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Seyðisfjörður

Seyðisfjörður, a fjord skillfully carved by the ice age glacier, is distinguished by excellent harbour facilities and Norwegian heritage. Seyðisfjörður has been an important trading center from the nineteenth century up to modern times, due to natural harbor and proximity to the european continent. The colourful, Norwegian-style wooden houses, dating from the early years of the 20th. century render this village unique in Iceland. Walking trails around town, out along the coast, or by the Fjarðará River, allow for many pleasurable and relaxing experiences. During summer, Seyðisfjörður offers a thriving arts scene, with visiting artists and growing community of artists residents. The Skaftfell Cultural Centre contains works by some of these, including the Swiss-German artist and former Seydisfjordur resident, Dieter Roth (1930-1998). Seyðisfjörður is home to approximately 700 residents, who have traditionally lived off fishing. In recent years, however, tourism has grown rapidly.

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Seyðisfjörður
GPS Points N65° 15' 39.660" W14° 0' 27.328"
Postal codes

710

Population

650

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Seyðisfjörður
Swimming Pools
  • Suðurgata 5
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 470-2340
Hlynur Oddsson Iceland-Tour
Tour Operators
  • Árstígur 9
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 865-3741
The Rarik Museum
Museums
  • Fjarðarsel
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 472-1122
Hiking Club Seyðisfjörður
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Hafnargata 44
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 472-1551, 861-7789
Seyðisfjörður Library
Libraries & Archives
  • Austurvegur 4
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 470-2339
Fjarðará river
Angling
  • Hafnargata 2
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 472-1700
Seyðisfjörður Tours
Tour Operators
  • Norðurgata 6
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 785-4737
Seyðisfjörður Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Kúahagi / Vesturvegi
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 893-6243
Art and Craft Market
Museums
  • Austurvegur 9
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 472-1154

Others

Guesthouse Ola
Bed & Breakfast
  • Botnahlíð 13
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 862-2990
Gistihus Sillu
Bed & Breakfast
  • Botnahlíð 10
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 865-4605, 472-1189

Others

Café Lára - El Grillo Bar
Cafés
  • Norðurgata 3
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 778-3340
Skaftfell Bistro
Cafés
  • Austurvegur 42
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 472-1633
Nature
Mt. Bjólfur and the Snow Avalanche Barriers.

The trail is open from June - September

A trail leading to the uppermost mountain slopes (>600 m.) offering a breathtaking view of the Fjord and the Snow Avalanche Barriers. Open from June until first snowfall in October/November. This 5 km. trail is passable for normal cars and busses and presents a rare opportunity for high altitude sights for those generally adverse to mountain climbing. Furthermore, the spot is ideal for paragliders. The ascent takes about 15-20 minutes from the Fjarðarheiði heath road up to the Snow Avananche barriers.

History and Culture
Technical Museum of East Iceland

The Techical Museum of East-Iceland

Seyðisfjörður

Period: All year round
Opening hours: Summer (1.June - 15.September) daily 11:00 -17:00
Winter (16.September - 31.May) mon - fri 13:00 - 16:00
Or by agreement.

The Technical Museum of East Iceland was established in 1984. The museum´s main focus is on the era of technical progress in the East, around 1880 to 1950. Technical innovations in areas such as mechanics, electricity, communications, telephony, commerce and architecture are interlaced with changes in lifestyle and milieu. Exhibitions are animated and seek to recreate the atmosphere of the times they portray. The museum serves as a research centre and teaching facility for all levels of education. Staff members also carry out independent research projects relating to the museum´s area of interest.

Technical Museum of East Iceland
Hafnargata 44, IS 710 Seyðisfjörður Iceland
Tel. + 354 472-1596
e-mail tekmus@tekmus.is

Nature
Skálanes

Skálanes nature and heritage centre is situated in a beautifully restored Icelandic farm house set in its own nature reserve at the mouth of Seyðisfjörður East- Iceland. Dramatic snow capped mountains, vast sea cliffs, secluded shoreline and coves and a vibrant bird colony make Skálanes a place for relaxation, research, contemplation and a different pace of life. For further information call 861 7008 or skalanes@skalanes.com.

History and Culture
Dvergasteinn (Dwarfs Rock)

The "Dvergasteinn" - The Dwarfs´rock- is situated on the northern shore of Seyðisfjörður, some three km. outside the town. The stone is easily accessible and cuts a prominent figure on the shore. According to an ancient legend, the rock originated on the other side of the fjord but moved across the sea on its own accord as the local church was shifted to the other side of the fjord. And indeed it is quite different from all surrounding rocks. According to the famous legend, the rock is a site of prayers for the local dwarfs and the idea of staying behind when the christian church was moved to the other side was simply unacceptable to them!

History and Culture
Waterfall lane

Fjarðará River & Fjarðarsel Museum
Duration: 2,5 and 4 hours / 2- 4 km.

Period: June - September

An easy and pleasant walk from the centre of Seyðisfjörður town, by a walkway partly gravel, partly grassy through a forested area towards the vale Fjarðarsel where beautiful waterfalls and varied greengrowth await the wanderer.
A visit to the oldest operational power plant in Iceland at Fjarðarsel (1913) is optional, provided that it is arranged beforehand.The plant marked a turning point in the history of Icelandic electrification. For the avid waterfall lover an added walk along the south side of Fjarðará river up to Neðri Stafur rock stratum, (300 m. alt.) is a must.
Out of a total of 25 waterfalls,in river Fjarðará some of the most spectacular ones can be seen along the way. At Neðri Stafur rock stratum, the wanderer is presented with exquisite view over Seyðisfjörður fjord and town, along with a fine selection of berries in late August. The scenic mountains, waterfalls, vegetation, and the history of town is a wonderful blend that makes this walk unforgettable.

East Iceland

Towns & Villages

Each town in East Iceland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages the influence of North European neighbours is obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Fljótsdalshérað Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur