It is increasingly popular to go on a cruise around Iceland. We are not surprised. Watching Iceland with all its mountains, sea cliffs and rough shores from sea is unforgettable experience.
The number of visitors to Iceland via cruise ships continues to grow. According to data from the Icelandic Tourist Board yearly growth in the past 5 years is on average approx. 20%. This year more than 500.000 people arrived to Iceland via cruise ships and 237.000 crew members.
Ocean Diamond is on top of the list of cruise ships with 125 visits followed by Le Champlain with 79 visits.
The growth in visitors is clearly visible in the towns and villages around Iceland. Sometimes 5000–6000 people visit Isafjordur Town on a single day, and that is double the number of inhabitants.
Many visitors come ashore and go on various day trips. It is popular to visit Vigur Island to see puffins. It is also popular to visit nearby fishing villages to see how fish is processed and to sample delicious Icelandic seafood. In Bolungarvk, there is an old fishing station where you can see how Icelandic fishermen used to live. The Byggdasafn Isafjordur Museum displays local history as well as antiques.
Many people walk around Isafjordur Town to observe the town and people or bicycle around. Many people go even further, climbing the avalanche protection above town to take in the view. Some go even further, circumnavigating the two valleys of Tungudalur and Seljalandsdalur. For those who enjoy walking, this is a dream come true.
Those walking around Isafjordur Town should keep in mind that it can be cold and that the weather can change quickly. As a result, it is critical to dress appropriately and be prepared for weather changes.