Top things to do in Southwest ­Peninsulas

Top Choice Beach in Látrabjarg Peninsula


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 c…
Top Choice Museum in Southwest ­Peninsulas

Samúel Jónsson's Art Museum

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 a series of ‘naive’, cartoonlike sculptures. Visitors can per…
Top Choice Icelandic in Tálknafjörður


Dunhagi delivers a true taste of the Westfjords. A beautifully restored historic house, with rough-hewn wood floors, comfy booths and vintage photographs, sets the scene for Icelandic lamb, trout fresh from the fjor…
Top Choice Cosmetics in Tálknafjörður


This renowned Icelandic company is family run, and makes a line of excellent organic balms and ointments from wild-gathered Icelandic herbs. There are no set opening hours, so call if the shop is closed and someone …
Top Choice Beach in Látrabjarg Peninsula


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 idyllic spot is usually deserted. The large Hotel Breiðavík is her…
Top Choice Cafe in Látrabjarg Peninsula

French Café

This wonderful small cafe serves delicious cake and coffee or beer and wine (1300kr) on a farm called Kirkjuhvammur, just back from Rauðasandur. At low tide you can walk right down to the reef.
Top Choice Bistro in Patreksfjörður


In this cool eatery, friendly staff serve up filling salads, chicken soup, Icelandic lamb and their speciality: succulent fish fresh from the fjord outside the window – the cod with hints of wasabi is superb.
Museum in Bíldudalur

Skrímslasetur Icelandic Sea Monster Museum

Moody, fun, elaborate and dramatic exhibits about Icelandic and foreign monster legends fill the rooms here. The interactive multimedia table tells 180 stories of local sightings. You won't look at Arnarfjörður in q…
Museum in Látrabjarg Peninsula

Minjasafn Egils Ólafssonar Museum

In Hnjótur, about 10km west of Sauðlauksdalur, it’s worth stopping at the Minjasafn Egils Ólafssonar Museum. The eclectic collection includes salvaged fishing boats and displays on regional history, from whaling and…
Cafe in Bíldudalur


On sunny days head straight for the sheltered deck of this cheery little grill, look down onto the harbour and tuck into burgers, garlic-laced prawn crêpes or succulent, locally landed fish with chips. It's got a gr…