Seydisfjordur, Iceland

Seydisfjordur, Iceland

The disabled cruiser visiting Seydisfjordur will discover that the town is tiny. The streets are smooth with only slight change in elevation. You could walk/roll all the streets in about an hour. With a population of less than 1,000 people, don’t count on taxis.

Seydisfjörður is a tiny place, cute but not a lot to see. These tiny villages are not geared up for large cruise ships and private tours. A private tour will take you into the countryside above and beyond Seydisfjordur. Private tour guide prices in Iceland start around $1000 per day. 

Seydisfjordur is a tender port – Ships have to anchor off Seydisfjordur and tender passengers ashore by boat. The tender dock is wheelchair accessible and toilet facilities can be found at the cruise terminal. When tendering is required, guests using mobility devices will not be transferred into or out of the tender. Again the shore-side facilities, movement of the tender, weather and tidal conditions can also preclude tendering.

Seydisfjordur, Iceland

Seydisfjordur is a town in the Eastfjords of Iceland at the innermost point of the fjord of the same name.

Seydisfjordur is regarded by many as one of Iceland’s most picturesque towns, due to both its impressive environment and the community of old wooden buildings which have been preserved so well here.

Seydisfjordur shelters beneath Mt. Strandartindur and Mt. Bjólfur. In the valley above the town, the river Fjarðará cascades from the edge of the heath above beautiful waterfalls, down to Lón (the lagoon) at the head of the fjord. A road leads up from the fjord to the Hérað district, 26km away across Fjarðarheiði heath. The heath is crossed by road, and offers great views of the surrounding area.

The Technical Museum of East Iceland’s main focus is on the influx of modern times around 1880 to 1950 in areas such as mechanics, electricity, communications, telephony, commerce and architecture. (Open Mon-Fri).

Skaftfell is dedicated to nurturing and exhibiting visual art, the main emphasis being contemporary art. The centre is located in a grand old house, built in 1907 and on the first floor there is an exhibition space with exhibitions running the whole year through.

Fjardarselsvirkjun is Iceland’s oldest operational power plant, started on October 18th 1913. The plant marked a turning point in the history of Icelandic electrification and it was the first power plant in Iceland that generated alternating current.

Tvisongur is a site-specific sound sculpture, located on a mountainside above Seydisfjordur. The work is built of concrete and consists of five interconnected domes of different sizes. Each dome has its own resonance that corresponds to a tone in the Icelandic musical tradition of five-tone harmony, and works as a natural amplifier to that tone.

There are lots of hiking opportunities in the area, maps are available at the Information Centre at the Ferry Terminal.

Opposite Fjardarsel Hydro-electric power station is a 9 hole golf course and club house. Golfing equipment can be hired upon request.

Explore the town on foot, hire a kayak or bicycle to explore further afield or take a 4×4 sightseeing tour to Mt. Bjólfur. You can even paraglide from here.

Where You’re Docked

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

There are two docking areas in Seydisfjordur for smaller vessels – the South Pier, Strandarbakki and the North Pier, Bjolfsbakki. Larger ships will anchor and tender passengers ashore.

The tender dock is wheelchair accessible and toilet facilities can be found at the cruise terminal.

The downtown area is only 0.8km away from the terminal.

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 Seydisfjordur is Icelandic, one of the most difficult languages to learn. Luckily everyone in the tourist trade speaks English.

Shopping

A locally run Crafts Market offers a variety of art and crafts, with a good selection of Icelandic hand knitted products and pieces made of reindeer bones.

Fresh fish and seafood such as monkfish, cod, scallops and lobster, reindeer and lamb as well as pizzas, hamburgers and homemade cakes can all be found on local menus.

Points of Interest

  • Borgarfjörður Eystri – This picturesque seaside village rests in a deep fjord with charming houses dotting its shores. Nearby rests the famous Álfaborg Hill, believed to be the home for the queen of the Icelandic elves.
  • Hafnarhólmi – A must-visit for bird enthusiasts, this harbor town is home to seabirds such as kittiwakes, eider ducks, fulmars and puffins. A staircase to the top of the hill offers spectacular views.
  • War Years Museum – During WWII, the town of Reyðarfjörður was home to Iceland’s second largest Allied base. The museum’s exhibits include war relics and displays that illustrate Iceland’s contribution to the war.
  • Maritime Museum – Located inside a 195-year-old house in the charming village of Eskifjörður, the museum’s exhibits offer a realistic picture of how local fishermen made their living off the sea.
  • Hengifoss Waterfall – One of Iceland’s tallest and most beautiful waterfalls, Hengifoss stands high on a cliff overlooking Lake Lagarfljót. The views of the water as it plunges a dramatic 393 feet to the gorge below are breathtaking.
  • Seyðisfjörður – Settled by Norwegian fishermen in the mid-19th century, Seyðisfjörður is one of the most enchanting villages in the East Fjords and home to the Technical Museum, cultural center and Iceland’s oldest operational power plant.

Seydisfjordur Accessible Excursions

There are no organized accessible shore excursions in Seydisfjordur.