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West Iceland Scenic destination of Europe 2017

Luxury Travel Guide is delighted to announce the winners of its Luxury Travel Awards for Europe 2017, a celebration of excellence across all sectors of the luxury travel and tourism sector.
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Christmas opening hours in West Iceland

Here you can find information about opening hours during the holidays in West Iceland.
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Sheep Round-Up in West Iceland 2016

The sheep round ups are coming up in September and October 2016.
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Northern Wave Film Festival í Frystiklefanum

Alþjóðlega kvikmyndahátíðin Northern Wave verður haldin í 9.sinn helgina 21.-23. október næstkomandi. Hátíðin hefur hingað til verið haldin í Grundarfirði en í ár færir hátíðin sig um bæjarfélag og verður haldin í næsta bæjarfélagi, Snæfellsbæ, nánar tiltekið í Frystiklefanum á Rifi.
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Plan - B // artfestival

In the wildwest of Iceland is a brilliant little town called Borgarnes with population of only around 1,900. The town is located on a hilly peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður. The fjord looks calm but has extreme undercurrents. It is rich with history which is still being written
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Gráskinna: The saga of black magic in Iceland

Gráskinna is a one man theatrical play that weaves together three classic Icelandic folk stories to tell the tale of how black magic came to Iceland.
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Christmas Opening Hours 2015-16

Christmas is an important family holiday in Iceland, and during this time many businesses in the service sector close down. Most shops, restaurants, bars, museums, and other attractions are closed on Christmas Day (December 25), Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year‘s Day (January 1).
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Into the Glacier wins SAF's Innovation award 2015

The Icelandic Travel Industry Association (SAF ) delivers its annual innovation award for a remarkable innovations and it aims to encourage businesses within the SAF for innovation and product development.
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Lonely Planet announces West Iceland to be in the ‘top ten regions’ for 2016

West Iceland is delighted to announce that it has been listed in Lonely Planet’s ‘top ten regions’ for 2016. West Iceland has been included in this list due to it having the perfect combination of stunning landscapes, unique regional culture and friendly locals. It is also easily accessible for visitors due to its proximity to Reykjavik and a robust year round road network.
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Killer whale-watching in West Iceland

In Grundarfjördur, northern Iceland, a pod of orcas has taken to feeding in the fjord near the town in winter. Kevin Rushby went to savour the spectacle and found local fishermen and a killer whale expert focused on getting the right balance between tourism and environmental awareness
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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