Eskifjörður is a charming seaside village in the middle of the eastern fjords. It became an official trading post in 1789 and has been a commercial centre ever since. The setting of the town is magnificent as it looks directly onto the mighty mountain Hólmatindur, rising 985 meters above sea level and is the pride of locals. Determined hikers can walk to the top of Hólmatindur and write their name in the guestbook.
Part of the area’s unique geology in the surrounding of Eskifjordur is revealed by the famous Iceland spar mine. It is located a short way east of the coast near Helgustadir. The spar was mined in the 17th century up until the 20th century and some of the largest spar crystals have been excavated from the mines.
As for most villages in Iceland, the sea and fish has shaped the village’s culture and industry since it’s settlement and it is well worthy to walk around town noting the historical buildings and piers. The town inhabits 1050 people and is part of the municipality of Fjarðarbyggð. Fishing and fish processing is the main industry and lifeblood of Eskifjordur with one of the biggest fisheries in the country resides there. Eskifjordur has all necessary amenities such as grocery and specialty stores, a pharmacy, guesthouses, camping area and of course a beautiful geothermal heated outdoor swimming pool.