Must see attractions in Ísafjörður

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    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, fascinating old photos depicting town life over the centuries, and accordions. To the right is the Tjöruhús (1781), now an excellent seafood restaurant. The Faktorhús (1765), which housed the manager of the village shop, and the Krambúd (1757), originally a storehouse, are now private residences.

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    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 in the Westfjords it's poetic, thought-provoking and beautifully done.

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    Culture House

    The intensely close-knit nature of Westfjords life is evoked in the 2nd-floor displays in what was once the town hospital. Look out for vintage scales for newborns, a disturbing hacksaw and an eye-watering enema device, and the touching testimonies of former patients.

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    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 dates from the late 1890s and early 1900s above the doors.

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    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 that were covered by the current church, when it was rebuilt after a fire in 1992.

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    Seamen's Monument

    Ísafjörður's big bronze Seaman's Monument depicts two fishermen with their nets and commemorates those who've lost their lives at sea.

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    Whalebone Arch

    Of minor interest is the whalebone arch made from a whale’s jawbone in the central town park.