If you really want to experience Iceland you need to get out of the comfort of Reykjavík and even the comfort of sitting in a bus in south Iceland and hopping out to see the highlights such as Gullfoss, Geysir, Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss.


Be different and visit this amazing place that even many Icelandic people have not even made the effort to visit. I would recommend starting your trip from Snæfellsnes Peninsula and taking the ferry Baldur from Stykkishólmur to Flatey and there all the way to Brjánslækur on the Westfjords. That way you can spend a whole day in Flatey. I remember my first time in Flatey.

It´s like going back 100 years in time. Cutest houses you will find in Iceland and amazing bird life. There´s even a hotel there if you want to spend the night but be sure to book in advance!  

Flatey Island

The Westfjords have so much to offer. 3 highlights seem to make it to the bucket list of most tourists going there, Látrabjarg, Rauðisandur and Dynjandi. You can read about Dynjandi in my blog about waterfalls by clicking here.  


If you don´t have a lot of time to spare you can see these three highlights in one day. But ofcourse I do recommend that you spend a couple of days in Westfjords. When you arrive to Brjánslækur you can camp in several places nearby or you could book a hotel. From Brjánslækur to Rauðisandur is about 1 hour drive. Spend some time walking this unique beach.

Drive from Rauðisandur to Látrabjarg (1 h 45 min). Látrabjarg is a 14 km long cliff that reaches up to 441 meters high! It´s the westernmost point of Iceland and has diverse bird life, including puffins!  


Drive from Látrabjarg to Dynjandi waterfall (3 h 25 min). On your way you will pass Patreksfjörður, Tálknafjörður and Bíldudalur and if you have the time I recommend that you stay in one of these places for the night and start fresh the morning after. You could even fit Selárdalur in your trip.  

Dynjandi Waterfall

If you have a couple of days to spend in the Westfjords make your way up to cute fishing villages such as Flateyri and Þingeyri and spend a day in Ísafjörður.  


If you are up for a long hike, Hornstrandir is a very famous spot for hikes in the Westfjords but I recommend that you only fit this in if you have 4 or 5 days for it :)  


You will not regret visiting the Icelandic Westfjords!