Cozy Town Meets Arctic Wilderness:
With a population of 3000, Isafjordur is both bucolic and a bustling town. The main industry of the town is fishing, though in the 1980s and 1990s, the industry declined, but Isafjordur emerged as a successful tourist spot in the country. To get here from Reykjavik, take the Ring Road or the bus.
Restaurants in Isafjordur:
Bakarinn is a small, cosy café selling pastries, coffee and snacks. This place is well known for their sandwich breads and pizzas.
Gamla bakariid is one of the most popular bakeries in Iceland. Famous for their birthday breads and small sweet pastries, the place is full of wonderful smells and friendly staff.
Where to Stay:
Owned by Auslang, the Auslang Guesthouse welcomes travelers looking for a more personal and cozier Icelandic experience. The guesthouse itself is a large house, typical for a true Icelandic guesthouse.
Things to Do in and Around Isafjordur:
Visitors can enjoy the picturesque nature of the region. On foot, you can tour Isafjordur's old and new town, visit the Maritime Museum, and hike up the mountain. In the wintertime, it is common to ski in the area. Be sure to follow the ski paths; some native daredevils follow their own paths.
There are also several boat rides to neighboring areas for those who love nature. Most boats operate only in the summer months.
There is an all day hiking tour from Adalvik to Hesteyi. The hike is 12-14 km long and includes wading through small streams in the gorgeous countryside of Iceland. Several tour options are available, from leisure to experienced hiker. It is also possible to see seals, arctic foxes and several species of birds.