Siglufjörður used to be the herring capital of Iceland and a thriving colourful town with a goldrush-like atmosphere. Signs of its past glory can still be seen, and an interesting museum, The Herring Era Museum, breathe life into the remarkable past of the town which peaks during the Herring Adventure festival in August that draws thousands of visitors to Siglufjörður. Another festival, the Folk Music festival, is held by the Museum of Icelandic Folk Music in July.
The nature surrounding is renowned for its beauty and is perfect for ourdoor activities. Siglufjörður is a skier’s paradise, has outstanding slopes and surrounding valleys make great trails for cross-country skiing, and is the ski-area in Iceland which normally opens up first in the autumn and closes last in spring. The fjords and valleys in the area are popular for bird-watching and hiking, and have a number of marked hiking trails, both for day hikes and longer treks