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City of Seyðisfjörður
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Basic data
State : IcelandIceland Iceland
Region: Austurland
Constituency : Norðausturkjördæmi
Sýsla : circular
Population: 685 (January 1, 2019)
Surface: 213 km²
Population density: 3.22 inhabitants / km²
Post Code: 710
Community number 7000
Location of town Seyðisfjörður

Coordinates: 65 ° 16 ′  N , 14 ° 1 ′  W

Seyðisfjörður [ ˈsɛiːðɪsˌfjœrðʏr ] ( German  "Fjord of the fireplace" ) is a city in eastern Iceland in the Austurland region . It lies at the end of the fjord of the same name . On January 1st, 2019 Seyðisfjörður had 685 inhabitants.


The city is the port of call for the Norröna , the only car ferry that connects Iceland to mainland Europe via the Faroe Islands and Denmark . It operates under the flag of the Faroe Islands.

The pass road across the Fjarðarheiði plateau leads to the nearest town Egilsstaðir and Hringvegur (27 km).

The first subsea telephone cable to Iceland , laid in 1906, ended in Seyðisfjörður . The fjord was also in the Second World War, a naval base of the Allies and to start or end of some Arctic convoys of World War II . Seyðisfjörður was the first fully electrified city in Iceland. That is why there is also a technology museum in it .


On October 26, 2019, a vote on the merger with 3 other municipalities took place. The new church will be called Múlaþing .

Population development

Like most areas of Iceland, except for the southwest around the capital Reykjavík, Seyðisfjörður is suffering from population decline. From 1997 to 2014 the population decrease was 17%.

date Residents
Dec 1, 1997 800
Dec. 1, 2003 741
Dec. 1, 2004 714
Dec 1, 2005 731
Dec 1, 2006 726
Dec. 1, 2007 716
Jan. 1, 2014 665


Seyðisfjörður is the main setting of the book Arsonists ( Icelandic "Vargurinn") by Jon Hallur Stefánsson . The Icelandic TV series Trapped, produced in 2015, is also set in the location. However, it was mainly shot in Siglufjörður .

On August 2, 2006, the band Sigur Rós performed in front of the blue Seyðisfjarðarkirkja, which is shown in their film Heima .

Town twinning

Sister cities of Seyðisfjörður are

Daughters and sons


Web links

Commons : Seyðisfjörður  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Keyword “SEYÐIR” in: Cleasby, Richard; Vigfússon, Guðbrandur (Ed.): An Icelandic-English Dictionary . Oxford 1874, p. 525
  2. a b Homepage of the Technical Museum Seyðisfjörður (English)
  3. ^ Atli Már Gylfason (May 5, 2015). Dýrasta sería Íslandssögunnar: Sjáðu stikluna ( Memento of the original from February 5, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on (Icelandic), accessed March 12, 2017
  4. Tökur á "Ófærð" hafnar á Siglufirði on (Icelandic) on January 24, 2015, accessed on March 12, 2017
  5. Jakob Bjarnar Baltasar leggur Siglufjörð undir sig on (Icelandic) on January 24, 2015, accessed on March 12, 2017
  6. City website - Vinabaeir , accessed April 10, 2018