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Best of Westfjords August 15-22

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  • Krossneslaug pool Located right on the beach. Often, baby seals can be spotted playing around in the ocean. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

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


The swimming pool at Krossnes
With water running down the hillsides from hot springs, the swimming pool at Krossnes is like no other. Like the Drangsnes hot tubs, it’s located right on the beach, making the view of the midnight sun absolutely breathtaking. Often, baby seals can be spotted playing around in the ocean.
The Westfjords have many other fantastic geothermal pools, some made by nature, other by men. See a great list and information on www.watertrail.is

Seaweed baths
In the village of Reykhólar in the southern Westfjords, you can enjoy a seaweed bath in the wilderness. The natural properties of seaweed are believed to increase the moisture, softness, and elasticity of the skin, making a stop at the health baths both relaxing and revitalizing. 

A historical ride
For intermediate and advanced horseback riders, a historical 7-day riding tour in the Westfjords is a trip for the story books. The riding path, which takes riders into the harsh conditions experienced by farmers in the olden days, is the same path followed by the Vikings in the Sagas. The area is known for sea monsters and ghosts roaming the land, but we’re quite confident they’ve all passed away. For a sneak peek of what you might see, you can watch a short video

Sheep judging competition
This Saturday, August 16th, Icelandic sheep-farmers will gather at the Sheep Farming Centre in Sævangur and compete for the national title in ram-judging.
Traditional meat soup and coffee will be served during the competition, which begins at 2 pm.

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