10 Things to Do in West Region That You Shouldn't Miss

Discover the best top things to do in West Region, Iceland including The Settlement Center, Cave Vatnshellir, Kirkjufell Mountain, Glymur, Borgarnes Swimming Pool, Helgafell, Stykkisholmskirkja, Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier, Hraunfossar, Volcano Museum.

1. The Settlement Center

Brakarbraut 13-15, Borgarnes, Borgarbyggd 310, Iceland Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 682 reviews

The Settlement Center

Settlement- & Egils Saga exhibition Offering a wealth of information, the Settlement Center provides a wonderful insight into Iceland’s history. It also gives you the chance to put your visit into the context of the country’s past. The exhibitions recreate the fascinating drama of the sagas and the birth of this island nation. They also bring to life one of Iceland’s most important cultural treasures, Egils Saga. The exhibitions at the Settlement Center tell the story of the first settlers and the story of Iceland’s most important saga – Egils Saga. Egill Skalla-Grimson was a famous Viking and poet and his father and was one of the first settlers and his family settled at Borg near Borgarnes. The goal is to make the ancient sagas accessible to all ages. Multi-media and theatrical techniques are employed to help the visitor experience first hand the excitement of setting off over the open ocean for lands unknown. The audio guided storytelling programs are available in 15 languages.

Reviewed By j_n_naa - Los Cristianos, SpainLos Cristianos, Spain

Great lunch-buffet!

Nice staff and the lunch-buffet is alone worth the visit. The price is also very reasonable. The exhibitions are also interesting and it is good to have the audio-guide.Thank you so much for your very generous review. Have a wonderful time in West Iceland

2. Cave Vatnshellir

Snaefellsbaer, Iceland Nature & Parks, Caverns & Caves
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 398 reviews

Cave Vatnshellir

Follow the path of the lava flow, about 200 meters into the cave and 35 meters below the surface to see amazing colors and lava formations. The 8000 years old cave is located in Snaefellsjokull National Park, about 10 minute drive from Hellnar.

Reviewed By dr_j_now - Germantown, WisconsinGermantown, Wisconsin

Neat to see

This cave is a great value when compared to the cost of other lava tube tours in Iceland. As part of the tour you're issued a hard hat and flashlight, as flashlights are the only lights within the cave. The tour guide was great and explained the geology a

3. Kirkjufell Mountain

Road 54, Grundarfjorour 350, Iceland Nature & Parks, Mountains
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 535 reviews

Kirkjufell Mountain

The mountain is near Grundarfjordur, a teensy-weensy town in west Iceland. With a summit 1,500 feet above sea level, Mount Kirkjufell the biggest landmark in the village of about 900 residents. Kirkjufell stands on snaefellsnes peninsula of its own, a stunning backdrop for the multicolored Icelandic sky.

Reviewed By Samuelpas - Bekasi, IndonesiaBekasi, Indonesia

Breathtaking view

This mountain located just beside the Kirkjufellfoss, so we can visit both in one time. For me, the mountain view is more beautiful than the waterfall.

4. Glymur

Hvalfjorour/Botnsdal, 47, Akranes 301, Iceland Nature & Parks, Waterfalls
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 300 reviews

Glymur

Reviewed By rockon0630 - Cincinnati, OhioCincinnati, Ohio

Best Hike Ever

Glymur foss was our first actual stop in Iceland. Glymur is the second-highest waterfall in Iceland that is situated at the rear end of Hvalfjörður on the river Botnsá. We spent a good couple hours hiking in the area, and it was probably the best hike we'

5. Borgarnes Swimming Pool

Thorsteinsgoetu 1, Borgarnes, Borgarbyggd 310, Iceland Fun & Games, Sports Complexes
Excellent
60%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Borgarnes Swimming Pool

Reviewed By Matthew M - Farmington, New YorkFarmington, New York

Highly Recommend

It's just an amazing and unique experience to be able to go swimming in an outdoor pool while it's freezing out. It's also a beautiful view with the mountains and the ocean. I can't recommend enough. It's also incredibly cheap for Iceland (900 KR/9USD). I

6. Helgafell

Kaldarsel, Stykkisholmur, Iceland Nature & Parks, Mountains
Excellent
43%
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38%
Satisfactory
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Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 146 reviews

Helgafell

Reviewed By HollandWanderer - hollandholland

Great views

You can get lucky charm by not talking when climbing the hill and it helped we were very lucky during our trip in Iceland

7. Stykkisholmskirkja

Borgarbraut, Stykkisholmur 340, Iceland Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Excellent
35%
Good
46%
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17%
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4 based on 170 reviews

Stykkisholmskirkja

Reviewed By Globetrotter045 - Haacht, BelgiumHaacht, Belgium

Modern church with nice views

A church with a very distinctive architecture on top of a hill in Stykkisholmur. The interior is very sober like all other churches in Iceland but your attention is immediately drawn to the beautiful painting of a floating Madonna and Child behind the alt

8. Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier

Klettsbud 7 | Hellissandur, Iceland Nature & Parks, Geologic Formations, National Parks
Excellent
74%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 320 reviews

Snaefellsjokull National Park & Glacier

Reviewed By dr_j_now - Germantown, WisconsinGermantown, Wisconsin

Beautiful area

We visited this National Park by car and enjoyed our time driving through. Everywhere we looked it was gorgeous. We made a few notable stops including hitting a few hiking trails, Londrangar basalt towers, Djúpalónssandur beach, Vatnshellir cave, and happ

9. Hraunfossar

Road 518, Husafell 311, Iceland Nature & Parks, Waterfalls
Excellent
65%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
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Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 577 reviews

Hraunfossar

Reviewed By Simone R - Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia

Beautiful waterfalls and river

Maybe it's because it was one of my first waterfalls of my trip to Iceland, but Hraunfossar and Barnafoss were one of my favourite falls of the trip. The water was so blue, and the view out along the river was just stunning. There's some nice, easy short

10. Volcano Museum

Adalgata 6, Stykkisholmur 340, Iceland Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
48%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
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4 based on 109 reviews

Volcano Museum

A unique exhibition of international art and objects related to volcanic eruptions and their impact. Let's learn from past, to see what Volcanoes are capable off. To see how different cultures all around the world could understand and behold on the scary beauty of the Volcanoes. Let's find the connection between art and science.

Reviewed By Robert A - Phoenix, ArizonaPhoenix, Arizona

THE Gem of Stykkisholmur...GO INSIDE!

Ok, like most, if you are fortunate enough to visit Stykkisholmur, you have found the neat local artisan shop next door to the more obvious (larger-RED) Volcano Museum. Don't wonder....just go in. This very educational and interesting collection of the wo

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