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Kirkjubær Guesthouse

Kirkjubær is a unique guesthouse, converted from an old church built in 1925 in the old fishing village of Stodvarfjordur.

See also: kirkjubaerguesthouse.com and e-mail kirkjubaergisting@simnet.is

Kirkjubær Guesthouse

Fjarðarbraut 37a

GPS Points N64° 50' 4.440" W13° 52' 31.727"
Opening period All year
Categories Bed & Breakfast

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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