Where Do The Locals Go? The Westfjords!

Wondering where to go in Iceland?

What every tourist in Iceland does is the Golden Circle. 

A classical route where you can see amazing things in a short time. The only downside of this is the thing I mentioned above, every tourist in Iceland does it! 

The places are crowded and these populated places aren’t as exciting as they once were. 

So where can people see some amazing scenery, where there aren’t as many people around? 

The answer is simple. The Westfjords of Iceland.

You don’t have to guess where it is, as the answer is in the name. 

It is the fjords in the west. 

In this post, I’ll quickly go over some really cool places that you can check out!

So let’s get into it!

Westfjords of Iceland

If you are prepared to rent a car for some time and like to drive, the Westfjords are the place for you. 

Some of Iceland’s most beautiful mountains, amazing scenery, and where you can take the pictures of your lifetime. 

For instance, 

Látrabjarg 

Látrabjarg is a place in Iceland that is not only an amazing cliff, but furthermore, it is the farthest east you can go on our little island.

Now, be careful though. Falling down the cliff means death.

You’ll find Látrabjarg right here! 

If you’re scared of heights, you should check out a place called

Rauðisandur 

Translated into English it means red sand. We’re used to black sand so of course, Icelanders find regular beaches interesting!

Don’t forget your camera before this one. Some amazing pictures can be taken there if the weather is right. Don’t worry, it almost never is….

Here is where you can find it!

If you are in search for waterfalls, no worries, Westfjords has them too! 

Dynjandi

Dynjandi is a waterfall near Bíldudalur. 

It is one of the trademarks of the Westfjords and there is a good reason for that!

Here is where you can find it!

You can find some breathtaking waterfalls around Iceland. 

But when you are looking for a beautiful waterfall AND few tourists, this is the one. 

Incredibly wide and makes a ton of noise. 

I can guarantee that no other place in the world is more suitable for a picnic than this one. 

That is if the weather is good. That happens at least four times a year 🙂

Ísafjörður and other towns

Ísafjörður is the main hub in the Westfjords. It’s a quaint little town that is super cute to walk around during a summer evening.

Grab a drink and dinner and enjoy the evening!

 As you’re driving you’ll want to stop by some of the smaller towns on the way.

Such as;

  • Patreksfjörður
  • Bíldudalur
  • Þingeyri
  • Hólmavík 
  • Drangsnes

But the most important thing to do, is to not rush it.

Don’t forget to smell the roses!

Other notable things

One of the best things you can do while traveling the Westfjords is to read the tourist information you can find in the small towns.

There are so many hidden things you can do. 

And a great way to stumble upon them is to keep your eyes open while you’re stopping for gas for example. 

Or when you’re stopping for lunch.

The point is, when traveling the Westfjords, you don’t want to be in a rush.

The weather in the Westfjords of Iceland

The weather in the Westfjords can be a bit drab.

You can expect a lot of cloudy days.

But!

Every now and then, the sun shines and all is good with the world. 

What you want to look out for is which way the wind is blowing.

Yes….really.

If it’s coming from the north, then it’ll be cold.

But if it’s blowing from the south, you’re in for a good time.

All in all, you can expect pretty decent weather.

Here are some facts about the weather in the Westfjords.

  • You have a higher chance of precipitation in February, March, October, and December than other months.
  • October is the rainiest month.
  • May is the driest month
  • The warmest month is July, with an average temperature of 12°C(55°F) 
  • The coldest month is January, with an average temperature of 1°C (33°F)
  • May is the sunniest month of the year

This leads me to my next point.

Dressing for the Westfjords of Iceland

You’ll want to dress properly for your trip out west.

We’re talking the usual.

You don’t want to be underprepared for the Westfjords, that’s for sure.

Final note

That’s it! 

Now you know some of the most important things about the Westfjords of Iceland.

Make sure to dress well and enjoy your time there!

And if you need some clothes, check out our selection!

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