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Nature steeped in History and Beauty – Discover West Iceland‘s rich culture and nature

There‘s much more to West Iceland than the spectacular Snæfellsjökull,made famous by Jules Verne, gleaming white in the sunshine. The beauty and variety of Icelandic nature is everywhere. Magnifi cent views overlooking mountains and glaciers, fertile regions, colourful birdlife, abundant rivers and lakes, fj ords and bays, along with gushing geothermal activity. 

But West Iceland is more than magnifi cent nature. Land and history form an unbroken whole as the setting for sagas like Sturlunga, Egil’s Saga, Eyrbyggja and Laxdaela, not to mention the rich folklore and tales of adventure. Tours bring history to life as museums and historical sites abound.

For the outdoor enthusiasts, there is enough to keep them busy all summer long. Horse riding tours are popular, as are hiking, fi shing and golf. At the end of an active day, there are plenty of swimming pools and hot pots to relax in. Accommodation covers the complete range from sleeping bag to hotel.

The mystical Breiðafjörður bay, with its countless islands is home to all kinds of sea life and tours out into the bay will visit islands covered in birds, with some offering sea fishing.

Photo: Friðþjófur Helgason