In Focus: The Wondrous Westfjords

By: Jenna
Posted in: Iceland, In Focus

The Westfjords are simply beautiful. Endless coastlines, jaw-dropping bird cliffs with thousands of nesting birds, well-maintained hiking paths, quirky museums, and gorgeous mountainous landscapes await those that make the trip. Some of the most striking beauty on the island can be found in this region. Here are 6 spots to consider for your next trip.

Dynjandi waterfall, which stands 100 meters tall, is often described as a bridal veil for its tapered look. It‘s the largest waterfall in the Westfjords and visiting the chute makes for a beautiful little hike.

Dynjandi waterfall

Interested in seeing puffins? Látrabjarg is the biggest sea-cliff in Iceland, and one of the most crowded bird cliffs in the world. In the summertime, Látrabjarg comes alive with around one million birds.

Latrabjarg lighthouse

The unofficial capital of the Westfjords, Ísafjörður is known for its rich art and music scenes with exhibitions and concerts held throughout the year. Also, striking nature is just a quick car ride away so it‘s an ideal place to base yourself during a trip up west.


, a remote island in Breidafjordur Bay, is a unique destination, with a single dirt road, no cars and a feeling that time has stood still. The island's church has a fresco by a contemporary painter, there many old, wellpreserved houses to visit, and the island is home rich birdlife.

Flatey breidafjordur

Drangsnes is a village home to fewer than 70 residents, with one guesthouse and one restaurant. So, why visit? There are a pair of hot pots by the rocky shore that attract visitors far and wide. Also, there are boat rides to Grímsey during the summer for prime puffin-watching.


is a beautiful golden-red sand beach in the Látrabjarg area that offers a sense of tranquility and awe-inspiring scenery. The vast, sandy shoreline is a prime viewing spot for a variety of wildlife, including harbour seals and seabirds.

Raudisandur beach
Post by: Jenna

Originally from New York City, Jenna Gottlieb made her first trip to Iceland in 2007, promptly fell in love with the island and relocated in 2012. She lives with her Icelandic husband in rural West Iceland.


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We'd love to give you the same amazing travel experiences as you read about in our blog! To visit the destinations and attractions mentioned in this post - and to discover a few new highlights along the way, check out these recommended Nordic Visitor tours.

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