About the West Fjords
West part of Iceland
The region known as the West Fjords is one of Iceland’s most spectacular. Flung out into the North Atlantic and almost set adrift from the rest of Iceland, the area known as the West fjords is sparsely populated, fantastically rugged, and isolated. By its remote location and limited roads, the Westfjords is an outdoor adventurer’s dream destination. The landscape in the West part of Iceland is truly humbling, ranging from soaring mountains and unfathomably deep and silent fjords to a tortuous coastline dotted with tiny fishing villages.
In the northenmost part of the West Fjords lies the uninhabited wilderness region of Hornstrandir, a natural paradise at the arctic circle and one of Iceland´s premier hiking destinations. Abandoned by the last villagers in the 1950s, Hornstrandir is now a nature reserve, untouched, majestic, remote and without roads. Hornstrandir is a must see for the adventurous nature lover, its tranquility and endless beauty will leave everyone breathless. Hornstrandir is home to the Icelandic glacier Drangjokull, the only icecap in the West Fjords.
The cliffs of all cliffs, Látrabjarg, is the biggest, the most westerly point of Europe, 14km long and 440m high. Latrabjarg is home to the largest gathering of seabirds in the North Atlantic. In summer, Latrabjarg is a popular tourist destination and the main attraction is the puffin. Safe from the arctic fox, and human harvesting the birds are fearless, and provide stunning photographic opportunities from close range. Látrabjarg is the most visited natural attraction in the Westfjords. The Latrabjarg cliffs are easily accessible by car, followed by a walk along the cliffs. The whirling sensation of Latrabjarg will not fade, and neither will the memories.
What to see in West Iceland
The Icelandic waterfall Dynjandi is the collective name, meaning thunderous, for no less than seven waterfalls that tumble down the hillsides of Arnarfjordur in the West Fjords. It is possible to walk behind some of the waterfalls. The entire area is a nature reserve. Dynjandi is one of the most photogenic waterfalls in Iceland.
Reykjanes, located in Isafjardardjup, was strategically located for its geothermal springs and ease of access by boats. Reykjanes is famous for Iceland‘s longest swimming pool heated with hot springs. Due to the warm water from the hot spring, the pool has sometimes been referred to as “Iceland´s largest hot pot”.
The West Fjords is a paradise for horse riding, boat trips, fishing, hiking or wildlife exploration.
The West Fjords is the only place in Iceland to spot a sea eagle and to see the arctic fox in its natural environment. The Westfjords are also a great place in the winter to watch the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) during the winter and equally fantastic to experience the midnight sun during the summer.