On the way to Westfjords!
The Westfjords is the north west side of Iceland, and has a lot of mountainous areas. The Fjords are carved out from glacier erosions. Apparently, only about 6% of tourists visit the Westfjords, perhaps because of the hard to navigate terrain and some unpaved roads. In my opinion, its the nicest place i've been to and we're lucky to be that 6%.
Our driver Kent was really well versed on Iceland. Kent drives fast, and some of the roads in the Westfjords are really narrow. On-coming traffic would have to slow down and pass each other cautiously on the edge of the cliff.
Our first photo stop!
This was our first landscape stop. The reflection on the water was calm and smooth, and the panoramic view was overwhelming. We all took our time to take pictures and all of a sudden we heard Kent yell "Yar Yar!" I still don't know what it means, but every time he would yell "Yar Yar!" we knew it was time to go.
Guesthouse Tradir (at Snaefellsbaer)
We then arrived at our guesthouse for the night to drop off our luggage. It was an amazing place in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the mountains and next to the ocean. Our room was like an Ikea show room, everything is basically white and scandinavian, It even smells like Ikea! Since there's literally no other buildings or shops around, the only place to eat was within the guest house and it was a little pricey.
Arnarstapi is one of the more touristy spots on the west side. While it's technically not the Westfjords yet, this is one of the postcard picture stops. We took about an hour to hike through the trail, which spans across the shoreline on a cliff. The point mountain behind us is Mount Stapafell, which I really enjoyed photographing. Along the hike we could see the arch rock Gatklettur which is quite the formation.
Hellnar & Fjöruhúsið Café
After about an hour hike, we arrived at a small village called Hellnar which used to be a fishing village. The little red café called Fjöruhúsið café was spectacular, located right by the shore, the view and the amazing Skyr cheesecake was absolutely a treat.
Our last stop of the day was Djúpalónssandur, which is a black pebble beach. On the way down to the beach, there's remains from the shipwreck of a british trawler. The shipwreck scatters along the the whole area, making it almost like an art installation. The contrast between the rustic orange and the natural black is phenomenal. Across the little hill reveals the actual beach itself, which is decent sized, and there were a fine mist across it when we visited.