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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. 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, combined they are 3500 meters and the longest Lava Cave in Iceland. Víðgelmir 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, when it´s open, 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
Breiðafjörður 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 there and beautiful basalt Columns.
Breiðafjörður 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 Hotspring. 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 Leifur 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 Leifur 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 Waterfalls 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 Freshwater River and goes down the Hraunfossar and into the Whiteriver 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. 



Akranes - West Iceland

Akranes is just a stone's throw away from the capital largest town in West Iceland with the population around 7.000

Hvalfjörður - West Iceland

Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord),only 50 km from Reykjavik, gives an excellent opportunity to enjoy the unique beauty of Icelandic fjords

Borgarfjörður - West Iceland

Borgarnes and the surrounding Borgarfjörður region can be regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. The area's landscape, nature, and culture reflect this heritage and bring history to life.

Dalir - West Iceland

Dalir is a family-friendly place to visit, combining historical and cultural attractions with an enchanting world of wildlife and nature.

Snæfellsnes - West Iceland

This 90- km long peninsula comprises a world of diversity. Friendly towns and villages, spectacular mountains, a multitude of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs, beaches of sand and pebbles popular among horsemen and rock skimmers, remnants and relics scattered here and there of times and ways of life long past. Saga sites and hiking trails.

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 Bjarteyjarsandur