Isafjord Cruises, Iceland
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How is it to live 66°north? Find out on this tour. Your first stop is the town of Bolungarvik, which finds a home in a postcard-pretty bay surrounded by steep mountains. You’ll visit the Bolungarvik Church and see Osvor, too, an old fisherman’s hut which was restored in 1988. It’s a great example of what life was like for Icelandic fishermen up until the beginning of the 20th century. Afterwards, you’ll drive towards Isafjord, taking in superb views of the mountains of the ‘Djup’, the largest fjord in the West Fjords. Next is the Valley of Tungudalur where you’ll get chance to taste some refreshing Icelandic water from the mountain river Buna-River. Plus there’s a great photo opportunity over Isafjord town, the harbour and your cruise ship. On your way back, you’ll drive through Isafjord’s oldest part and finish up at the Maritime Museum. It’s situated in one of the oldest houses in Isafjord. You’re in for a treat on the food front, too. Typical Icelandic refreshments will be served on this tour, including schnapps and dried fish or shark, preserved Icelandic-style.
Vigur’s a lovely island just two kilometres long and 400 metres wide. It’s a green oasis in the blue waters of the fjord Isafjardardjup. In spring, the island’s the nesting place for countless birds, including puffins, Arctic terns and black guillemots. Just one family lives on the island so you can imagine how peaceful it is. After a 30-minute boat ride over to Vigur, you’ll take a leisurely walk around the island. Keep your eyes peeled for birds – it’s a great opportunity to see dozens of different types in their natural environment. On top of that, you’ll see reminders of the old farming methods, including Iceland’s only windmill. It was built in 1840 and used until 1917 for grinding imported wheat from Denmark. It’s been really well preserved along with a 200-year-old rowing boat, which is still used to ferry sheep to the mainland. Take a look at the houses, too, which also date back to the 19th century. Before heading back to Isafjord you can visit one of the smallest post offices in Europe, located on the island. You can even send a postcard or two to the people at home. Refreshments of tea, coffee and Icelandic cake will be served by the farmer’s family.
This tour introduces you to Iceland’s natural side. You’ll visit the pocket-sized village of Sudavik, which has a population of just 200 residents. As well as being in a picturesque spot, it’s home to the Arctic Fox Centre – a museum and research facility dedicated to Iceland’s only native land mammal. Here, you can learn about the history of these crafty creatures and get up close and personal with them. After, you’ll visit the village’s church, where you’ll be treated to a performance of traditional Icelandic folk music, which is a cross between a song and a poem. Then you’ll head out of town to check out one of Iceland’s first whaling stations. It’s no longer in operation, but you can see whale bones that’ve been unearthed from the bottom of the surrounding fjords. The drive back is a scenic one, passing long and deep fjords, as you head back to the port.