Most of the main attractions in Iceland can be reached with an hours drive or so. Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring area and Thingvellir National Park are among the most popular attractions and together they form what we Icelanders call the Golden circle.
Naturally, these attractions are highly sought and visited by tourists and locals alike. However, there are so many great attractions out there and if you are willing to spend some time you can experience natural attractions and incredible places, where there are fewer tourists.
The Westfjords in Iceland are one a true hidden gem. This is the most sparsely populated area in Iceland and has relatively few tourists. Still, this is an area that you should not miss out, since it has to offer some of the greatest and most beautiful attractions in Iceland.
What to see in the Westfjords
The Westfjords are characterized by deep fjords, steep mountains and fragile nature. The area is riddled with folk lore, myths about trolls, sorcerers and sea monsters, which makes it even more interesting to visit. This is also one of the best places in Iceland to go birding.
There are many beautiful gorges and ravines to explore, not to mention all the majestic waterfalls. Among them is the powerful Dynjandi waterfall, which by many locals is considered the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. The many tiered waterfall resembles a wedding cake and is one of the most popular attraction in the Westfjords.
The Latrabjarg sea cliffs is also another incredible attraction. The cliffs are the westernmost point of Iceland and are over 400 meters high, at the highest point. This is a superb place to go birding, for you will find puffins, kittiwakes and other sea birds in abundance there. If you are in luck, you might spot an arctic fox on the hunt.
One of the things that make the Westfjords special in Iceland is the fact that you will find yellow sand beaches there. In other parts of Iceland it is more common to find black sand beaches. Raudisandur beach is one such beach, i.e. an enormous yellow sand beach. Finding one, this close to the arctic circle, is certainly special.
Finally, there are many quaint little towns and villages all around the Westfjords where you find some of the best seafood in all Iceland. There are many superb restaurants that offer dishes of fresh fish, which we highly recommend.
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