Day 09 of 12 Day Roadtrip Iceland Reykholar Patreksfjordur
Published: 24/01/2021
Vestfjarðarvegur road
Today you will fully immerse yourself in the many wonders of the West Fjords. You have to get up early, because today we have a ride of 450km ahead that is packed with adventure and sights

The first destination is the largest settlement in this region, Ísafjörður. This is a ride of 280km, more than three hours without long stops. Before you leave, fill the engine up.
This drive to Ísafjörður is spectacular; The mountains of the West Fjords are old and large, with waterfalls tumbling from their many corners and the views are simply spectacular.

Along the way you will also see the seals resting on the coast and humpbacks regularly come close to the coast, so pay attention while driving and if you want you can stop at some places to take some pictures of all the beautiful things.

To reach Ísafjörður from Reykhólar, you must drive north on Route 607, then north on Route 60, at RP2 you can choose to turn left and drive north again on Route 608, this route is 70km shorter, but also partly asphalted.
This description is for the longer and fully asphalted route, so we turn right at RP2 Go west on Route 61. At RP3 we drive towards the Húnafjörður fjord, here we stay on Route 61 and continue through the green hilly landscape to RP4 where the route will wind along the fjord Ísafjarðardjúp to Ísafjörður. This is really enjoying, beautiful roads, beautiful panoramas of the beautiful fjords. There are several small parking places along the road where you can stop. At RP8 there is also a lookout point for seals.

At RP12 you can stop to see the Valagil waterfalls, from the parking it is a walk of about 2 kilometers, but definitely worth it. Even from the start of the hiking trail you can see one of the giant gorge waterfalls at the end of the valley. This waterfall is visible throughout the walk, but the real jewel is the gorge waterfall of Valagil, which you can only see when you get there. The path is a narrow sandy path and is very easy to follow.

The next stop, including lunch, is planned in Ísafjörður (RP13), a junction for locals and visitors, with lots to see. The Old Town still has many 19th-century wooden houses, authentic remains from Iceland's history; the old hospital is now used as a cultural center, where you can see art from the local population. Ísafjörður is also the home of the Maritime Museum Westfjords.
After lunch at one of the city's many restaurants or cafés, take Route 60 South, traveling across gigantic mountains until you begin to wind around the fjords again.
Note from RP17 the road becomes pretty winding and parts are not asphalted or gravel.

At RP18 we arrive at the Dýnjandi waterfall. This is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland, it is in fact a series of falls that fall down from a height of more than one hundred meters along a cliff that looks like a staircase. The contrasts between the foaming white water, old gray rocks and creeping green moss contribute to the magic of this great site.
To reach Dýnjandi you have to take a short walk, and this route takes you past many other smaller, but still beautiful, waterfalls.

After admiring this wonderful natural wonder, we take Route 60 south until you reach Route 62, opposite Breiðafjörður (RP19). Take this road to the West and once again keep an eye on the water for spotting orcas.

We continue to the village of Patreksfjörður, the final destination for the day.

I rate this route with 5 ***** stars, although it is a very long drive but a very nice route with beautiful panoramas along the fjords and through the mountains, there are a number of nice sights along the way and you have a good chance of to spot seals, humpbacks and even orcas.
RP15-16 Route 60
RP18 Dynjandi-Waterfall
Useful links:
Route Day 8
Icelandic Meteorological Office
The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration
Route Day 10

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Iceland (Icelandic: Ísland; [ˈistlant] (listen)) is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country are home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is the only part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that rises above sea-level, and its central volcanic plateau is erupting almost constantly. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence keep summers chilly, and most of its islands have a polar climate. According to the ancient manuscript Landnámabók, the settlement of Iceland began in 874 AD when the Norwegian chieftain Ingólfr Arnarson became the first permanent settler on the island. In the following centuries, Norwegians, and to a lesser extent other Scandinavians, emigrated to Iceland, bringing with them thralls (i.e., slaves or serfs) of Gaelic origin. The island was governed as an independent commonwealth under the Althing, one of the world's oldest functioning legislative assemblies. Following a period of civil strife, Iceland acceded to Norwegian rule in the 13th century. The establishment of the Kalmar Union in 1397 united the kingdoms of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Iceland thus followed Norway's integration into that union, coming under Danish rule after Sweden's secession from the union in 1523. Although the Danish kingdom introduced Lutheranism forcefully in 1550, Iceland remained a distant semi-colonial territory in which Danish institutions and infrastructures were conspicuous by their absence.In the wake of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, Iceland's struggle for independence took form and culminated in independence in 1918 and the founding of a republic in 1944. Although its parliament (Althing) was suspended from 1799 to 1845, the island republic has been credited with sustaining the world's oldest and longest-running parliament. Until the 20th century, Iceland relied largely on subsistence fishing and agriculture. Industrialisation of the fisheries and Marshall Plan aid following World War II brought prosperity, and Iceland became one of the wealthiest and most developed nations in the world. It became a part of the European Economic Area in 1994; this further diversified the economy into sectors such as finance, biotechnology, and manufacturing. Iceland has a market economy with relatively low taxes, compared to other OECD countries, as well as the highest trade union membership in the world. It maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens. Iceland ranks high in economic, democratic, and social stability, as well as equality, ranking third in the world by median wealth per adult. In 2020, it was ranked as the fourth-most developed country in the world by the United Nations' Human Development Index, and it ranks first on the Global Peace Index. Iceland runs almost completely on renewable energy. Icelandic culture is founded upon the nation's Scandinavian heritage. Most Icelanders are descendants of Norse and Gaelic settlers. Icelandic, a North Germanic language, is descended from Old West Norse and is closely related to Faroese. The country's cultural heritage includes traditional Icelandic cuisine, Icelandic literature, and medieval sagas. Iceland has the smallest population of any NATO member and is the only one with no standing army, with a lightly armed coast guard.
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12 Day Iceland Road Trip

Driving in Iceland is a great experience whether you travel by car or as described in this review by motorcycle.

This route collection is based on information about Iceland that you can find on the Internet, especially from the Guide to Iceland, where you can find a wealth of information to prepare you well for your trip.

You drive through landscapes that are varied and beautiful, you see glacier tongues, volcanic mountains, geothermal areas with active geysers, lava fields, craters, forests, waterfalls and incredibly rugged stretches of coast. You will also see many animals such as seals, killer whales, humpback whales, puffins, gulls, olives and petrels

The main roads are of good quality but you also drive a lot on gravel roads, so not suitable for road motorcycles. Some of these roads are sometimes closed due to the weather.

It is therefore important that you check the weather forecasts and the situation of the roads every day before you leave, this information can be found on the website of "Icelandic Meteorological Office" and for the roads on the website of "The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration" "

Due to the Icelandic climate this trip can only be made in the summer and is suitable for car and motorcycle. Renting cars (also 4x4) and motorbikes is possible in Reykjavik.
If you want your own car or motorcycle, you can make a ferry crossing from the Netherlands or Denmark via the Faroe Islands. Then take another week off for the crossings, or longer because you can also make beautiful rides on Faroe Islands.

This route collection consists of the following routes

Day 1 from Reykjavik to Vik (350km)
Day 2 from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur (215km)
Day 3 from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hoefn (225km)
Day 4 from Hoefn to Seydisfjoerdur (295km)
Day 5 from Seydisfjoerdur to Husavik (300km)
Day 6 from Husavik to Siglufjordur (260km)
Day 7 from Siglufjordur to Blonduos (220km)
Day 8 from Blonduos to Reykholar (325km)
Day 9 from Reykholar to Patreksfjordur (455km)
Day 10 from Patreksfjordur to Grundarfjordur (280km)
Day 11 from Grundarfjordur to Borgarnes (210km)
Day 12 from Borgarnes to Reykjavik (270km)