Örlygshöfn

  • The folk museum at Örlygshofn

Örlygshöfn Cove is irrefutably Iceland's Golden Beach. With golden sands stretching for miles on a sunny day, the fjord's waters take on a hue of royal blue. Located across the fjord from Patreksfjörður town, Örlygshöfn Cove is scarcely populated. Still, you will find lodges and guesthouses a plenty, as this is en route to one of the most popular sites in Iceland, the Látrabjarg cliffs.  Örlygshöfn is a favorite for horse riding and by far less dangerous than, i.e. Löngufjörur, the sands on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. And even if you are in a hurry to cast your eyes on Látrabjarg's largeness, it will be worth your while to linger around this beautiful cove. During summer, it has the most amazing sunsets. During winter, the northern lights display is unparalleled. Örlygshöfn Cove is such a contrast to the imposing beauty of all the steep mountains, sheer cliffs and raging surge typical for the Westfjords. It is a restful place, and you don't need a horse to enjoy it. You can walk along the golden sands and listen to the ocean waves gently caressing the shoreline. It is the right place to take a moment to digest all the largeness born of ice and fire will throw at you.