The remote Westfjords are a distinct region in Iceland that differ from the rest of the country both historically and geologically, with rock formations up to 14 million years old. Actually, the Westfjords are the oldest part of Iceland!
They are the so-called “head” of the monster that many see when they look at Iceland on a map. In the Westfjords, land meets sea in the most dramatic terms imaginable, with sheer mountains rising from the sea and deep fjords dotted with occasional fishing villages snuggling against the slender seaboard.
The Westfjords are the most scattered populated region of Iceland. Nowadays with many farms deserted and enormous plains of land without any (human) inhabitants. Driving around the fjords you can spend an hour without seeing a single settlement, with only the company of eagles, sheep and the occasional arctic fox!
The population of the Westfjords is about 6.780 (2017) however in 1920 it was at 13.443 and, the biggest of the settlements is Isafjordur. Often dubbed the capital of the Westfjords.