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Isafjordur is the capital of the West Fjords region, made prosperous by Icelandic fishermen hauling cod, shark and herring into the sandy port here until the mid 19th century. A few wooden houses still sit on the water's edge like old men on a harbour wall, a poignant reminder of the glory days.
This tranquil town has a stunning beauty all its own. A strip of houses cling to the shore, reflected in the mirrored surface of the inlet. White clouds fill hidden valleys, yet leave mountaintops uncovered to bask in the sunshine reflected from their snowy sides. Isafjordur is a perfect base for exploring the West Fjords region, and a perfect place too to escape the noise and light pollution of modern life.
© 2009 Kirsty Young
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