Seydisfjordur Iceland Cruise Port Guide | 7 Best Things To Do

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Seydisfjordur Iceland Cruise Port Guide | 7 Best Things To Do

Seyðisfjörður, a tiny town settlement located in Iceland’s Eastern Region, is a perfect blend of interesting architecture, rich cultural heritage, and beautiful nature.

Tucked in the innermost point of the fjord of the same name, Seydisfjordur is both a town and a fjord. The town’s history goes back centuries, with Norwegian fishermen living here in the 9th century and leaving a legacy of preserved wooden buildings.

Despite its small population of around 700 inhabitants, Seyðisfjörður’s rich history and beautiful surroundings make it a popular stop in the Iceland cruise itineraries.

In this article, we’ll dive deeper into practical information about the Seydisfjordur cruise terminal and uncover the 7 best things to do in Seydisfjordur port.

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Seydisfjordur Iceland Cruise Port

Seyðisfjörður cruise port offers both tendering and docking facilities. Small cruise vessels usually dock at a ferry terminal at one of its two piers (South Pier – Strandarbakki, length 170m (558 ft); North Pier – Bjolfsbakki, length 150m (492 ft)), located within a short walk from Seydisfjordur downtown.

Large cruise vessels anchor in the fjord and use tender boats to transfer passengers to a small tender pier adjacent to the ferry terminal, also within a few minutes’ walk from downtown.

The port of Seydisfjordur features a modern, purpose-built terminal equipped with facilities like a tourist information desk, internet, and souvenir shops.

The port is easily accessible by ferry and is the main ferry terminal connecting Iceland to Denmark and the Faroe Islands.

See the cruise ship schedules on the official webpage

7 Best Things to Do in Seydisfjordur Cruise Port

This picturesque cruise port offers a wealth of experiences for cruise travelers, from hiking and exploring the town’s vibrant arts scene to fjord cruising and soaking in geothermal pools. Here’s a list of the best things to do!

1. The Blue Church

The Blue Church (Seyðisfjarðarkirkja) is one of the most photographed buildings in the town, drawing visitors with its striking blue color and charming architecture.

Located just a short walking distance from the dock, the picturesque church is surrounded by a scenic lake and a camping site. It contrasts well with the surrounding landscape and is known for its simple yet elegant interior, adorned with traditional wooden furnishings and delicate decorations.

You can access the Blue Church via the iconic Rainbow Street that runs through the heart of town, lined with colorful buildings housing guest houses, hotels, shops, and cafes.

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Seydisfjordur and Blue Church on the right. Source: Canva Pro

2. Skaftfell Art Center

Experience Seyðisfjörður’s vibrant arts scene at the Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts, a little art gallery located a 5-minute walk from the port.

This lovely gallery showcases contemporary art exhibitions, bringing together works from local and international artists. The permanent and temporary exhibitions showcase the region’s cultural diversity, with paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed media installations.

A cozy restaurant and a bookstore are located within the art gallery.

3. Technical Museum of East Iceland

The Technical Museum of East Iceland (Tækniminjasafn) provides an intriguing look into the technological history and development of Seydisfjordur and the broader Eastfjords region.

Once inside the museum, you can explore a diverse collection of old machinery, tools, and artifacts that highlight the town’s industrial heritage.

Engage with interactive displays, learn about the pioneering individuals and companies that contributed to the town’s technological development, and gain insight into the impact of these innovations on Seyðisfjörður’s history and culture.

4. Hike to Gufufoss Waterfall

Surrounded by lush greenery and rugged cliffs, this stunning waterfall sits 4 km southwest of Seydisfjordur port and is an ideal spot for those seeking the raw and unspoiled beauty of Iceland’s landscape.

It takes around 50 minutes to reach the waterfall on foot. The hike is relatively easy and suitable for all skill levels, making it accessible to both beginner and experienced hikers alike. Along the way, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Seydisfjordur with opportunities to spot local flora and wildlife.

The Gufufoss Waterfall is also accessible by car, and the ride takes about 5 minutes each way.

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The Gufufoss Waterfall. Source:

5. Tvisongur Sound Sculpture

Located on a hillside overlooking the town, a 20-minute walk from the cruise dock, this unique sound sculpture by German artist Lukas Kühne consists of five interconnected concrete domes that create a fascinating acoustic experience.

The hike up to Tvisongur also provides stunning views of Seydisfjordur and the surrounding landscape.

Tvisongur Sound Sculpture. Source: Canva Pro

6. Vök Baths

Nestled on the serene shores of Lake Urriðavatn, approximately a 40-minute drive from Seydisfjordur cruise port, Vök Baths ranks among one of Iceland’s most unique geothermal spas.

These two innovative floating pools are surrounded by stunning natural scenery and filled with geothermally heated water, a perfect retreat that rejuvenates both body and mind.

You can unwind in the warm waters, enjoy panoramic lake views, and indulge in the spa’s amenities including nice showers, private changing cubicles, plenty of lockers, and a tea bar.

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7. Seydisfjordur Fjord

The fjord surrounding Seydisfjordur is a major attraction, renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty including towering cliffs, waterfalls, and rugged coastline.

You will get a chance to admire the majesty of the towering cliffs rising from the sea, the hidden waterfalls falling down the mountainside, and the rugged coastline lined with charming fishing villages.

You can explore the fjord on a boat trip or by kayak, gliding through crystal-clear waters while taking in the dramatic mountain scenery and spotting local wildlife.

For those who prefer to stay on land, numerous hiking trails wind along the shores, providing opportunities to experience the tranquility and majesty of the fjord up close. As you hike along scenic trails, keep an eye out for wildlife such as reindeer and seabirds!

During the guided fjord tours, knowledgeable guides usually provide insights into the region’s geological and natural history, the formation of the fjord, its unique ecosystem, and the diverse wildlife that calls it home.

Seydisfjordur Fjord. Source: Canva Pro

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Seydisfjordur Iceland Cruise Port Guide | 7 Best Things To Do