West Region

  • Reykholt in the west region is a crucial historical and cultural place in Iceland
    For many reasons, Reykholt in the west region is a crucial historical and cultural place in Iceland. In medieval times it was the center of power, culture and power struggle among chiefs that fought hard never shy to engage in challenging and deadly battles.  One of the largest persona in all events related to power, accumulation of wealth and leadership was Snorri Sturluson. Snorri Sturluson Snorri was highly intelligent and received the best education available in his time. As a poet, a...
  • Overall most of the animals in Iceland are a significant addition to the landscape.
    When driving in Iceland on vacation between natural wonders like waterfalls, basalt column cliffs, hot spring geothermal pools and glacier lagoons, you will most likely notice animals in the countryside. Especially if you are driving past farms and farmlands.  You will see a lot of sheep and cows, not to mention all the birds, small birds and large birds like geese and Whooper swans. Friendly wonderful animals, and in Iceland you don't have to worry about dangerous wild animals since they are...
  • The biggest cave in Iceland, Víðgelmir.
    For all those cave curious travellers, Iceland having quite a collection of diverse caves, might be the perfect place to go. Here is a photograph of the entrance to the biggest one of those caves, Víðgelmir. Situated in the Hallmundarhraun lava field (West Iceland), Víðgelmir is a 1585 meter long lava tube. An expedition to the cave is interesting both for historical input as well as geographical. Traces of human habitation, most likely from the Viking Age have been found in Víðgelmir. Another...
  • Barnafoss or Children’s Fall is an unusual waterfall, in the river Hvítá in Borgarfjörður
    Barnafoss or Children’s Fall is an unusual waterfall, in the river Hvítá in Borgarfjörður, western Iceland. As you can see on the photo it is a beautiful spot to visit in the autumn, when the orange turned moss contrasts with the clear blue of the water. Like with many places in Iceland, a folklore is placed by this waterfall. In this case, as the name might hint at, it’s a sad story, involving death of two children. There used to be a natural formed stone bridge over the waterfall, but as the...
  • You cant wait to grab the food from the table, as fresh as you will find any food you will ever eat!
    One of the most original ideas in activity and tourism in Iceland is the boat tour at Breiðafjörður presented today as the Viking Sushi. A boat tour that has been around for more than 25 years, long before Iceland became such a popular destination.  The whole idea is based on local know-how and reminds us of the fact that people love things that are attached to curious things that they don't see anywhere else.  The boat trip takes about two hours and is nothing less than spectacular. The...
  • Opening of our new web page
    Today we officially open our new web page, hiticeland.com. It is a new approach conveying information about Iceland, Icelanders, our visitors, the capital Reykjavík, towns and villages, interesting places in our countryside, the Icelandic Sagas and folklore. We will also continue to write about all kinds of interesting things in our Notes and distribute them on social media. We hope you will enjoy our new web page and share this and our new web page with your friends.  
  • Many places in Iceland have an interesting history
    There are many places in Iceland that have an interesting history and are also floating with stories that go back hundreds of centuries. Places that had a bigger role in the past, than they have today. One such place is Ingjaldshóll and the church at Ingjaldshóll. Around the 14th century up until the 18th century this was one of the largest churches in Iceland. Service was provided to a large population and a large area compared to many other churches, at that time. The new church was built in...
  • Driving in Iceland is differed from driving in other countries
    Driving in Iceland is differed from driving in most other countries, at least in Europe and North America. There are still parts of the main Ring Road that most visitors drive, that do not have asphalt but are still gravel roads. This is also true for the smaller Ring Road like the Westfjords road trip. There are many roads outside the main Ring Road in Iceland that are not expected to see asphalt anytime soon, as the road on the photo on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Also,...
  • A nearby mountain is often a symbol for the town
    In many towns and villages in Iceland, a nearby mountain is often a symbol for the town. It is not uncommon for towns to claim that their precious little mountain is the most beautiful mountain in the whole country. This is probably truer in Gundarfjörður on the Snæfellsnes peninsula than in any other town in Iceland. Most people that visit the town of Grundarfjörður would also agree that they have a case or at least a rightful claim. The mountain Kirkjufell is probably one of the most...
  • Old Café Rif on the Snæfellsnes peninsula has the best fish soup
    Food report: For many decades when traveling in Iceland outside Reykjavík, the best you could expect if you were looking for food, was a bad hamburger with french fries or a hot dog. Usually, the service was provided at a mini-market fast food grill by the roadside or at the entrance of a town or a village. Fortunately, this has changed dramatically for the better. Today you can find a reasonably good restaurant or café in almost all of the fifty small towns and villages around the country....

Tours and things to do in the West Region in Iceland

Find an interesting tour in the West Region. A Snæfellsnes Peninsula tour or a tour to some of the natural wonders and historically important places in Borgarfjörður.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula day tour from Reykjavík

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of the Regions in Iceland that offers an impressive scenic drive, many exciting attractions and natural wonders.  At the end is the Snæfellsjökull glacier towering over the landscape and dominating the view with its mystical power. A power sensed by many locals and visitors alike and inspired literary giants like Jules Verne and our Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxnes. 
3 persons minimum 

Viking Sushi

Have you ever tasted fresh scallops straight from the sea? If not then the "VikingSushi Adventure" is the right boat tour for you - seafood simply doesn´t come fresher than this! Operating from Stykkishólmur town on the northern side of Snæfellsnes Peninsula.  In all the growing flora of tours and entertainment for visitors in Iceland, this spectacular tour has been around for more than thirty years and is among the most interesting things you can do in Iceland. It is a very original tour based on an idea only someone local can come up with.  A Bird & Nature Watching Tour for everyone all year around. It is a combination of sailing, viewing small islands and spectacular landscape, birdwatching and tasting seafood as fresh as it gets.