West Fjords

  • tourists in Iceland choose to rent a car
    Increasing numbers of tourists in Iceland choose to rent a car, or bring their vehicle, and drive to interesting places and destinations, or even around the coastline on the Ring Road. This is both possible and convenient for some reasons. One main reason is the fact that along the coastlines are many towns and villages with all kinds of services; accommodation, cafés, restaurants, small convenient stores, camping areas, gas stations and possibly a museum or two. There are around fifty towns...
  • A scene of a double murder crime at the end of the 18th century
    Rauðisandur is a wonderful place in the West Fjords with many qualities that we love to experience on our travel.  Although it takes only a few hours to drive from Reykjavík today, a few decades ago it was a very isolated place. Even truer at the end of the 18th century when Rauðisandur, and the small farm Sjöundá, was the scene of a double murder crime and a famous trial. The whole drama was described it one of the best novels by an Icelandic writer, Svartfugl, by Gunnar Gunnarsson.  A novel...
  • Iceland has never had access to woodland
    Iceland doesn’t have any forest and has probably never had access to woodland for building material. So building material was limited and even difficult to transport from other countries throughout our history, even in recent centuries. But this remote island out in the Atlantic Ocean was not completely without access to wood. The main source of wood was driftwood. The driftwood added additional value to the farms so fortunate to grab this welcomed commodity after a three to the five-year...
  • Bolungarvík in the West Fjords
    The small town of Bolungarvík in the West Fjords in one of the places mentioned in Icelandic Book of Settlement. The story from the book is both interesting and unusual. It was a woman, Þuríður sundafyllir, not a man, 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 between the three mountains that are so characteristic for Bolungarvík....
  • The Barðaströnd drive and the southern fjords
    Barðaströnd is the south coast on the West Fjords peninsula in Iceland; the peninsula that looks like a head of a duck. Like most of the beautiful West Fjords, it has many interesting places hidden here and there. The coast itself is a stunning area with mountain roads, lakes, seashore, rivers and waterfalls. The West Fjords have also been important from early on in Icelandic history and also in the Icelandic sagas. It is an interesting drive and almost isolated in an interesting way.
  • Surprising to experience the view from the sea
    There are so many places you can go to enjoy the beautiful landscape Iceland can offer. Although we have travelled to many of them throughout the years, it was conveniently . As we sailed by the shore in the western part of Barðaströnd in the West Fjords a few years ago, we discovered a whole new way to appreciate the beauty of Iceland. We also sailed farther west in front of the natural old landing place Skor, which has a significant place in Iceland's history. In 1768 Eggert Ólafsson a lawyer...
  • Iceland is a paradise for birdwatchers
    No wonder Iceland is a paradise, and one of the best places on the planet, for birdwatchers. Usually when we are traveling around the country, we see all kinds of birds. The Whooper Swan is a bird we see all the time almost everywhere. There are many landmarks in the Icelandic landscape named after the Whooper Swan everywhere, which tells us that this bird has been around for a long time. At least two fjords are named after the Whooper Swan, Álftafjörður in Snæfellsnes and Álftafjörður in the...
  • The most impressive waterfalls in Iceland
    The waterfall Dynjandi is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. It is not the most famous, probably because of the distance from Reykjavík or the main Ring Road, located in Arnarfjörður (The fjord of the Eagle) in the beautiful West Fjords. To stand near such a magnificent creation of nature is a moment to treasure, and visit in your mind in times of urban stress and noise. To take a great photo of such a place is, on the other hand, a matter of timing and time. When we drove by...
  • Visitors and tourists traveling in Iceland
    It is always interesting for Icelanders to see how visitors traveling in Iceland organize their trip and gear. Icelanders didn’t start to travel around the country in any numbers during their summer vacations, until the forties and fifties, in the 20th century. From that time up to the eighties and nineties, they used tents for shelter and sleeping. Today most of us rely on something much heavier and bulky like caravans or trailers for our little private home away from home. As we can see from...
  • You can find deserted tiny villages around the coastline
    On the coastline in Iceland, there are a few tiny villages, or hamlets, that are deserted. Most of those places had a role and a purpose decades or centuries ago connected to fishing and fish processing. Most of them also lost their function when fishing grounds disappeared with a decline in the stock. One such hamlet is Gjögur located on Strandir in the West Fjords region. Fortunately, Icelanders are interested in their heritage and family history, and many families that trace their history to...

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