Family Travel in North West Iceland

Trawelling in the NorthWest-part of Iceland

Here is a map of the North-West-part of Iceland with the places described on this page marked with red dot.

Distance from Reykjavik to following places is about:
Stykkishólmur: 170 km - Snæfellsjökull: 200 km - Dynjandi: 370 km - Ísafjörður: 460 km.

1. Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes peninsula is worth visiting. Many people think this is a 'energy place' for the soul.
The most famous spot is maybe 'Snæfellsjökull' (Snaefells-glacier), which can be seen from Reykjavik if the weather is good. It is an amazing trip to go to the top of the glacier by snow-mobiles. Check this web-site. Snæfellsjökull is also known from the novel 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' by the French author Jules Verne.
There are a couple of small towns on the peninsula, Ólafsfjörður, Grundarfjörður and Stykkishólmur being the biggest. Whale watching and sailing are offered at them all.

2. Flatey

Flatey is a small island on Breiðafjörður, between Snæfellsnes peninsula and the West-fjords. There are daily scheduled trips between Stykkishólmur (on Snæfellsnes) and Brjánslækur (on the West-fjords), with a stop-over in Flatey. Check this web-site for more info.
The atmosphere in Flatey is very relaxed as there are almost no cars there. There are maybe 2-3 old cars, transporting goods from the ferry to the village. It is a very small island and nowadays people only live there during the summer. Many years ago this was lively fishing-village where people lived all year round and you can still see ruins from that. There is a church in the island, small hotel where you can buy café and many old houses. It is nice just walking around and also going down to the shore.
If you are going to the West-fjords from Snæfellsnes, you can take the car with you in the ferry, jump off in Flatey, walk around and take the next ferry to Brjánslækur where the car will be waiting for you.

3. The West-fjords

There are many places on the West-fjords worth visiting. The mountains are extremely steep there, excluding sun-light from some villages in the darkest time of the year. Because of the steep mountains, the roads follow the fjords in most cases, making all distances pretty far. Visiting the West-fjords requires a couple of days if you are to enjoy and experience the area.
The biggest town is Ísafjörður with about 2800 inhabitants. The Westfjords are Iceland´s most sparsely populated region apart from the highlands. Close to Ísafjörður there is a small island called Vigur where time seems to stand still and is ideal for bird-lovers.
Sailing and whale wathcing is offered from Ísafjörður and some other towns.
On the southernmost-part there are sandy-beaches where it is nice running around and wade in the shore. There is one glacer on the Westfjords named Drangajökull. The biggest waterfall is 'Dynjandi', one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, with camping facilities close by.

4. Blönduós

Blönduós is a small town you pass on your way to the north of the country. It stands by the salmon river 'Blanda' and the name 'Blönduós' means 'the place where Blanda enters the sea'. If you stop by the camping place you can pass a bridge over the river to a small island in the river called 'Hrútey', where it is nice running around for the kids. It is also nice just walking around. More pictures from Blönduós can be found here.
You can also check this website to find more information about the North West part of the country.