Time magazine has named Iceland’s West Fjords one of the world's best-kept secrets. „Memory is long here, and the landscape has a palpable supernatural spirit,” the 2013 article says. The West Fjords has received the prestigious „European Destination of Excellence“ and the Lonely Planet travel guide placed the West Fjords on its 10 top list of regions in the world to visit in 2011.
The region known as the West Fjords is one of Iceland’s most spectacular. Flung out into the North Atlantic and almost set adrift from the rest of Iceland, Westfjord is sparsely populated, fantastically rugged, and isolated. By its remote location and limited roads, the Westfjords is an outdoor adventurer’s dream destination. The landscape in the Westfjords is truly humbling, ranging from soaring mountains and unfathomably deep and silent fjords to a tortuous coastline dotted with tiny fishing villages..
In the northenmost part of the West Fjords lies the uninhabited wilderness region of Hornstrandir, a natural paradise at the arctic circle and one of Iceland´s premier hiking destinations. Abandoned by the last villagers in the 1950s, Hornstrandir is now a nature reserve, untouched, majestic, remote and without roads. Hornstrandir is a must see for the adventurous nature lover, its tranquility and endless beauty will leave everyone breathless. Hornstrandir is home to glacier Drangjokull, the only icecap in the West Fjords.