I was up early soon after sunrise! (This is more like the time I would be going to sleep at home :))

In the distance I could see the dim shape of mountains on the East coast of Iceland. How excited Eric the Red must have been at that sight more than a thousand years ago.

distant view of Iceland

 before too long we seemed to be heading for a solid wall of mountains.

Getting closer!

 We turned into the Seydisfjord and once again I was spellbound by the magnificent scenery. We travelled along the fjord which twisted and turned  for 17 Km to the head of the fjord and there before us nestling under Mt Strandartindur and Mt Bjolfur was the picturesque town of Seydisfjord.

Seydisfjordur

We docked at 7am and after breakfast we went ashore. As in Norway the Customs and Immigration was very informal and friendly. One of our first jobs was to visit the bank to get some Icelandic kronur as we had been unable to get any before we left home.

There is a strong Norwegian influence due to the Norwegians having established the herring fishery in 1870. Most of the buildings are imported from Norway in kit form. They are very attractive buildings in tasteful colours.

About 750 people live here and are employed either in the fisheries or the growing tourism industry. They have also become a centre for the arts.

We wandered around the town admiring the hotels and houses until we came to the church which is painted pale blue.

The blue church.

 Inside the church was painted blue and white with pale birch woodwork. Last year I had been mesmerised by the magnificent paintings in the Maltese churches, but this time I was mesmerised by the beauty in the simplicity.

Interior of the church

We explored the little town. For such a small place it has a lot to offer, a cinema, swimming pool, skiing in the winter, golf, fishing in the lagoon and shops. The ferry from mainland Europe calls every week and the main Icelandic highway passes through.

We left at 4pm and returned back along the fjord before sailing Nothwards to our next port. Once again we watched in vain for whales!

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