West Iceland - Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the West Fjords

- an 8 day tour, starting from and returning to the capital of Reykjavík.

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Introduction 

 

This tour covers the region immediately to the north of Reykjavík as far as the northwest fjords, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula juts out into the ocean and has a number of small fishing settlements scattered around its coastlines. The glacier and volcano Snæfellsjökull, which can be seen from Reykjavík on a clear day, is at the western end.

 

The West Fjords area is one of the remotest parts of Iceland, the harsh landscape is attractive for travellers who take a deep interest in nature. On the westernmost point of Europe, Látrabjarg, bird watchers like to visit impressive sea bird cliffs.

 

In the south of this area there are the two scenically attractive fjords: Hvalfjörður and Borgarfjörður.Borgarfjörður is associated with one of the most famous Icelandic sagas, Egils Saga. It was one of the first Icelandic regions where the Vikings settled. During the middle ages Reykholt, one of the richest farms in the country, was an important centre of politics and culture. It was the home of Snorri Sturluson, political leader and writer. Also of interest in the Reykholt valley is the country's most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver. The area around waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss is very romantic and beautiful.


Day 1: Reykjavík → Grundarfjörður


 

- from Reykjavík drive road no. 1 (ring road) to the north

- pass the small town Mosfellsbær- continue until you reach the fjord Hvalfjörður

- drive through the tunnel, please note that you have to pay obligatory toll (1000 ISK)


Hvalfjarðargöng

- tunnel underneath the fjord Hvalfjörður

- built 1996-1998, 5.6 km long, 165 m deep (measured from sea level)

- right after leaving the tunnel turn right and drive road no. 1 to reach Borgarnes


Borgarnes

- small town living on industry and services

- restaurant, services, shopping centre, bank, hospital, etc.

- one of the sites of the famous Saga of Egill Skallagrímsson

- interesting botanical garden with a relief sculpture of Egill Skallagrímsson

- leave Borgarnes on road no. 54 (Snæfellsnesvegur) towards the peninsula Snæfellsnes

- possible stop at Borg á Mýrum, famous church and parsonage with sculpture Sonatorrek (“Irretrievable Loss of Sons”) by Ásmundur Sveinsson, based on a poem from Egils saga

Eldborg

- volcanic crater 100 m above sea level, 200 m in diameter, 50 m deep in the middle of a lava field called Eldborgarhraun

-it is easiest to approach Eldborg from Snorrastadir on its southern side, walking 2,5 km through the shrub-covered lava field. It is possible to walk all the way around the crater as well as up

- protected area

- drive road no. 54, near Búðir go straight onto road no. 574 (Útnesvegur)

Búðahraun

- lava field on the south shore of Snæfellsnes peninsula

- lovely church from the 19th century at Búðir

- yellow sand beach, rare in Iceland, with black lava


Arnarstapi and Hellnar

- two former fishing villages

- beautiful and striking coast line, interesting rock formations, basalt columns, gorges, caves, and sea bird colonies

- in Arnarstapi you will see the stone monument to the hero Bárður Snæfellsás, who according to the local legend, protects the area from evil

- several marked hiking paths to the caves and sea bird colonies

- restaurant at Arnarstapi, café at Hellnar

- National Park office including interersting exhibition at Hellnar

- continue on road no. 574

Snæfellsjökull

- the area is dominated by the three peaked volcano and glacier Snæfellsjökull (1446 m high) which is believed to be a place of supernatural power

- one of the most famous volcanoes in Iceland featured in novels by Jules Verne and Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness

- a National Park

- several hiking trails

Dritvík

- For centuries one of the busiest fishing-stations, once inhabiting 600 seasonal workers

- walking path to the shore (Djúpalónssandur) where there are four well-known lifting stones which fishermen would try their strength at, they had to be able to lift at least the smaller ones

Rif and Hellissandur

- former important fisher villages

- westernmost settlements on the peninsula

- maritime museum and fishermen’s cottages at Hellissandur

- large colony of the arctic tern between Rif and Hellissandur

 

Ólafsvík

- small town, good harbour facilities, rich offshore fishing grounds

- museum in a 19th century warehouse

- all necessary services

- continue on road no. 574 and 54 to Grundarfjörður

 

Grundarfjörður

- fishing and trading centre since the 18th century

- today lovely small town in a great environment, dominated by the mountain Kirkjufell

- French fishermen built a church and several houses in the town- swimming pool, tourist information

- accommodation recommended at Grundarfjörður Hostel 

 

 

(Distances: Reykjavík-Borgarnes 63 km, Borgarnes-Búðir 102 km, Búðir-Grundarfjörður 89 km; total: 254 km)


Day 2: Grundarfjörður → Bíldudalur


- drive road no. 54 and 58 to get to Stykkishólmur 


Stykkishólmur

- town, fishing and trading centre, school, hospital+

- for centuries a focal point for settlement in the Breiðafjörður area

- modern looking church, concert hall, museum on water: Vatnasafnið

- folk museum close to the harbour in the “Norwegian House”

- supermarket, great swimming pool- from here the ferry Baldur goes to Brjánslækur (West fjords)

- lighthouse near the harbour

- several boat trips with bird and whale watching, tourist information centre

 

- take the ferry Baldur to Brjánslækur (West Fjords)

- passage takes 3 hours

- for cars you need to book in advance

- for further information on the ferry see here

 

- when you get to Brjánslækur drive road no. 62 to the west (Barðaströnd)

- drive the mountain road Kleifaheiði (404 m high) in direction to Patreksfjörður

- when you reach the fjord turn left onto road no. 612- please have in mind that there is no petrol station on the way to Látrabjarg

- be careful on mountain and gravel roads, pay attention to weather conditions

- pass Breiðavík and continue until you get to Látrabjarg; the road is very rough, and climbs up over a plateau, and then steeply down to the coastline
 

 

Bjargtangar and Látrabjarg

- Bjargtangar is the westernmost point of Europe, there is a light house

- Látrarbjarg cliffs rise up to 414 m above sea level, the cliffs are 12 km long

- sea bird colonies (puffins, guillemot, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes)

- a foot path along the top of the cliff offers great views, you can get really near the birds, but please be extremely careful not to fall, and not to disturb the birds

- many shipwrecks have occurred in the rough sea here

- travel the same way back and if you like stop at Hnjótur

Hnjótur

- farm, café and interesting folk and aviation museum, initiated by the local Egill Ólafsson

- memorial to British seamen

- you can watch a film on sea rescue operations that occurred in 1947 and 1948 when the British trawlers Dhoon and Sargon were wrecked during severe snow storms

- drive road no. 616, when you get to the crossroads in the fjord Patreksfjörður, turn left onto road no. 62, heading for the town Patreksfjörður 

 

Patreksfjörður

- small town located on the shore of the southernmost of all West fjords, named after the fjord

- main industry fishing and fishprocessing- memorial to the victims of avalanches and to British seamen from Aberdeen, Hull and Grimsby

- drive road no. 63, pass the fjord Tálknafjörður and drive over the mountain pass Hálfdán (525 m), heading for Bíldudalur  

 

Bíldudalur

- small village, once one of the most important fishing stations in Iceland

- main occupation today fishing and fish processing- monument for drowned seamen of the village

- museum “Melódíur minninganna” (Melody Memory Lane), a small private museum dedicated to Icelandic popular music

- accommodation recommended at Bíldudalur Hostel

 


(Distances: Grundarfjörður-Stykkishólmur 45 km, Brjánslækur-Patreksfjörður 42 km, Patreksjförður-Látrabjarg-Patreksjförður village 124 km, Patreksfjörður-Bíldudalur 27 km; total: 238 km)

 


Day 3: Bíldudalur → Korpudalur


- drive road no. 63 along the coastline of Suðurfirðir



Suðurfirðir

- collective name of the fjords of the southern branch of Arnarfjörður, Fossjörður, Reykjafjörður, Trostansfjörður and Geirþjófsfjörður

- typical landscape of the West fjords: high mountain plateaus and deep fjords, very little of flat land, hardly any space for agriculture, difficult roads

- near Hornatær, turn left onto road no. 60 (Vestfjarðavegur) and drive over the plateau Dynjandisheiði (500 m high) to reach the waterfall Dynjandi

 

Dynjandi

- one of the most beautiful and impressive waterfalls in Iceland

- the water falls in many cascades down from 100 m height, forming a huge triangular

- there is a walking path along the waterfall; it takes at least 1 hour to climb up the hillside. Take your time, it is a wonderful place. There are facilities at the camping site. Nice place for a picnic

- drive road no. 60 to Hrafnseyri

 

Hrafnseyri

- birthplace of Jón Sigurðsson (1811-1879), called ' Jón President' (even though he did not serve as president in actuality), one of the leaders in the fight for independence in Iceland during the 19th century

- replica of a turf farm house and museum dedicated to Jón Sigurðsson, also a nice café on-site

- his birthday, June 17th, is the national holiday. On June 17th 1944, the Republic of Iceland was established

 

- drive road no. 60 over the mountain plateau Hrafnseyrarheiði (552 m) to reach Þingeyri  

Þingeyri

- village

- oldest trading place in the West fjords

- one of Iceland’s oldest houses is in Þingeyri, a warehouse dating back to the 18th century

- spectacular nature surrounds Þingeyri, high mountains and beautiful valleys

- continue on road no. 60 along the fjord Dýrafjörður

Dýrafjörður

- largest fjord in this county, about 39 km long but narrow

- two mountains, Sandfell and Mýrafell, are on both sides of the mouth of the fjord

- continue on road no. 60 over the mountain plateau Gemlufallsheiði to reach the bottom of the fjord Önundarfjörður

- turn right onto road no. 627, heading for Korpudalur Hostel (Kirkjuból)

 

(Distances: Bíldudalur-Dynjandi 60 km, Dynjandi-Korpudalur 54 km; total: 104 km)

 


Day 4: Korpudalur → Broddanes



- from Korpudalur Hostel drive road no. 627 and turn right onto road no. 60, heading for Ísafjörður

 

Ísafjörður

- so-called capital of the West fjords, largest settlement in the area

- living on fishing, trade, administration and tourism- situated in the fjord Skutulsfjörður which is a part of the Ísafjarðardjúp

- all necessary service, banks, shops, hospital, schools

- institutions for higher education

- the oldest part of the town is called Neðstikaupstaður; here you find four of the oldest houses in Iceland, built in the 18th century- very interesting maritime and folk museum in Neðstikaupstaður

- not far from Neðstikaupstaður at the harbour, you can find options for boat trips to the romantic islands Vigur and Æðey

 

- drive road no. 61 along the several fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp



Ísafjarðardjúp

- largest of the West fjords, a number of smaller fjords open into it: Skutulsfjörður, Álftafjörður, Seyðisfjörður, Hestfjörður, Skötufjörður, Mjóifjörður, and Ísafjörður

 

Súðavík

- small village situated in the fjord Álftafjörður

- founded in the late 19th century when Norwegians started to run a whaling station 

- on January 16th 1995, an avalanche fell on Súðavík, killing 14 people and destroying 22 houses

- drive road no. 61 along the coastline, when you reach the fjord Mjóifjörður, drive over the bridge to get the remote peninsula Reykjanes

 

Reykjanes

- narrow peninsula between the fjord Ísafjörður and the fjord Reykjafjörður

- the name means peninsula of steam, referring to the geothermal hot springs in this area

- In 1934, a district boarding school was built here. Nice outdoor swimming pool that once belonged to the school

- hiking trails, bird watching, hot springs near by the shore

- from Reykjanes drive road no. 61, heading for Hólmavík

- drive over the highland plateau Steingrímsfjarðarheiði (440 m high), continue on road no. 61

 

Hólmavík

- village situated in Steingrímsfjörður, population living on fishing and fish processing

- interesting church, cafés, shops, handcraft

- quite an interesting history museum with emphasis on the history of the witch-hunting in 17th century in Iceland, as well as various aspects of magic from younger sources

 

- accommodation is recommended at Broddanes Hostel 

- Broddanes is situated 35 km south of Hólmavík, drive road no. 61


(Distances: Korpudalur-Ísafjörður 40 km, Ísafjörður-Reykjanes ca. 140 km, Reykjanes-Hólmavík 100 km, Hólmavík-Broddanes 35 km; total ca. 315 km)

 


Day 5: Broddanes → Ósar/Sæberg



- from Broddanes drive road no. 61 along the fjords Bitrufjörður and Hrútafjörður
- you are now leaving the West fjords and the landscape changes dramatically


Hrútafjörður

- long narrow fjord, the largest in this part of Iceland

- very good agricultural area, many farms

- when you get to the bottom of the fjord turn left onto road no. 1

- drive road no. 1 leaving the fjord

- when you reach the wide green valley Víðidalur, turn right onto road no. 715 to reach Kolugljúfur

Kolugljúfur

- gorge in the river Víðidalsá, many waterfalls

- stop at the bridge over Víðidalsá and enjoy the beautiful landscape

- no services

- drive over the bridge and continue on road no. 718 to get back to the main road (ring road no. 1)

- drive road no. 1, heading east

 

Blönduós

- small town, population living on agriculture, transport, trading

- situated at the mouth of the river Blanda, the town is on both sides of the river

- very interesting modern church, built in the years 1981-1985

- all necessary service available: bank, shops, petrol station, restaurant

- nice recreation area on an island in the glacial river Blanda, worth to stop and go for a walk

- continue on road no. 1, driving through the valley Langidalur and over the pass Vatnsskarð

 

Arnarstapi

- coming down the mountain pass Vatnsskarð you should stop at the memorial for Stephan G. Stephansson and enjoy the views over the fjord Skagafjörður

- Stephan G. Stephansson (1853-1927) was an Icelandic farmer and poet who lived in this area before leaving the country to settle in USA and Canada, he was called the poet of the Rocky Mountains

- many farmers and poor people from the Skagafjörður area emigrated to Canada and the USA in the late 19th and early 20th century, forming the community of West Icelanders in Canada (especially in Manitoba)

- continue on road no. 1

- before getting to Varmahlíð you can find the church of Víðimýri to the right of road no. 1

 


Víðimýrarkirkja

- traditional turf church from 1834

- one of the most beautiful turf churches still existing in Iceland

- very good example of traditional Icelandic architecture

- continue on road no. 1, turn left on to road no. 75, passing the village Varmahlíð to get to Glaumbær


Glaumbær

- very interesting open air and folk museum, former parsonage and wealthy farm

- one of the few remaining Icelandic turf farms, oldest parts of it are from the 18th century

- beside the turf farm, there are buildings from the 19th and early 20th century, including a church and a former school for housekeepers

- take your time; there are many things to explore and to learn about everyday life in Iceland

- there is a very nice café in a cosy, old-fashioned tearoom where you can get traditional Icelandic cakes and other local snacks.

 

- drive back on road no. 75, turn right onto road no. 1, heading west- drive through Blönduós and continue on road no. 1
- accommodation is recommended at either Ósar Hostel or Sæberg Hostel

 

- if you are going to stay at Ósar Hostel turn right onto road no. 716 and continue on road no. 711 to get to Ósar

- if you are going to stay at Sæberg Hostel, continue on road no. 1 until you reach the fjord Hrútafjörður

 

(Distances: Broddanes-Hrútafjörður (bottom of the fjord) 78 km, Hrútafjörður – Kolugljúfur – Blönduós 103 km, Blönduós – Glaumbær – Blönduós 115 km, Blönduós – Ósar/Sæberg 62/73 km)

 


Day 6: Ósar/Sæberg → Borgarnes/Akranes


 

- coming from Ósar drive back onto road no. 1 and drive to the south (east) to reach the fjord Hrútafjörður- coming from Sæberg Hostel drive road no. 1 heading south- continue on road no. 1 crossing the highland plateau Holtavörðuheiði

Holtavörðuheiði

- traditional route between the north and the south of Iceland

- maximum altitude 400 m

- good view towards the glaciers Eiríksjökull, Langjökull and Hofsjökull when the weather is good

- continue on road no. 1 until you reach Grábrók


Grábrókarhraun/Grábrók

- rough lava field, about 3000 years old, covered with moss and birch growth

- several craters

- Grábrók is one of the craters in Grábrókarhraun, situated just aside road no. 1

- comfortable walking path up to the top of the crater

- excellent view from the top of Grábrók

- protected area. Please do not leave anything, and do not take lave stones with you.

 

- continue on road no. 1

- nearby the service station Baula, turn right onto road no. 50 to reach Deildartunguhver


Deildartunguhver

- most powerful natural hot spring in the world, emits 200 litres of boiling water per second

- very impressive seeing the hot water coming out of the rock

- many greenhouses, some sell delicious Icelandic tomatoes on the spot

- today the hot water is also used to heat the houses in Akranes and Borgarnes

- continue on road no. 50, turn left onto road no. 518 to reach Reykholt

Reykholt

- one of Iceland’s most important historical sites

- during the Middle Ages, this was a centre for religion, culture and politics

- The famous writer and political leader Snorri Sturluson (1179-1261), author of Snorra-Edda lived there. Today, you can see a well-preserved thermal pool from the Middle Ages where Snorri used to bathe. Snorri Sturluson was assassinated in a tunnel, which led from the bath to his house; you can see the entrance to this tunnel

- modern church with a cultural centre and a special library for mediaeval studies, changing exhibitions on mediaeval Icelandic literature and culture

- traditional church from 19th century

- statue of Snorri Sturluson by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, a gift from Norway, unveiled 1947

- the big white building is a former boarding school, built during the 1930s by Guðjón Samúelsson

- continue on road no. 518 to Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls


Hraunfossar

- waterfalls emerging from the junction of porous rock and basalt falling into a 1 km long gorge created by the glacial river Hvítá

- very picturesque scene in the middle of a huge lava field (Hallmundarhraun)

- there are also walking paths on the lava field, notice especially the traditional cairns on the walking paths, interesting vegetation

- protected area. Please do not leave anything and do not take lava stones or plants with you

- the name of this waterfall means the “lava falls”

- service facilities

 

Barnafoss

- waterfall just upstream from Hraunfossar, just follow the walking path

- legend has it that two children drowned here when they tried to cross the river walking on a natural rock arch. The mother of the children had the arch broken down to prevent other families from having to experience the same ordeal. You can see the remains of that arch at the waterfall

- the name means the “children’s waterfall”.

 

- if you are looking for refreshments continue on road no. 518 to go to Húsafell

Húsafell

- woodland and recreation area

- swimming pool, service station, restaurant, shop

- turn back, pass Reykholt, continue on road no. 518, when you get to the crossroads, turn left onto road no. 50 (to the south), continue on road no. 50, 52, 53 until you reach the ring road no. 1


- accommodation is recommended at either Borgarnes Hostel or Akranes Hostel

 

- if you are going to stay at Borgarnes, turn right onto road no. 1, drive over the bridge to Borgarnes

- if you are going to stay at Akranes Hostel, turn left onto road no. 1, drive road no. to the south, turn right onto road no. 51 to reach Akranes

 

Akranes

- small town, all necessary service available

- former fishing village, today population is living on fishing, fish processing and industry

- beach with yellow sand, Langisandur

- interesting local folk and maritime museum, museum on sports and minerals

 

 (Distances: Ósar/Sæberg – Hrútafjörður (bottom) 75/15 km, Hrútafjörður (bottom) – Grábrók 53 km, Grábrók – Húsafell 57 km, Húsafell – Borgarnes/Akranes 67/ 94 km)



Day 7: Borgarnes/ Akranes → Reykjavík


 

- from Borgarnes drive road no. 1 heading south, turn onto road no. 47 to reach the fjord Hvalfjörður

- from Akranes drive back on road no. 51 until you get to the crossroads of road no. 1, 47 and 51, drive road no. 47 to reach the fjord Hvalfjörður

 

Hvalfjörður

- the name means Whale Fjord, very picturesque landscape, very quiet area

- there is an interesting photo exhibition at Ferstikla service station about a submarine station situated in Hvalfjörður during World War II as well on the former whaling station

- there used to be a whaling station in Hvalfjörður, it was closed in 1992, but now it is in use again for a few days every year

- experienced hikers can hike to the highest waterfall in Iceland, Glymur, 210 m. It is at least a two hours hike, starting from the bottom of the fjord up through the valley Botnsdalur. Please seek information before starting a hike

- several viewpoints along the road

- continue on road no. 47 until you reach ring road no. 1

- drive ring road no. 1 to get to Mosfellsbær and Reykjavík

- accommodation is recommended at one of our Reykjavík Hostels  

 

(Distances: Borgarnes – Reykjavík 112 km, Akranes – Reykjavík 101 km)






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Day by day plan

1
 
Reykjavík → Grundarfjörður
Sights: Snæfellsnes peninsula



2

Grundarfjörður → Bíldudalur
Sights: Breiðafjörður, Látrabjarg, Hnjótur



 3
Bíldudalur → Korpudalur
Sights:  Dynjandi, Hrafnseyri, Þingeyri



 4
Korpudalur → Broddanes
Sights: Ísafjörður, (Vigur), Reykjanes, Hólmavík



 5
Broddanes → Ósar/Sæberg
Sights: Kolugljúfur, Glaumbær, Viðimýrarkirkja



 6
Ósar/Sæberg → Borgarnes/Akranes
Sights: Grábrók, Deildartunguhver, Reykholt, Hraunfossar, Barnafoss



 7
Borgarnes/ Akranes → Reykjavík
Sights: Hvalfjörður, Reykjavík

 

 

Possible combinations for this itinerary

- travel to Akureyri on day 5 and combine this tour with the NORTH EAST OF ICELAND tour
- after returning to Reykjavík, combine this tour with the SOUTH COAST ADVENTURE

 

Extension A: Hólar, Hofsós, Siglufjörður/Dalvík – 1 or 2 days

- on day 5, after visiting Glaumbær do not travel back to Blönduós, but towards Siglufjörður instead

- from Glaumbær drive back to get onto road no. 1, turn left, heading east

- after a short while turn left again onto road no. 76 in direction to Hofsós

- before getting to Hofsós turn right onto road no. 767 to get to Hólar in the valley Hjaltadalur

 

Hólar

- former bishopric (1106-1998), most important historical site in northern Iceland

- religious and educational centre from the 12th until the 18th century

- it was the site of Iceland’s first printing press- in 1584, the first complete Icelandic Bible was printed here

- the last Catholic bishop, Jón Arason, who resisted the Reformation, was beheaded at Skálholt in the fall of 1550

- church, built 1763 of local red sand stone, oldest stone building in Iceland

- church tower built in the 1950s- get a local guide to tell you about the history and all the interesting pieces inside the church as well as the replica of a wooden building, Auðunarstofa, from the Middle Ages

- today home to the Agricultural College and Hólar University, teaching aquaculture and fish biology, equine sciences, and rural tourism

- during the summer season, there are exhibitions on local history at the University

- nice hiking area


- drive back and turn right onto road no. 76, heading north to Hofsós


Hofsós

- village, situated on the eastern shores of Skagafjörður

- former trading centre and harbour- Icelandic Emigration Centre (Vesturfarasetrið) with exhibitions on emigration to Canada and the USA in the late 19th century is very interesting

- nice harbour, the exhibition is situated here, as well as Pakkhúsið, a wooden warehouse from the 18th century, now preserved by the National Museum

 

- continue on road no. 76 to reach Siglufjörður


Siglufjörður

- fishing town

- protected against avalanches by two walls (18 m and 14 m high)

- very interesting Herring Era Museum, Iceland’s largest maritime museum

- the Boat House recreates the town’s bustling harbour of the 1950s with many old fishing boats at the dock. During the years of the so-called “herring adventure”, a gold rush-like atmosphere settled over the town, leading to Siglufjörður been dubbed the "Atlantic Klondike" 


Dalvík

Dalvík is a typical fishing village with around 1.500 inhabitants. The village is surrounded by the ocean, deep valleys and the high mountains of the Tröllaskagi peninsula. 

 

There are countless possibilities of things to do in Dalvík area: whale watching, museum, horse rental, swimming pool and gym, great hiking routes, and areas for outdoor activity, bird watching in a nature reserve, golf, skiing area, and more! In Dalvík area, there are great possibilities to watch the Northern lights during winter time. There is a short distance to grocery store, ATM, café, and restaurant from the hostel.
From Dalvík the ferry Sæfari sails three times a week to Grímsey island which lies on the Arctic Circle. Sæfari ferry also sails twice a week to Hrísey, the Pearl of Eyjafjörður fjord.

 

- accommodation recommended at Siglufjörður Hostel or Dalvík Hostel

(Distances: Glaumbær – Hólar 50 km, Hólar – Siglufjörður 87 km, from Siglufjörður to Dalvík 34 km)

 

- from Siglufjörður/Dalvík drive back to get on road no. 1 and continue as described above (day 5, 6, 7)  

 

 

Extension B: Day trips from Reykjavík

 

- The Golden Circle (Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Skálholt, Kerið,)

- Hvalfjörður and Borgarfjörður day tour (Hvalfjörður, Deildartunguhver, Hraunfossar, Barnafoss)

- South Coast in one day (Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Skógar museum, Dyrhólaey, Vík)

- Reykjanes peninsula (Bessastaðir, Hafnarfjörður, Krýsuvík, Grindavík, Blue lagoon)


Extension C: Trip from Reykjavík to Westman Islands, 2 days


Vestmannaeyjar

- a group of small islands south of Iceland

- people live on fishing, tourism and services

- in 1973, inhabitants experienced a catastrophe when the volcano Eldfell erupted and its lava and ashes destroyed half of the township, it also threatened to block the harbour

- in 1974, most of the inhabitants returned and started rebuilding their homes

- today you can still feel the warmth of the volcano and people call Heimaey “little Pompeii”- grassy hills and sea cliffs are home to bird colonies of puffins, fulmar and guillemot

- guided tours by bus, boat, and foot, swimming pool, cinema, Volcanic Film Show, folk museum, archaeological excavations

- in 1963, the island Surtsey was formed by a submarine eruption, today it is a nature reserve

 

- transportation to the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) is possible via ferry or plane, scheduled flight to Vestmannaeyjar goes from Bakki Airport and from Reykjavík Airport
- accommodation is recommended at Vestmannaeyjar Hostel

 

 



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