TRAVEL TO WEST ICELAND
West Iceland is home to many picture-perfect landscapes, the most popular of which can be found on the mountainous Snæfellsnes peninsula. Here you can visit the ice-capped Snæfellsjökull stratovolcano — believed by some to be supernatural — as well as the secluded Dritvík cove, the dramatic Arnarstapi cliffs, the photogenic Kirkjufell mountain and charming fishing villages like Stykkishólmur.
Around the Borgarfjörður valley in western Iceland you can experience other unique attractions such as the Hrausfossar waterfall, the Deildartunguhver hot springs and the popular “Into the Glacier” tour at Langjökull glacier. As for Nordic history buffs, the Icelandic Settlement Centre at Borgarnes, the medieval research centre at Reykholt and Eiríksstaður — á replica Viking farmstead — are also worth checking out.
To explore Iceland’s west coast at your own pace, a road trip is recommended. In fact, a side trip around the Snæfellsnes peninsula is a great addition to a Ring Road itinerary. Don’t want to drive? Join a guided small group tour or visit the region’s top sights on a day tour from Reykjavik. Though summer is the most popular time to visit the area, West Iceland is also a wonderful place to stay in winter (October – March) for possible nighttime sightings of the northern lights.
Each region of Iceland is unique — why not see them all? To drive around the entire Ring Road, we recommend a tour of 10 days or longer.
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