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Sometimes we get questions through our Facebook or Google+ or even direct through e-mail, and people ask about various things like driving in winter in Iceland, driving on gravel roads in Iceland, when to travel in the highlands, how to cross rivers and much more.  A few days ago we got a question regarding a trip on the Ring Road in the winter. 

Driving in winter in Iceland is often very difficult and can be dangerous

If you are looking for an exciting drive or a tour in Iceland where you can comfortably drive and see the magnificent landscape and beautiful natural wonders, astonishing small villages and places with entertaining stories, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula Drive is an excellent option.  Especially, if you have your own car, a camper or a rental a car.

The many reasons why you should drive the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on you trip to Iceland

How many kilometers is the ring road in Iceland and how long does it take to drive?

The best option for your trip to Iceland, the Ring Road

Djúpavík used to be one of the busiest villages in Iceland,  but only for a very short period. Located at the Reykjarjförður on the east coast of the Westfjords, it was never an ideal site for a village or a town, but it was worth the try.  The story goes back to 1917 when an entrepreneur named Elís Stefánsson decided to build a herring factory in Djúpavík.

Djúpavík is a tiny deserted village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Hólmavík is a small village located in Steingrímsfjörður on the east coastline of the West Fjords.

Hólmavík is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Unlike most towns and villages around the coast in Iceland, Súðavík was always more of an agricultural area.  Throughout the centuries until the late 19th century the area consisted mostly of farms and in the middle of that century it had 21 farms, and small estates and no cluster of houses were visible.  But then again, land for agriculture is limited in the West Fjords, and fishing grounds we

Súðavík is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Ísafjörður is the center town of the West Fjords in Iceland. It is also the largest town in the Westfjords, with a 2016 population of 3.623 people. Like many of the towns and villages around the coastline in Iceland, Ísafjörður was mentioned in the Book of Settlement; that, of course, is huge in Iceland.

Ísafjörður is the largest and a center town in the West Fjords in Iceland

The mention of Bolungarvík in the Icelandic Book of Settlement is both interesting and unusual.  It was a woman, Þuríður sundafyllir, not a man or a famous Viking, that settled in Bolungarvík around one thousand years ago.  From that time up to the second half of the nineteenth century, most of the inhabitants lived on farms in the two valleys so beautifully placed in between the three mountain

Bolungarvík is a small town in the West Fjords in Iceland

The tiny village of Súgandarfjörður is located in a narrow fjord surrounded by steep mountains.  Suðureyri is a relatively new village as it didn’t exist as a village at the beginning of the 20th century, and is thus new in historical terms.   Before that time, the inhabitable area in Súgandafjörður consisted of a few agricultural farms with access to good fishing grounds, scattered throughout

Suðureyrir is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Contrary to most small villages on the coastline in Iceland, Flateyri started as a trading post, not as a fishing farm.  At the end of the 18th century, the store at the nearby village of Þingeyri started an annex in Önundarfjörður.

Flateyri is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

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