Top ChoiceMuseum in Ísafjörður

Westfjords Heritage Museum

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,...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Ísafjörður



Set in a building from 1781, warm, rustic Tjöruhúsið offers some of the best seafood around. The set-course, serve-yourself dinner includes soup, catches of the day (fresh off the boat from the nearby harbour),...

Top ChoiceMuseum 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...

Top ChoiceInternational in Ísafjörður


Sidle up to the rough-hewn wood tables inside this tin-clad house, or kick back on the sunny terrace for flavourful, relaxed meals and local beer on tap. Groovy tunes play as staff serve fish, burgers, pizza and...

Food & Drinks in Ísafjörður

Fiskbúð Sjávarfangs

Trays packed with fish landed yards away fill the counters of this friendly fishmongers. Owner Kári points out cooked prawns, smoked rainbow trout and Arctic char, plus haddock, halibut and catfish harðfiskur...

Cafe in Ísafjörður



There's a mellow feel to Edinborg, where a relaxed bar with a pool table sits side by side with a restaurant serving great burgers and fish. That makes it popular, as does occasional live music and having the...

Cultural Centre in Ísafjörður

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...

Icelandic in Ísafjörður

Við Pollinn

Although the minimalist decor at Hótel Ísafjörður's restaurant lacks pizzazz, the food more than makes up for it. The strong selection of local cuisine, especially fish, is prepared with flair and the windows...

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...

Thai in Ísafjörður

Thai Koon

After a stretch of limited food options in remote Iceland, this small Thai canteen seems decidedly exotic. There’s no grand ambience but the curries and noodles are reliably tasty and served up in heaping portions.

Bakery in Ísafjörður

Gamla Bakaríð

For breakfast, lunch or a mid-morning sugar fix, Gamla is the best bakery in town and is usually packed for its full range of sweet treats (cookies, doughnuts and cakes) as well as fresh bread.

Fast Food in Ísafjörður


Voted Iceland’s best fast-food joint by national radio polls, this outpost attracts locals who gossip over Béarnaise burgers and pizza. Sport frequently plays on the TV.

Clothing in Ísafjörður


A small seasonal pop-up selling traditional, handcrafted Icelandic jumpers, plus knitted socks, hats, shawls and jewellery.

Cafe in Ísafjörður


Check to see if friendly Gata – part cafe, part outdoors store – is open for coffee, cake, paninis and fresh juice.

Supermarket in Ísafjörður


Moderately priced supermarket on the main road into town.

Church in Ísafjörður


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...

Shopping Centre in Ísafjörður

Neisti Centre

Ísafjörður's central shopping centre houses the post office, a supermarket and the canteen Thai Koon.