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.
The tasting menu at Hótel Húsafell might be priced a little steep for most, but if this is one of those birthday/anniversary/engagement ring moments—splurge. The luxury hotel offers an excellent five-course tasting menu of creatively prepared local ingredients with excellent service, and wine pairings should you so desire. It’s pure celebrity treatment, so trust and believe, she or he will say yes.
Aðalgata 3, Stykkishólmur 340
Narfeyrarstofa is amongst the best rural restaurants in Iceland. In a modern but cosy candlelit dining room, they serve fresh seafood pulled out of the adjacent Breiðafjörður harbour, cooked to perfection, along with locally sourced beef burgers and lamb. If you’re still not sold, they give out their special salt blend—which is stellar—as a parting gift.
Þvervegur 2, Stykkishólmur 340
Skúrinn is an all-are-welcome comfort joint. The cosy Stykkishólmur haunt boasts nachos, milkshakes and some of the best burgers in Iceland. Try the Senior Citizen, seriously. With low prices, a homey atmosphere, and friendly staff, it’s light on the wallet while still yummy in the tummy.
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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.