Flokalundur is the perfect rest stop when travelling in the Westfjords. It’s a small cluster of houses, located at the junction of the road leading towards the town of Isafjordur and the bumpy road no. 62 to the southwestern peninsula. The protected but sparsely vegetated lowlands location of Flokalundur is possibly the reason for its mild climate. Summers here are usually mild and warm.
Where does the name Flokalundur come from?
The name derives from the Viking Hrafna-Floki. As the story goes Hrafna-Floki, the first settler in Iceland, landed in Flokalundur and set up a winter camp. He and his men suffered bad weather in the first winter, cold and snow. So, Hrafna-Floki walked to the summit of a nearby mountain to see if spring was coming. However all he saw were fjords filled with ice, snow and icebergs. So, he decided to call this land Iceland.
What to do in Flokalundur?
The natural geothermal pool „Hellulaug“ lies about 500 m from Flokalundur. It’s hidden away from the road, but there is a small parking lot and a nice path down to the beach. The pool is tucked away among the rocks, right by the sea-shore. At high tide, you might want to jump into the ice cold sea, as the locals do, and then run quickly back to the pool to warm up.
Many popular hiking paths are in the area of Flokalundur, such as in Vatnsfjordur nature reserve. The reserve reaches around Vatnsdalsvatn lake, a nesting site for harlequin ducks and great northern divers (loons).
Check out our complete guide to the Westfjords.