The first Viking settlers doubtless felt comfortable seeing Iceland’s coast notched by scenic fjords, similar to their home countries. Fjords were ideal sites for homesteading, with steep, sheltering walls and usually a source of fresh water running through them.

The earliest Vikings either stopped at the West Fjords or at the East Fjords, and enjoyed good fishing and bird hunting. But steep walls and narrow, rocky coasts limited the chance for growth to small villages and towns and eventually other sections became more populated.

Solitude and the company of millions of sea birds reign supreme among Iceland’s fjords—another aspect of f-stop tours.

Hest-og Skötufjörður
Hestur and Skötufjörður

Inner Siglufjörður
Inner Siglufjörður
West Fjords

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