Photos of the West Fjords, Iceland

I still cannot believe I actually visited the remote and riveting West Fjords of Iceland. A region barely connected to Iceland and just south of the Arctic Circle, the West Fjords are sparsely populated and full of giant mountain fjords, eerie mountain moorlands, and thundering waterfalls. I arrived in the West Fjords by ferry, killed time until my bus by walking down the road to a beach of seaweed-chomping sheep and went for a dizzying bus ride through mountain moors, up and down zig-zagging fjord single-lane gravel roads.

Ísafjörður – the hub of the region is a small town nestled between mountain, sea, and fog. A day trip out to Hornstrandir and the abandoned settlement of Hesteyri reminds one of just how harsh life can be here. Once home to a few hardy farmers and fishing communities, Hornstrandir is now an oasis of summer hikers and scientists.

If you want to leave most of the tourists behind and be constantly stunned by sheer geography, head north. To view my photo slide show of the West Fjords, click on the link below.

West Fjords, Iceland

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About chronictraveler

Chronic Traveler starts as a dream, one that I thought I had lost, but that has slowly changed into a mission to realize and live that dream every day. In December 2007 I became seriously ill and the doctors did not know what was causing my illness. I had to stop teaching as my life tumbled into a never-ending nightmare of doctors, hospitals and tests. Finally, in May 2008 I was diagnosed with a chronic condition - fibromyalgia. I was only 26 years old at the time. I have had to give up teaching, and now work part-time at a performing arts center as I learn how to manage my condition and improve my quality of life. What helped me through the months of uncertainty and sickness, and continues to inspire me, was a new focus on what truly mattered to me: family, friends, gardening, the arts, and especially travel. I have always fed my soul by traveling, ever since I first stepped off the plane at age 16 in Kathmandu, Nepal to help with an orphanage's building project. Meeting new people and experiencing how they live and how they view the world infuses my life with a richness I was so afraid I would lose when the doctor first said, "You have fibromyalgia". This blog is my story, as I begin to forge a new path. I am embracing my life as it is, with the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, and learning to do what I love regardless. It may mean I have to go slower and take more naps or breaks! But I am determined to learn how to travel and experience the world, and hopefully what I learn will help others like me who believe their medical condition stands in the way of their travel dreams.
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