Eastern Region

All of the eleven towns and villages in the Eastern Region developed as fishing or trading communities by the coastline except one, Egilsstaðir, which is an inland town. The southern most town is Djúpivogur and the northernmost Vopnafjörður. It is a Region drawing its characteristics from the many fascinating fjords with beautiful mountains with steep slopes from top to the shore. All of the towns and villages offer excellent service and together provide a good infrastructure for people traveling the whole Eastern Region in Iceland.  And in each town or small village, you will find excellent accommodation, a convenience store, gas station, a camp site with good facilities, a swimming pool, and a restaurant often offering delicious fishing soup and Icelandic specialties.

  • Borgarfjörður eystri is a tiny village in the Eastern Region in Iceland
    Although a tiny village, Borgarfjörður Eystri has one significant advantage, it is placed in a beautiful landscape surrounded by stunning mountains.  It is one of a few remaining small municipality in Iceland that has not merged with any other municipality, which has been a major trend in recent years.  One reason is probably the distance and isolation from other towns and villages. For anyone travelling the Ring Road it takes approximately three hours to drive to the village and back from Egissstaðir and the road is quite challenging. The village is worth visiting and the landscape striking. Although isolated the village was a trading place In the late 19th century a small trading place...
  • Breiðdalsvík is a small town in the Eastern Region in Iceland
    Breiðdalsvík (Broad Valley Bay) is a tiny village in the East Region on the Ring Road with the same name as the bay where it stands. Like many small communities in Iceland, Breiðdalsvík traces its origin to trading in the 19th and 20th century.  Although by the seashore, the bay is shallow and loaded with large rocks and small islands. This made it difficult for boats to navigate to shore throughout the centuries; probably one of the reasons why a dock or a functional wharf didn't develop until quite late and fishing was not a premise in the villages development. It started with a house for trading Although the first house, a building for trading, was built at the end of the 19th century...
  • Djúpivogur is a small town in the Eastern Region in Iceland
    Although a small village, Djúpivogur has been around for a long time. This village in the southernmost part of the Eastern Region is one of the oldest villages in Iceland.  As early as late 16th century the Djúpivogur became an important a trading place for a large area in the Eastern Region as well as the south-east part of Iceland.  Before the Danish Trading Monopoly was established in 1602 German traders sailed to Iceland and set up a trading post at Dúpivogur.  The Danish Trading Monopoly organised its trading in the south-east region from Djúpivogur, and so did some of the companies successors. The trading place Djúpivogur turned village One of the trading firms that became a kind of...
  • Egilsstaðir is a small town and the center of the Eastern Region in Iceland
    Although Egilsstaðir barely existed as a village or a town in 1944 when the first private home was built, today it is the largest town in the East Region in Iceland. This is probably typical for the slow and late urbanisation in Iceland.  Egillsstaðir is one of a handful of towns and villages in Iceland that is inland, with no connection to the sea or the shoreline. It is a town that is a product of modern times tracing its existence to the location at a crossroad and development in the service sector and tourism.  This is what makes Egilsstaðir unique in the towns and villages flora in Iceland. A new town based on crossroads After the town became a municipal and started to grow the...
  • Eskifjörður is a small town in the Eastern Region in Iceland
    The town of Eskifjörður has been around for a long time, and the towns origin can be traced to trading and fishing, like most of the towns and villages in Iceland. In the late 18th century the Danish trading company Örum & Wulff built a house and started trading, after the notorious Danish–Icelandic Trade Monopoly ended.  And Eskifjörður became a certified trading post at the end of the 19th century. In the last quarter of the 19th century, Norse entrepreneurs started herring fishing in Iceland with their center of operation in Eskifjörður. A venture that became a support for a successful period for the small village in a country that largely depended on agriculture. A lively town...
  • Fáskrúðsfjörður is a small town in the Eastern Region in Iceland
    Most of the towns and villages around the coastline in Iceland owe their existence mainly to one or two prerequisites:  rich fishing grounds and trading posts.  Most of the small communities developed in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.  Fáskrúðsfjörður or Búðir as the village's name was before people gave it the same as the fjord, is no exception.  The village has two other unusual and exciting angles in its history. The French connection In the nineteenth and twentieth century fishermen and entrepreneurs in the fishing and fish processing industry in Europe had noticed the enormously rich and lucrative fishing grounds around Iceland. This was even before most Icelanders...
  • Neskaupstaður is a small town in the Eastern Region in Iceland
    The town of Neskaupstaður is the easternmost town in Iceland, located in a small fjord, Norðfjörður.  Originally it was a farm called Nes and mentioned in the book of settlement.  Settled by a Viking named Egill the Red in the 9th century.  Geographically Norðfjörður is conveniently protected by all-embracing high mountains.  Throughout history, this made communication difficult, and the village didn’t have any transportation or connection with other parts of the country until 1949, except by sea. Surviving the fishing quota system imposed by the government Neskaupstaður is one of few towns in Iceland where life and the town’s economy still depend almost thoroughly on fishing and fish...
  • Reyðarfjörður is a small town in the Eastern Region in Iceland
    The town of Reyðarfjörður is one of the larger towns in the Eastern Region in Iceland. The town's recent history is one of a kind compared to any other town or village in Iceland. Reyðarfjörður is a town that we can categorise and an entirely modern small town with all the modern service people require. While most towns and villages in Iceland have three main factors as their prerequisite for development; fishing, trading and tourism, Reyðarfjörður also has an Aluminium smelter. An economic foundation that gives the town almost an exceptionally strong economic base and prosperity. In addition to the smelter, the recent tunnel between Reyðarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður has helped the...
  • Seyðisfjörður is a small town in the Eastern Region in Iceland
    Anyone who visits Seyðisfjörður is captured by the beauty of the town as well as the landscape. It is a place of exceptional charm and surprisingly the only town or village around the coastline in Iceland that is located at the bottom of the fjord.  One reason might be the depth of the sea in the fjord. The prerequisite that made it possible for ships of all sizes to sail into a calm, natural harbour in the bottom of the fjord.  If you are planning a trip to Iceland and travel on the Ring Road in Iceland, you should not skip visiting Seyðisfjörður.  The town has many photo opportunities, and also the landscape in the fjord. Seyðisfjörður has a different premise in its history The drive...
  • Stöðvarfjörður is a small town in the Eastern Region in Iceland
    The origin of the villages Stöðvarfjörður is traced back to the end of the 19th century when a merchant opened a store and built a home for himself and his family.  Before that time, only a handful of farms had been in the fjord as good land for farming is limited in the lowland.  As the activity of the store developed, people started to move to Stöðvarfjörður to build houses and homes around the shop and trading activity and new opportunities developed. Due to lack of natural conditions for a harbour fishing industry did not develop to the same extent as in some other villages in the Eastern Region. Many attempts were made but never developed into a permanent economic base.  After a small...
  • Vopnafjörður is a small village in the Eastern Region in Iceland
    The small village of Vopnafjörður is in the Eastern region and like its neighbours was quite isolated and remote for centuries.  Mostly due to the distance from other more populated areas and poor communication. The name Vopnafjörður means the fjord of weapons and comes from the first settler Eyvindur Weapon, a Viking that settled here in the 9th century.  One of the Icelandic Sagas bears the name of the area, Vopnfirðingasaga. So the small village has a profound historical reference. A trading place Danish-Icelandic Monopoly In the 17th and 18th century the fjord was a place of trading and merchants came here from Europe.  It was one of three principal places of trading in the North East...