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The Alps of the Westfjords

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The Alps of the Westfjords

The Westfjords Alps are the tall and pointy mountain range between Dýrafjörður and Arnarfjörður. Most Westfjords mountains are flat topped as a result of Ice Age glaciers, but the "Alps" are tall and pointy and look a little bit like, well, the Alps. Kaldbakur is the tallest of them and, at 998 metres tall, it is the tallest mountain in the Westfjords region.

Kaldbakur

Kaldbakur is one of the so-called Westfjords Alps - the tall and pointy mountain range between Dýrafjörður and Arnarfjörður. Most Westfjords mountains are flat topped as a result of Ice Age glaciers, but the "Alps" are tall and pointy and look a little bit like, well, the Alps…Kaldbakur is the tallest of them and, at 998 metres tall, it is the tallest mountain in the Westfjords region.

From Kaldbakur is a fantastic view over the Westfjords mountain range. Hiking on Kaldbakur is relatively easy in good conditions, a drive along a mountain road (only suitable for well equipt jeeps) leads to the mountain pass Kvennaskarð that seperates Dýrafjörður and Arnarfjörður. Hiking from there and to the top of Kaldbakur and back takes around 4 hours. Hiking from Fossdalur in Arnarfjörður is also an option.

Sandafell

Sandafell (362m) is a small mountain south of Þingeyri in Dyrafjordur. Perfect for a hike from Þingeyri, it's even possible to drive up the mountain on a 4x4 car. Whichever means of transport you decide upon, the view is going to be well worth the effort.

Svalvogar

Svalvogar is a 49-kilometre circular route between the fjords of Dýrafjörður and Arnarfjörður. It usually starts and finishes in Þingeyri and takes the narrow exposed coastal track around the headland (not to be attempted at high tide) and comes back along the Kaldbakur route, past the Westfjords' tallest mountain in the so-called Westfjords Alps. Sometimes called the Dream Road, Svalvogar is among the most beautiful routes in the country. It is not suitable for small cars and is best enjoyed by mountain bike. Be prepared to get out of breath…or take a 4x4.

If passangers are afraid of heights it is advised to start the route from Arnarfjörður and drive it over to Dýrafjörður, then in case of passing another car yours will be on the right side of the road, not quite as intimidating as driving along side the sea.

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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