Ísafjörður

The largest town in West Fjords is Ísafjörður with population of 2.600. On a global scale, that may not sound very large. However, for Icelanders it’s considered pretty big.

Ísafjörður is a part of Ísafjarðarbær municipality, which includes Hnífsdalur, Flateyri, Suðureyri and Þingeyri. Despite the size and location of the town, the West Fjords can seem quite remote, especially during winter when the roads are closed. Despite that, Ísafjörður has lots to offer, including the annual music festival, Aldrei fór ég suður, I Never Went South, launched in 2004 by the famous, Icelandic musician, Mugison.

The festival, originally a one-night event, has been growing ever since and now stretches from Thursday until Sunday. Many Icelanders travel to the West Fjords over Easter to enjoy the festival and go skiing.

Enjoy the beautiful landscape, join in with the lively atmosphere that the town has to offer, and don’t forget to visit historic, Gamla Bakarí (the old bakery) that has been up and running for more than a century.

 

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