Isafjordur, Iceland

Isafjordur, Iceland

The disabled cruiser visiting Isafjordur will find that the town is small and easy to walk/roll. There is some cobblestone in the town center, but it is easy to navigate. Taxis in Ísafjörður need to be pre-ordered. You may wish to contact Westtours if you want to hire a guide/driver for the day.

Isafjordur is a tender port – Ships have to anchor off Isafjordur and tender passengers ashore by boat. When tendering is required, guests using mobility devices will not be transferred into or out of the tender. Many tender ports do not provide wheelchair access so even if the guest can board the tender they may not be able to disembark ashore. Again the shore-side facilities, movement of the tender, weather and tidal conditions can also preclude tendering.

Isafjordur, Iceland

Ísafjörður is a town in the north west of Iceland, a Nordic European island country situated at the junction of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.

Dynjandi (also known as Fjallfoss) is the largest waterfall in the Westfjords region. It is made up of 7 waterfalls, totaling around a 100m.

Sea kayaking, hiking, sailing, skiing, wildlife and mountain biking trips in the pristine wilderness around Isafjordur are available from here.

For a bit of history, visit the Isafjordur Maritime Museum.

Jonsgardur Park features an arch made out of whalebone. The Old Hospital is now a cultural center housing an art gallery and library.

The Edinburgh Cultural Center hold regular concerts, art exhibitions and other events.

Take a boat trip to see the large colony of eider ducks on the island of Vigur, also spot terns, puffins and black guillemots.

Where You’re Docked

Isafjordur is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship’s tender.

Smaller ships may dock in the center of town, larger vessel anchor and tender passengers ashore.

Currency 

The official currency is the Icelandic krona; prices are given in ISK. Almost all shops and restaurants take credit cards.

Language

The official language in Isafjordur is Icelandic, one of the most difficult languages to learn. Luckily everyone in the tourist trade speaks English.

Shopping

Local shops sell souvenirs such as woolen knitwear, silver jewelry, glass items and painted ceramics.

For the adventurous, the Icelandic delicacy called ‘Hákarl’ (fermented shark) may be tried. However, many Icelandic people will not eat it because of the strong ammonia taste. There are other options available however, including fresh fish and seafood, Italian, Thai and many bakeries selling sweet treats and its signature hot chocolate.

Points of Interest

  • Bolungarvik Church – This enchanting oasis of tranquility is named Hólskirkja or “the church on the hill.” Although built over a hundred years ago, a church has always stood on the same spot since 1200.
  • Osvör Museum – Located on the east side of the bay in Bolungarvik, the museum and the nearby restored fisherman’s hut offer a picture into how local seamen made their livelihood over a century ago. It is not handicapped accessible for the Disabled Cruiser.
  • Maritime Museum – Located in one of Ísafjördur’s oldest houses dating back to the 18th century, the museum exhibits include everything from fishhooks to a ship. This is a small but interesting mixed museum. For the Disabled Cruiser, it is set on several floors in an old building by the harbor. The stairs are very steep and require care. Not suitable for disable access, no wheelchair access to the upper floors.
  • Vigur Island – Just over a mile long and 450 yards wide, the island boasts Iceland’s only windmill, Europe’s smallest post office and 80,000 puffins. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages at one of the island’s few homes.
  • Glacier Fjord Cruise – This excursion takes you through the crystal clear waters and narrow bays of the Glacier Fjords to the isolated village of Hesteyri for a guided tour.
  • Hesteyri – Part of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, your guided walk through the dramatic landscape includes a visit to the Hesteyri village, abandoned over 50 years ago, and a brisk hike to “the Doctor’s House” for refreshments.
  • Skrúður – Visitors are often surprised to see flowers thriving so close to the Arctic at the Skrudur Botanical Garden, the oldest in Iceland.
  • Flateyri Village – Located on a beautiful fjord and surrounded by magnificent mountains, the small fishing village of Flateyri dates back to 1790 and became a major whaling center during the 19th century.

Isafjordur Accessible Excursions

Isafjordur dates back to the 9th Century and is one of the country’s main fishing ports. Isafjordur also boasts a lively cultural scene and the West Fjords Folk Museum is definitely worth a visit. Take a walk down the harbor and see local fisherman at work or see many of the nearby homes that date back to the 18th Century.

There are no organized accessible shore excursions in Isafjordur.