Seydisfjordur provides an ideal natural harbour for cruise ships. The peaceful village, shaped by Norwegian entrepreneurs over a century ago, lies in the shelter of dramatic snow flecked mountains. The colourful Norwegian-style wooden houses render this village unique in Iceland. Inhabitants are approximately 700 who have, in the past, lived mainly off fishing but in recent years tourism has increased rapidly.
Many would consider Seydisfjordur to be on the verge of the uninhabitable – certainly the proximity to nature and its harsh forces has shaped those living here. Seydisfjordur has a dynamic artistic scene, with numerous artists visiting or even settling here in recent years. Despite the size of the community says (quote) “we like to believe that we provide good service, as we put our soul and heart into it just to make sure that everyone that visits will be pleased with their stay.”
Seydisfjordur offers easy access to the wonderful nature reserve of Skalanes – a must for expedition ships!
It also houses the only cruise terminal in Iceland. Please note that on Thursdays the Smyril Line ferry (to/from mainland Europe) utilises the terminal and that access around the port area is prone to congestion during this time.
Distances to other ports in Iceland
- Reykjavik/Hafnarfjordur – 367 NM
- Grundarfjordur – 499 NM
- Patreksfjordur – 370 NM
- Isafjordur – 340 NM
- Akureyri – 223 NM
- Husavik – 184 NM
- Eskifjordur – 63 NM
- Djupivogur – 76 NM
- Höfn – 118 NM
- Westman Island – 268 NM
Distances to neares cities in Europe/USA
- Torshavn – 309 NM
- Bergen – 608 NM
- Oslo – 982 NM
- Svalbard – 959 NM
- Qaqortoq – 1059 NM
- St John‘s – 1710 NM
Location: 65°15‘ N 14°00‘ W
Water location: North Atlantic Ocean
Number of cruise berths: 2
1) 170m for ships up to 230m
2) 150m for ships up to 230m
Width of ship: unlimited
Depth of water at low tide: 10m
Turning basin: 900m
Tidal movement/range: average 1.6m
Pilotage: not compulsory, but available
Anchorage depth: 40m – over
Anchorage position: 65°16’00” N – 14°01′30″ W or 65°16’30 N – 13°59’30” W
Distance from anchorage to tender dock: 0.2 NM
Town centre: 300-500m
Airport: 26 km
Free shuttle to town: not necesaary.
To date Seydisfjordur is the only port in Iceland with a purpose built terminal building.
Facilities include souvenir shopping, internet, WC and tourist information.