Siglufjörður, or Sigló, as locals call it, sits at the foot of a steep slope overlooking a beautiful fjord, around 40 km from the Artic Circle and is Iceland’s most northerly town. Siglufjörður and it’s sister settlement Ólafsfjörður are only 15 km apart and together they make up the municipality of Fjallabyggð.
Sigló was once a busy town as it was the herring capital of the country. It was home to hundreds of workers, and small fishing boats overcrowding the harbor. The fish industry significantly affected the appearance and character of the village. After the herring disappeared in the late 1960’s the town became considerably quieter, and now the town is home to 1200 people. Lately, Siglufjörður has gained the attention of travellers for it’s hiking routes, marina and its excellent diversions.
The town offers a variety of activities. During winter Sigló becomes the outdoor enthusiast’s paradise and offers the opportunity to go skiing, cross-country skiing, skating or ride through the snow on a snowmobile. During summer, it’s the mountains and the black sandy shores that attract, with a wide selection of walking and hiking routes on the surrounding mountains. A walk over the passes of Hólsskarð and Hestsskarð into the stunning and uninhabited Héðinsfjorður is a popular walking route and offers spectacular views throughout the journey.
The recreational possibilities in Siglufjörður are varied. Sea angling in the Hólsá River is a popular choice amongst visitors and travel companies offer sails and cruises on the fjord. Siglufjörður has a 9-hole golf course and a local swimming pool to relax in after a day of activities.