Vesturbyggð is Westfjord’s southernmost municipality. Vesturbyggð’s most famous natural phenomenon, is the ‘far west’ of Iceland and the most westerly point of Iceland and Europe Látrabjarg. Millions of puffins, guillemots, gannets and razorbills arrive in May every year to nest on this 14 km long towering cliff, departing again around the 1st of July.
There are three urban centres in Vesturbyggð Urban Area: Bíldudalur, Birkimelur and Patreksfjörður. Patreksfjörður is the largest service centre in the southern part of West Fjords offering general urban services to the community. 40 km outside Patreksfjörður, lies the Ólaf Egillsson Folk Museum. For a first-hand look at life in Iceland over the last hundred years. Coffee, cakes, sandwiches and ice cream are available in the café located inside the museum.
The Red Sands of Rauðisandur, as their name suggests, are a stripe of a different colour. Wide expanses of fine shell-sand beaches give rise to a pinkish-reddish hue that glistens when the sun shines.
The Pirates’ House of Patreksfjörður tells the story of piracy in Iceland over the centuries. The café offers homemade breads and cakes, locally grown ingredients for salads and light lunches, as well as freshly squeezed organic juices from Icelandic wild berries.