"Driving to the Northern Westfjords" Iceland Off The Beaten Path Tip by Neurolove

Iceland Off The Beaten Path: 174 reviews and 214 photos

  Holmavik, Iceland
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Iceland's most northerly region is truly off the beaten path. Head northeast from Reykjavik on the Ring Road (Rt 1) until you reach an exit for Rt 60 which heads directly north to the town of Holmavik. As you progress further north, the scenery becomes increasingly impressive, and one can truly feel the remoteness of the region. After Holmavik, the road becomes unpaved, and winds through beautiful fjord-studded inlets. North of Holmavik we drove another three hours on unpaved road to the secluded Hotel Djupavik, which is comprised of former boarding quarters for female employees of what is now an abandoned herring processing facility. Nestled at the bottom of steep cliff escarpments, this area had a breathtakingly stark allure to it. There are myriad waterfalls tumbling down the cliffs, and while we were there the surrounding hills were enveloped in misty fog. It is truly a unique experience, and I would highly recommend it.

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  • Written Nov 11, 2011
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