We passed by a lot of beautiful fishing villages like Arnarstapi, Hellnar, Rif, Ólafsvík, Grundarfjörður....
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Renting a car from Sadcars, we poked our noses into countryside Nordic life along the island's west coast. We headed North from the city of Reykjavík and drove towards the direction of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula - going through the Hvalfjörður tunnel and making pitstops at the towns of Akranes, Borgarnes and Hellnar. These spots were randomly picked out by us on our paper maps, but just remember to select them properly on the GPS and you're set to go. We had a peek into the local neighbourhood as the towns turned out to be hidden gems on our road trip. We also somehow walked into the back alleys of a fishing factory, not surprising as the fishing industry is pretty big in the country. I think the local workers were rather amused to see us, but were friendly enough to say hi! Looking back, I love how the arctic coastline and the occasional Nordic wooden house blended into an unassuming composition with the background mountain range, exuding such a quintessentially Icelandic charm. Even a simple stroll along the beach envelopes you in awe as the snow capped mountains stare down on you - God's creations are sure sublime.