The museums in Fjarðabyggð have interesting stories to tell. Share our past and present history.
The village of Eskifjörður lies along the north shore of Eskifjörður fjord, a northern arm of Reyðarfjörður fjord. One charming aspect is the red-coloured, well-preserved fishing sheds lined up and down the shore; most of these are Norwegian in origin and are still in full use. By renting a boat, you might try exploring the calm fjord waters and catch a fish, which can even be seen feeding at the surface. Although you are unlikely to reel in a shark, the shark processed in Eskifjörður is a higly regarded Icelandic speciality.
Not long before the turn of the century, exploratory drilling here was rewarded by enough hot water reserves, to make Eskifjörður one of the few places in East Iceland to heat its homes and fill its swimming pool - Fjarðabyggð's newest one - geothermally.
One of Iceland's best skiing areas, Oddskarð, is only a ten-minute drive from the town itself. You will find two larger lifts, a children's lift and a ski school for children, or you can tade advantage of a groomed trail for cross-country skiing and enjoy refreshments in the cabin.
While having already served as a commercial point in previous centuries, Eskifjörður was first officially recognised for trading in 1786. Trade has continued constantly here since 1798, when the Danish trader Örum & Wulff began operations in Iceland and built the first store in the village. The number of residents did not climb significantly though until the Norwegians began fishing for herring off the East Fjords of Iceland in the latter half of the 19th century, raising the population to 228 by 1902. Today, the town has a population of about 1,060.
The main industry is fishing and fish processing, not least driven by one of Iceland's leading fishing companies, Eskja hf. Eskifjörður serves as a key centre for law enforcement in East Iceland.
What to do
Arts and Handicraft
Great gifts and souvenirs in Valhöll, the local community center.See Details
A cultural house in Eskifjörður.See Details
Excellent coffee house and so much more.See Details
Eskifjörður Swimming Pool
A stunning outdoor swimming pool with hot tubs.See Details
Fishing and hunting
Many rivers and lakes in Fjarðabyggð offer excellent fishing.See Details
For those who love snow and all kinds of winter sports.See Details
Nine hole courses in Neskaupstaður, Eskifjörður and Reyðarfjörður.See Details
Explore the wonderful East FjordsSee Details
Glass art, jewellery and handmade artifacts in Eskifjörður.See Details
Meet the locals
Experience the East of Iceland in a totally different way.See Details
East Icelandic cuisine in an old seahouse in Eskifjörður.See Details
Boat rentals and tours.See Details
The East Icelandic Maritime Museum
An interesting museum in one of East Iceland's oldest houses.See Details
Places of interest
Oddskarð Ski Resort
All about snow and fun.See Details
Mountain Tracks in Gerpir Area
Taking the rough road to Viðfjörður and Vöðlavík.See Details
The emblem of Eskifjörður Town.See Details
The Great Outdoors of Fjarðabyggð.See Details
Hólmanes Nature Reserve
Ideal for outdoor recreationSee Details
Iceland Spar Mine
One of the largest in the world.See Details
Seeress Grave Cairn
The resting site of the seeress that protects the fjords.See Details
Memorial stone on Mjóeyri bank
The site of the last execution in East Iceland.See Details
The jewel in the crown of Gerpir Area.See Details