Seyðisfjörður, a fjord skillfully carved by the ice age glacier, is distinguished by excellent harbour facilities and Norwegian heritage. Seyðisfjörður has been an important trading center from the 19th century up to modern times, due to natural harbor and proximity to the european continent. The colourful, norwegian styled wooden houses, dating from the early years of the 20th century, render this village unique in Iceland. Walking trails around town, out along the coast, or by the Fjarðará River, allow for many pleasurable and relaxing experiences. During summer, Seyðisfjörður offers a thriving arts scene, with visiting artists and growing community of local artists. Seyðisfjörður is home to approximately 700 residents who have traditionally lived off fishing.