Tucked away in the north-west corner of Iceland about five hours drive from Rekjavik, the spectacular Westfjords peninsula is one of the island’s remotest regions. Isafjordur is the area’s biggest town, wonderfully located on a spit at the head of Skutulsfjordur fjord.
Traditionally earning its living as a fishing town, Isafjordur is now a popular cruise-liner stop and the spring board for trips into the Westfjords back country of dramatic flat-topped mountains, tumbling waterfalls and sparkling fjords; it’s also as base for Nordic skiing, hiking, trekking on horseback, mountain biking and sea kayaking. Thanks to the arrival of visitors keen to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in pristine winter conditions and experience the Midnight Sun in summer, the laidback town now has a range of accommodations and restaurants to suit all comers.
Isafjordur is also perfectly placed for overland safaris to the fairy-tale series of waterfalls at Dynjandi as well as ferries to the untouched moorlands and craggy peaks of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and the soaring sea cliffs at Hornbjarg, where there is one of Europe’s biggest colonies of nesting seabirds.
Westfjords Tourist Information Office is atAdalstraeti 7, Isafjordur, five minutes’ walk from the cruise harbor. In winter it is open daily 8am–4pm; in summer Mon–Fri 8am–6pm, Sat 8.30am–2pm, Sun 10am–2pm.