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Eskifjörður2016-10-24T14:51:52+00:00

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ESKIFJÖRÐUR

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.

HOW TO GET THERE

GPS: 65.0726126,-14.5790936

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WHAT TO DO IN ESKIFJÖRÐUR?

eskifjordur-maritime-museumIn this interesting museum, you will find many articles related to fishing and the processing of marine products. In addition, the museum displays a good range of objects from other industries, along with commercial items and the medical treatments of earlier times. The East Iceland Maritime Museum is educational, well presented and diverse and an ideal way to learn about the industries and cultural history of East Iceland.
Randulff’s fisherman-lodge is a beautifully preserved shore-building. It was built by Peter Randulff in 1890 and served as a station for landing and processing herring that was caught in the fjord until 1930. The house preserves artefacts and the lingering atmosphere from the days when herring fishery was a way of life in the Eastern Fjords. You can try the traditional shark meat and dried fish at the sea house, both produced in Eskifjordur and, is widely renowned being the best in Iceland. You can even rent a boat at the dock for recreational fishing within the fjord where cod and haddock can be caught.