Morning photo: West Fjords

Amazing land and seascapes

Fjord light.
The West Fjords of Iceland claw into the North Atlantic.

FRISCO — Iceland is fairly remote to begin with, as far as remoteness goes in the era of jet travel, and the West Fjords, a cluster of mountainous peninsulas jutting northwest toward Greenland, may be the most remote part of the North Atlantic island. Probably any traveler worth his or her salt would look at a map of the country and automatically be drawn toward the region, where only a few roads have been carved along and over the steep walls of the fjords. Towns are few and far between, but hot springs are plentiful, and if you go far enough, you’ll end up at Látravík, considered to be the westernmost point of Europe and home to one of the North Atlantic’s key seabird rookeries. Magical light, magnificent scenery and plenty of peace and quiet are the hallmarks of the area, and we’re already plotting a return visit.

A roadside pond on the way to the West Fjords of Iceland.
Sea cliffs at Látravík, the westernmost point of the West Fjords and the westernmost point of Europe, according to our Iceland guidebook.
Icelandic horses enjoying a sea breeze and a verdant field in the West Fjords.
There are only a few roads that lead to the West Fjords region — this is one of them, Highway 60.
Fossfjörður — find it!

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