The pretty, ancient church site of Ísafjörður, perched on the peninsular of the Westfjords, has been one of Iceland’s busiest and most important fishing and trading centres for over 250 years. With its fine natural harbour, Ísafjörður is set against a backdrop of steep mountains and an arcing spit that extends out into the deep Skutulsfjörður.
The town centre’s preserved timber and tin-clad buildings are a joy to explore.[ReadMoreMob] Easily navigable streets offer warm cafes, bakeries and welcoming family-run restaurants that serve the finest locally caught seafood all year round. The Westfjords Heritage Museum has exhibits on the town’s maritime history, while the Old Hospital contains archives and photography. The occasional music festival in town provides the chance to experience modern Icelandic culture.
Ísafjörður is also the port from which to discover the beautiful landscape of Vigur, The Paradise Island. Only a short 30-minute boat trip away, the island is home to thousands of puffins, arctic terns, eider ducks, black guillemots and more.
Often referred to as the Paradise Island, Vigur is a beautiful island situated approximately 30 minutes from Ísafjörður. The island is renowned for its bird watching opportunities, and is home to puffins, Arctic terns, eider ducks, black guillemots and other species. Vigur also boasts the only windmill in Iceland and the smallest post office in Europe.
Dynjandi is considered one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls. Located in the remote Westfjords, Dynjandi is actually a series of seven waterfalls, with a cumulative height of 100 metres (328 feet). A walk of approximately 30 minutes is worth it to reach the base of the main waterfall – Dynjandi, meaning ‘thunderous’.
Located in the Westfjords, the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is one of the remotest places in this area of Iceland. Established in 1975, the reserve is home to imposing sea cliffs, mountains and waterfalls. Within the nature, reserve lies Hesteyri, an old fishing village, which was abandoned in the late 1940's. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, Hesteyri is home to traditional wooden houses and an old doctor’s house, which was built in 1901.
Cruises to Ísafjörður
Departs: Newcastle • Wed 06 May 2020
9 nights • Balmoral • L2007
- You’re in for an authentic snapshot of Iceland on this invigorating nine-night adventure, taking in four diverse destinations and inspirational natural wonders on three sides of this spectacular country.
- The wonders of the ‘Golden Circle’, including Gullfoss Waterfall and gushing geysers, await from Reykjavik, while Ísafjörður is your starting point for kayaking tours in the gorgeous Westfjords.
- Enjoy a taste of rural Icelandic life in the fishing village of Eskifjörður; and, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, embark on a magical whale watching adventure from breathtaking Akureyri.
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Departs: Dover • Sat 20 Jun 2020
13 nights • Boudicca • D2015
- From whales to geysers, waterways to geothermal pools, the thrilling diversity of Iceland awaits your discovery as you explore three sides of this astonishing country on an incredible 13-night voyage.
- On the west coast, stop overnight in Reykjavik – gateway to the wonders of the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon; and visit Ísafjörður, for a chance to observe charming puffins on a tour to Vigur Island.
- Along the north coast, divert deep into Eyjafjörður all the way to Akureyri, starting point for exhilarating whale watching adventures; and then savour the stunning scenery of Seyðisfjörður in the east.
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Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Mon 29 Jun 2020
10 nights • Balmoral • L2014
- An epic circumnavigation of Iceland, this exhilarating adventure packs-in unmissable opportunities to marvel at awe-inspiring natural wonders, dramatic landscapes; magical wildlife; and much more.
- Visit Reykjavik, gateway to the Golden Circle’s famous waterfalls and powerful geysers; observe puffins at Vigur Island on a boat tour from Ísafjörður; and savour Seyðisfjörður’s stunning scenery.
- For an experience of a lifetime, you can embark on a magical whale watching tour from Akureyri, to see humpback and minke whales, dolphins and porpoises living freely in their natural habitat.
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Departs: Liverpool • Mon 27 Jul 2020
9 nights • Black Watch • W2021
- For a spellbinding taste of one of the world’s most awe-inspiring countries, Black Watch will guide you on an epic adventure, taking in remarkable destinations and waterways on three sides of Iceland.
- Dramatic landscapes, inspirational wonders and wildlife, and magical experiences are yours to savour, from powerful waterfalls and geysers to stunning sea bird islands and whale watching tours.
- See the wonders of the ‘Golden Circle’, such as the mighty Gullfoss, from Reykjavik; observe puffins at Vigur Island; go in search of humpback and minke whales in their natural habitat; and much more.
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