As you proceed into the fjord you will be treated to the most wonderful sight of thin ribbons of water cascading down the volcanic cliffs on either side of your ship.
The port boasts a modern cruise and ferry terminal building with gangway and two berths 500m from the center of this tiny town of Seydisfjordur.
To date Seydisfjordur is the only port in Iceland with a purpose built terminal building. Facilities include souvenir shopping, internet, WC and tourist information.
Larger ships may at times anchor and will use tenders to get you ashore. This in general happens on Thursdays when a ferry is in port.
Printable map to take along.
Cruise calendar for this port.
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Seyðisfjörður claims to be the smallest cosmopolitan town in the world with 750 inhabitants a number of whom are living or working in well-preserved old timber buildings. In fact, these buildings were imported from Norway in kit-form between 1895-1922. Many have survived today as homes, business premises and public buildings.
Here the town nestles beneath two 1,000 meter mountains Strandartindur and Bjólfur. In the valley above the town, the river Fjarðará cascades in over 25 waterfalls down to the lagoon at the head of the fjord.
The East Iceland Museum of Technology is open daily between 11 and 6 during the summer months. Close by is the municipal offices and museum of technology, once owned by the Great Nordic Telegraph Company when in 1906 Iceland was first connected to the outside world by a submarine telephone cable that came ashore at Seyðisfjörður. Inside are examples of early telecommunications equipment.
Visitors can stroll through the streets reliving the history of the community and its old buildings.
The shops in Iceland are of international standard, and carry a wide variety of merchandise. Local specialties are woollen knitwear (for example sweaters, cardigans, hats and mittens), handmade ceramics, glassware and silver jewelry. Also available is a great variety of high-quality seafood.
The Icelandic monetary unit is the "króna." Coins are in denominations of 100 kr., 50 kr., 10kr., 5 kr. and 1 kr. Bank notes are in denominations of 5000 kr., 2000 kr.,1000 kr., and 500 kr. All Icelandic banks provide foreign exchange and are generally open on weekdays from 09:15 to 16:00.
The major cards in Iceland are EUROPAY/MASTERCARD and VISA. Cash can be obtained at every bank branch (over 170) as well as in all ATMs throughout the country.
The Icelanders still speak the language of the Vikings, although modern Icelandic has undergone changes of pronunciation and, of course, of vocabulary!
The library is close by, however there is no sign on it. Free Wifi can be found here.
Office hours are generally 09:00-17:00 and 08:00-16:00 during June, July and August. Shopping hours are Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00, Sat from 10:00 to 13:00/14:00/15:00 or 16:00. Some supermarkets are open to 23:00 seven days a week. Banking hours are Mon-Fri 09:15-16:00.
1 January, New Year's Day;
Maundy Thursday (Thursday before Easter Sunday);
Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday);
Easter Monday (Monday following Easter Sunday);
First Day of Summer (a Thursday during the period 19 to 25 April);
1 May, Labour Day;
Ascension Day (Holy Thursday, six weeks after Maundy Thursday);
Whit Monday (Monday following Whit Sunday, seven weeks after Easter);
17 June, National Day (proclamation of the Republic in 1944, birthday of Jon Sigurdsson, 1811-1879);
Trademen's Day (first Monday in August);
24 December, Christmas Eve (afternoon only);
25 December, Christmas Day;
26 December, Boxing Day (second day of Christmas);
31 December, New Year's Eve (afternoon only).
Holiday dates falling on a Saturday or Sunday will not be taken on the following Monday.
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