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Day 1, August 5th: Reykjavík - Borgarnes - Snæfellsnes - approx. 213 km
Pick up your vehicle in Reykjavik. The supplier can pick you up at your hotel in the morning.
Today, departure for the West. After bypassing the Whale Fjord the road before reaching the base of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, crosses a large marshy area and large beaches where you can observe countless birds: waders, ducks, loons ... At the end of at the tip of the peninsula, if the sky is cloudless you can see the famous Snæfellsjökull volcano, the volcano where the heroes of the journey of the center of the earth written by Jules Verne.
Very nice hotel on the south coast of the peninsula tonight, Hotel Budir.
A nice restaurant on the spot.
2 single rooms with private facilities.
Day 2, August 6th: Snaefellsnes Peninsula south to north
Nice little walk to do along the shore from Arnarstapi to the small port of Hellnar.
Visit the nice beach of Djupalonssandur and the beautiful cliffs of Londrangar.
The north coast of the peninsula is cut out by numerous small fjords, some of which are home to active small colorful fishing ports where you can observe several species of gull including the Glaucous Gull. Night in the pretty little port of Stykkisholmur.
On the way you will visit the small village of Grundarfjordur which hosts one of the most famous mountain of Iceland, Mount Kirkjufell.
Accommodation proposed, Hotel Egilsen, two single rooms with private bathrooms.
Great restaurants right next to your hotel.
Day 3, August 7th: Breidafjorður Bay
Take the ferry at 15:00 am from Stykkisholmur to arrive on the beautiful island of Flatey around 1:30 hour later.
The shallow waters of the large bay of Breiðafjörður are stirred by strong tidal currents. Dotted with thousands of islands and islets, rich in food, the Breiðafjord is bursting with life: White-tailed eagles, Atlantic puffins, Great cormorant, Crested cormorant, Harbor seal, Gray seal. By boat you will reach the pretty little island of Flatey and its preserved old village.
Stroll through this little paradise, sanctuary of Black Guillemots, not very shy birds that nest in the most incongruous places: old tractors, tires, barns ...
Your car will not go to the island, you will have to give the key to the ferry staff, then your car will be waiting for you on the other side in Brjanslaekur for the next day.
Tonight you will stay at the charming little hotel in Flatey, hotel Flatey, two single rooms with shared sanitary facilities. Restaurant on site.
The hotel does not have rooms with private facilities.
While Iceland has accustomed us to black sands, here, oddly enough, in the Wild West of the world's largest volcanic island, the sand is clear and the sea takes on tropical undertones; a shell sand ranging from the most perfect light gray like in Kolsvík to dark orange like here in Rauðasandur (Red sand). There the only swimmers in the area bask there: gray seals and seals sea calves Off to the south stands The great solitary snow-capped volcano of Snæfellsjökull that we bypassed three days before. This Icelandic Fuji Yama was an important landmark for the long Viking ships that sailed between Greenland and Iceland.
Good restaurants in town.
Restaurant at the hotel.
Day 8, August 12th: Strandir - Norðfjörður - Krossnes - approx. 72 km
Continue to the end of the road towards the north that ends in Nordfjord. Grandiose landscape of mountains and ocean, typical of the Far North. Bathe in a natural hot water pool on the shore. The seals in the ice water watch us as we bathe in the hot water. Very often gigantic Icebergs move slowly over the horizon line.
Second night at Djupavik hotel.
The maximum speed limit in Iceland is 90 km per hour. Note that roads can sometimes be narrow, even on the main roads. Please be careful when going over bridges, they are often very narrow and only for one car to pass at a time.
Note, the km are an estimation and do not include extra stops, visits, activities, lunches etc.
Here is a good website with all kinds of useful information about Iceland: http://fr.visiticeland.com/
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 24 hours 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.
Surface: Iceland covers 103 000 km2
Population: Iceland has approx. 348,450 inhabitants
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 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 judgment, based on the expected weather conditions and
overall packing/weight restrictions for your luggage.
• Regular underwear.
• Short-sleeved synthetic or cotton/synthetic T-shirts
• Synthetic thermal underwear
• Full-length pants, quick-drying synthetic fabric
• Long-sleeved, synthetic or wool shirt
• Wool or/and synthetic socks
• Medium-weight synthetic fleece sweater or jacket
• Gore-Tex rain/wind parka
• Gore-Tex rain/wind pants
• Sun & rain hat
• Wooly hat
• Gloves (wool or pile)
• Down jacket from September to May (optional)
• Hiking trousers, quick-drying synthetic fabric
• Casual sportswear for evenings in lodging
• Lightweight sports shoes for lodging
• Or just bring your usual clothes but something rainproof to put
over your usual things!
• Swimsuit and small towel (High density synthetic-chamois) for
hot spring bathing and swimming pool
Toiletry kit—soap, toothbrush, and so on.
• Personal first aid kit
• Moisturising lotion. (The air in Iceland is very dry)
• Sunscreen and lip protection (The sun in Iceland is much more
intense than you probably imagine)
• Toilette paper and a lighter to burn it
• Spare pair of prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses, or
contact lenses (but not only lenses, as wind-blown dust can
make them very uncomfortable)
• Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries (from August
• Swiss Army-type pocket knife (Must be kept in duffle bag, not
in hand luggage, when flying !)
• Half liter capacity unbreakable water bottle or thermos
• Binoculars for bird watching, seals and whales (from March to
• Hiking poles. Highly recommended
• Netting hood, head net or bug bucket hat * (optional, can be
purchased on site
Optional Travel Accessories
• Hiking poles. Highly recommended
• 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
Cameras, tablets, smart-phones
• Camera bag
• Replacement batteries for electrical devices
• Additional memory card
• Adapter for electrical plug (European standard)