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Hvalfjordur (Iceland)

Practical information on Hvalfjordur

  • Fjord
  • Viewpoint
  • Mountain
  • Waterfall
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
A 67 km by car between Reykjavik and Glymur
When to go
May through October
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Hvalfjordur

Emmanuelle Bluman Seasoned Traveller
157 written opinions

A wide fjord which often goes unnoticed because a tunnel now allows you to bypass it and save a lot of time and distance.

My suggestion:
If you have the time, take the route which goes around the fjord - the landscapes are fabulous.
My review

Hvalfjordur is a wide fjord in the west of the country which makes you do a very big detour if you are heading north in the direction of Snaefellsnes Peninsula. 

There is now an underground tunnel that crosses Hvalfjordur leaving you near Akranes and allows you to drive straight on. I must say that I took this tunnel in the beginning because it saves you a lot of time and 45 km of curves in the fjords! I recently decided to drive the long way around. And I didn't regret it. The view of the fjord, between the sea and mountains, is wonderful and the landscape is spectacular.

At the bottom of the fjord it is possible to stop for a hike to visit the beautiful Glymur waterfall, the highest waterfall in the country but there's a little bit of a walk to get there, which makes it less popular!

Tours and travel ideas Hvalfjordur

  • Off the beaten track
Off the tourist track Iceland
Length 12 days Approx. $3,000
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