Natural Wonders
12 July 2018

What to do in the West Fjords in 2018?

If you want to get away from the crowds, the West Fjords are the place to go to. The area is just over 22.000 km2, but due to the many mountains and limited flatlands, the population is only about 7000 people.

The roads are not all that good, but the long and winding roads give stunning views of the area when driving.

Dynjandi
 

 

Dynjandi is one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. There is a bit of a hike from the parking lot to get close to the 100-meter high waterfall, but it is well worth it. Even though it is one of the most famous waterfalls, you will not see the same crowds there as you will by Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss or Skógafoss since it is harder to access.

To get to Dynjandi, you need to drive the winding fjords in the southern West Fjords, and when you get to Flókalundur in Vatnsfjörður, you need to take a right down road 60

Rauðasandur

The Red Sands is a long stretch of beach not far away from Látrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff. The beach is 10 kilometers long, and even though the name refers to the red sand, it is black in some places and yellow in others. The grain of the sand is also in some places incredibly fine while in others the beach is mostly made up of broken sea shells.

To get to Rauðasandur, you need to drive the same winding roads of the southern West Fjords as you would if you were going to Dynjandi, but instead of turning right by Flókalundur you keep on driving until you reach the beach.

Raudasandur beach in Icelandic west fjords

Image: Wikipedia
 

Drangajökull

This is the fifth largest glacier in Iceland, after Vatnajökull, Langjökull, Hofsjökull, and Mýrdalsjökull. It is also the only glacier that wholly lies under 1000m above sea level and has not shrunk in recent years.

To get to Drangajökull, you will need to drive up to Ísafjarðardjúp and then take road 635 to Þverár.

Don't forget to check out some excellent Westfjords tours! 


Drangajokull in the west fjords of Iceland

Image: Wikipedia