Daily Expedition Reports
Isafjordur & Vigur Island
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 14 Aug 2019

Isafjordur & Vigur Island

  • Aboard the National Geographic Explorer
  • Arctic

We dedicated the day to exploring the western side of Iceland. Locally known as the Westjords, this region is far and remote, and although the location we visited has road access, many of the northern areas cannot be reached by anything but small boats or expedition ships.

Our adventures took us from the small village of Isafjordur into various destinations. Some guests went hiking to Valagil, a beautiful valley with a gorgeous waterfall at the end. Others went on a walking culinary experience in the center of town, visiting local houses and enjoying some delicacies unique to the region. The majority of guests enjoyed a scenic ride to see some of the highlights of the region.

During the afternoon, we repositioned the ship to the northwest of Isafjordur to visit a privately owned island called Vigur. The owners of the island and their close relatives were our guides, and they gave us a real, local perspective on a business that has been run for several generations: the extraction of eider duck down and its commercialization.

The whole day was a great opportunity for photography, particularly to use our newly acquired skills taught by the photo instructors on board. Both the morning and afternoon adventures were full of photogenic details, and we were able to use our creativity to capture our unique experiences!

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