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About Isafjordur

The Icelandic fishing port of Isafjordur is the perfect starting point for those who want to experience the magnificent natural beauty of the West Fjords, and its two valleys of Tungudalur and Engidalur lend themselves well to outdoor pursuits. Surrounded by steep sloping mountains you can indulge in a spot of skiing, golfing, or hiking - just some of the activities on offer.

The town is also rich in art, culture and historical significance. Main points of interest include the Slunkariki Art Gallery and the West Fjords Folk Museum which houses a remarkable collection of traditional tools and relics. Nearby Neostikaupstaour consists of the oldest buildings in Iceland, including four from the 18th century, which belonged to Danish merchants.

The town centre is interesting to walk around as it has a selection of old streets, small shops and a unique array of houses. Known for its quirky peculiarities don't be surprised to see the barber playing his accordion, the baker training for the marathon or see the goldsmith paddling around in his kayak!

 

Shore excursions in Isafjordur

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Arctic Foxes and Folklore

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Learn about Iceland’s only native animal; the Arctic Fox during a visit to the charming village of Súðavík.

Soak up the scenery as you journey to the tiny village of Súðavík, home to just 200 inhabitants. Súðavík emerged into a village at the end of the 19th century when the Norwegian fisherman established 2 whaling stations in Álftafjörður fjord, creating new employment possibilities.

Stretching along the coast Súðavík is divided into 2 halves; the old town and the new town. The old town was sadly hit by a huge avalanche during the winter of 1995, destroying part of the village. Following this, the new town was founded a few minutes from the old town in a beautiful setting under Mt Kofri.

In the middle of the divided town lies the Arctic Fox Centre, a research centre and museum dedicated to the only native animal of Iceland. During a visit to the small centre, you’ll be fascinated to learn how these beautiful creatures survive in such cold conditions. Refreshments of tea, coffee and local pastries will be served before your tour of the town continues.

View some of the small timber houses that were rebuilt after the avalanche, before visiting the small church, where you’ll be treated to a delightful performance of traditional Icelandic music.

View the signs in the old town offering details of the avalanches in the area before returning to the pier via the picturesque inner fjord.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes walking required, some of which involves slight inclines and uneven ground. Please note that motor coaches in Iceland can vary in overall quality from region to region. It is not uncommon that in some of the more remote areas motor coaches are somewhat older and larger than in the Capital region.

Calm Fjord Kayaking

Activity high

Duration: 2 hours

Embark on a two-hour guided kayak adventure and explore the natural wonders of Isafjordur's fjords.

Begin your scenic 2 hour kayaking tour with a short walk from the pier to the kayak center located behind the Maritime Museum. Here you will be given a safety briefing and instruction before setting out on a guided adventure in your one-person kayak through the glassine waters of the fjord, surrounded by the magnificent mountains of Isafjordur.

The waters around Isafjordur are inviting and tranquil, easily managed by visitors, and the unique vantage point is an optimal way to experience Iceland's native scenery up close. Just grab your paddle and you're off to explore.

With an endless array of fjords and bays so close by, it is no wonder that Isafjordur has earned a reputation as the sea kayaking center of Iceland. As you glide between the towering mountains, keep a lookout for a wonderful array of birds that populate the area. If you are lucky, you may also see seals and other curious marine life. If you happen to have binoculars with you, this would be the day to use them! From a kayak, you gain a true sense of closeness with the environment, and the peacefulness of the scenery refreshes the soul.

At the completion of your time on the water, conclude back at the kayak center and simply walk back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by kayak and on foot. Children under 13 cannot participate on this tour. This tour is subject to weather conditions. Please wear sunscreen, and practical closed toe shoes. Wear warm flexible clothing-no jeans. Please note that you might get a little wet. Please carry a backpack for belongings and take bottled water to stay hydrated. Please wear swimwear and take a towel.

Dyandi Waterfall

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 6 hours

Visit the magnificent Dynjandi waterfall, the biggest in the Westfjords and tour the village of Sudureyri for a look at modern day fishing.

In a land blessed with a thousand waterfalls, it is indeed a privilege to visit the one that Icelanders claim is the most beautiful of all. Dynjandi Falls is your destination today.

From Ísafjorður, you’ll set out on a panoramic drive through the breathtaking scenery of the Westfjords area. The route takes you across an unforgiving landscape of jagged mountain ridges and narrow passes. The coast is lined with steep slopes and deep fjords, where farms and villages huddle together on narrow strips of land that reluctantly yield a living for the hardy souls that tend them. Take advantage of a number of scenic photo opportunities along the way.

The Dynjandi waterfall itself features a tall upper cascade down tiered terraces, ending with a free fall into the pool below. Your guide will lead you on a walk up to the falls for a closer view.

Next, acquaint yourself with life in northwestern Iceland by visiting the sustainable-fishing village of Suðureyri. It is no exaggeration to state that it is ‘all about fish all the time’ in this area. This is your chance to learn about how the locals process first-class fish products and get a fresh taste of it while listening to local stories. Learn why Iceland’s first class export product can be on your domestic dinner plate just 36 hours after leaving the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean water, and just how sustainable the village operates.

At the end of the day, relax on the coach ride back to port with a camera filled with one-of-a-kind delights.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour. A sandwich will be provided during this tour, however, we recommended that you eat a hearty breakfast and take a bottle of water.

Flavours of Sudureyri

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Mix with the residents of the small fishing village of Sudureyri and sample the local delights on this charming tour.

Visit Sudureyri and discover how this tiny fishing village hugging the north Atlantic coast survives with just a handful of residents.

During a tour of the town, you’ll meet some of the locals who will be happy to answer any questions you may have, as well as offering you the opportunity to sample some of their local produce. Be sure to stop by the fish drying shed to taste the dried haddock, and the ‘fisherman cooking school’ to sample the Ceviche.

Sudureyri is now principally a base for speed-boat fishermen, who sail swiftly out to sea, returning to land with fresh, high-quality catches. Such is the speed and efficiency of their entire operation that the local catch is on sale in Europe just 36 hours later. It is also the only community in the locality that enjoys a supply of geothermal hot water providing enough to heat all of the buildings in the village as well as the outdoor swimming pool, which is the only one of its kind in the area, whilst a hydroelectric power station ensures residents have access to hydro-powered electricity.

Enjoy some free time to browse the pretty village before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking over inclines and uneven ground, therefore flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour may not be suitable for passengers suffering from claustrophobia as part of it travels through a 5km tunnel. Please note that motor coaches in Iceland can vary in overall quality from region to region. It is not uncommon that in some of the more remote areas motor coaches are somewhat older and larger than in the Capital region.

Ísafjörður Old Town Discovery

Activity medium

Duration: 2 hours

Explore the interesting sights of Ísafjörður, and visit the local Maritime Museum for an insight into the history of the town.

Ísafjörður, the largest settlement in the Western Fjords of Iceland, is the centre of trade and culture in the area. The town itself is situated on a long, flat, hooked-shaped gravel spit reaching out into the fjord. Ísafjörður town centre has interesting old streets and houses that are unique to the area. The town plays a big part in the history of Iceland and many famous and peculiar people have lived here.

Enjoy a walk around the small town, stopping at several places of interest, whilst your local guide provides little anecdotes and facts about the local area. Breathe in the town’s history as you stroll through the narrow streets with their modest wooden 19th century houses, perhaps you’ll meet the barber playing his accordion, the baker training for the marathon or see the goldsmith paddling around in his kayak.

The tour ends with a visit to The West Fjords Maritime Museum, which is situated in one of Ísafjörður’s oldest houses. The museum tells the history of fisheries and the fishing industry, with a special focus on the industry’s role in the building of Ísafjörður.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. There will be some uneven ground to negotiate and several steps at the Museum. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.

 

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