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Culture

While the residents of East Iceland are few, their culture is rich and varied. Born among living legends, tales of elves, trolls and elementary beings and shaped by the magnificent nature around, they are fighters who cherish life and wellbeing.

Art exhibits, concerts and cultural events are a vital part of life, as are the local music festivals such as Eistnaflug, Bræðslan and The Hammond Festival and visitors are always welcome to join in. Artist's workshops and studios are also found in the towns of East Iceland. 

Many artists are represented in collective art centers and studios, portraying different individual creativity. One example is Hús handanna in Egilsstaðir, featuring works of different artists and master crafters using different materials; traditional ceramics, jewelry, local birch, leather and even reindeer antlers.

Crafts & Design

All types of craft and design have become popular all over the country. The variety is quite remarkable and it´s safe to say that the local´s creative spirit is very active. Craft and design products are sold at special markets, specialty stores or via the artists’ websites.

Cultural Centres

Hosting all kinds of cultural events and educational programs for people of all ages. Cultural centers are located in most parts of the country.

Libraries & Archives

Most parts of the country have their own archives and most populated areas have libraries, differing in size and variety.

Museums

East Iceland has all kinds of museums which tell the rich history that this part of the country has. 

Visitor Centres

Located at most of the larger and more popular nature sites, museums and cultural establishments, visitor centers provide information and the chance to purchase souvenirs.

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