Isafjordur, Iceland

2018 HAL Voyage of the Vikings

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

 

We sailed into Isafjordur along the fjord, Skutulsfjordur.  Isafjordur is a fully functioning fishing village.  It’s a real working town with a mall, supermarket, many cafes, a Maritime Museum, the Byggoasafn Vestfjaroa Museum and an historic district!  We spent a nice afternoon wandering through town and enjoying a surprisingly cosmopolitan attitude for such a small community!

Please enjoy the photos:

Here we are, docked in Isafjordur, Iceland.
Here we are, docked in Isafjordur, Iceland.

Fortunately it was a short walk into town---it was freezing!
Fortunately it was a short walk into town—it was freezing!
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Roger braved the cold of Isafjordur in a Gore-Tex parka. With gloves! With ski cap! Did I mention, IT IS FREEZING!
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Now, that is a bell. Why is it there? Does it still work? There was no one to ask.
Memorial plaque honoring sailors of WWII.
Memorial plaque honoring sailors of WWII.
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The House Doctor for all things decorative! I found the name to be most cleaver! And just the need for a home decor shop seemed very cosmopolitan for such a small community!
Aww, cute litlle van!  Wonder if the bakery uses it for deliveries.
Aww, cute litlle van! Wonder if the bakery uses it for deliveries.
I have been told this is the best bakery ever!
I have been told this is the best bakery ever!
Could be, it all looks pretty good!
Could be, it all looks pretty good!
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The Museum of Everyday Life. You have got to love the concept! It honors the easy chair, side table, cup of tea and a good book. We didn’t go in; but if we ever return to Akureyri I’ll make it a point to do so.
Downtown Isafjordur. That's the Neisti Mall on the left.
Downtown Isafjordur. That’s the Neisti Mall on the left.
Cute cafe across the street from the mall.  We stopped for beer and wine!
Cute cafe across the street from the mall. We stopped for beer and wine!
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This is billed as the historic district. But it looks suspiciously like a new project! Those are new pavers being laid. And the buildings look freshly painted.
These certainly are nice looking buildings.  They all seem to be metal.
These certainly are nice looking buildings. They all seem to be metal.
Maybe we'll return someday and see the final resultsof this project.
Maybe we’ll return someday and see the final resultsof this project.
Looking good.
Looking good.
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This route thru the historic area is actually a shorter walk between the town and the ship. When it’s completed, the ship’s passengers will be happy to walk it, maybe there will be shops, perhaps cafes?!?
Like the color scheme on this block!
Like the color scheme on this block!
Like the vehicle!  What is it?  A Volvo van?  It matches the house!!!!!
Like the vehicle! What is it? A Volvo van? It matches the house!!!!!
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Cute. We’ve learned that the siding of these buildings with their unusual texture is actually made of tiles of pre-pressed iron plates imported from America in the 1930s!
This is the tender dock.
This is the tender dock.
And this is Skutululsfjordur Bay where our ship is docked.
And this is Skutululsfjordur Bay where our ship is docked.
And this is our final view of Isfjordur, Iceland.
And this is our final view of Isfjordur, Iceland.

Next, we make our way to Nanortalik, Greenland.

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