Dynjandi-waterfall

2020.823 SDR Barenblatt

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A trip to Iceland, the land of extremes and contrasts, at the edge of the Arctic Circle, is the opportunity for a fabulous lesson in geology. Volcanoes, glaciers, lava fields, geothermal areas, natural baths and black sand beaches make up wild landscapes that, according to the sky and the lighting, evoke the beginning or the end of the world.
At every moment we marvel at the grandeur of the landscapes. In a word, Iceland is a unique destination for lovers of nature and open spaces.

Dates: From August 23rd to 28th 2020

Number of participants: 8-10

Level : Private self-drive

Accommodation : B&B's and hotels

Price per person:
8 participants: 222.700 ISK/pp or ca. 1552 EUR/pp at today’s exchange rate
9 participants: 215.200 ISK/pp or ca. 1500 EUR/pp at today’s exchange rate
10 participants: 209.700 ISK/pp or ca. 1458 EUR/pp at today’s exchange rate

Single room surcharge 44.000 ISK per person or ca. 322 EUR/pp at today’s exchange rate

The exact price depends on the exact number of participants.

 

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D1- August 23rd - Reykjavík - Snæfellsnes South and North (approx. 178 km)
Pick up by the car rental company at your hotel in the morning to get the vehicles and sign the contracts. You leave Reykjavik and drive through the 7 km undersea tunnel of Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), the road crosses the marshy tundra of the Borgarnes region and reaches the base of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, a narrow snowy mountain range jutting far into the ocean, pointing west as a finger with the magnificent volcano of Snæfellsjökull -the glacier of Snowfell-crowning its tip.
Visit the famous church of Budir, if the weather is nice you can see the majestic glacier of Snaefellsjokull. Nice to walk to the beach from the church. Your hotel for tonight, Hotel Budir next to the church. Wonderful view from the hotel over the ocean and the Snaefellsjokull glacier.

D2- August 24th - Snæfellsnes South to North (approx. 130 km)
Today you will circle the peninsula, on the way visit of the tiny fishing village of Arnarstapi, known for its magnificent cliffs of basalt organ where thousands of kittiwake’s nests. From Arnarstapi there is a little hike you can do along the coast to Hellnar, ca. 30 minutes’ walk that we really recommend.
Visit the beach of Djúpalónssandur.
Bypassing the Snæfellsness peninsula, crowned at its end by Snæfellsjökull, the volcano where the heroes of the journey to the centre of the earth that the famous writer Jules Verne wrote about. The north coast is carved with many small fjords some of which are home to small active fishing ports. The village of Grundarfjörður has become well known for one of Iceland's most famous mountain, Kirkjufell. On the way, option to visit the shark museum, held by the farmer at Bjarnarhöfn.
From there you will drive through the beautiful lava field landscape of Berserkjahraun, the name Berserkjahraun comes from one of the Icelandic Sagas, Eyrbyggja-Saga. Head to the beautiful fishing village of Stykkishólmur located on Breidafjörður Bay, dotted with innumerable islands and islets.
Hotel Egilsen or the charming Syslo Guesthouse (same owners) is your accommodation for the night. There is a nice Icelandic bakery and coffee shops close to the accommodation, a great pool to soak in after the day. There is no restaurant at the hotel but there are two very good restaurants near the hotel, Sjávarpakkhúsið and Narfeyrarstofa.

D3 – August 25th - Breidafjordur bay – North West fjords - Raudasandur beach -Látrabjarg cliffs - 135 km
The deep waters of Breiðafjörður Bay have strong tidal currents and are dotted by thousands of small islands and islets, rich in seafood. The Breiðafjorður bay is full of life, it has White-tailed Sea Eagles, Atlantic Puffins, Great Cormorants, Crested Cormorants, Harbor Seals and Gray Seal.
By boat at 09:00 in the morning you gain the pretty little island of Flatey and its old preserved village. Tickets for the Baldur ferry must be picked up half an hour before departure.
You will be arriving at Brjánslækur at 12.15. Welcome to the North West fjords of Iceland!
Hellulaug is a small "secret" hot spring next to Flokalundur (5 km north of Brjánslækur), once your arrive in the North West fjords and if you want to take a dip in the warm water.
Then head west to visit the coppery sand of Rauðasandur (Red Sand) Bay.
Látrabjarg is the most western point of Iceland and Europe. After the beach, you will pass by your accommodation, the strange and mystic Hotel Breiðavík (ancient boys correction home), which is situated next to the incredible cliffs of Látrabjarg.
Restaurant on the site. From Breiðavík, reach the cliffs of Látrabjarg. 17 km of cliffs and several million birds. The huge Látrabjarg cliff is considered to be the largest seabird cliff in the world. Real housing crisis for all the birds, Atlantic Puffins, Seagles, Torda Penguins, Glaucous Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwakes.

D4 – August 26th - Dynjandi waterfall – (Selárdalur optional, adds 50 km) 288 km
From Breiðavik, you head north and pass by the village of Patreksfjörður (possible to do some grocery shopping or other). On the road 20 km after Bíldudalur a natural outdoor swimming pool in the Reykjafjörður fjord. (From Bíldudalur it is possible to take the small rocky road of Ketilstadavegur to go and visit Selárdalur, an amazing place, add about 50 km total to go there/back and forth).
Visit the Dynjandi waterfall, one of the most beautiful and graceful among waterfall of Iceland which is extremely photogenic. On the way to the waterfall you could bathe at the geothermal pool for swimming, Pollurinn next to Tálknafjörður with a great view of the Fjord.
After visiting the majestic waterfall of Dynjandi, head back south to Reykhólar. Tonight you will be staying at the nice country hotel, Hotel Bjarkarlundur, restaurant at the hotel.

D5 – August 27th - Drive south to Reykjavík and from there to Keflavik airport – 300 km
Head back south through Reykjavik capital and then to the west to the Reykjanes peninsula. The Blue Lagoon has been booked for you at 17.00 o'clock, so you have a good time to soak and relax before you have dinner at 20.00 at the Lava Restaurant. After the restaurant, in the evening drive 25 minutes to get to the town of Keflavik where you will be staying at the nice Hotel Berg.

D6 – August 28th - Departure
The hotel is a 5 minutes’ drive to the airport. Return the vehicles at Keflavik airport and there is also a free shuttle from the hotel to Keflavik airport. Check-in 2 hours prior to your flight!

Duration: 6 days

Group: 8-12 people

Level: Private self drive tour

Accommodation: hotels*** and B&B's***

Date : August 23rd to 28th 2020

Climate : Despite its geographical location, just south of the Arctic Circle, Iceland enjoys a temperate climate, thanks to the Gulf Stream that sweeps the west and south coasts of the island. The period from the beginning of July to the end of September is the most favorable for a visit of the island (the days last almost 24hours long, from May to the end of July).

Currency: The monetary unit is the Icelandic krona (ISK). Bank cards are accepted almost everywhere.

Electricity: 220W. European standards.

Language: The official language is Icelandic, which is a bit similar to other Scandinavian languages ​​like Swedish, Norwegian or Danish, with whom it shares common origins. Most Icelanders speak English.

Health: No vaccine is required. Tap water is drinkable, not a single Icelander buys bottled water. The hospital infrastructure is of an excellent standard. It is advisable to take out a good insurance covering the medical expenses and the repatriation health.

Surface: Iceland covers 103 000 km2

Population: Iceland has approx. 348,450 inhabitants

Clothing
You’ll need to bring comfortable and adequate clothing to protect you from cold and wet weather, such as polypropylene, capilene, or pile. Wool and wool/synthetic blends are also suitable - though wool, if wet, dries slowly compared to synthetic fabrics. We discourage the use of cotton in wet conditions it dries very slowly. When camping, tents are provided. You will be responsible for bringing your mattress and sleeping bag.

When layering, the innermost layer should be long underwear. The middle layer can be a synthetic turtleneck or wool shirt, and pants. The outermost layer must be a breathable waterproof jacket such as a good quality Gore-Tex wind/rain parka and over-pants.
For quantities for each item listed, use your own judgement, based on the expected weather conditions and overall packing/weight restrictions for your luggage.

  • Regular underwear. Synthetics are easier to wash and dry
  • Synthetic thermal underwear
  • Long-sleeved, synthetic or wool shirt
  • Short-sleeved synthetic or cotton/synthetic T-shirts
  • Medium-weight synthetic fleece sweater or jacket
  • Full-length pants, quick-drying synthetic fabric
  • Down jacket from mid-August to September (optional)
  • Hiking shorts, quick-drying synthetic fabric
  • Pile/fleece pants, ideal for around the camp
  • Sun & rain hat
  • Wool hat
  • Gloves (wool or pile)
  • Waterproofed shell gloves
  • Medium weight synthetic socks
  • Gore-Tex rain/wind parka
  • Gore-Tex rain/wind pants
  • Hiking boots, medium-weight, all leather, with padded ankle, good arch support, and a lug sole traction. Your hiking boots should be waterproof, well broken in, and suitable for rocky terrain or possibly snow.
  • Comfortables shoes to wear when not hiking (optional) Teva-type sandals for river crossing. Absolutely recommended! Gaiters. Highly recommended.


Travel Accessories

  • Comfortable sleeping bag +10°C to –10°C which can be opened all the way
  • Cotton sheet for hut’s mattress
  • Pillow if you can’t sleep without one (optional)
  • Swimsuit and towel for hot spring bathing and swimming pool
  • 1-to-2 liters capacity unbreakable water bottle or thermos
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries (from August only)
  • Swiss Army-type pocket knife (Must be kept in duffle bag, not in hand luggage, when flying !)
  • Toiletry kit—soap, toothbrush, and so on.
  • Moisturizing lotion. (The air in Iceland is very dry)
  • Sunglasses
  • Eye shades. Highly recommended!
  • Spare pair of prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses, or contact lenses (but not only lenses, as wind-blown dust can make them very uncomfortable)
  • Sunscreen and lip protection (The sun in Iceland is much more intense than you probably imagine)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Netting hood

Optional Travel Accessories

  • Hiking poles. Highly recommended
  • Binoculars
  • Repair kit with needle, thread, and safety pins
  • Reading and writing material
  • Your favorite snack food such as raisins or chocolate
  • Protein supplements for vegetarian
  • 1 or 2 good bottles of wine or a bottle of something stronger
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