The fishing village of Seyðisfjörður is 17 km long, located at the edge of a fjord and considered by many as one of the most picturesque villages in eastern Iceland.

The village is not just famous for its breathtaking landscape and surroundings but also for its numerous preserved old and traditional wooden houses.


The Icelandic poet Matthías Johannessen named Seyðisfjörður the "pearl in a shell." 750 people live in the village.

The Tourism Industry - in Full Swing

The local economy has always been dependent on fishing, although the light industry sector, is also a source of income for many residents. In recent years, the tourism sector plays an increasingly important role, the picturesque town, the magnificent surroundings each year attract more and more visitors, and the village was officially designated by the Lonely Planet Magazine as one of the places you must visit during a trip to Iceland.

Travelers can easily reach Seyðisfjörður via a road named Fjarðarheiði that serves as a mountain pass connecting the village to the rest of Iceland. The town is located just 27 km from the ring road and the main town Egilsstaðir. Seyðisfjörður is surrounded by mountains , the major ones are Bjólfur on the West, reaching 1085 m and Mount Strandartindur on the East, reaching 1010 m. The fjord itself is accessible from both sides of the village thanks to the main road that passes through the village.

Environment and Nature

The Skálanes Nature Reserve is located 17 kilometers east of the town. The reserve is home to a variety of wildlife and is also a great starting point for those who want to visit the south side of the fjord. The Reserve has a habitat and ecosystem that best represent the variety of flora and fauna of Iceland's eastern fjords region.

Tourist svisiting the region will enjoy seeing colonies of seabirds, reindeer, waterfalls and other interesting geological formations.

Skalanes well-connects the mountain huts and hiking trails and the area offers numerous ideal activities and day trips including bouldering, glacier climbing, skiing and hiking.

Near Seyðisfjörður village there are several waterfalls and a popular hiking trail that starts out in the city center and continues along the east bank of the Fjarðará River that flows in the city center. Upstream there are 25 waterfalls. During winter, the area beyond the mountains Fjarðarheiði, is ideal for skiing.

Map of Seyðisfjörður