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On a voyage with Azamara, guests see a night-and-day difference. And when we take you on a dramatic journey across Ísafjarðardjúp Bay to Ísafjörður, Iceland, you’ll experience a lot more day, thanks to long summer days with nearly 24-hours of sunlight and longer stays in port. Nestled in the northwest region of Iceland, tucked away in the North Atlantic, the towering peaks of this unspoiled wilderness welcome you.

This remote fishing town, the largest in the West Fjords, has long enjoyed a prosperous fishing industry thanks to the rich fishing waters found off the coast. Created by ancient volcanoes, first settled by Viking Helgi Hrolfsson in the ninth century, and established as a trading post in the late 16th century, Ísafjörður has a long history—and the people and this place have many stories to tell.

There’s a lot to like about this quiet, pleasant town. Wander your way around the charming grid of the Old Town, with its narrow streets and 18th century timber buildings that harken back to days when tall ships and whaling crews came to call. Visit the public garden Jónsgarður to see the Whale Bone Arch, made from the jaws of a blue whale, and Neðstikaupstaður, the West Fjords Heritage Museum, to explore the lasting records of the history of the settlement. Discover interesting shops, amazing restaurants, and a surprisingly thriving arts, culture, and music scene.

Whether you watch the fishermen at work in the harbor or head out beyond the down for more active pursuits—horseback riding, bird watching, kayaking, or hiking in the hills—Ísafjörður is a dramatic location that’s the perfect home base for exploring this incredible area.

Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

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Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

If you’re looking for nature in its purest form, you’ve found it. A short ferry ride away from Ísafjörður sits the isolated natural haven of Hornstrandir. Uninhabited by people since the ‘50s, it’s known as the land of the Arctic fox. Rugged cliffs loom 1640 feet up from the magnificent coastline and the island is home to Iceland’s largest bird colonies. Here you’ll be surrounded by lush beauty, meadows of wildflowers, and chances are, not a single person in sight.

Dynjandi

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Dynjandi

In a land full of incredible waterfalls, boasting the title of Iceland’s most majestic says a lot. The biggest waterfall in the Westfjords, Dynjandi is visible from miles away. Cascading like a veil over the craggy cliffs and mossy façade, the waterfall drops some 325 feet, creating a sight that is simply breathtaking. It’s easy to see why it is called the jewel of the Westfjords by some. Six other waterfalls will mark your short scenic hike up. Be sure to catch this natural wonder from its many beautiful angles.

Vigur: Paradise Island

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Vigur: Paradise Island

The picturesque island of Vigur is the second largest island in Ísafjörður Bay, but has only five residents: a farmer and his family. Plus a few thousand birds, including puffins, black guillemots, Arctic terns, and a large eider duck colony. If you’re wondering what there is to see here before you go, once you set foot on this magical island you’ll be glad you did. Stroll around to find Iceland’s only windmill. Discover the two-hundred-year-old “Vigur Breiður,” a boat once used for fishing and ferrying goods and sheep. Watch the seals in the waters off the Westfjord and visit the smallest post office in the country and mail a postcard before heading back to the ship.

Isafjordur, Iceland At a glance

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Size: 0.54 KM2 (0.21 MI2)
Population: 2,571
Density: 4,761 Pop/KM2 (1,838 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +354

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