The natural pools are a great place to visit at any time of the day, or night! Hot spring pools are with no doubt the best places to wait for the Northern lights to show and to enjoy them while they last. The experience of thermal bathing is enriched with the experience of nature, health, culture and outdoor activities. While travelling between different hot spirng pools travellers get to enjoy the top three tourists attractions of the whole Westfjords; Dynjandi waterfall, Látrabjarg cliff and Rauðasandur beach.
After a arrival with the ferry Baldur across Breiðafjörður bay drive to Hotel Flókalundur and approximately 100 meters further. Take a right turn towards the sea to a small parking lot. Walk down the steps and soon you will see one of the nicest hot spring pools in the Westfjords. Relax and enjoy the hot water and the beautiful landscape. Drive through Vatnsfjordur nature reserve, across Dynjandisheiði and to the impressive waterfall Dynjandi. Dynjandi is the largest waterfall in the Westfjords, about 100 meters high and up to 60 meters wide. Next stop is in Reykjarfjordur where there is both a big hot spring pool as well as sitting pot few meters away, both furnished with water from a nearby hot spring. After an exciting day it is ideal to accommodate in the vivid village of Bíldudalur. In Bíldudalur we recommend you to visit the Monster Museum and listen to tales of sea monsters which have played a colorful role in Icelandic folk culture for centuries. In half an hour drive from Bíldudalur is the beautiful valley of Selárdalur where you can visit the extraordinary museum of outdoor works, the Art Museum of Samúel Jónsson.
After enjoying the exciting activities Bíldudalur has to offer drive to Tálknafjörður village. The hot spring pool, Pollurinn is located in the hillside just outside the village of Tálknafjörður. While bathing you can admire the extraordinary view over the fjord. The next stop is Patreksfjörður village, the biggest village of the three villages in Southern Westfjords. In Patreksfjörður we recommend you to try fish and dine with Westfjords Adventures. After a successful sea angling tour the captain will prepare your catch for dinner at the Fosshotel restaurant, Fjall og Fjara. The chefs prepare delicious courses based on the catch of the day. It doesn’t get any fresher than that. You can also try one of Westfjords Adventures bicycle tours, jeep tours or hiking tours. We recommend you to stay at least one night in Patreksfjörður because there is a lot to do.
It is aproximately an hour drive from Patreksfjörður to Hnjótur in Örlygshöfn. In the Heritage Museum at Hnjótur you will learn how local people lived in the old days, utilized the bird cliff and even rescued seamen from stranding ships under the steep cliffs. In Örlygshöfn you will also find a beautiful white sand beach with turkish blue water. The next stop is the amazing Látrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff and the western most point of Europe. Látrabjarg is claimed to be the best place in the world to photograph puffins. After the visit we recommend you to accommodate at Hótel Bredavík, Hótel Látrabjarg or Hnjótur Guesthouse.
On the last day you should not miss the stillness and the pristine beauty of Raudasandur (the Red Sand Beach). It is one of Iceland’s best kept secret. The red coloured beach in a beautiful settings of black cliffs and blue ocean won’t leave you untouched. Seals are often seen on the beach sunning with there offspring. In the summer the French Café at Raudasandur serves waffles and hot chocolate with the beautiful view over the beach. On the way from Raudasandur to Brjánslaekur it is ideal to stop and bath in the hot spring pool by the sea, Krossholtslaug. You can choose between the concrete swimming pool or the loaded sitting pot, or simply try them both. From Krossholtslaug you can drive a short distance to Brjánslaekur and take the ferry across Breidafjordur bay to Stykkishólmur or drive route 62 through Bardaströnd.
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