West Iceland is only an hours‘ drive from Reykjavik and is accessible by car all year round. As a result the region is a suitable destination for those who have limited time, but for those with more time on their hands there is plenty to see and do in West Iceland. The landscape in West Iceland is variable: mountains, ranges, volcanoes, craters, lava fields and valleys and the second largest lowland area of the country. The area belongs to the old, western basaltic region. The geothermal activity is the greatest in the country.
There are many attractions and historical sites. The trades are based on the fisheries, fish processing, industry, farming and tourism and unemployment is at its minimum. This part of the country is the richest in Saga literature and is connected with an abundance of Sagas, such as The Book of Settlements, Gunnlaugssaga, Hardarsaga Njalssaga, Laxdaelasaga, Egilssaga, Eyrbyggjasaga, The Greenlander Saga and the Gislasaga.
Þingvellir is a place in Bláskógabyggð in southwestern Iceland, near the peninsula of Reykjanes and the Hengill volcanic area. Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. It is the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is also home to Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland. - Location Map
Stykkishólmur is a town and municipality situated in the western part of Iceland, to the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. With its 1,100 inhabitants, it is a center of services and commerce for the area. Most of the people make their living from fishing and tourism. A ferry called Baldur goes over the Breiðafjörður fjord to the West Fjords (Vestfirðir). It also is the gateway to Flatey. - Location Map
Webcam feed:Stykkisholmur town
Búðardalur is a village situated on the Hvammsfjörður in the north-west of Iceland. The village also lies at the north-eastern end of the Snæfellsnes peninsula and is part of the municipality of Dalabyggð. Búðardalur has about 250 inhabitants and it is a service center for the area. There are 650 inhabitants in the whole county. - Location Map
Webcam feed: Budardalur village(Búðárdalur)
Laugarvatn is a lake and small town in the south of Iceland. It is a bit smaller than the neighbouring Apavatn. It is situated at a popular touristical round-trip, the Golden Circle and acts as a popular staging post in the area. There is a small but popular hostel situated in the town. If somebody wants to go from Þingvellir to Haukadalur, it is possible to follow a track through an interesting volcanic landscape and along Laugarvatn. The lake contains some geothermal springs under the surface, making it a popular swimming spot with some warm patches along the shoreline year-round. - Location Map
Webcam feed: Laugarvatn - village and lake
Here below you can find a direct feed from selected roads in West Iceland.