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Seydisfjordur

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31st July, 2019

Similar to yesterday in Siglufjordur, it was pleasing to arrive at today’s fjord entrance just after breakfast time, and to suddenly find ourselves nicely sheltered from the slightly wild Icelandic weather conditions outside.

It was a pleasant 8 mile run up this relatively short fjord, and the village of Seydisfjordur, tucked right in at the end. We made use of the little ferry quay to come alongside; built to receive a once-weekly service from the Faroe Islands which fortunately was not due to arrive today. Although only 160 metres long, it was just long enough for us to squeeze onto with about 50 metres of the ship’s backside hanging over the end…

Seydisfjordur has to be one of the most beautiful towns in Iceland not only due to its impressive environment, but also because it has the best-preserved collection of old wooden buildings in all of Iceland. The old timber buildings were imported from Norway between 1895 and 1922, and many survive today as homes, businesses and public buildings.

With a population of just 730 (give or take a few) our arrival would see the number of people here more than double. The town nestles beneath two mountains more than 3000ft high, and in the valley above the town the river Fjardara cascades over 25 waterfalls to the lagoon at the head of the fjord.

Herring fishing here was the primary reason for it becoming a ‘boom town’ in the mid-20th century, but for us it provides a super spot to take off and explore the wilderness and nature of eastern Iceland. Nearby, one can be stunned by the 400ft Hengifoss waterfall for example, or enjoy a safari ride in a jeep up Mjoifjordur (translated as ‘narrow fjord). Iceland’s 3rd largest lake, Lagarfljot, is over 100m deep below sea level having been gouged out by glaciers over thousands of years, is not too distant a drive either.

We spent an extra few hours in the evening here for those who wished to enjoy a wander around in the evening, as the town’s inhabitants relaxed after work. Just opposite us, a little expedition ship berthed during the afternoon and the Captain happened to be an old friend and colleague of mine from days gone by. He commented that it was a rare sight indeed to see a cruise ship such as ours up here. I invited him on for a Saga supper – which of course far exceeded anything he would have been served aboard his little ship.

Shortly before midnight we backed off the berth and followed my ex-colleague in his little ship having departed just prior to us, back down the fjord again and out into the North Atlantic – popping out just south of the Arctic Circle. It was just a short hop to our next port further south down the coast…and it doesn’t end in ‘fjordur’!! I can’t wait to see what it looks like…

Captain Kim Tanner

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