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Getting There -- No public buses venture up the Strandir coast past Hólmavík and Drangsnes, so a rental car is almost indispensable. Car rental is not available in Hólmavík or Gjögur, Strandir's only airport, so drivers usually arrive from Reykjavík, Ísafjörður, or Akureyri. Hólmavík, a village at the base of Strandir, is along Route 61, 224km (139 miles) from Ísafjörður and 274km (170 miles) from Reykjavík. A few kilometers north of Hólmavík, Route 643 branches off from Route 61 and heads up the coast, ending 96km (60 miles) later at Norðurfjörður.

Eagle Air (tel. 562-2640; www.eagleair.is) flies once a week from Reykjavík to Gjögur (from 12,000kr one-way; 40 min.), 16km (10 miles) southeast of Norðurfjörður.

Straeto buses (tel. 540-2700; www.straeto.is) connecting Ísafjörður to towns outside the Westfjords stop at Hólmavík. On Fridays, the Trex (tel. 587-6000; www.trex.is) bus from Brú (on the Ring Road) to Hólmavík extends a bit farther up Strandir to Drangsnes.

Visitor Information -- The visitor center for all of Strandir is in Hólmavík, Norðurtún 1 (tel. 451-3111; www.holmavik.is/info; June 10-Aug daily 9am-5pm), at the community center. Off season, rely on the tourist office in Ísafjörður.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.