Westfjords & The Látrabjarg Cliffs
Iceland really is a magical and mystical place. The natural geological wonders, landscapes, birds and ocean life are unforgettable!
Please join us! You will see and experience amazing waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, whale watching, birding, eating at the finest restaurants in Reykjavik, off-road Super-Jeep exploring, walking the incredible landscape of this amazing island, soaking in natural thermal hot springs, sleeping at great hotels, snuggling in cozy cabins, Nordic shopping, Icelandic horses and charming Vikings!
We start out this 10 day trip in Reykjavik. This is a great area for whale watching, birding and walking the shore line. Reykjavik is a great city for art and culture. We will fly to the Westfjords and spend four days visiting some of the most amazing landscapes, waterfalls and birding colonies in Iceland. We will spend our last day back in Reykjavik.
Highlights: 1) Whale and bird watching off the coast of Reykjavik. 2) Walking the edge of the Látrabjarg cliffs and viewing Puffins! 3) Standing next to incredible waterfalls.
Printable Bird List
(This is a checklist of birds that we have seen in the month of May)
6 Travelers plus guides
Rate per person = $3,750 (based on double occupancy)
Rate for single = $5,150
Inclusive: Domestic transfers and transportation within Iceland, lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, group tours, entrance fees and Allianz deluxe travel health insurance.
Exclusive: International airfare, customs & immigration fees and visas, alcohol, personal expenses such as souvenirs and expenses relating to personal choices during free time, tips for guides.
Day 1: Fly to Iceland (fly day)
Flights are usually overnight with arrival on day two.
Day 2: Arrive in Reykjavik (arrival day)
Flights usually arrive in the early morning. We will be flying into the international airport at Keflavik. It is a 45 minute bus ride to Reykjavik from the airport. We will be staying at Eric the Red Guesthouse for the next two nights. Breakfast is a traditional Icelandic offering of fish, cheese, meats, breads, cereals, etc. In Iceland the hot water is all from the thermal heat coming from the ground, so there is always plenty of hot, hot water. In the back yard of this guest house we often see Blackbirds, Redwings and Common Redpolls. Dinner will be at the Apótek Restaurant.
Day 3: Reykjavik
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and is rich in maritime history and close to numerous geological wonders. Options for today are hiking along the peninsula, Whale Watching and checking out the shops and museums of Reykjavik. In the harbor and along the peninsula birds like Fulmars, Gannets, Shags, Common Eiders and Long Tailed Ducks are a few of the species we will see. A short drive from Reykjavik is the area of Hengill. Great hiking trails and beautiful landscapes here. Possible dining choice: The Fish Market
Day 4: Ísafjördur
The flight from Reykjavík to Ísafjördur takes 45 minutes. Once we arrive in Ísafjördur, we will be staying at the Ísafjördur Hotel. Dinner will be in town. There will be time for birding, hiking and exploring Ísafjördur.
Day 5: Patreksfjörður
From Ísafjördur it is a beautiful drive and amazing road to the quaint little seaside town of Patreksfjörður with many sights to see, including some amazing waterfalls like the Dynjandi. For the next three nights we will be staying at the Westfjords Foss Hotel. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 6: Patreksfjörður
The Westfjords is all about birds and amazing landscapes. We travel to the Látrabjarg cliffs to view puffins, razorbills, guillemots, cormorants, fulmars, gulls and kittiwakes nesting colonies. We will also see arctic foxes and many other species of birds. This will be a full day of watching the birds and the arctic foxes of Látrabjarg cliffs and the Westfjords. This area has great hiking, too.
Day 7: Patreksfjörður
We will be visiting the Látrabjarg cliffs very early in the morning to find foxes and birds. During the midday we will be visiting a village called Tálknafjörður for lunch and a swim in the geo-thermal pool. In the afternoon we will be visiting one of the most spectacular beaches in all of Iceland called Rauðasandur. Dinner will be at Breiðavík on our way back to the Látrabjarg cliffs for an evening with the puffins. We will be returning to Patreksfjörður late enough to see the sunset at 11:30pm.
Day 8: Stykkishólmur
From Patreksfjörður it is a one hour drive to the villages of Brjánslækur and Flökalundur. From here we will be taking a 2.5 hour ferry boat across the Breiðafjörður to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula where we will be spending the night in a town called Stykkishólmur at the Hotel Egilsen. In this area we have seen White-tailed Eagles and Gyrfalcons.
Day 9: Reykjavik
We will take the day to get back to Reykjavík because we will stop at lava fields and birding areas along the way. We will be staying at the Reykjavík Marina Hotel for our last night. Dinner will be at The Grill Market.
Day 10: Fly Home
Flights back to the States usually leave in the late afternoon. On our way to the airport, we will stop and visit the wonderful and amazing thermal pool called the Blue Lagoon for a swim and a soak.
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