Six Days in the Westfjords:
An Immersion in Silence, Spirit and Beauty
August 29th to September 4th
This Post-Conference journey through the mystical Westfjords will be a contemplative and nature-based experience on Europe’s westernmost edge, an area long considered Iceland’s best-kept secret. We begin by taking the Baldur Ferry across the Greenland Sea to this silent, beautiful and magical world where Iceland‘s landscape rises to its dramatic climax. We will walk the fjords, find our way to sacred sites and places of outstanding natural beauty, listen to Icelandic storytellers and musicians recounting the Sagas, and soak up the unique feeling of one of the most pristine and cosmic realms on the planet. We will experience jagged cliffs, deserted beaches, stunning coastal fjords, towering mountains, and tiny fishing villages where traditional ways are still practiced. Those who wish may participate in an Icelandic dream practice used for centuries that aims to deepen our spiritual connection to this vast landscape.
Our journey will take us initially to the tiny town of Patreksfjordur with its quiet beaches and nearby waterfalls, and then to the perfect natural harbor of Isafjordur, the region’s capital, located on a sand spit surrounded by dramatic mountains, and a center of new Icelandic music. From here, we can sail to the remote Hornstrandir Peninsula with its unspoiled beauty. We then travel to Holmavik and the Strandir Coast, a magnificently peaceful area with a history of magical traditions; to Reykholar from which we can gaze back upon the north coast of Snaefellsnes; and finally to Borgarnes, with its settler museum and thermal pools. There will be ocean vistas, geothermal springs, and a sense of time that can be expected to slow to the virtually timeless. Throughout this rare journey into one of the most sublime landscapes on earth, we will explore, and with luck we may even glimpse, the profound Mysteries of the North.
Price: $2425 per person in double accommodations; $2925 in single accommodations
Includes all six nights’ accommodations and all meals through breakfast on the 4th, all entrance fees, fully-guided tour, coach transport and airport transfer on the 4th.
Optional boat trip to Hornstrandir: $95 per person
*Please note: See Packing List for items needed for travel in Iceland.