Iceland’s west fjord
What can be done in the Icelandic west fjord? How long will it take you to explore the west fjord? What are the main towns and what facilities do they have? Read on to learn about one of Iceland’s most remote, unaffected and beautiful areas.
Iceland’s west fjord region is much smaller than most of the rest of the world, because they are far away from the “must-see” destinations of the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, lake Myvatn and the golden belt. However, this fact does not account for the incredible miracle found here.
In fact, it is one of the most spectacular and striking places in the country. These settlements are small and sparse, and there is no other landscape or dramatic feature between them. Although it takes a lot of driving to cross the west fjord, the surrounding landscape proves that the journey can be as breathtaking as a destination.
The zigzag route through Westfjords is long, but rewarding.
Because of its remote location and relative lack of tourism traffic, there is insufficient understanding of the west fjord area. Many people know about the mighty gulfoss falls in southwestern Iceland, but never heard of Dynjandi on the west fjord. Reynisfjara is known as the black beach on the south coast, but the pink sand in the relative Rau in the west fjord is unknown.
People rushed from the old port of reykjavik to see the cape, but did not realize that you could reach out of the arms of the lovely little animals on the cliff from la trabbe.
One thing to note, though, is that the west fjord is truly inaccessible from may to October. There is a lot of snow in this area, and because of the lack of population, roads are not regularly maintained as in other areas.
Many of the features that make Iceland famous, such as dramatic mountains, hot springs, numerous waterfalls and stunning coastline, are different in the west fjord.
But even so, the region has a unique character, part of Iceland’s oldest 16 million years of history. Therefore, it lacks active volcanoes and lava fields, but verdant and ancient landscapes.
Whether you are a photographer, hikers, cyclists, pedestrians, the adrenaline junkies, wildlife enthusiasts, history lovers or ordinary passengers, you will find many in this incredible point of interest for you. Below, you can find the best sights, towns and tourist attractions of the Westfjords in Iceland.
The best natural attractions in the west fjords of Iceland.
Powerful Dynjandi waterfall.
Most visitors to Iceland are visiting to enjoy their diverse, unique and dramatic nature; These three adjectives can be used to describe the west fjord, literally. Its natural landscape is the best in the country, and whether you’re looking for wildlife, waterfalls, beaches or hot springs, landscapes, dramatic fjords and towering mountains, it’s amazing.
Hornstrandir nature reserve.
Pale green Hornstrandir
Photos from wikipedia, Shared by Silverkey.
Since the 1950s, the Hornstrandir nature reserve is located outside of Iceland at least in the highlands. Over the past few decades, the lack of population has made the outbreak of flora and fauna a perfect place to look for the best examples of Icelandic wildlife.
Take the arctic fox. In most parts of Iceland, they are almost impossible to find, rather rare, disguised in the landscape, and naturally cautious to humans. In Hornstrandir, however, they are a lot of, the cliff is rich in eggs, on a flat on the tundra is very easy to find, and very little contact with the people, so when visitors come, they are very curious.
Arctic fox in summer coat.
The rocks along the coast of the seal are often seen in the waters around the habitats of humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and occasional orcas. There are more than 30 species of birds in the summer, and the cliffs of Hornbjarg and Riturinn are famous birds.
The Hornstrandir nature reserve is also rich in arctic plants, which are not yet thriving in other parts of the country due to their vulnerability. There is no herding animal, but it is a flower paradise. There are 260 varieties of flowering varieties, including rare sea peas and sea lungworth found on beaches in the area. You can also find rare ferns in high places.
Hornstrandir has been declared a nature reserve since 1975 and has been well protected ever since. The number of visitors is small, and in large part respects the incredible area, so if you manage to do it, make sure you follow.
See also: Iceland’s wildlife and animals.
A corner of the cliff of Latrabjarg.
The picture is from the lapplaberg, the largest European seabird cliff in the bay area, by ReginaHronnRagnarsdottir.
The cliffs of Latrabjarg are 14 kilometers long, up to four hundred meters high, and in many places they make themselves quite spectacular. In the summer, however, they have become a natural wonder of international acclaim, as they are filled with millions of birds, nesting and raising chickens.
Forty percent of the world’s razors build their nests here, and so do many auks, ful fish, au fish and northern g fish. However, most visitors are looking for and discovering rich auks.
See also: where can you find auks in Iceland?
Nestle is right for life.
One does not have to find them in the distance. They are nested in thousands of places, often close to the top of the cliff, so that you can easily arrive. They have little fear of people unless you try to touch them (you shouldn’t, of course).
Although you can be very close, be careful not only because of the height of the cliff, but also because the puffin excavates the cave, causing the earth to be unstable on it. It makes them prone to collapse, if you’re wrong.
Outside the rich birds, Latrabjarg is known for a dramatic rescue. When the British trawler Dhoon plunged into a rock on a cliff, local farmers noticed that twelve survivors were trapped in the distance. In training to collect birds’ eggs and shrink the steep cliff face, icelanders used ropes to land on another doomed fisherman and try to drag them all to safety.
Amazing Dynjandi summer day.
Dynjandi is a hidden gem, a magnificent and awe-inspiring waterfall, a favorite of many people in Iceland (including the writer). Given the number of beautiful and unique waterfalls, such as the Seljalandsfoss that can be surrounded and the more powerful Dettifoss than any other waterfall in Europe, this is a very clear statement.
Dynjandi is actually a series of waterfalls that collapse on a cliff, sort of like a staircase; In a word, this is more than 100 meters high. Its scale is amazing, and the sparkling white water is a beautiful contrast to the black ash lava and the creeping green moss.
Dynjandi’s water flows into many smaller waterfalls, all of which have to go through to get there; Though far from dramatic, all this is pleasant and odd.
He ð asandur
Rau’s beautiful sea view of asandur.
From photo Rau to asandur in the bay area of Iceland, in the bay area of Regina HronnRagnarsdottir.
Rau’s standard in Iceland is a very unusual beach. Most of the country’s coastline is rocky or rocky, and the sandy area is usually black on the island. Rau’s asandur, however, vivid colors and red, orange, pink and golden sand make it an incredibly picturesque location.
The Rau, located just below the cliffs of Latrabjarg, is a convenient place to visit or picnic in the surrounding area of Westfjords. Walk along the beach and cross shallow streams, so if you’re going to stay here for a long time, take the right boots.
For those who travel in July, the beach also has an Rau, the asandur festival, which ends at the weekend and can camp there. In the midnight sun, this surprising and popular cultural event showcased the various Icelandic talents, with the proceeds going to protect and develop the region.
In the hot springs of Westfjords.
Next to Gvendarlaug is a swimming pool bathing your feet.
Photos from the Westfjords heat pool in Iceland, from ReginaHronnRagnarsdottir.
Older than the rest of Iceland, the mid-atlantic ridge, far from the divided country, is also the cause of much geothermal activity, with no active volcanoes in the west fjord and less hot springs than in other parts of the country. However, this is not to say that there is nothing; In fact, there are more than twenty natural pools hidden in nature.
For many travelers, the most convenient is Hellulaug, near the port of Baldur, which lies between the Stykkisholmur and Westfjords of the Sn, fellsnes peninsula. The Gvendarlaug in Bjarnarfjor, in the North-East of the region, is another good choice. Located next to the HotelLaugarholl hotel, it’s easy to find.