Solitude is not another word for loneliness. Far from it, in fact: solitude means space to think, time to reflect, and the chance to stop and appreciate the smaller things in life.
Iceland is a great place to enjoy some solitude – and the Westfjords region is the best place in Iceland to find it. Of course, even in the Westfjords there are some places which are more peaceful than others.
If you want to take a break from humanity in order to enjoy the company of other species, then try visiting one of the fjords without a town along its shores; without a village; without even a single house. Here you’ll only have noisy birds, basking seals, Arctic foxes, bees and insects, and possibly sheep and horses for company. Keep your eyes peeled and you may even spot whales or dolphins just offshore.
If you crave even less company than this, you could always climb a mountain. The mountains of the northern Westfjords are steep, tall and potentially dangerous – but follow a walking map and you can get to the high plateau safely.
Once up there, you’ll probably not see anyone at all, and you will find the solitude your soul has been craving. No people, no birdsong, no traffic, no sheep. Just the whisper of the breeze (or the roar of the wind), and a wide summit of pebbles and small, hardy flowers and plants here and there.
With views stretching literally hundreds of kilometres, this is solitude. This is as close as humans get to being plugged into a battery charger.