May 01 2015
BBC Travel Explores the Westfjords, Where Waterfalls Outnumber People
Fewer than 3% of Iceland’s tourists visit the serene fjord-filled peninsula.
BBC Travel’s Katie Hammel recently traveled to Iceland’s Westfjords and witnessed some of the most beautiful and untouched scenery in the country.
Fewer than 3% of Iceland’s tourists visit the Westfjords, the small fjord-filled peninsula that reaches from Iceland's northwest corner into the North Atlantic Ocean. Stormy weather and a lack of tourist infrastructure can make travel throughout the Westfjords difficult, but the reward is truly breathtaking. Check out these amazing pictures Katie Hammel and her husband took during their visit.
During their scenic drive to Westfjords, they visited The Arctic Fox Center, which is home to a museum and rehab center for orphaned and injured (and adorable) Arctic Foxes; the multi-tiered Dynjandi Waterfall, the largest in Iceland; and the towering sea cliffs at Látrabjard, the greatest bird cliffs in Europe and the second-most western point in Europe.
At the end of their trip, Katie said she finally understood why people chose to live in a place where avalanches are a threat, winter can last nine months and waterfalls outnumber people - all she could do was look around and admire the beauty.
To read more about their journey through the Westfjords, click here.