The long and deep fjord of Seydisfjordur reaches 17 kilometres from its mouth to the head of the fjord, where the charming town, with the same name stands, sheltered by Mt. Strandartindur and Mt. Bjolfur. Seydisfjordur is considered one of Iceland’s most picturesque towns, because of its stunning natural scenery and its historic wooden buildings. What makes the surroundings even more striking is the river Fjarðará that cascades from the edges of the heath above in beautiful waterfalls.
The route from Egilsstadir to Seydisfjordur only takes around 30 minutes and is especially beautiful. The scenery while driving down the heath, along the river and towards the fjord is absolutely striking and one of the most beautiful roads on Iceland.
The town of Seydisfjordur is impressive, not only because of the surrounding nature but also because in few other places in Iceland has a community of old wood houses been preserved as well as here. The town’s establishment owes its origins to Danish merchants that started trading in the fjord during the mid 19th century. It is, however, the Icelandic herring fishery by Norwegians that is the most significant factor in the growth of the town from 1870-1900. During this time a number of herring fishing facilities were build and in the matter of years, the small community grew into a vibrant fishing town.
Today the town of Seydisfjordur inhabits around 700 people. The economy is mainly based on fisheries, but tourism also plays a crucial role. It seems that the striking landscapes surrounding the town attract more and more visitors each year. Norræna ferry plies between continental Europe and Iceland every week all year round. Tourism in Seydisfjordur has developed with a focus on history, art and culture. Despite the town being small, it is known for it’s thriving art scene. The surroundings of Seydisfjordur also offers excellent hiking routes, a small but quality ski area, a golf course and of course a local swimming hall.