THE WILD WESTFJORDS
Day One | Reykjavík
Welcome to Iceland!
You will undoubtedly be somewhat exhausted from the long flight, so your first day will be about getting prepared and resting up for the adventure of a lifetime through the Westfjords! Keflavik airport is very nice and has numerous places to eat or grab a snack, in case the airline food didn’t quite do it for you.
Once ready to get on the road, enjoy the quickest car rental you’ve ever experienced as you pick up your Tesla curbside, and make the scenic drive to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. If your flight arrives in Iceland early, we recommend going to Sky Lagoon right outside of Reykjavik to recover from the long flight! They offer a 7-step ritual to rejuvenate the soul, and we stand by their claim!
Afterwards, check into the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica and be sure your Tesla has a full charge. You can use the on-site charger or the local Tesla Supercharger. If you’re feeling up to seeing the modern city of Reykjavik, let’s do it! Otherwise, take a short nap. You’ll be back in the city on your final day! Head out on food, grab a Hopp electric scooter, or even take a drive to grab some dinner downtown.
We recommend Baka Baka for delicious pizza, Krua Thai, or one of Iceland’s famous hot dogs from Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. We recommend dropping by a grocery store on your way back to grab some essentials for the rest of your trip. Bonus or Netto are great options. We generally go pretty simple, loaf of bread, peanut butter and jam, and some snacks. Head back to the hotel and get a good night’s rest, it’s best to start the next day early…there’s so much to see!
Day Two | Snæfellsnes
The drive to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula will no doubt take longer than expected, due to how often you will pull over to take in the beautiful sights along the way, so get an early start to the day!
You will also want to arrive at Miðhraun Lava Resort at a decent hour to enjoy their geothermal bath and cold plunge. Grab the greatest breakfast buffet ever downstairs at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica before heading off. As you drive north towards the peninsula, pull over anywhere that’s calling to you! We stopped at various random spots to see the landscape, the vibrant purple flowers, and of course…the horses! Make a stop at Kaffi Rjúkandi for lunch and top off the Tesla at the ON charge station, we’ve got a lot of stops ahead of us!
First will be Ytri Tunga beach, also known as seal beach! The area is beautiful, with grass lined beaches of soft, white sand and black lava rack. But the best part is the seals! See if you can spot them out in the water, lounging on the rocks, or even playing around in the waves! Next, make a quick stop at the beautiful Búðakirkja. This black church is perched up on a hill with the most gorgeous mountainous backdrop, and is still in use today! Can you imagine having a destination wedding here?! There’s a network of short trails in the area through the lava fields if you’re up for a stroll.
If you have the time, a short detour out to Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge can be worth it! A short hike up to the moss-lined canyon is a sight to see, otherwise, continue on to Kirkjufell Mountain! Kirkjufell isn’t the tallest mountain in Iceland, but it’s one of the most photographed! Its conical shape is quite beautiful, plus it is accompanied by Kirkjufellsfoss, an attractive waterfall at the base of the mountain. Another network of trails allows you to wander the area and take it all in at your own pace.
Charge your Tesla at the same ON charger on your way back, and check in tonight at Miðhraun Lava Resort. This family-owned location is absolutely perfect. Enjoy dinner on-site at what they call their dinner buffet, but it honestly feels more like an intimate dinner at grandma’s with some of your best friends. And grandma is an award-winning chef. Be sure to try out their geothermal bath before or after dinner, and if you’re brave, take a cold plunge in the nearby pond!
Day Three | Hellulaug
Today is the day you get to the Westfjords! The 8:45am Seatours ferry from Stykkishólmur takes a couple hours and is a relaxing way to shave some time off a drive. Have breakfast at Miðhraun before taking the drive up north to the ferry and stowing your Tesla into the cargo hold!
Enjoy the scenic views and try to spot the isolated houses on the tiny islands as you move north through open waters. Puffins may even be gliding across the waters as you get close to Flatey island! A small cafe on the lower deck of the ferry serves lunch items and snacks. We shared a burger and fries and weren’t disappointed.
Hótel Flókalundur is not far from Brjanslaekur where the ferry docks, but you should have plenty of time before checking in to do some exploring! After disembarking, head out to Rauðisandur, also known as the red-sand beach. You will pass the Gardar BA 64 shipwreck on your way there, but save it for the drive back since it’s best to be at the beach during a low tide. You will eventually turn off onto a dirt road, but the Tesla should perform great. The dirt roads in Iceland are generally well-kept and mostly smooth.
Before or after enjoying the sights at Rauðisandur, make a quick stop at Franska Kaffihúsið for a light lunch or snack. We had the mushroom soup and almost every pastry they offered. On your way back to Hótel Flókalundur stop at the Gardar BA 64 shipwreck to enjoy the unique sight of the grounded ship at the foot of a fjord and beautiful valley.
The Tesla can be charged and dinner had on-site at Hótel Flókalundur after checking in. They offer pizza, burgers, as well as more authentic Icelandic fare. The rooms are modern, comfortable, clean and have beautiful views of the water. Be sure to take the provided robes and visit the local geothermal hot spring Hellulaug before or after dinner. If the tide is high, take a quick dip into the ocean then get back into the hot spring!
Day Four | Látrabjarg
Feel free to sleep in today and get some extra rest if needed since you will be staying here for two nights! Just be sure to make the hotel breakfast before they close at 10am.
If you missed the hot spring Hellulaug last night, perhaps this morning is a good time to go check it out! You won’t be disappointed. With a fully charged Tesla, and makings for lunch, hit the road and make your way out to Látrabjarg! Although this was one of our favorite stops out in the Westfjords, sometimes it’s not always about the destination, but the journey. The road eventually turns to dirt, but don’t let that deter you. This coastal drive is incredibly beautiful as you wind the mountain sides over what looks like caribbean-blue waters.
Once at Látrabjarg, there are various picnic tables that can be used to make lunch. Afterwards, explore the cliff sides and search for puffins! We started at the lighthouse and worked our way up the trail. There are hundreds of bird species in the area, using the winds and currents to fly along the cliffs. Crashing waves can be seen below, smashing into the black rocks. Hike along the trail for as long as you would like, it seems like the views just keep getting better and better the further you go. Be sure to carefully look off the sides to find the puffins comfortably perched on outcropping rocks. They are black and white, friendly little birds with bright orange beaks and feet. Head back down to Hótel Flókalundur for dinner and charging of the Tesla.
Day Five | Ísafjörður
Today you will be leaving the wonderful Hótel Flókalundur and making your way north to the remote city of Ísafjörður! Although remote, Ísafjörður is the biggest city in the Westfjords. Have breakfast at Hótel Flókalundur, pack the Tesla and get ready for yet another scenic, dirt-road drive around the fjords!
Dynjandi will be your first stop. The parking area has picnic tables, a charge station, and very nice public restrooms at your disposal! This waterfall is another favorite stop of ours in the Westfjords. Dynjandi stands at the top of the cliffside, crashing down into a pool of water that then feeds seven other waterfalls on its way out into the fjord. It is truly a sight to see, especially from the top! Take the trail up to the base of the falls, enjoying the others along the way, to feel the real power of Dynjandi!
After taking as many photos as you’d like, and having a picnic lunch, hop back on the road towards Ísafjörður. Along this stretch you will pass under the mountains in various tunnels. Driving into Ísafjörður is surreal. This city is constructed on a peninsula out in the middle of a massive fjord, complete with cruise ship docks and nearby airport. On the drive in you will pass a Bonus grocery store if you need to replenish any lunch makings or snacks, or go to Netto out on the peninsula. You will have a long drive south tomorrow, and snacks in the car are always nice!
Hótel Ísafjörður is located in a beautiful location out on the peninsula. They also utilize an extension not far away during the high season where we stayed. While not as glamorous as the main hotel, it was exactly what we needed. A clean, comfortable place to stay after a long drive! After checking in, take a drive out to the Bolafjall lookout point for a nice view of the surrounding fjords. Dinner can be had back in Ísafjörður at one of their many restaurants. We recommend Húsið. Charge your Tesla at the nearby ON station while you have dinner and walk the quaint streets of the city.
Day Six | Hraunsnef
Today you will be making the drive south, saying goodbye to the beautiful Westfjords. But this is by no means the end of the trip! Have a wonderful breakfast at Hótel Ísafjörður and start the drive towards Hólmavík. The road passes the airport and weaves in and out of numerous fjords. Make a stop in Hólmavík to charge the Tesla at the Isorka Supercharger and grab lunch at the cafeteria inside Krambúðin. Continue on to Hraunsnef Country Hotel.
This wonderful stay features comfortable rooms, and one of the best restaurants around. Check in, enjoy the on-site hot tubs, explore the farm, and have dinner once you start getting hungry. Grábrók Crater is a nearby hiking site that can be explored if you’re feeling adventurous, otherwise, relax at Hraunsnef until you finally drift off to sleep. Charge your Tesla at Hraunsnef, or at the ON Supercharger a few minutes further down the road.
Day Seven | Húsafell
If you thought your time in Iceland’s geothermal hot springs was already behind you, you thought wrong. After having breakfast at Hraunsnef, pack your things, but be sure to leave a swimsuit handy! Drive to the Húsafell Activity Center for the Húsafell Canyon Baths tour! These baths are privately owned, and limit the number of guests using them at one time, to give you the best experience possible. The on-site changing rooms and bathroom are beautifully built right alongside the canyon wall. There are two baths to choose from, a rounder more manufactured bath, and a rougher more natural one. Try both.
Afterwards, make the drive back to the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, charging the Tesla at the ON Supercharger along the way. Have dinner in the city, walk along the water-front paths, visit Hallsgrímskirkja and the Harpa, and try to catch the midnight sun if the sky is clear! It requires a late night since the sun sets just past midnight in the summer, but it’s well worth it. We found the public parking near Reykjavik’s lighthouse to be a great spot to sit along the water, watch, and enjoy one final unique Icelandic experience.
Day Eight | Departure
We bet you thought this day would never come, and now here it is all too quickly. That’s how we always feel, anyway. Have breakfast at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica and head off to the Keflavik airport for your departing flight. We hope you have enjoyed your time in Iceland’s Westfjords!