Patreksfjörður is the biggest town in the southern part of the Westfjords, with a population of around 660. Early in the 20th century, Patreksfjörður was a pioneering force in Iceland's fishing industry, initiating trawler fishing. Still today the chief occupation is commercial fishing and fish processing. Other industries, like fish farming and services are also increasingly important.
Tourism has been on the rise in Patreksfjörður, not surprisingly, as the village has gems like Látrabjarg cliffs, Rauðasandur beach and Dynjandi waterfall within its reach. Patreksfjörður has a new, absolutely gorgeous outdoor swimming pool, and if you prefer natural hot pots you will find them within an easy driving distance from the town. In Patreksfjörður you can enjoy hotels or guesthouses, restaurants and various tours. You can reach Patreksfjörður by flight six days per week via Bíldudalur (fly-bus takes you to Patreksfjörður), or by a bus from Reykjavík to Stykkisholmur, then the ferry Baldur to Brjánslækur and a bus from there to Patreksfjörður. If you drive on your own during winter, please remember to get updates on weather and road conditions.

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Patreksfjörður
GPS Points N65° 35' 50.251" W24° 0' 3.222"
Postal codes

450,451

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Winter adventure
  • Breiðavík
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 865-4695
Hotel Breiðavík at Látrabjarg
Guesthouses
  • Látrabjarg
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1575, 867-1575
Húsið-House of Creativity
Exhibitions
  • Eyrargata
  • 450 Patreksfjörður
  • 695-7620, 831-1255
Flókalaug
Swimming Pools
  • Vatnsfirði
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-2044, 864-7544
Exhibition: "The French Fishermen and the Old Time."
Exhibitions
  • Mýrar 8
  • 450 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1140, 892-5059
Móra guesthouse
Apartments
  • Skálholt, Krossholti Barðaströnd
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 8469474, 848-1062, 846-9474
Patreksfjörður Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Vestur-Botn
  • 450 Patreksfjörður
  • 846-1362, 892-3968
Vinahus museum
Museums
  • Brunnar 18 / Haukur Már Sigurðsson
  • 450 Patreksfjörður
  • 892-5561
Hænuvík Travel Service / Gallery Gullhóll
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hænuvík
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 8488113, 848-8113
Hnjótur Museum
Tourist Information Centres
  • Hnjótur, Örlygshöfn
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1511

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Hænuvík Travel Service / Gallery Gullhóll
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hænuvík
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 8488113, 848-8113
Hotel Látrabjarg
Guesthouses
  • 456-1500
Nordic Lodges Tvera
Guesthouses
  • Í landi Brjánslækjar
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 897-3015
Móra guesthouse
Apartments
  • Skálholt, Krossholti Barðaströnd
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 8469474, 848-1062, 846-9474
Hotel Breiðavík at Látrabjarg
Guesthouses
  • Látrabjarg
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1575, 867-1575
Stekkaból Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Stekkar 14, 19
  • 450 Patreksfjörður
  • 864-9675
Hnjótur Travel
Guesthouses
  • Hnjótur Örlygshöfn
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1591, 893-8024, 456-1591
Melanes camp site
Camping
  • Melanes, Rauðasandi
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 783-6600

Others

Hnjótur Museum
Tourist Information Centres
  • Hnjótur, Örlygshöfn
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1511
Hotel Látrabjarg
Guesthouses
  • 456-1500
Móra guesthouse
Apartments
  • Skálholt, Krossholti Barðaströnd
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 8469474, 848-1062, 846-9474
Hotel Breiðavík at Látrabjarg
Guesthouses
  • Látrabjarg
  • 451 Patreksfjörður
  • 456-1575, 867-1575
Nature
Orlygshofn

On the southern shore of Patreksfjörður fjord you will find beautiful Örlygshöfn - a wide vista of seashore encompassing a thick finger of yellow sand, which makes the fjord water look tropical blue on sunny days. Here you are also very close to the Egill Ólafsson museum, which is a fascinating and eclectic look at aspects of life in the southern Westfjords - including an American plane and a Viking boat! The museum has been there for over 30 years and also features a café and various temporary exhibitions.

For the Children
Hellulaug

Hellulaug is a geothermal pool, located just off the highway, close to the beach in Vatnsfjörður. It is quite lovely to chill out in the pool(38°/100,4 F) while looking out over the fjord.
The pool cannot be seen from the road, but there is a parking lot next to the path that leads to Hellulaug. The pool is 60 cm deep.

Nature
Ketildalir and Selardalur

The Ketildalir valleys are on the southern shore of the fjord Arnarfjordur. The best know of those valleys is probably Selardalur, a very popular destination because of the sculptures and buildings raised by the naivité artist Samuel Jonsson. Samuel is referred to as "the artist with the infantile heart". When he retired at the age of 72 in 1958, he pursued his dreams and became an artist. Mostly he created sculptures from concrete and carried the sand on his back from the shore to his farm Brautarholt. In his backyard, among other things, he has replicated the Lions Court in Alhambra.

Selardalur also offers a wonderful panoramic view across Arnarfjordur, over to the 1000 metres high Kaldbakur Mountain, the highest mountain in the Westfjords.

Nature
Breidavik

Breiðavík is situated on the way to Látrabjarg. When you drive over the mountain pass from Örlygshöfn you will come down in the creek of Breiðavík. In the creek there is a church and a Hotel, named Hótel Breiðavík. We recommend that you should stop there on the way to or from Látrabjarg and walk down to the beach. It's also quite unique to see the sand that the wind has blown all the way to the mountaintops on eiter end of the beach.

Nature
Látrabjarg

One of Europes biggest bird cliffs, a home to birds in unfathomable numbers. This westernmost point of Iceland is really a line of several cliffs, 14 kilometres long and up to 441 m high. And it's as steep as it gets, dizzyingly so. Safe from foxes, the birds are fearless, and provide stunning photographic opportunities from close range. Bird photography for dummies, you might say. The puffins are particularly tame and are the ones frequenting the grassy, higher part of the cliffs. But look out, the edges are fragile and loose and the fall is high.
Látrabjarg is thus deservedly the most visited tourist attraction in the Westfjords. The cliffs are easily accessible by car and when you're there, a walk along the cliffs awaits. The whirling sensation will not fade, and neither will the memories.

Nature
Rauðasandur

Rauðasandur (Red Sand) is precisely that: a beach with endless red sand. Well, not endless but 10 km is a lot. The magnificent hues of the sand differ with daylight and weather, and the beach is the biggest pearl in a string of coves with sand ranging in colours from white through yellow through red to black, and in coarseness from very fine to sole-hurting chips of seashells. Just pure sand enlivened by countless seabirds and seals, an oasis with unique tranquility. Forget everything, except maybe getting the perfect shot of the ever-changing hues of yellow, orange and red.

Here's just pure sand and unique tranquillity. You might want to step out of the car, get the camera out and start walking on the seemingly endless beach.

If no, why not enjoy a cup of coffee in the French café and look at the spectacular view were Snæfellsjökull glacier in Sæfellsnes peninsula imperiousl rivets your attention in the background.

For the Children
Svuntufoss

In Patreksfjörður fjord there is a small beautiful waterfall.

Nature
Vatnsfjordur

Vatnsfjörður nature reserve is an area of total 20.000 ha. 80% of the area is rocky and barren but the lowlands is mostly covered with birchwood. From Vatnsfjörður it's perfect to visit most of the Westfjords. It takes you about one and a half hour to drive either to Látrabjarg, to Selárdalur or even to Ísafjörður. it takes you half an hour to drive to Dynjandi and it's a one hour sail from Brjánslækur to Flatey island.

For the Children
Reykjafjörður in Arnarfjörður

In Reykjarfjordur a full-size swimming pool is visible from the main road. The water is warm all year round due to geothermal energy. Just above the pool, a cozy natural pool lies almost hidden. A real gem in Arnarfjordur. Facilities for changing of clothes is next to the swimming pool.

For the Children
Garðar BA

Garðar BA is Iceland's oldest steel ship now placed on the beach near Patreksfjörður. The ship is a popular stop for travellers. The peculiar location of the ship and it's industrial and rustic surface makes it an interesting photography location. Originally the ship came to Iceland during WWII and got the name Siglunes SI 89. In 1963 the ship's engine was recplaced and it's name changed to Garðar BA 64. In 1981 the ship was in bad condition and declared unsafe for service. It now lies in Skápadalur in Patreksfjörður in a shallow shore.

Nature
lignite canyon

Surtarbrandsgil (e. Lignite canyon) was put on the Icelandic environment protection list as a natural phenomenon in 1975. The main reason for the protection was to pretect the fossils of the flora which was to be found in mud and lignite layers between the basalt layers. Thease plant fossils are from the tertier time.

Nature
Nonna og Manna fossinn

Þingmannaá river runs from Þingmannadalur valley down to Vatnsfjörður fjord. In the rivers canyons you will find charming waterfalls, explorers can walk behind one of the waterfalls and view it from behind the cascading water. One of these waterfalls had a role in the television show Nonni and Manni from 1990. A parking lot is located about 100 meters from the road and to reach the waterfall, a 5 minute walk from the parking lot.

Nature
Flókalundur

Iceland owes its name to Hrafna-Flóki or Raven-Floki. After a long navigation from Norway, he took land in Vatnsfjörður fjord. As a navigational aid, he brought some ravens along, which he let loose at sea, directing him to land (hence the nickname). Flóki only stayed for one winter, as he was not prepared for the cold and hardship. They lost many animals during the stay and understandably got disgruntled. In the spring, Flóki hiked to a nearby mountain top. Seeing the surrounding fjords all full of ice, he announced that this cold and inhospitable place should be called Iceland.

There is a hotel at Flókalundur with a restaurant and gas-station. A memorable natural pool is down by the sea.

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