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

Glanni waterfall in Norðurárdalur - Borgarfjörður - Iceland

Glanni waterfall in Norðurárdalur – Borgarfjörður – Iceland

House on the cliff of Arnarstapi with Glacier Snæfellsjökull in the background

House on the cliff of Arnarstapi with Glacier Snæfellsjökull in the background

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. Magnificent views overlooking mountains and glaciers, fertile regions, colourful birdlife, abundant rivers and lakes, fjords and bays, along with gushing geothermal activity.

Grundarfjörður is a small town, situated in the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland.

Grundarfjörður is a small town, situated in the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland.

But West Iceland is more than magnificent 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.

Grundarfjörður is a small town, situated in the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland.

Grundarfjörður is a small town, situated in the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland.

For the outdoor enthusiasts, there is enough to keep them busy all summer long. Horse riding tours are popular, as are hiking, fishing 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.

Stefánshellir cave lies in West Iceland in the lava field called Hallmundarhraun. This lava field was created during the eruption in 930 and contains several large lava fields. Some of them are the largest and deepest caves in Iceland. Stefánshellir is around 1520 meters long

Stefánshellir cave lies in West Iceland in the lava field called Hallmundarhraun. This lava field was created during the eruption in 930 and contains several large lava fields. Some of them are the largest and deepest caves in Iceland. Stefánshellir is around 1520 meters long

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.

Hafrafell seen from Berserkjahraun, Snæfellsnes, Iceland

Hafrafell seen from Berserkjahraun, Snæfellsnes, Iceland

The tourist information office in Borgarnes provides a wealth of helpful material.

Pond in the middle of a frozen meadow - Snæfellsnes - Iceland

Pond in the middle of a frozen meadow – Snæfellsnes – Iceland

Arnarstapi or Stapi is a small fishing village at the foot of Mt. Stapafell

Arnarstapi or Stapi is a small fishing village at the foot of Mt. Stapafell

A church was fist built at Búðir in 1703. It was built by a Swedish-born merchant named Bendt Lauridsen. Bishop Jón Vídalín gave his permission to build a church here while on a visitation-tour in the summer f 1701.

A church was fist built at Búðir in 1703. It was built by a Swedish-born merchant named Bendt Lauridsen. Bishop Jón Vídalín gave his permission to build a church here while on a visitation-tour in the summer f 1701.

Borgarfjarðarbrú is the second longest bridge in Iceland, after Skeiðarárbrú. It crosses Borgarfjörður, linking Borgarnes to Route 1 (the Ring Road) and connecting the town with other parts of Iceland. It spans 520 m and was opened on 13 September 1981. Tungukollur mountain behind

Borgarfjarðarbrú is the second longest bridge in Iceland, after Skeiðarárbrú. It crosses Borgarfjörður, linking Borgarnes to Route 1 (the Ring Road) and connecting the town with other parts of Iceland. It spans 520 m and was opened on 13 September 1981. Tungukollur mountain behind

Arnarstapi or Stapi is a small fishing village at the foot of Mt. Stapafell between Hellnar village and Breiðavík farms on the southern side of Snæfellsnes, Iceland.

Arnarstapi or Stapi is a small fishing village at the foot of Mt. Stapafell between Hellnar village and Breiðavík farms on the southern side of Snæfellsnes, Iceland.

 

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