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Winter in Westfjords

Come and experience true winter in the Westfjords of Iceland!

Most travellers visit the Westfjords during summer, but one of our secret is just how wonderful our winters can be. Some of our favorite winter experiences include kayaking, skiing and just enjoying unique things like geothermal hot pools and the northern lights. 


The Westfjords of Iceland, the name kind of gives it a way – we have many fjords. These deep and narrow fjords often give good shelter from the northern winds, making it possible to go for a nice and relaxed paddle on the sea. Here you also get the unique opportunity to kayak with seals swimming all around you.  

Geothermal hot pools

The Westfjords of Iceland have the greatest number of geothermal hot pools in Iceland. All from completely man made swimming pools to natural geothermal hot pools out in nature. There are not many things that top the feeling of sitting in the geothermal hot water during winter looking up at the northern lights.  

Backcountry skiing

Do you want to be the first one to ski down a slope full of fresh snow? If yes, backcountry skiing might just be the thing for you. In the Westfjords you can ski from the summit to the beach, all in one run and without taking your skis off. 

Experience real darkness

During summer we have 24 hours of sun. However, during winter we have no sunlight at all. From late November until late January the people of the Westfjords only have a couple of hours of light a day, and no direct sunlight. This is the perfect time for a cup of hot coco and candlelight. 
3.- 4. April
Aldrei fór ég suður - Rock Festival
One of Iceland’s best known music festivals, managed by local musician Mugison and his father, Papamug
Visit Westfjords - The landscape

A little video that highlights some of the landscape of the Westfjords of Iceland. 


Patreksfjörður is the biggest town in the southern part of the Westfjords, with a population of around 660. Early in the 20th century, Patreksfjörður was a pioneering force in Iceland's fishing industry, initiating trawler fishing. Still today the chief occupation is commercial fishing and fish processing. Other industries, like fish farming and services are also increasingly important.
Tourism has been on the rise in Patreksfjörður, not surprisingly, as the village has gems like Látrabjarg cliffs, Rauðasandur beach and Dynjandi waterfall within its reach. Patreksfjörður has a new, absolutely gorgeous outdoor swimming pool, and if you prefer natural hot pots you will find them within an easy driving distance from the town. In Patreksfjörður you can enjoy hotels or guesthouses, restaurants and various tours. You can reach Patreksfjörður by flight six days per week via Bíldudalur (fly-bus takes you to Patreksfjörður), or by a bus from Reykjavík to Stykkisholmur, then the ferry Baldur to Brjánslækur and a bus from there to Patreksfjörður. If you drive on your own during winter, please remember to get updates on weather and road conditions.


Ísafjörður is the largest town in the peninsula. It is conveniently located between five smaller villages, and being

Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords peninsula, with some 2600 inhabitants. It is an ancient church site and a trading post since at least the 16th century, although a real town did not start to form until after mid-19th century. The growth of the town was triggered by salt fish production, and ever since then the fishing industry has been vital for the community. Other industries, such as tourism and the service sector have grown in recent years and decades. In Ísafjörður you will find a hospital, schools ranging from kindergartens to a small university, and branches from various government organizations. For the tourist, Ísafjörður has a range of accommodation, restaurants and recreation for all budgets and tastes. A golf course, hiking- and biking trails, horse riding, bird watching, skiing and kayaking are all within an easy reach. Ferries to Hornstrandir Nature Reserve depart from Ísafjörður daily during the summer months. In Ísafjörður you will find the regional tourist information office for the Westfjords.
Ísafjörður hosts some of the most celebrated festivals in Iceland, including the music festival "Aldrei fór ég suður", the Runners' Festival, the mud-soccer European Championships, Act alone theatre festival and "Við Djúpið" classical music festival.
It is easy to reach Ísafjörður either by car, by bus or by using the two daily flights from Reykjavík. If you travel by car during winter, remember to get updates on weather and road conditions.


Hólmavík is the largest town in the Strandir region, an area with an exciting and tragic history of witchcraft, witch-hunting and sorcery. Inhabitants in the countryside surrounding Hólmavík live mostly on sheep farming, while economic activity in town revolves around the fisheries and the service sector.
The Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft takes visitors on a tour into the mystical world of the supernatural. The history of witch-hunting in 17th century Iceland is presented at the exhibition as well as various aspects of magic from more recent sources. A second part of the exhibition is in Bjarnarfjörður, 30 kilometres from Hólmavík. Next to Hólmavík there is also the Sheep Farming Museum, an entertaining exhibition dedicated to the Icelandic sheep and sheep farming.
Visitors will find all basic amenities, and more, in Hólmavík. Accommodation of various kind, a camping ground, restaurants, a newly built swimming pool and a good Tourist Information Center that serves the hole area. A golf course and a horse rental can be found just outside the town.
Hólmavík is reacheble from Reykjavík by bus two to four days per week, depending on seasons. There are also two to three busses per week between Hólmavík and Ísafjörður.


Raggagardur (A garden for Raggi) is a family garden in the village of Sudavik. Created by Vilborg Arnardottir in the memory of her son Ragnar (Raggi) for all families to enjoy and create a place where they could spend time together enjoying each other company.

The aim with the garden was to create a family attraction for both local people as well as an attraction for travelers, thus help in developing the local community though tourism.

The Result is an fantastic family recreation park with a playground suited for all children? and adults too!

More information at www.raggagardur.is

April - May
Fossavatn Ski Marathon
The oldest and biggest festival of cross-country skiing in Iceland. Suitable for the whole family. Don’t miss the Master Class, buffets and parties, either!

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