In spite of its young age by European standards, Seydisfjord is one of the oldest towns in Iceland. This lends it architectural interest.
In the early 19 th century a new method of construction was developing in Norway. Sawmills started to produce ready-made houses in kit form for export. Businessmen in Seyðisfjörður, who had roots in Norway, started importing these splendid excellent-quality buildings – both as homes, business premises and public buildings. Many of these buildings have survived to the present day, giving Seyðisfjörður an early-20 th-century ambience.
The town nestles in a long and narrow fjord surrounded by mountains 1000 m high, snow-capped from September to June, and sometimes all year round. Although the population of Seydisfjord is only around 900, the town boasts many facilities including a variety of shops, a bank, a post office, a swimming pool with hotpot and sauna, several coffee shops, art galleries and restaurants, awine shop with original interieur from the beginning of the century, a cinema, a school and a hospital.