Isafjordur, Iceland

The town of Ísafjördur is the municipal centre of the West Fjords peninsula. The West Fjords are Iceland's least populated region, with 9,600 inhabitants in the area of 9,520 km. Isafjördur (population 3,500) formerly one of Iceland's main trading posts, was granted municipal status in 1886. Some of Iceland's oldest and best-preserved buildings, dating from the 18th century, are located in Ísafjördur. The town is still predominantly a fishing centre. A vigorous and varied cultural and artistic scene flourishes in the town as well. Mountains surround Ísafjördur on the three sides and the sea on the other. The ancient settlement site of Eyri downtown is enclosed by the narrow Skutulsfjördur fjord, which shelters the harbour in all weathers.

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Points of Interest

  • Bolungarvik Church
  • Osvör Museum
  • Maritime Museum
  • Vigur Island
  • Glacier Fjord Cruise
  • Hesteyri
  • Skrúður
  • Flateyri Village

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  • Bolungarvik Church

    This enchanting oasis of tranquility is named Hólskirkja or "the church on the hill." Although built over a hundred years ago, a church has always stood on the same spot since 1200.

  • Osvör Museum

    Located on the east side of the bay in Bolungarvik, the museum and the nearby restored fisherman's hut offer a picture into how local seamen made their livelihood over a century ago.

  • Maritime Museum

    Located in one of Ísafjördur's oldest houses dating back to the 18th century, the museum exhibits include everything from fishhooks to a ship. Enjoy a taste of Icelandic delicatessie´s served by the museum's curator.

  • Vigur Island

    Just over a mile long and 450 yards wide, the island boasts Iceland's only windmill, Europe's smallest post office and 80,000 puffins. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages at one of the island's few homes.

  • Glacier Fjord Cruise

    This excursion takes you through the crystal clear waters and narrow bays of the Glacier Fjords to the isolated village of Hesteyri for a guided tour.

  • Hesteyri

    Part of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, your guided walk through the dramatic landscape includes a visit to the Hesteyri village, abandoned over 50 years ago, and a brisk hike to "the Doctor's House" for refreshments.

  • Skrúður

    Visitors are often surprised to see flowers thriving so close to the Arctic at the Skrudur Botanical Garden, the oldest in Iceland.

  • Flateyri Village

    Located on a beautiful fjord and surrounded by magnificent mountains, the small fishing village of Flateyri dates back to 1790 and became a major whaling center during the 19th century.

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A Walk through Isafjordur

2 hours | Isafjordur | I F J - 3 8 5
  • Maritime Museum

Live like a local and discover the true spirit of everyday life in Isafjordur, Westfjord's largest town. A two-hour guided walk introduces you to the friendly inhabitants and provides a rewarding opportunity to learn their customs. Photograph the popular sights and visit the Maritime Museum (museum at own expense) celebrating the area's fishery history.

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Fish of the Westfjords

3 hours | Isafjordur | I F J - 3 2 0

Foodies will relish the opportunity to sample the freshest fish Iceland has to offer on the 'Food Trail,' a delicious tasting expedition in the village of Sudureyri. Learn about life at the edge of the Arctic Circle, and stop at various venues to sample the catch of the day.

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Bolungarvik Church, Osvör Museum & Maritime Museum

3 hours | Isafjordur | I F J - 2 0 0
  • Bolungarvik Church
  • Osvör Museum
  • Maritime Museum

Explore the picturesque village of Bolungarvik with a tour of the charming 100-year-old church. Then, visit the Osvor Fisherman's Hut for a glimpse into how the local fishermen made their livelihood. Next, is a stop at the Maritime Museum in Ísafjördur for refreshments and panoramic views of the fjords.

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Skrudur & Flateyri Village

3 hours | Isafjordur | I F J - 2 2 0
  • Skrúður
  • Flateyri Village

Explore Skrúður, the world's northernmost botanical garden. Take a stroll through the enchanting fishing village of Flateyri and hear an Icelandic music program at the charming church. Visit the old bookstore and enjoy a tasty snack of Icelandic pastries.

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Arctic Fox Center & Icelandic Folk Music Performance

3 hours | Isafjordur | I F J - 2 1 5

Stroll the petite village of Sudavik, home to 200 local inhabitants. Visit the Arctic Fox Center, a museum dedicated to the native animal of Iceland, and step inside a church where you'll be treated to a traditional music performance. Refreshments are served.

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Calm Fjord Kayaking

2 hours | Isafjordur | I F J - 5 8 0
  • Maritime Museum

Embark on a two-hour guided kayak adventure and explore the natural wonders of Isafjordur's fjords. Kayaking is a healthy and rewarding activity, the perfect way to appreciate the Icelandic scenic beauty up close, and you'll quickly discover why Isafjordur has earned its reputation as the sea kayaking center of Iceland. The actual kayaking on sea is 1,5 hours. Total tour time is 2 hours with the walk and demonstration.

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Cruise to Vigur Island

3 hours | Isafjordur | I F J - 2 4 0
  • Vigur Island

Stroll the tiny yet magical Vigur island off the coast of Ísafjördur. Just over a mile long and 450 yards wide, the island boasts Iceland's only windmill, Europe's smallest post office and puffins. Enjoy snacks and beverages at one of the few homes on the island.

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Hesteyri & Glacier Fjord Cruise

4.5 hours | Isafjordur | I F J - 2 4 5
  • Glacier Fjord Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing, narrated cruise along the stunning shores of Hesteyri Bay to the secluded area of Hornstrandir. Behold the spectacular Glacier fjords surrounded by steep, ragged cliffs and beautiful snow-streaked mountains. On the island, stop at 'The Doctor's House' Café for refreshments while taking in the panoramic views.

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Best Of West Fjords - Dynjandi Waterfall & Villages

6.25 hours | Isafjordur | I F J - 1 1 5

Get off the beaten track and get acquainted with the West Fjords' past and present. Get a glimpse of Viking history with a visit to Thingeyri; behold the breathtaking Dynjandi, a reminder of Iceland's last Ice Age; and tour the village of Sudureyri for a look at modern day fishing.

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