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 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 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.


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.

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   
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  • Akranes
    Akranes is just a stone's throw away from the capital largest town in West Iceland with the population 7.421. The Museum Area at Gardar is without a ...
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  • Light house - Akranesviti
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  • Garðalundur park
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  • Glymur
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  • Staupasteinn
    A goblet-shaped rock and popular resting place for tourists. Close to Hvammsvik on the old national road around Whale Fjord. An elf by the name of Sta...
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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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