We asked founder Henry Fletcher a few questions about why he set up the Wildfjords Trail. The following is an extract from the interview:
What is the landscape like in the Westfjords?
The landscape is characterized by numerous sea fjords which hold small and scattered villages along a varied coastline. The mountains are steepest in the north of the Westfjords and formed of volcanic rock, considerably older than the rest of Iceland. The south side has more natural vegetation remaining and gentler relief and plenty of hot pools! Most of the topography is formed from glacial activity. The ocean is omnipresent in the region, and has been a vital source of fishing economy through the centuries, along with sheep farming.
The picture above shows one of the stunning fjord valleys near Ísafjörður, part of the North Section: Wild Food & Pack Horses.
We look forward to welcoming you onto the trail.