Many times, West Iceland has ranked among the world’s top regions to visit, and for a good reason. West Iceland combines the most magnificent and diverse attractions Iceland has to offer: towering mountains, stunning glaciers, volcanic craters, adorable fishing harbors, and black sand and white sand beaches, all in a small peninsula within northern Atlantic. We can just say that a trip to West Iceland will delight you. Whether you visit Iceland when it’s gray and raining or when there is near-perfect weather, you will still see beautiful things. 

West Iceland has so much to offer, making it challenging to narrow down the list. These are some of the hidden gems you can behold when visiting West Iceland:

Glymur Waterfall 

This is the second-highest waterfall in Iceland. It reaches a cascade of around 650 feet (198 meters). For years, Glymur Waterfall was considered the tallest waterfall in the region until Morsajokull, a newly measured waterfall, outreached it. It can be a bit challenging to access this waterfall. It involves using some chains for assistance as you hike on the steep sections. You also have to cross some rivers during the hike; therefore, you should be careful to avoid injuries. 

If you are up for this West Iceland treat, you will hike for around one hour to get a magnificent view. The waterfall appears to fall into a canyon covered with moss. We promise that the hike is worth it. 

Krauma Spa

Taking a dip in the Krauma Spa is among the top things to do in West Iceland. It gives you the perfect opportunity to experience nature from its core. The natural geothermal baths and spas are open all year round, meaning you can relax and enjoy yourself anytime. Krauma has five warm baths and one cold. The rapid natural flow of the springs constantly replaces the water; no chemicals are needed to keep the water clean. The spa features a restaurant, separate lockers, and a changing room to ensure you enjoy your time there. You will enjoy the pristine outdoors, sumptuous traditional cuisine, and the steaming or cool pools. 

Kirkjufell Mountain 

You should definitely add Kirkjufell mountain to your itinerary if you are visiting West Iceland. This 463-meter mountain is located on the northern island of Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This mountain is said to be the most photographed site in entire Iceland. Standing tall above the tiny fishing town of Grundarfjordur, Kirkjufell Mountain has ranked among the ten most beautiful mountains in the world. Because of its distinctly-shaped peak, the mountain is sometimes known as the “church mountain.” Visitors love its dramatic formation and strategic coastal location.

The Kirkjufell mountain was also featured in season 6 on the hit tv show Game of Thrones.

Take a Bath at Gudrunarlaug 

You cannot explore all the hot pools in Iceland; this could take forever. Therefore, we are only recommending the best. Gudrunarlaug derives its name from one of the renowned heroines in the Icelandic Sagas. The pool has a changing room located close to it, unlike most natural geothermal baths in Iceland. The pool is fairly warm, with temperatures reaching roughly 100 degrees Celsius. The geothermal pool is clean and free. You should not worry even if you notice some algae on top of the water. This alga is actually good for your skin. 

Visit the Deildartunguhver

By now, you already know that there are numerous hot springs in Iceland. Deildartunguhver is a hot spring in West Iceland, popular for its hot water and high flow rate. Here, temperatures reach as high as 97 degrees Celsius. This hot spring is popular for being the highest-flow hot spring in entire Europe. The flow is around 180 liters per second. This makes the hot spring one of the most popular destinations in West Iceland. 

The water rises with high ferocity, heating many Icelandic homes around the area. However, you should be careful, since the water here is too hot. It could be dangerous if you venture very near. You can’t bathe here; there are several observation decks and walkways from where you can observe the hot spring. 

Visit the Snaefellsjokull Glacier

The Snaefellsjokull glacier, located on top of a volcano, is a must-see when touring West Iceland. The glacier overlooks the entire peninsula like a watchman. The book “Journey to the Center of the Earth” derived its inspiration from this glacier. Even if this glacier may seem small by Icelandic standards, it is definitely worth the stop. It is the only glacier in the entire Snaefellsnes Peninsular; therefore, you have no excuse not to visit it. The view is unique; you should check it out if you have an opportunity. 

Vatnshellir Lava Cave 

Another perfect place to see is the entrance of the Vatnshellir Lava Cave. The Lava Cave lies in Snaefellsjokull National Park. This attraction is more than 8000 years old; it is a must-see, especially if you are fond of nature and history. You can take advantage of guided tours during summer, which is offered between 10 am and 6 pm. The tours involve exploring the underground tubes of the Lava Cave. You must wear the proper safety gear to explore this cave. 

Budir Black Church 

The Budir black church is also a common destination in West Iceland. It is a haven for photographers. The church contrasts the rough nature of Iceland due to its black color and the cloudy mountain in its background. Most churches in Iceland are painted black with a pitch to shield them from harsh Icelandic elements. This contrast provides a perfect spot to take photographs. The church is pretty easy to find because you can see it from far away.

 

Svortuloft Lighthouse

This is a great spot to visit in West Iceland. You just have to follow the main road, 574, until you reach the edge of the peninsula. From there, head south to the lighthouse. You can simply walk along the wooden boardwalk to visit the lighthouse. The orange color of the lighthouse contrasts perfectly with the background. You will find interpretive panels on the lighthouse if you want to learn more about this magnificent location. 

And there you have it! Some of the best places to visit are in West Iceland. Iceland has so much to offer, but if you are in West Iceland, we strongly recommend these stops. You will not be disappointed by the unique attractions and stunning views. If you are interested in visiting West Iceland, check out our private luxury tours.