Westfjords, Iceland
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Dalsvaðall is a near circular headland in the beautiful deep fjord of Patreksfjörður. The headland extends resolutely into the fjord’s crystalline waters and is adorned with a light tan sand beach that stretches 3.2 kilometres along the coastline. Iceland is famous for its black beaches, but a few light tan sand beaches are located in the Westfjords. Along the cape lies the old Patreksfjörður airport, which was closed down in 2011. Dalsvaðall is a perfect image of a natural oasis on a perfect sunny day in the rugged, wild Westfjords.

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The road to this location is good. There are old trails that with permission could be used to drive closer to the beach.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Nearest hospital is in Ísafjörður, 147 km away in the Westfjord region. The town of Patreksfjörður lies 24 km away with most services required.
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
< 1 km
< 30 km
< 30 km


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You need a two-way permit. From the government and Patreksfjörður municipality.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government

Basecamp and facilities

There is an old airstrip at this location, perfect for all kinds of basecamps. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

Working on the sandy beach can be exhausting and slow down the progress and the workflow. The waves can be treacherous.


Not a popular tourist attraction.

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