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Breiðdalssetur

BREIÐDALSSETUR - Science and heritage centre Located in Breiðdalsvík's oldest house "Gamla Kaupfélagið", built in

1906: Breiðdalssetur facilitates earth and literary research activities focused on East Iceland, as well as hosting exhibitions on geology, linguistics and local history. The exhibitions are about: The geology of Norðfjarðargöng tunnel, newest tunnel in Iceland, science and the mineral Iceland spar, the writer and linguist Stefán Einarsson from Breiðdalur valley (1897-1972), the geology and minerals of the Eastern Fjords and the world famous British volcanologist George P.L.Walker (1926-2005). Occasionally Breiðdalssetur centre is also called "the Walker Centre".

Open by appointment

Entrance fee 500 KR.

Breiðdalssetur

Gamla Kaupfélagið

GPS Points N64° 47' 30.463" W14° 0' 35.441"
Opening period 20/05 - 15/09

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Austurland

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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