The Westfjords region of Iceland is a remote area in the northwest with fjords, wildlife, and untouched beauty. Self-driving is the most popular option for traveling here for the flexibility of exploring this removed area of Iceland.
Once in the Westfjords region, there's plenty to do. Waterfalls land awe-inspiring coastal scenery abound. Bird-watching enthusiasts should head to the Latrabarg Cliffs. Discover natural hot springs, weave the fjord roads, and hike off the grid at the Hornstrandir Nature Preserve, accessible by boat from Ísafjörður. Learn more in this seven-day Western and Northern Highlights itinerary.
Duration: 4-5 hours
While renting a car to travel from Reykjavík to the Westfjords is the most popular option, joining a multi-day tour is possible as well. Taking Ring Road (Route 1) north, you'll take Route 60 toward the Westfjords. Easy detours can be made to hike Glymur Falls or Hraunfossar and Barnafoss.
Find out more about how to get from Reykjavík to the Westfjords.
Duration: 4-5 hours
For those already exploring northern Iceland or arriving via a domestic flight into the airport in Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest city, self-driving is a popular option for reaching the Westfjords. Taking the Ring Road, you'll embark on Route 60 to start venturing into the Westfjords region. Akureyri has cultural and outdoor opportunities to explore as well—the Akureyrarkirkja church, Laufás turf houses, and the Arctic Botanical Gardens are all great spots to check out.
From the Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Duration: 2.5 - 4 hours
Travelers wishing to make their way to the Westfjords from the Snæfellsnes Peninsula have a couple of options. You can either self-drive via Route 54 to the Ring Road and then into the fjords via Route 60 (the main road through the Westfjords) or take the car ferry from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur, crossing the Breidafjörður Bay.
There's an option to stop at Flatey Island as well, known for fantastic bird-watching, during the summer months. The crossing takes approximately two and a half hours.