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The Westfjords

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When even Icelanders tell you a region in their nation perched at the top of the world is remote, it's time to go exploring. The Westfjords are only about a five hour drive from Reykjavik but once you arrive, it's navigating the ins and outs of the spindly fjords that becomes time consuming. You won't mind the drive though. Catch your breath vistas are promised around every hairpin turn up and down the cliff sides overlooking the pristine raging sea below.
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Djúpvegur, Iceland
Saltverk is an artisanal salt created using nothing but geothermal steam which makes it a 100% sustainable product. The owner, a former engineer, stumbled upon a description of a Danish salt company from centuries ago who were making salt in the...
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5 470, Fjarðargata, Thingeyri, Iceland
Icelanders are obsessed with their waffles and don't get me wrong, there's nothing better after a blustery day of hiking in The Westfjords than to settle in for one of their thin, often heart shaped waffles slathered in rhubarb jam. But sometimes...
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Torfnes, 400 Ísafjörður, Iceland
The capital of The Westfjords has so much more to offer than the region's biggest airport and supermarkets to restock supplies. The quaint fishing village boasts a busy harbor, inviting cafes serving locally caught fish and some of Iceland's best...
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Dynjandi, Iceland
In the northern Westfjords, about an hour's drive from the region's main city of Isafjordur is one of Iceland's most extraordinary waterfalls. This is one of the main tourist attractions in The Westfjords, for good reason. It's visible from miles...
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Látrabjarg, Iceland
Látrabjarg is home to millions of puffins, but you must have a good day for taking photos and most importantly must be available during the evening. During the day they are on the ocean looking for fish. Our time there was very rainy and extremely...
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heydalur, 401 isafjordur, Iceland
This hotel in the northern Westfjords not only boasts killer 360 degrees of the rivers, mountains and forest surrounding it, there's also a parrot who has learned to speak in several languages as a result of the visitors passing through. If the...
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Hrannargata, Ísafjörður, Iceland
This welcoming restaurant in Isafjordur, the main town of Iceland's Westfjords, offers views of the harbor and some of the best seafood stew in the whole of Iceland. With local microbrews to wash it all down and a friendly staff, this place has it...
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Torfnes, 400 Ísafjörður, Iceland
Since Iceland lacks an abundance of soil, its difficult for its citizens to grow crops that would normally be used to bake bread. As a result, the resourceful citizens of this northern country turn to fish as an alternative to bread and butter....
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19, Hafnarstræti, Flateyri, Iceland
Beyond fish drying racks along a narrow spit of land is a cozy little restaurant serving up some of the best traditional Icelandic food with a modern twist like an out of this world lamb burger along a bay ringed by mountains. Several beers are on...