One of Iceland's best-kept secrets is undoubtedly the country's northwest corner, named the Westfjords. Isolation and sparse population have preserved the unspoiled nature of the Westfjords and Icelandic folklore culture. Travel guides frequently designate the Westfjords as a destination of excellence. The Westfjords are certainly a must-see for any serious explorer.
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One of the most sustainable ways to travel in Iceland
sustainable ways to travel in Icelandis, therefore, to visit regions like The Westfjords and support the communities there.
Naturalists and backpackers paradise
The Westfjords peninsula is a true Icelandic wilderness area and undoubtedly the ideal place for spotting birds and arctic foxes in their natural habitats and exploring the dainty sub-arctic flora of Iceland.
The Hornstrandir nature reserve is a backpacker's paradise located in the Westfjords' northwestern corner. The remote, uninhabited peninsula is a haven for birds, plants, and Iceland's only native mammal, the Arctic fox.
One of Europe's largest bird cliffs and westernmost points
Látrabjarg, on the southwest side of the Westfjords, is Europe's largest bird cliff and home to over a million seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, and the largest razorbill colony in the world. The bird cliff is a breeding area for up to half of some of the species world populations and is therefore listed as an internationally important bird area (IBA) and a nature reserve. Látrabjarg is also the westernmost point of Iceland and one of Europe's westernmost outposts.
The spectacular Dynjandi waterfall, which cascades down a height of 100 meters, is another must-see.
Strong ties to cultural heritage and traditions from fishing culture
The Westfjords Way (Vestfjarðaleiðin) will take you through a landscape found nowhere else on earth, along peaceful coasts, through tunnels of all sorts, down steep, dramatic mountain roads, over tiny, charming bridges, and along beaches with sand of all colors.
Be prepared for the immense and immersive part of Icelandic nature in its own charming and welcoming way. The route through the Westfjords and the Dalir district in West Iceland.
Despite being a remote region of Iceland, the Westfjords are quite accessible.
The spectacular Dynjandi, a set of waterfalls with an accumulated height of 100 meters, is a must-see.