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Extremes in Light

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Extremes in Light

Ebb and flow

The annual rhythm of people’s lives in the Westfjords changes with the light. Houses are bright, warm and cosy in winter and it’s no hardship to snuggle down inside with candles, cocoa, cookies and Casablanca (or any movie beginning with C).
In the summer, people barely feel the need to go inside at all. Why not tend the garden at midnight, or take the dog for a walk in the wee smalls? Work and daily life may get in the way a little bit…but the visitor has no such worries! 
Watch a 3am sunrise on the beach. Take a midnight hike up a mountain. Marvel at the millpond stillness of the fjord water on a sunny summer’s night. And don’t, whatever you do, forget to soak in a natural hot spring, with absolutely no-one else around, under the midnight sun.
 

Delight in the dark

Any time of year when the night actually gets dark in the Westfjords, you might be lucky and glimpse the enchanting northern lights. That’s roughly August to April. Of course, the longer the night, the better the chances – and this means midwinter’s the top time to come and worship the aurora. Mid January to mid March are often best.
 
In case you’re wondering: the northern lights are totally worth the effort. A good show will stay with you for life. Even a mediocre show is worth looking up for. And if you don’t see any at all, at least the near total lack of light pollution provides a great view of the stars.  
 

Change comes fast

In the first half of the year, the Westfjords region gains extra daylight at the rate of nearly ten minutes every single day. This means you really notice the change! After all the Christmas brightness, some people find January a bit dreary. Luckily for them, the days turn far more “normal” during February – and it doesn’t get properly dark at all by late April. That’s fast. 
It works the other way, too. Short periods of darkness at night return in August, the days are half-and-half by late September, and the candles and cocoa are back out again in November.
Winter adventure

Icelandic nature in the grasp of winter is breathtaking and a visit to Iceland in wintertime can be quite adventurous. Many different activities such as northern lights tours, winter sports and different sightseeing tours are available. Celebrating Christmas and new year´s eve in Iceland can also be an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Tour Operators

Fancy a boat trip, a horseback riding tour or to go kayaking? Contact a local tour operator and find out more. 

Travel Agency

There is a selection of travel agencies around the Westfjords that offer great tours and assistance. 

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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