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Fun Facts

  1. The drive from the northeast part of East Iceland, Vopnafjörður, to the southeast part, Djúpivogur, is only around 250 km.
  2. Icelanders are almost 330.000 people, but only 3,2% of the entire Icelandic nation live in East Iceland
  3. East Iceland is known for its calm weather
  4. Reindeers only live in East Iceland
  5. The mountain pass to Mjóifjörður is closed due to snow in winter and the villagers need to ride a boat once a week for grocery shopping in Neskaupstaður
  6. Álfaborg in Bakkagerði is known as the home of the Icelandic elf queen
  7. Some scenes in The Secret life of Walter Mitty were shot in Seyðisfjörður
  8. The wyrm in Lagarfljót is a harmless creature older than the Loch Ness Monster
  9. Fáskrúðsfjörður is the french town of Iceland
  10. It seems that it doesn‘t matter where in the east you are, there is always a swimming pool around the corner

 

 

East Iceland

Towns & Villages

Each town in East Iceland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages the influence of North European neighbours is obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Fljótsdalshérað Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur