Drinking in the Westfjords

The bars of the Westfjords are the perfect place not just to eat and drink but also to bond with the locals, experience the culture and get a feel for what life in the remote towns and villages is like.

Husid, Isafjordur

Husid, or ‘The House’, is a cafe by day and a cozy bar by night. Dim lighting, wooden floors and ceiling beams add to the atmosphere. A large patio to enjoy a beer on a sunny afternoon, a dark backroom for football games and local musicians playing on weekends makes it the perfect hangout.

Edinborg, Isafjordur

A restaurant and bar housed in one of the town’s most important old buildings, Edinborg has a good menu. In the summer, you can sit outside and enjoy fantastic views of the harbour and mountains.

Also home to one of the cultural centres of Isafjordur, the building hosts exhibits, concerts and assorted events all through the year.

From quiet café to heaving night club, Edinborg revels in its Friday and Saturday transition each week. Open until 3am, it is the place in town to dance with a lively crowd.

Dokkan Brugghus, Isafjordur

Founded in 2017 when some locals decided that the Westfjords needed its own microbrewery, the first beer was made in the summer of 2018. The mountain-sourced water adds to the unique taste.

Dokkan is open every day during the summer and half the week in winter. It keeps the sun later into the evening than the other bars (due to the shadow of the mountains) and it has a simple but satisfying menu. The fish & chips is a perennial favourite!

With over a dozen home-brewed beers on tap, why not try a sampler tray to find your favourite?

Vagninn, Flateyri

Located in the most gorgeous surroundings, by day this is a quiet little restaurant with several beers to choose from, free wi-fi and the perfect place for leisurely meals.

They serve some amazing Icelandic food with a unique touch of their own. Look out for the catch of the day or try the to-die-for lamb burger.

Come evening, the look and feels changes completely to accommodate live music and crowds. Live bands play on weekends in the summer well into the evenings and it is easy to lose track of time. The opening hours are a bit random, but much more frequent in summer, so best to call them or check their Facebook page before you visit.

Café Riis, Holmavik

This charming establishment is nestled in the centre of Holmavik in a traditional wooden building. It is open year-round and promises a warm welcome for diners and drinkers alike.

Not only does Café Riis boast arguably the best pizzas in the area, but it is also one of the founding partners behind Galdur brewery. As a result, they are the main beers on tap at Riis.

Galdur is the Westfjords’ newest beer producer and has made quite a splash already, gaining fans all over Iceland.

So raise your glass and say Skál!

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