The Icelandic Westfjords
- Natural Remote Paradise away-from-it-all
7 days August 21th to 27th 2016
10 days September 20th to 29th 2016
Women - Season trip to the idyllic Icelandic Westfjords
Look forward to a truly unique and enjoyable trip from Reykjavik across the varied landscapes of Iceland and around the Westfjords, where Helga shows you her adopted home. Experience an exceptional type of tourism – cocooned in the beautiful nature of the Westfjords – a trip that offers it all – time for yourself, to unwind and relax as well as adventures in a magical landscape with likeminded people. The basic concept of Islandfrauen is to make you feel cared for in a pleasant atmosphere with nice people, to get to know the country and its people.
This tour is ideal for people with a close connection to nature, who are curious to explore the beauty of nature, the land, the people who live there and their culture. In addition to the planned visits and walks you can take short hikes, use one of the location-specific advantages or just relax in one of the many hot pots or swimming pools. Arranged meetings with the locals will give you a special insight into people’s life’s and round off the experience.
My guides love their job with all their heart. Their catching enthusiasm creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere. In a unique light and lively way they share their versatile knowledge – may it be stories about history and culture, the Sagas and Viking era, the origin of Iceland and in particular the Westfjords and Icelandic plants and their use in the past and today. They know many local myths and legends which will give you an even closer connection to the area and its mystical side.
the highlights and natural beauty of the Westfjords around the National Roads 60,62, 63, 65, 68, 612 614, 643 and 633, the waterfall Dynjandi, the bird cliffs of Látrabjarg, the fascinating towns of Patreksfjörður, Ísafjörður, Þingeyri and Hólmavik. We will visit a farm, an eider colony, an artist/ craftswoman, a witch museum, a salt factory, former herring factory. We also stop at scenic impressive places and landscapes. Hot pots and pools are everywhere.
Day 1: Arrival at the international airport in Keflavik
Grayline will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your accommodation in the centre of Reykjavík. The rest of the day is at your disposal e.g. for exploring the town.
Day 2: Golden Circle Tour 9:00 a.m. until about 5.00 p.m.
We pick you up at your lodgings. You will see some of the highlights of Iceland: The national park þingvellir, the big geysir and the wonderful waterfall Gullfoss.
Day 3: 9.00 a.m. Pick up at your accommodation to Flokalandur 6.00 p.m.
We take our time and on our way to the Westfjords we take a break at Borgarfjörður with its comparatively new lava fields and craters in a wonderful landscape. Our late lunch waits for us in the first country hotel of Iceland, Hotel Bjarklundur. Until we arrive at our hotel Flokalandur we pass through birch woods, see bizarre rocks and mountain passes with marvellous views. We stop at Gísahellir, where Gísli Súrson of the Icelandic Saga was hiding and listen to his saga. We will have dinner at our hotel and end the day with a bath in a natural hot pot.
Day 4.: 9.15 a.m. Flokalundur – Hnóti - Látrabjarg – Rauðasandur - Patreksfjörður 5.00 p.m.
Our route touches the wonderful sandy beach of Barðaströnd. We see the place where Iceland got its name. In Látrabjarg, the most western point of Iceland, there is one of the biggest seabird colonies of Iceland. We could even see some puffins. The view of the Atlantic Ocean is fantastic. Close by we visit the ruins of a fishing village. After our lunch at the museum Hnóti we continue to Rauðasandur one oft he most beautiful sand beaches of Iceland where we have coffee. Our day ends in the fishing village of Patreksfjörður. Here we have dinner and spend the night. Late afternoon and evening are at your disposal. You could do a guided tour through the village for example.
Day 5: 9:15 a.m. Patreksfjördur – Dynjandi - Þingeyri 3 p.m.
Our tour leads over mountain passes with unforgettable vistas to Þingeyri, by fjords and over the high plateaus of Dynjandisheiði and Hrafnseyrarheiði, which are regularly closed in winter due to the snow. On our way there we take a break in a secluded geothermal swimmimg pool with a great view over the fjord. We look at the place where the hero of the Gíslasaga was killed and reach the Dynjandi, the biggest waterfall of the Westfjords. There is time for a walk there and for picking blueberries. Afterwards we visit the museum Hrafnseyri, where we have lunch in a turf house, visit a small church and the excavation site of a Viking longhouse.
In the historical village of Þingeyri, where we spend the night, we have coffee. In the afternoon we have a guided tour of the village where we hear a lot about its interesting history and visit the church near the old Þing place and the old smithy. After that there is time for swimming, a riding tour or walks.
Day 6: 9:15 a.m. Þingeyri – Bolungarvík - Ísafjörður – Súðavík – Heydalur 6:00 p.m.
From Þingeyri we drive to Bolungarvík where we visit the fishery museum and drive up a 630m high mountain with a fantastic view. Our lunch we will have in Ísafjörður. Helga will take us on a walk through the historic village in her costume of the 19th century.
In Ísafjarðardjúp we make a stop in Súðavík where we visit the polar fox centre and get some insights about snow avalanches. On a small historical farm along the way we break for coffee. In the evening we will arrive in Heydalur. We have dinner there and stay for the next two nights. Heydalur is farm that was turned into a cosy guesthouse. We will have our excellent meals in the former barn.
Day 7: Heydalur
This day you can organise after your own fashion. Besides just enjoying being in the wonderful nature of the Westfjords you could do a riding tour, go swimming, enjoy the hot pot, watch birds, hike, or go kayaking. We have all our meals here. In the evenings there will be Icelandic fairy tales to listen to, learn a bit of Icelandic or sing some Icelandic songs.
Day 8: 9:15 a.m. Heydalur – Reykjanes – Djúpavík – Drangsnes 3:30 p.m.
In Strandir the most eastern part of the Westfjords magic and myths of the dark ages come alive. On the way there we visit the salt works in Reykjanes, where salt is made out of sea water with the help of geothermal heat. We take a bath in a geothermal pool and look at the former herring factory in Djúpavík where we will have lunch. On the way to our lodging in Drangsnes we stop at a beach that is famous for its driftwood. In Drangsnes we will have our farewell evening and stay the night. There is also a wonderful thermal bath to enjoy.
Day 9: 9:15 a.m. Drangsnes – Hólmavík – Borganes – Reykjavík ca. 6:30 p.m.s
On our way back to Reykjavík we stop at the witch museum in Hólmavík, look at vegetation turned into soft coal and visit a down processing plant where we are invited for coffee. In the evening we reach Reykjavík where every woman is brought back to her lodgings.
Day 10: Reykjavík
You can spend the time until your flight leaves at your own convenience. Note that the bus that will pick you up at your accommodation has to be booked by your hotel. It leaves regularly almost every hour.
Note that some points of this program might have to be cancelled because of reasons not known in advance e.g. because of the weather. We will always try to provide an adequate replacement. Every day you will have the chance to either visit a swimming pool or enjoy a hot pot.
the highlights and natural beauty of the Westfjords around the National Roads 60,62, 63, 65, 68, 612, 643 and 633, the waterfall Dynjandi, the bird cliffs of Látrabjarg, the fascinating towns of Patreksfjörður, Suðureyri, Ísafjörður, Þingeyri and Hólmavik. We will visit a farm, an eider colony, an artist/ craftswoman, a witch museum, a salt factory, a seaweed processing and former herring factory factory, a seaweed processing, a former herring factory, take a seaweed bath and participate in a special food trail. We might also be able to witness the sheep-roundup which is a big event in Iceland. We also stop at scenic impressive places and landscapes. Hot pots and pools are everywhere.
Small group tour: 4 – 12 people
Optional: Horseback riding, kayaking, cycling, fishing, visit rune places, hear Icelandic Sagas, and learn Icelandic songs and some important Icelandic words. Outside of the program is enough time for walks, personal explorations and short hikes - time for you in the midst of enchanting nature.
Included: Accommodation in a double room (no en-suite), in guesthouses or hotels, coach, full board, sightseeing, guide, swimming pool (with sauna or steam bath), morning Qi Gong and walks.
Price 7 days: € 1,675 (single room supplement for 7 days € 140)
and 3 nights in Reykjavik from 19 to 08.28.2016: € 2,090 (single supplement € 290)
Price 10 days: € 2,330 (single supplement € 160)
and 3 nights in Reykjavik on 18 - 09/30/2016: € 2,090 (single supplement € 310)