Apparently, Nordic TV crime dramas are a thing. My travel companion and self-proclaimed instagram boyfriend, Daisy, kept saying this town reminded her of some show she saw on Netflix, and I said it reminded me of a miniature village from an antique train or a Fisher-price village. Siglufjordur sits on its namesake fjord and is smack dip in the middle of the country on its northern side. Known for its herring industry which began in 1940, which was also the year the first road was built connecting it to the rest of the country, this town is straight out of a time-capsule. Of what year and where, I am not sure, however, it holds with it still a sense of humankind which it lost other places, and found again here. After a turbulent succession of environments surrounded by adventure, this cozy stop along the way was just what the doctor ordered. A well-thought out hotel, savvy restaurants and with full bellies, we finally had a glass of wine and reminisced on what we had seen thus far.
DO. JUST HANG OUT
Síldarminjasafn Íslands - The Herring Era Museum, Snorragata 15, 580 Siglufjörður, Iceland charming museum on the history of this town and its herring industry
Harbor Watching, come in the early morning to see the local caught fish and fisherprice-esque boats arrive at port
Siglo Ski Lodge, in the winter come here to ski and snowboard, in the summer they provide awesome guided hikes and bike tours
Þjóðlagasetur · Folk Music Centre, Norðurgata 1, 580 Siglufjörður, Iceland learn about traditional Icelandic folk music and instruments
Segull 67 Brewery, Vetrarbraut 8-10, 580 Siglufjörður, Iceland come for a brewski or an education in this well-crafted brewery
This central hotel is the perfect compliment to this idyllic northern town. The staff were informative, the bedrooms are modern and clean yet you feel like you are staying over at someone’s home and there is a outdoor hot tub and sauna.. perfect.
STAY. AT THE SIGLO HOTEL
EAT. AT THE HANNES BOY OR THE HARBOR HOUSE CAFE
Hannes Boy, Gránugata 23, 580 Siglufjörður, Iceland the burger is delicious pair with a glass of red wine and relax into the evening
Harbour House Café, 5b, Iceland, Gránugata, Siglufjörður, Iceland this interior of this place, not to mention the exterior was one of the best looking restaurants I saw in all of Iceland. Has wonderful cappuccino and the freshest fish you can imagine, open for lunch and dinner
DO. A HORSE TOUR
We hit the road from Sigulfjordur and on the way driving to Stykkisholmur stopped at the Iceland Horse Tours Farmstay, you can stay here over night or just come for a horse ride. I am not very comfortable with horses, but the Icelandic horses have many evolved traits which make them easy to ride.