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Reyðarfjörður is the longest and widest of Iceland's eastern fjords; more than 30 km. long. Norwegians used to operate whaling stations along the fjord and fishing was frequented along the coastline. The town Búðareyri benefits from the shelter at the bottom of the fjord, where the harbor is naturally optimal. Thus in 1909, when the road through Fagridalur to Egilsstaðir was completed, it became a trade centre for the region. Today the Alcoa aluminum smelter is the main employer. During World War II, Reyðarfjörður was occupied by British forces. The remains of the occupation are fairly visible, ranging from an airport and old barracks to small gun shelters. In 1995 a War Time Museum was founded in an empty Freezing Plant and now extends to some of the old barracks. An interesting museum in a country that was never at war.

A walk up to the waterfall in Búðará is recommended - as is the walk towards the town centre, along the 'Love Lane'. In the centre you will find the shopping centre Molinn ('The Nugget'), and the restaurants at Fjarðahótel or Tærgesen, located in a couple of old houses, where history took place in every corner. Fishing at the local pond - Andapollur - is a relaxing occupation - and a hike to the friendly, sheltered area beneath the shrub-covered slopes of Mt. Grænafell is an absolute must. An easy, marked hiking path leads onto the mountain from Fagradalur valley and there is also a magnificent hiking path along the beautiful Geithúsaá river ravine. Large boulders in the shrubbery could be mistaken for elf domiciles but are in fact deposits left by avalanches and landslides from the mountain. It is currently the most popular walking and hiking area for residents of the town.




GPS Points N67° 0' 54.984" W18° 42' 49.924"
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Reyðarfjörður Library
Libraries & Archives
  • Heiðarvegur 14a
  • 730 Reyðarfjörður
  • 474-1366


Heiðarvegur 2
Bed & Breakfast
  • Heiðarvegur 2
  • 730 Reyðarfjörður


Olis - Service Station - Quiznos
Gas station
  • Búðareyri 33
  • 730 Reyðarfjörður
  • 474-1147, 840-1785
Sesam Brauðhús
  • Hafnargötu 1
  • 730 Reyðarfjörður

The Vattarnes fjord peninsular is a fabulous Coastline in the Eastfjords of Iceland.


The haven of Mt. Grænafell by Reyðarfjörður has served as the prime location for local outdoor activities for a number of years. At the top of the mountain, a beautiful lake awaits the visitor and a spectacular gorge carves the landscape beside the fell. A paradise of fine bushes at the foot of the mount completes the icing on the cake. The tiny forest is adorned by planted trees, brooklets and extensive rocks fragments from the cliff, reminiscent of dwellings from the land of fairy tales. The area has been made easily accessible by marked hiking trails.

On Fatmap here below can you find more info about the hiking trail up to Grænafell.


Between Reyðarfjörður and Eskifjörður you can visit the Nature reserve Hólmanes. This is an ideal place to enjoy a good walk either down to the sea or up the hills. Birds and remarkable rock formations can be enjoyed in Hólmanes. With luck, you could stumble upon a herd of reindeers.

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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