Seydisfjordur Wows with Artsy Charm in the East Fjords of Iceland

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Don’t be put off by its name. We still can’t pronounce Seyðisfjörður in Eastern Iceland but it is the cutest little town you ever did see.  Nestled between snow-capped mountains in a perfect fjord setting, the houses are a painter’s palette of colour.


Yes, it also has a river running through it and the obligatory waterfalls.  Anywhere else, the waterfalls would be spectacular but in Iceland, they are just run-of-the-mill waterfalls.


Seydisfjordur is tiny (pop. 665) but it does have everything a tourist would need to spend a pleasant interlude.  In-town pleasures include a wonderful interiors store (Gullabuid), bars, art galleries and coffee shops.  Of course, there are also the Icelandic essentials such as a thermal swimming pool with water slides for the children.




Traditionally, the town was a fishing village with its riches coming from herring.  Nowadays, tourism is big business.  There is a Danish cruise line that runs a regular direct service to the town in the summer.

Assuming you don’t get the cruise line into town, the drive into town is down a winding mountain pass  past numerous waterfalls.  As beautiful as the drive is, it is only a prelude to the charm of the town. It is definitely worth the detour of the Ring Road that most tourists take around Iceland.

Seydisfjordur waterfalls

Many of the wooden houses (and the pretty blue church) were imported from Norway as kit houses when the herring trade was booming at the turn of the 20th century.  These well-preserved homes are still in use as private residences and public buildings.



Although the town has a reputation for being artsy, unlike other artsy towns you don’t get a steady stream of art galleries.  It’s much more low-key in its bohemian flair like the little lady who owns the house next door to the supermarket.  She crochets covers for rocks in her front garden.


The photos will go a small way towards showing you why this town is just beyond picturesque. I should mention also that the charm of this area extends beyond the town with easily accessible hiking trails nearby.




hiking in Seydisfjordur



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    1. Me neither! I expect she’s the eccentric artsy older lady type. Reminds me of that poem about wearing a purple and red hat when you are old.

  1. You have such a great eye. Loved seeing the crocheted rocks! We have yarn-bombing in San Diego but nothing so delicate. Interesting too that some of the early buildings were built from kits. What a colorful and unique place.

  2. Seriously…Crocheted covers for rocks? Geesh, if she’d wanted to keep ’em warm, she should have just thrown them into a nearby thermal pool!

    (Kidding, of course.)

    I’d never thought of detouring off the ring road, to be perfectly honest, but I’m rethinking that. I’ll bet there are just as many wonderful sights off the beaten track that few tourists bother to see.

    Anyway, if this is any indication, Iceland looks really pretty. I’ve pinned a couple of your photos to remind me of that. Thanks for linking up to #TheWeeklyPostcard – I’d not have found your post otherwise!

        1. They were both planned as well as random detours people we met told us about. Eg. The guy who worked at the Emigration Museum in Hofnes told us to take the scenic route to Akureyri as its not much longer but way prettier. So we did! And it was great! Seydisfjordur on the other hand was a planned detour. I had read about it because of its arts scene.

  3. Gorgeous place! I love small towns full of cute buildings, good food and surrounded by beautiful nature. I will get out of the main path to see it.

    1. No idea. People say it really fast so it sounds like 3 syllables. Definitely not the way it’s spelled. I asked someone to say it slower a couple of times and then gave up.

    1. It was! And yes we wish we had spent more time there. That is one problem with “doing the ring road” you kind of have to keep moving to get back to the airport!! This town is pretty much diametrically opposite the airport geographically on Iceland.

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