Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Ísafjörður

Westfjords Heritage Museum

Part of a cluster of historic wooden buildings by the harbour, this museum is in the Turnhús (1784), which was originally a warehouse. It's crammed with fishing and nautical exhibits, tools from the whaling days, fa…
Top Choice Museum in Bolungarvík

Ósvör Maritime Museum

The old turf-and-stone fishing shacks of the Ósvör Maritime Museum powerfully evoke a past age. A guide in a typical lambskin fisher’s outfit shows you around the shore-side settlement, outlining its history and tra…
Top Choice Museum in Ísafjörður

Museum of Everyday Life

Celebrating the magic of the mundane is the aim of the powerful, creative displays here, where shoes, books and mini movies each come with personal narratives and story fragments. As an intriguing insight into life …
Island in Ísafjarðardjúp

Vigur

Charming Vigur is a popular destination for day trippers from Ísafjörður. In season it's a nesting site for hundreds of puffins, and the rest of the year it's a peaceful spot, sitting in the mouth of Hestfjörður, of…
Visitor Center in Súðavík

Arctic Fox Center

The study of the Arctic fox has been underway on nearby Hornstrandir for years, and this locally loved exhibition details the life of the creatures, their relationship with humans and their habitat. It also has a we…
Museum in Ísafjarðardjúp

Steinshús

One of Iceland's most famous poets, Steinn Steinarr (1908–58), is commemorated at this museum set in his former homestead. It details, in Icelandic and English, his wretched childhood, during which his family was sp…
Cultural Centre in Ísafjörður

Culture House

The intensely close-knit natures of Westfjords life is evoked in the second-floor displays in what was once the town hospital. Look out for vintage scales for newborns, a disturbing hacksaw and an eye watering enema…
Area in Ísafjörður

Old Town

Ísafjörður's historic quarter borders it's eastern edges. Start explorations in Tangagata to see gabled, tin-clad homes, often brightly painted in patriotic russet red or blue, trimmed with white. Look out for the d…
Church in Ísafjörður

Ísafjarðarkirkja

More than 740 clay birds, arranged in flight soar above the altarpiece of this modernist church.They were made by locals during a group art project. Look out too for the brass plaques showing the sites of graves tha…
Museum in Bolungarvík

Natural History Museum

Features a comprehensive collection of minerals (lignite from when Iceland was covered in forests) and taxidermied animals – including a giant blue whalebone more than 100 years old and a polar bear shot by local fi…