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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. 
Day Tours

Day trips to the various museums, galleries and nearby natural wonders are quite enjoyable and relatively inexpensive. There is something to be found for everyone! 

Ski resorts

For those who enjoy skiing or snowboarding there are fine ski resorts throughout the country. They are generally open during the winter, snow and circumstances permitting.

Golf Courses

Golf enthusiasts have many options in choosing among excellent golf courses throughout the Westfjords.

Sea Angling

Great fun for people of all ages, sea angling trips are available all over the Westfjords of Iceland.

Bird Watching

There are many places in the Westfjords of Iceland that are ideal for bird watching. Látrarbjarg cliff is the largest bird cliff in Europe and gives you fantastic views over the puffins. But there are also other places such as Vigur island, Grímsey island and Reykhólar that are amazing spots for bird enthusiast.

Geothermal baths

Few things are more cozy than relaxing in a hot pool in the middle of nature. The Westfjords has an abundance of easily accessible natural pools for you to enjoy.

Kayak Tours

Kayaking is an exhilarating experience, the Westfjords have sheltered fjords and are for that reason excellent for sea kayaking.

Boat Tours

From whale watching to puffin tours to northern light cruises, coast hugging trips and more, they each provide an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Whale Watching

Around 20 species of whale can be found in the sea surrounding the country but the most common are the beaked whale, the hump-backed whale, dolphins and a few others. Whale watching is an incredible experience for people of all ages.

Westfjords of Iceland

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.
Get to know more about them here. 

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