Isafjordur, Iceland, Tungata square
Iceland's Charming Small Town

Cruise to Isafjordur, Iceland

Cruises to Isafjordur, Iceland will take you to the country's northernmost peninsula, a place called Hornstrandir. This is Iceland's most remote region, a natural reserve full of small hiking trails with breathtaking panoramic views. Isafjordur sits on the shores of the Skutulsfjörður Fjord and is the gateway to the many natural wonders that have made the Westfjords famous. 'Isafjordur' translates into 'fjord of ice'. The town is known for its fishing, back-packing, fine dining and cool cafés. It's a spectacular destination with vast, unchartered spaces where you can decompress and find that Nordic stillness many travellers seek on a cruise to Iceland. Relaxing is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Isafjordur, Iceland.
National Language Icelandic
Currency Accepted Icelandic Króna (ISK)

Things To Do in Isafjordur

Classic summer picture of norwegian valley and fjord Geirangerfjord

High-Flown Hikes

Classic summer picture of norwegian valley and fjord Geirangerfjord

Classic summer picture of norwegian valley and fjord Geirangerfjord

High-Flown Hikes

To surround yourself with Iceland's most dramatic landscapes, look no further than the hiking trails that abound in Isafjordur, like Naustahvilft, Kubbi and Sudavik. This is where the awe-inspiring beauty of the frosty fjords emerges as you trek along the jaw-dropping paths, spotting geothermal springs and foxes roaming free.

Town of Isafjordur in the Westfjords of Iceland

Storied Streets

Town of Isafjordur in the Westfjords of Iceland

Town of Isafjordur in the Westfjords of Iceland

Storied Streets

Isafjordur, Iceland travel is all about the history. Isafjordur's historic town Old Town dates back to the 18th century. Start in the Tangagata neighbourhood to discover the colourful homes painted red or blue (the colours of Iceland's flag). Also, visit the Westfjords Heritage Museum for nautical exhibits, the Culture House (formerly a hospital) for daily life displays and the Seamen's Monument.

Water reflections at Isafjordur, west fjords, Iceland
Water reflections at Isafjordur, west fjords, Iceland

Village Life

A short drive from Isafjordur takes you to two enchanting fishing villages: Flateyri and Sudureyri. Flateyri is known for its quirky museums, including the Nonsense Museum, which showcases a collection of sugar cubes, police hats and matchbooks. There's also a small shop, a restaurant and a beautiful white-sand beach across the fjord. In Sudureyri you can feed cod in a lagoon, visit a fisherman's hut by the coast and tour the famed seafood trail.

Icelandic typical dried fish (Hardfiskur) with charcoal bread and butter.
Icelandic typical dried fish (Hardfiskur) with charcoal bread and butter.

LOCAL CUISINE

Swimmingly good food awaits in Isafjordur, where seafood is the main dining staple – and with good reason. After all, this is a fishing town. Visit Vid Pollinn for Icelandic delights like dried fish (hardfiskur) with gorgeous views of the shore, Husid for Icelandic fish and chips and Tjoruhusid for a buffet of seasonal, freshly caught fish.

Traditional Icelandic wool sweaters.
Traditional Icelandic wool sweaters.

SHOPPING

When you go to Isafjordur, Iceland make time for local shopping. Look for markets selling leather made from salmon skin in Fiskbud Sjavarfangs, Icelandic jumpers and knitted socks in Karitas, and second-hand books and memorabilia in The Old Bookstore, Iceland's oldest bookshop. You can also just saunter around town and discover little-known nooks to call your own.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 If you want to pack many activities into one day, make sure to pick a short hike like Naustahvilft, which only takes about an hour.
2 Even though the waters are cold in Iceland, you can always find a hot spring. Wear a swimsuit under your clothes just in case.
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