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ICELAND’S NEW TOURING ROUTE

Look at a map of Iceland and you will see a hand that stretches out from the North West towards Greenland. That’s the Westfjords. Vestfjarðaleiðin is the spectacular driving route that navigates a grand 950 km circle around the edges of this breathtaking peninsula, twisting and turning along fingers of land and occasional mountain passes, revealing grand vistas which take your breath away.

Vestfjarðaleiðin #TheWestfjordsWay is a new project developed by Visit Westfjords and Visit West Iceland inspired by the popularity of touring routes around the world. It brings together the best the area has to offer into a new experience for visitors who want to discover the real Iceland away from the crowds further south, to spend time exploring the landscape, nature and the way of life.

Vestfjarðaleiðin (Icelandic for TheWestfjordsWay and pronounced ‘Vest-fyar-tha-lay-thin’) is a dramatic driving route which makes for a memorable road trip. It is real driving experience, twisting and turning, occasionally along gravel roads and through tunnels, giving visitors the freedom to choose where to stop and explore – at viewpoints, mountain tops, beaches or headlands.

Visitors can wander round the traditional towns and villages that punctuate the route, stay in understated hotels and unpretentious family run guest houses, eat some of the best fish and wild-roaming lamb anyone will ever taste, and share the Icelander’s love of coffee and cake at cafés and bakeries that pop-up just when you least expect them.

Vestfjarðaleiðin is immense and immersive. The visitor is surrounded by the elements – water most of all – sea, rivers, waterfalls, hot pools and of course rain. You can see, feel and taste the weather all around you. Your eye can discern an infinite palette of blues in the sea, sky and mountains. You can get close to the wildlife – whales, seals, puffins and other seabirds abound. And most of all you are drawn into the character and charm of the place through its people - natural storytellers who are willing to share their sagas, myths and very personal stories of their place, their history and their lives.

Vestfjarðaleiðin #TheWestfjordsWay is truly unforgettable. At any time of year.

Discover Vestfjarðaleiðin

For people who are keen to discover new places and get off the beaten track, the route can be followed independently through self-drive or in small groups. This is about slow tourism based on sustainable experiences sharing the way of life of people who have lived here for generations. Vestfjarðaleiðin offers different kind of experience to help visitors explore the route:

Taste the place
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Drive Highlights
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Taking the air
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Quirky experiences
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Stories
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Vestfjarðaleiðin companies

Below is a list of businesses that are members or affiliates of Vestfjarðaleiðin – The Westfjords Way. Each company contributes to the unique travel experience offered by this scenic route through the Westfjords.

Galdur Brugghús
Grettislaug
The swimming pool in Reykhólar is named Grettislaug named after Grettir the Strong.  Alongside the pool there is a campsite that is opened during summer.
Wakeboarding Iceland
Feel like wakeboarding adventure? We will take you riding to the most beautiful beaches and lakes in the Westfjords. Using our gear and experience, we can make it happen at nearly any water source you…
Fantastic Fjords
We are a Travel Agency located in the Westfjords of Iceland and emphasise on Tours and Travel deals with a cultural touch around the fantastic fjords. 
Family Park Raggagardur
How it all startedVilborg Arnarsdóttir (Bogga in Súðavík) created this garden. She has had a long standing dream of creating a playground for children, families and guests visiting the Westfjords in t…
Kómedíuleikhúsið / The Comedytheatre
The Comedytheatre is the first and only professional theatre in the Westfjords, founded in 1997. The theatre has hosted 45 plays, which usually reflect the history of the Westfjords in one way or anot…
West Tours
West Tours is a well-established travel agency and tour operator based in Ísafjörður, the capital of the Westfjords. West Tours has more than 20 years of experience in the Westfjords tourism sector an…
The Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum
The Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft was opened in the summer of 2000 and attracts around 11 thousand guests every year. The exhibition tells the story of the witchcraze in Iceland in the 17th century…
Verbúðin pub
Welcome to Verbúðin Pub, a delightful haven nestled in the heart of Bolungarvík, where weary travelers and parched adventurers can find solace and indulge in the magic of bygone days. Step into our co…
Drangsnes Swimming pool
The swimming pool at Drangsnes is a very pleasant and comfortable outdoor pool. The pool was built in 2005 and is 12.5 meters long. Next to the pool there is a hot tub where you can switch on massages…
Hotel Heydalur / Ferðaþjónustan í Heydal
Hotel Heydalur is located in the beautiful valley of Heydalur, around 320 km from Reykjavík and 130 km from Ísafjörður. The hotel offers 59 beds in 19 rooms (all with private WC) as well as three summ…
Stúkuhúsið - Café / Restaurant
Stúkuhúsið café/restaurant has a great location in the middle of the town Patreksfjordur, right next to the pool. The view from Stúkuhúsið is stunning, overlooking the fjord. Available is soup of the …
Hólmavík Swimming pool
Swimming pool, hot tubs, sauna, gym and a sports hall. 
Isafjordur Swimminghall
Ísafjörður swimming pool is the oldest pool in town, a 16-metre indoor pool built immediately after the Second World War. By the pool there is one hot tub and a cold tub. In the same building there i…
Bryggjukaffi
A small and friendly café, open from May-September each year, with occasional openings over the wintertime. The menu includes soups and freshly baked bagles, coffee and cakes. Also serves wine and bee…
Sea Kayak Iceland
We are based in the famous Westfjords where the unique landscapes and fantastic wildlife is right on our doorstep. Let us take you along the stunning coastline with its dramatic mountains, hot springs…
Ísafjörður Golf club
Golf course name: Tungudalsvöllur Number of holes: 9 Par: 70  A hillside golf course in Tungudalur valley, with Bunárfoss waterfall by the side and view out the fjord. 
The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum
Tales of sea monsters have played a colourful role in Icelandic folk culture for centuries, and several written accounts of them can be found all around the country. Today, these elusive creatures hav…
Café Riis
 Café Riis is proud to serve classic Icelandic dishes where there's a strong focus on high quality and local produce both from land and sea. Our well-known pizzas are also very popular with our guests…
Edinborg Bistró
Edinborg- Bistro is the place to go whether you want the taste of the Icelandic food culture, get some coffee and cake, or simply enjoying a cold one on the side. Then Edinburgh Bistro - Cafe - Bar is…
Ísafjörður Guide - Helga Ingeborg Hausner
Something special - Nature and Cultural Walks with a view of Ísafjörður Ísafjörður Walk - An Interesting Journey Through Time (2 hours) Our guide, dressed as a woman from the 19th century, and takes y…
Hotel Flókalundur
Hótel Flókalundur is a small family-run hotel in Vatnsfjörður, on the south coast of the Westfjords. The hotel was built in 1966 by the Local Region Association Barðstrendingafélagið, but prior to tha…
Laugarneslaug, Barðaströnd
The swimming pool in Laugarnes by Birkimelur is a beautifully placed small pool with stunning views over Breiðafjörður. You can either float around in the small concrete pool or lay down in a smaller …
Flateyri Swimming pool
Swimming pool (16 m), hot tub and indoor sauna, while new hot paddling pools are available outdoors. Integrated gymnasium and endurance hall. Phone: 450 8460
Dokkan brugghús
Dokkan is the Westfjords first and only brewery, that brews high class craft beer.  Our micro brewery is a small family business founded in Isafjorður in Octorber 2017 merely for the purpose to make l…
Odin Adventures
Sunset in Dyrafjord 2 to 3 hours. In this trip we see and experience Dyrafjord with its most beautiful beauty and the sunset from a new wonderful perspective. And if we are lucky we will see curious s…
Hnjótur Museum
Hnjótur Museum in Örlygshöfn in Patreksfjörður, displays a unique collection of old items from the Southern Westfjords. The museum shows the history of fishing, farming and everyday life in the area. …
Bíldudalur Golf club
The golf club in Bíldudalur was formed in 1992, since then club memeber have built up a wonderful 9 hole course at Litlueyrarvöllur. The course is nicely sheltered from the wind by surrounding mountai…
Þingeyri Swimming pool
An indoor pool with a hot tub, sauna, gym and an outdoor area. Opening hours this summer:Weekdays: 8:00 – 21:00Weekends: 10:00 – 18:0 Welcome to Þingeyri  Camping ground open the whole year.
Laugarhóll Swimming pool
The swimming pool has a remarkable history. It was built in the 1940's as a joint effort by farmers from the area. There is a constant flow of hot spring water through the pool. Therefore, very little…
Hólmavík Golf club
Golf course name: Number of holes: Par: Skeljavíkurvöllur 9   66
Krossnes Swimming pool
the Westfjords It is considered an ‘Infinity Pool’ due to the fact it has magnificent views of the ocean, with nothing impeding the view between the two waters. Looking out towards north Iceland, this…
Wild Westfjords
Let us show you the Westfjords! We offer exciting & efficient travel experiences in our wild natural environment and take great pride in providing a friendly, flexible & responsible service.  We offer…
Móra guesthouse
Products available: Smoked lamb. Please contact for further information.
Fisherman Hotel
Fisherman Hotel offers well equipped accommodation: Single rooms, double rooms and family rooms with or without private facilities. Bathrooms are positioned on all floors close to the rooms without pr…
Bolungarvík Swimming pool
The camping ground is open from May 1st - Sepember 30th. Opening hours   Weekdays 06:00 -22:00 Weekends: 10:00-18:00  
Patreksfjörður Swimming pool
A beautiful outdoor pool which offers a spectacular view over the fjord. The pool is 16,5 x 8 meters, two hot pots and one small pool, sauna. Gym with technogym facilities and a 900 m2 sport arena   O…
Gláma Golf club
Gláma golf club's home course is at Meðaldalsvöllur in Dýrafjörður. It is about 5 km drive out the fjord from the village of Þingeyri. Meðaldalsvöllur's surroundings are exceptional, great variety in …
Suðureyri Swimming pool
Borea Adventures-Iceland
Borea Adventures, based in Ísafjörður, is a fully licensed adventure and wildlife guiding company, specializing in a range of outdoor experiences. The company offers guided multi-day tours in the Nat…
Fisherman Seafood trail
Fisherman is a fully licensed day tour provider based in Sudureyri. Fisherman is also a passionate foodie that loves to meet and great people from all over the world and give them an authentic experie…
Hotel Ísafjörður
Hotel Ísafjörður is a modern and comfortable hotel in the heart of Ísafjörður, the capital of the Westfjords  with 36 double rooms. All the rooms are non-smoking and  have private shower, TV, coffee/t…
Hotel Laugarholl
Ghosts, trolls and sorcerers To Icelanders the Strandir region is wrapped in an aura of mystery. According to lore it’s not only home to ghosts, elves and trolls, but many thought witchcraft was rampa…
Tálknafjörður Swimming pool
Tálknafjörður swimming pool has to offer many activities. There is an 25 meter outdoor pool, two hot tubs, sauna, cold tub, baby pool and waterslide. There is also a lift for disabled people to assist…
Holt Inn
Holt Inn is a family run hotel in the heart of Westfjords, only a 15 minute drive from Isafjordur. The hotel used to be a school but now it has 11 newly renovated rooms with private bathroom. Each roo…
Hotel Ísafjörður - Horn
All the rooms have a bathroom with shower,  no smoking with a free Wifi and TV. Two of the rooms are family rooms where up to five can sleep. The family rooms also have a small kitchen. It is also pos…
Fisherman Café
Visit the local favourite, the CAFÉ at Sudureyri, at the heart of the town. It is a special place to be as it obtains its relaxed atmosphere and cozy environment not only from the people who work here…
Gemlufall guesthouse
Gemlufall   There are two apartments in the house and can be rented separately or the whole house.  Apartment 1- 6 persons  Apartment 2 - 6 persons + a sofabed for 2  All beds are made and a towel is…
Gamli bærinn Brjánslæk
Accommodation in three rooms with a shared bathroom (2 wc 1 shower) in an old house built in 1912 as a priest's lodge. Surrounded by beautiful nature, ideal for hikes around the area. In the same hou…
Hotel Flatey
Hotel Flatey is situated in the centre of the old village on Flatey, in the very heart of Breiðafjörður. The houses in the old centre are timber structures dating from the island’s former times of pro…
Beffa Tours / Harbour Inn Guesthouse
Beffa Tours is a family owned and operated boat tour company, in Bíldudalur. Join us on an enjoyable and exciting adventure at sea and experience the incredible whales of Arnarfjörður, try your luck s…
Harbour Inn Guesthouse
The Harbour Inn guesthouse is a family owned and operated guesthouse, located in the heart of the village Bíldudalur. We offer accomodation in sgl. & dbl. rooms, with or without private facilities. Ad…
Patreksfjörður Golf club
Golf course name: Vesturbotnsvöllur Number of holes: 9 Par: 72
Westfjords Adventures
Westfjords Adventures offers various travel services and leisure activities in the scenic, spectacular and picturesque Southern Westfjords (planned to be Iceland’s next natural park for its astonishin…
Bolungarvík Golf Club
The golf course in Bolungarvík is called Syðridalsvöllur. It has 9 holes but 18 tees, giving you a different view of the hole when playing the course twice. Syðridalsvöllur is one of very few beach co…
The Arctic Fox Center
The Arctic Fox Centre is a non-profit research and exhibition center, focusing on the arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) - the only native terrestrial mammal in Iceland. The Arctic Fox Centre was established…