Western Fjords Things to Do

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Western Fjords Things to Do

  • The hot tubs in Drangsnes at Strandir

    In Drangsnes on the east-coast of the Westfjords there are 3 hot tubs by the ocean just as you enter this very small village. They are the main attraction of the village, well they and the pillar of rock a little further on, which is one of the giants, who meant to divide the Westfjords from the mainland.It is lovely soaking in these hot tubs by...

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  • Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft in...

    Hólmavík is a lovely town in NW-Iceland with ca 385 inhabitants. I particularly like their colour theme in the center of the town.There is a very popular museum in Hólmavík which is worth visiting while in this area. It attracts ca 15,000 visitors annually. It is called the Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft or Galdrasafnið in Icelandic. It is not...

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  • Hrafnseyri - Jón Sigurðsson museum.

    At Hrafnseyri is the Jón Sigurðsson museum. Jón Sigurðsson was born at Hrafnseyri on the 17th of June 1811 and died on December 7th 1879. We celebrate our National Day on the 17th of June in honour of Jón Sigurðsson.We call Jón Sigurðsson "Jón forseti" (president), but he was the president of "Hafnardeild hins íslenska bókmenntafélags" meaning that...

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  • Reykjafjarðarlaug - natural hot pool.

    There is a natural hot pool in Reykjafjörður fjord, called Reykjafjarðarlaug. There are actually 2-3 pools here. One of them is molten and is a swimming pool really, built in 1975 by volunteers. The temperature of the water in the pool is 32 degrees C, but much hotter water runs into the pool from a hot spring and a well in the vicinity, which is...

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  • The view-dial at Reykhólar

    There is a view-dial at Hellishólar at Reykhólar, where we stayed for the first night during our travels in the West-fjords.The view-dial is located on a basalt column with a railing around it - quite beautiful. It was raised in 2007 by the Tourist Board of Dala- and Reykhólahreppur.The designer of the view-dial is my father-in-law and my husband...

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  • Krosslaug hot pool

    Krosslaug hot pool is a lovely pool in Barðaströnd in the southern part of the Westfjords. A swimming pool was built around this hot pool in 1948-1949 by the Youth Organization in Barðaströnd (Ungmennafélag Barðstrendinga). Swimming was taught in the pool.The temperature in the pool is 35 degrees C and it is 5x13 meters and 1-2 meters deep. Beneath...

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  • Hagakirkja church in Barðaströnd.

    There is a lovely little country church, Hagakirkja church, in Barðaströnd. You will find such churches in many places in Iceland. Many of them are closed though as travellers have been robbing them :(There has been a church at Hagi from time immemorial (taken into account that we converted to Christianity in year 1000). And the churches have...

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  • A bas-relief of Rev. Matthías...

    There is a bas-relief (lágmynd) of our beloved our beloved Rev. Matthías Jochumsson (1835-1920), who was a reverend, a poet and a writer and the author of the Icelandic National anthem.Rev. Matthías Jochumsson (1835-1920), who was a reverend, a poet and a writer and the author of the Icelandic National anthem, on top of a hill in the...

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  • Dynjandisheiði heath and Karlinn stone...

    There are several heaths on the West Fjords, which make it difficult driving there in winter time and sometimes the heaths are impassable as can be seen on this video from the news of snow-clearing in april on the heaths.The heaths in the southern part of the West Fjords are not paved. One of them is Dynjandisheiði heath. The road on Dynjandisheiði...

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  • Flateyri - village in the Westfjords.

    Leaving the tunnel from Ísafjörður you will see on your right hand side the village of Flateyri in Önundarfjörður fjord. It is a small village with ca 200 inhabitants. There has only been a village here for ca 150 years and it built around shark :) And then also on whaling. People in the villages of Iceland have to live on what the ocean offers.As...

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  • Flugminja- og minjasafn Egils Ólafssonar...

    There is a museum at Hnjótar by Örlygshöfn. Part of it is inside and depicts the history of fishing, farming and daily life in this area of the southern part of the West Fjords. It is called "Flugminja- og minjasafn Egils Ólafssonar á Hnjóti". Part of the museum is dedicated to the history of flying.The museum was founded in 1983, when Egill...

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  • Hólmavík town - the Sorcery town.

    Hólmavík is a town in the West Fjords with ca 390 inhabitants. This area is the east coast of the West Fjords. Hólmavík is the biggest built up area in Strandir and belongs to Strandabyggð.In this area, Strandir, at Trékyllisvík, 3 men were burnt at the stake for sorcery in 1654. A witch-craze followed and this period of time has been called...

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  • Hrafnseyrarkirkja church.

    There is a lovely little church at Hrafnseyri. In olden times there was a Catholic church here dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the Apostle Peter. It is most likely that there has been a church here since the 11th century.Hrafnseyrarkirkja church is a timber church clad with corrugated iron, like so many houses in Iceland. The church has twice...

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  • Bolungarvík - village in the Westfjords.

    Leaving Ísafjörður and going onwards in the west directions will take you first to the small village of Hnífsdalur and then to Bolungarvík village. Here there are rocky mountains and they just opened a new tunnel in September 2010 called Óshlíðargöng tunnel from Hnífsdalur to Bolungarvík, which is a great relief for the people living here in...

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  • Breiðavík bay - the western most...

    Breiðavík is a very small, remote settlement in the West Fjords, 12 km away from one of the western most points of Europe, Látrabjarg bird cliff. This small settlement is the western most settlement in Iceland.There is a beautiful golden beach here, more than 5 km long, characteristic for the West Fjords.The settlement at Breiðavík is only a...

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  • Arctic Fox Center

    The Arctic Fox Center in Súðavík is a must see place when visiting the Westfjords of Iceland. The center was opened in 2010 to educate the general public and tourists about the Arctic fox and to showcase and support the research the center carries out throughout the year. They also raise to release orphaned fox pups (Arctic fox hunting is legal in...

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  • Rauðasandur beach.

    Rauðasandur (Rauðisandur) "Red Sands" beach is a beautifully red beach in a very remote area of Iceland. Most beaches in Iceland are black, but the beaches in the Westfjords are golden or pink. Rauðasandur is kind of reddish in colour. The name can also derive from the settler in this area, Ármóður rauði Þorbjarnarson or Ármóður the Red. The sand...

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  • Reaching Rauðasandur beach - part II

    Ok, now, wading a shallow river - how shallow and how wide is that river and where is it? We walked for ca 30 minutes by the ocean seeing Rauðasandur on the other side, wondering when we would get there. French tourists followed us, wondering the same thing, how to get to the red sandy beach.All of a sudden I spotted a man walking on the ocean in...

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  • Reaching Rauðasandur beach.

    Rauðasandur beach is located on the south-west part of the Westfjords in a very remote part of Iceland. The roads in this part of the Westfjords are not paved as from road 612. That road leads to Látrabjarg bird-cliff. Turn left on road 614 which is a gravel road leading down to Rauðasandur. It is a winding, steep road so drive it slowly. Once down...

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  • Hellulaug natural pool.

    There are several natural geothermal pools in the West-fjords. By Flókalundur there is a natural pool just by the ocean, Hellulaug pool.It is lovely sitting there with the view of the ocean and Vatnsfjörður fjord. Unfortunately there are no changing facilities, apart from a stonewall, but it is ok undressing there. Wear your swimsuit under your...

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  • Pollurinn by Tálknafjörður

    Just outside of Tálknafjörður village there are very popular natural thermal pools up in a mountain side. They are called "Pollurinn" in Icelandic by the locals, or the Pool.There are 3 concrete blue-painted pools here, 2 a bit shallow and one deeper. And the temperature of the water varies up to 46 degrees C, if it gets too hot one can add colder...

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  • Tálknafjörður town.

    Tálknafjörður town is one of the small towns in the West Fjords. We stayed there for one night in the lovely Bjarmaland guesthouse (see my tip). There are ca 300 inhabitants here and ca 50 of them are Polish immigrants.The main industry here is fishing and the fishing plant is open for 9 months a year during the fishing season. Here is also a trout...

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  • Patreksfjörður town.

    Patreksfjörður, which belongs to Vesturbyggð, is one of the small towns in the West Fjords. There are ca 651 inhabitants here. It is the capital of Barðastrandasýsla.The main industry in Patreksfjörður is fishing and fish processing.Patreksfjörður can be translated the "Fjord of St. Patrick", but St. Patrick was an Irish bishop and the saint of the...

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  • Skrúður - one of the oldest botanical...

    Driving south you will find yourself at Núpur in Dýrafjörður fjord. It is a hotel in the summer an a school in the winter (see my tip on my stay in Nýpur under hotels). Here is a botanic garden. It is amazing to find a botanical garden so north in Iceland just a few km south of the polar circle - and so remote. It is such a lovely little garden...

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  • Látrabjarg one of the western most parts...

    Látrabjarg bird-cliff is the largest bird-cliff in Iceland and along with Azor islands one of the western most parts of Europe (24°32´3" west). It is up to 441 meters high and 14 km long. It is considered one of the most spectacular bird-cliffs in the world.Látrabjarg is sheer-sided and there is a painted white line to warn people against not...

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  • Dynjandi - the other waterfalls.

    Dynjandi is the biggest waterfall in the Westfjords of Iceland and has been called the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland.Below Dynjandi are 6 other waterfalls, counting from below are: Bæjarfoss, also named Sjóarfoss, Hundafoss, Hrísvaðsfoss, Göngumannafoss, Strompgljúfrafoss and Hæstahjallafoss. I add a photo of Hæstafjallafoss to my Dynjandi...

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  • Dynjandi waterfall - the jewel of the...

    Dynjandi waterfall is the jewel of the Westfjords - and in my eyes it is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.Dynjandi, or Fjallfoss as it is also sometimes called, cascades for 100 meters. There are 6 other waterfalls below Dynjandi. Dynjandi looks like a bridal veil - on top it is 30 meters wide and widens up to 60 meters at the...

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  • The oldest steel ship in Iceland.

    There is a ship on one of the beaches in Vestfirðir by road 612 (the road leading to Látrabjarg). It is the oldest steel ship in Iceland, 180 tonne, built in Oslo, Norway in 1912.The ship, now named Garðar BA 64, was once used as a whaler in Norway and the Faroe Islands. It was sold to Iceland during WW2 and was bought in 1973 by Jón Magnússon,...

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  • Kleifabúi stone man on Kleifaheiði...

    There are two stone men on the heaths of the West Fjords, Karlinn and Kleifabúi. They were made by road construction workers in their spare time. Kleifabúi was made by the road construction group of Kristleifur Jónsson in 1947. It is located on Kleifaheiði heath.Einar Einarsson and Guðjón Jóhannesson stacked the rocks and Kristján Jóhannesson made...

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  • Ísafjörður - the capital city of the...

    Driving onwards from Súðavík the road will lead you to Skutulsfjörður fjord in which the capital of the Westfjords, Ísafjörður, is situated. It has a population of ca 3.816 (2012) making this a relatively big town in comparison with the other villages in the Westfjords.In Ísafjörður you will find one of the largest compounds in Iceland with most of...

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  • Súðavík - village in the Wesfjords.

    Now, Súðavík is the first village in the Westfjords since Hólmavík if you are driving the northern route in the Westfjords. From here there are villages in every fjord. There is an information sign on top of the mountain leading to Álftafjörður "Swan-fjord" where Súðavík is situated. The view from there is breathtaking, so I would recommend a stop...

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  • Sæból in Ingjaldssandur valley by...

    If you drive further on and pass Skrúður then you will reach Núpur in Dýrafjörður fjord (see my hotel tip). Driving along road 624 to the very end of it you will reach Ingjaldssandur by Önundarfjörður valley. The drive will take you 12% up a mountain on a small gravel road. The first time I went there we drove into the clouds so it was pretty...

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  • Þingeyri - village in the Westfjords.

    Driving south on road 60 will lead you to the end of the paved road by Þingeyri village in Önundarfjörður fjord. The gravel road which leads you up on the mountain is called Hrafnseyrarheiði heath and is in bad condition (2010) and the people living in Þingeyri village have complained about the road not having been repaired and people on small cars...

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  • Driving in the Westfjords of Iceland.

    Coming from Hólmavík village and driving in the Vestfjords (Vestfirðir) of Iceland, on what we call the head of Iceland, will take you through a long drive of the fjords, back and forth and again back and forth to the mouth of the fjords. You will feel like you are alone in the world when driving in the first fjords. Remember to fill up on gas in...

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  • The tunnel to Ísafjörður and Suðureyri.

    Before you enter the capital of the Westfjords, Ísafjörður, there is a tunnel which leads you further on into the Westfjords. This tunnel has made driving in this part of the Westfjords easy. It was built in 1996 and the first part of it is 2 km. Then there is fork in the tunnel, turning right will lead you to Suðureyri (3 km long), and heading...

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  • Litlibær - café and museum in...

    In Skötufjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland there is a lovely little café and museum called Litlibær or "Small farm". This makes for a good stop after driving the long drive in the Westfjords and the only stop for refreshments from Hólmavík village. In 2010 was the first time there was a café there during the summer months and 3800 people signed...

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