Patreksfjörður is named after St Patrick, spiritual guide of the first settler Orlygur Hrappsson. It’s the biggest town in the southern Westfjords with a population of 600.
One of the oldest trading posts in the Westfjords, fishing has traditionally been the primary activity. Today it is the outstanding beauty of this remote area which attract visitors.
Where the land meets the sea at the most westerly tip of The Westfjords is the imposing Látrabjarg Cliff. It really is a line of several cliffs, 14kms long and 440ms high, home to simply stunning birdlife. Nesting high up, safe from foxes and other predators, the birds are fearless and provide incredible photographic opportunities from close range. The puffins appear in large numbers but expect to see razor bills, auks, white tailed eagles, artic tern too. A walk along the top of the cliffs guarantees incredible views but is not for the fainthearted!
Raudisassandur is a 10km sandy beach, home to numerous sea birds and seals. The colour of the sand which gives the beach its name, Red Sand, changes from red to gold with the weather and light, creating ever changing seascapes.
Looking more like a glacier or snow on the side of the mountain from afar is the breathtaking Dynjandi Waterfall. Made up of a series of 7 waterfalls, the most impressive cascades 100m and is 60m wide at the bottom. Dynjandi means thunderous, possibly referring to the applause it deserves but more probably because the noise of the water drowns out all other sounds!