A slightly longer and adventurous drive will take you to the Westfjords of Iceland. Make sure to bring enough time to explore this area, as roads are rough, winding and circuitous.
However, the natural and raw beauty of this area makes it easily one of the most impressive corners of Iceland, with its mountains and the heavily indented coastline full of fjords surrounded by steep hills. The remoteness and wildness of this area are unparalleled in Iceland. It is home of the Arctic fox and many smaller communities that are often snowed in several months of the year.
The cliff formations of Látrabjarg with its impressive vivid birdlife are not only the longest and largest bird cliff, up to 440 m high and 14 km long, in the Atlantic Ocean, but also the westernmost point of Iceland. It is an especially good place to see puffins between June and August.
Dynjandi is the biggest and most spectacular waterfall in the Westfjords. It is comprised of 7 different falls, coming down that edge of a mountain and is more than 100 meters tall.
The numerous hot pools that every community has will keep you warm and time to relax while surrounded by the stunning scenery of the fjords.
Take a walk around the town of Ísafjörður. With its population of 2.600, it is the largest settlement of the area. The old part of the town with its wooden houses dates back to fishing merchants that settled here during the 18th and 19th century. Visit the Westfjords Heritage Museum with its collection of old fishing boats, to learn more about the town’s maritime history.