When visiting the Westfjords of Iceland, chances are you will be driving through some of the 8 fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp, fjord system, so it truly puts the “fjords” in your Westfjords adventure. Amongst all the natural wonders of the area such as Hvítanes seal colony, Vigur Island, Reykjanes geothermal area and the historical location Litlibær you will find a small community of 190 people, most based in the phoenix village of Súðavík. Súðavík is a small, charming and friendly fishing village 20 kilometres from Ísafjörður. It's a great place to visit, especially for families. The family garden Raggagarður, is a playground in the heart of the old town. It is created both for kids and adults as a place where the whole family can spend time together. Another attraction is The Arctic Fox Centre, an exhibition and research centre focusing on the only native terrestrial mammal in Iceland, the Arctic fox. The town is an excellent place for hiking and local guide is available for neighbouring routes.

Súðavík has two restaurants, a café, nice and quiet camping place, grocery shop, gas station, post office and bank service. Since 1995, when an avalanche destroyed a big part of the village, it has been divided into two parts, the old and the new. The new village was rebuilt by it's residents on a location safe from avalanches, and the old part is kept intact as a summer resort for travellers.

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Súðavík
GPS Points N66° 2' 15.806" W22° 59' 17.359"
Postal codes

420,401

Population

202

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Iceland Tour Guy
Tour Operators
  • Hlíð
  • 420 Súðavík
  • 868-0566, 691-6965
Snjafjallasetur Heritage Centre
Museums
  • Dalbær, Snæfjallaströnd
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 698-7533
Hotel Reykjanes
Hotels
  • Reykjanes
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 456-4844
Iceland Sea Angling
Tour Operators
  • Aðalgata 2
  • 420 Súðavík
  • 456-1540
Dalbær Travel Service
Guesthouses
  • Snæfjallaströnd
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 8217121
Sagnaslóð
Travel Agency
  • Kot í Önundarfirði
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 895-4485
Litlibær
Museums
  • Skötufjörður
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 456-4809, 894-4809

Others

Hotel Reykjanes
Hotels
  • Reykjanes
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 456-4844
Accomodation Swanfjord
Guesthouses
  • Langeyri
  • 420 Súðavík
  • 865-8865
Súðavík Camping Ground
Camping
  • Túngata 20
  • 420 Súðavík
  • 450-5900, 848-7959
Blómsturvellir - Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Blómsturvelli
  • 420 Súðavík
  • 846-8573
Dalbær Travel Service
Guesthouses
  • Snæfjallaströnd
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 8217121
Hornbjargsviti- Ferðafélag Íslands
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Látravík á Ströndum
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 568-2533
Grunnavík Travel Service
Guesthouses
  • Grunnavík í Jökulfjörðum
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 456-4664, 866-5491, 854-8263
Iceland Tour Guy
Tour Operators
  • Hlíð
  • 420 Súðavík
  • 868-0566, 691-6965

Others

Amma Habbý Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Aðalgata 1
  • 420 Súðavík
  • 456-5060, 861-6060
Hotel Reykjanes
Hotels
  • Reykjanes
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 456-4844
Dalbær Travel Service
Guesthouses
  • Snæfjallaströnd
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 8217121
Nature
Valagil

Valagil is a spectacular ravine, complete with mighty waterfall and made from layers upon layers of ancient lava. You will find Valagil at the landward end of Álftafjörður, not too far from Súðavík. There is a marked footpath to the ravine from the road. Some say the ravine is named after the falcons (valur is Icelandic for falcon) which reported used to nest there. Other people say it is named after a woman called Vala who is said to have fallen to her death in the gully (hundreds of years ago).

Nature
Hornbjarg

Hornbjarg is the cliff of all cliffs.

Nature
Haelavikurbjarg

Haelavikurbjarg, between coves Hornvik and Haelavik, is a 521 m high sheer cliff. It is named after Haell, a freestanding rock in the sea just off the coast. Above the brink is a valley called Hvannadalur. Below the valley are two beautiful freestanding dikes, Langikambur and Fjol, in the sea, with a small cove named Kirfi in between them. Not far away is the third dike, Sulnastapi, standing in the sea close to the cliff.

Nature
Hornvik

Hornvik is surrounded by the cliffs of Hornbjarg to the east and Haelavikurbjarg to the west. West side of Haelavikurbjarg is Hælavík cove.

Nature
Hvítanes

Hvítanes is situated between Hestfjörður and Skötufjörður fjords in "central" Ísafjarðardjúp. As you arrive you should check the rocks at the shore. Hvítanes is one of Iceland most easily accessible seal colony, where large numbers of Harbour seals can be found relaxing on the rocks just meters from the shore.

The farmers at the Hvítanes farm have made the area more accessible by making a car park and putting up benches. At Hvítanes you can also borrow a pair of binoculars to get a closer look at these fun and playful animals.

Nature
Ingjaldssandur

Ingjaldssandur is a huge, lush valley facing the sea between Önundarfjörður and Dýrafjörður. Once home to dozens of farming folk, people used to get there by plane or boat. The rough mountain road into the valley is an attraction all of its own: for there are few more exciting or more scenic drives anywhere. These days the mountain-hemmed and beach-ended valley only has one working farm left. And lots of sheep. And a small church with an unusual Celtic cross on top. You may even be lucky enough to buy some of the farmer's excellent handicrafts, jewellery and woollen goods…

Nature
Drangajokull

Drangajökull is the only glacier in the Westfjords. It is the only glacier inIcelandwhose altitude in entirely below 1,000 metres. In addition to this, it is the only glacier inIcelandwhich is not in retreat (i.e. getting smaller). Drangajökull lies north of the Strandir region and south of the Hornstrandir nature reserve. Kaldalón, meanwhile, is a short fjord into which the glacier calves. The name literally means 'cold lagoon' and it is totally magical. It could be thought of as the Jökulsárlón of the Westfjords - although it is starkly different and visiting is a much more personal experience.

For the Children
Heydalur

Heydalur is a paradise for those who like birdlife and to take pictures of birds. Heydalur offers horseback rides in Heydalur valley and many attractions for the family. The hot natural pool in Heydalur is a few minute walk from the country Hotel Heydalur. Sitting in the hot natural pool feeling the fatigue in your body float away is a feeling like no other. Some say that laying the hot pool in Heydalur gives you strength, and for many that is so true.

Adalvik

Adalvik cove faces the open seas, being the outermost cove in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. The cove is rather big, with about 5 miles between the impressive mountains that surround it. Both sides fall steeply into the ocean and there is a considerable lowland area within the cove. North of Adalvik is Straumnes and Straumnesfjall mountain. Further in the cove is Latrafjall mountain.

Nature
Onundarfjordur

Önundarfjörður is a particularly pretty fjord, even by Westfjords standards. This is partly due to Holt beach, which is a sweeping golden-sand beach and dune system which curls out into the fjord and is a bit likeSpainfor a few hot days of the year. The rest of the time it's a great walk and the dunes are a protected eider duck nesting area. It is also impossible to mention Önundarfjörður without mentioning thevillageofFlateyri. Flateyri has a fascinating story to tell…and also a museum of nonsense.

Nature
Straumnes

Straumnesfjall is a mountain above Aðalvík in Hornstrandir. From the village of Látrar there is an old road that leads you up to the mountain. During the years of 1953-1956 the American army built a radar station on top of the mountain and serviced the army for about 10 years. Now there are only wrecked houses, roads and flatlands that used to serve as an airport that tell the story of the American army in Hornstrandir. The Army built a new radar station on top of mount Bolafjall, above the town Bolungarvík, which served the army until it left iceland in the beginning of this century. Now all the radar stations in Iceland are owned by the Icelandic Coast Guard. Radarstöðin á Bolafjalli, ofan Bolungarvíkur, var byggð til þess að taka við af þessari stöð og er hún enn í notkun en er rekin af Landhelgisgæslu Íslands eftir að herinn fór af landi brott. Many people in Hornstrandir got a job connected to the american army, and you can only imagine what Hornstrandir area would have become if the station did not shut down. We leave the thougt for you to think about when you're in the area.

Nature
Vigur

Puffins, eiders, guillemoths and arctic terns are this island's magnets, and they are all abundant. Indeed, as the puffins, which nest in burrows, have dug through much of the island's soil, travellers have to follow a certain path to avoid falling into one. This small bird, by some dubbed the penguin of the north, is a clumsy flier but impresses visitors by artfully stacking its beak full of sand eel or small fish, carrying it home to its hungry chicks. Being the opposite of the hospitable humans that live on the island, the Arctic terns fight to keep intruders away. Luckily, a stick held above the head does the trick. Eiders and humans share a mutual beneficence; eiders get protecion by nesting in close vicinity of the people, who collect the precious down from the eider nests. One of the every day event is when locals feed a group of orphan eider chicks. In Vigur you find the smallest post office in Iceland, as well as the only windmill and beautifully renewed houses. Since an end was put to milk production on Vigur island, the inhabitants spend much of the winter preparing the eider down, collected over the summer, for export.

To get to Vigur, there is a daily boat tour from Ísafjörður.

Nature
Reykjanes

Built as a school for the children of the area, Reykjanes was strategically located for its geothermal springs and ease of access by boats. Reykjanes has since the school closed down been a hotel and a camping place and a popular stop to take gas. It was however always a little bit off the main route for drivers, but with new bridges and roads opened in 2009 it is now again right in the centre. Its main attraction, though, is Iceland's longest swimming pool, intended to be 50 metres but by mistake built a bit longer. Due to the warm water from the hot spring, the pool has sometimes been referred to as "Iceland´s largest hot pot".

Nature
Arnarnes

Arnarnes offers fantastic views over Ísafjörður and surroundings. Arnarnes is also a amazing place to capture amazing photos of the midnight sun during the summer months. During the Winter months the area is also nice to capture the phenomena of the Northern lights.

Reykjafjordur
Reykjafjordur is a short and wide fjord in northern Strandir. It was abandoned by its last inhabitants in 1959. The buildings have been well maintained and they still stand on the lowland at the northwest side of the fjord. The old farm houses are on a hill just by the ocean and other houses, in which people stay during the summer, are further in the fjord.
A guesthouse with sleeping bag accommodation, summer cottages and a big campsite are operated in Reykjafjordur during the summer. The swimming pool is open for all guests. Reykjafjordur can be accessed by foot or boat. There is also an airstrip for small planes.
Nature
Bolungavik

Bolungavik is a wide and short bay surrounded by high cliff mountains. On the north side is Skardsfjall mountain, 502 metres high, and at its side is Straumnes. On the south side of Bolungavík one can see cliff Bolungavíkurbjarg and further on Drangsnes, but on the west coast the landscape is milder, leading up to the moor lands of Bolungavik.
In Bolungavik there is a guesthouse with sleeping bag accommodations during the summer.

Hesteyri

Hesteyrarfjordur is the westernmost fjord of the Jokulfirdir area, surrounded by rocky mountains and steep screes. Lowland is rather limited. At the mouth of the fjord, the Lasafjall mountain rises on the east side and Nongilsfjall mountain om the west side. Inward on the west side one can see Innri-Hesteyrarbrunir and above them Kistufell mountain. The abandoned large farm Sletta is on the west side closer to the fjord’s mouth.

For the Children
Raggagardur

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

Nature
Latravik (Hornbjarg)

Látravík is a small creek in the south east of Hornbjarg. In the creek lays Hornbjargsviti, or the lighthouse of Hornbjarg which used to be a manned weathersation as well. Now all the equipment is manual and no people live in the area all year long. During summertime Hornbjargsviti is a guesthouse for travellers in the area and is a great pitstop on the way to or from Hornbjarg.

Nature
Hornstrandir

This territory of the Arctic fox has been uninhabited since the 1950s. As isolated as it was then, it attracts the casual half-day visitors and serious gore-tex hikers alike. Its main attractions are three. First, the bird cliffs surrounding the bay of Hornvík, are a magnet of gigantic proportions. On the eastern side of the bay the cliff reaches a height of more than 500 metres, and the birds are teeming. Second, as there are no infrastructure and the tourists few in relation to the sheer size of the area, the sense of remoteness is strong. You can hike days on end without seeing a single person. The nature is pure and the tranquillity unmatched. Third, as the area is a haven for the Arctic fox (think hunting-ban and bird-packed cliffs), the chances of spotting one are high.

Most tours, especially day tours, depart from Ísafjörður. Hikers wanting to go on their own can also take boats from Bolungarvík and Norðurfjörður.

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Towns & Villages

The sparsely populated Westfjords region is home to more towns and villages than you might imagine – and each has its own unique atmosphere and attractions.
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