The west of Iceland begins just outside Greater Reykjavík’s northern city limits. From undulating fjords and stretches of idyllic farmland to the rolling fields of Borgarfjörður, to the geothermally active Snæfellsnes peninsula, the Langjökull glacier, and the sprawling Kalmanstunga lava field, it’s an area that contains all the diversity of Iceland. Each region is rich with small towns, tucked-away pools, remote glaciers and historic sites. It’s a wonderful part of Iceland, and we’ve distilled some of the must-see places for you here.
Hótel Búðir’s picturesque surroundings will take your breath away. Neighbouring the rocky Atlantic coastline, you’ll find sand dune walks, coastal hikes, a local runic store and a historic church in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. The interior boasts a vintage feel with taxidermied raptors, cosy ornate couches, and a standout restaurant. If you’re lucky enough to arrive during Aurora season, the Northern Lights show there could rival the best in Iceland.
Fosshotel Hellnar has somehow floated under the radar of previous Best Of awards, but this year was rightfully recognised. The hotel—part of the acclaimed Fosshotel chain—is located right on the edge of the Hellnar hill in a number of spread out buildings with large windows and patios that look out directly over the ocean. The design is peaceful, suitable for a yoga retreat or a romantic getaway.
Freezer Hostel boasts a cosy bar, hostel rooms, and a theatre space that holds everything from musicals to music festivals. This summer, they’ll serve up a reprise of their stage adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic ‘Journey To Centre Of The Earth’, a new piece based on two guys forming a Fleetwood Mac cover band, and so much more. Stay there or stop by.
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You can buy a copy of the full Best Of Iceland 2018 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.