Ísafjörður is the largest town in The Westfjords. It is an ancient church site and a trading post since at least the 16th century, although a real town did not start to form until after mid-19th century. The growth of the town was triggered by salt fish production, and ever since then the fishing industry has been vital for the community.
Ferries to Hornstrandir Nature Reserve depart from Ísafjörður daily during the summer months.
Ísafjörður hosts some of the most celebrated festivals in Iceland, including the music festival “Aldrei fór ég suður”, the Runners’ Festival, the mud-soccer European Championships, Act Alone Theatre Festival and “Við Djúpið” classical music festival.