Vik to West Fjords
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Aug 15, 2012 2:24 PM Last Post By: Borkur
Aug 11, 2012 10:59 AM
Vik to West FjordsHi all. We are leaving Vik in early September after two days there and then trying to figure out where we should go from there. We have four full days after leaving Vik and two half days (dropping car at airport and flying out to Germany) on the last half day.
What about going from Vik to the Westfjords ie: Holmavik?
Any thoughts about a stopover on the way to Holmavik? ie: West Coast pennisula?
How long from the West Fjords back to Reykjavik? I goggled it but how long that takes in reality is another matter.
Finally any recommendations for horse riding around West Fjords?
Aug 11, 2012 3:34 PM
1We have four full days after leaving Vik and two half days ... on the last half day.
Well... looks like I didn't learn arithmetic in school in proper way :)))
Going westward from south of Iceland? It will be mostly driving experience. I would go around counterclockwise and skip West fjords (you'll see them in the East anyway).
Aug 11, 2012 4:19 PM
Aug 12, 2012 5:16 AM
3Well... the main traveling rule in Iceland says "Follow the weather!"
So you might just check what kind of weather would be at the moment and go where it's the best. Because 3 days are not enough anyway and all places you'll visit are worth it. Snaefellsnes or west peninsula is a good and easy place to visit.
And as worst you can drop your car and fly back to Reykjavik from West fjords or Akureyri in 45 minutes ;-)
Aug 12, 2012 8:02 AM
4I disagree with Ruslendingur.
I think going to Holmavík from Vík is a good idea !
It´s going to be a long drive, about 6 hours, but totally worth it. I recommend Drangsnes, a little further than Holmavik, it´s a magical place.
Then take one day in driving as far north alonf the eastern side of the Westfjords, all the way to Norðurfjörður (take your swimgear with you) and back. (another possibility is to reserve the little hut at Krossnes for the night, what a place !)
Then drive back to Drangsnes, and home on the next day, 3 hours from Reykjavik.
Aug 12, 2012 1:59 PM
How many times have you visited Vik and other "south coast" places? ;-)
And you know very well that it's possible to spend 3 days within 100 km from Reykjavik if you know how.
That's why I wrote "Because 3 days are not enough anyway and all places you'll visit are worth it."
As such your advice is right, no doubt about it.
Now let's Findley to solve the puzzle - how to see Iceland in two half days and three full days :))))
PS. this link might be very helpful http://en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/areas/
Aug 12, 2012 6:09 PM
6You´re right ruslendingur, I have been ,,few" times to Vík area.
And I have no problem at all to spend weeks in the neighborhood of Reykjavik, but todays tourists want to go as far as possible in as short time as possible, and often cross the stream for the water.
Aug 13, 2012 5:30 AM
Aug 15, 2012 1:40 PM
8Just to clarify guys, we are actually spending 6 days in Reykjavik first off and doing day trips out to areas around there so we're not trying to do Iceland in 2 half days and 3 full days.
We arranged to go to Vik for the two days to see the glacial river and not be rushed etc...
Then we leave Vik and go forth to wherever people suggest, taking into account we leave Vik the morning of the half day number one then and need to be back to the airport on September 7th by about 2pm to fly out.
A week later we're back in Reykjavik again for a full day before flying home.
Aug 15, 2012 1:52 PM
9Thanks! Now I'm lost completely! :-)
But I can assure you - you ll like it in any case!
Aug 15, 2012 2:24 PM
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