings and three wishes if we think good thoughts and don´t look back on our way up.

Day 4
Stykkishólmur, Iceland
Flatey , Iceland
None Breakfast, Snack

Flatey Island: After breakfast, we proceed to the picturesque town of Stykkisholmur, where we catch a ferry across Breidafjordur Bay to the tiny and remote island of Flatey (Flat Island, summer population 120). Arriving in Flatey is like stepping back in time. No cars are allowed on the island and most buildings date back to the 19th century and have been beautifully restored. There is an abundance of bird life and a large part of the island is a nature and wildlife reserve. The views are fantastic and the atmosphere is very relaxed. After taking an exploratory walk, we overnight in a wonderful small hotel on the island.

Day 5
Patreksfjördur, Iceland
None Breakfast, Snack

Westfjords, Látrabjarg Cliffs: Today, we leave Flatey and take the ferry to the Westfjords. We will visit Raudisandur (Red Sands), a golden beach on the south coast of the Westfjords. From there we continue to Látrabjarg, Europe´s largest bird cliff, 14km long and up to 440m high. Látrabjarg is host to millions of birds including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills. The cliffs are vital for their survival, as it hosts up to 40% of the world-population of some species, e.g., the Razorbill. We´ll spend the afternoon hiking along the cliffs and enjoying close contact with the puffins, who are quite approachable in this area.

Day 6
Isafjördur, Iceland
None Breakfast, Snack

Isafjordur: From Patreksfjordur we make our way north to Isafjordur, the largest town in the Westfjords. The drive is spectacular and takes us along some of Iceland´s most beautiful fjords. There are many opportunities for scenic stops and short walks including a visit to Dynjandi waterfall. We will arrive in Isafjordur in the late afternoon. Enjoy a walk in this charming old town before checking into your hotel.

Day 7
Isafjördur, Iceland
None Breakfast, Snack

Hesteyri Day Tour: Today we pack a picnic lunch and head to the remote Hesteyri for a day of hiking and exploring. Hesteyri is located in one of the Glacier fjords and can only be reached by boat -- the sailing from Isafjordur takes about one hour. On our voyage, we will experience the glorious views of snow speckled table mountains and secluded coves. In Hesteyri we hike in the valley and along the coast. The bird life is varied and hopefully we will spot the arctic fox which is common in the Westfjords. We will also explore the old village of Hesteyri which was abandoned in the 1950s. Some of the houses still stand and during the Summer months, refreshments are served in the restored old doctor´s house. We return to Isafjordur by dinner time.


Kayaking Tour: Isafjordur has earned its reputation as the sea kayaking center of Iceland. The reason is the endless possibilities for kayaking in the fjords and bays that are close by but still so remote. We start the day with a 3 hour kayaking tour that is perfect for those looking for an exciting introduction to the great sport of sea kayaking. Paddling under the magnificent mountains towering over the town around Isafjordur, we experience the closeness of nature and the beauty of the landscape from an exciting angle and in a safe environment. We begin with a short lesson in paddling and put the boats out behind the Maritime Museum and paddle a circle inside the fjord while keeping a sharp lookout for various bird species and seals. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time in Isafjordur.

Day 8
Reykjavík, Iceland
None Breakfast

Return to Reykjavik: In the morning, fly back to Reykjavik from Isafjordur. The flight takes about 50 min. Enjoy an extra day in Reykjavik or continue on to Keflavik Airport for your afternoon flight.

Exclusively for Virtuoso Guests

Iceland Encounter has been an exclusive Virtuoso supplier since 2012. All Virtuoso travelers receive a complimentary welcome package; breakfast is always included.

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This truly unique journey takes you through some of the most remote parts of Iceland, as you travel north along the west coast of Iceland. Along the way sail across the bay of Breidafjordur, stay overnight on the tiny island of Flatey, visit the largest bird cliffs in Europe and hike in remote, hidden valleys.

About Us

Iceland Encounter focuses on bespoke trips of high quality. We are the only Virtuoso On-Site headquartered in Reykjavik and were nominated for Virtuoso’s Best On-Site Award in 2015 and 2016. Iceland Encounter was founded by husband-and-wife team Kristín Björnsdóttir and Erling Aspelund. After working for over 20 years in the US computer software industry – both in New York and Seattle – they returned to their native Iceland in 2007 to start their travel company. We look forward to welcoming you to Iceland!

Insider Tip

In Iceland, the sun doesn’t set from May 21st to July 21st. Ask us about possible activities under the midnight sun: hiking, diving, golfing, fishing, snorkeling, and more

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Visit Iceland with Iceland Encounter!

By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2013

Our Iceland Encounter vacation was the experience of a lifetime. Our Rekyjavik hotel choice was perfect - lovely accomodations in City Center within walking distance of great food and shopping. Our guide/driver for three days in the country was knowledgeable and funny. Within the first hour he made us feel comfortable and safe in his care. He knew how to make the most of our limited daylight. Staying in the country for two nights was an outstanding recommendation because it gave us the opportunity to see the Northern Lights (upon request, the hotel wakes guests up if/when they become visible) and be closer to the places we wanted to visit. Our guide had a great relationship with other guides and establishment owners/operators and it made us feel like family. It was a very personal experience. We could not have done this on our own.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins

Fantastic Trip

By: Lisa & Catherine

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

This was a fantastic experience. It is has been one year since our trip and we are still talking about how much fun we had and how much we want to go back. Everything was planned perfectly to maximize our time there. Snowmobiling and hiking on a glacier. Waterfalls. Geysers. Volcanos. Museums. Touring a geothermal plant. Blue Lagoon. Travleing with our guide, Valdimar, was amazing. He took such good care of us. I fell in love with Iceland.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins

Excellent guide, good hotel

By: Mike H

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2016

Iceland Encounter made our journey to Icelamd most enjoyable and worthwhile. Our guide Teddy was most wenjoyable, knowledgeable, and provided a great local flavour to the journey. Our hotel was centrally located and comfortable. Our transfers were comfortable, friendly, and reliable. I would recommend them for anyone wanting a customized visit to Iceland.
Travel Advisor:  Roxanne Girard

Great experience!

By: Karen

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2016

Our family had the most awesome trip to Iceland! We loved everything we did, and our guide, Snorri, was outstanding! He made the trip especially interesting and fun. He is very knowledgeable with diverse interests so it was such a treat to be with him all week. We miss him! We loved Iceland and want to return.
Travel Advisor:  Sam McClure

Fantastic Trip

By: Quesy

Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2017

Iceland Encounter planned an amazing trip for us. Our guide was efficient, had a delightful personality and was very knowledgeable about Iceland. We saw everything that we wanted to see and then some. We wouldn't have changed a thing!
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

3 days of touring in Iceland

By: No nickname

Reviewed on: 12 Jul 2017

Excellent! Did exactly what they said they would do. Totally satisfied.
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre

Iceland 2017

By: Capilouto

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

A wonderful experience and service. Excellent guides.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Flowers

Iceland Encounter

By: KJ

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2017

Very good and addressed all needs and concerns. Always willing to help and be there.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

Iceland Encounter

By: Carla

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2017

I had the same wonderful guide that I had last year. It was like old home week and we had a great time. I think they do a good job.
Travel Advisor:  Barbi Lazarow


By: J&J

Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2018

The people at Iceland Encounter were very good to us. They guided us through several weather delays and airline changes, rearranging rides, hotels, restaurants, Blue Lagoon reservations and more with good grace. They provided our guide, Kristjan. He was knowledgeable, gracious, caring and proud of his country. We learned more and saw more than we ever would have on our own or in a large group.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

You HAVE to Visit Iceland

By: Don & Eileen

Reviewed on: 11 Apr 2018

They set up a 12 day guided tour that was incredible and beyond gorgeous. Our guide, Kristjan Petur Vilhelmsson, was one of the best we’ve had any where and gave us so many great experiences that few tourists get to have. He was tireless in making sure we got to explore everything we wanted to see - and then some. At the end of the trip, we considered him a friend and remain in frequent contact. We will go back and we want Kristjan to show us the way.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Schwartz

Iceland Encounter

By: Me

Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2018

They set up a really nice trip for me to Iceland. This is my 3rd trip and they didn't disappoint. I asked for a new guide and he was fabulous. Would highly recommend their services.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King

Awesome GUIDES

By: MC

Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2018

WE loved our Iceland Encounter guides- they were unbelievable. Made the trip. WE loved the activities as well, but the guides were awesome.
Travel Advisor:  Sam McClure


By: Diane

Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2018

The experience was great. Our guide "Thor" was by far the best guide our family has experienced. He made our trip!
Travel Advisor:  Sheri Phillips