Iceland Westfjords Hiking Odyssey
Includes all lodging, all breakfast, lunch and snacks, 7 dinners, transportation within Iceland, local guide, guided tour Into The Glacier, park entrance fees, leaders, trail maps and narratives.
Timberline van will transfer guests from the hotel in Reykjavik to the start of the tour, and return to the hotel.
Not included: Airline service to Keflavík International Airport; pre and post tour hotel, selected dinners; alcoholic beverages; Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:00 am
This amazing Nordic island nation has become a hot spot for recent travelers. Not only is it easy to get to, being closer than any other European country to the Americas, but its dramatic landscape includes volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, lava fields, hot springs, countless waterfalls, numerous mountain ranges, two national parks and fields upon fields of lupine. The history of its people dating back to Viking times is told in the Sagas, which every Icelandic child can recite.
Certain parts of Iceland have become world renowned – the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle tour, Vatnajökull National Park, the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull. These are all fascinating places, to be sure. But as Timberline has always focused on getting out of the normal tourist stream, here too, we plan to venture farther afield. This year’s hiking Odyssey will take us to the far reaches of the Westfjords, where the first paved roads are just starting to appear, and the remote hiking is more like following the footsteps of wanderers from 1000 years ago. Our local guide grew up in the Westfjords and will entertain us with stories throughout the tour.
We start our tour heading directly to the second national park, Snæfellsjökull, located far out on a western peninsula. After some hikes among the waterfalls and up to the glacier, we leave the area by ferry, crossing the massive Breiðafjörður. Once we reach the Westfjords, you can’t help but admire how this region with a population of just 7,000 continues to thrive and take care of their amazing resources. Here we will find hidden lakes, massive waterfalls, overland passages, small fishing villages, towering mountains, cliffs full of birds, and of course, countless fjords connecting to the Denmark Strait. Our hikes will be varied and surreal. Surprisingly our accommodations will be more than comfortable, and the local cuisine will astound you.
We continue our loop route across the 7 km isthmus that connects to the mainland, and on to a posh resort fed by a natural thermal spring. Here we will join a tour that takes us through a tunnel into one of the largest glaciers in the nation, for a completely different view of our surroundings. A last soak in the hot springs, then a last hike to the second highest waterfall in Iceland is on the itinerary, before we complete our tour with the return to the capital city of Reykjavik.
Don’t miss this one time only opportunity to explore the remote Westfjords of Iceland.
|Day 1||Pickup in Reykjavik, transfer to Snæfellsnes Peninsula with a hike along the way. Overnight in Ólafsvík||7 km|
|Day 2||Hike in Snæfellsjökull National Park. Overnight in Ólafsvík.||15 km|
|Day 3||Hike around Kirkjufell Mountain, afternoon ferry to Westfjords. Overnight in Flókalundur.||6 km|
|Day 4||Morning hike up Lómfell, afternoon hike to Helluvatn. Overnight in Flókalundur.||6 km + 6 km|
|Day 5||Hike Trail 44 across the peninsula. Overnight in Patreksfjörður.||14 km|
|Day 6||Layover day, optional excursion to the Látrabjarg bird cliffs. Overnight in Patreksfjörður|
|Day 7||Visit Dynjandi waterfall, climb Kaldbakur, highest point in Westfjords. Overnight in Ísafjörður||12 km|
|Day 8||Hike Álftafjarðarheiði across the peninsula. Overnight in Ísafjörður||15 km|
|Day 9||Morning kayak in Skutulsfjörður, transfer to Hólmavík, afternoon hike above Hólmavík.||5 km|
|Day 10||Transfer to Husafell, visit Hraunfosser Waterfall, afternoon tour Into The Glacier. overnight in Husafell||5 km|
|Day 11||Hike to Glymer Waterfall, return to Reykjavik||8 km|