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Best of West Iceland August 1-8

By Staff

  • Arnarstapi in Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Iceland. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

This is the West Iceland section of Best of Iceland This Week, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.


Coffee and goats
Invite the family to lunch at the farm Bjarteyjarsandur in Hvalfjörður fjord. You will be greeted by a pet goat which enjoys hanging out in the restaurant and interacting with guests. So do the farm-pigs, hand-reared lambs, and the hens.
“I think this only makes the experience more memorable. We also allow visitors to participate in everyday tasks on the farm to a certain degree. Our youngest guests thoroughly enjoy that,” says farmer Arnheiður Hjörleifsdóttir.

Classical music
Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir plays Bach’s Sonata in a-minor for violin at Gljúfrasteinn at 4 pm on Sunday. Gljúfrasteinn was the home and workplace of Halldór Laxness, the only Icelandic Nobel laureate, and is located in Mosfellsdalur, a twenty-minute drive from central Reykjavík.

Swim, swim, swim
Take a dip in the Sælingsdalur swimming pool or in Guðrún’s pool, a small stacked stone pool, located in Sælingsdalur valley, West Iceland.  The Dalir museum is also located nearby.

Ice-cream at Erpsstaðir farm
Erpsstaðir farm is among my favourite places to visit. They are known for their home-made ice-cream and cheese. Delicious!”
Recommended by Elsa Sigurðardóttir, a nursing student.

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