Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 2, 2013 8:51 AM Last Post By: manaljos
Jan 28, 2013 12:06 PM
WestfjordsHas anyone been to the Westfjords in Iceland?
Would it be realistic to fly there from Reykjavik just for the day? Or is there no point?
Its between Westfjords and Akureyi for our second week in Iceland (first week we are staying in Hafnarfjordur to visit Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon and attractions on the Golden Circle). We are hiring a car.
Any help appreciated.
Jan 28, 2013 1:03 PM
A week touring through the Westfjords is definitely worthwhile. But it's too big to be suitable from a single fixed centre.
I wouldn't really recommend spending a whole week in Akureyri either. It's just this small town, and there's not much to see there. You might want to stay there if you are addicted to the services a town provides that a small village does not. You'll likely end up commuting the 60km each way to Myvatn (and beyond), where there is a lot to see. I think it would be more practical to spend some nights in Myvatn itself, etc.
Jan 28, 2013 11:00 PM
First off, if you have a car and are mainly staying in the South, I agree it would be best to use that extra day to explore that area in more detail instead of jetting off to the north without the car for a day. Expand your travels to Snæfellsnes, or farther East to Skaftafell und Jökulsárlón, or take the ferry to Vestmannaeyjar or explore more of Reykjanes.
That being said, I do think Ísafjörður is a worthy day trip in the summer if the weather is good (you didn‘t say when you were travelling), and if the money for the flight is not an issue. After all, there‘s a reason numerous cruise ships dock there just for the day, and if I recall, the magazine Iceland Review published a nice article/video last summer about a wonderful day trip to Ísafjörður. First off the flight itself is spectacular and an experience in itself (check out Youtube for videos of it). There‘s a bus into town that goes with every flight. There is a nice tourist information center in town that can help you out with everything. For example, there you can rent an electric-run moped or a bicycle and explore the area that way. Take a short, easy hike up the bowl-shaped mountain for a spectacular view over town and the fjords. Visit the museum in Ísafjörður for an interesting insight into the difficult life the fishing people of the Westfjords had. Take a short boat tour to the island of Vigur. Even a walk around old town with its quaint old houses is special. Learn to sea kayak (there is a daily beginner‘s course available).
Here are some links that can help:
I personally think Ísafjörður offers a good quick look at the Westfjords and if it meets your taste, you may want to come back and explore the area in greater detail. But according to your post, I‘m not sure if you‘re talking about a whole week up there or just a day? A week offers many more possibilities, of course ...
All the best, mánaljós
(who lives in Ísafjörður part of the year and thinks it's the best place in the world ;-))
Jan 30, 2013 12:23 PM
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Feb 1, 2013 6:36 AM
The main weather problem with flying to Ísafjörður is visibility. It's one of the few airports where clear visibility and daylight are needed to land, due to the tricky landing between the high mountains. That means no low-lying fog (which can also occur on a rainy day). High winds are also a factor. The later in the year you travel, the less predictible the weather becomes. You didn't say which time in September as early or late does make a difference. There are generally two flights a day to Ísafjörður and the less daylight hours you have, the closer the flights are together (meaning the less time you have in the town for a visit). For example in the summer there are return flights as late as 19:30 but by the end of September the latest are at 17:30.Check www.airiceland.is for the specific date you are thinking about.
That being said, I think September would still be fine for a day trip, but the earlier in the month the better. If the weather is bad up there on that specific day, you could still probably switch flights for a spontaneous daytrip to Akureyri or Egilstaðir. I know from experience the airline is generally cooperative about things like that.
Feb 2, 2013 8:51 AM
7One more thing ... in September the activities I mentioned in Ísafjörður might be limited. For example the daily boat to Vigur only runs through the end of August. I'm also not sure when the tourist information center stops renting mopeds and bicycles - it's not all year round. You might want to contact them.
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