The West Fjords of Iceland offer the visitor spectacular scenery, and an out-of-this-world remoteness that is hard describe in words. I am always struck with a deep admiration for those that lived in these deep isolated fjords centuries before us, where the sun doesn’t show itself for weeks in the winter, and the top soil is scarce —it must not have been an easy life. Getting to the West Fjords has gotten easier in recent years with new tunnels carved into mountains and better roads, but the roads still provide heart-stopping cliff vistas, wandering sheep and if there is fog, a blanket of clouds that trace the mountaintop roads, which can be adrenaline inducing.
From what I gather none of my people come from the West Fjords, where subsistence farming and fishing were the main vocations. Unfortunately, rural Iceland is losing its population and it is eerily desolate in many parts. However, you still can see many neatly kept farms nestled in the fjords’ fertile parts, showing there is a future for some in this special place at the edge of the world.Pin It