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Lighthouses

Lighthouses are both interesting and visual buildings that can be fun to explore. Due to their part, lighthouses are prominent, as they need to be seen from the sea, and they are a symbol of safety and hope. In addition, lighthouses are closely associated with the history of Austurland, more than many other types of buildings because settlements in Austurland formed around the fishing industry. 

Hafnarnesviti
Hafnarnesviti lighthouse is not the biggest one but is well worth the hike to get there. There was a small settlement on Hafranes. At some point, 100 people lived there, but most moved away early 20th century, and by 1970, it was completely abandoned. In 1939, the French Hospital was exported to Hafnarnes, and it stood there for about 70 years. The extensive building now forms the core of the French house cluster in Fáskrúðsfjörður.
Dalatangaviti
At Dalatangi, there are two lighthouses. The older one was built by the fishing operator Ottó Wathne in 1895. He paid for the lighthouse construction, which is made of basalt with stone glue in between. The Danish Lighthouse Institute then provided lighting fixtures, a kerosene lamp, and a mirror to amplify the light. Following the construction, the National Treasury took over the operation of the lighthouse. The younger lighthouse was built in 1908 and is still in use.  The road to Dalatangi lies from Mjóafjörður town. It i s not possible to drive further east in Iceland. At Dalatangi, there is an excellent view to the north, to Glettingur and into Loðmundarfjörður and Seyðisfjörður.  Dalatangi has a weather station, and regular weather observations have been made there since 1938. 
Brimnesviti
Brimnesviti lighthouse is loated on Brimnes peninsula, which is situated on the north side of Seyðisfjörður´s coastline. A 10 km. drive from the town centre brings guests to Selsstaðir farm. A hiking trail leads from the farm to Brimnes. For centuries, this was one of the bigges fishing centres in Iceland. Traces of old buildings are still visible. 
Kolbeinstangi Lighthouse
Kolbeinstangaviti er tæpir 20 metrar á hæð og stendur á glæsilegum stað í landi Leiðarhafnar í Vopnafirði. Vitinn var byggður árið 1942 en ekki tekinn í notkun fyrr en tveimur árum síðar þegar ljóstæki fengust loksins í hann frá Englandi. Vitinn er húðaður með ljósu kvarsi og hrafntinnumulningur er á dökku flötunum. Kolbeinstangaviti er eini vitinn sem hefur haldið þessu útliti, þ.e. hann hefur ekki verið kústaður með einhvers konar þéttiefni. Það er falleg og létt gönguleið að ganga frá þorpinu eftir malarveginum út í Leiðarhöfn og að vitanum. Þar er fallegt útsýni yfir þorpið og út fjörðinn. Gamall námuvegur sem liggur af veginum út í Leiðarhöfn er einnig skemmtileg gönguleið út á Kolbeinstangann. Tangasporðurinn býður upp á glæsilegt landslag sem er kjörið til útivistar og er mjög vinsælt á meðal heimamanna.
Vattarnesviti
Vattarnesiviti lighthouse is located on Vattarnes. There has been a lighthouse at Vattarnes since 1912 but the one standing today was built in 1957.  The Vattarnes peninsula is part of a beautiful coastline between Reyðarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður. 
Æðarsteinsviti Lighthouse
Streitisviti
A lighthouse was first built at Streitishvarf in 1922 and it operated until 1958, when it was removed due to the building of a new lighthouse in Breiðdalsvík. The Streitisviti lighthouse operating today was built in 1984.  Streitishvarf is a great outdoor area, suitable for the whole family. A beautiful, short hiking trail offers a brilliant insight to the geological history of Austurland, especially the dikes that are characteristic for the area. Although the hiking trail is short, it is a great place to stop for a few hours; to play and enjoy the nature.