Westfjords Tours

Westfjords Tours

Explore a region steeped in history and legend, world-renowned for towering mountains and labyrinthine fjords. Visit Dynjandi waterfall and Hornstrandir nature reserve or partake in a wealth of activities that are tailored to the adventurous.

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Jennifer M Smith

Jennifer M Smith

03/09/2018, 11:45
Review of Epic 14 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland & the Westfjords

We are just back from an absolutely fantastic 14 days in Iceland. We wanted to do a self-drive tour around the entire country and Guide to Iceland put together an itinerary for us and booked us a different hotel for each night of our trip except for one place (Stykkisholmur), where we stayed for two nights so that we could explore more of the region. We also pre-booked three tours through Guide to Iceland (Solheimajokull Glacier Hiking, Jokusarlon Zodiac Tour and Under the Volcano Tour) and they were all really fantastic experiences. The car rented through MyCar was great, the GPS was highly appreciated, and the driving was pretty easy. The most dangerous thing on the roads are the other tourist drivers who are so awestruck by the views that they randomly cross the centreline while they are looking around! The hotels were all terrific, comfortable and clean. Each time we had a hotel near the water we had a room with a water view. The breakfasts each day were just right. The buffets had something for everyone, and it was possible to have a hearty protein-filled breakfast that would carry you through the day. Most days we skipped lunch. The only glitch that threatened our itinerary was the cancellation of our afternoon Under the Volcano Tour when the weather deteriorated on our final days. We were promptly notified of the change by Guide to Iceland by email the night before and that gave us time to change our booking to a morning tour and to rearrange our driving time the following day so that we could make the earlier time slot. Thanks to Guide to Iceland, we didn't miss this Under the Volcano opportunity that we were so looking forward to. It was a fantastic holiday, well organized by Guide to Iceland, They provided us with so much good clear information about our itinerary before our trip that we were able to enjoy every moment of every day fully informed about where to go and what to see. I highly recommend using Guide to Iceland to organize your Iceland adventure. We had a fantastic time.

Frequently asked questions

When is the best time of year to visit the Westfjords of Iceland?

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

What activities are available in the Westfjords of Iceland?

There are numerous day trip activities available in the Westfjords. This includes exploring the marine life of the fjords on a whale watching tour, kayaking in the remote seas by Isafjordur, hiking through valleys and peaks or biking through the fjordscapes.

What are the main attractions in the Westfjords of Iceland?

The main attractions include the biggest settlement in the Westfjords, Isafjordur town, the beautiful Hornstrandir nature reserve, the unique red sand beach Raudasandur, multiple natural hot springs as well as the crown jewel of the Westfjords, Dynjandi waterfall,

Can you see puffins in the Westfjords of Iceland?

Yes, puffins nest in big numbers on the Latrabjarg cliffs and on the islands of Breidafjordur fjord, south of the Westfjords.

How much time should I spend in the Westfjords?

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

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

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

Where can I stay in the Westfjords of Iceland?

The majority of hotels and hostels can be found around the Wesfjords' biggest town, Isafjordur. There are options for accommodation throughout the Westfjords, including campsites.

Are there any important cultural and historical sites in the Westfjords of Iceland?

Yes, some tours will take you to sites from the Sagas of Icelanders and areas of historical significance during the Viking era. Most of the towns have museums and/or cultural centers for you to explore such as the unique Museum of Icelandic Witchcraft and Sorcery in Holmavik village. Guided tours, especially multi-day tours, will allow you to discover the best sights and landscapes of the Westfjords.

Are the Westfjords of Iceland crowded?

Not at all. You may encounter travelers at the most popular sites, but not on the same scale as some other regions of Iceland, such as the Snaefellsnes peninsula, the Golden Circle, or the South Coast. Indeed, this region of Iceland is often considered ‘off the beaten track’ as it's not part of the Ring Road, which most visitors to Iceland tend to stick to.

How many people live in the Westfjords?

Approximately 7,300 people live in the Westfjords of Iceland. The largest town is Isafjordur, with a population of 2,700.

How large are the Westfjords of Iceland?

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

Is it true that there are polar bears in the Westfjords of Iceland?

Polar bears are not native to Iceland, and it's very seldom that a polar bear might arrive on an iceberg from Greenland, but it can happen. The last time a polar bear was spotted in Iceland was in 2008.

Do I need a 4x4 to drive along the Westfjords of Iceland?

No, a four-wheel-drive car is not necessary to drive the Westfjords. The roads along the fjords are mostly well maintained and easy to drive for a 2WD car, though some roads might be semi-paved and still have some rough gravel.