Destination guide

Warm, friendly people in a magnificent, chilly landscape

West Iceland is one of the eight regions of a country known for beautiful mountains, impressive volcanoes, and picturesque rivers and fjords. The West is a combination of glorious, unspoiled wilderness, tiny villages, and bustling towns, and the locals have a reputation for hospitality and national pride. Local museums reveal the area’s history as the site of thrilling scenes in historical Icelandic sagas, and rangers guide visitors through the national park on the West’s glacial peninsula. Come for the scenery, stay for more scenery. You’ll never be bored in West Iceland.

Things to do

Homemade ice cream with a side of historic saga

Your West Iceland visit won’t be complete without a trip to the town of Borgarnes and its Settlement Centre museum. This is set in a restored warehouse near the town’s harbor and features exhibits about the history of Icelandic settlements and tells Egil’s Saga, an exciting adventure and one of the first examples of Icelandic literature. Another popular spot for kids of all ages is Erpsstadir, a dairy farm that welcomes guests on tours of the property, where you can meet the cows, chickens, and rabbits before enjoying delicious homemade ice cream.


Rolling hills, steaming swimming pools, and craggy ice caves

On the northern edge of West Iceland is Dalir, a region of rolling grassland perfect for friends or families who crave hiking trails or peaceful dips in geothermally heated outdoor pools. Further south is the Langjokull ice cap, the second largest glacier in Iceland. Locals stress that it’s dangerous to explore the ice cap alone, but guided jeep and snowmobiling trips are wildly popular. If your West Iceland vacation rental is near Husafell, you’re in luck. Tours start there and take visitors into the glacier’s famous ice cave.


Less icy than advertised and summer days that last all night

West Iceland is subarctic. Read: cold. Freezing temps are tempered, however, by the North Atlantic Current, and even in winter, you’ll find lows only in the teens. In summer, highs can be in the 40s or 50s. Most travelers find the long summer days – the sun barely sets at all in late June and early July – impossible to resist, but you can count on finding a West Iceland vacation rental to suit your bargain budget in the winter months. Just bring a fleece or two.

Natural features

Lope through lava fields and gaze at glimmering Glymur

Snaefellsnes is the most prominent peninsula in West Iceland, and you may want to book your vacation rental nearby. Snaefellsjokull National Park occupies most of the peninsula’s western point and surrounds the rocky slopes of the Snaefellsjokull glacier. The park boasts lava fields that are home to native Icelandic birds, and whale-watching tours depart from its coastline. Iceland's second-tallest waterfall is also in the West. Take a hike – or go with a guide – to Glymur and take in the rushing water from a scenic overlook.

Where to stay around West, IS?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 96 vacation rentals near West. From 38 house rentals to 39 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near West for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in West?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in West. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Borgarnes: 31 vacation rentals
  • Arnarstapi: 17 vacation rentals
  • Hellnar: 17 vacation rentals
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Springs: 50 vacation rentals
  • Budir: 18 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in West! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in West?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in West:

  • Borgarnes: 31 rentals
  • Arnarstapi: 17 rentals
  • Hellnar: 17 rentals
  • Budir: 18 rentals
  • Hvalfjarðarsveit: 51 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in West?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in West. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Deildartunguhver Hot Springs: 50 rentals
  • Ullarselid -The Wool Hut: 65 rentals
  • Snaefellsjoekull National Park: 22 rentals
  • Kirkjufell Mountain: 26 rentals
  • The Settlement Centre: 65 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around West listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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