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THE ENTRANCE TO EAST ICELAND


WELCOME! Seyðisfjörður provides an ideal destination for cruise ships and ferries. It has been the main destination in east Iceland for cruise ships and ferries from abroad for decades. The approach to Seyðisfjörður (approximately 10 NM long) is very safe, free of skerries and hazardous shallows.The peaceful village, shaped by Norwegian entrepreneurs over a century ago, lies sheltered by dramatic snowflecked mountains. The colorful, Norwegian-style wooden houses render this village unique in Iceland, and hiking trails around town, out along the coast, or by the Fjarðará River allow for many pleasurable and relaxing experiences.

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Seyðisfjörður is distinguished by its close proximity to wild nature—some might even consider it on the verge of the uninhabitable. The climate and its harsh tendencies have shaped those living here. Seyðisfjörður is home to approximately 700 residents, who have traditionally lived off fishing. In recent years, however, tourism has grown rapidly. During the summer, Seyðisfjörður has a thriving arts scene, with visiting artists and a growing community of artists-in-residence. The Skaftfell Cultural Centre contains works by some of these, including the Swiss-German artist and former Seyðisfjörður resident, Dieter Roth (1930—1998).


IMPORTANT FACTS The port of Seyðisfjörður has a cruise and ferry terminal. At the terminal, you will find a tourist information center, a small souvenir shop, public telephones, wireless internet free of charge and restrooms.

Seyðisfjörður is located about 30 km from Egilsstaðir, which is a central hub of transportation in the eastern part of Iceland. Egilsstaðir airport provides several daily flights to Reykjavík, and also serves as an international airport on occasions.

The terminal is at the main pier Strandarbakki, close to the center of town. Port of Seyðisfjörður is certified P.F.S.O.

Daily bus tours from Seyðisfjörður to Egilsstaðir. From there, buses go to Reykjavík via Höfn and Akureyri every day.

Lonely Planet placed Seydisfjordur seventh within 14 Icelandic ‘must-see’ destinations. We have had approx. 7–15 cruise ship calls per year in the last ten years.

ÍSAFJÖRÐUR

AKUREYRI

SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR

HÖFN REYKJAVÍK

100KM

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Photograph by Gunnar Jóhannesson

DISCOVER EAST ICELAND East Iceland is a region of natural phenomena, with glaciers, forests, bird cliffs, vast expanses, deserts, majestic mountains and narrow fjords. In every valley or fjord you can find cascading waterfalls and beautiful rivers. Herds of reindeers roam the highlands and mountains but lower down in winter time. The ocean air and highland scents give you a fresh feeling that makes you want to spend even more time out in the wilderness! East Iceland is a gem of natural wonders and history and it is a region rich in relics from times long past.

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Among places of interest in Seyðisfjörður Skálanes nature and heritage center The old town of Seyðisfjörður Tvísöngur sound sculpture Waterfall lane – a hike along the river Fjarðará with multitude of waterfalls.

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PLACES OF INTEREST 25–300 km distance from Seyðisfjörður EGILSSTAÐIR is the center and crossroads in East Iceland, along with international and domestic airport. A long and deep glacier river Lagarfljót runs through the area. A cryptic serpent, called Lagarfljótsormurinn by locals, 1

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is believed by some to live in the depths of Lagarfljót. Among places of interest here is waterfall Hengifoss (70 km) which is Iceland’s third highest waterfall of 118 meters.

watching in North East Iceland.

BORGARFJÖRÐUR EYSTRI (93 km) European Destination of Excellence – A hiker’s paradise with a variety of day routes in spectacular landscape such as Stórurð (The Giant Boulders) – Borgarfjörður boasts of one of Iceland’s largest puffin colony.

DJÚPIVOGUR/PAPEY (173/112* km) The small island of Papey is of great interest for birdwatchers. Estimate of 30.000 couples of puffins stay there over the summertime.

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VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER NATIONAL PARK Emcompassing Europe’s largest glacier and surrounding areas. 3

DETTIFOSS (190 km) In Vatnajökull National Parkin Northeast Iceland, and is reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe 4

MÝVATN (192 km) Shaped by volcanic eruptions, Mývatn is the most popular tourist attraction in north east Iceland. The lake and its surrounding wetlands have an exceptionally rich fauna of waterbirds.

AKUREYRI (291 km) – Iceland’s largest town outside the Reykjavík area. 9

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HÖFN HORNAFIRÐI (274/213* km) A fishing town in the south east with a scenic view of Vatnajökull glacier. Höfn Glacier Museum has a variety of displays on the geology, ecology of the glacier area. 11

JÖKULSÁRLÓN (311/254* km) A large glacial lake in the south east of Iceland Boat tours are operated on the lake which has been the setting for various films including two James Bond films. 12

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SHORTER DISTANCES refer to mountain pass Öxi (Road 939). *

MÝVATN NATURE BATHS (190 km) A geothermal spa in picturesque setting. 6

JÖKULSÁRGLJÚFUR CANYON A part of Vatnajökull National park. The area is of interest because of its chaotic canyon and volcanic mountains 7

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HÚSAVÍK (235 km) – Center of whale

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NUUK

AMMASSA

MONTREAL

QUEBEC

ST JOHN’S

DISTANCES IN NAUTICAL MILES BERGEN — THÓRSHAVN 382 NAUTICAL MILES

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THÓRSHAVN — SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR 288 NAUTICAL MILES SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR — AKUREYRI 210 NAUTICAL MILES AKUREYRI — ÍSAFJÖRÐUR 147 NAUTICAL MILES ÍSAFJÖRÐUR — REYKJAVÍK 177 NAUTICAL MILES REYKJAVÍK — THÓRSHAVN 505 NAUTICAL MILES

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ÍSAFJÖRÐUR

MMASSALIK

AKUREYRI

SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR

REYKJAVÍK TRONDHEIM TÓRSHAVN BERGEN STOCKHOLM

OSLO

STAVANGER

GÖTEBORG HANSTHOLM NEWCASTLE

COPENHAGEN

DUBLIN

HAMBURG ROTTERDAM LONDON

PARIS

VIGO BARCELONA LISBON

ROME

MADRID

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SEASONS Best time to visit Climate Prevailing wind Average temperature

usually mild but changeable none; usually not strong 10째C (50째F)

Minimum depth at low tide

40 (131ft)

Tidal difference

1.6m (5ft)

Current

2 knots

Swell

0m (0ft)

Ice condition

ice free

Air-draft restriction

no

Restrictions for port entry

no

Nautical port chart Issued by

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From May through September

#712 Icelandic Hydrographic Service


ANCHORAGE 65°16’00” N - 14°01’00” W

Anchorage position Turning basin

65°17”30 N - 13°55’00” W

900m (2952ft)

Depth of water at low tide

40m (131ft)

Wind, current, swell or seasonal problem affecting tenders

usually not

Distance from anchorage to tender dock

0.2n.m.

Tender landing location

0.5km (0.3mi) from the terminal

Length of tender dock

6m (20ft)

Width of tender dock

2.5m (8ft)

Type of tender dock

floating

Depth of water at low tide

3m (10ft)

Type of fenders

element fenders

Surface of tender dock

concrete on timber

Dockside restroom facilities

yes, at the terminal

Distance from tender dock to “downtown”

0.8km (0.5mi)

Availability of shore tenders

no Tender dock is wheelchair accessible Tender dock is illuminated for tendering during dark hours Ship’s tenders may be used for passengers/crew

PORT RESTRICTIONS Use of ship’s thrusters is allowed at arrival/departure. With permission, painting of ship’s hull from pier/paint raft is allowed Window washing is allowed with environmentally friendly soap. No limitation on discharging gray (sink) water It is allowed to launch life boats for drills Other special information or restrictions: no

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Anchorage is excellent in the deep water of Seyรฐisfjรถrรฐur, surrounded by mountains of 1000m height all around.

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PORT SERVICES & SECURITY Pilotage is not compulsory. Location of pilot station

Latitude 65°17’30”N or 13°55’00”W

Distance to pier/anchorage

7n.m.

Duration of whole maneuver

30 minutes

Service hours

24 hours

Number of available pilots

2

PFSO (Port facility security officer)

+354 472 1424 / +354 862 1424 / port@sfk.is

Security level

1

RECYCLING & GARBAGE Material that can be recycled

aluminum/paper

Restrictions on material that can be disposed

dry garbage: no Recycling service is available Sludge/Oily bilge discharge

Sludge/oily water discharge service is not available Gray (sink) and Black (sewage) water discharge Gray/black water discharge service is not available Special waste discharge Medical/hazardous waste discharge service is not available Garbage service is available by truck Garbage service is not available by barge

wet garbage: not available


FRESH WATER & TOWAGE Potable water is available from hose on piers Rate of delivery

40 tons/hour

Number of hoses

3

Size of coupling

2in and 2.5in Potable water is not available from hose by barge Tug service is not available

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DOCKING FACILITIES Docking Name of piers Length of piers Height of piers above water

South Pier: Strandarbakki

North Pier: Bjolfsbakki

170m (558ft)

150m (492ft)

low tide: 3.7m (12ft), high tide: 2.1m (7ft)

Apron width

30m (98ft)

Type of fenders

RTT

Distance between bollards

18m (59ft)

Strength of bollards

100 maximum pull/ton 4x - 70 maximum pull/ton 2x - 50 maximum pull/ton 12x

Dolphins

no

Security zone around the vessel at the pier Depth of water at low tide

fence 10m (33ft)

Turning basin

450m (1476ft)

Maximum allowed draft in turning basin and alongside pier Maximum allowed ship’s length over all Length of available shore gangway Availability of fork lifts/cranes/pallet jacks Distance from piers to “downtown”

9m (29.5ft) 230m (754ft) 4.5m (15ft) yes 0.3km (0.2mi)

After confirmation, cruise ships will have guaranteed berthing

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Docking facilities at present.

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Planned extension of docking facilities.

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PORT OF SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR Hafnargata 44 710 Seyðisfjörður Iceland TELEPHONE: +354 470 2308 MOBILE: +354 861 7789 ADDRESS:

P.F.S.O.

+354 472 1424 +354 862 1424 port@sfk.is

TELEPHONE: MOBILE: E-MAIL:

Contact CONTACT PERSON: Adalheidur Borgthorsdottir

General

alla@seydisfjordurport.is WEB: www.seydisfjordurport.is TOURIST INFO: www.visitseydisfjordur.is

LOCATION:

CONTACT E-MAIL:

LOCAL TIME: HARBOR OPEN: SCENIC CRUISING:

latitude 65°15’N; longitude 14°00’W GMT 24 hours Seydisfjördur; distance: 11 NM


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