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Approximately 3 Hours
Driving among the mountains of Ísafjördur affords an excellent view of the harsh local landscape, where narrow passes cross sharp mountain ridges, deep fjords shelter farms and villages huddled on narrow strips of land.
Visit Skrúður -- the first Icelandic botanic garden -- founded in 1909. This small garden is the brainchild of the former minister and principal of Núpur -- cultivation pioneer of Iceland. He grew plants and vegetables that nobody ever dreamed could germinate so far north or in such a rugged landscape and harsh climate.
You'll drive to Flateyri village, formed around the shark-fishing industry in the mid-19th century. In Flateyri, leave the bus at a charmingly small and intimate church, quite typical of the smaller towns in Iceland. Step into the church to hear an Icelandic music program; then, stroll with your guide down the small main street of Flateyri.
Visit the old bookstore and the merchant's home, where you'll find an exhibit explaining the history of Flateyri.
In the next building, relax and enjoy a coffee break. Homemade Icelandic cakes are served with coffee or tea.
Due to Ísafjörður's remoteness and the scarcity of professional guides, all guiding is handled by locals; some are not professional, but all have great experience in guiding and extensive knowledge of the area. Flowers may not be in full bloom in May or September. It is essential that you wear warm, layered clothing to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion; outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. Bring gloves, a warm hat and a scarf. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Walking is required on gravel paths and uneven surfaces. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. Suitable for guests with mobility limitations with a companion to assist. Parents traveling with children under the age of 3 must rent a child's car seat from the tour operator; please see the Shore Excursions team on board. You cannot use your child's car seat from home in Iceland.