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Breiðdalsvík

The spectacular valley of Breiðdalur is the longest and widest of the valleys in Eastern Iceland. Surrounded by majestic, alpine mountains rising on both sides to over 1100 metres. The valley is dominated by the magnificent peak of Tóartindur over a 1000 m, dividing the valley into the North- and South valleys. The lovely artic forest "Jórvíkurskógur" allows camping.There are good views of Breiðdalur from Breiðdalsheiði, an ancient eroded volcano on the main highway , with the impressive Breiðdalsá river, famous for salmon-fishing, winding its way across the valley basin to the sea. Stop and search for colourful stones. Breiðdalsvík, the charming village lies on the coast with great seascapes and black sand beaches. The first house was built in 1883 and soon after a shop or co-operative attracting more people. The old Co-op still exists and has been rebuilt to house a geological centre, for the Breiðdalur regions volcanic history and the origin of the colourful minerals. The centre also houses a collection dedicated to Stefán Einarsson, a linguist, and his research on the Icelandic language. In Breiðdalur you will find accommodation to serve your needs as well as coffee shops and restaurants. The main activities are horseback riding, fishing, bird-watching and hiking.

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Breiðdalsvík
GPS Points N64° 47' 33.488" W14° 0' 7.988"
Postal codes

760

Population

140

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Others

Fell Horse Rental
Tour Operators
  • Fell
  • 760 Breiðdalsvík
  • 897-4318
Tinna-Adventure.is
Tour Operators
  • Sólvellir 14
  • 760 Breiðdalsvík
  • 475-1100
Breiðdalshreppur Library
Libraries & Archives
  • Grunnskólanum, Selnesi 23
  • 760 Breiðdalsvík
  • 470-5574
Breiðdalshreppur Sport Center
Swimming Pools
  • Selnesi 25
  • 760 Breiðdalsvík
  • 470-5575

Others

Innri-Kleif
Cottages
  • Breiðdalur
  • 760 Breiðdalsvík
  • 475-6789
Skarð
Hostels
  • 475-6798, 848-6798
Háaleiti Cottages
Cottages
  • Skarð
  • 760 Breiðdalsvík
  • 475-6798, 854-6798

Others

Asgardur
Farm food direct
  • Ásgarður
  • 760 Breiðdalsvík
Nature
Jórvíkurskógur

Jórvíkurskógur is an attractive Icelandic woodland with growing forest by Icelandic standards. It has all that the local people desire: Greengrowth and plants with berries and mushrooms. The trees are tall enough to form a wind-shelter, there are convenient footpaths and lovely brooklets with pure water flowing briskly , an old farmhouse and green lawns. This is an ideal spot for resting peacefully and enjoy life. What more would you want?

History and Culture
Höskuldsstaðir

Höskuldsstaðir is a farmstead of distinction, located in the south branch of valley Breiðdalur, close to highway no. one. A postoffice up to 1947 and a relay for the postmen on their way across Berufjörður pass. Höskuldsstaðir was the birthplace of the venerated scolar Dr. Stefán Einarsson former proffesor at John Hopkins University of Baltimore. Einarsson is remebered for his literary achievements as well as for his research in the sphere of the Icelandic language.

Nature
Meleyri

Meleyri is a charming shoreline near Breiðdalsvík. This is a outdoor area, a colourful birdlife arena and popular among locals and tourists alike.

Nature
Breiðdalseldstöð

Breiðdalur central volcano is an ancient volcanic area above Breiðdalur valley and Berufjörður, It was the object of extensive research carried out by the English geologist George D.L. Walker who made East-Iceland teritary volocanologic phenomenons the main object of his professional work. The Breiðdalur area of volcanism is set with rhyolithic-inserts producing the mainstay of majestic mountain range separating Breiðdalur and Berufjörður, e.g. Mt. Flögutindur , Mt.Smátindar, Mt. Röndólfur, Mt. Slöttur and Mt. Stöng. The southern side of the volcanic formation is highly colourful and the intrusions assume an irregular aspect, set with tephra-layers . The site of the central volcano extends between Mt. Fossárfjall south of Berufjörður to Mt. Bæjartindur which towers above farm Þorgrímsstaðir in Breiðdalur. The western slope runs along Mt. Ófærunafir towards the west, whereas the eastern side - although highly eroded - extends east of Mt. Kerlingartindur, S- Breiðdalur. The southern region of Breiðdalur - the very centre of area - forms a basin where the excruciating heat has transformed the rock to such an extent that the basalt and the andestite have turned pale-green, making it problematic to tell them apart from the rhyolite. This can be clearly detected at river Innri-Ljósá Blágil ravine. The beforementioned chain of mountains was formed at a later date as the rhyolite wielded its way to the surface through the basalt layers, forming insertions on top of the massive tephra layers along the edges of the crater. Their remnants are visible in rhyolithic-rocks throughout the Breiðdalur region. This central volcano is considered to be of later date than its Álfta- and Reyðarfjörður counterparts. The Reyðarfjörður ignimbrite, a pyroclastic flow made as a burning hot mixture of particles and gases flew from the volcano, originated from Mt.Röndólfur, covering about 430 km² with a diameter of about 6 m. þykkt. This layer is linked the Mt. Skessa south of Reyðarfjörður, best known as the Skessulag. The immense volcanism of the area has resulted in a great variety of rare minerals and semi-precious stones on display at Petra's wonderful stone collection in Stöðvarfjörður and The Breiðdalur mineral museum in Breiðdalsvík.

Nature
Flögufoss

Flögufoss is the highest waterfall by Breiðdalsvík around 60 meters high. The waterfall is in the river Flöguá that runs through the valley of Flaga. From the road this is a short and easy hike.

Nature
The George P.L: Walker geology centre Breiðdalsvík

The geologist Dr. George P. L. Walker was one of the first to study the geology of the East, especially the Breiðdalseldstöð, an ancient volcano, which has not been active during historic times. Walker studied the geology of the East of Iceland with great enthusiasm, spending many summers in the area, often along with his wife Hazel and some of his students.

Walker was especially conspicuous in the fifties and sixties. Many of the older folks of the area still remember him driving around in his Land Rover and camping out the whole summer with his wife. The work and the stories of this extraordinary character can be seen in an ongoing exhibition at Gamla Kaupfélagshúsið in Breiðdalsvík.

Nature
Tinna Millenium Forest

In the summer of 2000 a forest project was started in Eydalir by Landnyrðingsskjólbakkar. It was a part of the National Millenium Forest Project. The area is ideal for walks and other outdoor activities. In the 1950s a considerable forestry took place on the banks of river Tinna in Valley Norðurdalur, approx. 1 km. off the national highway. At Staðarborg in Valley Breiðdalur a green region has also been established resulting in agreeable outdoor- and walking grounds.

History and Culture
Heydalir - Eydalir

Eydalir in Breiðdalur valley has been a vicarage since early christanity in Iceland and a number of renowned vicars have served there through the ages. Among them was the hymnpoet Einar Sigurðsson (17th. century) whose poetry is still venerated among the nation. A pillarstone has been erected in his memory at Eydalir.

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