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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 Instagram

West Iceland has its Instagram and we encourage to follow us and use the #WestIceland while traveling in West Iceland
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Saga Geopark Project

Saga Geopark project was established in march 2013,it is like Geoparks frequently are, a grass root, community driven initiative supported by the municipality of Borgarbyggð -West Iceland. it is composed of voluntaries supported by many scientific advisors on geo diversity and heritage, museums and institutions in the area. The Geopark will send an application in October 2015 to the UNESCO European Geoparks to become a member of this network.
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Langjökull ice-cave

Construction of a five hundred metre (1640 feet) long tunnel into Langjökull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest ice cap, is well on its way. The idea is the brainchild of the various travel companies operating on Langjökull Glacier.
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Hraunfossar, The Lava Field Waterfall You Didn't Know Was On Your Bucket List

Hraunfossar in the Huffpost Travel ,,The Lava Field Waterfall You Didn't Know Was On Your Bucket List"
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Kirkjufell one of 10 Most Beautiful Mountain in the World

Year round, Kirkjufell is a marvel. In warm weather, it’s a luscious green and the nearby waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss, rages. When it’s cold, the mountain glistens with snow, auroras abound, and Kirkjufellsfoss is frozen in its flow. It’s no wonder the mountain, elegant and symmetric, is one of the most photographed spots in Iceland.
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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