West Iceland

Colorful lava tubes, imposing gorges, secluded seal watching, and sleepy historic towns

West Iceland

Colorful lava tubes, imposing gorges, secluded seal watching, and sleepy historic towns

West Iceland, Iceland Travel Guide

Come for:

  • A truly unforgettable adventure exploring the Vidgelmir lava tube, a 700m deep cave of lava formations in a kaleidoscope of colors
  • The beauty of Snæfellsnes National Park, including its active volcano (Snæfellsjökull), moss covered lava fields, captivating black sand beaches and natural basalt sculptures
  • Iceland’s second highest waterfall (Glymur), 196m of rushing falls cascading down into the deep gorges of the Botnsdalur valley
  • Seal Watching along the near-deserted sands of Ytri Tunga Beach
  • The magnificent Kirkjufell Mountain, an almost perfectly cylindrical peak jutting straight out of the sea
  • Shopping for traditional Icelandic sweaters (Lopapeysa) at Ullarselið (The Wool Centre)
  • The sleepy historic town of Stykkisholmur, a place that feels like its from a different time, with rich history and a selection of interesting museums

Do not expect:

  • As many landmark sites as found in the Golden Circle or South Iceland – West Iceland is far less popular, despite its close proximity to Reykjavik
  • Cheaper prices – the country is generally quite expensive and that doesn’t change much as you push out into more remote areas
West Iceland, Iceland Travel Guide

Come for:

  • A truly unforgettable adventure exploring the Vidgelmir lava tube, a 700m deep cave of lava formations in a kaleidoscope of colors
  • The beauty of Snæfellsnes National Park, including its active volcano (Snæfellsjökull), moss covered lava fields, captivating black sand beaches and natural basalt sculptures
  • Iceland’s second highest waterfall (Glymur), 196m of rushing falls cascading down into the deep gorges of the Botnsdalur valley
  • Seal Watching along the near-deserted sands of Ytri Tunga Beach
  • The magnificent Kirkjufell Mountain, an almost perfectly cylindrical peak jutting straight out of the sea
  • Shopping for traditional Icelandic sweaters (Lopapeysa) at Ullarselið (The Wool Centre)
  • The sleepy historic town of Stykkisholmur, a place that feels like its from a different time, with rich history and a selection of interesting museums

Do not expect:

  • As many landmark sites as found in the Golden Circle or South Iceland – West Iceland is far less popular, despite its close proximity to Reykjavik
  • Cheaper prices – the country is generally quite expensive and that doesn’t change much as you push out into more remote areas

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