The fishing village is surrounded by mountains on all sides. Mt. Bjolfur of height 1085 m on the west and Mt. Strandartindur of height 1010 m on the east are the two most prominent landmarks.
The settlement of Seyðisfjörður began to develop into a trading centre in 1848 when townspeople found their wealth in “the silver of the sea” – herring. The long protective fjord gave the fisherman in Seyðisfjörður an advantage over their neighbours, leading it to grow into one of the most prosperous towns in East Iceland. The unique, multi-coloured wooden buildings that make Seyðisfjörður so recognisable were built in this period by Norwegian merchants and whalers.
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