Friday, January 20, 2012
West Fjords in winter
We´re glad to introduce a spot, which is far away from Eyjafjordur, but just as interesting as our area if you´re tuned on exploring OFF the beaten track.
A friend of Go Local Iceland, Neil, has been renting an apartment in Flateyri and we want to share more about this hidden destination, letting Neil talk:
'There has been a lot of snowfall, making it a good option for various winter sports – as well as cross country and downhill skiing, there is also snow shoeing and various backcountry skiing adventures which can be organised locally. If you couple this with the prospect of seeing the northern lights, which is, in my experience, very good in this part of Iceland, you can see why I think tourism will take off in the region.
However, for the time being at least the area remains pretty much untouched, and particularly so in winter. Getting there is easier than you think, but difficult enough to put most people off.
The Icelandic airlines (www.icelandair.co.uk, and www.icelandexpress.co.uk) currently offer up to three flights a day to Iceland from London, and several weekly flights from Glasgow and Manchester. This will all change when easyJet (www.easyjet.com) start flying from Luton on 29th March, and WOW Air (www.wowair.is), a new Icelandic airline commence operations in June, flying from Stansted.
Getting to the apartment requires a days drive, or you take an internal flight, from Reykjavik to Isafjordur, on Air Iceland (www.airiceland.is). Best to get a 4x4 if possible. My advice is to take things slowly, and expect the unexpected. It's all part of the adventure.'
If you are interested, do not hesitate and give Neil a shout and we´ll keep you updated about common cooperation on GO LOCAL ICELAND.
Happy journeys and Off the track explorations.