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About Westfjords Tours

The Westfjords is the name of the north-western part of Iceland. This is a sparsely populated region, steeped in history and renowned for its enormous mountains and winding fjords. 

Westfjords tours introduce you to attractions such as Dynjandi waterfall and Hornstrandir nature reserve, but you can also partake in a wealth of activities such as glacier hiking, sea angling, and kayaking.

1. When is the best time to visit the Westfjords?

Given the region's volatile weather, it is recommended to visit the Westfjords during the summer, between May and September.

2. What activities are available in the Westfjords?

There are numerous activities available in the Westjfords, including fishing, puffin watching, kayaking, hiking, biking and hot spring bathing.

3. What are the main attractions in the Westfjords?

The main attractions in the Westfjords include Dynjandi waterfall, many old fishing villages, Ísafjörður town, Hornstrandir nature reserve and multiple natural hot springs.

4. Can you see puffins in the Westfjords?

Yes, puffins nest on the Látrabjarg cliffs and on the islands of Breiðafjörður fjord. 

5. How much time should I spend in the Westfjords?

Due to the amount of driving required to navigate the fjords, it is recommended to spend at least two days in the Westfjords.

6. How long does it take to reach the Westfjords from Reykjavik?

It takes approximately three hours to reach Reykhólar, in the south of the Westfjords. Ísafjörður is a six-hour drive away, or a forty minute flight.

7. Where can I stay in the Westfjords?

There are options for accommodation throughout the Westfjords, including campsites. The majority of hotels and hostels can be found around Ísafjörður.

8. Are there any cultural and historical sites in the Westfjords?

Yes, specific tours will take you to sites from the Sagas and to areas of historical significance. All of the towns have unique histories and most have museums and/or cultural centres.

9. Are the Westfjords crowded?

Not at all. At the most popular sites, you may encounter other guests, but not on the same scale as in West Iceland and on the South Coast.

10. How many people live in the Westfjords?

Approximately 7,300 people live in the Westfjords. 

11. How large are the Westfjords?

The Westfjords cover a total area of 22,271 km² ( 8,600 mi²).

12. Is it true that there are polar bears in the Westfjords?

Very seldom a polar bear will arrive on an iceberg or by swimming from Greenland, but polar bears are not native to Iceland.

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Dynjandi Waterfall & The Westfjords

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Dynjandi Waterfall & The Westfjords

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14 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle of Iceland & The Westfjords

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14 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle of Iceland & The Westfjords

We had an epic 17 days in iceland, travelling from Australia we wanted to really explore this place. Guide to Iceland helped plan and organise for us as a self drive tour during our whole stay which also included tours that we wanted to do as well. Communication was excellent right from the beginning and my husband and I were able to shape our trip and customize for particular things we wanted to see as well as excellent suggestions from Guide to Iceland. I must say that Unnar Helga our contact was amazing and very helpful both during the planning and whilst we were doing our trip. The accommodation provided for us was fantastic (albeit two locations but this is minor and doesn't detract from the rating). Driving around was super easy (although would have been better had the GPS maps been updated) and we came well prepared ensuring we knew the roads we could or could not take. Doing the self drive is really the way to go, the road conditions are fine if you ensure you follow the road advice that is easily accessed via the web as well as the friendly staff at the hotels. Just chat to them and they will give some great advice. The ability to drive yourself enables you to avoid the large crowds but also get off the beaten track and really explore at your own pace. Having everything organised via Guide to Iceland was really great as well and I didn't have to spend hours on research and dealing with many different bookings it was all taken care off. Thanks Guide to Iceland and Unnar Helga we had a wonderful time and will cherish this trip and the memories we have taken away.

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