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The attractive town Seyðisfjörður is located in a long and a narrow fjord
which is surrounded by the mountains Bjólfur and Strandatindur.
An old folktale exists that describes how the fjord got the name Seyðisfjörður.
The town Seyðisfjörður takes the name after the fjord and is situated by a beautiful harbor.
The river Fjarðará flows from the heath above the town down to the Lón by the harbor.
Various numbers of beautiful waterfalls are in the Fjarðará.
The population of Seyðisfjörður is about 700. The local economy is based upon the fisheries and fish processing, in addition to services and tourism.
Seyðisfjörður is one of Iceland’s most picturesque towns, by nature and also because of the lovely old wooden buildings that have been very well preserved. Some of the buildings serve to be a hotel and a restaurant.
Seyðisfjörður is the closest Icelandic port to the Faeroe Islands and Europe.
Since 1975 the ferry Smyril-line has operated scheduled weekly sailings between Seyðisfjörður and Scandinavia, during the summer and this has attracted considerable tourism to the area. The ferry accommodates both passengers and cargo. For the past two years the ferry has been operated on a yearly basis.
Cultural life and entertainment is flourishing in Seydisfjördur during the summer. The Art festival, Á Seyði, is an annual event. The Blue Church has weekly concerts every Wednesday in the summertime. Art exhibitions are at the cultural center, Skaftfell and a Craft Market is once a week near the harbour.
There are nice cafés, restaurants and interesting shops in the town center.
There are many places of interest in the area for tourists to visit, for instance number of museums, swimming pool, a golf course, mini golf. Guided sightseeing tours are available, as well as cruises, sea angling tours,
and trips to Loðmundarfjörður fjord. There are a variety of marked hiking trails in the area, and fishing licenses are available for purchase.
The valley Stafdalur is on the heath called Fjarðarheiði and is the main ski area for Seyðisfjörður and surroundings. It is only 9 km from Seyðisfjörður by road, and 17 km from Egilsstaðir. It offers a variety for skiers and a 1000 m ski lift. Cross-country skiing is possible on Fjarðarheiði far into the summer.