Norðurfjörður

  • Norðurfjörður is as remote as remote will get without being totally lost in the arctic wilderness.

In Iceland, Norðurfjörður is as remote as remote will get without being totally lost in the arctic wilderness. It covers an extensive area but is very scarcely populated, with a population within 60. The only public transport linking the area to the rest of the world is one or two weekly flights from Reykjavík to Gjögur during the summer. Still, you will find guesthouses, a camping site, a grocery shop and an excellent café there. 

It is easy to drive to Norðurfjörður during the summer, and it has quite a number of attractions. Number one has to be Krossaneslaug, the most popular geothermal swimming pool in the Westfjords. The pool is located on a black pebble beach by the shoreline. With nothing ahead but the Arctic Ocean, it feels like sitting on the edge of the world, albeit quite comfortably.

With a grocery store, Norðurfjörður is the last place to stock up before heading off on a hiking trip to Hornstrandir, the ultimate hiking challenge in Iceland. Here is as far as you get by car. But, take your time before heading off.  The landscape surrounding the small settlement in Norðurfjörður is very dramatic. Everything is large except us mortals and our constructions.