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Vikings and Ghosts in Western Iceland

On this tour you will drive to the Borgarfjörður region in Western Iceland, and visit some of the most beautiful places in the region, where the famous Vikings Skallagrímur and his son Egill settled 1,000 years ago. You will also explore the saga rich region of Dalir – the Valleys, and visit the western part of the west fjords, one of the most haunted areas in Iceland*. You can take some guided day tours to get closer to the history and sagas of Iceland, and to get closer to nature. All accommodations are in very nice guesthouses or hotels, including a private bathroom, breakfast and a suitable car. (*According to histories told through the ages)

Duration: 5 Nights from May through October

Price: from $1,471 per person

Highlights

  • The Natural Wonders of Western Iceland
  • The History Rich Saga Region of West Iceland
  • One of The Most Haunted Places in Iceland
  • Visit the Seal Center in Hvammstangi
  • Unique Natural Phenomena of the North West

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Included
     Rental car for 5 days, pick up on arrival at Keflavík International Airport*
     4 nights’ accommodation in the countryside.
     1 nights’ accommodation in Reykjavik.
     Iceland Road Atlas and Map.
     Free use of Satellite Navigation System – SATNAV/GPS
     GPS is Free of Charge.
     Iceland Network Cell Phone (2,000 ISK prepaid)
     Iceland Road Guide and map, including a free App for tablet/iPad/iPhone or any Smartphone.
     Detailed itinerary which we will help put together with you.
     Nordika Travel contact number to help you to book accommodation and excursions should you decide to change your plans whilst on holiday.
     Rental car airport fee.
     Unlimited mileage.
     Collision Damage Waiver Insurance.
     2 authorized drivers for the whole period.
     No hassle car return at the airport on the day of departure.
     All taxes, VAT and service fees.
     Information about driving in Iceland.
     The detailed Itinerary will be sent to you at least 6 weeks in advance, so you can study it and prepare your trip before your departure.You can also download it to your iPhone/smart phone or tablet to have with you on your trip.


Not Included
  - Flights to and from Iceland
  - Travel Insurance
  - Optional excursions
  - Car rental for an extra day, if necessary
  - Other Items not mentioned under “Included”

* Please note that the package price is based on 24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on departure day, an extra rental day is available. You can also choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the car rental ends and use Flybus Plus or private departure transfer.

Accommodation
We have a selection of accommodations all over Iceland which we have inspected, and we will select the ones that fit your itinerary the best.  The accommodations we use are all 3-star hotels or country guesthouses and hotels with private bathrooms, and breakfast is included unless you prefer to stay in apartments or cottages, then it is self-catering.  Many are new and all are nice, clean, and safe establishments.

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Day 1: The Borgarfjörður Region, Viking Settlement and Waterfalls

Arrive early morning and pick up the car at the airport and drive to the Borgarfjörður Region. Spend the the day in the Borgarfjörður valley, famous for its sagas of the Viking time. Here you find Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring. Continue to Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls.  There are several museums in the area such as the Icelandic settlement museum in Borgarnes, Snorrastofa culture and history exhibition in Reykholt, the home of Snorri Sturluson, Iceland´s most famous Saga writers.  and Hvanneyri Farm Machinery Museum.
Visit Húsafell, where you can take a tour into a Glacier.  At Húsafell served a priest in the 18. century, who was reputed for having exorcised 80 ghosts which had all been sent from the Hornstrandir region in the far northwest.
Overnight in the area.

Optional Tour: Into the Glacier, price $199 per person

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Day 2: The Saga Rich Region of Dalir

Now you drive to the historic region of Dalir (the valleys) in the west.  Many famous vikings lived there, like Eric the Red at Eiriksstaðir.  Leifur (the Lucky) Eiríksson and other sons of Eric are said to have been born there.  An old longhouse has been built in commemoration of Leif´s discovery of America.
Hjarðarholt, north of the town of Búðardalur, was the birthplace of Kjartan Ólafsson, one of the protagonists in Laxdæla Saga.  There lived also Víga-Hrappur who haunted the place so that no one dared to live there.  There are many other settlements in this region.
You will stay at Vogur Country Lodge or nearby, where you can admire the beautiful scenery or visit many interesting places in the neighborhood or take a hike on the coast or up the valleys.

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Day 3: Mountain Passes, Fjords and Ghosts

Today you will drive north through the mountain pass of Þröskuldar (easier to drive than to pronounce), and visit the town of Hólmavík and the village Drangsnes.   If you stay in the area you can drive further north and visit the unique and remote fjords of Strandir, one of the most haunted areas of Iceland. You must visit the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Withscraft.
You can travel as far as the Ghost Village of Djúpavík, a flourishing center of herring salting in the first half of the 20th century. When the herring fishery failed, the factory closed down, leaving Djúpavík a ghost village.   
You either stay in the area, or drive back to Vogur Country Lodge.

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Day 4: Seals, Sea Stacks, Canyons and Fortresses

Today you head east to the region of Húnaflói Bay and the village of Hvamstangi.  There is a special Seal Center (Selasetur Íslands) in Hvammstangi, where you can learn about seals and the history of sealery, seal products and seal related farming in Iceland.  You can also take a seal watching Tour in Vatnsnes peninsula.   
You might stay at Laugabakki, but at the closeby farm Bjarg, lived one of the greatest of the saga heroes, Grettir the Strong. He became an outlaw and his head was buried at Grettisþúfa (Gretti´s Mound), when his killers had brought it home to his mother, Ásdís.
If you drive out the Vatnsnes Peninsula, you will see Hvítserkur (White Frock) stand proudly at sea. This Guano-painted part of a dyke is 15m high and resembles a sea monster or a giant troll-bull.  There are many other interesting natural phenomena in the area, like the Kolugljúfur Canyons, the Vatnsdalshólar Hills and the Borgarvirki fortress.

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Day 5: Reykjavik City and Museums

Today you drive over the mountain pass of Holtavörðuheiði and head back to Reykjavík.  REYKJAVÍK is the northern most capital city in the world. Lined with colorful, corrugated steel buildings, the streets in the downtown area are very pedestrian-friendly and full of fascinating museums, quaint shops, and cozy cafes.

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Day 6: Departure and the Blue Lagoon

If you leave in the afternoon you can spend the morning in Reykjavik or leave early and stop by the Blue lagoon on your way to the airport.

REYKJAVÍK is the northern most capital city in the world. Lined with colorful, corrugated steel buildings, the streets in the downtown area are very pedestrian-friendly and full of fascinating museums, quaint shops, and cozy cafes.  Spend the morning exploring the city at your leisure and then head back to Keflavík airport.

You can also stop by Bláa Lónið, the Blue Lagoon, for a refreshing swim before your flight.

Daily Departures.

Standard value packages: An accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and farmhouses around Iceland. The standard accommodation room is ideal for a brief stay of up to a few days. Double rooms contain two twin beds, or one queen size bed. There is a fully equipped en suite bathroom. All hotels are equipped with central heating and television. Normally no room service is provided. Wi-Fi is available in most standard accommodations.
Quality value packages: An accommodation in 3 or 4 star like hotels or special guesthouses. The Beds can be two twin beds or one Queen or King. Ensuite full bathrooms normally contain hairdryers, toiletries and towels. Bathrooms are fully equipped, either with a shower or a bathtub. Wi-Fi internet is available in all hotels free of charge. Quality accommodation offers restaurant on site. Possibility to upgrade to superior or deluxe rooms, when available.

 

Standard Value Package: 5 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
01 - Toyota Yaris Auto $ 1,471 $ 1,079 $ 1,082 $ 924
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 1,532 $ 1,120 $ 1,112 $ 949
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 1,599 $ 1,164 $ 1,146 $ 976
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 1,749 $ 1,264 $ 1,221 $ 1,035
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 1,895 $ 1,361 $ 1,294 $ 1,094
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 1,948 $ 1,397 $ 1,320 $ 1,115

 

Quality Value Package: 5 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
01 - Toyota Yaris Auto $ 1,601 $ 1,185 $ 1,212 $ 1,040
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 1,662 $ 1,226 $ 1,242 $ 1,065
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 1,729 $ 1,271 $ 1,276 $ 1,092
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 1,879 $ 1,371 $ 1,351 $ 1,151
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 2,025 $ 1,468 $ 1,424 $ 1,210
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 2,078 $ 1,503 $ 1,450 $ 1,231

 

Price for the periods May 1 to 31, 2017 and September 16 to October 31 2017:

 

Standard Value Package: 5 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
01 - Toyota Yaris Auto $ 1,242 $ 908 $ 900 $ 768
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 1,298 $ 945 $ 928 $ 790
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 1,324 $ 962 $ 941 $ 800
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 1,421 $ 1,027 $ 989 $ 839
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 1,514 $ 1,089 $ 1,036 $ 877
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 1,549 $ 1,113 $ 1,053 $ 891

 

Quality Value Package: 5 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
01 - Toyota Yaris Auto $ 1,315 $ 1,000 $ 972 $ 852
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 1,370 $ 1,037 $ 1,000 $ 874
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 1,396 $ 1,054 $ 1,013 $ 884
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 1,493 $ 1,119 $ 1,062 $ 923
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 1,587 $ 1,181 $ 1,108 $ 961
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 1,622 $ 1,204 $ 1,126 $ 975

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Views from Vikings and Ghosts in Western Iceland

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Highlights

  • The Natural Wonders of Western Iceland
  • The History Rich Saga Region of West Iceland
  • One of The Most Haunted Places in Iceland
  • Visit the Seal Center in Hvammstangi
  • Unique Natural Phenomena of the North West

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