Our visit to Isafjördur revealed charming churches, bookstores, coffee shops, breweries, and views of lupin-filled fields and layered basalts. We visited a botanical garden, photographed fjords, rented bicycles, bought books, and joined cultural tours of the village. Together, these excursions offered a multidisciplinary exploration of Iceland’s famous western fjords.

Iceland has been able to protect many of their large waterfalls from dam construction thanks to the availability of geothermal energy. After dinner, we were lucky enough to visit one of these places — Dynjandi Waterfall — which offered a salient reminder of how much character an intact waterfall lends to a landscape.