This travel-blog is a part of my travel-blog series about the northern part of the Westfjords of Iceland. We have by now reached Hvítanes peninsula and have just left the lovely little turf house café and museum Litlibær.
More and more travellers are now visiting the beautiful Westfjords of Iceland and discovering the hidden treasures of this remote part of Iceland.
Top photo: Seals resting at Hvítanes
The Westfjords sport some lovely beaches, but what sets many of the Westfjord beaches apart from the black lava beaches of the rest of Iceland is that they are golden and pink.
You will even find a red beach in the Westfjords; Rauðasandur or Red Sand as I have shown you in another travel-blog.
Rauðasandur - Red Sand in the Westfjords
And remember the beautiful serene beach at Breiðavík which I also showed to you in a previous travel-blog?
I stayed at Breiðavík for one night when I visited Látrabjarg, which is, in my opinion, the best location to photograph the puffins.
Breiðavík beach is so pretty :)
There you can get so close to the puffins that it feels like you can touch them. And they are so tame, as it were.
It is such a beautiful experience being so close to the fearless puffins. While I was resting on the grass at Látrabjarg cliff, one puffin jumped up from the cliff, walked towards me, and fell asleep right next to me! I didn't dare move an inch as this was such a beautiful and serene experience.
You can get really close to the puffins at Látrabjarg and get some beautiful photographs
You can get very close to another one of Iceland's animals on a beach in the Westfjords of Iceland; the seal beach at Hvítanes on the northern part of the Westfjords. That beach is very dear to me.
Here you can get very close to the seals as you can see in my photos. Here the seals are almost fearless of us humans, much like the puffins at Látrabjarg.
How cute is the seal in the front :)
But even though the seals are curious and easy-going, so to speak, then they don't allow people to get too close to them. And as soon as a small boy ventured too close the whole flock "jumped" and headed for the sea. But as the boy's parents stopped him, the seals realized that they were not in any danger and stopped as well.
So, let's always show respect and not go any closer towards the seals than they are comfortable with. I love this connection between us humans and the seals. The seals are very curious and when they are swimming in the sea they often come to check out people on the shore.
Photographing the seals from a safe (for them) distance
I read an article on Iceland Mag about Sigríður the farmer wanting to be nice to visitors to the beach and placed a table with chairs and a binocular to make it easier for the visitors to watch the seals.
She also put some jars on the table with home-made blueberry jam made from local blueberries, for which people could pay in an honesty box/donation box. I was looking for the table with the blueberry jam, but couldn't find it during my visit. Neither did I find the guestbook, will look for it next time I visit the Westfjords :)
Chilling alone on a rock
I believe in leaving some money at each location where I stop as a sign of appreciation, be it coffee at the turf house café at Litibær, or buying some produce from the locals.
The last time while I was visiting Hvítanes there were too many visitors. The car park is across the road so you have to cross the road and walk for a short distance by the side of the road.
This poses a danger to both the oncoming cars and the visitors to the beach. So let's always be careful here.
Enjoying life :)
One more thing. It pained me to see the conduct of one visitor. He chose to pee in plain sight on the farm sign leading to the driveway of the farmer!
This is the farmer's home and workplace and the farmers graciously allow visitors to stop on their land to have a look at the seals. Please, let's be grateful and respectful here.
On the rainy day of my visit, there were many people seal-spotting at Hvítanes
The previous night I stayed at Hotel Reykjanes and behind the hotel, by the sea, I saw seals in abundance resting on the rocks and swimming in the sea.
We were there completely alone (my husband and I) with the seals and it felt like being in paradise. The surroundings were heavenly and the seals swam fearlessly in the sea and came to check us out. But you cannot get as close to them at Reykjanes as you can here at Hvítanes.
I took a video of the seals at Hvítanes and put it on Youtube:
Hvítanes peninsula is located between Hestfjörður and Skötufjörður fjords on the Northern part of the Westfjords of Iceland.
I usually share the Google maps' location, but Hvítanes is wrongly marked there, so I show you the right location from the map viewer of Landmælingar Íslands - the National Land Survey of Iceland.
What I have written in chronological order about the northern part of the Westfjords is:
Have a lovely time seal spotting - next we are going to visit Súðavík village where I stayed for the night :)