Wonders of the Westfjords of Iceland

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Looking for place off the beaten track? Well, consider the Westfjords of Iceland. Consider to have a base in Núpur, Dýrafjörður. There are some awesome attractions close by.

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I quite like the large shadow bird:

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Westfjords of Iceland even has a award winning botanical garden!

There’s a prize-winning little botanical garden, Skrúður, over 100 years old right in Núpur.  (The XXIV International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens 2013) In place also a beach, a river, a fjord view, a few mountains and hills, variously difficult to climb. Don’t expect to be able to take a bath in river or sea. Cold!

Sunsets are amazing. No filters!

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In Þingeyri, Dýrafjörður (opposite side of the fjord) is a really nice little café, Simbahöllin. Worth a visit and a really light Belgian waffle and a cappuccino:

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Imagine being alone in the world – that is easy in the Westfjords of Iceland

Only a few kilometers out the fjord and over a heath (mind your car, the road is unpaved) is an out-of-this-world place, Ingjaldssandur, with very few inhabitants, as far as I know only one farm currently lived in all year round. Again, very few tourists and easy to imagine you’re all alone in the world.

A bit to the south (an hour’s drive or so – a mountain road and driving around another fjord) is one of Iceland’s fairest waterfall, Fjallfoss or Dynjandi. A big waterfall up top with 6 smaller ones below. Easy walk up by the waterfalls. A must-walk if there ever was one.

Dynjandi is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. It can be found in the Westfjords of Iceland.
Dynjandi is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. It can be found in the Westfjords of Iceland.

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Next fjord to the north from Dýrafjörður, Önundarfjörður has kayaking, on a still day (early morning and late night are best for the sea to be still like a mirror) can easily be the highlight of your whole Iceland trip.

The best restaurant in the Westfjords of Iceland – and perhaps of all of Iceland

Isafjordur, the biggest town in the Westfjords of Iceland has nice attractions too. The restaurant Tjöruhúsið, in the very end of the narrow town just might be Iceland’s best restaurant. It’s evening menu only consists of an all-you-can-eat fish buffet and despite having lived most of my life in Iceland and to have had some excellent and fresh fish all the time the dishes on the buffet are to die for.  Don’t. Miss. It!

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Sailed from Ísafjörður to Grunnavík, this little guy took a ride on the boat with us:

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Last but not least, Látrabjarg. A sheer drop of about 100-400 metres straight down, puffins jumping up and down from the edge and you can almost pet them on site. Be careful not to fall down though!

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This is of course not all the Westfjords of Iceland have to offer. I haven’t even mentioned Hornbjarg, the northwesternmost point, Strandir region with the magic touch, Bíldudalur in its amazing location. Next time I hope to visit some of those places. Until then!

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Wonders of the Westfjords of Iceland

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