Seyðisfjörður is famous for its beauty, not only due to its superb surroundings, but also because of its remarkable collection of old wooden buildings. The town’s origins started with foreign merchants, mainly Danes, who began trading in the area in the mid19th century. But the crucial factor was the establishment of the Icelandic herring fishery by Norwegians in 1870-1900. In the early 19th century a new method of construction was developing in Norway. Sawmills started to produce ready-made houses in kit form for export. The businessmen in Seyðisfjörður, who had roots in Norway, started importing these buildings - as homes, business premises and public buildings. Many of them have survived to the present day, giving Seyðisfjörður a wonderful early 20th century ambience.
A guided walk with emphasis on the town’s history
Enjoy a walking tour of Seyðisfjordur’s colour streets with a local guide. See the striking Blue Church, visit the local arts- and handcraft markets and the local culture centre with its modern art exhibitions. In the Technical Museum you will feel like you’re stepping back in time. The museum´s main focus is the arrival of technical innovations like mechanics, electricity, communications, telephony, commerce and architecture that had a huge impact on the every day life from 1880 to 1950. The exhibitions are recreating the atmosphere of the times they portray. On the way back to the ship we walk along the waterside where the small boats and teeming bird life give a special atmosphere.