Ísafjörður is the biggest settlement in the Western Fjords. It is well known for its flourishing art and cultural life and many prominent musicians and composers live here. Frequent art exhibitions are held throughout the year which attract many visitors.
In the oldest part of town, Neðsti-Kaupstaður, there are four of the oldest houses in Iceland, one of which houses the maritime museum. Skiing is the local winter sport and the skiing facilities rate among the best in the country.
There is also an interesting folk museum, which icludes some of the country's oldest houses.