There is more to Iceland than what you will find in the capital region. Close to Reykjavík, yet away from the hustle and bustle, West Iceland is a world where culture, nature and history complement each other.
West Iceland is known for its beautiful nature. This vast area consists of fjords, valleys, craters, glaciers, volcanoes and the much-loved phenomenon of wide-open spaces. It’s often referred to as the area between glaciers because the region encompasses Langjökull, the second largest glacier in the world outside the Arctic regions, and the famous Snæfellsjökull, which inspired Jules Verne to write Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
Travel through historical Borgarfjörður, home to most of the Icelandic sagas and their heroes. Or, venture close to the centre of the Earth at Snæfellsjökull glacier on the Snæfellsnes peninsula before crossing over to Dalir, the cradle of the great explorers, Eirík the Red and his son, Leif the Lucky, the first European to set foot in North America.
In West Iceland, history becomes vivid with every step, whether on account of the Sagas, folklore, or just tales of men and the matters of men. The scenes of these stories are everywhere. Most of the Icelandic Sagas were written in West Iceland, such as Egils Saga, Sturlunga, Laxdæla and Eyrbyggja, and West Iceland is the setting for many of Iceland’s most well-known sagas; hence the name The Sagaland.
West Iceland is the perfect place for all kinds of activities. Many hiking trails and walking paths crisscross the area, leading from one highlight to the next. If hiking is not your cup of tea, you might want to try going by horse. The Icelandic horse can cross the mountains, rivers and valleys of West Iceland with ease, making horse riding a pleasurable experience. The area is also known for its many lava fields and large caves, some of which are regarded as the most beautiful in Iceland. Furthermore, golf courses can be found all over West Iceland, each with its own level of difficulty, character and charm. Those who prefer higher plains can take advantage of the glacier trips that are offered up the Langjökull and Snæfellsjökull glaciers at certain times of the year. Moreover, boat trips are operated from various villages in the area, offering a chance to do some whale watching, sea angling or bird watching. Freshwater lakes and rivers also line the West, which is undeniably a good catch for the enthusiastic fisherman. A good end (or start) to the day involves a long soak in the hot tub at one of the many heated swimming baths in West Iceland.
Húsafell is a frequently visited tourist resort, which offers accommodation, dining and leisure. The camping site in the forest in Húsafell has been popular for many years and is ideally situated in the middle of the resort, a short distance from the swimming pool, the 9-hole golf course, the playground, shop and restaurant. The restaurant is run during the summer and has a menu that suits the whole family. For further information on prices and booking, log on to www.husafell.is or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ICE is a leading tour operator with over 30 years of experience in mountain and glacier expeditions and adventure tourism. Once a winner of the award "Pioneer of the year," ICE offers a great selection of guided adventure tours for both individuals and groups.
ICE is the first tour operator to modify an 8x8 Monster Truck as a passenger vehicle. Named the Ice Explorer, it is equipped with latest technology in communication and navigation, and offers maximum comfort in all kinds of circumstances.
For more information, please visit www.adventure.is.
Have you ever tasted fresh scallops straight from the sea? Seatours offers four versions of boat tours around Breiðafjörður bay which all include the famous “Viking sushi”. Seafood simply doesn‘t come fresher than this.
Seatours also operate the car ferry Baldur, which runs between the town Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula and Brjánslækur in the Westfjords. The ferry departs twice a day from each harbour during the summertime and once a day during the wintertime.
As an added bonus on your tour, travel back in time and stop on the charming island Flatey en route between Stykkishólmur and Brjánslækur. That is an experience you won‘t forget.
Click through to www.seatours.is for more information on Viking Sushi and other tours on offer.
Snæfellsnes – tour it, touch it and taste it!
Whether you’re in the mood for small villages surrounded by lovely nature, are looking for a good spot to relax and enjoy life, or want to stroll through fishing villages, climb mountains, explore beaches, visit museums and enjoy the catch of the day from our beautiful fjord, you can find it all and more in Snæfellsnes.
And be sure to visit locals, share some hometown chat and learn about life by the seaside of Snæfellsnes.
Time spent by the seaside in Snæfellsnes will never be forgotten.
For more information on Snæfellsnes and the west, please click through to www.west.is/Home/VisitSnaefellsnes.
Hotel Framnes in Grundarfjörður is fast becoming a popular place. Ideally situated for travel around the Snæfellsnes peninsula, the hotel has 29 en-suite rooms as well as a sauna, hot tub and massage facilities. The hotel restaurant has earned a good reputation as one of the best places to eat in Iceland. The tasty menu of seafood delights and local food dishes along with excellent service is our recipe for success. Enjoy your home away from home on holiday at Hotel Framnes.
Tel: + 354 438 6893
Láki Tours offers the perfect family outing for those visiting Snæfellsnes. This three-in-one boat trip on a traditional oak fishing vessel sails from Grundarfjörður and towards the Melrakkaey island out on the fjord, where we pay a visit to the puffins and other seabirds. Next up is whale watching, the interlude between bird watching and what may be called the highlight of the trip - sea-angling. Here, everyone gets a chance to try their hand at catching their own fish, which they can then enjoy as a meal at Hotel Framnes.
Tel: + 354 438 6893