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Djúpavík

Embark on an unforgettable journey along road #643 through the picturesque Árneshreppur municipality. This scenic drive offers breathtaking views of Iceland's stunning landscapes, dotted with charming settlements that welcome you with open arms. Among these treasures lies the historic village of Djúpavík, nestled along the shores of Reykjarfjörður.
©Romain Charrier

Slow Travel Westfjords: A 7-Day Itinerary for Summer Exploration

Slow travel is about savoring the journey, immersing deeply in local culture, and appreciating every moment. It prioritizes quality over quantity, allowing travelers to explore at a leisurely pace, forging meaningful connections with people and places along the way. It's the art of traveling mindfully and authentically. How about considering this slow travel self-drive summer itinerary for exploring the Westfjords?

Slow Travel in the Westfjords

Ever felt like you needed a vacation after your vacation? That's where slow travel comes in. It's not about racing from one tourist spot to another, trying to cram in as much as possible. Nope, slow travel is all about taking your time, soaking up the local vibes, and truly experiencing a place in all its glory. One thing we often hear from travelers who’ve been to the Westfjords, is that they wished they had stayed longer.

Hiking Suggestions

Planning a summer getaway to the Westfjords? While there are plenty of ways to explore the region, nothing beats immersing yourself in nature on foot. Whether you're an avid hiker or just starting out, there are trails to match every fitness level. You can opt for a guided hike to delve deeper into the area's history and culture or set out on your own adventure. Here are some hike suggestions suitable for almost anyone. Just remember to wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and pack a bottle of water for the journey. Here are a few options, ranging from guided hikes to self-guided excursions, for you to consider.

The Sheep Farming Museum

The Sheep Farming Museum is a museum and a cultural center, located in Strandir near Hólmavík. “Why is there a whole museum dedicated to sheep farming?” - one might ask. First of all, we have a lot of sheep’s! If you’re visiting in summertime, you can be sure of seeing them roaming around. Be careful if you are doing a self-drive trip, the sheep’s like to cross the road.

Aldrei fór ég suður 2024 – Rock Festival of The People

Aldrei fór ég suður - Direct translation: "I never went South", has been happening in Ísafjörður every Easter since 2004. It started as just a one-night thing, but it's been getting bigger and better ever since.
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Exploring the Enigmatic Westfjords through "Nói Albinói"

The Westfjords of Iceland serve not only as a stunning backdrop but also as a silent narrator in the remarkable journey of "Nói Albinói," a film that has captivated audiences and critics alike. Directed by Dagur Kári, this Icelandic drama delves into the life of a teenager named Nói, skillfully played by Tómas Lemarquis, who longs to escape the confines of his isolated existence in a small village. Celebrated for its unique storytelling and compelling cinematography, "Nói Albinói" has garnered international acclaim, securing awards and nominations at various film festivals around the globe. This film not only showcases the talent within Icelandic cinema but also brings to light the profound narratives that emerge from the serene and secluded Westfjords.
Hornstrandir, Westfjords of Iceland ©Chris König

Winter Photography Tours in the Westfjords

Photographing Iceland is a very popular activity. It's no wonder, considering the country's inherently picturesque landscapes. In the remote Westfjords, there are countless stunning areas for photography enthusiasts. In winter, the rough landscape, gently covered in a fresh layer of snow, carries a unique charm along the North Atlantic's edge. Navigating this austere beauty becomes a humbling yet inspiring journey for photographers capturing moments of stillness and tranquility. In the ever-changing weather a lively and dynamic environment unfolds. Navigating icy trails, photographers can capture the raw spirit of this remote Arctic realm, crafting a series of images that encapsulate the essence of winter in the Westfjords.
Drawing by Tryggvi Magnusson

The Yulelads are coming to town

Tonight the first of the 13 Icelandic Yulelads is coming to town. They'll be arriving one by one from the mountains until the 24th of December. During this time children all over Iceland will be placing a shoe on their windowsill.

Christmas is approaching!

December is finally here! All around the Westfjords you can see how the Christmas spirit has taken over. Even though the darkness is all around us during this month (approx. only 3 hours of daylight), the region challenges it with an abundance of Christmas lights everywhere. The houses are decorated with colorful lights on the outside and inside as well. In Iceland, the festive season of Christmas, also known as Yuletide, takes centre stage as one of the most significant holiday of the year.
Photo ©Romain Charrier

Driving the Westfjords Way: New Roads, Bridges, and Scenic Marvels

The Westfjords of Iceland, with their dramatic landscapes and breathtaking fjords, have always been a hidden gem for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. However, with recent exciting infrastructure developments, exploring the Westfjords has become not only more convenient but also more alluring. Join us as we unveil the latest updates on the Westfjords Way, your gateway to the natural wonders of this rugged region.

Navigating Volcanic Activity Information for Travelers to Iceland

As you plan your Icelandic adventure, staying updated on the volcanic activity in the Reykjanes Peninsula is crucial for a safe journey