North of Breiðafjörður lie numerous fjords, of which Vatnsfjörður is the most western. To the west of Vatnsfjörður is the Barðaströnd area, while the Hjarðarnes coast lies to the east. In Vatnsfjörður, the climate is mild and summers are pleasantly warm – making it an excellent spot for excursions around Vestfirðir, the West Fjords.
It is a 90-minute drive from Vatnsfjörður to the Látrabjarg bridcliff and the the town of Ísafjörður, while Vatnsfjörður to the Dynjandi waterfall takes 30 minutes by car. A boat trip from Brjánslækur to the island of Flatey on the ferry Baldur takes an hour.
Vatnsfjörður was declared a Nature reserve in 1975. The nature reserve is on the land of the head estate Brjánslækur and abandoned farms that fall under it. The Nature reserve is 19.000 hectares. Approximately 80% of it is roug and barren but the lowlands are most covered with shrubs and brich bushes.
To the Traveler
The principle behind he reserve is to protect the environment and nature in a way that people can enjoy them. We should be an example to our children and treat the environment with respect.
Please drive only on roads; let us not damage flora, fauna and natural phenomena. Do not light fires and camp only in marked campsites.
In the reserve there are many interesting trails for the whole family. A ranger from the Environment Agency is on hand during the summer and offers information on the region, in addition to organizing walks and hikeks.
Hot water runs from a geothermal borehole to a pool Hellulaug by the seashore. Nothing beats unwinding in this pool after a strenuous hike. Note that there are no sanitary facilities by the pool.