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Isafjord, Iceland

Ísafjörður (pronounced [ˈiːsaˌfjœrðʏr̥], meaning ice fjord or fjord of ice, ice in plural genitive) is a town in the northwest of Iceland.

The oldest part of Ísafjörður with the town center is located on a spit of sand, or eyri, in Skutulsfjörður, a fjord which meets the waters of the larger fjord Ísafjarðardjúp. Ísafjörður is the largest settlement in the peninsula of Vestfirðir (Westfjords) and the administrative center of the Ísafjarðarbær municipality, which includes – besides Ísafjörður – the nearby villages of Hnífsdalur, Flateyri, Suðureyri, and Þingeyri.

Climate

The Westfjords are known to be the coolest area in Iceland at sea level. Ísafjörður has a tundra climate (ETf) closely bordering on a subarctic climate (Dfc). The climate characterized by cold winters and cool summers. The warmest month is July with the mean... Read more

Isafjord, Iceland

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Ísafjörður (pronounced [ˈiːsaˌfjœrðʏr̥], meaning ice fjord or fjord of ice, ice in plural genitive) is a town in the northwest of Iceland.

The oldest part of Ísafjörður with the town center is located on a spit of sand, or eyri, in Skutulsfjörður, a fjord which meets the waters of the larger fjord Ísafjarðardjúp. Ísafjörður is the largest settlement in the peninsula of Vestfirðir (Westfjords) and the administrative center of the Ísafjarðarbær municipality, which includes – besides Ísafjörður – the nearby villages of Hnífsdalur, Flateyri, Suðureyri, and Þingeyri.

Climate

The Westfjords are known to be the coolest area in Iceland at sea level. Ísafjörður has a tundra climate (ETf) closely bordering on a subarctic climate (Dfc). The climate characterized by cold winters and cool summers. The warmest month is July with the mean temperature of 9.9 °C (49.8 °F); the wettest is November with 120 mm (4.7 in) of precipitation. The climate has significantly warmed in recent years.

As the rest of Iceland, Ísafjörður experiences high winds and very few clear days throughout all the year.

 


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Isafjord, Iceland: Port Information


Isafjordur Port is situated on the southern shore of the Gulf of Ísafjarðardjúp in the Skutulsfjörður of Iceland.
It is the Island's 3rd busiest cruise port.
Isafjördur has 2 quays to accommodate liners. The town center is reachable on foot.

Get around Isafjord, Iceland


The town is very small and eminently walkable. The distances from the town to adjacent towns is generally further than walking distance. Thus, you would want to study the bus system that can take you all over, bring a bike or have a car. There is a bike rental in town for the active ones that don't want to walk around.

The lone exception is Hnifsdalur, a tiny village of 250 people which is situated near hiking trails. Hnifsdalur is approximately 5 km away from Ísafjörður and is an easy walk on a paved walking trail running adjacent to Road 61.

What to see in Isafjord, Iceland


Vigur Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Ísafjörður. The travel company West Tours offers trips to the island.

What to do in Isafjord, Iceland


  • West Tours, Aðalstræti 7 (The same house as the Information Centre), ☎ 456-5111NOCC. Day tours and longer tours. Bird watching, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, biking and more.
  • Vestfjords Maritime Museum, Neðstikaupstaður. 13-17 daily from 1 June - 15 Sept. Small museum dedicated to the fisheries of the past. Nice restaurant, Tjoruhusid, is located next door and serves local fish.
  • Swimming pool, Austurvegur 9. Indoor pool with 3 lanes and a small hot pot. 

What to eat and drink in Isafjord, Iceland


Eat

  •   Samkaup, Hafnarstræti 9. A grocery store in the center of Ísafjörður.
  •   Gamla bakaríið, Aðalstræti 24. Excellent bakery in the city center.
  •   Við pollinn, Silfurtorg 2. Restaurant at Hotel Ísafjörður. 
  •   Tjöruhúsið, Hafnarstræti 1, ☎ +354-4564419. Popular fish restaurant
  •   Thai Koon, Hafnarstræti 9-13. A small cafeteria-type joint in the Neisti shopping center. Not very good. The chicken dish is especially lousy. 

Drink

  •   Vínbúð, Aðalstræti 20. State-controlled wine/liquor store.

Shopping in Isafjord, Iceland


Typical Icelandic products that make good souvenirs include:
  • Icelandic wool products. Icelandic sheep are a unique breed that produce a soft and durable wool and Icelandic woolen goods (hats, gloves etc.) are soft and warm; don't just buy them for other people if you plan to visit the interior.
  • Arts and crafts. Iceland has a huge number of excellent little craft shops that sell products from musical baskets and wonderful porcelain sculptures to paintings, glasswork, and jewelry. 
  • Local music. There is a plethora of interesting local music CDs (beyond just Björk and Sigur Rós) worth hunting for. Obscurities worth picking up include Ólafur Arnalds, Eberg, Hera, Retro Stefson, FM Belfast, Worm is Green, Múm, Singapore Sling, and Bellatrix. Be warned that many of these CDs are often available back home as imports for much lower prices. 

Safety in Isafjord, Iceland


Emergency phone number: 112

Iceland is one of the safest places in the world, so there is almost no chance of getting robbed or harassed. Use common sense and be alert.

The greatest dangers to tourists in Iceland are found in nature. Always do what the signs tell you to do. If there are no signs, use common sense.

Language spoken in Isafjord, Iceland


Icelandic is the official language. English is widely spoken.

LOCAL TIME

2:28 pm
September 27, 2020
Atlantic/Reykjavik

CURRENT WEATHER

6.37 °C / 43.466 °F
light rain
Mon

0.52 °C/33 °F
light rain
Tue

4.01 °C/39 °F
light rain
Wed

1.86 °C/35 °F
light rain
Thu

3.42 °C/38 °F
broken clouds

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