Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Iceland Westfjords self drive (11 days)

50 Degrees North

Reykjavík, Iceland To Reykjavík, Iceland

Valid for Departures: 01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Reykjavík, Iceland
Hotel Alda None

Arrive Reykjavik and transfer into town

On arrival, transfer to your central hotel. After settling in, start exploring this lovely capital. Be sure to check out the design stores and cool cafes in central Reykjavik.

In the evening you can enjoy a gourmet dinner at one of Reykjavik's many fine restaurants - taste the fresh Atlantic seafood or free-range lamb that Iceland is famous for.

Day 2
Reykjavík, Iceland
Hotel Alda Breakfast

Reykjavik - optional activities such as 'Inside the Volcano' tour

Reykjavik is an easy city to explore on foot or bike. Feel the fresh air on your face with a visit the harbour and perhaps enjoy a food tour of this small capital. If you're interested in experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

Optional day tours include the 'Inside the Volcano' or the 'Inside the Glacier' tour which we would recommend booking before you travel.

Day 3
Búdardalur, Iceland
Director's Choice Breakfast

Golden Circle Drive and then stay in a small fishing village

Pick up your car today and before heading west, drive the Golden Circle: erupting hot springs at Geysir, Gullfoss waterfalls and Þingvellir National Park. The Gullfoss waterfalls are Iceland's most popular and easily accessible from Reykjavik, therefore, rather crowded in the peak season. These two-tiered waterfalls are spectacular and involve a short walk from the car park.

Þingvellir is one of the most frequently visited tourist sites in Iceland where you can become better acquainted with Iceland's history and traditions. You can join guided tours of the site and also find short hiking trails to help you explore Þingvellir National Park.

At your leisure, head towards your stay tonight in a small fishing town by the beautiful Breiðafjörður with it´s numerous islands. Everything is within walking distance from your hotel such as museums, restaurants, the swimming pool and the beautiful harbour; the gateway to Breidafjordur Bay.

Day 4
Búdardalur, Iceland
Director's Choice Breakfast

Explore Snæfellsjökull glacier and it´s surrounding area

Options today include exploring Snæfellsjökull glacier and it´s surrounding area. You can take an organised tour to reach the top of the glacier by either ski touring, ice-climbing or on a SnowCat.

From the top of the glacier it´s possible to go underground while exploring Vatnshellir Cave, an 8000 years old lava tube. It´s also possible to go horseback riding and birdwatching today.

Just thirty minutes away is the town Grundarfjörður where Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland, is located. Go for a boat ride touring Breidafjordur Bay with it´s innumerable islands, it´s various wildlife and try some local sushi.

Day 5
Patreksfjördur, Iceland
Director's Choice Breakfast

Ferry to Brjánslækur, visit the bird cliffs at Látrabjarg or have a swim down by the harbour

This morning, board a ferry from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur. On arrival, you can visit the natural hot springs at Hellalaug that look over the fjords, a short five minute drive from the ferry port. Afterwards head toward Europe’s most westerly town, Patreksfjörður and take a dip in the water front swimming pool. Keen birders can head out at dusk to the Látrabjarg cliffs.

Your hotel this evening is centrally located and family run.

Situated close to the water, head down to the fishing harbor in the early afternoon when boats get back with their day catch, making the fish market active or first thing the next day as the boats head out to sea.

Day 6
Isafjördur, Iceland
Director's Choice Breakfast

Explore Dynjandi waterfall on your way to Westfjords main town, Ísafjörður

There are lots of different options for today but the route we suggest is driving via Bíldudalur and doing the sea cliff drive to the Samúel Jónson’s naive art museum in Selárdalur. This drive is very scenic - check out the google map directions before you go!!

If sea monsters is your thing, stop in Bíldudalur to visit the Sea Monster museum.

Next stop is the Dynjandi waterfall - one of Iceland’s most impressive & majestic waterfalls, and often considered the icon of The Westfjords. There are seven levels to explore.

Day 7
Isafjördur, Iceland
Director's Choice Breakfast

Ísafjörður optional activities - go hiking, boating or sea kayaking

Today is set aside for you for optional excursions. A golf course, hiking and biking trails, horse riding, bird watching, skiing and kayaking are all within an easy reach. Ferries to Hornstrandir Nature Reserve depart from Ísafjörður daily during the summer months.

Day 8
Borgarnes, Iceland
Borgarbyggd area hotel Breakfast

Head back towards Route 1 and Reykjavik, stopping along the way at quirky museums and natural hot springs

A longer day of driving today gets you back to Route 1. If visiting hot tubs is on your bucket list, deviate slightly to visit the three cute square jacuzzi tubs on the side of the road overlooking the beach in Drangsnes, and there are even fancy change rooms across the road. Afterwards, you can have a coffee at the Hólmavík witchcraft museum and have another hot springs dip at Gvenarlaug next door, a beautiful rock-lined and very hot outdoor pool.

Day 9
Borgarnes, Iceland
Borgarbyggd area Breakfast

Day exploring Borgarfjordur - lava fields, waterfalls or into the Glacier

After breakfast, explore the surrounding area. Start with the Hraunfossar waterfalls; which cascade gloriously from underneath the edge of a lava field and spill into the glacial river Hvítá. A geothermal bath is also located on the grounds of your hotel.

Optional tour 'Into the Glacier' can be included today - it is just down the road. Hiking, Ice Caving, Golfing and Flightseeing can be included.

Be sure to enjoy new Nordic Cuisine and great views at the hotel's restaurant.

Day 10
Grindavík, Iceland
Silica Hotel standard room Breakfast

Drive to the Blue Lagoon

After breakfast, at your leisure, make your way to the Blue Lagoon, the ultimate hot spring experience. Set in the heart of a stunning lava landscape, Silica Hotel is a just ten-minute walk from the Blue Lagoon. The hotel offers its own private bathing lagoon, which is available for hotel guests every day from 09:00 to 22:00.

Day 11
Reykjavík, Iceland
Silica Hotel standard room Breakfast

Departure day

After breakfast, return your car at the airport and fly to your next destination.

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Description

Take a journey into the Icelandic countryside, self-driving the sparsely populated Westfjords region. Isolated, rugged and wind-shorn: these are qualities that easily define the Westfjords in Iceland. But this lonely peninsula also harbours the unspoilt beauty of Iceland's more secluded landmarks. Explore the levels of the Dynjandi waterfalls, visit the bird cliffs of Látrabjarg and wait for the returning fishing boats in the harbours to unload the 'catch of the day'.

Get off the beaten track - the oldest and wildest part of Iceland is ready to welcome you.

Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik and transfer into town

Day 2: Reykjavik - optional activities such as 'Inside the Volcano' tour

Day 3: Golden Circle Drive and then stay in a small fishing village

Day 4: Explore Snæfellsjökull glacier and it´s surrounding area

Day 5: Ferry to Brjánslækur, visit the bird cliffs at Látrabjarg or have a swim down by the harbour

Day 6: Explore Dynjandi waterfall on your way to Westfjords main town, Ísafjörður

Day 7: Ísafjörður optional activities - go hiking, boating or sea kayaking

Day 8 : Head back towards Route 1 and Reykjavik, stopping along the way at quirky museums and natural hot springs

Day 9: Day exploring Borgarfjordur - lava fields, waterfalls or into the Glacier

Day 10: Drive to the Blue Lagoon

Day 11: Departure day

Driving in Iceland:

In regards to gravel roads; technically you’re not recommended to take a hire car on gravel roads, but in Iceland you may not have a choice. Some guesthouses are located on gravel roads and also on the east coast there’s a bit of the main road (number 1) that’s unsealed. Consider getting extra car insurance with gravel protection if it is something that might worry you.

The hire car cannot be driven in the Highlands area.

Please note: Due to limited availability of accommodation in certain areas of Iceland this summer, we may need to adjust overnight locations and driving distances in some tours.

About Us

50 Degrees North is a family owned, boutique destination specialist tour operator for the Nordic region and the Scandinavian Arctic. The company’s entirely Nordic sales staff offers in-depth knowledge of all its destinations. Luxury for us means experiencing something extraordinary beyond your everyday life; immersing yourself into the local culture, nature and people and, when possible, venturing away from the well-trodden paths and into the ‘un-known’. We do things the simple and beautiful Scandinavian way. With offices in Norway, Canada and Australia, 50 Degrees North is able to provide our clients with support 24/7.

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By: Igofish


Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Given that 59 Deveees North is in Norway, they had no presence in Greenland whatsoever. While they were able to arrange the activities we requested, we had no single point person in Greenland. We felt on our own on a daily basis. This may have been due to a lack of personal experience with Greenland and more specifically the town where we visited. Since this is a national heritage site, I would have expected greater familiarity. However, we were able to fend for ourselves when neededttt
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Great options and fast service when needed

By: patcat


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2017

Ours was a complex itinerary and they came through. There were a few minor stumbles and one change initiated by us...but all were handled quickly and professionally. Overall a fantastic experience!
Travel Advisor:  Colette Guterson
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50 Degrees North

By: Meryl


Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2017

Did not get what we had hoped for overall on our trip to Iceland. The only part of our trip that was planned for us and we loved was at The Blue Lagoon. Did not get "guided" tours, got pick up and drop off at destinations. Planning done on own and helped put together by our agent was better than what 50 Degrees North did for us.
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Wonderful adventure

By: globetrots


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

Terrific service all around offering plenty of options and information. Had to make last minute miodifications and all went smoothly.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott
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Good experience

By: Jensi


Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2018

My travel agent worked directly with 50 North in planning our trip. I can say that all of our tours were professional and fun. Also, when the weather caused restrictions on some of the planned activities, the company was quick to find a suitable alternative. Everything was exactly as described to us and we had a fantastic trip!
Travel Advisor:  Ron Phillips
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Well planned, learned a lot

By: Connerss


Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2018

Hotels were very nice, tour operators were good, private guides were stellar and informative, particularly those with Mountain Guides. Would definitely use 50 Degrees North again. Only complaint was one tour operator (Artic Adventures) had buses that were so compact we all had to turn and leave our legs in the aisle, and I'm not tall. While the sites were beautiful and the tour guide knowledgeable, the long sardine-can bus ride was very difficult. Perhaps they were the only operators sending trips to our desired locations, unsure of that detail.
Travel Advisor:  Irene Quisenberry
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By: Finngirl


Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

I would definitely use 50 Degrees North again. They planned our trip, which was perfect. There were 4 people in our group and they had something for all of us, and we all enjoyed everything we did. Leena our tour guide was absolutely wonderful. She made the walking tour a lot fun and we learned a lot. Hotels they choose were great and I couldn't have asked for anything more.
Travel Advisor:  Rosemarie Spinney
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By: Grandma


Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2018

Everything went perfectly. Tours were wonderful.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Rectenwald
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