Top choice in The Westfjords

Stunning Rauðasandur beach stretches out in shades of pink and red sands on the southern edge of the peninsula. Pounded by surf and backed by a huge azure lagoon, it's an exceptionally beautiful, serene place. You can walk out to the lagoon edge at low tide; keep a lookout for seals. A coastal path (about 20km) runs between Rauðasandur and the Látrabjarg bird cliffs. Approach Rauðasandur by car from Rte 612 by taking steep, winding Rte 614 for about 10km.

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1. Minjasafn Egils Ólafssonar Museum

6.96 MILES

In Hnjótur, about 10km west of Sauðlauksdalur, it’s worth stopping at the Minjasafn Egils Ólafssonar Museum. The eclectic collection includes salvaged…

2. Breiðavík

10.69 MILES

An enormous and stunning golden-sand beach, framed by rocky cliffs and the turquoise waters of the bay. Certainly one of Iceland’s best beaches, the…

3. Hvallátur

12.88 MILES

Eight kilometres west of Breiðavík, the tiny hamlet of Hvallátur has a gorgeous white-sand beach, but no services.

4. Bjargtangar Lighthouse

14.02 MILES

At the tip of the Látrabjarg Peninsula, the Bjargtangar Lighthouse, Europe’s westernmost point (if you don’t count the Azores), comes into view. Just up…

6. Samúel Jónsson's Art Museum

21.96 MILES

At the tip of the Arnarfjörður, local artist Samúel Jónsson lived out his remaining years at a remote farm in Selárdalur, and filled his days by creating…

7. Jón Sigurðsson Memorial Museum

26.25 MILES

Farmstead Hrafnseyri is the birthplace (on 17 June 1811) of Jón Sigurðsson, the architect of Iceland’s independence. The interesting, modern Jón…