Seyðisfjörður

Has in recent years become one of Iceland’s most trendy places. The cultural scene is flourishing with participation of young musicians and artists which has attracted both local and foreign visitors, as well as becoming a popular place to live among young Icelanders.

Population: In 2010 population was 706 people.

Museums & Galleries:

  • Skaftafell - Austurvegur 42, 710 Seyðisfjörður.
  • Art & craft market - Austurvegur 9, 710 Seyðisfjörður.

Interesting Sites:

  • Brimnes - 10 km from Seyðisfjörður. Road nr. 951.
  • Dalatangi - road 953, drive east as far away as possible on the gravel road from Mjóifjörður, 715 Mjóifjörður.
  • Fardagafoss - near Egilsstaðir on the road to Seyðisfjörður, road nr. 93, 700 Egilsstaðir.
  • Skálanes - nature and heritage site, road 93, 710 Seyðisfjörður.

Restaurants:

  • Skaftafell - Austurvegur 42, 710 Seyðisfjörður.
  • Hotel Aldan - Norðurgata 2 710 Seyðisfjörður.

Accomodation:

  • Nature and Cultural Center Skálanes - 710 Seyðisfjörður.
  • Seyðisfjörður Hostel - Ránargata 9, 710 Seyðisfjörður.
  • Hotel Aldan - Norðurgata 2, 710 Seyðisfjörður.

 

History:
The history of Seyðisfjörður begins with the nation’s settlement. With Norwegian fishermen in the mid 19th century the town has mainly served as trade and fishery post. But in recent years it has focused on tourism and has become a popular place to live in with young Icelandic artists and musicians. The cultural scene has flourished during these last years and the town hosts LUNGA, a cultural festival for young artists and musicians which has become popular in recent years and attracted visitors from all over the country. The famous German painter Dieter Roth had a residence and an art studio in town.

Nature:
In this part of the country you can expect to encounter the country’s most amazing waterfalls areas. These parts are rich of rivers, brooks, creeks and waters in all its diversifying forms. In this area are two national parks, both Vatnajökull national park and Skafafell national park.

Culture:
Skaftafell is the centre for visual arts, concentrating on and exhibiting contemporary arts. The centre serves as a meeting place for locals and artists where ideas are exchanged. It serves as well as a bistro and has a café and pizzeria on the ground floor and a library on art books, including a material connected to Dieter Roth. For those who want to experience foreign influences, a trip to the French museum – pêcheurs française is a must. This museum pays homage to the French sailors who fished in Icelandic waters for more than three centuries. For those travellers interested in the country’s heritage East Iceland Heritage Museum is situated close to Seyðisfjörður, in a town called Egilsstaðir. The museum offers a peak into the past and is a “traditional museum with a modern approach.” The current exhibition is called “The countryside and the village” and displays traditional Icelandic farming society as it used to be until the turn of 20th century. This gives foreign visitors an exceptional opportunity to get acquainted with the way of Icelandic live in the past.

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