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.

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Ísafjörður
GPS Points N66° 4' 29.962" W23° 7' 31.437"
Postal codes

400

Population

2527

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Edinborg Cultural Center
Exhibitions
  • Aðalstræti 7
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-5444
Ísafjörður Photo Museum
Museums
  • Eyrartún
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 450-8224, 895-7138
Fosshestar
Tour Operators
  • Kirkjuból
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 862-5669
Björgvin Sveinsson
Tour Operators
  • Hjarðardalur
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 778-5080
Sjósportmiðstöð Íslands
Tour Operators
  • Suðurtangi 2
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 895-5518
Engjavegur
Tour Operators
  • Aðalstræti v Mjósund
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 899-4091
Autumn Triathlon
  • Hlíðarvegur 20
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 862-3291
Sophus Magnússon
Tour Operators
  • 893-8355
Sjóferðir H&K
Tour Operators
  • Hjallavegur 7
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 892-1879
Runners' Festival in the Isafjordur area
  • Daltunga 1
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 894-4208
ISlandfrauen, Helga Ingeborg Hausner
Tour Operators
  • Seljalandsvegur 85
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-2095
The Culture House
Museums
  • Eyrartún
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 450-8220
Ísafjörður Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Tungudalsvöllur
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-5081

Others

The Little Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Sundstræti 43
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 893-6993
Budget Apartment with ocean view
Apartments
  • Sólgata 8
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 862-5669
RH Apartments
Apartments
  • Túngata 5
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 892-2118
Miðtún - Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast
  • Miðtún 16
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-3139, 892-3139
Comfortable Bungalow
Guesthouses
  • Silfurgata 12
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 862-5669
Guesthouse Koddinn
Guesthouses
  • Hrannargata 2
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 859-7855
Private house with private garden
Guesthouses
  • Tangagata 10a
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 862-5669
Sólheimar Studio Apartments
Bed & Breakfast
  • Engjavegur 9
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 891-7731
Guesthouse Managata 1
Guesthouses
  • Mánagata 1
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 897-4146

Others

Húsið
Cafés
  • Hrannargata 2
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-5555
Krílið Drive Through
  • Sindragata 6
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-3556
Hamraborg
Restaurants
  • Hafnarstræti 7
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-3166
Thai-Koon
Restaurants
  • Hafnarstræti 9
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-0123
Bakarinn
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 14
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-4771
Gamla Bakariið
Cafés
  • Aðalstræti 24
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-3226
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
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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.

Taxi
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.

Nature
Tungudalur

The town ofÍsafjörðurlies 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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