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What to see and do

Discover West Iceland

In West Iceland, the beauty and the variety of Icelandic nature is everywhere to be seen. Magnificent views overlooking mountains and glaciers, fertile regions, colourful birdlife, abundant rivers and lakes, fjords and bays, along with gushing geothermal activity. Natural resources are all around.

But West Iceland has more than magnificent nature. Land and history form an unbroken whole as the scene of sagas like Sturlunga, Egils Saga, Eyrbyggja and Laxdaela, as well as being rich in folklore and tales of adventure. Tourist operators go out of their way to make history available to travellers, each in their own fashion. At the same time, new tales of people, trolls and beings of adventure are created.
More than magnificent nature

A selection of museums is available far and wide in West Iceland. Local museums are to be found in Akranes, Hvalfjörður,Borgarnes, Hvanneyri,Grundarfjörður, Stykkisholmur, Olafsvik and in Dalir.  Many specialised museums are available, such as the Agricultural Museum of Iceland in Hvanneyri, the Library of Water and the Volcano Museum in Stykkisholmur, Eiriksstaðir in Haukadalur, Gljufrasteinn in Kjos, the maritime museum Sjomannagarðurinn in Hellissandur, the Heritage Centre in Grundarfjordur, Snorrastofa in Reykholt and the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes.

Over 70 accommodation options exist in West Iceland, ranging from traditional camping sites to quality guesthouses and hotels. Travellers are faced with several possibilities in food and drink, in numerous restaurants and cafés available in this part of the country.  

West Iceland offers various leisure services and possibilities. Marked hiking paths are available, as well as guided horse riding, golf, game angling, nature and bird watching tours, gourmet tours and glacier tours.  
Having spent an enjoyable day in West Iceland, rinsing off in one of the 13 swimming pools in the region is the appropriate conclusion.

Not to mention the Snaefellsjokull National Park, which was established in 2001. The purpose of the national park is to protect and conserve its landscape and important historical relics, and facilitate travelling in the area. Park rangers operate on site during the summer months. They provide visitors with instruction and information and monitor and tend the area as well. Maps of the region are available, both hikers‘ maps and maps of the park itself and nature protection areas near by.

 

Snæfellsnes Circle

 WONDERLAND CLOSE UP

 

ITINERARY
DAY 1 

Drive from  Reykjavík on Highway 1 through Borgarnes and when your reach the roundabout, take the last exit, the left one. Follow Highway 54 to the Snaefellsnes peninsula. After about 45 minutes you can see the crater, Eldborg, on left hand. If the weather is fine and you want to stretch out your legs, turn left to the farm Snorrastadir – from there you will have a nice view of Eldborg. If there is not too much snow you can walk up to it, which will take about 2 hours. After this stop you should get back on Highway 54 and drive on. After around 30 minutes you’ll arrive at Vegamót/Hotel Rjúkandi. Are you hungry – now is the time to eat something at the small restaurant. When you get back into your car and drive on, you can see the majestic glacier Snaefellsnjökull in front of you. A few kilometers from there you will see on the right side the sign Ölkelda – at this farm you have the possibility to taste the mineral water directly from the earth. Don t´be shy - come and try. Your next stop on the peninsula could be at the farm Ytri – Tunga, which is near the beach. Just walk a few steps on the red sand and feel the fresh sea air and if you are lucky you can feel some eyes following you from the ocean side – seals are often in this area. On you way to your next accomodation you have the chance to experience the wonderful area by horse or by quadbike at the farm Lýsuhóll, also for those who just want to get a little bit closer to the Icelandic horse are always welcome at the farm. There is a  restaurant too where you can get something to drink or eat. Leaving this wonderful experience, you can get back to your trip.

For the night you have a nice choice between these accomodations on the south side of the peninsula

Alll these accomodations are offering also dinner & lunch.

DAY 2

Today we will send you to the center of the Earth but before you do that, there are some worthwhile places to visit on the way. Take a short drive to the cliffs from the small villages Arnastapi and Hellnar. The birdcliffs are fantastic natural formations and you can really feel how rough the sea can be here in the North. After that you just follow the road west and see you are coming more closer to the glacier. After about 20 min you can see on the right side a small sign for „Vatnshellir Cave“ – this is your next adventure. A guide will show you the way down to the middle of the earth. The entrance to the cave is at the foot of the glacier. The cave is about 200 meters long and 35 meters under the surface. Just bring good shoes and a jacket with you. Your lunchpack was prepared before from Hotel Búdir, just remember to ask for it. After this activity ist is short to the next point. Just a few meters drive, then turn to the left towards the sea. There is Djupalónsandur, a wonderful beach with black stones. Here you will see old parts of a shipwreck and also have an amazing view to the glacier itself. The Highway 54 goes around the glacier along the coast through the villages Hellissandur (if you want to stay more than 4 days the Hotel Hellissandur is a nice oppurtiunity for the night). The next towns are Ríf, Ólafsvík and Grundarfjordur on foot of the beautiful mountain Kirkjufell. Hotel Framnes is your next stay for the night. If there is still time left you can go with Láki Tours on a whale watching trip to see the killer whales. Enjoy your dinner at the hotel restaurant or after a short walk aorund the fishing village at the Restaurant Rúben in the middle of the town.

 DAY 3

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel, and drive on for about 30 minutes then you will arrive at the next town, Stykkishólmur. On the way is a must-see destination for everyone, so take be sure to sneak a peak at the Shark Museum at Bjarnarhöfn – the farmers will show you around and you can taste the traditional Icelandic shark. Stykkishólmur is a nice fishing village with all the services you should need. It is famous for its old houses, that have been newly renovated at the heart of the town. If you are here at Tuesday or Sunday you will get the chance to join a boattour with Seatours („VikingSushi tour“) to sail around the thousand of the small islands of the Breidafjordur Bay and taste the freshest scallops and sea urchin roe. (please check for other departures directly in our office). Other must-see destinations in Stykkishólmur are the nice museums - the Library of Water, The Norwegian house or the Volcano Museum.

 A few possiblities of accommodation in Stykkisholmur

Accommodation in double rooms with bathroom or at the Harbour Hostel without private bathroom.

 

DAY 4

After having breakfast at your accommodation,or at the bakery Nesbrauð on the main road, you can drive back to Reykjavík or Keflavík airport.

Iceland Winter Break, Winter in West Iceland, is a cooperative project in West Iceland, spearheaded by the West Iceland Marketing Office, that aims to show travelers everything the area has to offer during winter.

The Classic Circle - Ice and Lava

The Classical Circle has all of the best Icelandic nature has to offer; lava fields, glaciers, hot springs, volcanoes, waterfalls, rivers and much more. In a single trip you can enjoy the beauty of Þingvellir National Park, have a taste of the barren expanses of the Icelandic interior on Kaldidalur road, get up close and personal with a glacier on Langjökull Glacier and see some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country like Glymur in Hvalfjörður an Hraunfossar in Borgarfjörður. Two of the biggest lava caves in Iceland, Surtshellir and Víðgelmir are in the area and so is the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver. The area is also the setting of many of the best known Icelandic Sagas, like Egils Saga, and the great poet and scholar Snorri Sturluson wrote his most famous work in Reykholt.

The Classical Circle can be travelled all year round except for Kaldidalur road which is closed during winter. An alternative to Kaldidalur is the Uxarhryggir road.

Nature Highlights

Borgarfjörður

Borgarnes

Akranes

Hvalfjörður

The itinerary

Þingvellir national park

Drive from Reykjavík on road nr.36 to Þingvellir national park. The ,,Althing“ at Þingvellir was Iceland's supreme legislative and judicial authority from its establishment in 930 until 1262. Major events in the history of Iceland have taken place at Þingvellir and therefore the place is held in high esteem by all Icelanders. At Þingvellir you will find the waterfall Öxarárfoss. After you stop at Þingvellir you take rode 52 to road Uxahryggir if open.

Borgarfjörður

Some of Iceland´s most beautiful nature wonders can be found in Borgarfjörður, Hraunfossar waterfalls “lava falls”, are unique and picturesque waterfalls that come from underneath the edge of a lava field and spill into the glacial river Hvítá. Deildartunguhver is Europe's most powerful hot spring. It provides at the moment 200 l/sec of 100°C hot water. There are two famous caves in Borgarfjörður Víðgelmir and Surtshellir. Much has been written about Surtshellir and it is told that in earlier centuries a group of outlaws lived in the lava tube. Viðgelmir lava tube is the largest of all lava tubes in Iceland. If you are looking for hikes It is nice to take a short hike to the Glanni waterfall and explore the Grábrók Volcanic Crater. Hafnarfjall Mountain is 804 meters and it takes 4 hours to hike up and down. From Hafnarfjall Mountain you have great view over Borgarnes and Borgarfjörð.

Borgarnes

Borgarnes is the centre for trade and services in the Borgarfjörður area and has been so since the late 19th century when the town began to be built. In Borgarnes are tree museums EdduveröldSettlement center and Borgarfjörður museumBorgarnes thermal pool is nice place to visit all year. In Borgarnes is an old style playground “Bjössaróló” bult by man that lived in Borgarnes. Bjössaróló is great place to visit for kids. Borgarnes has good accommodation and great places to grab a bite.

Hvalfjörður

In Hvaljörður or ,,whale fjord” you will find spectacular nature and history sites. The main attraction is in the end of the fjord the highest waterfall in Iceland Glymur. It takes about 4 hours to get to Glymur and back down.  Hallgrímskirkja church at Saurbær іs dedicated to Hallgrímur Pétursson most famous poet of Iceland which lived in Hvalfjörður. He is even on the 10.000 krona bill. During World War II, a naval base of the British and American navies could be found in this fjord. One of the piers built by the United States Navy was later used by the Hvalur whaling company.

Akranes

Akranes is the largest town in the west of Iceland. Grate outdoor area is the small forest at Garðalundur and facilities improved for outdoor activities. There is a playground for kids, a beach volleyball court and a grill area. Thermal Pool, Golf Course and the two kinds of beaches, black sand beach and white. Langisandur is white sand beaches which is rear in Iceland. Langisandur is a nice place to take a walk and if you are brave you can go for a swim. Akranes Lighthouse is open for people in summer and you can go up to the top and enjoy the view. Akranes Museum area exhibits from former times, bearing witness to farming, housekeeping and social conditions in and around Akranes. Akranes offers good resturants and accommodation.

Iceland Winter Break, Winter in West Iceland, is a cooperative project in West Iceland, spearheaded by the West Iceland Marketing Office, that aims to show travelers everything the area has to offer during winter.

The Waterfall Circle

One of Iceland’s most popular attractions are waterfalls.

The Waterfall Circle leads you to waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, and some of them are among the best known in the country. Here you can see Iceland’s tallest waterfall Glymur, the unique Hraunfossar (Lava Waterfalls), the legendary Barnafoss (Children´s Waterfall) and many more. The Waterfall Circle also leads you to many of the most beautiful sites of West Iceland, like The Hvalfjörður (Whale Bay), Skorradalur Valley and The Borgarfjörður district.

Hvalfjörður-Borgarfjörður-Borgarnes-Akranes

Waterfalls on this route

The Itinerary

You can follow the itinerary below to visit the most significant waterfalls in the area.

Þingvellir national park

Drive from Reykjavík on road nr.36 to Þingvellir national park. The ,,Althing“ at Þingvellir was Iceland’s supreme legislative and judicial authority from its establishment in 930 until 1262. Major events in the history of Iceland have taken place at Þingvellir and therefore the place is held in high esteem by all Icelanders. At Þingvellir you will find the waterfall Öxarárfoss.

Hvalfjörður

If you have nice weather then you can take road nr. 48 to Hvalfjörður. If you have snow and ice it is better to go back to road.nr 1 and then take road nr. 47 in to Hvalfjörður. During World War II, a naval base of the British and American navies could be found in this fjord. One of the piers built by the United States Navy was later used by the Hvalur, a whaling company. In the end of the fjord you have the highest waterfall in Iceland Glymur. It takes about 4 hours to get to Glymur and back to the car.

Borgarfjörður

When going to Borgarfjörður take road nr. 50 it is gravel road in the beginning so be careful. Some of Iceland´s most beautiful nature wonders can be found in Borgarfjörður. Hraunfossar waterfalls “lava falls”, are unique and picturesque waterfalls that come from underneath the edge of a lava field and spill into the glacial river Hvítá. Deildartunguhver is Europe’s most powerful hot spring. It provides at the moment 200 l/sec of 100°C hot water. There are two famous caves in Borgarfjörður, Víðgelmir and Surtshellir. Much has been written about Surtshellir and it is told that in earlier centuries a group of outlaws lived in the lava tube. Viðgelmir lava tube is the largest of all lava tubes in Iceland. If you are looking for hikes, it is nice to take a short hike to the Glanni waterfall and explore the Grábrók Volcanic Crater. Hafnarfjall Mountain is 804 meters and it takes 4 hours to hike up and down. From Hafnarfjall Mountain you have great view over Borgarnes and Borgarfjörð.

Borgarnes

Borgarnes is the centre for trade and services in the Borgarfjörður area and has been so since the late 19th century when the town began to be built. In Borgarnes, there are three museums; Edduveröld, Settlement Center and Borgarfjörður museum.
Borgarnes thermal pool is nice place to visit all year. In Borgarnes is an old style playground, “Bjössaróló”, built by man that lived in Borgarnes. Bjössaróló is a great place to visit for kids. Borgarnes has good accommodations and great places to grab a bite.

Akranes

Akranes is the largest town in the west of Iceland. Grate outdoor area is the small forest at Garðalundur and facilities improved for outdoor activities. There is a playground for kids, a beach volleyball court and a grill area. Thermal Pool, Golf Course and the two kinds of beaches, black sand beach and white. Langisandur is white sand beaches which is rear in Iceland. Langisandur is a nice place to take a walk and if you are brave, you can go for a swim. The Lighthouse in Akranes is open for people in summer and you can go up to the top and enjoy the view. Akranes Museum area exhibits from former times, bearing witness to farming, housekeeping and social conditions in and around Akranes. Akranes offers good resturants and accommodation.

Iceland Winter Break, Winter in West Iceland, is a cooperative project in West Iceland, spearheaded by the West Iceland Marketing Office, that aims to show travellers everything the area has to offer during winter. 

Activities
Restaurants and cafés Accommodation
Bjarteyjarsandur Bjarteyjarsandur Akranes Hostel
Brilliant tours Ensku Húsin Borgarnes Bed & Breakfast
Culture and craft Galito Ensku Húsin 
Grenigerði Gamla kaupfélagið Fosshótel Reykholt 
Háafell goat farm Hótel Húsafell Hótel Bifröst 
Hespa Hraunsnef  Hotel Glymur 
Into the glacier Iceland guesthouse Hvítá Hotel Hafnarfjall
Ljómalind The settlement centre Hotel Húsafell
Snorrastofa Hotel Glymur  Hraunsnef country hotel
The Settlement centre Icelandair hotel Hamar  Iceland guesthouse Hvítá
Wild West Tours Hótel Bifröst  Icelandair hotel Hamar 
Wool centre Hvanneyri Fosshótel Reykholt   
Top winter activities in West Iceland

4x4 bike tours
What is more fun than driving ATV/Quad in the snow. At Þórisstöðum you can take a trip on ATV/Quad. Drive up to the mountains and enjoy beautiful view over Hvalfjörður.

Bjarnarhöfn
At Bjarnarhöfn is a Shark museum. There you will get to know how the shark is handled and you can taste it. If you bring with you Icelandic Brennivín and Icelandic tobacco you have the Icelandic tequila.

Boat tour

In the beautiful town Stykkishólmur you can take boat trip around the Breiðarfjörður islands.
Breiðarfjörður has around 3,000 islands, islets and skerries one of them is Flatey island witch is really worth visiting. Several geothermal sites can be found like beautiful basalt columns.

History circle in Borgarnes

Borgarnes has a lot of history and is offend called history town. Tree museums are in Borgarnes the Settlement center, the Eddaveröld and the Borgarnes Museum. These museums mark a circle so it is fun to walk between them

Horseback riding in winter

The Icelandic horse is fair particularly in winter because of their coat of hair which grows quite long during the winter months. This long hair makes them look like mammut. Only thing you need to worry about is not get cold yourself when horseback riding in winter in Iceland.

Jeep tours
Many travel companies specialize in different kinds of jeep exhibitions.
A jeep tour on a glacier with breathtaking views is an unforgettable experience.

Knitting Circle
West Iceland is the perfect destination for knitting, because of the long-established knitting tradition in the area. This, in combination with sightseeing in the beautiful nature West Iceland has to offer will make this trip an unforgettable experience

Langjökull
Langjökull is the second largest Ice cap in Iceland many companies offer super jeep tour to the glacier. The view from the glacier is amazing. In the year 2015 the ice cave will be opened for public then you can travel in to the glacier in a man made tunnel.  

Swimming
In West Iceland we have many swimming pools. NO you won’t get cold! They are all heated so it is really nice to take a dive in the winter.

Vatnshellir Cave
Vatnshellir the 8.000 years old cave located in Snæfellsjökull National Park.
Follow the path of the lava flow, about 200 meters into the cave and 35 meters below the surface to see amazing colors and lava formations. Open all year.

Visit a Farm
Couple of farms in the West Iceland open there farm for visitors but it depends when you come what they have to offer. At Háafell you can pet the goats, Bjarteyjasandur you can hug the lambs, at Erpsstaðir you can get ice-cream from the farm and see how the cows are doing.

Whale watching
The winter in Grundafjörður is one of the best times to see whales. Whales are the giants of the ocean but even so, they can be very difficult to find.  However, Orca trips in Grundarfjörður have had a great success rate of seeing these beautiful creatures.

Akranes - Hvalfjörður Circle

 Hvalfjörður tunnel was built 1998 and now it is really short drive to Akranes. With the tunnel you can drive circle and go Hvalfjörð on good road and enjoy the beautiful landscape. The fishing town of Akranes offers a beach, a beautiful Park and a nice  museum, as well as being home to the nation´s famous football team ÍA. Settled by the Celtic in the year 880, it is now a blossoming industrial town with a focus on fishing and fish production. In Hvalfjörður the visitor will have the opportunity to enjoy Iceland’s highest waterfall, Glymur. The  mountains in Hvalfjörður for example Þyrill, Botnssúlur, Vatnaleið,  Síldarmannagötur and more are trails particularly challenging to hikers.

Akranes

Akranes is the largest town in the west of Iceland. Grate outdoor area is the small forest at Garðalundur and facilities improved for outdoor activities. There is a playground for kids, a beach volleyball court and a grill area. Thermal Pool, Golf Course and the two kinds of beaches, black sand beach and white. Langisandur is white sand beaches which is rare in Iceland. Langisandur is a nice place to take a walk and if you are brave you can go for a swim. Akranes Lighthouse is open for people in summer and you can go up to the top and enjoy the view. Akranes museum area exhibits from former times, bearing witness to farming, housekeeping and social conditions in and around Akranes. Akranes offers good restaurants and accommodation.

Hvalfjörður

In Hvaljörður or "Whale Fjord” you will find spectacular nature and historic sites. The main attraction is in the end of the fjord the highest waterfall in Iceland Glymur. It takes about 4 hours to get to Glymur and back down. Hallgrímskirkja church at Saurbær іs dedicated to Hallgrímur Pétursson most famous poet of Iceland which lived in Hvalfjörður. During World War II, a naval base of the British and American navies could be found in this fjord. One of the piers built by the United States Navy is used today by Hvalur whaling company.

 

Iceland Winter Break, Winter in West Iceland, is a cooperative project in West Iceland, spearheaded by the West Iceland Marketing Office, that aims to show travelers everything the area has to offer during winter.

KNITTING CIRCLE IN WEST ICELAND

West Iceland is the perfect destination for knitting, because of the long-established knitting tradition in the area. This and along with sightseeing in the beautiful nature of West Iceland, is a perfect combination and shows what West Iceland has to offer which will make this trip an unforgettable experience. On a clear winter evening you might also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the magnificent northern lights.

 

Itinerary

Day one: Arrival to Iceland – Transfer to Borgarnes

Pick up at Keflavík Airport in the afternoon and transfer to your guesthouse, Borgarnes B&B. Dinner at the guesthouse upon arrival followed by an introduction meeting with our knitting instructor, Ragga.

Day two: Dyeing Workshop

After breakfast we have our first knitting workshop with Ragga. We have lunch at the guesthouse, before we take off to Hvanneyri village, where we visit botanist and dyer Guðrún Bjarnadóttir at her shop Hespuhúsið. We learn about the coloring of yarn with dye made of Icelandic plants and lichens during a workshop that takes the whole afternoon. Dinner at the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, where we learn about the Icelandic Sagas and settlement of Iceland. 

Day three:  Wool CentreGoats – Farmer’s Market

We continue knitting with Ragga. After lunch we’ll take a sightseeing tour in the Borgarfjörður fjord area, visiting Ullarselið Wool Centre and the Icelandic Goat Centre at the farm Háafell, where we will enjoy coffee and Icelandic pancakes, made of goat milk. Before returning to our guesthouse we visit the Ljómalind farmers market, where local handicrafts are offered and we have the opportunity to taste some products from local farmers. Dinner at the Borgarnes B&B. 

Day four: Spinning Workshop

Today we have a whole day of knitting at the guesthouse. A good guest, Rita from the farm Grenigerði, will be with us today for a spinning workshop, for those who are interested. On our last evening together we have dinner at Edda´s World, where we have the possibility to visit to the exhibition of Norse mythology (optional). At Edda´s World we can also visit some crafters and see them at work in their studios.

Day five: Departure

Transfer to Keflavík airport for departure OR prolong your stay in Reykjavík - Information upon request.

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Iceland Winter Break, Winter in West Iceland, is a cooperative project in West Iceland, spearheaded by the West Iceland Marketing Office, that aims to show travelers everything the area has to offer during winter. 

Dining

For the hungry and thirsty there is no need to despair. There are plenty of
restaurants, cafes, ice-cream parlors and juice bars all over the country.

Accommodation

The Icelandic travel industry has been growing rapidly in the past few years and the diversity
in accommodations has accordingly increased. Many types of accommodation are offered,
some catering to those wanting a bit of pampering and luxury and others to those seeking
more affordable lodgings. Below is a list of options.

TOP 10 WEST ICELAND

In this list we will show you part of what West Iceland has to offer, but of course West Iceland has many other highlights to be explored.

 

Into the glacier
The ice tunnel and the caves are located high on Europe‘s second largest glacier, Langjökull. You will get an amazing opportunity to explore the glacier and see it from the inside. The Ice cave will open June 1. 2015. This is once in a lifetime experience where you will be taken to the hidden beautiful ice.

Glymur, Iceland's highest waterfall 
Glymur is Iceland’s tallest waterfall. The waterfall is located in Botnsdalur valley, Hvalfjörður. Leading up to it is a fabulous hiking path that should only be attempted by those not daunted by heights or challenging hikes. Expect to spend some 3-4 hours of hiking. Note it can be really difficult to hike in the winter.

Hallmundarhraun, includes the longest and the largest caves in Iceland.
Hallmundarhraun, a lava field was formed in a giant eruption close to the Langjökull glacier around the year 930 and is 8-9 cubic kilometres. Hallmundarhraun includes three caves Surtshellir/ Stefánshellir, they are together 3500 meters, longest lava cave in Iceland. Viðgelmir is a lava tube cave and is the largest of all lava caves in Iceland. The tubes volume is well over 150,000 cubic meters.

Akranes' Lighthouses; one of the most picturesque lighthouses in the world!
If you are into photography or just interested in exploring new things in Iceland, you need to visit the lighthouses in Akranes. Down by the harbour you will notice the two lighthouses. The bigger one is currently in use and is open to the public. So you can go up and enjoy the view from there. There is even a photography exhibition to enjoy in there.

Breiðafjörður with its amazing nature and uncountable islands
Breiðarfjörður has around 3,000 islands, islets and skerries. One of them is Flatey, an island which is really worth visiting. Several geothermal sites can be found like the beautiful basalt columns.
Breiðarfjörður contains about half of Iceland's intertidal area and the tides can be up to six meters. There are around 50 breeding bird species including Common Shag, Glaucous Gull, White-tailed Eagle, Common Eider, Black Guillemot and Grey Phalarope. The area is important staging area for the Brent goose and the Red Knot. The Common Seal and the Grey Seal have their main haul-out on the islands and the skerries. 

Deildartunguhver is the highest flow hot spring in Europe!
Deildartunguhver is Europe's most powerful hot spring. It provides 180 l/sec of 100°C hot water.
Most of the water is used for central heating in the towns of Borgarnes and Akranes and it is taken from Deildartunguhver. The hot water pipeline to Akranes is 64 km long, the longest in Iceland and the water is about 78 - 80 degrees when it reaches Akranes. If you take a shower anywhere within a 65 km radius of the spring, you have already bathed in the hot water from this powerful spring!

Reykholt; home of The Prose Edda, the bible of Norse mythology. 
The Prose Edda is the most renowned of all works of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology. Prose Edda is written by Snorri Sturluson, a 13th-century author and politician who lived on a farm in Reykholt. The Prose Edda is proved to be among the most influential of all myths and legends, inspiring diverse modern works, from Wagner's Ring Cycle to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
In Reykholt you will find the museum Snorrastofa which is founded in the memory of Snorri Sturluson.

Eiríksstaðir; birthplace of Leif the Lucky!
Eiríksstaðir is one of most historic sides of Iceland. Step back to the Viking Era and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and scents of Eiríkur the Red's farm which is also the birthplace of Leif the Lucky who is said to have discovered North America. Modern day Vikings demonstrate the lifestyle of 1000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge.

The Lava Field Waterfall is a must see.
Hraunfossar are a series of waterfalls formed by a rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 meters out of the Hallmundarhraun. The waterfalls come from an underground fresh water river and goes down the Hraunfossar and into the white river Hvítá.


Kirkjufell is the most photographed mountain in Iceland!
Kirkjufell (463m) is a beautifully shaped and a symmetric, free standing mountain.  Its name, which means 'Church Mountain', it probably got because of its shape, reminding of a church tower. Standing next to the Kirkjufellsfoss, you get a great view off the mountain and a perfect shot for your photo.

Snæfellsjökull, the Center of the Earth!
The Snæfellsjökull glacier is 1446m above sea level. The glacier is an active volcano, having been built up through numerous eruptions during the last 800,000 years. Many believe the glacier to be one of the seven main energy centres of the earth and its mystique is noticed by many. The glacier plays big role as the Center of the Earth in the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne. Snæfellsjökull is a part of the Snæfellsjökull National Park which was established on June 28, 2001. The Park's purpose is to protect and conserve the areas; the unique landscape, indigenous plants and the animal life as well as important historical relics. At the same time, the Park is meant to allow visitors easier access as well as improved opportunities to get to know the area. 

 

 

West Iceland

Towns & Villages

The population centres in West Iceland are as varied as they are many. Ten places have over 50 residents and Akranes is the most densely populated with 6,500 inhabitants. 

All of the larger communities put ever-increasing emphasis on dynamic tourism where a wide selection of recreation and services are offered.   

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Map Hellissandur, Rif Grundarfjörður Stykkishólmur Búðardalur Dalir Arnarstapi Hellnar Snæfellsnes Bifröst Húsafell Reykholt Borgarfjörður Hvanneyri Borgarnes Hvalfjörður Akranes Ólafsvík