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Local Guide

Local Guide

Who better to help you plan your visit then a local. Here you will soon find a selection of local people that will tell you some of their favorite things to see and do. 

Locals like anyone have different interest and taste. We will start with our adventurer but soon there will be more, so stay tuned.

Rúnar Óli

Rúnar loves any kind of adventure, but especially he loves winter adventures. 

Viktoría Rán

Viktoría Rán is a child of nature, she lives in Hólmavík and grows multiple types of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Viktoría is a consultant at Atvest, a hot pool enthusiast, has a house full of kids and carries big dreams that one day will become reality. 

My favorite five:

Reykjanes in Ísafjarðadjúp is one of my favorite places and the large scenic pool there is one of a kind. It is a huge 50 meter long geothermal pool with naturally flowing hot spring water and a natural steam bath. You can stay in the pool around midnight during winter and enjoy Northern lights dancing over the sky. During the summertime you must experience the spectacular sunny nights in Iceland to understand how amazing the nature is. Then you can watch the sun go behind mountains and come up again few minutes later.

Krossneslaug in Árneshreppur is located where the road ends in Iceland or on the edge of the North Atlantic Sea with the roar of the waves and the mountains towering it. Here, natural springs provide a continuous source of hot water to feed the open-air pool down on the pebble beach, whose walls are barely a couple of meters from the icy waters of the Atlantic; a swim here is one of the most memorable experiences Iceland has to offer.

Gvendarlaug by Hótel Laugarhóll consists of two natural springs that are said to have healing powers and I truly believe they do. One is medieval and a protected archaeological site. It is one of many pools said to have been blessed by bishop Guðmundur the good (1160-1237). These sites are believed to have miraculous powers, as Guðmundur was a popular saint. Right below it is another natural spring and a modern public swimming pool. Next to the pools is the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft.

Heydalur is very special to me as I spent my wedding night there, at the end of January tucked away in this birch-covered valley. Our romantic visit to the tiny little hot spring underneath an amazing dome of northern lights was close to perfection. We also felt so pampered by Stella, the hotel manager, who prepared a superb cuisine using the local ingredients in her cozy restaurant that is a beautifully converted barn. A perfect visit that will stay with me forever.

The Hellulaug pool by Flókalundur is a „must see“ and an unforgettable experience. It is one of the greatest location for a geothermal pool, located right on the beach by Breiðafjörður. I love floating in the hot water and being surrounded with its unspoiled wildlife. It is simply breathtakingly unique and so relaxing. Nearby are also some of Iceland’s most beautiful natural sites, such as Latrabjarg, Raudisandur, the waterfall Dynjandi and Flatey.

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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