West Fjords

  • Sometimes you can spot whales while driving in Iceland
    If you are up for a surprise when traveling, sometimes you can spot whales in some of the fjords. Last week we were traveling at Strandir, the east coast of West Fjords and saw these two whales playing in the fjord Steingrímsfjörður. Like many other travelers, we couldn't resist stopping and stepping out of the car with our telephoto lenses and binoculars. The size of these animals and the noise they make in the water when surfacing and breathing are always incredible.
  • This beautiful small canyon is in Bjarnarfjörður
    This beautiful small canyon is in Bjarnarfjörður on the east coast of the West Fjords. It is only one of many that you can spot from the road while driving the road at Strandir, from Bjarnafjörður to Ingólfsfjörður. It is often interesting to stop and walk to a canyon you see from the road, and discover the real beauty of the landscape from a short distance. In this instance, we were able to walk to the bottom of the canyon which made our camera quite happy.
  • Advantages of geothermal heating
    The geothermal development in Iceland in recent decades has many advantages apart from heating houses. One great advantage is the fact that there is a swimming pool in almost every small town and village around the coastline. Most of them heated with hot water from the ground. In the tiny village Drangsnes on the east coast of the West Fjords, the residents took the concept a bit further in a delightful way. They built three Hot Tubs by the main road through the village for anyone, visitors and...
  • Reykhólar is a tiny village in the West Fjords
    Reykhólar is a tiny village at the entrance to the West Fjords. Although almost hidden and rarely mentioned anywhere today, Reykhólar is an interesting place from a historical viewpoint and has quite a unique place in Iceland’s history. For centuries, the farm Reykhólar was considered one of the most valuable estates in the country. Not only because it was an excellent farmland, but also because it owned hundreds of islands in the large fjord, Breiðafjörður, islands that included many...
  • 20 years ago avalanche fell on the small village of Súðavík
    Twenty years ago, in January 1995, a 400-meter snow avalanche fell on the small village of Súðavík in the West Fjords. On the day of the avalanche, the weather was nothing less than devastating. People were buried in the snow and rescue squads faced number of obstacles and difficulties bringing help. The whole nation was in shock. After hours of digging and searching it was reviled that many homes had demolished, and fourteen people had lost their lives, among them eight children. Today the...
  • The church in the small village Tálknafjörður
    Although Icelanders are not particularly religious as a nation, the church as an institution has always played a large role for many centuries. That is one of the reasons you see so many churches all over the country. There is a church in every single small town and village. There are also many churches in rural districts and rural municipals. In recent years, Icelanders have not built many churches since so many were constructed in the 19th and 20th century. One of the more recent churches...
  • Somehow sheep and horses seem to be everywhere
    Somehow sheep and horses seem to be everywhere when you are driving in Iceland. The Icelandic horse is an interesting animal and is different from horses in both Europe and North America. Some people claim that the Icelandic horse is more intelligent and more independent that other horses. At least they are powerful animals, and it is always interesting to have them part of a landscape photo.
  • There are probably hundreds or thousands of waterfalls in Iceland
    There are probably hundreds or thousands of waterfalls in Iceland. When driving from Ísafjörður to Reykjavík you drive by so many waterfalls of all kinds that it would probably stretch the trip up to eight or ten hours if you wanted to stop and photograph all of them. This waterfall is not famous in any tourist attraction catalog but quite interesting. The location is in the fjord of Seyðisfjörður in Ísafjarðardjúp at the bottom of the fjord. Like so many waterfalls in Iceland, it probably...
  • Yo will always find a swimming pool near by in Iceland
    To some people, it might seem strange how many swimming pools Icelanders have around the country. Even in tiny places that are so small that we don't define the cluster of houses as a village, there is a swimming pool. Probably because Iceland is an island and also because of the long history of fishing most Icelanders know how to swim. This tiny swimming pool is at Barðaströnd in the southern part of the Wes fjord peninsula. Although small and kind of remote, the swimming pool has a great view...
  • There are many decaying buildings in the countryside in Iceland
    There are many deserted and decaying buildings in the countryside in Iceland. Many of those houses have seen better times and played an important role in the lives of people and families. After changes in the agricultural society and people started to seek better lives in towns and villages the houses stopped playing their important role. Today most of those houses are interesting subjects for photographers. Depending on the light, day of time, the day of the year, side of the house, etc. the...

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