The Westfjords

Starting from: Ísafjörður, Reykjavík, Bíldudalur, Brjánslækur
Duration: 2+ days
Season: All year

The Westfjords are a frontier. This spectacular sub-Arctic wilderness, masterfully sculptured over the last 16 million years by volcanic eruptions, ice ages & crashing sea waves, epitomises the meaning of the edge of the world. We tailor make outstanding adventure tours around our home region year round. Our specialisations are sightseeing, activity & culture tours. Contact us with your ideas for a dream visit to the Westfjords and we'll make it happen!

A holiday in the Westfjords offers many exciting possibilities, and each season provides its own stark contrasts and thrills:

- November to February are the darkest winter months. At winter solstice the Westfjords receive only 4 hours of daylight. Blizzards are most likely in this season and travel is always highly uncertain. Sometimes roads remain open throughout November but sometimes they do not. Very few people except the locals are travelling at this time of the year. If you want to truly experience the remoteness of a borderline habitable sub-Arctic destination then winter in the Westfjords is for you! Northern lights are visible throughout winter.
- March & April are the months when the sun starts to rise again, casting amazing glows on the snow capped fjordscapes. A beautiful spring day in the Westfjords is spectacular indeed. The first migrating birds start appearing. Average temperatures hover around zero and thus snow melts & freezes interchangeably. Skiing - backcountry, cross country & alpine - is a popular activity at this time of the year. By late April the snow starts slowly melting away & forms beautiful seasonal waterfalls and leaves behind snow striped mountain canyons which will delight for a couple of more months. Northern lights are no longer visible from mid-April.
- May & June is the brightest time of the year. Roads to Dynjandi waterfall & the Latrabjarg cliffs open up. The Westfjords enjoy some of the most amazing sunset locations and from mid-May the sun starts setting at midnight, resulting in magical 24-hour daylight that peaks on summer solstice. Local wildlife is at its peak during this period and most of the main roads open up after a long winter. As the weather gradually gets milder, boating & sea kayaking on the calm fjords become great ways to enjoy panoramic views of the fjordscapes.
- July & August are top months for higher altitude hiking and venturing onto some of the remotest & harshest off-roads of the Westfjords. July is the warmest month of the year and still offers both midnight sun & puffins. August is the second warmest month and some roads & trails only open up around early August. These are the most popular months for visiting the Westfjords. Sometimes availability is a problem though and you're less likely to find yourself alone at some of the most popular places.
- September & October are when the landscape is at its most colourful. The northern lights start becoming visible in early September and stunning autumn colours delight until the first heavy snowfall appears. Early snowfalls usually don't reach sea level, forming magnificent horizontal snowlines on the mountaintops. With most roads remaining open, autumn is a great time to explore the Westfjords.

Included:

- Depends on the adventure!

To bring:

- Multi-layered clothing suitable for the weather in Iceland, including at least a thermal base layer, fleece and wind- and water-proof pants and jacket
- Hiking boots
- Cap and gloves
- Don't forget your camera!