Ísafjordur

The town of Isafjordur is considered the honorary capital of the Westfjords, and has a real vibrancy with a thriving harbor, world-class dining, swanky cafes and an annual music festival that draw fans from all over the world. The broad fjord of Isafjardardjup provides a phenomenal backdrop for a charming fishing village with colorful narrow streets and old buildings dominated by the steep slopes of Mount Kirkjubolsfjalls.

Settled in the 1580s, Isafjordur boasts a lovely old town center with some of the finest and most beautifully restored timber buildings in the country. The meticulously restored Turnhus (Tower House) was built in 1744 and now houses the Westfjords Heritage Museum.

The pristine landscape is typified by narrow fjords and steep mountains, many of which descent directly into the sea. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to this remote area for fabulous hiking trails, sea kayaking, downhill skiing, rich birdlife, camping, and boat trips around the fjords which include stops at the tiny islands nearby.