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.
Road 574, Snæfellsbær
It only takes an hour to experience the Vatnshellir cave, but it was the unanimous choice of the panel. Put on a helmet and marvel at stalagmite-like formations which were formed by dripping lava and bacteria that sparkles in your flashlight beams. After the final descent—35 metres below the surface—shut off your flashlights and stand in darkness. Due to the composition of the cave walls, Vatnshellir has no echo, so no one will hear you scream.
Smiðjustígur 3, Stykkishólmur
If you prefer your scenic cruises with a little nosh, try “Viking Sushi”. While meandering around the many islands of the Breiðafjörður bay, you’ll taste the freshest seafood around as scallops, clams and urchins are plucked from the sea floor right before your eyes. Soy sauce and wasabi are provided.
So you’ve been on a glacier, but have you been in one? If no, the Langjökull Ice Tunnel will give the opportunity to stroll under ice. The man-made tunnel spiders its way through the glacier giving you unparalleled views and a general sense of ‘woah’. There’s even an ice chapel if you feel a little romantic.
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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.