Rauðasandur (Red Sand Beach) is a golden red sand beach in Vesturbyggð and Látra-bjarg area, enlivened by countless seabirds and seals.
In Rauðasandur you can take a stroll on the seemingly endless beach or enjoy a nice cup of coffee and look at the Rauðasandur spectacular view, were Snæfellsjökull glacier on Snæfellsnes peninsula imperiously rivets your attention in the background.
Bjargtangar at Látrabjarg is the western most point in Iceland and in Europe. Land meets sea head-on at the 14 km cliff of Látrabjarg, one of the world’s biggest Seabird colonies. The steep landscape, small population and fertile seas make the region a birdwatcher’s paradise. Látrabjarg is an exciting landmark of human geography and a spectacular location. Up to 444m high, the cliffs are occupied by millions of Puffins, Gannets, Guillemots and Razorbills.
The Egill Ólafsson Folk Museum
The Vesturbyggð community is home to a folk museum chronicling the history of the southern Westfjords. The museum is located in Örlygshöfn and it is an ideal stop on the way to Látrabjarg.
In the museum is a unique collection of old objects from the area, which offers a clear insight into the daily life in centuries past.
Also on display are many objects connected to the history of economic activity in the first half of the 20th century, especially fishing and boats. These objects provide a good insight into people’s struggle for existence and the resourcefulness it took to survive under harsh conditions. Nature, community life, and the area’s history have attracted many tourists to Vesturbyggð.
The Samúel Jónsson Museum
In the period of 1947-1967 a local farmer in Selárdalur, Samuel Jónsson, built a church, an art museum and outdoor art pieces, all on his own. Samuel is often referred to as the artist with the child’s heart. He created his own fantastic world consisting of creatures and miniature versions of famous buildings, such as St. Peter´s church in Rome, the Alhambra palace and the fountains of Rome, all made out of poured concrete.
After decades of neglect, these edifices have recently been restored and painted. Today these artefacts form a small museum devoted to the spirit of the man who, even though he never travelled outside his home region, had aspirations to do great things.
Dynjandi is the largest waterfall in the Westfjord´s and one of the most impressive water-fall in Iceland. It is 100 meters high and consists of six small waterfalls that together form a spectacular and thunderous power.
Many consider it to be the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland due to its natural el-egance. It is located in Arnarfjörður.
Jón Sigurðsson Museum in Hrafnseyri
Hrafnseyri in Arnarfjörður boasts the Jón Sigurðsson Museum, where the life and work of the 19th century independence hero of Iceland is well portrayed. Jón Sigurðsson called ,,Jón the president” was born June 17th 1811, and died 1879.
Jón was a major figure in Icelandic culture and the leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement. Iceland´s independence day is held on Jón´s birthday, June 17th, but Iceland only became a sovereign state from the Danish as late as 1944. A trip to Hrafnseyri is a trip back in time and an opportunity to learn about Iceland´s struggle for independence.