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Week 27

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

1. Jun - 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.

Summer in Havarí 2020

6.-26. Jul
Summer in Havarí --June 13th-- Photo exhibition Rut Sigurðardóttir, Lilja Birgisdóttir, Stephan Stephensen, Kormákur Máni Hafsteinsson, Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson. --June 17th-- Concert with Valdimar Guðmundsson og Örn Eldjárn --July 4th-- Concert with Hipsumhaps --July 15th-- Ásgeir --July 25th-- FM Belfast --July 26th-- Góss The events are from 20:00 - 23:00 20 year age limit unless accompanied by adults Limited number of tickets Berglind & Svavar Havarí - Karlsstöðum - 766 Djúpavogi Gisting - Veitingar - Tónleikar

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.

Tónlistarstundir 2020

6.- 9. Jul
Tónlistarstundir 2020, concerts in Egilsstaðir church and Vallaneschurch 16. June Vallanes 20:00 Concert with Berta Dröfn Ómarsdóttir and Svanur Vilbergsson 25. June, Vallanes 20:00 Chamber choir Egilsstaðir church 28. june Egilsstaðir 20:00 Trompettríó: Sóley Björk Einarsdóttir, Vilhjálmur Ingi Sigurðarson, and Jóhann Ingvi Stefánsson 2. July Egilsstaðir kl. 20:00 Árni Friðriksson tenor and Öystein Magnús Gjerde tenor 5. July Egilsstaðir kl. 20:00 Ásdís Arnardóttir selló og Jón Sigurðsson píanó 9. July Egilsstaðir kl. 20:00 Torvald Gjerde plays on orgel Free entrance

V5 Garage party - Neskaupstaður

6.-28. Jul
V5 Garage partý is an event that is every Thursday in June and July in Valsmýri 5 Neskaupstaður between 20:00 - 21:00. This event is for free

Art show / Ríkharður Valtingojer - Egilsstaðir

6.-17. Jul
Art show from Ríkharður Valtingojer carrier in Sláturhúsið Egilsstöðum. The exhibition covers Ríkharður career from painting to graphic art, but since 1975 he has worked mainly in graphics and in recent years with mezzotint technology.

Tuesday hikes in Fljótsdalur

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

Hike to Halaklettur in Fáskrúðsfjörður

7. Jul
Evening hike to Halaklettur in Fáskrúðsfjörður. For more info contact Eyþór in tel: 865 2327

Blue Church Summer Concert Series in Seyðisfjörður

8.-29. Jul
The Blue Church Summer Concert Series started in 1998 by Muff Worden music teacher and Sigurður Jónsson engineer. The concert series has been ongoing since then, first under the firm management of Muff but after her premature death in 2006, by a formal association. The concerts are held in the Seyðisfjörður church every Wednesday night at 8:30 pm. Emphasis has been on offering varied types of concerts where classical music, jazz, blues, folk, and light-hearted music can be enjoyed. The church houses a recent Steinway concert piano and a Frobenius organ with 14-15 stops.

Kristjana Stefáns and Svavar Knútur - Egilsstaðir

10. Jul
The musicians Kristjana and Svavar Knútur will play songs from their new album. The concert will be at Tehúsið Egilsstöðum. The price is 4,000 ISK and free for children under 14. Tickets are here: https://tix.is/is/event/9989/sumartonleikar-kristjonu-stefans-og-svavars-knuts/

Dyrfjallahlaup race - Borgarfjörður Eystri

11. Jul
DYRFJALLAHLAUP 11th of July 2020 23 km trail run East Iceland 2020 will be the fourth time this race around the mountains of Dyrfjöll is held. Dyrfjöll are some of the more majestic mountains in the East. Their name means "Door mountains" and the name comes from the pass that goes right between the mountain ridge, like a door ("Door Mountains Race"). It's certainly worth the visit every day, but for a mountain runner, the Dyrfjallahlaup race is the perfect event to explore the area. The view from the mountain passes on this route does not let anyone down. Elevation is more than 1000 meters so one gets a good view over the area. The route also lies through Stórurð, which consists of gigantic boulders made of tuff, meadows and fresh water ponds. Distance 22.97km Elevation 1087m Highest point 683 m above sea level

Hike to Sönghofsdalur - Möðrudalur

11. Jul
The hike to Sönghofsdalur. The meeting point is 8:00 in Tjarnarás 8 in Egilsstaðir. Price is 500 ISK Guide is Stefán Kristmannsson Register in the tour here: https://ferdaf.is/index.php/is/ferdhir/dagsferdhir/list.events/-

Kristjana Stefáns and Svavar Knútur in Fjarðarborg

11. Jul
The musicians Kristjana and Svavar Knútur will play songs from their new album. The concert will be in Fjarðarborg Borgarfjörður Eystri. The price is 4,000 ISK and free for children under 14. Tickets are here: https://tix.is/is/event/9989/sumartonleikar-kristjonu-stefans-og-svavars-knuts/

Week 28

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

1. Jun - 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.

Summer in Havarí 2020

6.-26. Jul
Summer in Havarí --June 13th-- Photo exhibition Rut Sigurðardóttir, Lilja Birgisdóttir, Stephan Stephensen, Kormákur Máni Hafsteinsson, Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson. --June 17th-- Concert with Valdimar Guðmundsson og Örn Eldjárn --July 4th-- Concert with Hipsumhaps --July 15th-- Ásgeir --July 25th-- FM Belfast --July 26th-- Góss The events are from 20:00 - 23:00 20 year age limit unless accompanied by adults Limited number of tickets Berglind & Svavar Havarí - Karlsstöðum - 766 Djúpavogi Gisting - Veitingar - Tónleikar

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.

V5 Garage party - Neskaupstaður

6.-28. Jul
V5 Garage partý is an event that is every Thursday in June and July in Valsmýri 5 Neskaupstaður between 20:00 - 21:00. This event is for free

Art show / Ríkharður Valtingojer - Egilsstaðir

6.-17. Jul
Art show from Ríkharður Valtingojer carrier in Sláturhúsið Egilsstöðum. The exhibition covers Ríkharður career from painting to graphic art, but since 1975 he has worked mainly in graphics and in recent years with mezzotint technology.

Tuesday hikes in Fljótsdalur

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

Blue Church Summer Concert Series in Seyðisfjörður

8.-29. Jul
The Blue Church Summer Concert Series started in 1998 by Muff Worden music teacher and Sigurður Jónsson engineer. The concert series has been ongoing since then, first under the firm management of Muff but after her premature death in 2006, by a formal association. The concerts are held in the Seyðisfjörður church every Wednesday night at 8:30 pm. Emphasis has been on offering varied types of concerts where classical music, jazz, blues, folk, and light-hearted music can be enjoyed. The church houses a recent Steinway concert piano and a Frobenius organ with 14-15 stops.

Ásgeir - Seyðisfjörður

16. Jul
Concert with the popular Icelandic musician Ásgeir in the Blue Church in Seyðisfjörður.

Family hike up to Mt Snæfell

18. Jul
Family hike up to Mt Snæfell, the highest freestanding mountain in Iceland More info in telephone: 864 7393

Week 29

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

1. Jun - 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.

Summer in Havarí 2020

6.-26. Jul
Summer in Havarí --June 13th-- Photo exhibition Rut Sigurðardóttir, Lilja Birgisdóttir, Stephan Stephensen, Kormákur Máni Hafsteinsson, Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson. --June 17th-- Concert with Valdimar Guðmundsson og Örn Eldjárn --July 4th-- Concert with Hipsumhaps --July 15th-- Ásgeir --July 25th-- FM Belfast --July 26th-- Góss The events are from 20:00 - 23:00 20 year age limit unless accompanied by adults Limited number of tickets Berglind & Svavar Havarí - Karlsstöðum - 766 Djúpavogi Gisting - Veitingar - Tónleikar

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.

V5 Garage party - Neskaupstaður

6.-28. Jul
V5 Garage partý is an event that is every Thursday in June and July in Valsmýri 5 Neskaupstaður between 20:00 - 21:00. This event is for free

Tuesday hikes in Fljótsdalur

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

Blue Church Summer Concert Series in Seyðisfjörður

8.-29. Jul
The Blue Church Summer Concert Series started in 1998 by Muff Worden music teacher and Sigurður Jónsson engineer. The concert series has been ongoing since then, first under the firm management of Muff but after her premature death in 2006, by a formal association. The concerts are held in the Seyðisfjörður church every Wednesday night at 8:30 pm. Emphasis has been on offering varied types of concerts where classical music, jazz, blues, folk, and light-hearted music can be enjoyed. The church houses a recent Steinway concert piano and a Frobenius organ with 14-15 stops.

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

Hike to Þerribjörg - Fljótsdalshérað

19. Jul
The hike is to Þerribjörg. The meeting point is 10:00 in Tjarnarás 8 in Egilsstaðir. Price is 500 ISK Guide is Stefán Kristmannsson.

Hike to Víknaslóðir

22.-25. Jul
Víknaslóðir 3 shoes. 22.-25. júlí. 4 days. Guide: Þórdís Kristvinsdóttir. 1.d. Meeting in Fjarðarborg. Borgarfjörður – Brúnavík – Breiðavík. 2.d. Breiðavík – Húsavík. 3.d. Húsavík – Klyppstaður. 4.d. Klyppstaður and Kækjuskörð to Borgarfjarðar. Price: 49.000/45.500. Included: accommodation and guiding. You can register until 10 July Register: https://ferdaf.is/index.php/is/ferdhir/boka-ferdh

Jeep tour to Kverkfjöll

24.-26. Jul
Jeep tour on own jeeps to Kverkfjöll and Holuhraun. More information in tel: 852 8211 and 898 6056

Blacksmith Festival - Seyðisfjörður

24.-26. Jul
The Blacksmith Festival takes place annually in late July at the Technical Museum. The festival is a meeting place for professionals as well as the general public where people of all ages and all walks of life have a good time. Music, dancing and dining are part of the event as well as lively exhibitions and education. Number of courses on offer such as blacksmithing, knife-making, whittling and metal casting. Live concerts and dancing on the Saturday evening on the old pier. Free for everybody and all age groups are welcome. The Blacksmith Festival 2020 is on 24th-26th of July. Please contact the Technical Museum for details on this years program.

Hike to Skælingur - Víknaslóðir

25. Jul
The hike is to Skælingur in Víknaslóðir. The meeting point is 09:00 in Tjarnarás 8 in Egilsstaðir. Price is 500 ISK Guide is Stefán Kristmannsson Register here: https://ferdaf.is/index.php/is/ferdhir/boka-ferdh

Hike over Stuðlaheiði - Fáskrúðsfjörður

25. Jul
Meeting point is in the car park next to the tunnel in Fáskrúðsfjörður. Then we will drive together to Reyðarfjörður and hike over Stuðlaheiði to Fáskrúðsfjörður. Guide is Kristinn Þorsteinsson

Week 30

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

1. Jun - 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.

Summer in Havarí 2020

6.-26. Jul
Summer in Havarí --June 13th-- Photo exhibition Rut Sigurðardóttir, Lilja Birgisdóttir, Stephan Stephensen, Kormákur Máni Hafsteinsson, Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson. --June 17th-- Concert with Valdimar Guðmundsson og Örn Eldjárn --July 4th-- Concert with Hipsumhaps --July 15th-- Ásgeir --July 25th-- FM Belfast --July 26th-- Góss The events are from 20:00 - 23:00 20 year age limit unless accompanied by adults Limited number of tickets Berglind & Svavar Havarí - Karlsstöðum - 766 Djúpavogi Gisting - Veitingar - Tónleikar

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.

V5 Garage party - Neskaupstaður

6.-28. Jul
V5 Garage partý is an event that is every Thursday in June and July in Valsmýri 5 Neskaupstaður between 20:00 - 21:00. This event is for free

Tuesday hikes in Fljótsdalur

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

Blue Church Summer Concert Series in Seyðisfjörður

8.-29. Jul
The Blue Church Summer Concert Series started in 1998 by Muff Worden music teacher and Sigurður Jónsson engineer. The concert series has been ongoing since then, first under the firm management of Muff but after her premature death in 2006, by a formal association. The concerts are held in the Seyðisfjörður church every Wednesday night at 8:30 pm. Emphasis has been on offering varied types of concerts where classical music, jazz, blues, folk, and light-hearted music can be enjoyed. The church houses a recent Steinway concert piano and a Frobenius organ with 14-15 stops.

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

Jeep tour to Kverkfjöll

24.-26. Jul
Jeep tour on own jeeps to Kverkfjöll and Holuhraun. More information in tel: 852 8211 and 898 6056

Blacksmith Festival - Seyðisfjörður

24.-26. Jul
The Blacksmith Festival takes place annually in late July at the Technical Museum. The festival is a meeting place for professionals as well as the general public where people of all ages and all walks of life have a good time. Music, dancing and dining are part of the event as well as lively exhibitions and education. Number of courses on offer such as blacksmithing, knife-making, whittling and metal casting. Live concerts and dancing on the Saturday evening on the old pier. Free for everybody and all age groups are welcome. The Blacksmith Festival 2020 is on 24th-26th of July. Please contact the Technical Museum for details on this years program.

Lónsöræfi hike

1.- 3. Aug
Lónsöræfi 3 shoes. 1.-3. August. 3 days. Guide: Þórdís Kristvinsdóttir. minimum: 10 people Hike in the isolated Lónsöræfi 1.d. 08:00 a bus from Tjarnarási 8, Egilsstaðir to Eyjabakkar. 2.d. Geldingafell to Egilssel 3.d. Egilssel to Sandvatn and from there is a bus to Egilsstaðir. Price: 52.500/49.000. Included: Accommodation and guiding. You can register until 15. júlí. Skrá mig í ferð hér: https://ferdaf.is/index.php/is/ferdhir/lengri-ferdhir/list.events/-

Week 31

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

1. Jun - 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

18. Jun - 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

Lónsöræfi hike

1.- 3. Aug
Lónsöræfi 3 shoes. 1.-3. August. 3 days. Guide: Þórdís Kristvinsdóttir. minimum: 10 people Hike in the isolated Lónsöræfi 1.d. 08:00 a bus from Tjarnarási 8, Egilsstaðir to Eyjabakkar. 2.d. Geldingafell to Egilssel 3.d. Egilssel to Sandvatn and from there is a bus to Egilsstaðir. Price: 52.500/49.000. Included: Accommodation and guiding. You can register until 15. júlí. Skrá mig í ferð hér: https://ferdaf.is/index.php/is/ferdhir/lengri-ferdhir/list.events/-

Hike to Stórurð - Fljótsdalshérað

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

Neistaflug hike - Neskaupstaður

2. Aug
Neistaflug hike The meeting point is 10:00 in Grænanes. Guide is Benedikt Sigurjónsson This is a family hike. The hike is over Hellisfjarðamúli.

Daytour to deserted highland farms - Fljótsdalshérað

8. Aug
The tour is too deserted highland farms in the highlands. The price is 8.000 ISK Guide is Þorvaldur P. Hjarðar Register here: https://ferdaf.is/index.php/is/ferdhir/boka-ferdh

Family hike over Jórvíkurskarð - Breiðdalur

8. Aug
Six kilometers family hike over Jórvíkurskarð. The meeting point is in Jórvík in Breiðdalur.

Week 32

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

1. Jun - 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

18. Jun - 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

Evening hike on Kotfell - Reyðarfjörður

13. Aug
Evening hike on Kotfell. Meeting point is 19:00 in Áreyjar in Reyðarfjörður. Guide is Þóroddur Helgason.

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

Week 33

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

1. Jun - 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

18. Jun - 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

Town festival Útsæðið - Eskifjörður

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

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

Week 34

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

1. Jun - 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

18. Jun - 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

Evening concert with Jónína Aradóttir

28. Aug
Evening concert with Jónína Aradóttir in Bókakaffi Fellabæ. More about Jónína, and her music at www.joninamusic.com

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

Week 35

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

1. Jun - 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.

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

Week 36

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/

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.

Hiking tour to Víðidalur

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

Week 37

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/

Week 38

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.

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/

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.

Week 39

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

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/

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