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West Tours
The remote Westfjord peninsula at your Doorstep
One would think that the remotest part in one of the remotest countries would be near impossible to access and require months of planning, but the fact of the matter is that you can simply hop on a plane in Reykjavik in the morning and start exploring the magnificent Westfjords of Iceland 40 minutes later.
Local tour company, West Tours, arranges a wide array of tours in this remote region, suitable for all types of travellers – be it families, groups or thrill seekers. These include a tranquil afternoon walk in the peninsula, horseback riding and kayaking tours, a trip to the puffin-inhabited Vigur Island and hikes to some of the most untouched places in Iceland. All you need to do is catch a plane in Reykjavík and the secrets of the Westfjords are yours to discover.

The Westfjord peninsula is renowned for both its remarkable beauty and tranquillity, thus it comes as no surprise that the guidebook publisher, Lonely Planet, ranked the Westfjords as one of the top 10 places to visit in 2011. The history and culture of the area are no less interesting than its landscapes and West Tours offer ample opportunities to experience them simultaneously. One of their tours gives you the chance to be an Icelander for a day – where you’ll see how the local people live and work, what they eat and drink and how people cope with living so close to the Arctic Circle, where you only see the sun nine months out of the year. You’ll also have the chance to visit the “ghost-town” of Hesteyri, which was abandoned in the 1950’s due to its inaccessible location. The town has been maintained so visitors can see how the life was in such extreme conditions.

The flight to the Westfjords only takes around 40 minutes and flights depart 2-3 times a day all year round. They land at 3 different locations: Gjögur, Ísafjörður and Bíldudalur, each of which has its choice of activities and tours. West Tours arrange the whole package – including the airport collection and experienced local guides who will guide you through the narrow fjords and steep cliffs of the Westfjord peninsula.
For more information and booking enquire at most major hotels or tourist information offices.

West Tours
Aðalstræti 7 • 400 Ísafjörður
+354 456 5111

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