Dynjandi waterfall in westfjords

Westfjords and its secrets

In Blog by Jón Hil.

The Westfjords or West Fjords is a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland and an administrative district.  The Westfjords are very mountainous; the coastline is heavily indented by dozens of fjords surrounded by steep hills. These indentations make roads very circuitous and communications by land difficult. In addition many of the roads are closed by ice and snow for several months of the year.

Sunset at Bolungarvik

Sunset at Bolungarvik

Ósvör is replica of an old Icelandic fishing station, from the19th century. On display are a rowing boat, a crew hut with tools and equipment, a salt house and a drying shed. The curator welcomes guests in a traditional fisherman outfit.

Fisherman at seamuseum

Fisherman at seamuseum

The Westfjords is where Iceland’s dramatic landscapes come to a riveting climax and where mass tourism disappears – only about 10% of Iceland‘s visitors ever see the region. Jagged bird cliffs and broad multihued dream beaches flank the south. Rutted dirt roads snake north along jaw-dropping coastal fjords and over immense central mountains, revealing tiny fishing villages embracing traditional ways of life.

Statue of the man guarding the mountain road

Statue of the man guarding the mountain road

The cliffs at Látrabjarg comprise the longest bird cliff in the northern Atlantic Ocean and are at the westernmost point in Iceland, a line of several cliffs, 14 kilometres long and up to 441 m high. And it’s as steep as it gets, dizzyingly so. Safe from foxes, the birds are fearless, and provide stunning photographic opportunities from close range. The puffins are particularly tame and are the ones frequenting the grassy, higher part of the cliffs. Látrabjarg is thus deservedly the most visited tourist attraction in the Westfjords.

Puffin love

Puffin love

Puffin flying off

Puffin flying off

Dynjandi (also known as Fjallfoss) is a series of waterfalls located in the Arnarfjordur. The waterfalls have a total height of 100 metres.

Dynjandi waterfall in westfjords

Dynjandi waterfall in westfjords

The pier in Önundarfjordur is a great location for nature and landscape photography, the white colour on the sand, the sea and the mountain around make great contrast and oppertunities for photographers.

Pier in Onundarfjordur

Pier in Onundarfjordur

In the Westfjords you can find the oldest steal ship in Iceland – Garðar – at its final resting place in the bottom of Patreksfjordur.

The oldest steal ship in Iceland

The oldest steal ship in Iceland

West fjords consist of long deep fjords with beautiful beaches and steep mountains.

Skalavik at westfjords

Skalavik at westfjords

The west fjords are defiantly an area worth visiting, a great place for photographers – landscape, nature, bird and animal life. A unique place in Iceland, unlike others.