Best things to do in West and sightseeing in West
Hallgrímskirkja - West
Centerhotel Klopp - West
For us, it's all about value. Our room was €75 ($93.75) per night. Considering this hotel is right in downtown Reykjavik, it's a decent deal for what you get. Breakfast included is the way to go here, since restaurant breakfasts are expensive on their own, and the room rate itself is on the lower end of the scale anyhow. My only complaint with the room rate is that it should be priced in Icelandic Korona's, which is the local currency. The room itself was perfect for us. Fairly small, but we're used to living in a motorhome so we don't notice small rooms anymore! No complaints at all, and the bed and the pillows were very comfy. We didn't hear any odd noises through the night and we slept very well. I had a shower last night before bed, and no complaints there either.
Krua Thai - West
We ate at the Krua Thai restaurant, and we each had the same dish. This was a chicken panang curry dish and we both agreed that it was delicious! We had brought our own water so we didn't order anything to drink. On the menu this dish is listed as being 1,950 koronas ($16.00) each. Tax is included, and there is no tipping in Iceland. So our total bill was 3,900 ($32.00) for dinner.
Akranes - West
Then the downhill just got plain fun…It maybe would have been a better plan going up this side – it’s really, really steep, but covered in scree and so an absolute nightmare to go down in any sense of safety. But we did, partly using “paths” that were there, and partly just wandering down through routes that looked like the rock surface was going to be stable enough. Once we’d worked our way down and off the hill (a bit over 200 metres, so nothing huge, but still a decent little climb from not much above sea level), we went a bit further up the coast, first to Akranes, where we didn’t really stop properly, but drove through and had a look around, and then on up to Borgarnes, where we did.
Hellnar - West
We visited Hellnar, largest fishing villages beneath the Snaefellsjokull ice cap. One of Iceland’s most peculiar caves, Badstofa, is located there. It is known for its special light exposure and colourful interior. A cold water spring is to be found at the lava’s edge.
Arnarstapi - West
We went to Arnarstapi too, important trading post in the past. A walk along the coastline is recommended to watch the birds and the magnificent lava formations. The seaside and the cliffs between Arnastapi and Hellnar have been made a Natural Reserve in 1979. Spot Gatklettur Arch Rock which is a cliff with a circular arch.
Djupalon - West
We visited Djupalonssandur which is a beautiful pebbled beach. It is often called the Black Beach due to its basaltic black sand. It is also one of the few areas that lead down to the sea along this coast with its high dramatic cliffs. The rests of a shipwreck can be seen on the beach.
Kirkjufell - West
Stykkishólmur - West
Town is called Stykkishólmur and from the lighthouse on the hill, you will be able to overlook the whole town in a bird eye view! Not only that, you could also overlook the fjords and glaciers along Breiðafjörður, AND THE FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING! *insert heart shaped eyes* The entire journey(13hours) was so scenic! Totally understand why it is called Iceland in Miniature.