The remote village of Sudureyri with a population of about 300 inhabitants was once isolated by high mountains. Transport was mainly by sea or by driving the rough and windy roads. However thanks to a tunnel through the mountain, Sudureyri now welcomes visitors year-round.
The tunnel was completed in 1996, and is an one-lane tunnel from Isafjordur to Flateyri. However in the middle of the mountain it branches and a 3 km section shoots off to Sudureyri. Perched on the tip of Sugandafjordur fjord, the thriving community of Sudureyri village combines fishing tradition with tourism. The full name of Sudureyri vid Sugandafjord is a real tongue twister, even for Icelanders!
Culture and industry
The harbor is the place to be, when the characteristic small boats arrive in the after-noon heavy laden with their catch. Every year enthusiastic sea anglers visit the village and try their luck at catching cod and halibut.
What do in Sudureyri?
The Fisherman brand has a strong hold on the community, with the Fishermen Kitchen being a fine restaurant with dishes made from local ingredients. The fish is straight from the sea, caught by the local fishermen. Visitors can also join an hour long walking tour with a guide (the Fisherman seafood trail), that gives insight into the fishing industry and processes. Along with a delightful taste of the catch of the day!
The village differs from other communities on the north-west corner of the Westfjords as it enjoys geothermal hot water. As a result visitors can enjoy a soak in the only outdoor swimming pool in the area. It’s a favorite pastime for locals and residents in nearby villages, so beware of the crowds during warm summer days.
Check out our complete guide to the Westfjords.