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Auroras Iceland

In a small village on the east coast of Iceland, The Icelandic House of the Northern Lights will soon open. Until that happens in August 2018, you can enjoy the northern lights exhibition in Wathne´s House. The exhibition is based on the magnificent photos shot by Jónína and Jóhanna and is called "Dance With the Mountains." The photos are shot in Fáskrúðsfjörður where majestic mountains circle the fjord and make the northern lights experience unique. It is open May 15 through September 30, from 12:00 till 21:00.

Auroras Iceland

Hafnargata 7

GPS Points N64° 55' 33.471" W14° 0' 0.517"
Opening period 15/05 - 30/09
Categories Museums , Exhibitions

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Hiking Club Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Melagata 8
  • 740 Neskaupstaður
  • 470-1018, 863-3623
Guesthouse Tunguholt
Guesthouses
  • Tungu
  • 750 Fáskrúðsfjörður
  • 475-1374, 897-1376
Austursigling
Tour Operators
  • Ránargata 9
  • 710 Seyðisfjörður
  • 899-2409
History and Culture
2.13 km
The French Graveyard - le cimetiere francais

Just outside the village Búðir in Fáskrúðsfjörður, you will find the French graveyard. The graveyard is from the times of the French sailors who came to Fáskrúðsfjörður for many years. There are 49 known graves in the yard.

Nature
16.56 km
Skrúður

Skrúður is an island haven in the mouth of fjord Fáskrúðsfjörður. It is surrounded by high cliffs accessible only to the bold and brave. On the island, there is a sizable cave which was occasionally used as a shelter for sailors making their way southwards. Legends say there were three giant brothers living in the East, one of whom made his home in Skrúður, the other in Streitishvarf and the third on the island of Papey. The Skrúður dweller abducted his wife from the on-shore vicarage of Kolfreyjustaður; the local priest´s young daughter. Legends relating to their insular existence lived among the sailors who visited the island.

Nature
11.12 km
Kolfreyjustaður

The vicarage Kolfreyjustaður in Fáskrúðsfjörður dates back to the year 1878 many old and beautiful artifacts are there to be seen. The place swarms with stories and legends. The troll Kolfreyja lends her name to the site and her fellow troll lived in the island of Skrúður.

History and Culture
1.97 km
The French hospital, l´hopital francais

For 70 years, the French Hospital was located in the former agglomeration of Hafnarnes in Fáskrúðsfjörður, having been moved by sea from the village of Búðir in 1939. Originally it was built in 1903 as a hospital for the French sailors who frequented the banks off the shore during that period. The declining building was moved back to Fáskrúðsfjörður in the autumn of 2010 for restoration purposes.

Nature
7.28 km
Einbúi

Jafnadalur is a valley in Stöðvarfjördur facing northward. At the core of the vale, there is Einbúinn - "The Hermit"- , a voluminous and solitary rock in otherwise flat surroundings. The Jafnadalur also boasts a 6 m. stonearch, located to the east of Mt. Álftafell. A walking trail connects Jafnadalur and fjord Fáskrúðsfjörður. These are agreeable surroundings and well-suited for short or extensive hikes.

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Nature
24.72 km
Saxa

Just off the coast of farm Lönd in Stöðvarfjörður there´s a singular rock formation called Saxa ("The Grinder). This is an impressive perforated cliff, penetrated ceaselessly by the swelling waves of the Atlantic, resulting in spectacular eruptive splashes which fling seaweed and algae, minced by the force of the ocean, high into the air.

Nature
11.68 km
Sandfell

Sandfell is a distinctive 743m. high rhyolite mountain between Stöðvarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður. The best approach is from the south side of Fáskrúðsfjörður. The trail leaves the coastal road between Víkurgerði and Vík farms and proceeds along the Víkurgerðisá River before cutting west for the peak. The scenery is excellent en route, with views of Fáskrúðsfjörður, Andey and Skrúður islands. The ascent + descent takes approx. 5 hours.

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East Iceland

Towns & Villages

Each town in East Iceland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages the influence of North European neighbours is 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 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