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Isafjordur, Iceland

As the largest town in Iceland’s remote Westfjords’s region, Ísafjörður is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. Boasting an enchanting fjord ideal for watersports and a mountainous landscape brimming with opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Originally a church site and a 16th century trading post, the town of Ísafjörður is home to wonderful museums and historic sites for those wishing to learn about the region’s rich heritage and local culture.


  • Port Name & Location
    Port of Ísafjörður
  • Time Zone
    Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Language
    Icelandic is the native language spoken in Isafjordur. To wish locals a good day, say “Góðan dag.” “Já” means yes while “nei” means no. And to tell someone you don’t understand, say “Ég skil ekki.”
  • Currency & Shopping
    For shopping and purchases, locals and travelers use the Icelandic króna. Though Ísafjörður is small, there are boutique shops selling local handmade goods, such as hand-knit sweaters and accessories for keeping the region’s cool temperatures at bay.
    • Famous For
      The Westfjords peninsula region, where Ísafjörður is located, is famous for its remote, dramatic vistas where sheer cliffs rise from the sea and deep fjords have carved out spectacular landscapes.
    • Important
      Even in summer months, Ísafjörður experiences cooler temperatures, so bringing several warm layers of clothing is preferred, especially if you’re participating in one of the region’s many outdoor activities.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Nearby Dynjandi is considered one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls and is composed of a series of seven waterfalls and considered a popular attraction in the region.
    • Fun Fact: Landmarks
      Stretching 220 square miles, the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is home to approximately 260 species of flowering plants and ferns and ideal for a day hike where you might see foxes running through the tundra or nesting puffins, arctic terns, black guillemots or one of many other bird species.

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