Peaceful Bjarnarfjörður's attractions provide an insight into this coast's magical past – a recreation of a sorcerer’s cottage and a scenic hot-pot fed by a sacred spring. It's also the gateway to the dramatic drive north, which reveals fine views across to the rugged Skagi Peninsula in North Iceland. This road often closes with the first snows in autumn and may not reopen until spring; ask locally for information on conditions.

At Kaldbaksvík the steep sides of a broad fjord sweep down to a small fishing lake that serenely reflects the surrounding mountains. Just beyond the lake, a 4km trail runs up to the summit of craggy Lambatindur (854m). You’ll notice copious amounts of enormous driftwood piled up along the shore on this coast – most of it has arrived from Siberia across the Arctic Ocean.