Road Trip Guide - Westfjords, Iceland

The Westfjords is the large peninsula located in Northwestern Iceland. Isafjordur is the largest town of the fjords with a population around 4000 people. However, there is a lot of other attractions to find! We recommend you spend at least three nights touring around the Westfjords to explore to the fullest. Be aware that some roads on this route are gravel so we recommend you buy a gravel protection and always check for road conditions, especially during fall and winter.

Hólmavík is an interesting town with history of witchcraft, witch-hunting and sorcery. There is a famous museum dedicated to sorcery and there you can take a tour into the mystical world. 

There are three very popular natural hot springs in the Westfjords. The first one is Krossneslaug (GPS Latitude: 66.056259 | Longitude: -21.508527 ) in Árneshreppur, another one is Hellulaug in Flókalundur and the third one is Pollurinn in Patreksfjörður. Additonally, most of the towns in the Westfjords have charming local swimming pools. 

Rauðisandur, the red sand beach stretches for 10 km from Látrabjarg bird-cliff. The road leading to the beach is a gravel road, winding and steep so be cautious and drive carefully. GPS Latitude: 65.48166 | Longitude: -24.07916

Látrabjarg is the westernmost part of Europe and the most visited tourist attraction in the Westfjords. The cliffs are home to extreme numbers of birds, for example puffins. The puffins are extremely gentle on Látrabjarg so you can easily get great photos of the birds. Please notice that the Puffin season is from April to August. GPS Latitude: 65.50257 | Longitude: -24.53169

Explore the surroundings of Arnarfjörður and visit Selárdalur to photograph the quirky sculptures by Samúel Jónsson. Dynjandi is a series of waterfalls and one of Iceland ‘s most beautiful waterfalls. It has a cumulative height of 100 meters. It’s located between the towns of Bíldudalur and Þingeyri. GPS Latitude: 65.73281 | Longitude: -23.19984

There are plenty of activities to find in Heydalur valley, including horse riding, sea kayaking, hiking, fishing and bird watching. GPS Latitude: 65.84395 | Longitude: -22.68004

Bolafjall mountain is highly recommended for hikers. The mountain is 643 meters high and offers a great view from the top. Note that the top of the mountain is flat and on top you can find an old abandoned US radar station. You might even be lucky enough to glimpse Greenland on a clear day. GPS Latitude: 65.73281 | Longitude: -23.19984

Other interesting places that we recommend: Krossholt, Brjánslækur, Geirþjófsfjörður, Hornstrandir nature reserve, Reykjanes, Hornbjarg, Svalvogar, Valagil and Aðalvík. 

Towns we recommend to stay at overnight: 

  • Reykhólar is a great place to spend a night before embarking on a road trip around the Westfjords. 
  • Patreksfjörður is the largest town in the southern part of the Westfjors offering good accomidation and service.
  • Tálknafjörður, a village in the remote southern part of the Westfjords with a population of 300 people.
  • Þingeyri is a charming little town and we recommend you enjoy the iconic local café, Simba höllin.
  • Flateyri with a population of 300 is located in Önundarfjörður.
  • Ísafjörður is only 20km away from Flateyri, and is the largest town of the Westfjords, with a population of 2,600 people.
  • Visit the small town of Suðureyri but be careful when driving there from Ísafjörður. There is a one-way tunnel, Vestfjarðargöng, so make sure to always drive carefully!
  • Árneshreppur is Iceland ‘s least populous municipality, with only 50 inhabitants. Here you can find a museum, a café and accommodation. For travelers wanting to enjoy a peaceful stay you should check out this area e.g. stay in Djúpavík. There are many other Fjords and towns that we recommend visiting. The Westfjords landscape is magnificent.

These are just some the attractions you can find in the Westfjords. The are many other Fjords that we recommend you to visit, the Westfjords landscape is magnificent. For activities you can go skiing during the winter but during summer time you can go golfing, bird watching, whale watching or you can go on boat and kayak tours. More information can also be found on the official tourism site, Westfjords.

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