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Aug 2020

Fjarðabyggðarflakk family game

1. May - 30. Sep
This is a family game and you have to buy the book Fjarðabyggðarflakk. There will you have a map and GPS points that will lead you to the places. There you will find a stamp to mark in the book. When you have visit all the places contact: Sigurborgu Hákonardóttur , Tröllavegi 3, Neskaupstað, Tel: 477 1583 or Árni Páll Ragnarsson, Hjallavegi 3, Reyðarfirði, Tel: 474 1191 You can get this book in these places: Mjóifjörður: Sólbrekka Neskaupstaður: Kaffihúsið Nesbær, Olíssjoppan og Fjarðasport Eskifjörður: Veitingasalan Krían, Shellskálinn Reyðarfjörður: Shellskálinn og Veiðiflugan Fáskrúðsfjörður: Kaffihúsið Sumarlína Stöðvarfjörður: Brekkan Egilsstaðir: Upplýsingamiðstöð Austurlands

Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

1. May - 25. Sep
Hiking Treasures in Egilsstadir Region “Hiking treasures in Egilsstaðir region” is the name chosen for 28 carefully selected walking trails and treasured destinations in the municipalities of Fljótsdalshérað and Fljótsdalshreppur. The premises of the area covers about 10% of Iceland. The destinations are waterfalls, lakes, creeks, canyons, small caves and inlets by the sea side. Yet, most of the trails include mountain tracks and peaks with a great view. The Local Touring Club in Fljótsdalshérað has contributed most of the effort and information to this selection of hiking trails. Hiking lottery At each destination a tubular container or cylinder holds information on the site, a visitors’ log to sign and a unique stamp made for each location. Hikers can buy specially made cards to bring along on their hike and are for stamping at each destination. Those can be bought in numerous places such as at the Information Centre in Egilsstaðir, at the office of Local Touring Club in Tjarnarás 8, 700 Egilsstadir or at Egilsstaðastofa Visitor Center by the camping area. That is how hikers can document their arrival to the sites, enter a lottery and possibly win rewards. However, one must have stamps from 9 destinations to enter. Hikers can hand in or send their stamped cards to the office of the Local Touring Club or to Egilsstaðastofa Visitor Center. The draw is in September each year. Hiking Trails The hiking trails offer a great variety in landscape and length. Some take only an hour to hike while other walks take a whole day. Most of them are a fairly easy walks or medium level while in some instances one needs selected equipment for the more difficult walks – especially in the winter. This booklet contains a description of each trail and an estimated of length and level of difficulty in normal circumstances. The time estimate includes the walk towards each destination and return to starting point. The GPS co-ordinates refer to the location of the cylinder at each destination unless otherwise mentioned.

Journey west and their travel story - Vopnafjörður

14.-31. Aug
The exhibition Ferðin vestur og ferðasaga þeirra sem fóru ( Journey west and their travel story) will be in Vesturfaramiðstöð Austurlands, Kaupvangur, Vopnafjörður (upper floor) June 1 - August 31 daily 12-18, but with guidance Monday, Thursday and Saturday or by arrangement. Phone 473-1200/895-1562 Free access but donations received. We thank the East Iceland Development Fund, Vopnafjarðarhreppi and Icelandic Roots database.

Highland Farms Walking through Iceland's past

1. Jun - 25. Sep
The Fljótsdalshérað Touring Club, the municipality of Fljótsdalshérað and Vopnafjörður´s cultural and educational centre Kaupvangur have joined forces to increase cultural tourism services in Jökuldalsheiði and other nearby highlands. The old highland farms in these areas are being connected to each other by hiking trails. Receptacles are located at each set of ruins, containing a guestbook and a stamp along with information about that farm, including its residents and history. Cards for stamping at each site are sold at Sænautasel, camping place in Egilsstaðir and information centres in Egilsstaðir and Vopnafjörður. Those who submit cards stamped at 10 farms will get a certificate from the Touring Club. It is important that the hiker be able to appreciate the historical uniqueness of this rural highland community, now visible through farm remains. During the 19th century, a wave of settlement began in the Jökuldalsheiði highland, meaning turf farmsteads that were fixed, year-round residences. this period of habitation lasted for just over a century, or from 1841 to 1946. There were eventually 16 Jökuldalsheiði farms, established between 1841 to 1862. Most of those who settled there, often building on the sites of old summertime farm outposts, came from the valleys of Fljótsdalshérað, although some hailed from elsewhere, mainly North Iceland and the East Fjords. At its height, the Jökuldalsheiði community had a population of 120. Besides these 16 farmsteads, the hiking trails on the map include the farm Netsel, five others on the moors of Vopnafjörður: Brunahvammur, Foss, Kálffell, Arnarvatn and Desjamýri and in Selárdalur: Aðalból, Fossvellir, Mælifell, and Selsárvellir. Due to the Askja volcanic eruption of 1875, all of the farms then occupied in the hard-hit southern section of this community were Heiðarbýlin - Highland Farms abandoned, with the exception of Rangalón. Háls farm had been deserted previously. However, some of the deserted farms were resettled a few years later. The ash fanned out eastwards from Askja, covering a large area, though falling thickest on the highlands. Some of the highland farms were severely affected. As a result, many inhabitants moved away, first down into surrounding farming communities, but in many cases eventually west to the Americas. Thus, many North Americans of Icelandic heritage are the decendents of people from Jökuldalsheiði and their surroundings. Historically, residents from throughout this highland region went to market almost exclusively at Vopnafjörður. From Veturhús, this meant a route of 75 km each way. Most of the trails to town and between farms were fairly easy, but the lengthy distances prevented frequent journeys. In 1934, North and East Iceland were connected by a road which passed along the shore of Sænautavatn lake, beside Rangalón. This led the farmers on Jökuldalsheiði to trade at the cooperative in Reyðarfjörður, farther south. By then only four farms remained on Jökuldalsheiði: Sænautasel, Veturhús, Ármótasel and Heiðarsel. On the other hand, residents on moors closer to Vopnafjörður, i.e. at Brunahvammur, Arnarvatn and Foss, continued to do business there. Highland farming conditions were favorable in various ways, even though many places tended to receive heavy snow since most of the farmsteads were situated over 500 m above sea level. Most of the lakes had excellent trout fishing, and there were plenty of ptarmigan to hunt in winter, as well as an abundance of geese, ducks, and swans in summer. While reindeer ranged freely there, the stock is thought to have reached a historical low point soon after 1900, so that they were soon declared a protected species. The highland farms have often been treated in Icelandic literature, for instance in works by Gunnar Gunnarsson and Halldór Stefánsson. Iceland´s only Nobel Prize winner, Halldór Laxness, received their inspiration for the novel Independent People. On his way to North Iceland, he spent several days at Eiríksstaðir, then went north through Jökuldalsheiði, visiting, for instance, Veturhús and overnighting at Sænautasel. Veturhús is believed to have provided the model for the novel´s farm Sumarhús, and its farmer named Bjartur to have been based on various local characters.

The five mountains in Fjarðabyggð

15. Jun - 15. Sep
There are guestbooks and stamps on five mountains in Fjarðabyggð. You need to buy a book so you can stamp in the book. When you have all the marks you get a price from Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna and a picture of you on their website. The book costs 500 ISK, and you can get it in Reyðarfjörður in Veiðiflugan and Íslandspóstur. In Neskaupstaður, can you get it in Fjarðasport and Nesbæ. In Egilsstaðir, can you get it in the Information Center. This is a game only for experienced hikers. Mountains are: 1 Kistufell, 1239 m GPS: N 65° 03,661' W 14° 24,906' 2 Goðaborg, 1132 m GPS: N 65° 09,532' W 13° 55,611' 3 Svartafjall, 1021 m GPS: N 65° 04,655' W 13° 55,285' 4 Hólmatindur, 985 m GPS: N 65° 03,623' W 14° 03,614' 5 Hádegisfjall, 809 m GPS: N 65° 00,476' W 14° 14,062'

Seven Peaks, Mountain Viking - Seyðisfjörður

15. Jun - 15. Sep
Note that the weather can change very quickly, so no one should ever start a hike without checking the weather forecast and telling others about their plans.

Tuesday hikes in Fljótsdalur

14.-27. Aug
Hikes with locals in Fljótsdalur every Tuesday. More info in https://www.facebook.com/events/697615744408277/?event_time_id=697615751074943

The Art Exhibition LAND - Egilsstaðir

19. Jul - 15. Sep
The exhibition in Sláturhúsið is a joint exhibition of 6 visual artists, all of them have a common interest in working with photography and the country as inspiration. The artists are: Daníel Magnússon, Guðmundur Ingólfsson, Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir, Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Vigfús Birgisson and Þórdís Jóhannesdóttir

Tour de Ormurinn 2020

14.-15. Aug
Tour de Ormurinn takes place on August 15th. SIGN UP HERE: https://netskraning.is/tourdeormurinn/ Pricing is the following and therefore good to register as soon as possible! 11.06-10.07 11.07-10.08 11.08-14.08 68 km 6.600 ISK 7.400 ISK 8.800 ISK 68 km lið 7.200 ISK 8.900 ISK 10.600 ISK 103 km 6.800 ISK 8.400 ISK 10.000 ISK Competition equipment will be delivered to the UÍA office, Tjarnarás 6, from 6pm to 9pm, on Friday August 14th. Final delivery of data will be at. 7:30 am on the day of the competition, for those who do not get on Friday. More information will be posted here as the event draws.

Town festival Útsæðið - Eskifjörður

15.-16. Aug
Útsæðið is a family town festival in Eskifjörður.

Tour de Ormurinn - Egilsstaðir

15. Aug
A cycling race around the lake at the head of Lagarfljót river, offering both 68K and 103K routes. For more information contact us at +354 471 1353 or uia@uia.is.

Hike up to Mt Stöng

15. Aug
Hike up to Mt Stöng. Only for experienced hikers. The group size is 4 - 6 people. Highest point: 965 m Elevation: 950 m Hiking distance: 9 km Necessary equipment: Belt and helmet Price: 15.000 ISK Information Skúli Júlíusson: 864 7393

Hike in Skógdalur - Reyðarfjörður

15. Aug
Hike in Skógdalur. The meeting point is where the bridge is over Stuðlaá 10:00 o'clock. Guide is Anna Berg Samúelsdóttir

Hike to Skúmhöttur - Fljótsdalshérað

16. Aug
The hike is to Mt Skúmhöttur. The meeting point is 10:00 in Tjarnarás 8 in Egilsstaðir. Price is 500 ISK Guide is Jón Steinar Benjamínsson.

Markúsarsel

22. Aug
Day tour to Markúsarsel. More info in tel: 852 8211 or 898 6056

Evening concert with Jónína Aradóttir

28. Aug
Evening concert with Jónína Aradóttir in Bókakaffi Fellabæ Friday August 29 at 9pm. Jónína is traveling around the country and will come to Fellabær to enjoy the evening and share with us a mix of songs in both Icelandic and English. The style of her songs is Folk Country and we may hear some new songs she has been working on. Jónína is born and raised from Öræfasveit, she has traveled a lot and studied music abroad in Los Angeles and Denmark. Jónína has released two albums and more information about Jónína and her music can be found at www.joninamusic.com Jónína will also have her album Remember with her for sale.

Hike to Gönguskarð - Njarðvík

29. Aug
The hike is to Gönguskarð. The meeting point is 09:00 in Tjarnarás 8 in Egilsstaðir. Price is 500 ISK Guide is Stefán Kristmannsson

Bicycle tour between Reyðarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður

29. Aug
Bicycle tour between Reyðarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður. The meeting point is 10:00 where the tunnel starts in Reyðarfjörður. The tour is around 65 km

Sep 2020

Fjarðabyggðarflakk family game

1. May - 30. Sep
This is a family game and you have to buy the book Fjarðabyggðarflakk. There will you have a map and GPS points that will lead you to the places. There you will find a stamp to mark in the book. When you have visit all the places contact: Sigurborgu Hákonardóttur , Tröllavegi 3, Neskaupstað, Tel: 477 1583 or Árni Páll Ragnarsson, Hjallavegi 3, Reyðarfirði, Tel: 474 1191 You can get this book in these places: Mjóifjörður: Sólbrekka Neskaupstaður: Kaffihúsið Nesbær, Olíssjoppan og Fjarðasport Eskifjörður: Veitingasalan Krían, Shellskálinn Reyðarfjörður: Shellskálinn og Veiðiflugan Fáskrúðsfjörður: Kaffihúsið Sumarlína Stöðvarfjörður: Brekkan Egilsstaðir: Upplýsingamiðstöð Austurlands

Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

1. May - 25. Sep
Hiking Treasures in Egilsstadir Region “Hiking treasures in Egilsstaðir region” is the name chosen for 28 carefully selected walking trails and treasured destinations in the municipalities of Fljótsdalshérað and Fljótsdalshreppur. The premises of the area covers about 10% of Iceland. The destinations are waterfalls, lakes, creeks, canyons, small caves and inlets by the sea side. Yet, most of the trails include mountain tracks and peaks with a great view. The Local Touring Club in Fljótsdalshérað has contributed most of the effort and information to this selection of hiking trails. Hiking lottery At each destination a tubular container or cylinder holds information on the site, a visitors’ log to sign and a unique stamp made for each location. Hikers can buy specially made cards to bring along on their hike and are for stamping at each destination. Those can be bought in numerous places such as at the Information Centre in Egilsstaðir, at the office of Local Touring Club in Tjarnarás 8, 700 Egilsstadir or at Egilsstaðastofa Visitor Center by the camping area. That is how hikers can document their arrival to the sites, enter a lottery and possibly win rewards. However, one must have stamps from 9 destinations to enter. Hikers can hand in or send their stamped cards to the office of the Local Touring Club or to Egilsstaðastofa Visitor Center. The draw is in September each year. Hiking Trails The hiking trails offer a great variety in landscape and length. Some take only an hour to hike while other walks take a whole day. Most of them are a fairly easy walks or medium level while in some instances one needs selected equipment for the more difficult walks – especially in the winter. This booklet contains a description of each trail and an estimated of length and level of difficulty in normal circumstances. The time estimate includes the walk towards each destination and return to starting point. The GPS co-ordinates refer to the location of the cylinder at each destination unless otherwise mentioned.

Highland Farms Walking through Iceland's past

1. Jun - 25. Sep
The Fljótsdalshérað Touring Club, the municipality of Fljótsdalshérað and Vopnafjörður´s cultural and educational centre Kaupvangur have joined forces to increase cultural tourism services in Jökuldalsheiði and other nearby highlands. The old highland farms in these areas are being connected to each other by hiking trails. Receptacles are located at each set of ruins, containing a guestbook and a stamp along with information about that farm, including its residents and history. Cards for stamping at each site are sold at Sænautasel, camping place in Egilsstaðir and information centres in Egilsstaðir and Vopnafjörður. Those who submit cards stamped at 10 farms will get a certificate from the Touring Club. It is important that the hiker be able to appreciate the historical uniqueness of this rural highland community, now visible through farm remains. During the 19th century, a wave of settlement began in the Jökuldalsheiði highland, meaning turf farmsteads that were fixed, year-round residences. this period of habitation lasted for just over a century, or from 1841 to 1946. There were eventually 16 Jökuldalsheiði farms, established between 1841 to 1862. Most of those who settled there, often building on the sites of old summertime farm outposts, came from the valleys of Fljótsdalshérað, although some hailed from elsewhere, mainly North Iceland and the East Fjords. At its height, the Jökuldalsheiði community had a population of 120. Besides these 16 farmsteads, the hiking trails on the map include the farm Netsel, five others on the moors of Vopnafjörður: Brunahvammur, Foss, Kálffell, Arnarvatn and Desjamýri and in Selárdalur: Aðalból, Fossvellir, Mælifell, and Selsárvellir. Due to the Askja volcanic eruption of 1875, all of the farms then occupied in the hard-hit southern section of this community were Heiðarbýlin - Highland Farms abandoned, with the exception of Rangalón. Háls farm had been deserted previously. However, some of the deserted farms were resettled a few years later. The ash fanned out eastwards from Askja, covering a large area, though falling thickest on the highlands. Some of the highland farms were severely affected. As a result, many inhabitants moved away, first down into surrounding farming communities, but in many cases eventually west to the Americas. Thus, many North Americans of Icelandic heritage are the decendents of people from Jökuldalsheiði and their surroundings. Historically, residents from throughout this highland region went to market almost exclusively at Vopnafjörður. From Veturhús, this meant a route of 75 km each way. Most of the trails to town and between farms were fairly easy, but the lengthy distances prevented frequent journeys. In 1934, North and East Iceland were connected by a road which passed along the shore of Sænautavatn lake, beside Rangalón. This led the farmers on Jökuldalsheiði to trade at the cooperative in Reyðarfjörður, farther south. By then only four farms remained on Jökuldalsheiði: Sænautasel, Veturhús, Ármótasel and Heiðarsel. On the other hand, residents on moors closer to Vopnafjörður, i.e. at Brunahvammur, Arnarvatn and Foss, continued to do business there. Highland farming conditions were favorable in various ways, even though many places tended to receive heavy snow since most of the farmsteads were situated over 500 m above sea level. Most of the lakes had excellent trout fishing, and there were plenty of ptarmigan to hunt in winter, as well as an abundance of geese, ducks, and swans in summer. While reindeer ranged freely there, the stock is thought to have reached a historical low point soon after 1900, so that they were soon declared a protected species. The highland farms have often been treated in Icelandic literature, for instance in works by Gunnar Gunnarsson and Halldór Stefánsson. Iceland´s only Nobel Prize winner, Halldór Laxness, received their inspiration for the novel Independent People. On his way to North Iceland, he spent several days at Eiríksstaðir, then went north through Jökuldalsheiði, visiting, for instance, Veturhús and overnighting at Sænautasel. Veturhús is believed to have provided the model for the novel´s farm Sumarhús, and its farmer named Bjartur to have been based on various local characters.

The five mountains in Fjarðabyggð

15. Jun - 15. Sep
There are guestbooks and stamps on five mountains in Fjarðabyggð. You need to buy a book so you can stamp in the book. When you have all the marks you get a price from Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna and a picture of you on their website. The book costs 500 ISK, and you can get it in Reyðarfjörður in Veiðiflugan and Íslandspóstur. In Neskaupstaður, can you get it in Fjarðasport and Nesbæ. In Egilsstaðir, can you get it in the Information Center. This is a game only for experienced hikers. Mountains are: 1 Kistufell, 1239 m GPS: N 65° 03,661' W 14° 24,906' 2 Goðaborg, 1132 m GPS: N 65° 09,532' W 13° 55,611' 3 Svartafjall, 1021 m GPS: N 65° 04,655' W 13° 55,285' 4 Hólmatindur, 985 m GPS: N 65° 03,623' W 14° 03,614' 5 Hádegisfjall, 809 m GPS: N 65° 00,476' W 14° 14,062'

Seven Peaks, Mountain Viking - Seyðisfjörður

15. Jun - 15. Sep
Note that the weather can change very quickly, so no one should ever start a hike without checking the weather forecast and telling others about their plans.

The Art Exhibition LAND - Egilsstaðir

19. Jul - 15. Sep
The exhibition in Sláturhúsið is a joint exhibition of 6 visual artists, all of them have a common interest in working with photography and the country as inspiration. The artists are: Daníel Magnússon, Guðmundur Ingólfsson, Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir, Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Vigfús Birgisson and Þórdís Jóhannesdóttir

BRAS cultural festival

1.-30. Sep
BRAS children's cultural festival will be held all over Austurland. More info is in https://www.bras.is/

Hiking circle in Reyðarfjörður

5. Sep
Hiking circle in Reyðarfjörður. Meeting point is in Þernunes Reyðarfirði. Hike up to Grákoll, then Kerlingarfjall and back to Þernunes Guide is Kristinn Þorsteinsson

Hike to Strútsfoss - Fljótsdalshreppur

6. Sep
The hike is to Strútsfoss. The meeting point is 10:00 in Tjarnarás 8 in Egilsstaðir. Price is 500 ISK Guide is Stefán Kristmannsson.

Handstand & Movement workshop

12. Sep
SIMPLY YOGA will have a workshop in Egilsstaðir. Have you always wanted to do a handstand? or do you know it and want to learn more? The course will cover the main aspects of the handstand and how to build it from scratch. We will look at technical exercises, get acquainted with different hand positions and how to prepare for a hand position. A great opportunity for individuals who feel the best upside down, want to improve their technology and challenge their balance. Also suitable for beginners as everyone can participate. More information and registration here.

Hiking tour to Víðidalur

12. Sep
Hiking tour to Víðidalur. Guide is Óli Ragnars. More info in tel: 852 8211 or 898 6056

Regional Conference - Egilsstaðir

18.-20. Sep
18-20. September 2020, the Association of National Geologists in Iceland and the East Iceland Museum will host an impressive regional conference in Egilsstadir! More information will be added here. The sponsors and partners of the conference are: Fljótsdalshérað Safnaráð / The Museum Council of Iceland Rannsóknasetur Háskóla Íslands á Austurlandi Söguslóðir Austurlands - Félag áhugafólks um sögu Austurlands Gunnarsstofnun - Skriðuklaustur Óbyggðasetur Íslands / Wilderness Center

Hike to Heiðarendi - Fljótsdalshérað

20. Sep
The hike is to Heiðarendi. The meeting point is 10:00 in Tjarnarás 8 in Egilsstaðir. Price is 500 ISK Guide is Jón Steinar Benjamínsson.

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