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Easily accessible from Reykjavík but remaining relatively off radar, west Iceland is a microcosm of the country. Here, you’ll find sweeping open farmland flanked by mountains and fjords, saga history, huge glaciers and ice caves, and hiking, riding, birdwatching and whale watching opportunities, all without the crowds. It’s an understated region that receives fewer visitors than the south coast or Golden Circle, and in remote areas you’ll have beaches, lava fields and hiking trails all to yourself.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is the star attraction, offering a taste of the whole country in a compact area, with the glacier-capped volcano, Snæfellsjökull, giving way to black-pebble beaches, waterfalls and lava fields. To the south, you can explore steep-sided Hvalfjörður, head inland to the Langjökull glacier to discover manmade caves cut from ancient ice, or simply get a taste of rural Icelandic life.

Our specialists have explored the main sights and the lesser-known ones and can help you plan your trip, whether you want to explore geological wonders, see the region’s puffins or find the best places to dine in Stykkishólmur. They’ll use their first-hand knowledge to guide you on where to go and what to do, carefully planning your trip as an individual tailor-made itinerary to match your preferences.

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Places to visit in West Iceland

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting West Iceland, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring West Iceland

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in West Iceland, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of West Iceland

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    Places in and around West Iceland

    Accommodation choices for West Iceland

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit West Iceland. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Hótel Flatey , Flatey

      Hótel Flatey


      Located on its eponymous island, the largest of over the 3,000 rocky inlets that dot Breiðafjörður Bay, the intimate Hótel Flatey offers vintage style rooms in restored timber warehouses, fresh seafood straight from the bay, and a peaceful vibe.

    • Hotel Egilsen, Stykkishólmur

      Hótel Egilsen


      A lovingly restored 19th-century residence in the fishing village of Stykkishólmur, Hótel Egilsen offers ten stylish rooms, a lounge area, an outdoor terrace, and plenty of period charm. Attentive service and a home-from-home vibe add to its appeal.

    • Hotel Húsafell, Húsafell

      Hotel Húsafell

      First Class

      An intimate boutique property west Iceland’s highlands, Hotel Húsafell offers outdoor geothermal pools and hot tubs, several hiking trails, and contemporary rooms overlooking the rugged countryside. It is also an ideal spot to enjoy unobstructed views of the northern lights in the winter.

    • Hotel Búðir, Búðir

      Hotel Buðir

      First Class

      An elegant boutique hotel in a remote location on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Hotel Buðir delights with minimalist rooms, gourmet dining, and views of wild scenery all around. It is an ideal spot to enjoy unobstructed views of the northern lights during the winter.

    Ideas for experiencing West Iceland

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting West Iceland, and which use the best local guides.

    • Icelandic lamb cooking class
      Bjarteyjarsandur Farm cooking class

      Icelandic lamb cooking class

      Icelandic lamb cooking class

      Get an insight into local life in rural Iceland with a visit to a traditional sheep farm outside Reykjavík. Here, you’ll meet three generations of the family, tour the farm, learn about life on the land and help prepare roast lamb for lunch.

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