This town was called the world capital of the herring fisheries
in the sixties. Since the herring diminished the inhabitants concentrate on the old stocks
and fishing and fish processing are still the main trades. One of the biggest fish meal
factories operates there and tourism plays an increasing role in the economy,
especially after the opening of the tunnels from Olafsfjordur and the
restauration of most of the old houses in town. The town and
its history are very attractive and one should not miss seeing the Herring Museum in the
original barracks and participating in the summery Herring Festival.
All necessary services are rendered to the
visitors and there are many places of interest in the
vicinity, some of which require some hiking. Siglufiord is known
for its skiing athletes, who practice in the good skiing resort nearby. The
distance from the capital is 402 km by the Whale Bay tunnel.
Hofsos 58 km <Siglufjordur>
62 km via Moorland Lagheidi,
15 km via tunnels.