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Eskifjörður

Eskifjörður is a charming seaside village in the middle of the eastern Fjords. Eskifjörður became an official trading post in 1789 and has been a commercial centre ever since. Two
mountains, Eskja and Hólmatindur, dominate the fjord. Hólmatindur - 985 meters above sea level - is the pride and joy of the locals. Since village culture and industry have been shaped by the sea for a long time, a walk around town is recommended, noting the historical buildings and piers. A visit to the Maritime Museum will add to the experience. The attractive seafarers´ lodge Randulfssjóhús remains unchanged since 1890, showing the ways of yesteryear´s fisheries trade. You can even try tasting the shark and dried fish still produced there. Boat renting and sailing around the fjord is possible where you can try your hand at fishing for supper. Geology in the area is worth noting. E.g. a short way east along the coast you reach one of the globe´s most famous spar mines, where some of the world´s largest spar crystals have been excavated. After the sightseeing tour a visit to the local swimming pool is recommended - or perhaps a visit
the coffee shop Kaffihúsið, before heading on.

Things to do:

• Rent a boat at Mjóeyri
• Learn about the last execution in the east
• Helgustaðanáma, the world famous mine
• Vöðlavík the deserted bay with black sandy beach.
• The Church - and cultural centre for art
• Steinasafn Sörens og Sigurborgar
a stone collection in a private home.

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Eskifjörður
GPS Points N65° 4' 45.539" W14° 1' 3.346"
Postal codes

735

Population

1020

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Others

Rare Stone Collection
Museums
  • Lambeyrarbraut 5
  • 735 Eskifjörður
  • 476-1177
Eskifjörður Swimming pool
Swimming Pools
  • Dalbraut 3a
  • 735 Eskifjörður
  • 476-1218
Byggðarholt Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Strandgata 71a
  • 735 Eskifjörður
  • 892-4622

Others

Hotel Eskifjordur
Hotels
  • Strandgata 47
  • 735 Eskifjörður
  • 476-0099
Askja Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Strandgata 86b
  • 735 Eskifjörður
  • 476-1150, 894-6606
Nature
Oddsskarð

Oddsskard is a pass between the villages Eskifjörður and Norðfjörður. The year 1949 saw the road construction and between1974-1977 a tunnel was dug to facilitate communication.
Close to the pass you´ll find one of the best ski resorts in Iceland, nicknamed "The Eastern Fjords´ Alps". In the wintertime these delightful and versatile hills simply call out to skiers to come and enjoy. There are hills to fit the needs of all ages and different capacities.

Nature
Helgustaðanáma

Helgustaðanáma is an old Icelandic spar mine, located above the trail leading from Eskifjörður til Vödlavík inlet. It is partially open to visitors and there is good walking path leading up to it.

All removal of the spar is forbidden and the area is a protected nature reserve.

The Icelandic spar is made out of especially pure cristalls of calsit. Characteristic for the Icelandic spar in Helgustaðanáma is its size, purity and clarity. The spar was used in telescopes and other technical instruments in times gone by. Icelandic spar can be found in several stone collections and geological museums around the world.

Nature
Hólmatindur

Hólmatindur is the mountain every inhabitant in Eskifjörður cherishes, towering 985 m. above sea level. It´s not an easy climb to the top but the stunning view is a reward in itself and worth your exertions. Once on the top the valiant mountaineer can write his /her name in a guestbook, and subsequently obtain one stamp in a succession of 5 needed in order to get the title Mountain Conqueror. This being an initiative organized by the local hiking club Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna.

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Nature
Völvuleiði

Situated some distance above the highway connecting the villages Reyðarfjörður and Eskifjörður is the burial mound of a prophetess said to be a guardian angel of the area. According to legend, as long as her bones remain intact - and the cairn indicating the site is maintained - the prophetess will continue to fulfil her protective role. Thus, in 1627 as the Algerian pirates who had previously pillaged the South and the Westmann Islands, approached the eastern shore, the cunning lady produced a fog so massive that the scoundrels were compelled to take to sea and abandon their lugubrious plans of manhunt and massacre.

Nature
Mjóeyri

Mjóeyri is a delightful place on the outskirts of Eskifjörður. There is a lighthouse and a delightful shorelina, where birds and sea shells are to be found. For tourists it is an oasis and a horn of plenty: Guided tours, a boat- rental, angling, good food and highly agreeable accommodation.
Mjóeyri has a historical past as the last place of execution, on Sept. 30th 1786. The final resting place of the late convict can be found here.

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