Ísafjörður

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Ísafjörður is the biggest town of the Westfjords of Iceland.

Get in[edit]

There are mostly three ways to drive into Ísafjörður. The first is from the ringroad in Hrutafjörður, and goes up north on the eastern part of the peninsula through road number 61. That way gives you the opportunity to stop in Holmavik among other places on the way.

The second way to get to Ísafjörður by car is by road 60 from the ringroad, 608 over the moor of Thorskafjardarheidi and then 61 through the many fjords on the way. In the summer, that is the shortest way from Reykjavik, but it is currently not accessible during wintertime.

Thirdly, you can take the ferry Baldur from Stykkisholmur via the small towns on the western part of the peninsula. That way gives you a chance to see for example the great waterfall Dynjandi.

There are regular busses that go from June 1st to 31st August from Akureyri and Reykjavik. Information on that can be found on West Tours' homepage [1]

Additionally, there are two daily flights from Reykjavik with Air Iceland. The fare is relatively cheap if you just want to go from A to B, and you are treated to a grand view of the fjords on the descent into the Ísafjörður airport. The airport is about 5 km from the town, on the other side of the fjord. It's possible to walk from the airport to the town if you don't mind walking on the gravelled shoulder of a lightly-trafficked road.

Get around[edit]

The town is very small and eminently walkable. The distances from the town to adjacent towns is generally further than walking distance. Thus, you would want to study the bus system that can take you all over, bring a bike or have a car. There is a bike rental in town for the active ones that don't want to walk around.

The lone exception is Hnifsdalur, a tiny village of 250 people which is situated near hiking trails. Hnifsdalur is approximately 5 km away from Ísafjörður, and is an easy walk on a paved walking trail running adjacent to Road 61.

See[edit]

The Island Vigur is one of the most popular tourist destination near Ísafjörður.[2]

Do[edit]

  • West ToursAdalstraeti 7 (The same house as the Information Centre),  456-5111. Day tours and longer tours. Bird watching, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, biking and more.
  • Sjominjasafn Vestfjarda Nedstikaupstadur. Maritime Museum. Open daily from 1st June to 15th Sept, 13h00 to 17h00. Small museum decided to the fisheries of the past. Nice restaurant, Tjoruhusid, is located next door and serves local fish.
  • Swimming poolAusturvegur. Indoor pool with 3 lanes and a small hot pot. 450 kr for adults.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • Samkaup Grocery store in center city.
  • Gamla Bakariid Excellent bakery in the city center. Open everyday except Sunday.
  • Vid Pollinn The restaurant at Hotel Isafjordur.
  • Tjöruhúsið. Popular fish restaurant. Everything is fresh. Located at the end of Suðertangi, phone number is 456-441. Open long hours in the summer but little during the winter.
  • Langi MangiAðalstræti. The famous little bar/restaurant reopened in May 2010. They are relatively inexpensive compared to the restaurants and is a great spot to meet the locals. Quizzes and game nights occur regularly.
  • Thai KoonHafnarstræti. A small cafeteria-type joint in the Neisti shopping center. Not very good. The chicken dish is especially lousy. 1490 kr for your choice of two dishes and white rice.

Drink[edit]

  • Vínbúð, Adalstraeti 20, center city. State controlled wine/liquor store. Best to buy in Duty Free at the KEF airport, but if not, this is the only option.

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