Top 7 Things to Do in Westfjords Iceland (and 2 on My Bucket List)

Westfjords Iceland things to do

Top 7 Things to Do in Westfjords Iceland (and 2 on My Bucket List)

The Westfjords in Iceland are an absolute hidden gem. But what are the main points of interest that you should include in your itinerary? Or the top things to do in the Westfjords? 

​In this blog post I will briefly tell you about the Westfjords in Iceland, where to find them and about the average weather in the Westfjords. And of course, I will share with you my personal top 7 things to do in the area!

But now you are going on your very first trip to Westfjords and you’re asking yourself, “What should I do in Westfjords?” or “What are the top things to see in the region?”. Well, look no further! I just returned from my 4-day road trip all the way around the elusive, but stunning region and compiled a list of my top 7 things to do in the West fjords to provide you with a few awesome ideas (in chronological order).


what & where are the westfjords?what & where are the westfjords?

Where in Iceland are the Westfjords?

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The Westfjords is a huge peninsula in the most north/western corner of Iceland. Many local kids are thought that Iceland looks like a Dragon, and the Westfjords are it's head!

The fjords are very mountainous and incredibly beautiful. But because of the tall mountains and endless fjords the scenery comes with a cost as driving in the fjords can be tricky and time consuming. Or simply impossible when it snows much during winter and many roads get closed for days, weeks or even months!

In the Westfjords you will find Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point in Iceland, Hornstrandir, the Northernmost part of Iceland and Drangajökull which is the 5th. largest glacier in Iceland. But because of the lack of flat land or simply lowlands in general - Agriculture is very limited in the area so habitats in the Westfjords depend on fishing. 

average weather & temperature
in the westfjords

weather iceland west fjords

​Our wonderful Iceland in the middle of the Atlantic ocean is know for almost anything else than calm, warm tropical weather. But that is also the beauty of Iceland. It must be said that the climate in Iceland is characterized by long cold winters & cool summers - Although Icelanders use every occasion to wear shorts & t-shirts during summers! 

For Iceland in total, the warmest month is July with average temperature of 9,9°C (50°F) and the coldest month is January but temperatures vary between part of the country, usually dancing between -1 and -2°C (28°F).

​There are not dramatic differences in weather or temperatures between different regions in Iceland but the Westfjords are know to be the coldest area at sea level.

TOP THINGS TO DO IN THE WESTFJORDS

Garður BA 64

Found at Skápadalur valley and behind the fog in Patreksfjörður is the super romantic & facinating Garður BA 64. Garður has a 100 year history and is said to be the oldest steel ship in Iceland, slowly rusting away now.

For me this was a perfect photo opportunity as it's really beautiful; but please respect the sign that asks you not to climb on board for preservation and for safety reasons!

Látrabjarg Cliffs in the Westfjords

First things first ... the cliffs of Látrabjarg are simply EPIC! Truly one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the Westfjords, Iceland.

Not only is Látrabjarg it the westernmost point in all of Europe but it is also home to thousands of Puffins who nest in the cliffs. We had a wonderful time exploring the cliffs and snapping pictures of the clown-like seabirds. I have no doubt that you will love it!

"Pollurinn" hot pot!

Out of the three amazing hot pots that I experienced, Pollurinn must be my favourite!

Pollurinn is simply so unique! It’s location, facilities, and of course the tubs themselves are so different from most natural or geothermal pools in Iceland. Look out for the sign“Pollurinn” found on the right side of Tálknafjarðarvegur and prepare to soak in the surroundings and jump right in!

Dynjandi Waterfall

Oh my, Dynjandi is certainly a treat like no other!

Wherever you drive around Iceland, you will be blessed with the presence of plenty of waterfalls. And in my mind, that among many other things is actually what makes Iceland as magical as it is. But drive towards Dynjandi ... as the little waterfalls along the path slowly lead to this huge cascade of the main attraction. It is just wonderful.

Pro tip: It is especially lovely to visit at midnight when there are a lot less people or nobody else around!

Ísafjörður

AH, the capital of the Westfjords. Ísafjörður is a super cute little coastal town in the with a total population of around 2.600 people.

Although the small population, Ísafjörður stouts itself of rich culture, fun music festivals, museums and good food. It is more crowded than other destinations in the Westfjords and I couldn’t resist the charm of the largest settlement in the region. My favourite part of our town exploration was eating a brilliant freshly caught cod at Húsið for lunch.

Krossneslaug - Swimming pool

What looks like an abandoned swimming pool in the middle of nowhere ... somehow sounds so appealing, don't you think?

It was definitely a mission to get here, the treacherous gravel roads led me to Krossneslaug - Which is a completely isolated swimming pool on the beach past the tiny town of Djúpavík. It sits directly on the rocky beach and the day we visited was particularly misty and windy, so the experience was even more dramatic.

Prepare to take in the Views

There is an abundance of things to do and see in Westfjords and it was clear as my co-pilot and I made several stops every day of our road trip to just sit and appreciate what was in front of us.

My highest suggestion is to stop when you see something unique since the likelihood of retracing your steps is little. Enjoy! 

Rauðisandur (Bucket List Item #1)

This is one of the highlights for many travellers exploring Westfjords and was supposed to be mine! Unfortunately, the low fuel of our van determined limitations, so I’ll just have to make another trip up to the northwest (but I don’t mind at all!).

Samúel Jonsson’s Art Museum (Bucket List Item #2)

His art are matchless, one-of- a-kind statues and buildings located in Selárdalur on the west side of Westfjords. It can’t be missed unless the weather says otherwise, which was our case, sadly.


Any last words?

It’s no easy feat, but the Westfjords have now made it’s way to the top as one of my favourite regions of Iceland due to its long, winding roads, beautiful sights, and it is obvious there were more sheep than people, hah!

I did not see enough and I only touched the surface of what the Westfjords have to offer, but if you’re looking for a more peaceful destination, a place with the best of untouched Icelandic nature, less people and natural wonders - the Westfjords in Iceland is the place to visit!

​In this blog post I will briefly tell you about the Westfjords in Iceland, where to find them and about the average weather in the Westfjords. And of course, I will share with you my personal top 7 things to do in the area!

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