Ísafjörður is the biggest town in the West Fjords with 3200 inhabitants and is the centre of commerce and public services for the whole region. The town has more than 1000 year history on its back and through the centuries it was a very important fish exporting town. The oldest buildings in Iceland, built by Danish merchants in the 17th century, are well preserved in the lowest part of town and now host the Maritime Museum and a seafood restaurant.
"Lying hours from anywhere, over unpaved roads and mountain passes, Ísafjördur is like a tiny city, with almost everything you could need." Alex Elliott, Atlantica Magazine.
The architecture of Ísafjördur has been shaped with foreign influences through the decades and many restorerd houses can be found in all different shapes and sizes. A stroll through the old part is truly like walking through a museum.
"…charming, relaxed streets flanked be old three-story buildings with businesses on the first floor and apartments above…" Paul.F. Nikolov, Grapevine Magazine.
Ísafjörður has much to offer for the outdoor enthusiast. Good golf course, skiing area, hiking routes, kayak and bike rental, swimming pools, and various tours to different parts of the West Fjords.
It's well worth to spend an extra day or two here and do some exploring on your own in this charming town in North West Iceland.