Onundarfjordur is a particularly pretty fjord, even by Westfjords standards. This is partly due to Holt beach, which is a sweeping golden-sand beach and dune system which curls out into the fjord.
Due to Holt Beach Onundarfjordur is a bit like Spain for a few hot days of the year. The rest of the time it’s a great walk and the dunes are a protected eider duck nesting area. It is also impossible to mention Önundarfjörður without mentioning the village of Flateyri. Flateyri is a small but beautiful village which rests in Onundarfjordur and is more than worth the stop.
Onundarfjordur in the sagas
Steep mountains line the fjord on both sides and to get there you must drive across high heaths and through mountain passes, but the beuaty of the fjord is worth it. At the bottom of the fjord is the mountain Hestfjall, which is 702 meters high. According to Gisla Saga, a Saga that takes place in the Westfjords, Vesteinn Vesteinsson, the blood brother of the main character Gisli, lived on a farm near Hestfjall.
The fjord’s name derives from it’s first settler, Onundur Vikingsson.