Greinasafni: Icelandic Times
Ísafjörður Municipality includes the area from Langanes in Arnarfjörður, all the way north to Horn, and from there to Geirólfsnúpur in the southern part of Reykjarfjörður, where the boundary lies between Ísafjörður and Strandir.
In the heart of the municipality is the town of Ísafjörður, the largest town in the Westfjords. Referred to by many as ‘surprisingly cosmopolitan’ with it’s coffee houses, hotels, restaurants and vibrant cultural life.

Ísafjörður is the service centre of Ísafjörður and can fulfill all travellers needs in terms of services, attraction and activities. Ísafjörður is a lively town that has many surprises. It’s rich culture comes from being one of the oldest towns in Iceland. The natural harbour situation made Ísafjörður a attractive place for Icelanders throughout the history of Iceland. Thus the old town of Ísafjörður gives a wonderful insight into the bygone times and, together with the excellent cultural museum in ‘neðstikaupstaður,’ visitors can learn about the interesting story of Ísafjörður and the life of it’s inhabitants.

The main characteristics of the spectacular landscape are the long narrow fjords with steep mountains that in many places descend directly into the sea. The highlands are flat, almost as if the mountaintops had been sliced off with a sharp knife.

One emphasis in tourism is on boat trips and enabling visitors to experience nature in its purest form. The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is one of the areas biggest secrets. Hornstrandir, once a prosperous area, is no longer inhabited and is only accessible by boat and small planes. It is left to nature’s firm grip, where arctic foxes, seals and sea birds call it their home.

In the surrounding areas, there are other numerous places of interest such as the beautiful Dynjandi waterfall or the mountains between Dýrafjörður and Arnarfjörður, that are unlike most others in the Westfjords. They are sometimes referred to as the Westfjords Alps. The mighty Kaldbakur, the highest mountain in the Westfjords, is probably the most imposing among them, being 998 metres high.

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