Route 61

Route 61, a coastal road in Iceland

Route 61 is a very exciting coastal road located in the north west of Iceland.

The drive offers a stunning experience leading from Vestjarðavegur (Road 60) towards Ísafjörður, the largest town in the Westfjords peninsula, with some 2600 inhabitants, in the Westfjords region of northwest Iceland. The road wiggles its way exasperatingly round no fewer than seven deeply indented fjords en route to the regional capital, Ísafjörður.

The road is paved. It’s 329km long. If you travel by car during winter, remember to get updates on weather and road conditions. Remember to bring your camera. it is very easy to stop to take pictures and enjoy the scenery. Along the side of the road, man-made stone piles, known as cairn, help fellow travelers know they’re on the right path.

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.