Iceland´s most historic fishing town
Iceland’s northenmost town, Siglufjörður, is a historic fishing town who’s fame and fortune has always been linked to the ebb and flow of the fishing industry. A tiny shark fishing village in 1900, Siglufjörður soon became one of the largest towns in Iceland and the undisputed capital of herring fishing in the Atlantic. Although the herring has disappeared, the town bears the distinct imprint of “The Herring Era”. Often called Siglo, the town sits at the heart of the narrow fjord, beneath towering mountains.
Although the town had been in a decline since in the 60s in recent years Siglufjordur has been blooming again and is now considered to be amongst Iceland’s most beautiful villages.
On the Arctic bow
A mere 24 nautical miles from the Arctic, the once isolated fjord is now easy to reach, with newly opened road tunnels connecting it to the rest of the ‘Troll Peninsula’s Arctic Bow’. Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest town, is only an hour’s drive away and local residents and entrepreneurs have worked to transform Sigló back into a romantic destination, rich with historical and cultural interest.
Small and friendly
The small local community of only 1,300 people welcomes tourists with a wide range of local activities and things to see. The best way to get to know Siglo is to take a walk beside its charming marina and watch the catch of the day being brought in. You can also observe the comings and goings with an outdoor table at one of two nice marina-side restaurants which also is a great spot for a chance to chat with the friendly locals.
Award winning history and splendid nature
The town has a number of museums and galleries, the most famous of which is the award-winning Herring Era Museum and just the perfect place to immerse in Sigló’s fascinating past. The Folk Music Centre is also well worth the visit.
Hiking is the best way to explore Siglufjordur’s stunning surroundings. You can either hike cross-country with a map and compass, use one of the marked-out routes or visit the northernmost planted forest on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, with a beautiful little waterfall as its hidden gem. Sigló is also a birdwatcher's paradise, with a number of species nesting in the town during the summer months, including the Arctic Tern, which has the longest regular migration by any known animal.
With its mixture of natural beauty and charming character, no visit to the North is complete without at a stop at this cosy harbour town, flourishing once more at the foot of the mountains.