I finally arrived in Seyðisfjörður, a small town which most seafaring visitors drive straight through on their eager way to more popular places and attractions. On my way here, I also had the opportunity to explore the enchanting Faroe Islands: http://on.fb.me/molnes
Seyðisfjörður is a quite picturesque town, with a very distinctive and well preserved community of old wooden buildings. It is surrounded by majestic mountains with numerous streams and beautiful waterfalls. Being from Norway myself, I can appreciate the fact that Norwegians played a crucial role in the evolution of this village during the herring fisheries in 1870 - 1900. A number of herring fishing facilities were built up by the Norwegians, and timber from Norway was used to erect the Norwegian- style housesstill preserved today. In a number of years the little community grew into a booming town. It received its municipal charter in 1895. Today about 700 people live in Seyðisfjörður.
I’m now sitting in a very cozy café situated in one of Iceland’s oldest stores, much of the interior dates back to 1920. Luckily they have fast and free Wi-Fi, as well as excellent espresso and chocolate cake :-) When I’m finished downloading maps and other practical stuff, I will be heading for more remote locations.
The first two pictures below are from my route- planning onboard the “Norröna”. As you can see I would probably need more than “only” one month to travel this route if I am to stay true to my “take it slow”- intentions. At least it will be useful as a point of departure from which I can improvise as I go. The bottom picture is from my arrival to Seyðisfjörður.