Annual events and festivals at Isafjordur
Aldrei fór ég Suður – Easter music festival
An annual music festival first celebrated in 2004. A four-day celebration filled with great music and live acts!
Sailor’s Day – Sjómannadagurinn
The first Sunday in June is dedicated to the fishermen in Iceland and all their hard work. Celebrated all over the country but especially in fishing towns such as Ísafjörður often with games, musical acts and dances. Join the celebrations downtown and ask around for the dance!
17th of June – Iceland’s National Day
Celebrated all over the country with parades, candy floss, speeches and musical acts. Join the party downtown!
The Swamp Soccer Tournament – Mýrarboltinn
The first weekend in August is all about swamp football at the European championship in Swamp soccer at Isafjordur. This is the shopkeeper’s weekend with a national holiday on the Monday after the weekend.
The participants dress in hilarious costumes and big dances are held during the evenings.
Where to eat at Isafjordur?
- Tjöruhúsið at Ísafjörður – the winner for the best seafood in town, maybe even in Iceland!
- Húsið at Ísafjörður – the yummy classics, pizza, burgers and Icelandic lamb.
- Thai Koon Ísafjörður – the best Thai in the Westfjords!
- Bræðraborg Café at Ísafjörður – a cozy atmosphere and freshly made delicacies, great at vegan and dietary restrictions
- Gamla Bakaríð e. The Old Bakery at Ísafjörður – try their baked goods for your best bites yet!
Where to stay at Isafjordur?
- Hotel Isafjordur
- Hotel Edda Isafjordur
- Hotel Horn
Guesthouses, B&Bs and Apartments
- Gentlespace Guesthouse
- Gamla Guesthouse
- Mánagisting Guesthouse
- Budget Apartments with Ocean View
- Litla Guesthouse
The Westfjords are known to be the coolest area at sea level in Iceland. Ísafjörður has what is called a tundra climate and is closely on par with subarctic climate. This means that the winters are cold and the summers cool.
The warmest month for Isafjordur is July with a temperature of around 10 °C (50 °F). Isafjordur is also affected by strong winds which can result in the cancellation of flights.
Isafjordur in Winter
Isafjordur is known for being snow-heavy in winter. The area is stunning in white and worth the effort in getting there.
The drive from Reykjavik to Isafjordur can be more hazardous in winter than in summer and it is important to check both the weather forecast and road conditions before setting off.
Ísafjörður is a fantastic place to see the Northern Lights in winter, being this far out North and with very limited lighting!
Winters in Isafjordur are excellent for skiing and during Easter, the music festival aldrei fór ég suður takes the otherwise quiet town life to another level.
Interesting places near Isafjordur
- Bolungarvík Village
- The Natural Museum in Bolungarvík
- Hnífsdalur Village
- Flateyri Village
- The Nonsense Museum
- Suðureyri Village
- Þingeyri Village
- Dynjandi Waterfall
- The Arctic Fox Centre
- The Geothermal Pool at Reykjanes