Welcome to West Iceland


The long arm of Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a favourite for its glacier, Snæfellsjökull, and the area around its national park is tops for birding, whale watching, lava-field hikes and horse riding. Inland beyond Reykholt you'll encounter lava tubes and remote highland glaciers, including enormous Langjökull with its unusual ice cave. Icelanders honour West Iceland for its local sagas: two of the best known, Laxdæla Saga and Egil’s Saga, took place along the region’s brooding waters, marked today by haunting cairns and an exceptional museum in lively Borgarnes. West Iceland offers everything from windswept beaches to historic villages and awe-inspiring terrain in one neat little package.


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$1705.49 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Small-Group Adventure Tour Around Iceland from Reykjavik

Day 1: Reykjavik - Golden Circle - South CoastAfter a morning Reykjavik pickup, explore the famous Golden Circle, including the historical UNESCO-listed site of Thingvellir National Park, where Iceland’s first parliament was founded in 930 AD.Next, visit Geysir hot springs and magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, and continue to the beautiful south coast. Stop at the scenic Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss waterfalls, and finally, the unique black sand beach of  Reynisfjara with Reynisdrangar peaks and basalt column cave.Afterwards, make your way to a your accommodation for the night, a country hotel in Vik area.Day 2: Vik - Skaftafell - Glacier Lagoon - HofnTravel along the south coast towards Skaftafell and Vatnajokull National Park. In Skaftafell, take a short glacier hike on one of the Vatnajokull outlet glaciers led by a skilled glacier guide. Then, drive to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, home to floating icebergs and occasional seals. Nearby is a black sand crystal beach usually filled with clear icebergs.Spend the evening and overnight in the town of Hofn.Day 3: Höfn - Egilsstadir - Hengifoss areaStart with a scenic drive along the coastline of the eastern fjords to Egilsstadir. Here, enjoy a short hike to the 419-feet (128-meter) Hengifoss waterfall, which gushes into a beautiful gorge.Afterward, check in at a cozy country hotel for the night.Day 4: Hengifoss area - Lake Myvatn - AkureyriStop at the stunning Dettifoss waterfall and then head to the Lake Myvatn area. Explore the volcanic Namaskard geothermal area to see its mud pools and visit Myvatn Nature Baths, where you have the opportunity to bathe in the hot spring pools or stroll around the area. The entrance fee to the baths is not included but can be added as an extra.Call at Hverfjall and Dimmuborgir to explore on foot, and drive toward Akureyri with a stop on route at Godafoss waterfall. Tonight, stay in a country hotel nearby Akureyri. Day 5: Akureyri - Eyjafjordur - West Iceland area (B)Explore the town of Akureyri and then take a 3-hour whale watching cruise in Eyjafjordur, looking for humpback whales and white-beaked dolphins, and trying some optional sea angling.Then, travel along the Trollaskagi peninsula and visit the quaint village of Siglufjorður before continuing to west Iceland for overnight.Day 6: West Iceland area - Deildartunguhver - Reykholt - ReykjavikToday, explore west Iceland, voted one of the best destinations for 2016 by Lonely Planet. Stop at Deildartunguhver and the Barnafoss waterfall and pause to see Hraunfossar, where the falls flow from beneath the lava field.Your final stop is at the historic site of Reykholt before you return to Reykjavik, where your tour concludes.

$196 Day Trips & Excursions

Lava Cave and Geothermal Adventure Tour from Reykjavik

On  this tour, we will go to Iceland’s largest natural lava cave that is located in West Iceland. We will drive from Reykjavík through the beautiful Borgarfjörður towards Húsafell. On the way we will stop at the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver and the magnificent Hraunfossar lava waterfalls. After a break in Húsafell, we head to the stunning Víðgelmir cave (148000m3) which is one of the largest natural lava caves in the world. There we start an adventurous and guided walk down the great, colourful and beautiful lava cave. We will learn about its history and geological uniqueness which dates all the way back to the Viking age. Following the cave adventure, we relax at the geothermal pool at Húsafell and then we drive straight back to Reykjavík. Our experienced guides will follow you every step of the way.

$1726.20 Private & Custom Tours

Into the Glacier, Hraunfossar & Barnafoss Waterfalls in a new Mercedes V-class

Discover Iceland in both comfort and style with this private, luxury tour of West Iceland. Step inside ice cave tunnels in Iceland's second largest glacier before visiting some of the Borgarfjörður region's most spectacular waterfalls. Those wanting a unique holiday in Iceland should book this VIP sightseeing experience now. Your day's adventure will begin with a pickup from your accommodation in Reykjavík city by a Mercedes Benz V-class luxury minivan. From there, you'll be whisked north-west along Road 1 on your way to the first destination, Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Iceland.  Until now, what lies under the surface of the Langjökull glacier has been unknown to the public. But in 2010, a couple of Icelanders had a vision; to take people, not just around and on top of the glacier, but also inside glacier ice cap so they could see the blue ice which rests deep inside the glacier. Working to make this possible were engineers, geophysicist and a presidential candidate. They made it possible to shape the biggest man-made ice cave tunnels, and the first one accessible to the public. You'll follow your guide through these intricate tunnels, witnessing first-hand the ever-changing environment of glaciers. You'll see countless of rooms and halls built inside the glacier, including the 'chapel', where both weddings and concerts have been held. On the way back to Reykjavík, you will make a stop at Hraunfossar waterfalls. This cascade is an exceptionally beautiful and unusual natural pearl. The waterfall looks like it magically appears from within the lava, but it actually is a spring that surges through the ground and runs down into the Hvítá river. The waterfall streams out of Hallmundarhraun which is an ancient lava field created in an eruption from a volcano lying under Langjökull glacier. There is a hiking trail which leads from Hraunfossar to another nearby natural pearl, Barnafoss waterfall. This cascade is vastly different from Hraunfossar as it rushes violently through a dramatic canyon. Experience more of Iceland on this fantastic luxury guided tour. Check availability by choosing a date. 

$439.61 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Northern Lights Adventure

Day 1: Snaefellsnes area and Vatnshellir Cave Your 2-day adventure tour starts with a morning pick up from the Reykjavik downtown area. From the capital you will drive along the scenic west coast to West Iceland. The first stop of the day will be at the small fishing village of Arnarstapi, where you will walk around and explore the surrounding area. From there we go underground, where you have an option (extra fees apply) to go into Vatnshellir cave which is located inside the Snæfellsnes National Park. The cave is about 8000 years old lava tube tunnel. This experience is as close you will get to the Jules Verne story, A Journey to the Center of Earth. If you are not joining the caving part, then the guide will take you walking around the area. Next up is Hellnar where you will stop for lunch (own expense) before continuing to the beautiful Djupalonssandur beach. There you will go on a short hike on the pebbles stone beach and explore the remains of the ship wreckage. On the beach, you may also find the lifting stones, where you can test your strength like the fishermen used to do in the good old days. If the forecast looks promising, then you will have the possibility to go hunt for the Northern Lights in the evening.   From Djupalonssandur, you will then continue your journey around Snaefellsnes peninsula, making a stop at the iconic and famous Mt. Kirkjufell, a favorite spot for many photographers   Day 2: Exploring The West Of Iceland Your first stop of the day will be at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in all Europe which is used for heating all the neighboring towns. After exploring Deildartunguhver you will have an option (extra fees apply) to visit Krauma geothermal baths, where you will have the chance to relax. If you are not joining Krauma geothermal baths, then you will be able to explore the nearby area with your guide. Once you have explored this fascinating hot spring you will head towards the historic site of Reykholt. The famous author Snorri Sturluson lived there during the medieval times. After soaking up the history of Reykholt your next stop will include exploring the stunning Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. There you can see how the water flows from underneath the lava fields and hear the story about Barnafoss waterfall. From there you will leave the beautiful Borgarfjordur area. On your way back to Reykjavík,

$3521.46 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Multi-Day Adventure in Iceland

Discover the uninhabited interior highlands, Europe's last true wilderness, a landscape of stark, desolate and raw beauty. Enjoy cinematic vistas of seemingly infinite gravel plains, glacial rivers and lava fields punctuated by ice caps, volcanoes, and jagged mountains. The tour includes a boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, a monster truck expedition on Langjökull glacier and a visit deep inside one of the world's largest man-made ice caverns. Day 1: The Flybus shuttle takes you to Reykjavík where you spend the first night.Day 2: 9am meet your tour guide and head to the Reykjanes Peninsula. First stop, the famous Blue Lagoon. Later, continue to Grænavatn and explore Krýsuvík. Then travel south and around 5 pm take a ferry ride to the Westman Islands and spend the night.Day 3: Explore the town of Heimaey and its extraordinary island. The afternoon is free to wander around the town before you travel with the ferry to the mainland and a long bus journey takes you to Skaftafell.Day 4: Start with a visit to Jökulsárlón lagoon and enjoy an amphibian boat ride. Later, visit the turf church at Hof. Spend time at Europe’s second largest national park and Europe's largest glacier. Hike up to the waterfall Svartifoss. Overnight in Skaftafell.Day 5: First stop, Fjaðrárglúfur Canyon before heading to the town Vík and the world-famous Reynisfjara shore. Travel along the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall. End the day at the new Lava Centre. Next two nights in Hveragerði.Day 6: First explore Gullfoss, the beautiful double "Golden Falls". Afterward, head into the Icelandic Highlands. The Kerlingarfjöll rhyolite mountain massif is colorful and rich. Spend 2 hours hiking the area. In the evening visit the geothermal area of Geysir, where Strokkur, "the churn", spouts up to 25 meters every 5-10 min. Overnight in Hveragerði.Day 7: Travel to Þingvellir National Park before heading to Kaldidalur, a gravel mountain road that takes us to Húsafell in West Iceland for a once-in-a-lifetime tour to visit the man-made ice tunnel and caves on one of Europe's largest glaciers, Langjökull. Included: 8-wheel drive monster truck expedition on the glacier. Later, visit the magnificent Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. The final stop is at Deildartungahver before reaching Reykjavík in the evening where you will spend the final night.Pre and post nights in Reykjavik Included in this tour program, ask if you require extension nights.  

$694.85 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Iceland in a Nutshell Tour

At 8:30am placed at the BSI Bus Terminal starts your guided trip to Iceland. A unique country that offers the most breathtaking and contrast-filled landscapes with active volcanoes, bizarre-looking rock formations, majestic green mountains, amazing waterfalls, deep fjords and stunning glaciers. It's no wonder it attracts the best photographers from around the world. In just three days you will visit the Reykjanes Peninsula, the South Coast, the Golden Circle, Borgarfjörður Valley in West Iceland and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Explore different hot springs, waterfalls, volcanic landscapes, mountains and fjords. Expect lonely lava plains, steaming hill rocks, spurting geysers, black sand beaches and sites where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates collide. Travel to fishing villages, visit local family and horse farm, view glaciers, go bird watching and get a quick peek into some of Iceland's highlights and beautiful scenery. When you plan to visit Iceland between May and August, the sun barely sets and in September there is a chance to see the Northern Lights.Total traveling distance in 3 days is about 1,100 km (682 miles), which is an average of 367 km (228 miles) per day. You will spend about 5 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic, and daily distances. The accommodations used on this tour are simple tourist class hotels, and all rooms offer private facilities. The tour ends at the BSI Bus Terminal. Reykjanes Peninsula and South Coast Kleifarvatn lake Krýsuvík geothermal fields Eyrarbakki Seljalandsfoss waterfall Skógafoss waterfall Reynisfjara beach Golden Circle and Borgarfjörður Valley Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs Þingvellir National Park Hraunfossar waterfalls Deildartunguhver hot spring Snæfellsnes Peninsula Stykkishólmur (3 hr leisure time) Breiðafjörður bay Kirkjufell mountain Búðir