Seydisfjordur, Iceland

Seydisfjordur is a picturesque town at the head of a 17 kilometre fjord of the same name in eastern Iceland (photos). It was established about 1848 by Danish merchants who used it as a centre to supply ships and to trade. It has a weekly ferry service. It has some museums and cultural buildings, such as the bright red music school and the blue church(photos.)  It is also the jumping off  point for tours of the spectacular scenery of Eastern Iceland.  I took a hiking tour today.  We drove for 75 minutes to a trailhead near Egilsstadir from which we hiked in 2 kilometres, through a basalt gorge and upwards to Hengifoss Falls, Iceland’s second highest water fall at 394 feet.  The hiking track was quite steep in places and we ascended a total elevation of some 900 feet. Unfortunately, the falls were not too spectacular due to a lack of rain.  However, there was an interesting juxtaposition of red clay and grey basalt which made for an interesting picture (photo.)There was another pretty waterfall near the bottom of the track also with interesting basalt columns (photo.) The scenery en route to the falls and back was pretty.  We saw the unique Hallarmsstadorskogur Forest and a Forestry station at one of the few wooded areas in Iceland (photo). The station has about 40 different species of trees. It is an attempt to reforest this part of Iceland.  We also saw Lagarflot Lake which is has many farms (photos) and a few villages along the shore.  One village had a rather interesting church (photo.)  At one point we ran across a group out for a ride on Icelandic horses (photo).  At the end we stopped for a photo of our ship at berth in Seydisfjordur.  This photo give you a good idea of the size of the town.  Our next port is Akureyri, Iceland,


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2 Responses to Seydisfjordur, Iceland

  1. daviddapaget says:

    Great, Leslie. Love your final pic showing far away cruise ship. You have a collection of these, which you could offer to Holland America!

  2. Kesh says:

    Hey Leslie, great article!. I think it was the Norwegians who settled there first and not Danish. I have great memories from that place as well. Here is my link to my article about seydisfjordur if you want to check it out.

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