Ísafjarðarbær Surprisingly cosmopolitan

Ísafjarðarbær is a municipality in the Westfjords of Iceland. The municipality is built up by five towns and villages in the northern region of the Westfjords. Ísafjarðarbær came to exist when six municipalities merged in the year of 1996. What triggered the merge was the grand opening of the Westfjord-tunnel between Ísafjörður, Flateyri and Suðureyri the same year. The tunnel made connection between the towns and villages much easier and the plan was to make the area a combined commercial area, where you can live in one town but work in another. Ísafjarðarbær consists of the towns of Ísafjörður, Hnífsdalur, Suðureyri, Flateyri and Þingeyri

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Postal codes

400,401,410,425,430,470,471

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Hotel Reykjanes
Hotels
  • Reykjanes
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 456-4844
Edinborg Cultural Center
Exhibitions
  • Aðalstræti 7
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-5444
BS-Tours
Taxi
  • Hjarðardalur
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 778-5080
Eagle Tours
Day Tour Provider
  • Urðarvegur 80
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 858-4530
Runners' Festival in the Isafjordur area
  • Daltunga 1
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 894-4208
Simbahöllin
Tourist Information Centres
  • Fjarðargata 5
  • 470 Þingeyri
  • 8996659, 869-5654
Þingeyri Swimming Pool
Swimming Pools
  • Íþróttamiðstöðin
  • 470 Þingeyri
  • 450-8470
Gallery Koltra
Crafts & Design
  • Hafnarstræti 5
  • 470 Þingeyri
  • 456-8304
Skrúður, horticulture museum
Museums
  • Núpur, Dýrafjörður
  • 471 Þingeyri
  • 893-1065
Ísafjörður Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Tungudalsvöllur
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-5081
Gláma Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Meðaldalur
  • 470 Þingeyri
  • -
The Nonsense Museum
Museums
  • Hafnarstræti 11
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 893-3067
The old book shop Flateyri
Museums
  • Hafnarstræti 3-5
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 840-0600
The Culture House
Museums
  • Eyrartún
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 450-8220
Vestfjarðaleið
Day Tours
  • Sundstræti 39
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 893-8355
Dalbær Travel Service
Guesthouses
  • Snæfjallaströnd
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 690-4893 , 698-7533
Autumn Triathlon
  • Austurvegur 2
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 845-3191
Fosshestar
Day Tours
  • Kirkjuból
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 862-5669
Grænhöfði ehf.
Guesthouses
  • Ólafstúni 7
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 456-7762, 863-7662, 861-8976
Snjafjallasetur Heritage Centre
Museums
  • Dalbær, Snæfjallaströnd
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 690-4893 , 698-7533
Culture museum, Hlíð
Museums
  • Núpur í Dýrafirði
  • 471 Þingeyri
  • 456-8239, 896-1660, 897 9805
Westfjords Heritage Museum - The Blacksmith’s Workshop
Museums
  • Hafnarstræti 10
  • 470 Þingeyri
  • 456-3294, 863-2412
Sjóferðir Hafsteins og Kiddýjar
Ferries
  • Hjallavegur 7
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-5111
Outvert Art Space
Exhibitions
  • Aðalstræti 22
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 868-1845
Jón Sigurðsson Memorial Museum
Museums
  • Hrafnseyri, Arnarfjörður
  • 471 Þingeyri
  • 456-8260, 845-5518

Others

Við fjörðinn Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Aðalstræti 26
  • 470 Þingeyri
  • 847-0285 , 456-8172
Hornbjargsviti- Ferðafélag Íslands
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Látravík á Ströndum
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 568-2533
Bergshús
Cottages
  • Hafnarstæti 1
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 8616360, 699-6345
Grænhöfði ehf.
Guesthouses
  • Ólafstúni 7
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 456-7762, 863-7662, 861-8976
SIMA Hostel
Hostels
  • Ránargata 1
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 8978700
Höfði Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast
  • Dýrafjörður
  • 471 Þingeyri
  • 833-4994
Guesthouse Koddinn
Guesthouses
  • Hrannargata 2
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-5555
Comfy Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Túngata 2
  • 430 Suðureyri
  • 778-1500
Private house with private garden
Guesthouses
  • Tangagata 10a
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 862-5669
Dalbær Travel Service
Guesthouses
  • Snæfjallaströnd
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 690-4893 , 698-7533
Grunnavík Travel Service
Guesthouses
  • Grunnavík í Jökulfjörðum
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 456-4664, 866-5491, 854-8263
Budget Apartment with ocean view
Apartments
  • Sólgata 8
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 862-5669
Alvidra
Guesthouses
  • Dýrafjörður
  • 471 Þingeyri
  • 895-0080, 895-7179
Númi guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Núpur
  • 470 Þingeyri
  • 844-0064
Sólheimar Studio Apartments
Bed & Breakfast
  • Engjavegur 9
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 891-7731
Hotel Reykjanes
Hotels
  • Reykjanes
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 456-4844
Mánagisting
Guesthouses
  • Mánagata 4
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 6152014
Hotel Sandafell
Hotels
  • Hafnarstræti 7
  • 470 Þingeyri
  • 456-1600
Sæból Farm
Farm Holidays
  • Sæból 3 - Ingjaldssandur
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 848-0920
Guesthouse Managata 1
Guesthouses
  • Mánagata 1
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-4111
Fitjateigur, Hnifsdalur
Apartments
  • Fitjateigur 3
  • 410 Hnífsdalur
  • 863-0180, 863-7039
Comfortable Bungalow
Guesthouses
  • Silfurgata 12
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 862-5669

Others

Tjöruhúsið
Restaurants
  • Neðstikaupstaður
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-4419
Mamma Nína Pizzeria
Restaurants
  • Austurvegur 1
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 4564454
Heimabyggð Café
Restaurants
  • Aðalstræti 22b
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 6974833
Gamla Bakariið
Cafés
  • Aðalstræti 24
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-3226
Hotel Reykjanes
Hotels
  • Reykjanes
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 456-4844
Húsið
Cafés
  • Hrannargata 2
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 4565555
Gunnukaffi Café
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 11
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 456-7710
Jón Sigurðsson Memorial Museum
Museums
  • Hrafnseyri, Arnarfjörður
  • 471 Þingeyri
  • 456-8260, 845-5518
Simbahöllin
Tourist Information Centres
  • Fjarðargata 5
  • 470 Þingeyri
  • 8996659, 869-5654
Vagninn Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Hafnarstræti 19
  • 425 Flateyri
  • 456-7751
Númi guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Núpur
  • 470 Þingeyri
  • 844-0064
Hamraborg
Restaurants
  • Hafnarstræti 7
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 4563166
Edinborg Bistró
Restaurants
  • Aðalstrætii 7
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 8924337
Hotel Sandafell
Hotels
  • Hafnarstræti 7
  • 470 Þingeyri
  • 456-1600
Dalbær Travel Service
Guesthouses
  • Snæfjallaströnd
  • 401 Ísafjörður
  • 690-4893 , 698-7533
Bakarinn
Cafés
  • Hafnarstræti 14
  • 400 Ísafjörður
  • 456-4771
Nature
Arnarnes

Arnarnes is the outermost point of Skutulsfjörður and offers fantastic views over Ísafjörður and surroundings. Arnarnes is also an amazing place to capture photos of the midnight sun during the summer months an the phenomenal Northern Lights during winter. The road by Arnarnes goes through the first road tunnel made in Iceland in 1937, through Arnarneshamar, a steep basalt cliff.

Nature
Vigur

Vigur is one of three islands in Ísafjarðardjúp. The island is long an narrow and gets its name from the shape, Vigur means spear. The island's unique wildlife has been a popular tourist attraction.

Puffins, eiders, guillemoths and arctic terns are this island's magnets, and they are all abundant. Indeed, as the puffins, which nest in burrows, have dug through much of the island's soil, travellers have to follow a certain path to avoid falling into one. This small bird, by some dubbed the penguin of the north, is a clumsy flier but impresses visitors by artfully stacking its beak full of sand eel or small fish, carrying it home to its hungry chicks. Being the opposite of the hospitable humans that live on the island, the Arctic terns fight to keep intruders away. Luckily, a stick held above the head does the trick. Eiders and humans share a mutual beneficence; eiders get protecion by nesting in close vicinity of the people, who collect the precious down from the eider nests.

In Vigur you find the smallest post office in Iceland, as well as the only windmill and beautifully renewed houses.

To get to Vigur, there is a daily boat tour from Ísafjörður.

Nature
Holtsfjara

Önundarfjörður is a particularly pretty fjord, even by Westfjords standards. This is partly due to Holt beach, which is a sweeping golden-sand beach and dune system which curls out into the fjord and is a bit likeSpainfor a few hot days of the year. The rest of the time it's a great walk and the dunes are a protected eider duck nesting area.

Nature
Latravik (Hornbjarg)

Látravík is a small creek in the south east of Hornbjarg. In the creek lays Hornbjargsviti, or the lighthouse of Hornbjarg which used to be a manned weathersation as well. Now all the equipment is manual and no people live in the area all year long. During summertime Hornbjargsviti is a guesthouse for travellers in the area and is a great pitstop on the way to or from Hornbjarg.

For the Children
Heydalur

Heydalur is a paradise for those who like birdlife and to take pictures of birds. Heydalur offers horseback rides in Heydalur valley and many attractions for the family. The hot natural pool in Heydalur is a few minute walk from the country Hotel Heydalur. Sitting in the hot natural pool feeling the fatigue in your body float away is a feeling like no other. Some say that laying the hot pool in Heydalur gives you strength, and for many that is so true.

Adalvik

Adalvik cove faces the open seas, being the outermost cove in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. The cove is rather big, with about 5 miles between the impressive mountains that surround it. Both sides fall steeply into the ocean and there is a considerable lowland area within the cove. North of Adalvik is Straumnes and Straumnesfjall mountain. Further in the cove is Latrafjall mountain.

Hesteyri

Hesteyrarfjordur is the westernmost fjord of the Jokulfirdir area, surrounded by rocky mountains and steep screes. Lowland is rather limited. At the mouth of the fjord, the Lasafjall mountain rises on the east side and Nongilsfjall mountain om the west side. Inward on the west side one can see Innri-Hesteyrarbrunir and above them Kistufell mountain. The abandoned large farm Sletta is on the west side closer to the fjord’s mouth.

Nature
Tungudalur

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, dozens of beautiful summerhouses, and the town's famous skiing centre. The towns excellent campsite is located in Tungudalur, great camping facilities, a playground and a beach volleyball course.

Nature
Ingjaldssandur

Ingjaldssandur is a huge, lush valley facing the sea between Önundarfjörður and Dýrafjörður. Once home to dozens of farming folk, people used to get there by plane or boat. The rough mountain road into the valley is an attraction all of its own: for there are few more exciting or more scenic drives anywhere. These days the mountain-hemmed and beach-ended valley only has one working farm left. And lots of sheep. And a small church with an unusual Celtic cross on top. You may even be lucky enough to buy some of the farmer's excellent handicrafts, jewellery and woollen goods…

Nature
Straumnes

Straumnesfjall is a mountain above Aðalvík in Hornstrandir. From the village of Látrar there is an old road that leads you up to the mountain. During the years of 1953-1956 the American army built a radar station on top of the mountain and serviced the army for about 10 years. Now there are only wrecked houses, roads and flatlands that used to serve as an airport that tell the story of the American army in Hornstrandir. The Army built a new radar station on top of mount Bolafjall, above the town Bolungarvík, which served the army until it left iceland in the beginning of this century. Now all the radar stations in Iceland are owned by the Icelandic Coast Guard. Radarstöðin á Bolafjalli, ofan Bolungarvíkur, var byggð til þess að taka við af þessari stöð og er hún enn í notkun en er rekin af Landhelgisgæslu Íslands eftir að herinn fór af landi brott. Many people in Hornstrandir got a job connected to the american army, and you can only imagine what Hornstrandir area would have become if the station did not shut down. We leave the thougt for you to think about when you're in the area.

Nature
Hvítanes

Hvítanes is situated between Hestfjörður and Skötufjörður fjords in "central" Ísafjarðardjúp. As you arrive you should check the rocks at the shore. Hvítanes is one of Iceland most easily accessible seal colony, where large numbers of Harbour seals can be found relaxing on the rocks just meters from the shore.

The farmers at the Hvítanes farm have made the area more accessible by making a car park and putting up benches. At Hvítanes you can also borrow a pair of binoculars to get a closer look at these fun and playful animals.

Nature
Dyrafjordur

Dýrafjörður is a fjord in the Ísafjarðarbær municipality. At 32 kilometres long, it is among the harder fjords to miss, and even more so because of what's along its shores. This is where you'll find the village of Þingeyri. Like in most other seaside villages in Iceland, the culture and industry have been shaped by the sea throughout the centuries. Þingeyri has a Viking festival ground, friendly swimming pool, a campsite, and a renowned golf course close by.

Between the fjords of Dýrafjörður and Arnarfjörður are the Westfjords Alps, so-named because they are some of the region's only mountains which are not flat topped. Driving towards Þingeyri over Gemlufjallsheiði pass, you will almost certainly need more than one photo stop.

Nature
Skrúður

The garden was officially opened on August 7th 1909. In 1992, a group of people decided on their own to restore the garden, and on August 18th 1996 they formally returned the garden to its owner - the Ministry of Education. In November of the same year the Ministry handed over the garden to the town of Ísafjörður to own and care for. The formal aim of the garden is to be a memorial to itself and to the concept of school gardens where the sustaining of nature's bounty and environmental education are linked to the operations of public schools. The garden is also an example of successful horticulture in such northern climes, and as such, a notable part of the country's horticultural history.

Nature
Kaldbakur

Kaldbakur is one of the so-called Westfjords Alps - the tall and pointy mountain range between Dýrafjörður and Arnarfjörður. Most Westfjords mountains are flat topped as a result of Ice Age glaciers, but the "Alps" are tall and pointy and look a little bit like, well, the Alps…Kaldbakur is the tallest of them and, at 998 metres tall, it is the tallest mountain in the Westfjords region.

From Kaldbakur is a fantastic view over the Westfjords mountain range. Hiking on Kaldbakur is relatively easy in good conditions, a drive along a mountain road (only suitable for well equipt jeeps) leads to the mountain pass Kvennaskarð that seperates Dýrafjörður and Arnarfjörður. Hiking from there and to the top of Kaldbakur and back takes around 4 hours. Hiking from Fossdalur in Arnarfjörður is also an option.

Nature
Onundarfjordur

Önundarfjörður is a 20 km long fjord, located between Dýrafjörður and Súgandafjörður. The fjord has a few small green valleys and quite a few farms, far out in the fjord stands the village Flateyri. Önundarfjörður is beautiful to look at and it is surrounded by magnificent mountain range. In the fjord is a golden sand beach, Holtsfjara, which is a sweeping golden-sand beach and dune system which curls out into the fjord. On the golden beach stands a large wooden pier, Holtsbryggja.

To get to Önundarfjörður from Ísafjörður, drive through the Vestfjarðagöng tunnel.

Nature
Hornbjarg

Hornbjarg is the signature sea cliff towering at the top of Hornstrandir nature reserve. Green lush hills suddenly cut off by sheer cliffs dropping over 500 meters straight down into the ocean below. Kálfatindur is the highest point of the cliff at 534 meters altitude, Jörundur, another peak follows at 429 meters altitude. The northernmost part of the cliff is Horn, and from there the nature reserve draws it name, Hornstrandir. The cliff is a uniqe and intense site to visit in the nature reserve Hornstrandir. The cliffs are known for their birdlife as it is a popular nesting ground for various bird species. To get to the cliffs you have to travel by boat from Ísafjörður.

Nature
Hornstrandir

This territory of the Arctic fox has been uninhabited since the 1950s. As isolated as it was then, it attracts the casual half-day visitors and serious gore-tex hikers alike. Its main attractions are three. First, the bird cliffs surrounding the bay of Hornvík, are a magnet of gigantic proportions. On the eastern side of the bay the cliff reaches a height of more than 500 metres, and the birds are teeming. Second, as there are no infrastructure and the tourists few in relation to the sheer size of the area, the sense of remoteness is strong. You can hike days on end without seeing a single person. The nature is pure and the tranquillity unmatched. Third, as the area is a haven for the Arctic fox (think hunting-ban and bird-packed cliffs), the chances of spotting one are high.

Most tours, especially day tours, depart from Ísafjörður. Hikers wanting to go on their own can also take boats from Bolungarvík and Norðurfjörður.

Nature
Drangajokull

Drangajökull is the only glacier in the Westfjords. It is the only glacier inIceland whose altitude in entirely below 1,000 metres. In addition to this, it is the only glacier inIceland which is not in retreat (i.e. getting smaller). Drangajökull lies north of the Strandir region and south of the Hornstrandir nature reserve. Kaldalón, meanwhile, is a short fjord into which the glacier calves. The name literally means 'cold lagoon' and it is totally magical. It could be thought of as the Jökulsárlón of the Westfjords - although it is starkly different and visiting is a much more personal experience.

Nature
Reykjanes

Built as a school for the children of the area, Reykjanes was strategically located for its geothermal springs and ease of access by boats. Reykjanes has since the school closed down been a hotel and a camping place and a popular stop to take gas. It was however always a little bit off the main route for drivers, but with new bridges and roads opened in 2009 it is now again right in the centre. Its main attraction, though, is Iceland's longest swimming pool, intended to be 50 metres but by mistake built a bit longer. Due to the warm water from the hot spring, the pool has sometimes been referred to as "Iceland´s largest hot pot".

History and Culture
The Old Blacksmith's Workshop

The old Blacksmith's Workshop was founded by Gudmundur J Sigurdsson in 1913, but Gudmundur came back to Thingeyri in 1903 after learning the trade in Denmark. The machine shop was one of the first if its kind in Iceland and leading in the development in the trade.

Today the museum includes all the old machines and blacksmith operation are still in their almost original state. This is a living museum, where visitors can experience the old machine shop as time has stood still. An amazing atmosphere for all ages.

Reykjafjordur

Reykjafjordur is a short and wide fjord in northern Strandir. It was abandoned by its last inhabitants in 1959. The buildings have been well maintained and they still stand on the lowland at the northwest side of the fjord. The old farm houses are on a hill just by the ocean and other houses, in which people stay during the summer, are further in the fjord.
A guesthouse with sleeping bag accommodation, summer cottages and a big campsite are operated in Reykjafjordur during the summer. The swimming pool is open for all guests. Reykjafjordur can be accessed by foot or boat. There is also an airstrip for small planes.

Nature
Haelavikurbjarg

Haelavikurbjarg, between coves Hornvik and Haelavik, is a 521 m high sheer cliff. It is named after Haell, a freestanding rock in the sea just off the coast. Above the brink is a valley called Hvannadalur. Below the valley are two beautiful freestanding dikes, Langikambur and Fjol, in the sea, with a small cove named Kirfi in between them. Not far away is the third dike, Sulnastapi, standing in the sea close to the cliff.

Nature
Sandafell

Sandafell (362m) is a small mountain south of Þingeyri in Dyrafjordur. Perfect for a hike from Þingeyri, it's even possible to drive up the mountain on a 4x4 car. Whichever means of transport you decide upon, the view is going to be well worth the effort.

Nature
Hornvik

Hornvik is surrounded by the cliffs of Hornbjarg to the east and Haelavikurbjarg to the west. West side of Haelavikurbjarg is Hælavík cove.

Nature
Dynjandi

Simply enthralling; The Westfjords' favourite front-page model for decades, and is never short of breathtaking. The biggest and widest part of the waterfall is the one that gets all the attention and the photos, even though there are impressive, albeit smaller, waterfalls further down the river.
To enjoy, follow this simple step-by-step manual. 1. Stop your car at the parking lot. 2. Walk all the way up to the biggest part of the waterfall, it takes about 15 minutes. 3. Take a deep breath and enjoy 4. Whenever ready, go back down to the car. 5. Tick off this article and continue working through the check-list.

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