Isafjordur

The oldest Icelandic house
A remarkable architectural heritage
Naustahvilft, the “troll’s seat”

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Isafjordur

Where history and legend unite

When your MSC cruise to northern Europe takes you to the north western point of Iceland, you will cast anchor at Isafjordur, a small town of ancient origins.
In Isafjordur you will find the oldest standing Icelandic house, built in 1743. In the periphery of Bolungarvík, the northernmost location in the western fjords, one can instead visit Ósvör, once a fisherman’s village and now an open air museum.

The past re-emerges also in the old town of Nedstikaupstadur, where Icelandic and Norwegian merchants first, and then British and German ones, would meet in the mid-15th century in the bay of Isafiord. Here, in the second half of the 18th century, Krambud (the shop) was built, that was converted in the 20th century into a private home; as well as Faktorshus (the farmers house); Tjoruhus (the tar house) and Turnhus (the tower house) used as warehouses and fish processing centres.

While on your MSC cruise to Northern Europe, if you want to get an idea of how Icelanders used to live in the past, try an excursion to Vigur, literally the “spear-shaped island”. Its waters host a great deal of sea lions who feed on marine birds such as the puffin, the black guillemot, the aggressive arctic tern (who can attack people if it feels threatened) and the common eider.

Another spectacle of nature is the Naustahvilft, the “troll’s seat”, a large depression shaped like a half moon in the flat mountains that surround the Isafjordur fjord. Legend has it that it was created by a troll caught by the sunlight sitting on the mountain with its feet in the water.

Whether you believe in the legend or more likely in a valley dug out by the ice during the last ice age, try this brief but intense excursion, it is certainly worth it.

Must see places in Isafjordur

  • Nedstikaupstadur

    Nedstikaupstadur

  • Hornstrandir

    Hornstrandir

  • Glacier Fjords

    Glacier Fjords

Discover our excursions

13 results found

  • CALM FJORD KAYAKING

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    IFJ05

    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 I
    • Escursione senza supporto di una guida

    • Posti limitati

    • Escursione che prevede attività fisica, idonea a ospiti in condizioni fisiche ottimali

      Livello di difficoltà
      difficile

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults$139.00Price per person

    • Children$139.00Price per person

  • Isafjordur by Bike

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    IFJBKT

    Isafjordur by Bike
    • Escursione senza supporto di una guida

    • Posti limitati

    • Escursione che prevede attività fisica, idonea a ospiti in condizioni fisiche ottimali

      Livello di difficoltà
      difficile

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • ChildrenNot available

  • THE TROLL’S THRONE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    IFJ04

    Wild and rugged, uncompromising and mesmerizingly 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. In addition, – as everybody
    • Posti limitati

    • Escursione che prevede attività fisica, idonea a ospiti in condizioni fisiche ottimali

      Livello di difficoltà
      difficile

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults$89.00Price per person

    • Children$62.00Price per person

  • PICTURESQUE ÍSAFJÖRÐUR ON FOOT

    CITY TOUR

    IFJ06

    Take a couple of hours, leave the ship and get set to amble through the pretty little town of Ísafjörður, whose attractive townscape is characterised by colourful houses of a construction style that is unique in Iceland. Having been settled in the 9th cen
    • Lungo tragitto in pullman

    • Divieto di filmare e/o fotografare o richiesta di un costo aggiuntivo per farlo

    • Degustazione inclusa

    • Posti limitati

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults$69.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • THE MANY FLAVOURS OF SUÐUREYRI

    CITY TOUR

    IFJ07

    This palate-pleasing tour will transport you not quite to somewhere close to foodie heaven at the delightful eco-village of Suðureyri – a hamlet with only several hundred inhabitants – where you’ll get to explore its many flavours. After the coach drops y
    • Lungo tragitto in pullman

    • Divieto di filmare e/o fotografare o richiesta di un costo aggiuntivo per farlo

    • Degustazione inclusa

    • Posti limitati

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$125.00Price per person

    • Children$89.00Price per person

  • A JOURNEY TO MILK AND NATURE

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    IFJ09

    This enjoyable outing begins with a scenic coach ride to the town of Bolungarvík, or Vík for short, via the Óshlíð tunnel that was built to replace one of Iceland’s most dangerous coastal roads. On arrival, you’ll first visit the Natural History Museum wh
    • Lungo tragitto in pullman

    • Divieto di filmare e/o fotografare o richiesta di un costo aggiuntivo per farlo

    • Degustazione inclusa

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$159.00Price per person

    • Children$112.00Price per person

  • ARCTIC FOX CENTRE & AVALANCHES

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    IFJ08

    This entertaining tour begins with a scenic coastal coach ride to reach the tiny, yet notable village of Súðavík, once a hub of the whaling industry, the site of several catastrophic avalanches in the mid-1990s and home to the marvellous Arctic Fox Centre
    • Lungo tragitto in pullman

    • Divieto di filmare e/o fotografare o richiesta di un costo aggiuntivo per farlo

    • Degustazione inclusa

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$115.00Price per person

    • Children$85.00Price per person

  • THINGEYRI: OLD TRADITIONS AND VIKING CULTURE

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    IFJ11

    This appealing half-day excursion first presents views of the beautiful Dýrafjörður en route to one of Westfjord’s oldest settlements, the small town of Thingeyri (or Þingeyri). You’ll then head for the town smithy to watch the blacksmith at work, take a
    • Lungo tragitto in pullman

    • Divieto di filmare e/o fotografare o richiesta di un costo aggiuntivo per farlo

    • Shopping

    • Degustazione inclusa

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$145.00Price per person

    • Children$102.00Price per person

  • DYNJANDI WATERFALL

    NATURAL WONDERS

    IFJ12

    The first highlight on this super-scenic tour begins to unfold as soon as you leave the port on the coach: Iceland’s stunning landscape itself. The journey will take you overland across sharply ridged, mountainous terrain, revealing gorgeous views of smal
    • Degustazione inclusa

    • L'escursione può comprendere brevi percorsi su scalini, terreni accidentati e/o brevi tempi di attesa in piedi

      Livello di difficoltà
      facile

    • Duration
      6 h

    • Adults$272.00Price per person

    • Children$192.00Price per person

  • GLACIER FJORDS & HESTEYRI BY BOAT

    NATURAL WONDERS

    IFJ03

    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 la
    • Snack incluso

    • Posti limitati

    • Escursione che prevede attività fisica, idonea a ospiti in condizioni fisiche ottimali

      Livello di difficoltà
      difficile

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$129.00Price per person

    • Children$92.00Price per person

  • BOAT TRIP TO VIGUR ISLAND

    SCENIC ROUTE

    IFJ01

    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
    • Snack incluso

    • Posti limitati

    • L'escursione può comprendere percorsi con pendii, scalini, terreni accidentati e/o lunghi tempi di attesa in piedi

      Livello di difficoltà
      medio

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$132.00Price per person

    • Children$95.00Price per person

  • ÍSAFJÖRÐUR FJORDS & FLOWERS

    SCENIC ROUTE

    IFJ10

    Take a break from the ship, board a coach and savour some of Iceland’s dramatic, craggy landscape en route to your first destination, the Skrúður Botanical Garden. Founded in 1909 by the reverend of a nearby parish, the garden’s aim was to prove that, des
    • Lungo tragitto in pullman

    • Divieto di filmare e/o fotografare o richiesta di un costo aggiuntivo per farlo

    • Degustazione inclusa

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$115.00Price per person

    • Children$85.00Price per person

  • LIFE & CULTURE IN ISAFJORDUR

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    IFJ02

    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 that pay testament to Isafjordur’s former importan
    • Snack incluso

    • Posti limitati

    • L'escursione può comprendere brevi percorsi su scalini, terreni accidentati e/o brevi tempi di attesa in piedi

      Livello di difficoltà
      facile

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$102.00Price per person

    • Children$75.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Iceland

Fountains of lava amidst the ice
Fountains of lava amidst the ice

A vacation in Iceland is like discovering another world. Even if you’ve imagined it, this island will amaze you.


Not many people know that Reykjavík, the Icelandic capital, has an intense artistic and social life. Nor that the Icelandic nature is so luxuriant because temperatures in the summer are incredibly mild or that in the winter, when the skies are painted by the colours of the northern lights, it’s not as cold as one might think.

Iceland is bound to attract you with its pools of boiling mud, the incredible geysers, the glaciers and the waterfalls, and more. Try indulging in bird-watching at Lake Mývatn, or take an excursion to meet the whales, Iceland’s sea is one of the best places in the world for watching these big cetaceans.
If you’re attracted to ice, visit Jökulsárlón, the largest frozen lagoon of the country which forms where the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier meets the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. 


And if you intend to relax, you should know that there are more than 170 geothermal pools in the country, like the splendid and therapeutic Blue Lagoon, about 40 km from Reykjavík, a large pool fed by a spring that pours out water at a temperature of between 37 and 39 °C, rich in minerals and with therapeutic properties.

 
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