Ring Road + West Fjords in 7 Days Doable with my itin?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jul 7, 2012 10:21 PM Last Post By: manaljos
Jul 5, 2012 5:35 AM
Ring Road + West Fjords in 7 Days Doable with my itin?Hi,
I have looked at other previous postings re driving around the Ring Road in 7 days, and that it is doable, but I wonder if my following itinerary is doable because it seems to me kinda tight especially for Day 1 and Day 6. I heard that it can take 5 hours from Latrabjarg to Isafjorour. Also, how many hours will Day 2 driving take for 660km? I will be travelling at end of July, so there will be long daylight. I would really like to overnite in Isafjorour, but I'm open to suggestions of another place for overnite that is just as nice as Isafjorour. Thanks a lot you all !
Day 1 - - Start at 10:30am, drive directly to tour the circumference of Snæfellsnes peninsula. From the village of Arnarstapi, on the peninsula's south coast, take a 2-hour walk along the sculpted lava coastline between Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Stroll through Djúpalónssandur, a picturesque beach tucked inside a rocky cove, and drive through the gnarled, surreal lava field Berserkjahraun. Then board the 5pm car ferry to Brjánslækur on the Westfjords' south coast. Drive to Látrabjarg Peninsula to Breiðavík. A 2-3 hour hike along the rim of Látrabjarg, Europe's largest sea cliff; sidle up to the ledges for mesmerizing views of the crashing surf and countless multitudes of puffins and other nesting birds. Stop at Dynjandi en route to Ísafjörður, the Westfjords' appealing capital.Is this doable at an enjoyable pace or will I be too tired and out of time to drive to Isafjorour?
Kms: 268 + 5 hours from Latrabjarg to Isafjorour
Day 2 -- Drive along the winding coastline of Ísafjarðardjúp Bay to the rugged and entrancing Strandir Coast. Then to Akureyri, with a short detour to the Glaumbær folk museum if enough time. Reach Akureyri by dinnertime. Continue on to Godafoss Waterfalls and Myvatn. Stay at Elda guesthouse with dorm rooms and double rooms in Reykjalid near Myvatn lake.
Day 3 – Explore Myvatn. Drive first to Grjótagjá, an eerie fissure and geothermal vent, then take an hour to climb to the rim of Hverfell, a tephra explosion crater. Continue circling Mývatn, stopping at Kalfarströnd Farm for a half-hour loop trail overlooking submerged lava columns. Proceed to the Skútustaðagígar pseudocraters for another 30-minute ramble. Drive east of Mývatn to the Hverir, a hellish geothermal hotspot, then head into Krafla and spend an hour exploring the surreal Leirhnjúkur lava field. On your way back to Mývatn, enjoy a luxuriant, rejuvenating swim at Mývatn Nature Baths. At 6pm, drop into Vogafjós Cowshed Cafe. Is it better to contnue on to Sejoisfjorour and overnite there instead?
Day 4 -- Myvatn to Seyðisfjörður to Hofn
About 36km (22 miles) east of Reykjahlíð, exit the Ring Road onto Route 864 and proceed 32km (20 miles) to Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. Four kilometers (2 1/2 miles) after the turnoff from the Ring Road, stop at Grím Far café. From Dettifoss, hike 1.5km (1 miles) to the more understated Selfoss falls.
Return to the Ring Road and continue east. In clear weather you should have fantastic views south to Herðubreið, voted Iceland's favorite mountain in a national poll. 16km (10 miles) east of the Route 864 junction, turn right on Route 901 and proceed 8km (5 miles) to Möðrudalur forhttp://www.icelandtouristboard.com/index.php?page=west-iceland lunch at the Fjalladýrð cafe. Ask about road conditions further ahead on Route 901, to help choose the best route to Sænautasel, a reconstructed turf farm serving coffee and pancakes in the middle of Nowheresville.
From Sænautasel, return to the Ring Road and continue to Egilsstaðir, the commercial hub of east Iceland. From here it's a 28km (17 miles) detour to the lovely coastal village of Seyðisfjörður, with a breathtaking descent into the fjord. Dinner is at Skaftfell cafe/gallery, followed by a stroll along the harbor.
Kms: 192 + 274 = 466
Day 5: Höfn to Vik
The 272km (169-mile) stretch of Ring Road from Höfn to Vík is a nonstop procession of stunning scenery. The first requisite stop is Jökulsárlón, an otherworldly lake full of icebergs calved fromVatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. After another 55km (34 miles), turn into Skaftafell National Park and bring your pack lunch along for a 2- to 3-hour hike to Svartifoss waterfall, the turf-roofed Sel farmhouse, and Sjónarsker viewpoint overlooking an incredible panorama of majestic peaks, looming glaciers, and barren flood plains. In the tiny, isolated village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, recharge with coffee, bagels, and lox at Systrakaffi. Shortly west of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, exit on Route 206 and proceed 3km (2 miles) to the lovely, contemplative Fjaðrárgljúfur gorge for an hour-long walk along the rim. For dinner in Vík, set out for the casual Halldórskaffi.
Day 6: Vík to Reykjavík via The Golden Circle
The morning is devoted to Vík's magnificent coastal environs. Stroll on Vík's black sand beach and gaze at the iconic Reynisdrangar sea stacks. Take Route 215 from the Ring Road to the pebbly Reynisfjara beach on the western side of Reynisfjall, and peer into the spellbinding sea cave Hálsanefshellir. 33KM (21 miles) west of Vík is the Skógar Folk Museum, Iceland's most glorious and affecting collection of folk artifacts. One kilometer (3/4 mile) away is the mesmerizing Skógafoss. Contiue on towards Rejkjavik via the "Golden Circle" tour to Tþingvellir, the historic rift valley where the Icelandic parliament first convened in 930; Geysir, the geothermal hot spot that lent its name to all geysers; and the majestic Gullfoss waterfall.
Day 7: Explore Reykjavik. Visit Blue Lagoon spa. Allow 2 hours at the lagoon.
Day 8: Fly out morning flight.
Other questions: Is there a bus from the International Airport KEF to the Domestic Airport and how much does it cost? How much would a taxi cost?
Jul 5, 2012 5:54 AM
I have checked that the ferry from Stykkisholmur to Bjarnslaekur departs at 15:45pm, so that means I will not have time to sightsee much of Stykkisholmur. Shd I then overnite n Stykkishholmur or continue straight on so that I can have 1night stay in Isafjorour?
Jul 5, 2012 12:16 PM
Jul 7, 2012 10:17 AM
No direct bus but it's 15 minutes walk from central bus station BSI where FlyBus from Keflavik arrives.
PS. Your plan is easy to do. But why do you want to come to Iceland to drive? People come here to see the country :-)
Cut West fjords and enjoy the trip
Jul 7, 2012 10:21 PM
Other questions: Is there a bus from the International Airport KEF to the Domestic Airport and how much does it cost?
Yes there is a bus. You take the Flybus+ and instead of going to a guesthouse you tell them you'd like to go to Reykjavík Domestic Airport. Current price is ISK 2500.
You will have to change busses at the BSÍ anyway, and as as rusl (;-)) mentioned it's only a 15-min walk to the airport. But if you can't carry your luggage that far, it's no problem to take the Flybus+. The price difference between Flybus regular and Flybus plus is only 550 kr. Or you could get one of the taxis that are usually waiting outside the BSÍ but that would certainly be a bit more expensive (yet probably quicker if you're in a big hurry).
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