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5 Aug 2021
13 Aug 2021
9 days
452700 ISK / 3092 EUR
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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.

Day 4, August 8th: Látrabjarg Cliffs - approx. 114 km and 72 km more if you go to the beautiful beach of Raudasandur (red beach)
Ferry to the port of Brjanslækur at 4:30 p.m. (arrival in Brjánslækur at 6:15 p.m.)
You arrive at the small port to collect your vehicle.
Head west to pass through Hænuvík "the hen's bay", through Hvallátur (where the whales give birth) to reach the cliffs of Látrabjarg. 17 km of cliffs and several million birds further on, the landscape plunges into a pretty cove that Robinson would not have denied before ending up on the coppery sand of Rauðasandur bay. Observations on the first section of the huge cliff of Látrabjarg considered to be the largest seabird cliff in the northern hemisphere. Real housing crisis. Atlantic Puffin, Fulmars Petrel, Common Murres and Brunnich's Murres, Torda Penguin, Glaucous Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake. Under the lighthouse one can observe while diving a colony of large gray seals swimming in pools of green water or resting on the kelp of the reefs.
Accommodation propoed tonight at the strange and dark hotel of Breidavik. Or Haenuvik cottages.
Two single rooms with private bathrooms. Restaurant on site and possible to cook.

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.

Day 5, August 9th: Arnarfjörður - Dynjandi Waterfall - Ísafjörður - Approx. 190 km
From Hotel Breidavik or Hænuvík, the road crosses desolated highlands of shattered rocks, still partly snow-covered, southwards, then bypasses deep branched fjords dominated by impressive steep mountains of stratified basalt to cross other passes again. Passing through the village of Patreksfjörður (possible to go shopping). On the road 20 km after Bíldudalur a natural outdoor swimming pool in the Reykjafjordur fjord. (From Bíldudalur possible to take the small unpaved road from Ketilstadavegur to Selárdalur, an amazing place, round trip 50 km more).
Visit the majestic Dynjandi waterfall, one of the most beautiful and graceful waterfalls in Iceland which is extremely photogenic.
That day, two geothermal pools for swimming, Pollurinn near Tálknafjörður with a superb view of the Fjord and / or Reykjafjarðarlaug, a very nice place to bathe.
You reach the large fjord of Ísafjörður and the small fishing town of the same name. Visit of the old tarred wooden warehouses.
Small detour to the beautiful village of Flateyri if you have the time and if you want.
Accommodation proposed, Hotel Isafjordur in the center.
Or the Fosshotel Westfjords.
Two single rooms with private facilities.
Good restaurants in town.

Day 6, August 10th: Ísafjarðardjúp - approx. 140 km
Departure from Isafjördur. Large landscapes follow one another to the sea leaning as far as possible towards the bottom of smaller fjords.You will drive through many fjords, each more beautiful than the next, with many birds, including groups of harlequin withers on the estuaries of the torrents. Maybe a gray-headed eider? A bald eagle? Several groups of seals bask on the rocks and kelp a few feet from the shore.
Indoor swimming pool in a greenhouse in Heydalur and also a 40 ° C hot spring outside. Heydalur Guesthouse in single rooms with private bathrooms, restaurant in the accommodation and small kitchen in the rooms.
Or the nearby Reykjanes Hotel with a very large hot-water swimming pool.
This is not a luxurious accommodation but very nice and cosy and different.
The West fjords do not have many luxury accommodations.
Day 7, August 11th: Heydalur - Strandir - Djupavik - approx. 160 km
Passage through the highlands by route 61, once on route 643 you can take route 645 for Drangsnes (30 km more on the way if you go there). The small village of Drangsnes has small outdoor jaccousis located in the rocks on the beach. Possible to swim there and run small errands.
You go north on the Strandir Coast, on the eastern side of the West Fjords. A desolate and beautiful land. Stranded woods and wrecks of all kinds, countless common eiders, numerous seals on the reefs.
Hotel Djupavik, two single rooms, with private bathroom if possible (only 2) or shared bathroom.

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.

Day 9, August 13th: Strandir - Borgarnes - Reykjavik - approx. 300 km
Descent south through beautiful landscapes at the foot of the mountains. Passing through Gilsfjörður before reaching the ring road N ° 1 and a start of relative car traffic. Arrive in the middle of the afternoon in Reykjavik to soak up the small capital which offers a relaxed and original atmosphere, excellent coffee shops, beautiful bookstores, museums and art galleries, extraordinary outdoor swimming pools and spa and a nightlife (without night) out of the ordinary.
Return of the vehicle in the evening in Reykjavík.
Possible to drop off the keys in a box after closing hours.

 

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/

Duration  : 9 days

Group  : 2 people

Level  : Self-drive

Accommodation  : Country hotels and guesthouses

Date: August 5th to 13th 2021

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.

Health: Covid vaccine is required so that you don't have to quarantine. 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 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!
Accessories
• 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
• Sunglasses
• 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
only)
• 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
(optional)
• Binoculars for bird watching, seals and whales (from March to
September)
• 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
• 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
Cameras, tablets, smart-phones
• Camera bag
• Replacement batteries for electrical devices
• Additional memory card
• Adapter for electrical plug (European standard)

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