Best Of The Westfjords 2019: Must-See Spot - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Best Of The Westfjords 2019: Must-See Spot

Best Of The Westfjords 2019: Must-See Spot

Published May 29, 2019

The Westfjords lie entirely outside of the Ring Road’s loop, making them one of the more remote corners of Iceland. The roads are carved into an endless sequence of vast flat-topped mountains punctuated by tiny towns in narrow fjords. At the northern edge lies the hikers’ paradise of Hornstrandir, only accessible by boat or on foot. To get away from the bustle of the tourist trail, the Westfjords is as good as it gets. To help you out, here are the winning must-see spots in the Westfjords and the runner-ups.

Must-See Spot

Dynjandi
Just off Route 60

The winner of the "Must see spot" in the westfjords
Iceland—and particularly the Westfjords—is dripping with waterfalls, but Dynjandi is a show-stopper, nonetheless. Cascading down a series of levels like a tiered wedding cake, it has an immense presence that must be seen to be understood. For the full experience, check out the view of Dynjandi from across the fjord before seeing it up-close. The difference in scale is breathtaking. There’s also a lovely picnic spot at the bottom. Without doubt, this is the must-see spot of the Westfjords.

Runner-Up:

South Westfjords Beaches
Mjóifjörður, Ísafjörður

Runner up for the "must see" spot in the westfjords
The southern Westfjords area is famous for its beaches, include the yellow sand of Barðaströnd and the red sand of Rauðisandur. Both are off the beaten track, making them an ideal spot for tranquil strolls and wildlife spotting. Walk out to the sand reefs, stare out into the bay, and keep your eyes peeled for seals.

Runner-Up:

Trékyllisvík
Hólmavík


The remote cove of Trékyllisvík is located deep in the sparsely-populated Árneshreppur. Hemmed in by mountains, it’s the perfect place for birdwatching and seal-spotting. Mostly undiscovered by tourists, this stark fishing village seems stuck in time. Take a walk along the road towards Munaðarnes to see the jagged peaks of Drangaskörð.

Other Categories


You can buy a copy of the full Best Of Iceland 2019 magazine—an essential guide to having fun in Iceland—here, posted worldwide. We also have a Special Offer double-pack that also includes our Best Of Reykjavík magazine, about places to eat, see, swim, visit, and shop in the country’s capital city, here.

Support The Reykjavík Grapevine!
Book your day tours in Iceland right here!

Go travel with Grapevine tried and recommended tours by Grapevine. Fund Grapevine journalism by booking with us.


Show Me More!