Ísafjörður is a town in northwest Iceland known for dramatic landscapes, wooden houses with corrugated tin roofs as you might expect, an ancient church and a tradition of fishing. It was built built by fishing merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries and the Westfjords Heritage Museum has a collection of old fishing boats and shows their other history, whereas the old hospital is a cultural centre with exhibits and some stunning photography. There is a golf course! Hiking is available as with most Fjord stops, there are also biking trails, horse riding and bird watching. Its two valleys, Tungudalur and Engidalur, offer much outdoor pursuits. Skiing in the winter and kayaking are within an easy reach, plus there are ferries to Hornstrandir where there is Nature Reserve. These depart daily during the summer months. But, it is also the place where you can see and learn about the Arctic Fox with an excursion to the charming village of Súðavík. Other interesting trips are to the Dynjandi waterfall, the biggest in the Westfjords or to the small fishing village of Sudburyr or just explore the old town. P&O cruises to ISAFJORDUR MARELLA cruises to ISAFJORD Fred OLSEN to ISAFJORDUR
Ísafjörður is also the home of amazing Northern Lights, we have this on another blog.
This route can go from Southampton, north stopping at Kirkwall then Lerwick in Shetland which is where we made the movie Devil’s Gate which starred Laura Fraser. It will be beautiful at that time of the year. You are then straight to Reykjavik, Isafjordur, Akureyri then back via Belfast, then Cobh before returning to Southampton. There are two full days on this particular cruise to enjoy Reykjavik. You will have the opportunity of many splendid tours like the Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls or the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. In Isafjordur you can experience the magnificent natural beauty of the West Fjords. Then catch the midnight sun from Akureyri’s stunning setting on Iceland’s longest fjord – Eyjafjordur.
Tours on the Fjord can be organised by the ship and they will normally offer Kayaking or Rib tours. New Marella Explorer sets sale in a new direction for TUI cruises