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The road from Eskifjörður over to Norðfjörður -or Neskaupstaður as the town is usually called- has great views before leading through an old
single lane tunnel and winding its way downwards. Until 50 years ago the town was only accessible be sea, a fact which had a stimulating effect
on the lively local culture. Norðfjörður is known for a florid music scene, of which the main impresario is the local blues, rock and jazz club Brján.
Norðfjörður is the most densely populated of the Fjarðabyggð communities and offers a horn of plenty. Hiking trails in Norðfjörður nature reserve are
renowned for imposing natural beauty, diverse birdlife and fauna. The cozy café Nesbær offers delicious refreshments and interesting exhibitions by local artists. A good horse rental, Skorrahestar, offers long and short tours and Neskaupstaður is the hub of the most active kayak club in Iceland. Hotels, three interesting museums in one house, outdoor swimming
pool, beautiful natural sights like the cave Páskahellir down by the shore. The Rauðubjörg cliffs, a stunning reddish rhyolite cliff face offer a spectacular view. Catching the scheduled boat to nearby Mjóifjörður ensures great views along the way. The Safnahúsið - the site of a natural history museum, painter Tryggvi Ólafsson art collection and a maritime museum is certainly worth a visit, as is a look-in on Gallery Thea with its famous clay horses.

Art collection and a maritime museum is certainly worth a visit, as is a look-in on Gallery Thea with its famous clay horses.

GPS Points N65° 9' 6.066" W13° 41' 21.647"
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Neskaupstaður Library
Libraries & Archives
  • Skólavegur 9
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 477-1521
The Jósafat Hinriksson's Maritime Museum
  • Egilsbraut 2
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 4709000
Kaj Kayak Club
Kayak Tours
  • Kirkjufjara
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 863-9939
Bus Service
Day Tours
  • Þiljuvellir 28
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 854-4101
Norðfjörður Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Golfskálinn, Grænanesbökkum
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 477-1165
Hiking Club Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Melagata 8
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 470-1018, 863-3623
Gallery Thea
  • Skorrastaður
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 477-1736


Hotel Capitano
  • Hafnarbraut 50
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 477-1800, 861-4747


  • Egilsbraut 1
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 477-1188
Hotel Capitano
  • Hafnarbraut 50
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 477-1800, 861-4747

Gerpir is the easternmost tip of Iceland.
Magnificent view, high rocks and cliffs (661 m alt.) Making your way along the edge of cliffs some 12 million years old is an experience you´ll never forget. Throughout the area ( "Gerpissvæðið") there are many marked trails, walking paths and hiking routes, construed by the hiking club Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna. Prior to visiting, obtaining a good map of the area is a sensible optinon - or getting in touch with a local information centre. The area is also popular among kayak enthusiasts and mountain bikers.


The cliffs of Rauðubjörg at Barðsnes in Norðfjörður are endowed with a constant glow, as if they reflect ceaseless sunshine. The name means "Red cliffs" which is appropriate since rhyolite is a dominating ingredient. The cliffs can be visited by boat with Fjarðaferðir of Neskaupstaður.

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