Eskifjörður in Fjarðabyggð

Is situated along a fjord of the same name that juts in from Reyðarfjörður. The town first started developing rapidly after 1870 when Norwegians began fishing herring off the Eastern Fjords. The first independent church in Iceland was built in Eskifjörður in 1884. A maritime museum is located in an old store from the first half of the 19th century. A protected area is at Hólmanes cape.


The peak is Eskifjörður’s pride and joy. Hólmatindur is 985 metres high and towers over the fjord opposite the town. The hike to the top is demanding, but once there, hikers can record their accomplishment in a log book.


Between Reyðarfjörður and Eskifjörður was declared a commons and partially a nature reserve in 1973. There is a great deal of bird life in the area and unique rock formations abound. This is a highly enjoyable location for outdoor activities, either along the cliffs or the shoreline.

The Iceland spar mine at Helgustaðir

Is one of the best-known in the world. Iceland spar was mined there from the 17th century until the early 20th century. The mine is located a short distance out along Reyðarfjörður and has a walking path leading to it. The Helgustaðir mine has been declared a natural monument.

The gravesite of the völva

The top of Hólmaháls hill, a short distance above the road, holds the gravesite of the “völva” (a female seer in Icelandic mythology) who is said to have protected Reyðarfjörður and Eskifjörður from outside attacks for centuries. There is an exceptional view from the site.

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