Iceland (part 2) – changing seasons in the Westfjords

The weather in Iceland is very variable in all seasons. On one day it can snow in the morning, after which it is sunny as spring in the afternoon. Especially now, late March – early April, these extremes are very noticeable and affect our journey noticeably. When we get snowed in at a campsite at the end of March, we decide not to visit the Westfjords. According to the website of the Icelandic Transport Authority, www.road.is, all major roads are impassable.
Two days later the weather is completely different and we decide to go to the Westfjords.

Snaefellsnes and Skarðsströnd

In anticipation of better weather, it snowed quite a bit earlier, we make a round on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. The end of the peninsula is defined by the volcano Snaefellsjökull, which seems nice to drive around. In this photo I took a few weeks later, you can see the volcano in the distance.

On the day we are there it is foggy and drizzly. We don’t see the volcano, but we still enjoy the environment, very volcanic and especially the black beach is very photogenic.

Camping

We sleep on campsites, wild camping is absolutely not allowed in Iceland. In this season, however, many campsites are still closed because no facilities can be opened as the water is often frozen. We therefore spend the night at campsites, or at least at the campgrounds without facilities, which is usually possible.

In Á we find a place to stay at a farm. It is quite an exercise for the farmer to explain where we can stand and where the toilet is. He eventually manages to explain with hands and feet, after all, he only speaks Icelandic and we don’t…

Westfjords

A special part of Iceland are the Westfjords, the hand at the top left of the map of Iceland.

The map of Iceland with our route until April 12, 2022.

The fjords of the north

Our first stop in the Westfjords is Drangsnes, there is a nice hot pot that overlooks the fjord. We arranged to meet Kathryn, a young English woman whom we met several times along the way. She knows this hot pot from a previous visit.

A little further on we find a nice camping spot on the fjord.

The roads are generally good now and the views are overwhelming. Sometimes we have to stop for a while to recover.

On a beach/island in one of the fjords, the seals enjoy the first spring sun.

We stop in Heydalur for an overnight stay, the campsite is not accessible due to the snow still present, but we can camp in the parking lot. The hot pot at the campsite is rustic, shall we say. And there is plenty of life around us.

Ísafjörður

The city of Ísafjörður is the largest city in the Westfjords with its 3000 inhabitants. The houses are colorful and the location on a secluded bay offers protection for fishing boats and other ships.

Dynjandi waterfall

A visit to the Westfjords is not complete if you have not experienced the Dynjandi waterfall. And it is an experience, especially in this season. The waterfall is partially frozen and the path up from the parking lot is icy and sometimes covered with a thick layer of snow. But the experience of this thundering waterfall is breathtaking.

And from the waterfall you can look straight into the fjord, again a beautiful view.

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