Despite being a little known town that barely appears on the map, Hvitanes is one of the most recommended stops on a tour of the Westfjords. Rugged Icelandic landscapes provide the perfect place to discover the country's incredible wildlife: it's one of the best locations to see seals and go birdwatching in Iceland together with Ytri Tunga, in Snaefellsnes!
Kindly residents of Hvitanes often leave binoculars in boxes that visitors can borrow to look out for the local wildlife, sometimes alongside homemade jams that can be bought as a souvenir.
The old Litlibaer farmstead, which you'll recognise for its grass-covered roof, makes for an excellent stop in Hvitanes. As well as taking photos of the beautiful scenery, you can enjoy the views with a hot drink in the café here and buy souvenirs of the Westfjords.
How to get to Hvitanes from Isafjordur?
The Hvitanes peninsula is located 43 miles (70 kilometres) east of Isafjordur, its nearest town. The best way to reach Hvitanes is renting a car and driving along the winding Route 61 for about an hour, while you enjoy the panoramic views of the Westfjords.