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4th October 2017
A 4x4 fly-drive holiday featuring close-up encounters with exquisite birdlife plus the region’s most untouched scenery - a trip of non-stop highlights.
After two full days exploring the rugged scenery of the Snæfellsnes peninsula you drive to the West Fjords which are without doubt one of the most beautiful areas of Iceland and relatively undiscovered by tourists - in fact only three percent of all foreign tourists make it out here. The region occupies less than 10% of Iceland’s land mass but represents half of the country's coastline - that’s more than half of the fjords in the whole country!
Arrive Keflavik Airport by air from the UK. Collect hire car and drive via Reykjavik and the Hvalfjörður subsea tunnel to Stykkishólmur on the northern shore of the Snæfellsnes peninsula (138 miles).
2 nights STYKKISHÓLMUR - Hotel Stykkishólmur*** (B,D)
A full day in which to circle the peninsula; highlights include the craggy cliffs, black beach and unique lagoon of Djúpalónssandur and the unique Shark Museum offering an insight into local culture.
Take the morning 3-hours ferry crossing from Stykkishólmur to Brjanlækur, via Flatey Island, to the West Fjords. Continue westwards to Hotel Látrabjarg near Patreksfjörður (29 miles, excluding ferry crossing).
2 nights PATREKSFJÖRÐUR - Hotel Látrabjarg (B,D)
Visit the impressive Dynjandi falls and magnificient bird cliffs at Látrabjarg, the westernmost point of Europe. The cliffs are home to millions of birds, including puffins (mid-April to end August), northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills. The cliffs are vital for their survival as it hosts up to 40% of the world’s population of some species.
Head westwards to Laugarhóll, near Hólmavik in the Strandir region. This route includes crossing Steingrímsfjarðarheiði moors with its many lakes and brooks (159 miles).
2 nights LAUGARHÓLL - Hotel Laugarhóll (B,D)
Visit Dynjandi Falls, the largest and most impressive waterfall in the West Fjords, 100 metres high and up to 60 metres wide.
Southwards on the coast road via several fjords to join the Ring Road at Bru then through moorland via Borgarnes to Reykjavik. Why not take a little detour enroute to Deildartunguhver, the highest flow hot spring in Europe? Geothermal reserves in the Reykholtsdalur valley pump a staggering 180 litres of water per second and steam billows from fissures in the ground. Drop off hire car once back in Reykjavik (186 miles, excluding detour).
1 night REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Reykjavik (B)
Transfer by airport bus from your hotel to Keflavik Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departure Day: Daily from UK
Departure Dates: 1 May - 30 Sep
Duration: 7 nights
Prices: Call 01274 875199
Fosshotel Reykjavik ***
Fosshotel Reykjavík is located in the city centre, it's a large hotel that still offers personal touches in both appearance and service. Only a short walking distance from Laugavegur, the main shopping street, it's the ideal location for any visitor to Reykjavik.
The hotel has 16 floors with many rooms offering magnificent views of the city and the bay area. We recommend unwinding with Icelandic draught beer at the Bjórgarðurinn / Beer Garden or enjoy dining at their restaurant, Haust. All rooms are en suite and equipped with modern facilities including Wifi.
Hotel Laugarhóll has a warm and inviting atmosphere with a nice dining room and a large lounge perfect for relaxing after a day of activities. Your room has private facilities and equipped with Wifi. The prize possession of this hotel can be found outside in the 25 m swimming pool and natural hot tub - so if you're not relaxing in the lounge then our bet is that you'll be in the hot tub!
Excellently located near magnificent Látrabjarg, Europe largest bird cliffs. Látrabjarg is in the West Fjords of Iceland and marks the westernmost point of Europe. The cliffs are home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Adding to its already prime location is the beautiful beach just a 10-minutes walk away from the hotel.
All rooms are en suite, comfortably furnished with complete modern facilities including TV and Wifi. It is run by Sigridur Huld Gardarsdottir (Sirry) and Karl Eggertsson, who create a friendly atmosphere for all guests.
Located on a hill overlooking the beautiful town, so every room has a spectacular panoramic view of beautiful scenery. There are 33 newly renovated rooms, all equipped with private facilities and includes a TV, telephone, internet connections and hairdryers. The in-house restaurant offers sea views and often serves the daily local catch, such as monk fish, cod or halibut, and a Scandinavian breakfast buffet is served each morning. For sport enthusiasts, there is a golf course only 50 metres away!
Snæfellsnes and the West Fjords
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