Enjoy a walking tour through Seyðisfjordur’s colourful streets, and visit the striking Blue Church and a local culture centre with modern art exhibitions. Step back in time with a visit to the Technical Museum, established in 1984.
The museum´s main focus is on the influx of modern times between 1880 to 1950. Technical innovations in mechanics, electricity, communications, telephony, commerce and architecture are interlaced with changes in lifestyle and milieu. The tour ends after strolling back to the pier along the water.
Seyðisfjörður is regarded by many as one of Iceland's most picturesque towns, not only due to its impressive natural setting, but because of its remarkable collection of old wooden buildings. The community, like so many others in Iceland, owes its origins to foreign merchants, mainly Danes, who started trading in the fjord during the mid-19th century. But the crucial factor in the evolution of the village was the establishment of the Icelandic herring fishery by Norwegians in 1870-1900.
In the early 19th century a new method of construction was emerging in Norway. Sawmills started to produce ready-made houses in kit form for export. Businessmen in Seyðisfjörður, with roots in Norway, started importing these splendid top-quality buildings - both as homes, business premises and public venues. Many of the buildings have survived to the present day, giving Seyðisfjörður a wonderful early 20th century ambience.