West Region and the Westfjords Waterfalls (Iceland)
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The West Region (Vesturland) and the Westfjords (Vestfirðir) were regions of Iceland that didn't seem to see nearly as many tourists as what we had experienced in both the South and the North. The reason for that could very well be that the Ring Road largely bypasses the scenic-yet-waterfall-rich regions of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the Westfjords. Especially in the case of the Westfjords, the region was remote and seemingly cut off from much of the rest of the country. Couple that with some very fickle weather, and we could see why Mother Nature closely guards her secrets here.
Nonetheless, the end result of taking the time to explore this region were some of the most powerfully memorable experiences we've had during our 2007 trip to Iceland. The waterfalls provided the excuse for us to come here (and believe you me there were certainly no shortage of these in this area), but the wild and largely untouched scenery coupled with the relative solitude to be had here was what really stood out to us.
In terms of waterfalls, we've split up this chunk of Iceland into the regions of Snaefellsnes Peninsula
, and the Ring Road and to the east
(the latter pretty much being the non-peninsular parts of this region).
Among the most notable waterfalls in the West Region outside of the Westfjords was probably Hraunfossar
, where springs percolated out of an old lava flow creating one of the longest waterfalls we've seen. Of course the region also featured a plethora of waterfalls on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula itself such as Bjarnafoss
, which dove off a basalt cliff from lava deposited by the neighboring Mælifell volcano.
In the remote Westfjords, the clear favorite of ours (as well as for most other visitors to the region) was Dynjandi
. This waterfall alone was the reason why we went out of our way to explore the Westfjords (it stands in our Top 10 Iceland Waterfalls List
), but in doing so, we also opened our mind to visiting not only the hidden wonders that were here, but also stayed in the loneliest hotel in Europe next to Djúpavíkurfoss
With so much yet unexplored and so much to see for even those parts that we managed to glimpse during our excursions, the region still retains a good deal of mystery and intrigue to be revealed only to those willing to dive head first into the fog of the unknown.
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