The Arctic Coastline

TTV-06 The Arctic Coastline - Siglufjörður

Tour start at 12:00
Departure is from Hof Culture Center
Hotel and harbour pickup is available in Akureyri
Tour length is 5 hours
Price 19.000 isk per person


The Arctic Coastline tour takes you along the picturesque coastline road with impressive sea cliffs and small old fishing villages. To arrive at our destination we drive through 3 mountain tunnels, passing dramatic sea cliffs and ocean views along the way. In between high mountains lies the picturesque town of Siglufjorður or Siglo. We visit an award winning Herring Museum on the tour, where we get glimpse into local life during the early 20th century. 

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Siglufjörður was the main herring town in Iceland during the “herring years”. In the early 20th century the workers arrived in full force to the area to make the most of this exciting time. Without a doubt, herring played the biggest part in getting the Icelandic nation out of the turf houses and into the modern time.

The tour begins with a visit to a former herring village, Hjalteyri. A visit there is like stepping back over 50 years in time. The old houses along with the former herring meal factory stand there as if waiting for the past to return. 
We visit the locals, After we spend some time at Hjalteyri to let the beauty of this old fishing village sink in, its time to go to Vellir food market and local farm. There is nothing like meeting the locals and learn about the Icelandic culture and habits, taste the local delicasse and buy a different kind of souvineer straight from the handcraft producer.

Why did the Icelanders fight with the bigger nations in Europe to protect their fish in the 20th century?
What was produced with the herring-fish oil?
Why was the herring so important to the Icelanders?
How do they make “rotten” shark?
We will answer all these questions and any more you might have during the day.

When we arrive at Siglufjörður we begin by visiting the award winning Herring Era Museum (included in the tour price). Here you will have ample time to explore the boats, workers living quarters, and the factory areas of this impressive museum.

You will have free time to explore the village or enjoy refreshments in a local bakery before we head back to Akureyri
This tour takes you along some of the most dramatic coastline in the North of Iceland