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Nature

The nature of Kaldrananeshreppur is rather diverse on Icelandic scale. Birdlife is blooming because the area has plenty of small lakes, coast, swamps and meadows. The area is geologically known for the low rise mountains, geothermal hot spots and great looking rock pillars. The rock pillar Kerling in Drangsnes is a really nice rock pillar that you should most deffinately take a look at. The story about this pillar is pretty amazing and has to do with three trolls wanting to make the Westfjords an island. Geothermal hot water is available in Drangsnes and if you walk or drive the main road at the coastline you'll see hot tubs between the rocks. Bathing in the hot tubs you can do free of charge. 

Drangsnes Hot Pots

The hot natural pools in Drangsnes are right along the shoreline in the middle of the village easily spotted from the road.

The pots are used throughout the year by locals and visitors. Even after a new swimming pool was built in town the attraction of the hot natural pot has yet to decrease.

The best way to meet the local and talk about everything and nothing is in the hot pots in Drangsnes.

Kerling the cliff

Kerling the cliff is situated in Drangsnes. The story says that this cliff once was a troll woman. This woman, along with two other trolls, had a dream of making the Westfjords an island. The tree of them started digging, one from the east and two from the west. The digging went well at first and the fjords became deeper and the landstrip shorter. When it was up to dawn and the Westfjords were still not an island the trolles aborted their mission and tried to find shelter for the sun. First they looked over the fjord in the west, which had become full of islands from all the land they had dug away. Then when they looked eastwards there was not a single island in the fjord. The two trolles that digged on the west side didn't like the fact that the troll woman didn't make any island so they went their seperate ways. The two you can find near the beach in Kollafjörður and the third one is situated in Drangsnes. When the troll woman realized that she couldn't find shelter she used all her strength that she had left to make one island outside Drangsnes. This island is now known to the world as Grímsey.

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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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