Our top things to do in the West Fjords, Iceland
The remote West Fjords are a distinct region in Iceland that offer something completely different to the rest of the country. Land meets sea in the most dramatic terms imaginable; the mountains are high and steep, the coastal cliffs dramatic and jagged, and the roads are narrow, revealing traditional fishing villages along the way. This part of Iceland is one of the most remote places and is the perfect place to go if you want to explore somewhere absolutely stunning but completely undisturbed. Read on for our top things to do in the West Fjords.
The capital of the West Fjords, known for its dramatic landscape. Ísafjörður is an old trading post rammed in by high mountains and beautiful nature. As the region’s oldest town, it is a pleasant and prosperous place to visit. Be sure to visit the Heritage Museum to get a better understanding of the town’s maritime history.
Hailed by many locals as the most majestic waterfall in Iceland, Dynjandi is the largest waterfall in the West Fjords. Tumbling over 100km of rocky scarp at the head of Dynjandivogur bay, this spectacular sight will take your breath away.
One of the more visited attractions in the West Fjords, Latrabjarg cliff is a favourite spot for bird-lovers. It is the biggest sea cliff in Iceland and it comes alive in the summer time as approximately one million birds flock around the dizzyingly high cliffs. Safe high up, the birds are fearless, and provide amazing photographic opportunities. A true bird-watcher’s delight.
Home to Iceland’s only native mammal, the cheeky Arctic Fox, Hornstandir is a beautiful region full of tundra, cliffs and flowering fields. If you are looking to try something different thanks to hiking the Laugavegur trail, then you should consider hiking in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Off the beaten track, you will be amazed by the scenery and rich wildlife as you keep your eyes out for the elusive Arctic Fox.
Breiðafjörður is the second biggest fjord in Iceland and is surrounded by many islands that are currently uninhabited. Flatey is the only exception and is the biggest of the islands in Breiðafjörður.
Beautiful old houses in vibrant colours line the dusty path through the settlement of Flatey island. You will feel like you are on a movie set as you walk along the crooked path, spotting Arctic terns as you go. Be sure to visit the unusual altarpiece in the island’s church, which was painted by Baltasar Kormakur’s father.