The Strokkur geyser erupting, Iceland

Western Iceland Tour: Exploring Preserved History in Breathtaking Landscapes

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Reykjavik, Budir, Stykkisholmur, Reykholt

Suggested Duration

8 Days

Venture into the often-overlooked landscape and culture of West Iceland, a region close to the capital city of Reykjavik in geography, yet light-years away in impression. Lava fields have carved tunnels beneath the imposing rugged plain as hidden caverns glow brightly blue beneath the imposing glaciers. Windswept beaches lead to spectacular pillared cliffs, and historical villages exhibit the medieval sagas of the island that reads like fantasy. Your custom tailored Iceland tour lets you embrace...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the inspiring system of subterranean tunnels meandering beneath lava fields and glaciers as you venture towards the caverns’ end
  • Witness the spectacular Snaefellsjokull Glacier and nearby glacial lagoon on a horseback-riding excursion across the western landscape
  • Walk along the drifting tectonic plates of the North American and European continental shelf to see a physical embodiment of the earth’s movement
  • Learn about the medieval history of Iceland through handmade replicated artifacts and preserved medieval sagas that resemble enchanting tales
  • Explore Law Rock, the location of the first parliament of Iceland, one of the oldest assemblies in the world
  • Glimpse at marine fossils etched into a mountaintop, telling stories of a time when the entire island resided beneath the Atlantic
  • Embrace the culture and lifestyle of Reykjavik, a thriving metropolis with a strong community atmosphere
  • Capture an image of whales breaching the ocean off the coast of Olafsvik on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Detailed Description

Archeologists have found evidence of the Viking exploration in Iceland that led to the island’s settlement in the 9th-century. The landscape has a far older genesis visible in the volcanic peaks, tectonic plates, and marine fossils situated on mountain tops. Your 8-day tour encompasses the natural beauty and preserved history of the west, takes you to farms and beaches, cities and lagoons. Your discovery tour begins with your arrival at Keflavik International Airport as your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and escorts you to Reykjavik.

Enjoy an introductory tour of the nation’s capital to immerse yourself in both the must-see sites and the local, contemporary culture. Embark on an excursion around the Golden Circle, a touted travel route that offers many of the natural wonders. Witness geysers, waterfalls, and the celebrated Thingvellir National Park. Next day, head north to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and trek to the top of the Grundarfjordur and Helgafell mountains for a view of prehistoric and ancient Icelandic history.

Visit the town of Olafsvik and cruise along the fjords in search of the vibrant whale pods in travel by in the summer. Move deeper into the traditions of the region with a visit to a local farm/museum that produces a traditional fermented shark dish; take the opportunity to taste the dish alongside a shot of homemade schnapps. Get close to the foothills of Snaefellsjokull Glacier on a horseback-riding excursion for an open panorama of the landscape that surrounds you.

Next day, make your way to the town of Reykholt to tour the Saga Museum to offer insight into the rich history of the island. Search for lava caves and waterfalls around town as well, and then continue to find historical monuments and magnificent waterfalls around the region before you return to Reykjavik for the night. Complete your trip with a visit to the relaxing waters of the famous Blue Lagoon before you head to the Keflavik International Airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$3,635 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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