Two colossal terraces of sheer rock stand either side of this extraordinarily located town - which rides a jutting spit onto an immensity of black fjord water. Surprisingly, considering the remoteness of its location and its compact size, Isafjordur is a modern and lively place to visit, offering a great choice of cafes and delicious restaurants – which are well stocked to impress visitors. The town is a perfectly located base for adventures amongst Iceland's fantastic wilderness - with skiing, hiking and water-sports popular pursuits among visitors.
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In Norse mythology, trolls were known as dim-witted gigantic man-eating creatures who lived in caverns in the mountain and hollow hills. At one time Iceland was densely populated with trolls of different types. Local legend tells of a huge troll that went for a stroll in the fjord and sat down to take a rest on the top of big mountain high above town. The troll was so heavy that as it sat down, it squashed part of the mountain side beneath it, leaving behind a visible indentation which has since become a very popular hiking route for guests and locals alike.
Depart the pier via coach for the short ride to the base of the Trolls' Throne. A moderately strenuous ascending hike of approximately 740 feet (225 metres) brings you to the top. There is no designated path to follow, but the terrain offers a mixture of grass, soil and sheep paths. Once at the top, enjoy wonderful views of the town of Isafjordur, the picturesque fjord and the ship.
Returning to the bottom the path, re-board the coach for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking uphill, along uneven grassy and dirt pathways. It is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair or those with limited mobility. Closed, sturdy footwear with rubber or non-slip soles is recommended.
Indulge your senses with gourmet tastings, local history in remote, beautiful and sustainable Suðureyri and learn how
the fishing industry has shaped Iceland's culture, past and present.
Visit the beautiful Suðureyri village, a destination you feel you've got all to yourself. In Suðureyri everything is about fish. This is your chance to hear about life at the edge of the Arctic Circle. See for yourself how the thriving community processes Iceland's finest fish and get a fresh taste of it while listening to local stories. Learn why Iceland's first class export product can be on your domestic dinner plate just 36 hours after leaving the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean water, and just how unbelievably sustainable the village operates. If you like food & travel don't miss this gourmet tour.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking .3 miles (600 metres) and it is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilize a wheelchair, able to embark and disembark the coach via steps. Flat, comfortable shoes and warm clothing is recommended.
Explore the stunning West Fjords in an exciting new way during this whale-watching and sightseeing excursion via RIB boat.
Sightseeing and Whale-Watching via RIB Boat
Depart the pier for the short walk to your awaiting rigid-inflatable boat (RIB). After signing your waiver and receiving your safety instructions, warm overalls and lifejackets, embark your RIB boat and begin your approximately two-hour sightseeing and whale-watching tour. Your route takes you into Isafjörður Deep, the stunning fjord region just off Isafjörður. Since the area is so remote, whales are plentiful and friendly, and, at times, even show off for visitors. This tour has over a 90% success rate in spotting whales.
West Fjords and Bird Island of Vigur or Snæfjallaströnd
Next, take in the amazing mountain vistas and stark nature of the West Fjords, then pass by the beautiful bird island of Vigur or Snæfjallaströnd (Snow-Mountain-Coast), a coastal area. Along the way, observe puffins, eider ducks and other diverse seabird species flying around the area before their migration around the 10th of August each year. It is also common to see seals frolicking in these waters, and some free time for photography is included. At the conclusion of your excursion, return to the pier. Upon arrival, disembark your RIB boat for the short walk back to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 218 yards (about 200 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the RIB boat. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart or respiratory problems, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers and a weatherproof coat with flat, closed-toe, non-slip walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a warm hat and gloves from the ship. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour; guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, animal sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Explore the traditional culture and lifestyle on the western fjords of Iceland during this scenic sightseeing tour of Ísafjörður and its environs.
Bolungarvik and Osvor
Depart the pier for the brief drive through the town centre, then proceed along a narrow coastal road towards Bolungarvik, a village located on a picturesque bay surrounded by steep mountains. Upon arrival, visit the Holskirkja Church and an old fisherman's hut named Osvor. These traditional, grass-roofed huts situated along the rocky shore offer a unique insight into the lifestyle of Icelandic fishermen until the early-20th century.
Next, drive to the valley of Seljalandsdalur to see the waterfall and taste refreshing Icelandic water from the river. After a photo stop for scenic views overlooking Ísafjörður, the harbour and your ship, re-board your coach and return to town.
Your last stop is at the Maritime Museum. The museum is situated in one of the oldest houses in Ísafjörður and three other well-preserved historic homes, all circa-1780. Typical Icelandic refreshments, including schnapps, dried fish and shark (preserved Icelandic-style), are served in the museum before re-boarding your coach for the brief drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with uneven, gravel and grass surfaces, and steps and stairs to negotiate. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. The tour sequence may vary.
Explore the stunning West Fjords in an exciting new way during this memorable, half-day whale-watching and sightseeing excursion
Whale-Watching and Sightseeing Cruise
Depart the pier for the short walk to your awaiting whale-watching boat. After receiving your safety and tour instructions, don your life vest, embark the boat, and begin your approximately two-hour sightseeing and whale-watching tour.
Isafjörður Deep, Fjords, Whales, Seabirds, Coastal and Mountain Views
Your whale-watching route takes you into Isafjörður Deep, the stunning fjord region just off Isafjörður. Along the way, take in splendid mountain and coastal views. Since this area is so remote, whales are plentiful, friendly, and, at times, even show off for visitors. This tour has over a 90% success rate in spotting whales. At the conclusion of your tour, commence the approximately 30-minute ride back to the pier. Upon arrival, disembark the boat and return to your ship on-foot.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart or respiratory problems, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers and a weatherproof coat with flat, closed-toe and non-slip walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a warm hat and gloves from the ship. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, marine life sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour.