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Spotlight on the Westfjords, Iceland

16/02/2012 | By | 2 Replies More

Westfjords Iceland Region

Spotlight on the Westfjords Iceland Region


From “Rauðisandur” with Breiðafjörður-Bay

The Westfjords region has sometimes been dubbed “the most famous unknown place in Iceland“. Well, throw in the prestigious “European Destination of Excellence” awards and add to that facts, that the Lonely Planet travel guide put the area on its top 10 list of regions in the world to visit in 2011 may say the Westfjords region are becoming increasingly more and less famous – or let say, less unknown.

According to Lonely Planet, the respected travel guide publisher, saying that the “oddly shaped” peninsula is “as isolated as it is spectacular”. Luckily, “isolated” does not mean inaccessible. With only 7400 inhabitants in the area, each person has around 1,2 km2 of personal space, so there is ample room for any visitors as well.

Virtually separated from the rest of Iceland, the area is characterised by dramatic fjords and towering angular cliffs rising sharply from deep blue seas. Surrounded by the North Atlantic Ocean, the area prides itself on having 30% of Iceland‘s unspoilt coast line including the incredible Breiðafjörður-Bay in south, Ísafjarðardjúp-Bay in north and Húnaflóa-Bay in east. In addition, the Westfjords have the only growing glacier in Iceland (the Drangjökull Glacier), plus hundreds of lakes and rivers.

Tourists are now increasingly discovering the wonders of the Westfjords with its dynamic landscapes, beaches, magnificent ocean views, deep fjords, tall majestic mountains, hundreds of lakes and rivers, thermal springs, deserted farms, nesting birds, lush vegetation, awe-inspiring silence and much more. The air is pure, filled with the scents of clean, ocean breezes and wild vegetation. This is the only place to spot a sea eagle and probably the best place to see the arctic fox in its natural environment.

 The Westfjords – A Destination of Excellence


The Westfjords, seen with eyes of Warren Miller


For holiday travelers planning to visit Iceland and looking for something special, Westfjords region is unique, these enormous natural spaces of incredible landscapes and seascapes will heighten the senses. It is truly a privilege to experience such splendor.

The thermal pools are one of the popular attractions, where visitors can relax peacefully and de-stress while watching the northern lights at night or the seals by the seashore during the daytime. Westfjords region also offers numerous opportunities for those, who are looking for something more active, for example, snowmobiling, winter sports, sailing, horseback riding, glacier trips and many other activities that will make your visit to this place unforgettable.


Icelandic Sea Eagle

The best places to observe seabirds are in Látrabjarg and Hornstrandir. The best chances to glimpse a Sea Eagle are in Barðaströnd and Reykhólar. The Westfjords are considered a birding paradise because there is easy access to many of their nesting sites throughout the nesting season.

There are six 9-hole golf courses in the Westfjord region, three in Ísafjörður County in north, two in Barðastrandar County in south and one in Strandir in east. Interesting courses, all located in great settings.

The Westfjords are a great place to watch the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) during the winter and equally fantastic to experience the midnight sun during the summer.

Visiting the Westfjords is surely a different experience. It is Iceland, but yet a different Iceland altogether.

Discover Westfjords with practical information plus “What to See & Do” from the Westfjords Tourist Information Center

If you want to discover Iceland, including Westfjords, I highly recommend this book, “Top 10 Iceland” which you can buy from this link below.

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Whether you are looking for spa getaways, stunning glaciers and geysers, the bewitching Northern Lights or the vibrancy of Reykjavik, Top 10 Iceland is the perfect companion. Rely on dozens of Top 10 lists — from the Top 10 nightlife hotspots to the Top 10 volcanoes, waterfalls and hiking trails, and to save you time and money, there is even a list of budget tips and the Top 10 things to avoid. Top 10 Iceland is packed with color illustrations and photographs, providing the insider knowledge that every visitor needs on a trip to this sensational country and includes a FREE pull-out map.

About the Author

David Leffman was born and raised in the UK, spent twenty years in Australia, then relocated back to Britain in 2009. Since 1992 he has authored and co-authored guides to Australia, China, Indonesia, Iceland and Hong Kong for Rough Guides, Dorling Kindersley and others, ghost-written a Chinese cookbook, and contributed articles for various publications on subjects ranging from crime to martial arts and history. If he had spare time he’d go scuba diving.

Discover Westjords and be welcome to a unique area of Iceland


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