What you need to know before traveling to Westfjords

The Westfjords region of Iceland is a six-mile wide isthmus between Gildfjordur and Bitrufjordur. Visitors come to cheap hotels in Westfjords so they can explore some of the most rugged country on the island. Mountains, thick fog, and otherworldly, rock-strewn moors present a decidedly eerie atmosphere. This area is sparsely populated, though the waters are a rich fishing ground. In recent years the main roads here have been improved and are kept open in the winter. Secondary roads are often in poor condition.

There are many lakes here, most of them small and unnamed. About two dozen of them are noted for their good fishing. The most popular with anglers is Saudlauksdalsvatn, where fishermen catch brown trout and char. More than thirty rivers are great for trout, char and salmon fishing. Some rivers are open only to resident fishermen, but foreigners can usually get permits to fish in the Gufudalsa River. Hiking and cycling are popular here. The Drangajokull Glacier is a main attraction, as are the bird cliffs at Latrabjarg, Hornbjarg, and Haelavikurbjarg. The village of Patreksfjordur has a Folk Museum, and every May it hosts an Icelandic Documentary Film Festival. Two interesting sights in tiny Bildudalur are the Melodiur Music Museum and the Bergljot Gunnarsdottir Glass Studio.


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