Some things you’d expect...
The Westfjords region is legend for its hiking opportunities. Up mountains, across plateaux, through valleys, and along entire coastlines, you could explore on foot for years on end.
When the snow’s up to your knees, it can be less fun to hike. And this is when the locals strap on their skis and snowboards. Downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross country/Alpine skiing are all popular. Most towns and villages have a ski area, and Ísafjörður is among the top ski resorts in Iceland (including illuminated slopes for night skiing).
This being Iceland, you’ll find plenty of natural hot pots to bathe in. Only, in the Westfjords, there’ll probably be fewer other people in there to get in your way.
…and some things you might not
All those mountains make the Westfjords great for adrenaline sports, including climbing, abseiling, paragliding and mountain biking. In the winter you can even practice ice climbing.
The mountains are also the reason why our roads are usually by the coast and relatively flat. This makes the Westfjords a surprisingly good place for road bikes too – especially because of the great views and sparse traffic.
The Westfjords fishing industry is famous, but did you know you can go out there fishing yourself? Both sea angling tours and trips on a real commercial fishing vessel are available. And the Westfjords has some top quality salmon rivers too.
Scuba diving in the crystal clear fjord water is proving popular – especially as part of ‘catch your own dinner’ tours. The Westfjords are teeming with delicacies! If you’d rather stay topsides, then don’t miss the many kayaking and sailing opportunities on offer.
And finally, with all that nature around, you might not expect to find so many good restaurants and cafés, so much live music, a real-life cinema, art exhibitions and good museums to boot.