Seydisfjordur is totally off the beaten path. Many tourists skip it because of its location, which is such a shame. This was actually one of our highlights during our 2-week Iceland Route.
On Wednesday, the day before the ferry leaves to Denmark via the Faroe Islands, bars and restaurants are packed. The is a great well-known sushi restaurant in the center of town together with a picturesque blue church and a handful of art shops.
But the little town is most famous because of its connection with art. Dieter Roth, who was a German/Swiss/Icelandic artist had an art studio for a long time. This has drawn loads of other creatives to Seydisfjordur.
Every July, an art festival named ‘LungA’ is held which is a gathering of creative Icelandic people. It’s highly recommended to check out Tvisongur sound sculpture created by the German artist Lukas Kühne.
Waking up in this town is magical, there are waterfalls all around the valley and you forget you’re actually in Iceland. The area has great hiking routes that will offer a view over the whole valley.
Staying in Seydisfjordur
Just like in most parts of Iceland, staying in a hotel isn’t cheap. Your first option is to camp at Seydisfjordur Camp Site.
Getting to Seydisfjordur
In summer the town is easily accessible by a 30-minute drive through the mountains. On your way down you will pass one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland called Gufufoss.
Tip: In winter, the main road can be closed. Check road.is for the latest updates.
From Seydisfjordur you can either go the south or north of Iceland. Check our Iceland route to see your next stops.
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Someday I’ll have to visit Seydisfjordur. Dieter Roth did some very unusual self-portraits. I’ve landed in Raykovich twice on my way to Europe, but alas never got to venture out past the airport. One time, we were delayed for about 20 minutes while an airport labor dispute was being settled. All flights were delayed, so it wasn’t an impact on our trip. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for reading Ken! We hope you get a chance to visit soon- amazing place ?