The town of Isafjordur is considered the honourary capital of the Westfjords, and has a real vibrancy with a thriving harbour, world-class dining, swanky cafes and an annual music festival that draws fans from all over the world. The broad fjord of Isafjardardjup provides a phenomenal backdrop for a charming fishing village. With its colorful narrow streets and old buildings, the town is simply charming.
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), built in 1744, now houses the Westfjords Heritage Museum.
Things to do in Isafjordur
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 and camping. Many also like to go boat trips around the fjords which include stops at the tiny islands nearby.
Check out our complete guide to the Westfjords.