Even if your main objective when traveling in Iceland is to see natural wonders and beautiful landscape, it is also worth it to stop at some of the beautiful and charming towns and villages. For those who are traveling by car, an obvious option is to stop at one of the many camping sites in a town or a village around the shoreline. Most of the towns and villages offer good overall services for tourists and most of the also offer a museum or an adventure tour. It is also common to come across a fine restaurant and a good café in most small towns and villages. Not to mention the swimming pools that you will find in every town in Iceland. So there are many things to do and see in the small villages in Iceland.
Villages and towns also have fascinating history
Most of the towns and villages along the shoreline in Iceland developed during the last century trace their origin to the proximity to fertile fishing grounds. Many still base the main livelihood of inhabitants on fisheries and the fish industry. Many are affluent communities with an increasing part of their economy in the travel industry. Others that have suffered from the quota system and are in decline. But either small or large, affluent or struggling all of the towns and villages have their charm and fascinating history.
Villages and towns placed in magnificent landscape
Needless to say, almost all of the communities around the shoreline are set in a stunning landscape surrounded by beautiful mountains. Many are located in a fjord using the mountains as shields from the harsh weather during winter in Iceland. And of course the weather. In the past as well as today the unpredictable and often difficult weather continues to be a major factor in Iceland. But as can be seen from the photo, if you can catch the early morning calmness in a fjord, like this picture from Fáskrúðsfjörður village, few things will beat that for a photographer.