Iceland Travel: Uncharted Territories


Iceland Travel: Uncharted Territories

Iceland Travel gives you intimate access to the country’s far reaches.

Visiting Iceland can feel like arriving in uncharted territory, a chance to encounter untamed nature and experience unexpected adventures. But with so many spectacular sights and destinations to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to start when planning your trip. Not to mention that traveling in Iceland presents unique challenges, particularly in the winter. This is where Iceland Travel can help. With nearly 80 years of experience in the travel sector, Iceland Travel takes the guesswork out of planning an ideal Icelandic getaway, offering a variety of intimate escorted tours (never more than 16 participants) that have each been mindfully curated under the guidance and expertise of local residents.


Iceland Travel’s newest tour gives visitors the chance to venture into the West Fjords, one of the lesser-traveled corners of the country. As part of the five-day ‘Dramatic West Fjords and Local Secrets Tour,’ you’ll have ample opportunity to appreciate the majestic beauty of this region’s deep-cut fjords and snow-capped mountains, as well as its ice-crusted beaches as they are buffeted by the North Atlantic tides. You’ll also meet residents in several of the small but lively villages that dot the fjords, people who hold age-old traditions and modern concerns about sustainability and eco-friendliness in equal esteem.

Stand on pristine, white sand beaches and enjoy the vast silence of a nearly uninhabited fjord. Enjoy homemade cakes and coffee and learn about local history. Visit an eider duck nesting site where for centuries local farmers have sustainably harvested the birds’ incomparably warm down while still protecting their fragile nesting sites. Sample fresh seafood delicacies right off the boat, and then take part in a fisherman’s cooking class, where you’ll learn simple but delicious ways to prepare fresh fish that you can replicate at home. And take a step back in time at the Ósvör Maritime Museum, where you can examine fishermen’s huts, rowboats, and fishing implements that date back to the 19th century.


If few visitors to Iceland get the chance to meaningfully experience the West Fjords, the same is doubly true for East Iceland, where vibrant local culture flourishes amidst some of the most rugged and impressive scenery that the country has to offer. Countering the image that many people have of Iceland—that is, barren lava fields and treeless vistas—East Iceland offers up an entirely different kind of wilderness, as it’s home to the country’s thriving reindeer population, Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, and swaths of truly dazzling fjords.

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