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Seyðisfjörður

Seyðisfjörður, a fjord skillfully carved by the ice age glacier, is distinguished by excellent harbor 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 colorful, 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

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Others

Art and Craft Market
Museums
  • Austurvegur 9
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
The Rarik Museum
Museums
  • Fjarðarsel
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 472-1122
Austursigling
Day Tours
  • Fjörður 4
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 899-2409
Seyðisfjörður Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Kúahagi / Vesturvegi
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 893-6243
Fjarðará river
Angling
  • Hafnargata 2
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 472-1700
Seyðisfjörður Library
Libraries & Archives
  • Skólavegur 1
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 470-2339
Skálanes
Day Tour Provider
  • Suðurgata 2
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • info@skalanes.com

Others

Hafaldan HI Hostel - Old Hospital
Guesthouses
  • Suðurgata 8
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 611-4410
Lónsleira apartments
Apartments
  • Lónsleira
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 849-3381, 849-7094

Others

Café Lára - El Grillo Bar
Cafés
  • Norðurgata 3
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 4721703, 472-1703
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. the trail is an F-road and presents a rare opportunity for high altitude sights for those generally averse 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 Avalanche barriers.

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 center of Seyðisfjörður town, by a walkway partly gravel, partly grassy through a forested area towards the vale Fjarðarsel where beautiful waterfalls and varied green growth 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 an 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 the town is a wonderful blend that makes this walk unforgettable.

History and Culture
Technical Museum of East Iceland

Technical museum

The museum´s main focus is on the influx of modern times 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. We also serve as a museum for Seyðisfjörður local heritage. Exhibitions are animate and seek to recreate the atmosphere of the times they portray. The museum surroundings are an open-air recreation area, outstanding for taking walks and enjoying each other's company. We support a family-friendly policy and work progressively on producing informative settings as well as constructive and worthwhile entertainment for guests of all ages.

Opening hours

Summer (June 1st to September 15th)
Open during weekdays 11am -5pm

Weekends closed.

Winter (from 16th of September to 31 of May)

Open on request.

How to get here

The museum is situated on the south shore of Seyðisfjörður town about 800 meters from the town center and about 500 meters from the Ferry Terminal/ Information Center. If you arrive via the mountain road you will cross the first bridge on the right side and drive about 1 km along the shore road, you will find the museum on the left-hand side.

Prices

Adults (age 18-66) 1000 ISK

Children (age 0-17) free

Sen.citizens (age 67+) 800 ISK

Disabled free

Groups (10+) per person 800 ISK

Groups with guide per person 1600 ISK

The technical Museum of East Iceland is a non-profit organization. Our costs are mostly paid by public funds and donations from the general public. We are grateful for any support given.

Accessibility

A large part of our permanent exhibitions are on the ground floor and can be traversed in wheelchairs. The telegraph station has nevertheless been in the upper floor has no access to wheelchairs. None of the museum buildings were originally designed to be accessible to all and therefore present challenges in providing easy and independent access. We will keep working so the access to this space can be guaranteed to everybody

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!

Nature
Skálanes

Skálanes nature and heritage centre is situated in a beautifully restored Icelandic farmhouse 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.

Austurland

Towns & Villages

Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors 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 the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

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