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Ferðafélag Fljótsdalshéraðs/ITA - Húsavík

A hut under the auspices of the Fljótsdalshérað Touring Club, situated at Húsavík, the southernmost creek of the so-called Víknaslóðir hiking trail, south of Borgarfjörður Eystri. There is sleeping bag accommodation for 33. The chalet is heated with a lumber stove and there is gas for cooking, as well as a shower and a WC. Camping facilities at hand.

Gas for cooking, wc.

. Accommodation: 33 sleeping bags
. Operating time: Closed and locked during winter, wardens during summer
. Telephone: No telephone
. GPS: N65°23.68-W13°44.42
. Other facilities: Wood stove for heating. Gas stover for cooking. Toilets and shower. Camping place, coal grill (but no coals)

Ferðafélag Fljótsdalshéraðs/ITA - Húsavík

Tjarnarás 8, 700 Egilsstaðir

GPS Points N65° 23' 42.080" W13° 44' 7.268"
Telephone

+354 863-5813

Accommodation 33 Sleeping bags
Opening period All year
Service Public lavatory Sleeping bag acc. Camping ground Cooking facilities Shower

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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.  

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