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.

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Patreksfjörður
GPS Points N65° 35' 50.504" W24° 0' 18.903"
Postal codes

450,451

Population

662

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Hnjótur Museum
Tourist Information Centres
  • Hnjótur, Örlygshöfn
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1511
Birkimelur Swimming Pool
Swimming Pools
  • Lauganes við Hagavaðal
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-2080, 456-2040
Hotel Flókalundur
Hotels
  • Vatnsfirði
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-2011
Hotel Breiðavík at Látrabjarg
Guesthouses
  • Látrabjarg
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1575, 867-1575
Patreksfjörður Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Vestur-Botn
  • 450 Patreksfjörður
  • 846-1362
Látraröst ehf.
Tour Operators
  • Mýrar 8
  • 450 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1140, 892-5059
Flókalaug
Swimming Pools
  • Vatnsfirði
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-2044
Hænuvík Travel Service / Gallery Gullhóll
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hænuvík
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456–1578, 698-7810
Umfar
Tour Operators
  • Aðalstræti 85
  • 450 Patreksfjörður
  • 892-9227
Trawel West.is
Tour Operators
  • Breiðavík
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 865-4695
Mora
Tour Operators
  • Skálholt
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-2080, 848-1062
Vinahus museum
Museums
  • Brunnar 18 / Haukur Már Sigurðsson
  • 450 Patreksfjörður
  • 892-5561

Others

Stekkaból Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Stekkar 14, 19
  • 450 Patreksfjörður
  • 864-9675
Hænuvík Travel Service / Gallery Gullhóll
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hænuvík
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456–1578, 698-7810
Hotel Breiðavík at Látrabjarg
Guesthouses
  • Látrabjarg
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1575, 867-1575
Hotel Látrabjarg
Guesthouses
  • 456-1500
Hotel Flókalundur
Hotels
  • Vatnsfirði
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-2011
Bjarkarholt
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Barðastrandarvegur
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-2025, 849-0820
Hnjótur Travel
Guesthouses
  • Hnjótur Örlygshöfn
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1596, 893-8024, 456-1591
Melanes camp site
Camping
  • Melanes, Rauðasandi
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 783-6600

Others

Þorpið
Restaurants
  • Aðalstræti 73
  • 450 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1295, 899-4807
Eyrar café
Cafés
  • Aðalstræti 8
  • 450 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-4565, 845-7283
Hotel Látrabjarg
Guesthouses
  • 456-1500
Kirkjuhvammur
Cafés
  • Rauðisandur
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 866-8129
Heimsendi
Restaurants
  • Eyrargata 5
  • 450 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-5150
Hotel Breiðavík at Látrabjarg
Guesthouses
  • Látrabjarg
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1575, 867-1575
Grillskálinn
Cafés
  • Aðalstræti 100
  • 450 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1599, 456-1698
Hotel Flókalundur
Hotels
  • Vatnsfirði
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-2011
Hnjótur Museum
Tourist Information Centres
  • Hnjótur, Örlygshöfn
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1511
Skalholt
Farm food direct
  • Skálholt, Barðaströnd
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-2080, 848-1062
Nature
Breidavik

Breiðavík is situated on the way to Látrabjarg. When you drive over the mountain pass from Örlygshöfn you will come down in the creek of Breiðavík. In the creek there is a church and a Hotel, named Hótel Breiðavík. We recommend that you should stop there on the way to or from Látrabjarg and walk down to the beach. It's also quite unique to see the sand that the wind has blown all the way to the mountaintops on eiter end of the beach.

Nature
Orlygshofn

On the southern shore of Patreksfjörður fjord you will find beautiful Örlygshöfn - a wide vista of seashore encompassing a thick finger of yellow sand, which makes the fjord water look tropical blue on sunny days. Here you are also very close to the Egill Ólafsson museum, which is a fascinating and eclectic look at aspects of life in the southern Westfjords - including an American plane and a Viking boat! The museum has been there for over 30 years and also features a café and various temporary exhibitions.

Nature
Ketildalir and Selardalur

The Ketildalir valleys are on the southern shore of the fjord Arnarfjordur. The best know of those valleys is probably Selardalur, a very popular destination because of the sculptures and buildings raised by the naivité artist Samuel Jonsson. Samuel is referred to as "the artist with the infantile heart". When he retired at the age of 72 in 1958, he pursued his dreams and became an artist. Mostly he created sculptures from concrete and carried the sand on his back from the shore to his farm Brautarholt. In his backyard, among other things, he has replicated the Lions Court in Alhambra.

Selardalur also offers a wonderful panoramic view across Arnarfjordur, over to the 1000 metres high Kaldbakur Mountain, the highest mountain in the Westfjords.

Nature
Haenuvik

If Patreksfjörður town is just too urban for you, then you can escape to beautiful Hænuvík, at the seaward edge of Patreksfjörður fjord. Hænuvík is one of the best places to view the midnight sun, and it is one of the few places inIcelandwith a golden sand beach. Despite its extremely isolated location, you can stay at Hænuvík, where there are self catering cabins for up to 12 people.

Nature
lignite canyon

Surtarbrandsgil (e. Lignite canyon) was put on the Icelandic environment protection list as a natural phenomenon in 1975. The main reason for the protection was to pretect the fossils of the flora which was to be found in mud and lignite layers between the basalt layers. Thease plant fossils are from the tertier time.

Nature
Rauðisandur

Rauðasandur (Red Sand) is precisely that: a beach with endless red sand. Well, not endless but 10 km is a lot. The magnificent hues of the sand differ with daylight and weather, and the beach is the biggest pearl in a string of coves with sand ranging in colours from white through yellow through red to black, and in coarseness from very fine to sole-hurting chips of seashells. Just pure sand enlivened by countless seabirds and seals, an oasis with unique tranquility. Forget everything, except maybe getting the perfect shot of the ever-changing hues of yellow, orange and red.

Here's just pure sand and unique tranquillity. You might want to step out of the car, get the camera out and start walking on the seemingly endless beach.

If no, why not enjoy a cup of coffee in the French café and look at the spectacular view were Snæfellsjökull glacier in Sæfellsnes peninsula imperiousl rivets your attention in the background.

Nature
Látrabjarg

The cliffs of all cliffs, Látrabjarg, are home to birds in unfathomable numbers. This westernmost point of Iceland (and Europe if Greenland and the Azores are not counted) is really 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. Bird photography for dummies, you might say. The puffins are particularly tame and are the ones frequenting the grassy, higher part of the cliffs. But look out, the edges are fragile and loose and the fall is high.
Látrabjarg is thus deservedly the most visited tourist attraction in the Westfjords. The cliffs are easily accessible by car and when you're there, a walk along the cliffs awaits. The whirling sensation will not fade, and neither will the memories.

Nature
Vatnsfjörður lake

Vatnsdalsvatn (e. Vatnsdalur lake) is situated in Vatnsfjörður, Barðaströnd. The lake is 2,2 square kilometers and 8 meters above seaa level. You can fis in the lake unless where the little river that connects the lake to the ocean. The places that you can't fish in have been specially marked. The lake is mostly inhabited by Trout but Salmon checks it out quite often and the size of the fish is mostly 1-3 pounds but you can get up to 10 pund fishes.The allowed fishing time starts at 7 and the lake closes at 22. The lake opens the first of june and closes when september ends. If you plan to fish, you are advised to get yourself a Veiðikortið (e. fishing card) and let Hótel Flókalundur know that you plan to go fishing. Vatnsfjörður is a nature reserve so fishermen are asked to leave no tracks of themselves, for example trash. Kids that are under 14 years old fish for free if you have Veiðikortið.

For the Children
Reykjarfjordur by fjord Arnarfjordur

The swimming pool in Reykjarfjodur, a fjord that is going into the big Arnarfjodur, is a full size swimming pool heated by natural water that runs in the pool all year around.

A small shed is beside the pool that guests can use to change into the bathing gear.

Just above the swimming pool there is a hot natural pool.

Admittance is free

For the Children
Hellulaug

The cliffs of all cliffs, Látrabjarg, are home to birds in unfathomable numbers. This westernmost point of Iceland (and Europe if Greenland and the Azores are not counted) is really 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. Bird photography for dummies, you might say. The puffins are particularly tame and are the ones frequenting the grassy, higher part of the cliffs. But look out, the edges are fragile and loose and the fall is high.
Látrabjarg is thus deservedly the most visited tourist attraction in the Westfjords. The cliffs are easily accessible by car and when you're there, a walk along the cliffs awaits. The whirling sensation will not fade, and neither will the memories.

Nature
Flókalundur

Iceland owes its name to Hrafna-Flóki or Raven-Floki. After a long navigation from Norway, he took land in Vatnsfjörður fjord. As a navigational aid, he brought some ravens along, which he let loose at sea, directing him to land (hence the nickname). Flóki only stayed for one winter, as he was not prepared for the cold and hardship. They lost many animals during the stay and understandably got disgruntled. In the spring, Flóki hiked to a nearby mountain top. Seeing the surrounding fjords all full of ice, he announced that this cold and inhospitable place should be called Iceland.

There is a hotel at Flókalundur with a restaurant and gas-station. A memorable natural pool is down by the sea.

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