What are the most famous and exciting natural attractions found in Iceland’s western region? What are its most beloved waterfalls, towns and features? Read on to find out all there is to know about the best attractions in West Iceland.
West Iceland is famed for its staggering natural beauty. Aquamarine waterfalls, rugged lava fields and vast, table-top mountains all characterise this island’s most populous region, promising travellers some of the most unique and memorable landscapes found on earth.
For those looking to experience the very best of West Iceland’s natural attractions, make sure to check out our exclusive list below.
Hraunfossar and Barnafoss
Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, found within metres of one another, are known to two of West Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls. Hraunfossar is best described as a series of streaming rivulets that come pouring from the brazen orange rock of an adjacent lava field.
Along the designated path, visitors can see Barnafoss, nestled higher in the gorge. This waterfall, famous for its vibrant blue water, is known equally for a historic and tragic tale that occurred there.
Translated to “Children’s Falls”, Barnafoss once had a natural rock arch that sat over the water. Tragedy stuck when two children crossing this arch fell to their deaths in the rumbling waves below. Since the accident, the rock arch has been destroyed.
As Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver heats the water of three surrounding towns, as well as provides for a number of lavish hot pools throughout the area. The hot spring has a flow rate of 180 litres (380 pints) per second, with a constant temperature of 97 degrees Celsius (207 degrees Fahrenheit) making it very dangerous for those who get too close. Deildartunguhver is considered an exceptional example of how Icelanders harness their natural energy.