The route from Eskifjördur to Norðfjörður where the town Neskaupstaður is located is a unique one and driving it is an experience in itself. You travel through the highest highway pass in Iceland, through a 630 meters long, single lane tunnel before you drive a very steep road into town. It is one of the largest of the fjord towns but its dramatic end-of-line location makes it feel small and secluded, far away from the rest of the world.
The town was only accessible by sea until 50 years ago and this has had a significant effect on the local culture, which is surprisingly lively and vibrant. It is known for the music scene where the blues, rock and jazz club Brján serves as a central hub and the town is home to Iceland’s only hard-rock and metal music festival, Eistnaflug. Hiking trails around Neskaupsstaður are renowned for their natural beauty, diverse birdlife and fauna along with the sturdy anti-avalanche structures but on 20th of December 1974 avalanches came from the entire mountainside above the town, killing 12 people. Since the time of the deadly avalanches, protective barriers have been installed above the town with the aim to avoid future disasters. Neskaupstaður joined Eskifjördur and Reydarfjordur in 1998 to form a new municipality of Fjarðabyggð.
Neskaupsstaður thrives as a fishing town but it also caters to tourists with quality dining and drinking establishments. The town also offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activities and tours such as horseback riding, kayaking and boat rides.