106 cruise ships are booked to visit the West Fjords town of Ísafjörður this summer—prompting speakers at a recent conference on the topic to call for a coordinated strategy and rules to be put in place. Putting rules in place won’t stop the ships from coming, one speaker promised.
The south and the north of the West Fjords region are separated by two steep mountain passes which are not snowplowed throughout the winter. French tourist Thomas Chretien made it over one but then found himself stuck. For five whole days.
Guðlaug Björnsdóttir owner of the self-service fishing shop, at Strandgata in Tálknafjörður, in the West Fjords, told Iceland Review, that everyone pays for what they purchase, in the small shop with no staff, and no security camera, and no police around.
It looks increasingly likely that families of four of the five children in Árneshreppur municipality may move away this summer, meaning that their school would most likely close down.
With this week’s closure of their only bank branch, the residents of the Westfjords village of Þingeyri now need to drive 50 km to visit their money.