Anyone who visits Seyðisfjörður is captured by the beauty of the town as well as the landscape. It is a place of exceptional charm and surprisingly the only town or village around the coastline in Iceland that is located at the bottom of the fjord. One reason might be the depth of the sea in the fjord. The prerequisite that made it possible for ships of all sizes to sail into a calm, natural harbour in the bottom of the fjord. If you are planning a trip to Iceland and travel on the Ring Road in Iceland, you should not skip visiting Seyðisfjörður. The town has many photo opportunities, and also the landscape in the fjord.
Seyðisfjörður has a different premise in its history
The drive from Egilsstaðir over the 600-meter high mountain pass Fjarðarheiði is a 27 km loop on the Ring Road no one should miss; at least not in the summer. In the winter, it is a difficult road. Historically the town started to develop around the middle of the 19th century. At first, a cluster of houses was built as merchants settled and opened a trading post; a few decades after the notorious Danish–Icelandic Trade Monopoly was abolished. Similar to many other towns and villages in Iceland fishing and accessible fishing grounds played a significant role in the development of Seyðisfjörður. Unlike many other towns and villages it was not access to cod, haddock or halibut as a means of livelihood for survival but herring and whale for a larger scale production. Although the herring frenzy came to Iceland in the middle of the 20th century, Icelanders had seen a similar development in the midst of the 19ht century but on a smaller scale. In addition to the merchant, entrepreneurs in the fish and fish processing sector came to Seyðisfjörður to take advantage of the resources vested in the herring stock. This opened the path for development of a town as opportunities for people in the surrounding rural area grew, and they moved to the growing urban area by the fjord.
A good town to live in despite difficulties in transportation
Today Seyðisfjörður is a municipal that has not merged with other communities or towns and villages in the East Region. It is considered by its residents to be a good and attractive town to live in, although a bit isolated during the darkest winter moths. The municipal offers typical quality service. In education a preschool, primary and secondary school as well as a music school. Health service is accessible and good care for the elderly. The village has an old and charming indoor swimming pool among other sports facilities.
The only ferry, Norröna, operating between Iceland and Europe has its home port at Seyðisfjörður in Iceland. The ferry has a weekly schedule all year round.
If you are going to visit the Eastern Region in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Seyðisfjörður region.
Below is the location of Seyðisfjörður on the map of Iceland