"THE WEST-FJORDS OF ICELAND - VESTFIRÐIR." Western Fjords by Regina1965

Western Fjords Travel Guide: 43 reviews and 224 photos


Vestirfirðir the Westjfords of Iceland are in the remotest part of Iceland and during winter time they are not that easily reachable. The heaths close down due to snow and become impassable. So I only travel there in the summer time.

Coming from Hólmavík village and driving in the Westfjords (Vestfirðir) of Iceland, on what we call the head of Iceland, will take you through a long drive of the northern side of the West fjords, back and forth and again back and forth to the mouth of the fjords. You will feel like you are alone in the world when driving in the first fjords. Remember to fill up on gas in Hólmavík village as there is no gas-station until Súðavík village.

The capital city of the West fjords is Isafjordur.


In 2010 I went to a family reunion to the West fjords - to a very remote village here, where my grandmother was born. My tips will show you the drive from Holmavik town through alll the fjords in the nortern parts of the West fjords and towards Nupur and Thingeyri.

This beach is in one of the remotest places in Iceland and here my grandmother was born.


This is an information sign found on top of a hill before you reach Súðavík. We call the West fjords the head of Iceland due to the shape of the island.

The growth industry in the Westfjords is fish-farming. There is salmon farming, arctic char farming, rainbow trout farming, cod farming and mussel farming. The cod and mussel farming is mainly up north on the Westfjords. There are ca 40 trucks on the roads driving 1000 tonnes of fish from the fish-farmers every week

This part of Iceland is rugged and it has a sparse population. The "head" of Iceland contains only ca 8% of Iceland´s land mass, but as it has got so many fjords, then 35% of Iceland´s shoreline is in the West fjords.

  • Last visit to Western Fjords: Jul 2013
  • Intro Updated Mar 12, 2015
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  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    I came here because it was obvious that this was a page you had put some time into, and yet was not one of your "top 5" pages. Some very striking scenery and villages in this location. I am very glad you took the time to write about a place that so few others have told us about.

    • glabah's Profile Photo
      Apr 5, 2015 at 8:36 PM

      It's not a glitch. The problem is that there are only 5 rated pages. The sixth person hasn't had anything rated yet.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Apr 6, 2015 at 5:12 AM

      I see, thank you.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    I am always amazed of the fantastic things to see and do. Such beautiful landscapes and the buildings are always so charming. Excellent page Regina!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Jafnvel fleiri nýjar ábendingar og uppfærslur hér síðan síðasta janúar! Þú gefur okkur heillandi líta á þennan afskekkta horni landsins.
    (This is a machine translation, through Google Translate. I hope it makes sense!)

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    LOL, I am impressed with how the museum Hnjótar by Örlygshöfn was able to acquired an old US Navy jet. The churches located in the vast valleys are so impressive. The stone man is very unique. I like it. I am curious how these remote villages get their supplies during winter. Just such lovely landscapes. Excellent page Regina!

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Mar 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      We were occupied by the British navy during WWII and then the US navy took over. They had an army base here in Iceland until 2006. Thanks for your lovely feedback, Dee :D

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Great photos of the waterfalls! (And the puffins.)
    Lots of nice updates here.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Jan 16, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      Thanks, Don - yes, am writing tips from my last visit in August.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    Excellent page and beautiful photos :-) You know we want to visit this part of Iceland one day, and when we do I'll come back to this page for my research for sure, especially your detailed driving instructions and route ideas

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Dec 19, 2013 at 6:56 AM

      It would be lovely if you were to come back, Sarah :) I have several more tips to add, especially on the roads in the south.

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      Dec 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      We will one day for sure :-)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful area of Iceland. The scenery is stunning!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Dec 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Look forward to that! I will feel embarrassed when I write about the pee - wee ones I saw:(

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Dec 14, 2013 at 2:26 AM

      They are lovely as well, Dee :)

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    It's all so beautiful and calming. The landscapes have that calming affect. Its all so lovely, but specially enjoyed the Þingeyri sculpture or memorial. The shed in the distance while driving to Westfjords is amazing. When I see little abandon buildings I always think of the settlers who brave such harsh winters. Excellent page Regina!

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Nov 5, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      Thanks, Dee, this page is in the making as I visited the southern part of the Westfjords last summer - an amazing place. The sheds are mostly emergency shelters.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Nov 8, 2013 at 6:32 AM

      Your welcome. I was kinda of thinking that about those lovely sheds. I am sure they have saved lots of people from the elements.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    All the fiords must be as breathtaking as the first one you visited.The trips are certainly a site for great scenery.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Oct 27, 2013 at 4:51 AM

      Yes, they are, these fjords are so beautiful, I have not yet added the tips and photos from my trip there last July, cannot wait to visit Vestfirðir again next summer.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Fabulous page! I would love to see the Botanical gardens and what grows in Iceland.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Jul 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      My mother and I are walking in the botanical garden in Akureyri in the north, admiring the beautiful flowers there. I was in the southern part of the West-fjords a few days ago, have so many new tips to add on the beautiful places I visited there :)


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