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Iceland is nature at its most resplendent reminding us how small we are in the grand scheme of the world. An underpopulated country that has rebuilt itself after the financial upheaval, Iceland is the land of glacier-cut mountains, dwarfing waterfalls, active volcanoes, and expansive lava fields. If distinct geological features are the face of Iceland, then its people - a hardy, yet humble population of 300,000 - are its pulse. Many are descendants of the original settlers and have preserved a culture influenced by mythical sagas and a degree of imagination that only centuries of isolation and an extreme environment can incite.

Join us for a very special four-day trip of the Wild West of Iceland: the Westfjords. This area of Iceland has some of the most remote towns, windy and narrow dirt roads, and friendliest people. It is also home to large nesting Puffin colonies that are accessible from land - the Latrabjarg Cliffs. In the early summer (May & June) the birds are building and roosting in these colonies and as part of our 4-day adventure, we have a chance to visit with them up close and personal. During that period, there are very few people in the Westfjords so we will have the birds to ourselves! A place of paradox, Iceland is called the Land of Ice and Fire where, under the dancing bright lights of the Aurora Borealis, churning magma chambers meet icecaps.

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Typically, flights into Iceland arrive early in the morning. We will arrange transportation for you to get from the airport to the hotel in Reykjavik after you land. You will be able to leave your bags at the desk while you explore Reykjavik until check-in time. Our first meet-up of the Big Chill Adventure team will be in the hotel lobby that evening, and then we head out for dinner at our favorite restaurant in Reykjavik. After dinner, everyone is free to explore the town on your own or rest up in your room before we meet first thing in the morning for breakfast! If you are interested in arriving a day or two early and being on your own, resting up or exploring, we can help you find accommodations and transport into town.
After breakfast at our hotel, we will head north to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. We will spend the morning wandering among the hiking trails, churches, nature preserves, and incredible rock formations between Budir, Arnarstapi and Hellnar - all small fishing villages on the South coast of Snaefellsnes. After a light lunch, we will make our way to Stykkisholmur for the ferry to the Island of Flatey at 3:30 pm - a place where time literally stands still. Most of Flatey's houses are from the 19th century, so strolling around the island gives the impression of traveling back in time. There is unique nature, birds, a church with stunning artwork, the old library, historic sites and the old village and when we get hungry we can eat delicious homemade delicacies from Hotel Flatey where we will be spending the night.
After breakfast on Flatey Island, we will get on the ferry and head farther north to the Westfjords. The ferry leaves at 10:30, arriving in Brjaanslaekur only 45 minutes later. Upon arriving in the Westfjords, we will stretch our legs along the black sand beaches and cliffs of the shore then take a very adventurous drive deep into the Westfjords interior. Our first stop will be the Raudisandur beach (red sands) where we will have lunch and explore one of the most unique natural wonders of Iceland - a beach that is NOT made of basalt! We will then make our way to the Breidavik Hotel, the closest hotel to the Latrabjargcliffs, the nesting home of both large puffin and razorbill populations. After checking in, we recommend that we all take an afternoon nap because the absolute best time to interact with the puffin is after dinner when they are nesting.
After a big day the day before, we will take it a little easier and leave for our first stop in the morning at 9:30 am - leaving plenty of morning for sleeping in and coffee. Our first stop is the Hnjotur Museum in Orlygshofnwhere one of the local farmers collected thousands of curios of Icelandic life -including whole boats and planes. After this stop, we will move on to lunch in Talknafjodur on our way to the beautiful Dynjandi Waterfall. Dynjandi means 'thundering noise' in Icelandic and it is clear why when we get there. Throughout the journey to the waterfall, you will be amazed by the fjords and vistas provided by the Westfjords of Iceland. The winding roads of the Westfjords will bring us back to the ferry and to Stykkisholmar where we will spend the night.
After breakfast in our hotel, we will make our way toward Mount Kirkjufell - one of the most photographed and photogenic formations in Iceland. After a walk to the waterfalls of Mount Kirkjufell, we will continue across the Snaefellsnes peninsula toward Borgarnes where we will stop for lunch. Day four brings us optional activities: we will have to choose between a hike to Glymur (the second tallest waterfall in Iceland), riding on Icelandic horses, or a more leisurely visit to the War & Peace Museum. All provide an opportunity to explore Iceland. After this exploration, we will continue back to Reykjavik where we end this trip.
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