Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords peninsula, with some 2600 inhabitants. It is an ancient church site and a trading post since at least the 16th century, although a real town did not start to form until after mid-19th century. The growth of the town was triggered by salt fish production, and ever since then the fishing industry has been vital for the community. Other industries, such as tourism and the service sector have grown in recent years and decades.

In Ísafjörður you will find a hospital, schools ranging from kindergartens to a small university, and branches from various government organizations. For the tourist, Ísafjörður has a range of accommodation, restaurants and recreation for all budgets and tastes. A golf course, hiking- and biking trails, horse riding, bird watching, skiing and kayaking are all within an easy reach. Ferries to Hornstrandir Nature Reserve depart from Ísafjörður daily during the summer months. In Ísafjörður you will find the regional tourist information office for the Westfjords.

Ísafjörður hosts some of the most celebrated festivals in Iceland, including the music festival "Aldrei fór ég suður", the Runners' Festival, the mud-soccer European Championships, Act alone theatre festival and "Við Djúpið" classical music festival.

It is easy to reach Ísafjörður either by car, by bus or by using the two daily flights from Reykjavík. If you travel by car during winter, remember to get updates on weather and road conditions.

GPS Points N66° 4' 29.962" W23° 7' 31.437"
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Travel directory for Ísafjörður

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Autumn Triathlon
  • Hlíðarvegur 20
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 862-3291
Sjóferðir Hafsteins og Kiddýjar
  • Hjallavegur 7
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 892-1879
  • Hjarðardalur
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 778-5080
Ísafjörður Photo Museum
  • Eyrartún
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 450-8224, 895-7138
Day Tours
  • Kirkjuból
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 862-5669
ISlandfrauen, Helga Ingeborg Hausner
Winter adventure
  • Seljalandsvegur 85
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-2095
Ísafjörður Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Tungudalsvöllur
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-5081
Runners' Festival in the Isafjordur area
  • Daltunga 1
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 894-4208
The Culture House
  • Eyrartún
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 450-8220
Eagle Tours
Day Tour Provider
  • Urðarvegur 80
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 858-4530
Day Tours
  • Sundstræti 39
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 893-8355
Edinborg Cultural Center
  • Aðalstræti 7
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-5444


Sólheimar Studio Apartments
Bed & Breakfast
  • Engjavegur 9
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 891-7731
Private house with private garden
  • Tangagata 10a
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 862-5669
Guesthouse Managata 1
  • Mánagata 1
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 897-4146
Comfortable Bungalow
  • Silfurgata 12
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 862-5669
Budget Apartment with ocean view
  • Sólgata 8
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 862-5669
Guesthouse Koddinn
  • Hrannargata 2
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 859-7855


  • Hrannargata 2
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-5555
Gamla Bakariið
  • Aðalstræti 24
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-3226
  • Hafnarstræti 7
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-3166
  • Hafnarstræti 9
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • Hafnarstræti 14
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-4771
For the Children
Swimming Pools

Swimming pools provide service that most Icelanders take for granted in almost every town. They want to have as many of them in close distance as they can. In Ísafjarðarbær there are four swimming pools.

Ísafjörður pool
Weekdays 10.00 - 21.00
Weekends 10.00 - 17.00
Flateyri pool
Weekdays 10.00 - 20.00
Weekends 11.00 - 17.00
Suðureyri pool
Weekdays 11.00 - 19.00
Weekends 11.00 - 19.00
Þingeyri pool
Weekdays 08.00 - 21.00
Weekends 10.00 - 18.00
Other attractions
How to get here

How to get here and around

Ísafjörður can be reached by car, plane or bus. There are daily flights between Ísafjörður and Reykjavík throughout the year, and busses running 2-7 days per week depending on the season. Once you are here, you can use public transport, hire a bike, take a taxi or rent a car to get around.
By car
The driving distance between Ísafjörður and Reykjavík is 455 km. During winter, expect the drive to take no less than six hours. When traveling in Iceland by car during winter, it is recommended that you rent a 4wd vehicle with good winter tires.
To drive from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður during winter, follown road #1 through the university village Bifröst. Shortly after Bifröst turn onto road #60. Soon after you cross the bridge across Gilsfjörður, to enter the Westfjords area, turn onto road #61 to Hólmavík and further on to Ísafjörður. This route is cleared of snow daily during the wintertime. The same applies for the roads between Ísafjörður and the neighboring villages, Suðureyri, Flateyri, Þingeyri, Bolungarvík and Súðavík. Still, you should always make sure you visit www.road.is and/or call the Road Administration information number (+354) 1777 to get updated information on weather and road conditions. Remember that the conditions can change quickly in Iceland!
Please also visit www.safetravel.is and www.icetra.is before starting your drive around Iceland.
Note that it is not possible to drive the "Westfjords Circle" during the winter, as road #60 is closed between Þingeyri and Bíldudalur / Flókalundur (mountain roads Hrafnseyrarheiði and Dynjandisheiði). It is important to keep this in mind as many GPS devices do not contain this information.

By plane
Air Iceland operates flights twice par day between Reykjavik and Ísafjörður.
For schedules and bookings, please visit their web page: http://www.airiceland.is/

By bus

You can reach Ísafjörður from both Reykjavík and Akureyri during the summer months. For a full schedule, Please click here.

Public transport
Ísafjörður has a local bus system which connects all the towns and villages in the area, i.e., Ísafjörður, Suðureyri, Flateyri, Þingeyri and Bolungarvík. Note that the buses operate on weekdays only. For the schedule, please click here.

Car rentals
Hertz tel. (+354) 863-9023
Europe Car tel. (+354) 840-6074

Avis/Budget tel. (+354) 660-0617

As the number of available cars is limited, it is recommended to book in advance.

To book a taxi, call (+354) 456-3518. As the number of available taxis is limited, it is recommended to book in advance.

Bicycle rental
Travel agent Vesturferðir / West Tours, Adalstraeti 7, Isafjordur (located in the same house as the Tourist information Office) offer bicycles for rental. Web page: vesturferdir@vesturferdir.is

If you need any assistance at all regarding your trip to Ísafjörður or the Westfjords area, please do not hesitate to contact the Westfjords Tourist Information Office, info@westfjords.is, tel. (+354) 450-8060.


The town of Ísafjörðurlies in Skutulsfjörður fjord. The fjord ends in two distinct valleys: Engidalur to the left and Tungudalur to the right. Tungudalur is the playground of Ísafjörður - and a very pretty place to boot. This is where you'll find a small but perfectly formed waterfall, one of the region's best established and maintained forests, a full scale golf course, a campsite, dozens of beautiful summerhouses, and the town's famous skiing centre. Every August, Tungudalur is also home to the European Mud Soccer Championships.

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