The Westfjords

Spectacular arctic fjords, pink sandy beaches, towering cliffs, and Icelandic folklore

The Westfjords

Spectacular arctic fjords, pink sandy beaches, towering cliffs, and Icelandic folklore

The Westfjords, Iceland Travel Guide

Come for:

  • Spectacularly narrow fjords Isafjardardjup and Arnarfjörður are favorites) of snow-capped mountains, rugged cliffs and winding arctic seas - consider exploring via kayak, dingy or chartered sailboat
  • Hiking through the stunning Hornstrandir nature reserve, 500+ square kilometres of towering cliffs, frosty tundra, expansive flowery fields, and rich wildlife including the Icelandic Arctic fox
  • The breathtaking Dynjandi waterfall (otherwise called Fjallfoss or the jewel of the Westfjords), a picturesque set of 7 cascading falls
  • The iconic gold and pink sand coloured beach of Rauðasandur, with its pulverized scallop shells that glisten on a sunny day
  • Extreme winter surfing with some of the best waves in Iceland
  • The popular cliffs of Látrabjarg, a birding paradise and favorite spot for large colonies of puffins
  • Traditional heritage – folklore is very much alive here with many museums dedicated to witchcraft and monsters of the sea

Do not expect:

  • A single traffic light - at a population density of 0.3 people per square kilometer there really isn’t a need for one
  • Crowds - it’s one of Iceland’s most remote and least populated regions
The Westfjords, Iceland Travel Guide

Come for:

  • Spectacularly narrow fjords Isafjardardjup and Arnarfjörður are favorites) of snow-capped mountains, rugged cliffs and winding arctic seas - consider exploring via kayak, dingy or chartered sailboat
  • Hiking through the stunning Hornstrandir nature reserve, 500+ square kilometres of towering cliffs, frosty tundra, expansive flowery fields, and rich wildlife including the Icelandic Arctic fox
  • The breathtaking Dynjandi waterfall (otherwise called Fjallfoss or the jewel of the Westfjords), a picturesque set of 7 cascading falls
  • The iconic gold and pink sand coloured beach of Rauðasandur, with its pulverized scallop shells that glisten on a sunny day
  • Extreme winter surfing with some of the best waves in Iceland
  • The popular cliffs of Látrabjarg, a birding paradise and favorite spot for large colonies of puffins
  • Traditional heritage – folklore is very much alive here with many museums dedicated to witchcraft and monsters of the sea

Do not expect:

  • A single traffic light - at a population density of 0.3 people per square kilometer there really isn’t a need for one
  • Crowds - it’s one of Iceland’s most remote and least populated regions

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