Westfjords Hiking & Hot Pools

Starting from: Keflavik

Season: 1st June-15th September

Duration: 8+ days

Driving distance: 1600-1800 kms

Highlights: Isafjordur Bay - Kaldalon - Strandir - Latrabjarg - Raudasandur - Dynjandi - Kaldbakur - Isafjordur - Hornstrandir

Available as a self-drive or private guided tour

Truly a hiker’s dream come true… an exhilarating hiking experience during the day combined with comfortable hotel accommodation to relax in the evening.

Ascend the dramatic cliffs of Latrabjarg, walk along the isolated red sand beach of Raudasandur, trek to the top of the Westfjords at Kaldbakur mountain, and experience the extreme remoteness of the uninhabited Hornstrandir peninsula.

A customised road trip is a personal experience and our goal is to design a hiking focused itinerary that matches your dream trip.
Below is an 8 day / 7 night itinerary to give you a general idea of our Westfjords Hiking & Hot Pools trip starting from Keflavik:

Day 1 - Remote Strandir

Arrival at KEF airport and drive to the Strandir coastal region, the easternmost part of the Westfjords. You have plenty of geothermal hot pools to choose from. Stay two nights in the area.

[mynd 2 h t]

Day 2 - Where the road ends

The northern part of Strandir, Arneshreppur, is one of Iceland's most remote regions and also one of the most dramatic. Follow the coastline up north past abandoned villages and driftwood beaches with a short hike up to a panoramic viewpoint over the region.
End the day with a dip in the Krossneslaug geothermal pool.

Optional add-on:
- Private super jeep transfers to help you complete the hike around the picturesque Krossnesfjall mountain, offering memorable views over the other-worldly Drangaskord peaks and the Arctic ocean.

[mynd 3 h t]

Day 3 - Isafjordur Bay & Kaldalon

Drive around the winding fjords of Isafjardardjup, with a detour to the tranquil Kaldalon glacial creek from where you will catch a glimpse of the Drangajokull glacier. Stay two nights in the picturesque Isafjordur town, the capital of the Westfjords.

Optional add-on:
- Guided hike to Sauratindar, the highest mountain peaks of Isafjardardjup bay, which offer great panoramic views over the northern Westfjords.

[mynd 4 h t]

Day 4 - The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

Park the car for the day and take a guided full day hiking tour to the uninhabited Hornstrandir nature reserve, with boat transfers from Isafjordur. There are many different options including the Hornbjarg cliffs, the abandoned village of Hesteyri and the Jokulfirdir "glacier fjords".

[mynd 5 h t]

Day 5 - Dynjandi & The Westfjords

Drive through some of Iceland's prettiest fjords - Arnarfjordur, Dyrafjordur and Onundarfjordur; enjoy spectacular mountain views, visit the majestic Dynjandi waterfall and choose from more geothermal pools on your way to the southern Westfjords. Stay two nights in the area.

Optional add-on:
- Private super jeep transfer and a guided hike to the top of Kaldbakur mountain, the highest peak in the Westfjords at 998m. The views from the top on a clear day are simply spectacular.

Day 6 - Latrabjarg & The Beaches

Spend the day hiking the dramatic Latrabjarg cliffs and exploring the many colourful nearby beaches including the orange-hued Raudasandur.

[mynd 6 h t]

Day 7 - Dalir & Breidafjordur

Drive out of the Westfjords the Dalir valley region back towards Reykjavik, with the option to relax in some natural hot springs and enjoy the views of the countless islands of Breidafjordur bay. Overnight in Reykjavik.

[mynd 7 h t]

Day 8 - Departure

Drop off rental car and departure from KEF airport.

[mynd 8 h t]


The locations specified above are indicative. Since the exact itinerary is customised for your arrival and departure times, trails you choose, and the pace of your trip; these might change.
We can of course also accommodate any preferences you have.

Here are some of the ways in which we can customise this trip:
- Add extra days to slow down the pace or enrich your itinerary with more time for activities or de-tours; there is enough to do for 2 weeks
- Cut a day from the itinerary to allow for reduced time or budget
- If you want to explore more sights off the beaten path then we have a ton of great ideas!

Price for self-drive: 235,000 ISK per person on a twin-sharing basis in summer

- 8-day 4x4 SUV car rental (including CDW insurance, GPS, airport pick up and drop off, unlimited kilometres and emergency service)
- Digital map for each day
- 7-night two-star hotel accommodation (double or twin room with private bath and breakfast)
- Detailed day wise sightseeing itinerary
- Contact person in Iceland

Price for private guided tour: Contact us with details of group size, language and requirements.

A 4x4 SUV is required for this itinerary, whether self-drive or private.

We offer a wide variety of handpicked quality accommodations from star category hotels to guesthouses and apartments, all well rated and located so as to balance your daily driving time.

Our detailed itinerary is completely tailored to your specific interests. It will include comprehensive information on the must-see attractions and offbeat sights you will visit, a day-wise outline and directions on Google maps.

We can also include tours and activities of your choice, self-guided walks and hikes, and restaurant recommendations. Typically this requires adding extra time to the trip.

And of course, we are always available for questions or assistance during your trip.

Additional information for your Iceland trip will be sent to you after the booking. This will include details about weather and clothing, currencies and payments, electricity system, food and water, safety, contact info, and other useful tips.

The minimum driver age for is 20 years for smaller cars and 25 years for jeeps. Drivers must bring an international driving licence or a local driving licence written in a Roman script. Winter driving experience is strongly recommended for off-season travel.