Wonders of the Westfjords

In Blog by Jón Hil.

The Westfjords or West Fjords is a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland and an administrative district. It lies on the Denmark Strait, facing the east coast of Greenland. It is connected to the rest of Iceland by a 7-km-wide isthmus between Gilsfjörður and Bitrufjörður. 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. The cliffs at Látrabjarg comprise the longest bird cliff in the northern Atlantic Ocean and are at the westernmost point in Iceland. The Drangajökull glacier is located in the north of the peninsula and is the fifth-largest of the country, but the only glacier of the region.


The Westfjords have alot to offer for photographers, specially during the summer – its easier to travel during the summer. In Látrabjarg you find puffins, Dynjandi is one of Iceland most beautiful waterfalls, narrow fjords and high mountains make very special landscape with the sun setting at the horizon, yellow and red sand beaches, gravel and narrow roads and more.

Four till five days are great for phototour to the Westfjords.

More pictures from the Westfjords can be found here on my flickr site:

Holtsbryggja /pier at the white sands