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The Westfjords or West Fjords (Icelandic: Vestfirðir) is the name for the large peninsula in northwestern Iceland. It is connected to the rest of Iceland by a 7 km wide isthmus between Gilsfjörður and Bitrufjörður. The Westfjords are very mountainous; the coastline is heavily indented by dozens of fjords surrounded by steep hills. The cliffs at Látrabjarg comprise the longest bird cliff in the northern Atlantic Ocean and are at the westernmost region of Iceland. The Drangajökull glacier is located in the far north of the peninsula and is the fifth largest of the country, but the only glacier of the region. The lack of flat lowlands in the area makes it unsuitable for agriculture, but good natural harbors in many of the fjords and closeness to fishing areas are vital for the local economy. The Westfjords are sparsely populated; the total population in 2007 was 7,380. The capital, (and largest town) is Ísafjörður (pop. ~ 4000), which serves as a center for commerce, administration and transportation in the region.
(from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
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Die Westfjorde sind einfach Atemberaubend - meiner Ansicht nach die landschaftlich reizvollste Gegend Islands. Hier sollte man sich genug Zeit nehmen, da viele Strassen noch nicht asphaltiert sind und zwischen den Fjorden immer wieder hohe Pässe überquert werden müssen. Auch bei der Versorgung gilt es zu beachten dass Strecken von über 250 Kilometer ohne Versorgungsmöglichkeit keine Seltenheit sind. Mit etwas Glück wird man mit atemberaubenden Ausblicken, auf Felsen liegenden Seehunden und einer Schar von Seevögeln, unter anderem dem Papageientaucher verwöhnt, dem hier eine eigene Galerie gewidmet ist.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Europe
Subcategory Detail:Iceland
Keywords:Holiday, Holmavik, Iceland, Isafjördur, Isafjörður, Island, Látrabjarg, Thingeyri, Tourism, Tourismus, Urlaub, Vestfirðir, Vigur, bird, cliffs, fjords, puffin, town, west, Þingeyri

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