Ísafjörður offers excellent and comprehensive services including: a complete hospital and health centre, a library, music and arts schools, a further education college, primary schools and kindergartens. The town centre offers a range of shops, cafés and restaurants.

In Ísafjörður there are excellent facilities for recreation and sports, there are various sports clubs and a public gym in the town centre. The town boasts excellent winter sports facilities, with a variety of ski slopes and cross country skiing tracks just a stone's throw from the town centre. In addition, there are good watersports facilities and there is a good golf course in the immediate vicinity. Singing is ingrained in the local culture and there are several different amateur choirs in the town.