Seyðisfjörður (Seydisfjordur), Iceland

Introduction to Seyðisfjörður (Seydisfjordur), Iceland

Seyðisfjörður is regarded as one of Iceland’s most picturesque towns. Its remoteness and hard-to-reach location makes a visit here even more special: one of the advantages of cruising the Icelandic coast. The valley above the town echoes to the sound of the 25 thundering waterfalls formed by the river Fjaroara as it cascades down to a lagoon at the head of the fjord.

Nestled in between the beautiful Mount Strandartindur and Mount Bjolfur in the Eastfjords of Iceland, Seyðisfjörður is a beautifully unique place to visit and is home to a unique collection of wonderfully preserved wooden structures

With its small population of just 800 people, Seyðisfjörður is a relaxing place to explore. Whether you fancy a spot of fishing, cycling and golf or simply wish to go for a nice, quiet stroll, this uncrowded, unmolested town is the ideal place to visit. You could even try your hand at kayaking and other watersports if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous.

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Fishing Adventure

  • Venture out on a fishing boat for your chance to land a catch
  • Experience the peaceful Fjord
  • Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife
Price£240.00-£260.00
DurationApproximately 1 1/2 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included

In the safe hands of local fisherman Haraldur Arnason, who comes from many generations of fishermen, you will get the opportunity to fish at his favorite fishing spot, process your catch, discover the fjords secret treasures and visit the puffins and other magnificent sea bird settlements – a truely icelandic experience!

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Sensible footwear and warm, waterproof clothing should be worn – layers are best. The tour includes a hot refreshment and a sample of dried fish (harofiskur)

 


Dynjandi Waterfall, Isafjordur, Iceland.

SCENIC EASTERN ICELAND

  • Uncover the diverse landscapes of Iceland 
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery from the comfort of your coach
  • Admire the scenic lakes and forests before you
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£80.00-£90.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Enjoy the natural highlights of eastern Iceland, including the Vatnajökull National Park Visitor Centre and the beautiful Hallormsstaðarskógur Forest.

Upon leaving Seyðisfjörður, head over the impressive mountain pass of Fjarðarheiði and continue by, skirting Iceland’s third largest lake – the picturesque Lagarfljót. The lake bed lies 100 metres (328 feet)  below sea level, having been gouged out by glaciers over thousands of years. The lake is famous for the ‘Ness’ that resides far below in its inky depths. It goes without saying that this creature gets spotted once in a while, attracting a lot of media attention in the process!

Your journey continues along the lakeside to Skriðuklaustur, which is a most attractive and unusual building of basalt blocks with white cement. From here the group will walk to Snæfellsstofa - the visitor centre for the east side of Vatnajökull National Park, offering an interactive way to explore the nature of the area. You then make another stop at Valþjófsstaður - a 13th century church, estate and manor farm in Fljótsdalur. From here you will pass Hallormstaður – a successful government forestry station set in the beautiful Hallormsstaðarskógur forest. Here, over 40 species of trees from various parts of the world can be found growing.

In Egilsstaðir there will be a short stop at a souvenir shop with locally handcrafted items, en route back to your ship in Seyðisfjörður.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users due to the walk to Snæfellsstofa. Uneven, gravel paths will be encountered. We recommend wearing sensible shoes and clothing in layers (including a windproof jacket) that you can remove if necessary. It should be noted that this tour does not have a refreshment stop, so you may wish to take a drink with you.


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SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR TOWN WALK

  • See the best of this small settlement on foot 
  • Allow yourself to drift away to the beautiful music
  • Delve into the local wares – maybe purchase a souvenir to take home
Activity Tour
Price£20.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity per departure
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Explore the small town of Seyðisfjörður on foot, as your guide shares their local knowledge and shows you the highlights.

Your walking tour commences at the pier, passing charming wooden chalet-style houses which the town is known for. You continue to the beautiful old wooden church of Seyðisfjörður, often called the Blue Church. Musical recitals are held once a week during the summer, attracting various types of musicians, and you will be treated to a short concert of Icelandic melodies, performed by a local musician.

From the church, walk over to the Avalanche Memorial - Seyðisfjörður suffered the most deadly avalanche in Icelandic history in 1885 when 24 people were killed. You will also see the home of local folk artist, the late Ásgeir Emilsson. Enjoy a brief stop at Skaftfell, a centre for visual arts, where interesting exhibitions are held by various international artists. On the way back to the pier you will have the option to visit a souvenir shop selling handicrafts, made by locals. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 ICELAND CRUISES 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a walking tour, with the majority of the time spent walking over fairly level, but some sloping ground. Although the town is accessible to all, this tour benefits from the knowledge of a local guide. For information, the musical recital will last approximately 30 minutes.


Skalanes Nature Reserve, Isafjordur, Iceland.

SKÁLANES NATURE RESERVE

  • Explore Skálanes Nature and Heritage Centre
  • Have your binoculars at the ready for birds galore! 
  • Learn about the Eider duck and how its down is used  
Activity Tour
Price£125.00-£150.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy the unique opportunity to visit one of Iceland’s most remote places that even few Icelanders have witnessed.

Your journey begins with a drive to Þórarinsstaðir where you can explore an important archaeological site, with finds from the first years of settlement. Drive through a lush green valley, which is surrounded by high mountains, and dotted with abandoned farms that remind you that this peaceful landscape was once home to farmers and their families.

You then continue to your destination - Skálanes. The Nature and Heritage Centre covers 1,250 hectares and aims to create a site where Icelandic environment and cultural history can be researched and interpreted, whilst maintaining a model for sustainable tourism. The area is home to around 45 different species of birds during the summer, including the Black-tailed Godwit, Red-necked Phalarope, Golden Plover, Merlin and Europe’s largest falcon – the Gyr Falcon. Eider ducks nest in great numbers around the pond, and their down is collected to create duvets and pillows. Savour some local refreshments here, before heading back to your ship.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The visit to Skálanes is guided, however, if you prefer to wait at the centre you may – making this tour suitable for most, providing guests can board the coach unaided. Please note that’s guests will change onto a 4 x 4 bus where the steps are higher than on a standard coach (approximately 80cm for the first step and a two further steps of 50 cm). The guided walk will last approximately one hour, with walking over uneven terrain, including grass and gravel. We recommend wearing sensible shoes and clothing in layers (including a windproof jacket) that you can remove if necessary. Certainly bring binoculars if you have them. As with all wildlife in its natural environment, we can not guarantee sightings.


The Tiniest Town by 4x4

  • Discover Seydisfjordur by 4 x 4
  • Admire the breath taking Klifabrekkufossar Waterfall
  • Visit the smallest town in Iceland
Price£200.00-£250.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Visit Mjóifjörður (‘Narrow Fjord’) and its attractions during this half-day tour in a specialised 4x4.

Mjóifjörður Fjord is known for its tranquillity and history. During this tour you will visit some of its highlights and acquaint yourselves with its history. You will stop by the waterfall of Klifabrekkufossar, where clear water tumbles down a tiered hillside by the roadside. Continuing on you will make a stop in the tiny village of Brekka, which has less than 40 inhabitants. You will also see the remains of a Norwegian whaling station at Asknes, it was the largest of its kind when it was built by the Norwegians in around 1900, providing employment to approximately 200 workers.

As you drive to the edge of the fjord you can admire the solitary lighthouse at Dalatangi. The first lighthouse in Iceland was built here in 1895 and the old building can still be seen to this day.

You will then drive back to the pier, enjoying the beautiful and imposing scenery that this small but impressive fjord offers en route.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking at each stop. Guests will be required to negotiate a deep step in order to board the vehicle; therefore this tour is regrettably not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. You will be travelling off road so please be prepared to be bumped around. We do not recommend this tour to guests suffering from neck or back injuries, or pregnant ladies. This tour may operate in a different order to that described, and some sites may be substituted for similar natural attractions. Please note each 4x4 holds 9 guests, so we cannot guarantee a window seat for everyone.

 


Vestdalsfoss Waterfall, Isafjordur, Iceland.

WATERFALL WALK

  • Embark on a hike to the waterfalls of the Vestdalur Valley  
  • Admire the beauty of the area as you explore on foot
  • Learn about the natural wonders which make Iceland a beauty to behold  
Activity Tour
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 2 1/2 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

This hiking tour provides an excellent opportunity to explore the beauty of the Icelandic landscape - the nature surrounding the town of Seyðisfjörður contains a spellbinding display of waterfalls and mountains.

This guided walk takes you on a hike to part of the Vestdalur Valley near Seyðisfjörður. The valley is a protected nature reserve due to its remarkable flora. You will reach the ruins of the abandoned town of Vestdalseyri. The town was inhabited for roughly 100 years, from 1851, and originally there was a whaling station and it was home to one of the largest co-operatives in the country.

As you continue your hike up the valley, you will pass a series of beautiful waterfalls that will provide ideal photo opportunities. The higher you go, the larger the waterfalls get. As well as the impressive views back down the valley, the waterfalls are a must-see on your visit to Seyðisfjörður.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? You will have a short drive to the start of the hike, which will take over two hours. The route consists of grass and gravel and is only suitable for those who are relatively fit. We recommend wearing sensible shoes and clothing in layers (including a windproof jacket) that you can remove if necessary. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water with you. THIS TOUR WILL ONLY  BE BOOKING ONBOARD.


Wilderness Badst2, Iceland

WILDERNESS CENTRE

  • Experience the natural surroundings of the area
  • Enjoy a visit to the Wilderness Centre
Activity Tour
Price£125.00-£150.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This tour takes you on a journey into the past, right by the edge of the largest wilderness area in Northern Europe.

 

On a picturesque drive from Seyðisfjörður, you will head over the impressive mountain pass of Fjarðarheiði, which has numerous small but beautiful waterfalls. Pass by Egilsstaðir, a town of 2,000 inhabitants and the commercial centre of the area. Continue along Iceland’s third largest lake, Lagarfljót. The bed of the lake lies 100 metres (328 feet) below sea level, having been formed by glaciers over thousands of years.

Arriving at the Wilderness Centre, you will embark on an adventure and enjoy an insightful visit without feeling as though you are in a museum. Every detail in the premises is designed to simulate the atmosphere of the life in the early Icelandic days. It will be in the centre that you will enjoy traditional, homemade refreshments – all freshly made on the premises. 

Travelling back to the quayside, you will pass by the beautiful Hallormsstaðarskógur Forest, where over 40 species of trees from around the world grow. 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is some walking involved during this tour, over partly gravelled ground, with 15 steps to negotiate in order to visit the centre. It should also be noted that the ground can be muddy, so stout shoes or boots are recommended. 

 


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