Isafjördur, Iceland - Hornbjarg Cliffs in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve with Blossoming Flowers, Westfjords, North-East Iceland

Experience the unparalleled natural beauty of Iceland in Isafjördur – a charming small town surrounded by snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear water, and breathtaking vistas that will leave you in absolute awe. As the largest settlement in the Westfjords, Isafjördur offers you the perfect opportunity to explore the unspoiled terrain of northern Iceland and observe the native wildlife, such as whales, seals, and arctic foxes, in their natural habitat.

While in port, don’t miss out on birdwatching on the nearby island of Vigur or taking a trip to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, where you’ll be able to experience the true essence of Iceland’s rugged beauty. Another must-see destination is Dynjandi, a magnificent group of waterfalls that is often referred to as the jewel of the region.


Old Town Isafjördur Iceland

Old Town

Even though the island of Isafjördur only has 2,600 inhabitants, its downtown area offers a nice mix of shops, museums, and local restaurants to explore. Stroll around its quaint streets featuring frequent art exhibits, stop by a bakery and order a Kringle, the local pastry specialty, and take photos of the Old Town’s charming 18th-century wooden buildings.

Dynjandi Waterfalls

Known as “the jewel of the Westfjords,” the Dynjandi waterfalls (which translates as “thunderous”) have well earned their name. At this spectacular site, you’ll witness water crashing from over 328 feet high. Experience the thrill of the cascades from down below, or embark on a hike up to the top of Dynjandi, where you’ll stop by seven different waterfalls on your way up to the summit.
Dynjandi Waterfalls Isafjördur Iceland
Hornbjarg cliffs in Hornstrandir nature reserve with blossoming flowers, Westfjords, north-east Iceland

Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

Board a ferry and head out to Hornstrandir, a spectacular reserve where you’ll encounter frozen tundra, glaciers, and miles of green hills. During a trip to Hornstrandir, you can go hiking, kayaking, bird watching, or simply settle in and enjoy the view of sweeping vistas and the deep blue ocean surrounding you.

Hike up Kaldbakur

Hike around the stunning mountains of the Westfjords, where you’ll admire unparalleled views of the ocean and surrounding alps. Make your way up Kaldbakur, which towers over 3,000 feet above the ground, making it the tallest mountain in all the Westfjords. A hike to the top of the mountain and back down usually takes around four hours and is an easy trail for both beginner and advanced hikers.
Hike up Kaldbakur Isafjördur Iceland
Kayak Around the Westfjords Isafjördur Iceland

Kayak Around the Westfjords

Make your way around the Westfjords while aboard a kayak and marvel at the peaceful surroundings full of towering cliffs and lush green hills. Enjoy the serene scene as you paddle around the Westfjords’ gentle waters, and keep your eyes peeled for seals, whales, and eagles along the way.

Visit Vigur Island

Bird watchers should head to Vigur, a small island located just 30 minutes away by ferry. There, you’ll spot avian species like adorable puffins, razorbills, guillemots, eider ducks, and fulmars. This tiny island is also home to the smallest post office in Europe and the site of the only windmill in Iceland.
Visit Vigur Island Isafjördur Iceland

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Port Facilities & Location

The ship will dock in the port of Isafjördur, which is located within a natural harbor in the Westfjords region. Nearby, you’ll find the Old Town center and the Maritime Museum.

Explore Places to Eat and Drink

Isafjördur boasts of fresh seafood options, thanks to the town’s thriving fishing industry. During your visit to Isafjördur, you can indulge in a range of seafood options such as cod, haddock, and salmon, which are prepared in different ways, including roasted, boiled, and grilled. One of the local specialties that you must try is the mashed fish stew, plokkfiskur, which is a delightful mix of fish, potatoes, onions, and sauce. For those who are eager to explore new flavors, you could try Iceland’s national dish, fermented shark, or hákarl, which is a truly unique culinary experience.

Culture & History

The town of Isafjördur is located within Skutulsfjörður, a fjord that was established back in the 9th century. Over the centuries, Isafjördur grew into a thriving trade center and was granted municipal status in 1786. You can still see some of the 18th-century merchant buildings of the era by visiting the collection of old timber frame houses in the area. For many years, Isafjordur was home to one of Iceland’s largest fisheries. Today, most of its economic activity revolves around tourism and tours around the Westfjords.

Shop 'Til You Drop

Get your duty-free shopping fix at the cruise terminal, then head into town for authentic Icelandic artisan goods like locally made wool sweaters and knit hats that are typical of the region. Dressing warmly is an art in Iceland, and you can learn how when you chat with the local salespeople.

Getting around

Almost everything in town is located within walking distance of the port, so you won’t need public transportation. If you choose to explore the Westfjords, there are several boat tour operators that will take you to nearby destinations, such as Vigur and the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.

Local Currency & Tipping Etiquette

While the town of Isafjördur is small, you’ll find several shops within the Old Town that specialize in local goods, including handmade jewelry, ceramics, glassware, and wool knitted items.
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