Vatnsdalur

Westfjords, Iceland
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Vatnsdalur is a beautiful valley in the Westfjords. It lies only 4 kilometres from Flókalundur. Vatnsdalur is a great valley with a spectacular lake, frequently visited by local anglers. The lake is known for its natural beauty and tranquility with mountains and rolling hills surrounding it. The reflection of the landscape in the calm waters of the lake makes it a beautiful and serene spot. The hills rise sharply on either side, their slopes covered in a tapestry of vibrant greenery, and they make an excellent contrast to the heavenly blue lake. Like many areas in the Westfjords, Vatnsdalsvatn is somewhat remote and less frequented by tourists than better-known tourist destinations in Iceland.

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Accessibility

The lake is only 3.7 km from the main road. It is a simple gravel road suitable for all kinds of cars. There are a few offshoots to the lake to various fishing spot.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Bad phone coverage
Poor phone coverage with frequent interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Nearest hospital is in Ísafjörður, 96 km away in the Westfjord region. The town of Patreksfjörður is ca. 65 km away, with most services required.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 50 km

Permits

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You need a two-way permit. From the government and from the landowners.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit
The area is a nature reserve
Shooting permits are issued by the local government

Basecamp and facilities

There are a few offshoots by the road along the lake. But best suited for basecamp is Flókalundur guesthouse and restaurant site, only 3 kilometers away.

Risk factors

The lake is deep and cold. The hills are steep and the road can be treacherous during wintertime.

Visitors

Not a high tourist attraction. Locals visit the lake frequently to fish.

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