Visit the locals
West Iceland is a home to a majestic nature and a rich history. But those who know that best is the locals who live here in West Iceland. You could say that it is the locals who add the charm to West Iceland. All the locals come from a different background but they all share the love which they call home here in West Iceland. This is a great way to get a glimpse at the locals, and their daily lives. So here is a unique opportunity for you to meet and visit the locals of West Iceland. The locals here in West Iceland are friendly and hospitable people who will welcome you with open arms. You will get the chance to see and experience on how to be an Icelander. Here is a good occasion to witness and to get involved with the Icelandic culture and with its locals. Come and visit the locals.
In the Storyteller´s Lodge in Grundarfjörður, Ingi Hans, one of Iceland´s best known storytellers, welcomes guests and tells stories for the whole family. Hear about the birth of an Icelandic fishing village, glimpses into the history of toys, and be prepared for a surprise story or two.
Hespuhúsið (The Yarn house) is an open plant dye studio where people can visit, see the dye pots and get information about the old coloring traditions. In Hespuhúsið you can also buy plant dyed yarn and yarn kits for various projects with patterns in Icelandic, English, German and French.
Halla Sigríður Steinólfsdóttir raises lambs with her husband, Guðmundur Gíslasson, on the farm Ytri-Fagridalur. During the summer months, the lambs are reared on the plant Angelica, which changes the taste of the meat. Halla takes an active part in social activities in the country and is a representative on the local council.
Born and raised in Húsafell, Páll Guðmundsson is a local artist who sees pictures in rocks and makes them visible to the rest of us by carving them out using various methods.
Akranes is just a stone's throw away from the capital largest town in West Iceland with the population 6630.
If you are into photography or just interested in exploring new things in Iceland you need to look at Akranes lighthouses. Down by the harbour you will notice two lighthouses. The bigger one that is currently in use is open to the public so you can go up and enjoy the view from there and there is even a photography exhibition to enjoy in there.