Given the remoteness of the relatively untouched Westfjords region, renting a car is the only option for making the 110-mile (177 km) journey from Patreksfjörður to Isafjordur. The three-hour drive passes through the raw beauty of the far Western corner of Iceland, filled with rugged coastline, great views, and abundant opportunity for bird watching. It's wise to plan for extra time to stop and explore.
This journey through the Westfjords is the perfect example of the journey being the main adventure. Once in Isafjordur, it's possible to take a boat over to the famous Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, a haven for hikers and birding enthusiasts.
For information on more hiking trails, check out this article on 6 Great Day-Hikes in the Westfjords.
By Rental Car
Duration: 3 hours (direct); 6-8 hours (with stops)
Drivers will have the option to start out on Route 62 or 63 (along the north side of the fjord) from Patreksfjörður before getting onto Route 60 towards Isafjordur, the 'Capital of the Westfjords.' Either route will take about three hours directly, but travelers will likely want to spend time exploring on the way. Make sure to stop at Dynjandi, an epic waterfall with hiking trails.
The Westfjords are also host to undiscovered hot springs and wild scenery in isolated areas like Geirþjófsfjörður, a beautifully dramatic fjord. Seeing arctic foxes and puffins in their natural habitat is a possibility in this region of the country as well.