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Mjóifjörður, the "narrow fjord", 18 km. long is situated between Norðfjörður and Seyðisfjörður, and is known for pleasant weather and tranquility. The road leading to the fjord is relatively good, but is usually closed in winter, when the only access to Mjóifjörður is by the scheduled Fjardaferdir boat from Norðfjörður. The exhilarating road on the north side runs along the fjord-side to Dalatangi, a lighthouse with a most magnificent view out towards the open ocean. There are many attractions in Mjóifjörður, which is considered by many people to be the most impressive fjord in Iceland.

The beautiful waterfalls Klifbrekkufossar tumble down by the roadside. The ravine Prestagil " the Priest's Ravine", is so named because of a local folktale that tells of a huge troll woman that tried to seduce a priest into the ravine, is on the south side. Another challenging gorge is Hofsárgljúfur on the way to Dalatangi, stop by the bridge an look down. The small inlet of Smjörvogur, close to Hofsárgljúfur, was once used as a prison as there was no way in, or out of it, without assistance. At Asknes are the remains of an old whaling station, the largest in the world at the time it was built by the Norwegians around 1900, with over 200 hundred workers. Today, some 20 people live in Mjóifjörður, mostly in the tiny village, Brekkuþorp. A visit to the solitary Dalatangi lighthouse is worth your while, as is a boat trip along the fjord. A stay at the guesthouse is a haven of tranquility and the local shellfish with a good glass of white wine at Brekkan restaurant is truly the icing on the Mjóifjörður cake.

GPS Points N65° 11' 59.068" W13° 51' 48.333"
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Prestagil -The Gorge of the Priests - is an imposing ravine in Mjóifjörður. It derives the name by an old legend which tells of a giant hag who resided in the ravine and managed to lure two priests to the gorge and gain power over them. The area is well suited for outdoor activities.


The way to Dalatangi takes one along a rough and narrow trail along the northern coast of Mjóifjörður. A spectacular symphony awaits the traveler at the edge of the high and rugged shore: Waterfalls, steep cliffs vales with the roaring ocean below are not cut out for those suffering from vertigo! At the end of the road - as far eastward as possible - awaits the farm and the lighthouses. The newcomer is seized with an insular impression, all while contemplating the spectacular view of Loðmundarfjörður and Seydisfjörður, at times extending as far as the and at Mt. Glettingur in the far north.


In Borgarfjörður Eystri is the starting point for one of the best hiking areas in the country, the so-called "Víknaslóðir" or "The trails of the Inlets". This area is an extensive one but the trails are clearly indicated. A 10 days hike in the area is recommended - or a 5-day hike either around the Southern or the Northern area. In the village of Bakkagerði in Borgarfjörður the traveler will be provided with good preparatory assistance in most fields relating to a visit to Víknaslóðir.


Klifbrekkufossar is a magnificent tier of waterfalls in Mjóifjörður. While descending the main road from Egilsstaðir the waterfalls can be spotted on the right-hand side.


Asknes in fjord Mjóifjörður houses the remains of a old whaling-station, which the Norwegians erected around year 1900. The factory was the largest of its kind in the world at that time. In its hayday there were 200 employees but today there are only around 40 people living in the entire Mjóifjörður region.


Towns & Villages

Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors 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 the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

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