Cruises to Isafjordur Iceland

Isafjörður, meaning ‘ice fjord’ in Icelandic, is a large fishing port in the north west of Iceland, also known as the ‘westfjords’ region. Book your cruise now and discover Isafjordur with MSC Cruises.

Isafjörður: A large fishing port that offers stunning scenery and natural attractions

Isafjörður, meaning ‘ice fjord’ in Icelandic, is a large fishing port in the north west of Iceland, also known as the ‘westfjords’ region. The perfect natural harbor serves ferries to nearby settlements.
If you’re in the mood for stunning scenery and natural attractions, then come ashore in Ísafjörður. The town has a special folkloric ambiance, perhaps due to its unique location just below the Arctic Circle.
Leave your luxury MSC ship in dock and prepare to indulge in the simple pleasures of walking, sightseeing and bird-watching. Those in search of heritage and history can head to the Maritime Museum, housed in one of the oldest buildings in Ísafjörður and which traces the life and history of the settlement with a fascinating array of fishing gear and variety of boats.
Join us on one of our excursion packages within this area which offer great deals on local sights. Why not take the town tour, where you can pick up holiday souvenirs, such as traditional handicrafts or artworks.
Another top attraction is the Hornstrandir nature reserve; a paradise for keen walkers, we recommend you bring your hiking boots and enjoy the natural trails and paths (there are no roads here) and enjoy the myriad of wild flowers and native birds.
For ornithologists, Isafjörður may well prove to be a highlight of their vacation; take the 30-minute boat tour to the island of Vigur, where you will see the extraordinary colony (3,500 nests) of eider ducks as well as puffins, black guillemots and arctic terns.
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Directions


Ship docks right in the centre of the town.

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 IFJ01 - BOAT TRIP TO VIGUR ISLAND (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  The lovely island of Vigur is a green oasis nestling in the blue waters of the Isafjardardjup fjord. In spring, the island is a nesting place for countless birds and in the summer months puffins, arctic terns, black guillemots and eider ducks can be seen in large numbers. A 30-minute boat transfer will take us to Vigur where we will take a leisurely walk around the island to discover its natural beauty and unspoilt environment. The duck’s nests are carefully protected by collecting Eiderdown is still permitted during spring. Traditional farming methods are still practiced on the island and visitors can see Iceland’s only windmill, built in 1840 and used to grind wheat imported from Denmark. The timeless feel is enhanced by the collection of historic houses which date back to the last centuries: Viktoria House was erected in 1862 and the second house was erected by a young priest in 1884, an ancestor of the family living in Vigur today. Before returning to Isafjordur we will see one of the smallest post offices in Europe and enjoy coffee and Icelandic cake. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. No guide during the boat trip; she will wait on the island. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties and using a wheelchair. The sighting of the birds cannot be guaranteed.

Price per person $113.00 Adults $79.00 Children

   


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 IFJ02 - LIFE & CULTURE IN ISAFJORDUR (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Cultural  The town of Isafjordur is the biggest settlement in the west fjords of Iceland and a key centre for trade and culture. The oldest part of the town, Nedstikaupstadur, features houses from the XVIII century which pay testament to Isafjordur’s former importance as one of the main trading centres in Iceland. Starting at the pier, drive into the centre of the town along a narrow coastal road passing the small town of Bolungarvik; here we will visit the church and “Osvor”, an old fisherman’s hut, restored in 1988. The village of Bolungarvik lies on a picturesque bay surrounded by steep mountains. The scenic drive to Isafjordur offers fantastic views of the mountains that surround the fjord. Our trip also takes us through the historic district of Isafjordur, to the Maritime Museum, located in one of the oldest houses of Iceland. Enjoy a typical Icelandic snack complete with schnapps and dried fish. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. Guests using a wheelchair can take part, but should be aware that there are some obstacles (steps) to reach Osvor Hut; other sites are provided with ramps.

Price per person $98.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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 IFJ03 - GLACIER FJORDS & HESTEYRI BY BOAT (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Leave the pier and board a boat to one of the most beautiful and remote areas of Iceland, the beaches of Hornstrandir. An hour-long cruise takes us to Hesteyri, the westernmost bay of the Glacier Fjords. With very limited lowland, this isolated spit of land is framed by steep cliffs and is set against a backdrop of two beautiful mountains. Until 1950s Hesteyri only had a small and scattered community centered around a whaling station and a herring processing factory. By joining this tour you will gain insight into the difficult lives of those living in this remote place and learn how these communites were obliged to leave when herring fisheries closed. Now a beautiful nature reserve, this is one of the wildest spots in Iceland and we can enjoy the area in all its glory during a walking tour before stopping for a light snack of Icelandic pancake, rye-bread with smoked lamb and coffee. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not recommended for guests having walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. No guide during the boat trip; she will wait on the island.

Price per person $111.00 Adults $78.00 Children

   


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 IFJ04 - THE TROLL'S THRONE (approx. 2 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Wild and rugged, uncompromising and mesmerisingly beautiful, geologically and volcanically active, a place of thermal springs, mountains, valleys, rivers and waterfalls: the incredible island of Iceland is all of these things. And – as everybody surely knows – the island’s craggy mountainsides also provide a comfortable home for the world’s remaining trolls, those formidable creatures of Norse mythology. According to a legend told by the locals of Ísafjörður, a huge troll once lived in the area and one day, he decided to go for a walk in the fjord. However, soon getting tired from all the exercise, the troll spotted a nice tall mountain high above the town that looked like the perfect spot to have a rest. But when the thickset troll sat down, his incredible weight squashed part of the mountainside, leaving a large indentation that remains visible to this day: the so-called Troll’s Throne, or Naustahvilft to give the place its proper name. Situated only a few hundred metres up the mountain from the port, the Troll’s Throne is a popular hiking destination for tourists and locals alike. Your walking experience up to the bowl-like “throne”, which was actually formed by a glacier, will take you over ideal hiking terrain: a good mixture of grass, soil and sheep-trodden paths. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with wonderful views over the port and the picturesque fjord. Your return hike back down the mountain to your ship marks the end of this troll-themed tour. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is recommended only for guests with a high fitness level. Due to the substantial walking and hiking the tour entails, it is classified a grade 4 hike.

Price per person $85.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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 IFJ05 - CALM FJORD KAYAKING (approx. 2.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  No guide available  The calm and secluded fjord setting of the Ísafjörður Djup, the last word of which literally means “deep”, offers a pristine environment for a few hours of sea-kayaking. Coupled with the rhythmic splashing of the paddles, the serene backdrop provided by Iceland’s verdant fjord landscape makes this almost meditative kayaking tour a perfect stress-busting experience. Stupendous views await you from a unique angle as you explore the great outdoors. Sports enthusiasts and bird watchers alike will delight in observing the local bird life at such close quarters and enjoy this opportunity to truly feel at one with the natural environment. Your leisurely kayaking tour comes to a close with your return to the pier and your ship. Please note : this tour is not recommended for guests having walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Excursion available only during your cruise.

Price per person $90.00 Adults $90.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.