Iceland road trip (Part 3) – The West Fjords

11 Suðureyri

Here we are, part three of the 14 day Iceland road trip.

In the first part you visited the Golden Circle and the South of Iceland while in the second part you visited the East and the North of the island.

You will read here about what there is to do in the West Fjords. In case your vacation is shorter, you could skip this part and go straight to Reykjavik.

Here, as usual, you can see the map with the itinerary suggestion for this part of your Iceland trip:

Day 10 – Welcome to the West fjords!

The day is pretty simple, you need to drive your way to the West Fjords. They are quite far away, and the roads wind around the Fjords, which will make distances longer than they seem in straight lines.

By the way, if you haven’t read yet, I have an awesome post where I talk about everything you should know before renting a car in Iceland.

Iceland GPS Western fjords

The road will take you through the highlands of the West Fjords (you don’t need to drive a 4×4 for this).

A few kilometers from Isafjorudur, you will see a sign I personally have never seen before. It is a seal figure on a blue background. That signals a rocky shore where seals like to hang out. When we passed by, we could count at least 40!

The locals have left in a small parking lot a few pairs of binoculars. You can use them for free, just make sure to put them back when you are done with them.

– Where to stay in the West Fjords – 

10 horn hotel IcelandI suggest getting the accommodation around Ísafjörður and make that your headquarters for a couple of days (that is what I did!). It will be evening by the time you reach it, so it’s a perfect spot to stop.

After switching accommodation every day, ísafjörður seem to be the best place from which to explore the West Fjords. It also features a few hotels, and I chose Horn hotel for three nights.

A modern a very clean hotel, situated in the center of Ísafjörður. The room was big and the bed was very comfortable and the staff was really nice and helpful. I liked the design of the building, especially the common hallways, where I could comfortably sit with my laptop and catch up with my blog, awesome!

DSC_0431 10 horn hotel

 

Day 11 – Discover fishing villages

Time to explore! I gave two days to the exploration of the Western parts. If you have more time, you can do more. Here is a taste of what you can experience there:

11.1 Sudureyri village

11 Iceland western fjord village

Just 20 minute drive from Ísafjörður, is the village of Suðureyri. It is a tiny place known for its fishing (dating from way back). And it’s a place where you can do some activities, as not many are available in this area

11.2 The Fisherman food tour

11 Suðureyri food tour

Fisherman (the company) own the fish processing factory, they keep Icelandic cooking classes and food tours. They also own a gourmet restaurant, a fancy hotel and a guesthouse. Basically, they have something for everybody and every budget.

I took the food tour with them and enjoyed it quite a lot! Their guide even had the epic name of Vikingur, and he made a very good job of explaining to us how the fish business works, how the processing and shipment of fish is made so that it gets fresh to the restaurants in all the major capitals.

I will let you discover the exact details, but I will tell you that the tour ends with a quick cooking class on how to prepare “Viking sushi”.11 Suðureyri fisherman tour

I liked it so much, in the evening I returned to have dinner in their restaurant (called Talisman)! Something I’ve been missing in Iceland until then, as I was always on the road. The food was delicious and I recommend you try it!

Ísafjörður Talisman restaurant

11.3 Flateyri village

After the food tour, you still should have enough time to visit the Flateyri village which is built on the other side of the fjord. They have made pretty interesting modifications to the terrain in order to protect themselves from avalanches. Check it out ;).

You can visit the nonsense musem here as well as an international doll museum!

Day 12 – Visit Europe’s most western point!

12.1 Dynjandi waterfall

12 Dynjandi waterfall Iceland

Today you should wake up early and start going towards the Dynjandi waterfall. That’s a solid 2 hour drive from Ísafjörður.

The waterfall, as usual, is extremely interesting. It looks like the vail of a bride, or at least that was my impression.

On the way there, there are a few smaller baby waterfalls again with an amazing blue hue of the water.

12.2 Bjargtangar: Europe’s most western point!

puffins iceland birds western point

After you are finished with it, you should be able to go see the most western point in Europe.

The place is called Bjargtangar, just put it in your GPS navigator.

I did not do it, as I was lazy and woke up late (hey, come on, it is just one day in the whole 2 weeks trip!), but if you plan wisely, you can fit it in this day.

 

Conclusion

The West Fjords are a unique part of Iceland’s territory and culture. They are vast, and some people take a vacation just to explore only this region.

For three days, you have wandered around them and saw wild seals, you visited Isafjordur, Sudureyri, Flateyri, and saw the Dynjandi waterfall and Bjargtangar, Europe’s most western point.

Next up is a post describing what to do North of Reykjavik in your last days of the Iceland road trip.

If you want to go back to the previous parts of the road trip check Part 2 on the East and North of Iceland and Part 1 of the South of Iceland. I highly recommend checking out all those links if you want to prepare for your Iceland vacation or just get to know some interesting facts about Iceland.


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Did you go see the West Fjords of Iceland? Would you add it to your Iceland trip itinerary?

Let me know in the comments!

Yulia


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By | 2016-12-08T22:53:38+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Europe, Iceland|5 Comments

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Yulia is originally Russian but truly is a world citizen in heart. She was traveling around the world for over 4 years now. Her blog MissTourist.com is created with the purpose to inspire people to travel more and to share her advice of how to travel "smart".

5 Comments

  1. YH Yap 24.03.2017 at 17:36 - Reply

    Hi Yulia…like your post so much, so informative . I feel like flying there immediately after reading it.
    May I know what month were you there? Your photos look fabulous.
    Thanks for sharing

    • Yulia 26.03.2017 at 09:30 - Reply

      Happy you liked it!
      I have visited in August

  2. Nanhi 20.04.2017 at 15:07 - Reply

    You temptress you!

    Loved reading about your trip. Very informative and has given me ideas of how I need to plan.

    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Louise 02.05.2017 at 01:31 - Reply

    You say a 4×4 is not necessary – is that just for the first drive, getting to Isafjordur? What about the rest of your trip?

    • Yulia 05.05.2017 at 17:36 - Reply

      The rest of my trip was also totally fine without 4×4. Except for the most western point of the island (or unless you want to do somre off-road trips), you dont really need 4×4.
      Safe travels!

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