Posted by: travelrat | August 14, 2019


Seydisfjordur 1

Seydisfjordur: 21st June 2019.  

We’ve finally arrived in Iceland, and moored at Seydisfjordur. It’s been a herring port, and a WWII naval base, but there are now few obvious signs of these. Now, it’s a picturesque little town of just 700 souls, which receives the occasional ferry from Norway … and, of course, cruise ships. It lies at the head of a stunning fjord, enclosed by steep cliffs and numerous waterfalls, one of which, near the town, divides, and falls over the cliff in a twin cascade.

Seydisfjordur 2

The town is worth an exploration in its own right, being mainly made up of wooden buildings, painted in pleasing pastel colours. But we went on an excursion which led up a zig-zag road over a mountain pass into the valley of Lake Lagarfljot, the one of the largest lakes in Iceland, on the shores of which lies the town of Egilsstadir.

As we descended into Egilsstadir, we passed extensively forested slopes, which somewhat surprised me. I had been under the impression that the number of decent-sized trees in Iceland could be counted on your fingers. I asked the guide about this, and he said my informant must have visited a long time ago, or he visited the wrong part of Iceland. There is, in fact, an extensive forestry programme going on.

I’m not too impressed with Egilsstadir; it looks like just about anywhere else in Europe.  But, the drive along the banks of the lake is really something. Still more trees have been planted here, and, since Lagarfljot is a long, deep, glacier-gouged lake, I was reminded a little of Loch Ness. And, in common with Loch Ness, there’s also reputed to be a monster, lurking in its depths!

Egilsstadir and L. Lagarfljot


  1. Unpronounceable names give me a sure sense of being abroad, and you have given me plenty in this post. I’ve never managed to get to Iceland, maybe I will one day. I’m a great fan of ScaniNoir cinema and the last two Icelandic thrillers didn’t encourage me to hasten there. The films were great but the scenery a bit off-putting. A few years ago they had an Icelandic comedy running for 4 weeks which was hilarious but the latter ones have been a bit dark.

    • One thing I brought back from Iceland is lots of photos of signs and the like … mainly, to ensure that I got the spelling, if not pronunciation of place-names right. I think the only film (or was it a TV series?) set in Iceland that I ever saw was the adaptation of Desmond Bagley’s ‘Running Blind’ But, the landscape did feature in several places in ‘Game of Thrones’.

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