A glimpse of the Westfjords



  1. Brooke

    Hi! This was great to find since I’m planning a similar West Fjords trip on my ring road adventure this September (only 2 weeks away). I have been worrying about the roads since we don’t have a 4 wheel drive car (renting a cam per van). Did you have a normal 2 wheel drive?

    1. Breathe With Us

      Hello Brooke,

      You’ll love Iceland!

      We had a 4×4 SUV.

      On the eastern part of the Westfjords, road 61 from Hólmavík to Ísafjörður is paved and in good shape. Good for any car.

      On the western part most of the roads are in gravel and they go through some mountain passes. Doable using a 2×2, but you need to go slower than normal. Not so sure about a camper van. The best thing to do would be to get in touch with the rental company just to be sure.

      Keep an eye on http://www.road.is/travel-info/road-conditions-and-weather/the-entire-country/island1e.html for current road conditions.

      You can find more about how to plan a road trip in Iceland here: https://breathewithus.com/iceland-road-trip-ultimate-guide/

      Let us know if we can help with anything else.


  2. Mily

    Hi Hugo,
    Very nice information to visit westfjords. From Flateyri is it possible to take route 60 to visit Dynjandi, Flokalundur,Gufudalur, Budsrdalur then take route 54 to visit Sneafellsjokull? Actually my question is the road condition of route 60 and route 54? Is it paved or gravel ( 294 km)road?

    1. Breathe With Us


      Road 60 is gravel after Þingeyri until you reach the sea again towards South. From there, it’s mostly paved with some sections with gravel. There was a lot of construction when we passed. Probably better now!

      Road 54 is also gravel for a while! I believe until very close to Grundarfjörður.

      Anyway, it’s a LOONG drive. Better take the ferry across the bay.

      1. Mily

        Thanks a lot for your valuable information and suggestion . I am planning to visit Heimaey island for a day trip . Should we have to take our car ? Is it possible to see Top of Eldfell and elephant shape rock formation by walking ?
        Thanks again.

          1. Mily

            Thanks .. Actually my son wants to hold puffin in his hands for that reason I choose this island. I think he will be excited . We love walking . How long it will take to hike top of Eldfell ?


          2. Breathe With Us

            The one at the museum is the only one you can hold because it was injured and couldn’t fly. When are you going? Puffins usually stay between May and August.

            Depending on fitness level, the hike shouldn’t take more than 30 mins. Probably less than that!

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