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Westfjords Stop on Ring Road Holiday?

Have a 10 night itinerary for a Ring Road trip planned. Wondering if a night in the Westfjords area is worth the excursion. My bookings are all "free cancellation" so if I needed to tweak something, I can... So far, daily driving is limited to 300-ish kms, allowing for hikes, etc. Sunrises/sunsets for early September is 6:30am/8:30 pm. Perfect!

Looking at the Westfjords region, I just dunno... It looks more like a great place just to go and stay put for a very relaxing holiday. Anyone have experience??

Skipping Reykjavik totally this time- we went there back in January of 2016, when Icelandair had crazy good airfare and hotel packages... Ready to see more outside of the country.

Thank you for your help! Eagerly awaiting the 2024 Iceland guidebook in April. Local library has 2 copies ordered but none of the other editions.

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Ten days for just the ring road itself is ok, but still rushed. There is no way I would even try to squeeze one day out of that for the Westfjords as you need much more time than that to see anything. On our most recent trip, we spent 10 days in the Westfjords alone, to give you an idea. When we did the ring road we had 12 days and even that felt rushed and we missed a lot. That is why we keep returning again and again;) The Westfjords are not a place for relaxing per se, but are great if you want to be active. You can't just base in one area either as that region is huge. We camped at a different place for 7 of the nights, and stayed in Isafjordur for 3 as we had full day hikes, kayaking etc planned. You mention skipping Reykjavik, but just make sure you are not picking up your can then driving very far on arrival day. A good plan is an hour or two from the airport, otherwise with jetlag, falling asleep at the wheel is a real danger.

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mikliz97- That was my thought about Westfjords, that it in itself is a destination. Indeed, we are not going far the first day, just west of Selfoss. Your Iceland experience is much appreciated. Is just me (62) and husband (82) on this trip. Usually we go to the Rockies for a week of hiking (Glacier NP, Canadian Rockies) but felt the time was right for a Ring Road excursion.

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ImaFarmer--That sounds good. Just west of Selfoss would be a good limit for that first day. You are in for such a treat! The hiking in Iceland is absolutely wonderful! While I head back again next week, I am still envious of you. We would happy give up everything here to live there if it were feasible right now. As for guidebooks, I found the most helpful one to be "Iceland's Ring Road Road Trips" by Lonely Planet. Also check out Iceland With A View on You Tube. She has video's on everything! Lonely Planet actually just signed with her to help them write their Iceland books. Both were the best sources for when I planned our ring road trip, as well as all the other trips there.

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I agree with mikliz. Ten days is just about right for a Ring Road trip without going to the Westfjords. Depending on what you want to do along the way, of course. We could have spent twice that and still not done everything.

Where have you made reservations so far?

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naalehuretiree- We will arrive KEF 8:30 am and head to Selfoss area, then over to Hvolsvöllur, Kalfafellsstadur, Reyðarfjörður- across to Fossholl, Sauðárkrókur, down to the middle of Snaefellsnes, 2 nights east of Borgarnes and final night near the airport at Gardur. At first I had booked some single units with kitchens, but as I tightened up my driving, I changed these for "regular rooms" in different locations - I also felt a bit guilty about staying in a kitchenette place for just one one night- so much cleaning! All lodging happens to include breakfast, and we are breakfasty-lunchy people and skip suppers. Average cost for 10 nights is under $200/night. Could have been significantly less, but spouse says he is too damn old to share a bathroom, so private bathrooms it is...

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ImaFarmer--In Gardur, be sure to go to Rostin which is the restaurant by the lighthouse. From the outside you don't even really realize it is there, but there is a great museum inside and then the restaurant which is really good! The restaurant is very cool with tomato plants etc growing inside, up the windows and across the ceilings, and then the decor in there is all antique phones, cameras, etc. The food is excellent!