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Sep 2020

Fjarðabyggðarflakk family game

23.-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

23.-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

23.-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.

BRAS – Children’s Culture festival

14. Sep - 11. Oct
BRAS – Children’s Culture festival will be held for the second time in Austurland in September and October. A number of parties participate with children and for children to create an environment for diverse and exciting artistic creations under the theme “expression without language”.

Oct 2020

BRAS – Children’s Culture festival

14. Sep - 11. Oct
BRAS – Children’s Culture festival will be held for the second time in Austurland in September and October. A number of parties participate with children and for children to create an environment for diverse and exciting artistic creations under the theme “expression without language”.

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