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The Southern Westfjords, with its winding fjords, rugged cliffs, majestic mountains, and pristine coastlines, is a remote and captivating region nestled on the far western edge of Iceland.


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The South of the Westfjords is a haven of solitude and splendor. This secluded region juts out into the North Atlantic Ocean, bordered by the Greenland Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. 

The Westfjords are the westernmost part of Iceland, stretching as a peninsula to the northwest of the mainland. Its isolation from the rest of the country has preserved its authenticity and pristine landscapes, making it a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by curious adventurers.

Raudisandur is a beautiful beach in the Westfjords

Photo by Regína Hrönn

Check the many available Westfjords tours for activities and adventures in the Southern Westfjords. Take this 2-day summer break in Iceland’s Westfjords with flights from Reykjavik to explore the mountains, coasts, wildlife, and waterfalls of the Westfjords. 

For bird enthusiasts, join this scenic 7-hour puffin-watching tour in the Westfjords. This tour of Dynjandi waterfall & Westfjords villages delves into the diverse landscapes, magnificent mountains, and beautiful waterfalls of the Arnarfjordur fjord in the Westfjords.

The Southern Westfjords present a landscape of unparalleled beauty and raw nature. These physical features combine to create a canvas that captivates the soul and leaves an indelible mark on every traveler's heart.

Dramatic fjords cut deep into the land, surrounded by towering mountains that touch the sky. Remote beaches, like the red sands of Raudasandur, create a striking contrast against the blue waters of the North Atlantic. The largest seabird cliff in Iceland, the Latrabjarg bird cliff, where there is an abundance of puffins, literally has millions of seabirds.

Why are the Westfjords so Special?

The Westfjords has many beautiful swimming pools.The Southern Westfjords offers a unique blend of unspoiled nature and cultural heritage. Its remote location has allowed it to remain largely untouched by the rapid pace of modern life, offering visitors an opportunity to connect with nature on a profound level. 

Whether hiking along rugged trails, encountering puffins on Latrabjarg cliffs, or soaking in geothermal pools, the Southern Westfjords invite you to step into a world where time seems to stand still, and nature reigns supreme.

What Are the Places To See in the Southern Westfjords?

The Southern Westfjords region in Iceland offers a diverse range of attractions that cater to nature enthusiasts, history buffs, and those seeking authentic cultural experiences. Here are some of the notable attractions you can explore in the area.

Latrabjarg Bird Cliffs

A puffin vocalizes from the cliffs of the Westfjords.These towering cliffs are a haven for birdwatchers, especially during the summer months. Latrabjarg is home to various seabird species, including puffins, razorbills, and guillemots. It's one of the best places to observe puffins up close.

Raudisandur Red Sand Beach

The red sands of Raudasandur create a unique and picturesque beach setting. The area is known for its tranquility and the stark contrast between the red sands and the blue ocean.

Patreksfjordur

Patreksfjordur is a charming coastal town that offers a gateway to stunning natural attractions. You can visit it via ferry from Stykkisholmur to Patreksfjordur, which can even transport your rental car. The town's main industry remains and has been for centuries, fishing.

Reykholar

This village offers geothermal hot springs and has historical sites and folklore to explore. It sits on the edge of the Westfjords, and here you’ll find Reykholar Sea Baths, where you can bathe in seaweed.

Bildudalur

A charming fishing village that provides a glimpse into local life along the coast. It offers fjord views and a peaceful ambiance. It is known as “the good weather capital” of the Westfjords and is a known spot for hikers, skiers, and deep-sea anglers. 

Also located in this village is the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum, a heritage museum dedicated to stories and interactive exhibits about sea monsters.

Dynjandi Waterfall

Dynjandi waterfall in the southern Westfjords is an amazing natural wonder to see up closeThis impressive waterfall is often referred to as the "Jewel of the Westfjords." It consists of a series of cascades, with the main waterfall being particularly stunning. Dynjandi is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and hiking trails.

These are just a few of the many attractions that await you in the Southern Westfjords. Whether you're drawn to the natural beauty, cultural heritage, or unique wildlife of the region, there's something for every traveler to discover and enjoy.

How To Get To Southern Westfjords

Getting to the Southern Westfjords involves navigating through Iceland's diverse landscapes and making choices based on your preferences and travel plans. Here are the main options for reaching this remote and captivating region.

By Air

The most convenient way to access the Southern Westfjords is by air. You can fly to Isafjordur from Reykjavik Domestic Airport. The flights are relatively short, taking around 50 minutes, and provide stunning aerial views of Iceland's landscapes. Once you arrive, you can explore the towns, villages, and attractions in the Southern Westfjords.

By Car

For those seeking a road trip adventure, renting a 4x4 vehicle is your best option. You can drive from Reykjavik to the Southern Westfjords. The most common route involves taking Route 1, or the Icelandic Ring Road, north of Reykjavik and then connecting to Route 60, which leads to the Southern Westfjords.

The Westfjords has a few hidden hot springs.The distance between Reykjavik and Reykholar in the Southern Westfjords is approximately 140 miles (225 kilometers) if you're driving. Driving offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in Iceland's changing landscapes but be prepared for weather conditions and road closures, especially in winter.

Additionally, consider filling up your gas tank before departing, as some stretches of road might not have frequent gas stations. Make sure to also have a good map or GPS navigation to help you navigate through the scenic but potentially remote landscapes of the Southern Westfjords.

By Ferry

Another unique way to reach the Southern Westfjords is by taking the Baldur Ferry from Stykkisholmur on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula to Brjanslaekur Port in the Southern Westfjords. This ferry journey takes you across the Breidafjordur Bay and offers picturesque views. The ferry ride takes around 2.5 hours and provides a relaxing approach to the region.

When Is the Best Time To Go To Southern Westfjords

The Pollurinn swimming pool has great views over the Westfjords.The best time to visit the Southern Westfjords is during the summer months, which typically span from May to September. This period offers the most favorable weather conditions, longer daylight hours, and a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy. 

Here's why summer is the ideal time to explore this enchanting region.

Pleasant Weather

Summer in the Southern Westfjords brings milder temperatures and relatively stable weather compared to the harsher conditions of the winter months. While Iceland's weather can still be unpredictable, you're more likely to experience comfortable temperatures and less extreme weather patterns during the summer.

Extended Daylight Hours

One of the unique aspects of visiting Iceland during the summer is the Midnight Sun phenomenon. Around the summer solstice, which falls on June 21st, the Southern Westfjords experience almost continuous daylight. This extended daylight provides ample time to explore attractions, go hiking, and immerse yourself in the region's natural beauty.

Accessible Roads and Trails

The summer months offer better road conditions and access to hiking trails compared to the winter, when some roads may be closed due to snow and ice. This accessibility allows you to explore more of the Southern Westfjords without the limitations of winter travel.

Abundant Wildlife and Nature

There are many terns in the Icelandic Westfjords.Summer is a prime time for wildlife enthusiasts, as many bird species migrate to the cliffs and shores of the Southern Westfjords. Puffins, guillemots, and other seabirds are in full display, making it an ideal time for birdwatching. The landscapes also come alive with lush greenery and blooming wildflowers.

Outdoor Activities

The warmer weather of summer encourages outdoor activities such as hiking, birdwatching, kayaking, and exploring the fjords. Whether you're an adventure seeker or someone who enjoys leisurely strolls, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Overall, summer offers a magical opportunity to explore the Southern Westfjords when the landscapes are at their most vibrant and accessible. Just remember that summer is also a popular tourist season, so planning ahead and making reservations in advance is recommended to secure accommodations and activities.

Where To Stay in The Southern Westfjords

Despite being in a remote location, the Southern Westfjords offer a variety of accommodation options that cater to different preferences and budgets. For the whole region, check out the wide variety of accommodations in the Westfjords. Below are some recommendations on where to stay in the Southern Westfjords, specifically.

Patreksfjordur offers various accommodation choices, allowing you to experience the tranquil ambiance of the Westfjords while being within reach of local amenities and attractions. Stekkabol Guesthouse, close to many major attractions, is a modern yet affordable place to stay on this beautiful bay.

Fosshotel Westfjords is a minimalist and modern hotel with an on-site restaurant. It has beautiful fjord views and is the perfect gateway to many of Iceland's spectacular natural sights.

Fosshotel Westfjords is a great place to stay in Iceland.

Photo from Fosshotel Westfjords

A charming fishing village, Bildudalur offers guesthouses and accommodations that let you immerse yourself in the local culture and coastal charm. Harbour Inn - Guesthouse, with either a mountain or fjord view, is a bright and cozy base for your Westfjords adventure.

Staying in Reykholar keeps you close to a wealth of natural gems and attractions. Reykholar HI Hostel has a range of room options and shared hot tub and sauna facilities. It is an excellent base to discover wildlife and natural wonders.

Keep in mind that the Southern Westfjords offer a more remote experience, so some accommodations may have limited availability or facilities. Plan ahead to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay in this captivating region.

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