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The Westfjords or West Fjords is the name of the large peninsula in northwestern Iceland and an administrative district. It lies on the Denmark Strait, facing the east coast of Greenland.
Each part of Westfjords have their uniq charaters. It is one big wilderness with fishing towns and ocassional farms in between. Northen part of Westfjords are conservation area. Westfjords are rich of wildlife at sea and land. Birds, foxes, seals and whales. The fauna is rich of all kinds of Medicinal herbs and berries.
Flateyri is situated in the center of northern part of Westfjords.
Flateyri in Önundafjordhas been a trading post since 1792 and saw its heyday in the 19th century when it was home to a fleet of decked vessels and the base for shark-hunting and whaling operations. With its fishing industry grinding to a halt, Flateyri, like so many other fishing villages, is visited by tourists in the summer months; the majority of visitors being sea anglers from Europe.
Kayaking is also a popular activity for tourists.The old bookshop has been turned into a museum and coffeshop where the history of the village is displayed. Visitors can also buy second hand books and visit an old merchant’s home. An international doll museum can also be found in Flateyri.
There is a nice sandy beach on the other side of the fjord, and although the sea might be colder for bathing than most people prefer, the sand is great for building sand castles.
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Sample: Isafjordur - 21 min. drive, between Isafjordur and Flateyri
Reykjavik - 6 hrs. drive " Reykjavik and Flateyri
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