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Strandir Adventure by Minibus

The Westfjords

Availability

All year

Duration

13 hours

Age Limit

None

Languages

English

Meeting Point

AEgisgardur 5b, 101 Reykjavik

Tour Operator

Iceland Discover

Tour Description

Even amongst Icelanders the Westfjords are known for their magnificent scenery and tranquillity. Whales swim in the fjords, and the arctic foxes live at the base of it’s mountains. If your dream is to be at one with nature this is the place. Rivers, waterfalls, birds, and the roar of the ocean are the only sounds you will hear.

Strandir is an area with an exciting and tragic history of witchcraft, witch-hunting and sorcery which makes this a tour into the mystical world of the supernatural.

We start early and drive from Reykjavik to the small town of Holmavik which is the largest settlement in Strandir and serves as a centre of commerce for the county. Here you also find the museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft.

From Holmavik we drive along the coastline of Steingrimsfjordur where we frequently see the majestic Humpback Whales at play in the Fjord.

The Sorcerer´s cottage is a place where you can get to know the life of locals during the 17th century. You can easily understand why the people turned to sorcery to make lives easier.

Some 70 kilometres from Holmavik we arrive to the magical, ghostlike village of Djúpavík. Hundreds of people lived here in the golden “herring” age. The abandoned factory along with the rusted remains of Ms. Sudurland bring you back in time and give you an idea of how remote this place truly is.

Just north of Djúpavík we will dip our toes in what can arguably be named as one of the most remote man made swimming pools in the world, Krossneslaug. Here you can relax in the comfortably warm pool while watching the roaring waves of the North Atlantic.

A truly sensational experience.

Highlights

Holmavik
Here you´ll find the museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft.
Coastline of Steingrimsfjordur
Where we frequently see the majestic Humpback Whales at play in the Fjord.
The Sorcerer´s cottage
A place where you can get to know the life of locals during the 17th century.
The Djupavik village
Hundreds of people lived here in the golden “herring” age. The abandoned factory along with the rusted remains of Ms. Sudurland bring you back in time and give you an idea of how remote this place truly is.
Krossneslaug
The most remote man made swimming pools in the world.

What´s included

Comfortable minibus ride
Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board
Admission to sights and attractions
Small group
English speaking guide
Good to Know
• We have to adjust timings to the short daylight and we always try to avoid big crowds.
• Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík. Pick up from Keflavík airport or outside of the greater capital area is not available.
• You will see the designated pick up locations in Reykjavík on a drop-down menu at the time of booking.
• You can bring some favorite snacks and beverages if you like.
• We recommend you bring hiking boots with slip-resistant soles if you are visiting in the winter.
FAQs
What should I bring on the tour with me?
Depending on the nature of your tour, you may want to pack a bit more or less than usual. If you are going to be doing some hiking or a lot of walking, it is recommended that you bring a good pair of boots that are sturdy for walking on uneven paths. The weather can also be unpredictable, so it is better if your boots and jacket are weatherproof. Refreshments will also depend on the tour. If you would like, you are welcome to bring snacks of your own, but your guide may also stop at local gas stations that offer a selection of snacks, and sometimes hot food as well.
How long are the stops on your scheduled tours? Is there time to go hiking?
The lengths of the stops are not decided in beforehand. It all depends on the group, weather, route and tour guide. You will probably be able to go on a short hike – please consult your guide.
What is the standard tip for tour guides?
Tourism in Iceland is young and there is no custom for donating tips nor is it mandatory or expected but greatly appreciated if you wish to show your appreciation in that way.
Can I bring a drone with me?
That depends on the location. Flying drones on Iceland National Parks requires a special permit. All tours in glacier outlets of Vatnajökull take place in Vatnajökull National Park, this includes all tours from Skaftafell and from Jökulsárlón. In order to fly your drone, you need to request a permission to the National Park. You can find the information on their website. Same applies for tours on Thingvellir National Park (such as Golden Circle, Golden Circle and Snorkeling, and Snorkeling in Silfra), information can be found on the National Park website website. Keep in mind there are other areas where done use is also forbidden and/or discouraged by local communities. It is safe to bring a drone to Sólheimajökull glacier without a permit. However, you need to keep in mind that we can’t delay the other members of your tour to accommodate filmmaking.
Do you offer private tours?
Yes, we most certainly do! Please contact to icelanddiscover@icelanddiscover.is with your request and we will definitely look into it and respond with the ideal tour for you and your travel group.

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