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Neskaupstaður

Neskaupstaður is about as far east as you can go in Iceland, and soaring mountains provide a scenic backdrop to the town (which is sometimes called Norðfjorður, after the fjord it sits on). The fjord and those surrounding mountains provide plentiful recreational opportunities, from hiking to horse-riding trails.

Today the area is accessed via a new, 8km-long road tunnel, but until 50 years ago it was only accessible by sea, a fact that had a stimulating effect on the local culture. Neskaupstaður is known for an impressive music scene and it hosts one of Iceland’s eclectic summertime festivals: Eistnaflug, dedicated to metal and punk music. Other forms of cultural life are on display at Safnahúsið, a three-in-one harborfront museum that houses a natural history collection, a maritime exhibit, and the modernist artworks of local painter Tryggvi Ólafsson.

Just outside, on the waterfront, is where Neskaupstaður shines – take a boat trip to see if you can spot whales, and revel in the landscapes that include the rosy glow of Rauðubjörg (the Red Cliffs) across the fjord. Back on land, follow the road as far east as you can to reach a nature reserve full of walking trails and birdlife under the sheer cliff Nípa, plus a legend-filled cave, Páskahellir (Easter Cave), down by the shoreline.

This is one of the largest towns in East Iceland and it’s home to the region’s main hospital. Services are good, and include quality restaurants and hotels.

Highlights:

Walk: along the paths that begin at the avalanche defence structure close to the camping ground, to enjoy spectacular views over the town and fjord.

Taste: farm-to-plate lamb and fresh seafood at a number of places around town, or create a picnic to enjoy at the botanic park.

Soak: in the beloved local pool (with water slides, and views) called Stefánslaug.

Road-trip: follow the road all the way through town to arrive at the parking lot for the nature reserve, then head out on foot to explore. 

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Neskaupstaður
GPS Points N65° 8' 55.399" W13° 41' 19.928"
Postal codes

740

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Others

Norðfjörður Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Golfskálinn, Grænanesbökkum
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 477-1165
The Jósafat Hinriksson’s Maritime Museum
Museums
  • Egilsbraut 2
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 4709000
Hiking Club Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Melagata 8
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 470-1018, 863-3623
Kaj Kayak Club
Kayak Tours / Paddleboarding
  • Kirkjufjara
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 863-9939
Myndlistarsafn Tryggva Ólafssonar
Museums
  • Egilsbraut 2
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 470-9063, 860-4726.

Others

Hotel Capitano
Hotels
  • Hafnarbraut 50
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 477-1800, 861-4747
Karlsstaðir - Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Vöðlavík, Fjarðabyggð
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 894-5477

Others

Hotel Capitano
Hotels
  • Hafnarbraut 50
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 477-1800, 861-4747
Olís - Service station
Gas station
  • Hafnarbraut 19
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 477-1500, 477-1476
Nature
Rauðubjörg

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.

Nature
Gerpir

Gerpir is the easternmost tip of Iceland.
Magnificent view, high rocks, and cliffs (661 m.) 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 option - or getting in touch with a local information center. The area is also popular among kayak enthusiasts and mountain bikers.

Austurland

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