Go off the beaten track hiking around the magical Westfjords in Iceland. Charming remoteness, epic trails, hot spring bathing and a fabulous culinary experience. A unique way to experience Iceland!
It isn’t often that one finds himself in complete silence but the remoteness of Strandir makes it possible, this charming factor adds so much to the experience of visiting. On one side you’ll have majestic mountains and on the other vast ocean views. The Westfjords are the oldest part of Iceland, the most powerfully shaped by glaciers, ice ages, and other natural phenomena. You’ll join like-minded travelers exploring locations known only to a few, soak in hot geothermal pools, enjoy local cuisine and relish in the breathtaking views, all in perfect harmony with untouched nature. Take a step out of the real world and into heaven!
July - September
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Westfjords of Iceland
- Scenic Drive
- Remote Locations
- Epic Hiking Trails Hornstrandir
- Geothermal Pool Krossneslaug
- Reykjavik Pick-up & Drop Off
- Guided Tour in a Minibus
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- 2 Nights of Accommodation in a Country Hotel with Breakfast
- Admission Fee to the Geothermal Pool
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
Strandir in the northwestern part of Iceland is not usually the first place people mention when discussing Iceland. The reason, well, it’s unreachable throughout much of the winter, and getting there requires great driving skills. Luckily, this leaves us with vast landscapes of untouched nature and the most unique and remote places in Iceland to explore. Strandir is unlike any other place when the midnight sun bathes the ocean in its rays, illuminating the mountains, hills and stunning fjords after the dark months of winter. The wildlife is colorful and the solitude is totally otherworldly. You will be greeted by seals, birds and a few curious horses and sheep along the way, and the few remaining summer inhabitants will welcome you in the charming little villages.
This tour is all about hiking, beautiful nature, local cuisine and untouched locations. We will visit old historic sites and hike the trails that the settlers used when they traveled through these parts. The Westfjords, or, as the locals like to call them ‘the best fjords’ are the harshest and most rural places in Iceland, as well as being incredibly beautiful. Many of these places are only reachable on foot or by boat – on this tour you will experience that remoteness and beauty first hand. Strandir means beaches, this name is very meaningful, no matter where you are in the Westfjords you are close to the ocean. This adds greatly to the fresh and clean serenity which empowers this place. The West Fjords are the place to go when you want to be in complete silence.
Pick up is at 08:30 from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
See the itinerary for a full coverage of this wonderful experience.
We head away from Reykjavík to the exciting and mesmerizing Westfjords. The drive becomes increasingly scenic, inviting you to feast your eyes on the sensational and vast ocean views as we make our way to our incredibly remote destination. We stop for lunch at Búðardalur, a lovely little fishing village with a rich history. The place we go to is right by the harbor, you will taste the salty ocean tang in the air the moment you step outside the minibus. In the afternoon we travel across mountains and through valleys before you start to see the first sign of the fjords. Views of the stunning mountains are on one side, with huge expanses of sea, dotted with little green islands on the other – a truly surreal landscape. Of course, we will stop to enjoy some short hikes and the freshest air imaginable. One of these stops is in the beautiful Borgarhólmur area, where eagles nest in the hills, hopefully, we will catch sight of a majestic eagle! Eagles are often seen around the Westfjords, so, if you miss out today, your chances of a little eagle spotting are good over the next three days.
We arrive at our peaceful country hotel in time for dinner, you even get the chance to relax in a wonderful natural hot pool with breathtaking views of the Arctic Ocean. Enjoying Icelandic nature doesn´t get any better than this!
- Scenic drives
- Hopefully eagle views
- Búðardalur village
- Krossneslaus hot pool
- Local cuisine
- Knowledgable guide
Today we begin with a drive into Ófeigsfjörður, a very beautiful fjord – the ultimate remoteness of this incredible place will really impress you. Basically, we will drive you to the point where the road ends. Just a few people live here in the summertime, in winter this fjord is uninhabited. We will hike alongside the sensational Hvalá river, in English Hvalá means ‘the Whale River’, along the way we visit Hvalárfoss waterfall. Yes, you´ve got it! The name of this extremely alluring waterfall means ‘Whale Falls’. Your hike will take you over the hills right inside the fjord, giving you the great experience of sitting on a high point and looking out over the absolutely otherworldly fjord. You may feel like a king or queen surveying a great and surreal kingdom!
Next, this tour will take you to some more places where there are no roads at all – you can only go on foot. There is just you, your fellow participants, your guide, the sea and untouched nature as far as the eye can see. This is the time to enjoy a moment of stillness – take a deep breath and really feel the amazing solitude, such a precious and rare experience in today´s world! When we get back to Norðurfjörður we will have a chance to revisit the magical Krossneslaug pool. You will certainly have worked up an appetite to enjoy another great meal prepared by your hosts – on this tour you experience the best of countryside hospitality.
- Hvalárfoss waterfall
- Epic views
- Great hiking trails
- A great culinary experince
- Knowledgable guide
- Breakfast and Dinner
As this is our last day we will check out from our hotel and leave the wonderful fjord of Norðurfjörður. We take the journey back quite slowly, making time for a short but amazingly beautiful hike at Bjarnarfjörður, a glorious fjord surrounded by green and fertile countryside. We will also visit the village of Hólmavík where we will have lunch and see one of the Icelanders’ favorite museums, the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft. From the colorful village of Hólmavík we will trace our way along the coastline to the bottom of Hrútafjörður, another beautiful and remote fjord. There will be time to stop at two different places from where the boats used to sail to and from America in the late 19th century. Many, many Icelanders fled the country in those hard times, escaping unusually cold winters, failed harvests, disease epidemics and volcanic eruptions.
You will begin to see signs that you are getting closer to civilization. Once again, we will drive through Búðardalur, a really picturesque valley, a short mountain road will take us over the heathland at Rauðamelsheiði. Have no worries, we will, of course, make sure there is time to enjoy another hike – you cannot quite put your hiking boots away yet! We will stretch our legs, breathing pure Icelandic fresh air as we hike through a lovely and peaceful area, passing a couple of trout-filled lakes which are, not surprisingly, very popular with local fisherman. The views in this region are stupendous, the local wildlife and landscapes are colorful and diverse in the areas around Álftafjörður (meaning Swan Fjord) and Straumfjörður. We expect to arrive back in Reykjavík at approximately 20:00, as always in Iceland the weather and conditions can influence timings a little.
- Scenic drives
- Hólmavík village
- Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft
- Epic views
- Nature hike
- Knowlegable guide
- Entrence to the museum
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
Here is the plus-side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant.
Tipping is not a requirement here in Iceland although it is permitted and does make most people very happy.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sounds like a joke but is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around.
Iceland is a very high tech country. We actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free wifi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere.
Our multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.
Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.
You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you the absolute best experience.
When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.
If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.
All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!
A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.
If your tour includes an accommodation, breakfast is included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. However, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.
You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.
Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.
Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.
For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).
* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).
* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.
* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.
We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours. Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travelers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.
If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.
We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.
If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.
If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.
For further information about rental gear:
Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call up on request if they lights are spotted.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).
For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.
- The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).
- It’s possible to store your luggage in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.
- Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.