Siglufjordur, which in the 20th century was the herring capital of the world, is the northern most town in Iceland
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Eskifjordur the lovely fisherman village of east Iceland.
Iceland small Town Bay scenery

Learn about Iceland's traditions in a typical village or harbor


With houses made up of colorful facades, Iceland's typical villages offer postcard-worthy views. If you’re looking to discover traditional Iceland, our local agencies recommend a number of authentic destinations throughout the island.

Enjoy a mix of open-air excursions and folklore museums by visiting Skógar, a tiny village of 25 inhabitants in the south of the country adorned with traditional peat houses. Closer to Reykjavik, the Arbaer Open Air Museum (Árbæjarsafn) features restored buildings and actors portraying scenes of Iceland’s rural way of life at the beginning of the 20th century. Near the coast, there are several harbors that you can also view from the sea by boat.

We recommend Stykkishólmurif if you’re headed to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Stykkishólmur is the largest municipality in this "mini Iceland" in the western part of the country. If you’re visiting Húsavík’s fishing port, you’ll also be able to spot wooden structures under the glow of the Northern Lights. Built in 1907, the village church is one of the most beautiful in the country.

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