Breiðdalsvík

Breiðdalur

Is an expansive area compared with other Eastern Fjord valleys, and is divided by distinctive landmarks into three parts: Norðurdalur, Suðurdalur and Útsveit.
 
Breiðdalsvík, the district’s service centre, is a young town, probably the youngest in East Iceland, and did not really begin to become settled until after 1960. Many walking trails are in Breiðdalur, which is surrounded by one of Iceland’s most beautiful mountain ranges. A map of walking trails in the area is available.
 
Heydalir (Eydalir) have long been considered one of the better parsonages in Iceland. The best-known pastor from Heydalir is psalmist Reverend Einar Sigurðsson (1538-1626), who wrote the Christmas psalm "Nóttin var sú ágæt ein". A monument has been raised to Reverend Einar in Heydalakirkjugarður cemetery. The old co-op is the oldest house in Breiðdalsvík and serves as the cultural center of Breiðdælingar. A permanent exhibition about the geology of the East Fjords and the history of habitation in Breiðdalur is located there. The village also offers a unique stone collection, handicraft center and an outdoor market. The camping site is free of charge. There are many exciting hiking trails in the vicinity of Breiðdalsvík. Many of these trails meander high into the mountains and through mountain passes, some over 600 m above sea level. The view from mountain peaks in good weather is unbelievable.

Breiðdalsvík

Is located on a very large cove of the same name, between Kambanes and Streitishvarf. The first house was built in 1883 by the Gránufélagið association. The community developed slowly at first, but grew rapidly when major harbour improvements were made in the mid 20th century. Sightseeing trips can be made by boat to nearby islands and fjords.
 
Nothing is known for sure about the settlement until about 1880 when the Gránufélagið built a warehouse. Yet full-time settlement did not begin until 1896, when the Brynesverslun store in Seyðisfjörður built a branch store at the top of Selnes at the eastern corner of Selnesbót. In the spring of 1906 the store burned down, and the same year a new store was built to the west of the inlet. That building exists today, making it the oldest in Breiðdalsvík. The old co-op has been rebuilt as a geology centre, which is fitting as Breiðdalur is East Iceland’s volcanic region, as indicated by the colours of the mountains. A centre dedicated to Stefán Einarsson, former professor at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, may be found there, and the operations of the building are in rapid development.






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