Nature

Reykhólar and the surrounding area is known for the beauty of the nature around. Vaðalfjöll, the mountains above Bjarkalundur, and Bjartmarssteinn are beautiful and special rock formations that you can't find in many places. People in Reykhólar believe that Bjartmarssteinn has something to do with elves, also referred to as the hidden people, and stories say that it is their trading post. Reykhólahreppur has countless waterfalls but the most famous one is Gullfoss in Djúpidalur. The land in Reykhólahreppur is grown with typical icelandic tree species like birch and rowan that can be found all up to 400 meters above sea levels. Birdlife in the district is diverse and you can best see it by walking to the ocean on the low tide and enjoy the birdsounds and the stillness. 

Vadalfjoll

Vaðalfjöll are two rocky outcrops sticking conspicuously out a hundred metres above Þorskafjarðarheiði pass, near Þorskafjörður fjord. The rocks are an unmistakeable sight and worth looking out for as you explore Reykhólahreppur municipality - but they are also an easy and rewarding climb with great views from the top, if you choose to stop.

Arctic Fox

The Arctic fox is the only truly native land mammal in Iceland. It got stranded on the island after the last Ice Age and lived on birds, bird eggs, berries, seaweed and all sorts of other stuff. Over the millennia the Icelandic Arctic fox has become genetically unique: the Vulpes lagopus fuliginosus subspecies. They are white in winter and grey in summer. The Hornstrandir nature reserve in the Westfjords is the only place in Iceland where the Arctic fox is completely protected from hunting; which means they are a common sight and unusually tame.

Bird Watching

Do you want to go bird watching in Iceland? The Westfjords offer some of the best bird watching sites there are. The unique Látrabjarg cliff is one of the best places in Iceland to photograph puffins. Other popular bird watching sites include Reykhólar, Vigur, Grímsey island in Steingrímsfjörður and Hornstrandir nature reserve. 

Seal Watching

Seals are increably beautiful and entertaining creatures and they are also said to be quite curious. Seal watching is a wonderful activity for the entire family.

Bjartmarssteinn

Vaðalfjöll, the mountains above Bjarkalundur, and Bjartmarssteinn are beautiful and special rock formations that you can't find in many other places. People in Reykhólar believe that Bjartmarssteinn has something to do with elves, also referred to as the hidden people, and stories say that it is their trading post in Breiðafjörður.

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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.
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