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Natural wonders are by far the most appreciated and the most popular attractions in Iceland.  When you are traveling and taking a vacation, it is priceless to have the option to stop by a beautiful waterfall, a rare sight by a lagoon or to view a hot spring with boiling clay and blasting steam.  But while driving it is also priceless to have a spectacular view of mountains or drive through a beautiful fjord.  Although natural wonders are the main attractions in Iceland, some places and areas can stand alone as a spectacular scenic drive.

Five most interesting scenic drives in Iceland

Visiting towns and villages in one of the exciting things you can do in Iceland if you choose to take a road trip and travel outside the popular southwest region.  Most of the towns around the country have excellent services like accommodation, a camping site, a gas station, a convenience store, a restaurant or a café, a swimming pool and some form of recreational activity, local museums, and tours.  In each region, you will find small harbors and old houses, many that have been renovated in rece

definitely look at the Westfjord

The Westfjords is the northwest part of Iceland that sticks out like a head of an animal.  It is the place that offers the most spectacular scenic drive in the country with its many fjords, impressive cliffs, spectacular colorful beaches, high mountains with steep slopes, rivers, mountain passes with rolling mountains, waterfalls, birdlife and geothermal pools, to name some of the most spectacular attractions.  In the flora of natural wonders, it is more like a stand-alone natural wonder with many ingredients rather than a place where you d

Westfjords Road Trip in Iceland is the perfect scenic drive

Located in the heart of Vatnsfjörður fjord one of the most beautiful small fjords in the southern coast of the Westfjords, Flókalundur is a joy to visit and also a service center for tourists.  The landscape is beautiful as well as the view out to the ocean and the Breiðafjörður bay.  At Flókalundur you will find a restaurant, a good camping site, and accommodation.  It is a great place to stop if you are driving the Westfjords, both for a scenic stop and if you want to stay overnight.  It is located at the intersection of the Barðastrandarvegur road on the southern part of the Westfjords and the road leading up to Dynjandisheiði mountain road.  This road up to Dynjandisheiði is a kind of a shortcut when traveling the Westfjords as it bypasses the southwest part of the Westfjords.  If you take this road and leave out the southwest part, you are on the other hand, missing a very interesting and important part of the Westfjords, so it is not recommended. 

Hiking trails and wonderful landscape

At Flókalundur you will also find some wonderful short hiking trails and walk by the river Penna, and the canyon is a great evening walk during the bright summer nights. A hiking tour to the wonderful Hellulaug geothermal pool nearby is also a great evening storll by the shoreline and quite relaxing if you dip into the small pool. Vatnsfjörður fjord, as well as Flókalundur area and the surrounding area north up to the hills, is a nature reserve. The area was put on a protection list in 1975 for many reasons connected to geology as well as culture and history.  It is a significant place as Vatnsfjörður was the first place anyone tried a settlement in Iceland over a thousand years ago.

At Flókalundur you will also find some wonderful short hiking trails and walk by the river Penna

The popularity of the puffin as an item to view has increased considerably in recent years.  Before tourism exploded in Iceland very few people paid much attention to the puffin apart from those who hunted the bird. Particular attention was on the other hand given to the puffin in the Westman Islands south of Iceland, where it was a “national sport” to hunt puffins at a particular time of the year.  The puffin hunting in The Westman Islands is an ancient tradition.

The popularity of the puffin as an item to view has increased considerably in recent years

To be on your own placed in a large landscape with no sound other than the waves on the beach and the songs of birds looking for food in the sand or beneath the surface of the sea is an experience of a lifetime. A sanctuary from all the noises you recognize so well from constantly living in a large city with its traffic, disturbances, threats, intimidation and unclean air.   You are surrounded by beauty and stillness at the same time overpowered by the magnitude of the landscape.

You are surrounded by beauty and stillness at the same time overpowered by the magnitude of the landscape.
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Travelling specifically around the westfjords of Iceland is a trip on its own. Preferably one should spend at least a week threading each fjords with their powerful mountains and their small and charming towns. This is photo is from Arnarfjörður, the second largest fjord of the westfjords. Situated between Tálkanafjörður and Dýrafjörður is 30 km long and 10 km at its widest. With this in mind, it makes sense that within Arnarfjörður there are a few smaller fjords one of them is Dynjandavogur where the majestic waterfall Dynjandi is along with a camping area.

This is photo is from Arnarfjörður, the second largest fjord of the westfjords.

Iceland has so many waterfalls that it could be labeled the country of the thousand waterfalls, just as Finland is often labeled the land of thousands of lakes. In some fjords, like the beautiful Mjóifjörður in the East Region water seems to float down the mountains every 50 meters in the 18 kilometers fjord, on both sides.  In the Highland, you can hardly walk a few kilometers without running into some a creek or a river that has a fall at some point.  But it is not only the water, be it glacial or a clear spring water, but also the beauty of how the waterfalls that capture our attention. Most of these waterfalls don't even have a name.

Waterfalls are natural wonders

Most of the time we look at the waterfalls with admiration as the water continually finds it way over a cliff, in a riff or down a slope. The most spectacular ones have a name, and some are so stunning that people consider them a natural wonder. In Iceland, we have many such waterfalls. At least 10 to 15 waterfalls are major tourist attractions in Iceland.

Waterfall at Steingrímsfjarðarheiði in the West Fjords

Some waterfalls are impressive and even beautiful but lack the appropriate location and surrounding. One such waterfall is by the road in the West Fjords at the mountain pass or Morse Steingrímsfjarðarheiði.  To our knowledge, the waterfall doesn't have a name.  It is located in a harsh environment and often the surrounding snow doesn't disappear during summer because of the continuing cold. But the waterfall is quite stunning and deserves attention.  Most of the visitors drive by, but it is entirely worth it to stop and view this delightful waterfall which, by the way, is quite photogenetic. 

One such waterfall is by the road in the West Fjords at the mountain pass or Morse Steingrímsfjarðarheiði.

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