What is more ideal than driving through the old Icelandic villages on your journey along the eastern coast of Iceland? They all have their share in the rich fishing history of Iceland - but no two villages look the same. This is your chance to get to know the culture along the seaside.
The villages in the eastern fjords are fishing communities mirroring life in Iceland through the centuries. Life in the harbours is bustling, with ships coming and going and fishermen tending to the day’s catch. Icelanders themselves have the habit of driving down to the harbour when arriving in a new village and you could follow their suit - even take a moment to chat with the fishermen. Even though the villages all share the historical theme of fishery, each has its own historical background that sets them apart.
Borgarfjörður eystri is a paradise for nature lovers and hikers. This is one of the most beautiful places in Iceland with trails and interesting nature formations. Furthermore, Borgarfjörður eystri is reputed to be the abode of the Icelandic Fairy Queen! The local harbour offers the unique chance of reaching out and almost touching the puffins on a close-by island.Seyðisfjörður
Seyðisfjörður is a point of arrival for those who come to Iceland on the ferry from Norway. Seyðisfjörður is widely respected for its cultural life and the renovated old centre. The Norwegians came to Seyðisfjörður when catching herring off the shores of Iceland and Norwegian heritage is salient in the local architecture.
Icelandic society of today is the direct result of the country’s history of fishing and here is your opportunity to acquaint yourself with a typical fishing village. In Eskifjörður, you can visit an authentic fisherman’s hut where the fishermen and workers stayed when ashore in the late 1800’s. This background is further emphasised by a highly interesting Maritime Museum.Norðfjörður
is the village in Norðfjörður bay. It is the ideal place for close encounters with Iceland’s sizzling fishing industry because this is the home turf of one of Iceland’s biggest fishing industries. Neskaupstaður boasts several art exhibitions and museums and endless opportunities for hiking and experiencing the nature. Neskaupstaður is also the scene of one of the most ambitious annual rock festivals in Iceland. (July 8th-10th). Reyðarfjörður
The British occupied Reyðarfjörður during World War II and their presence left its mark on the village scenery. This is heightened by the presence of the local WWII museum. Reyðarfjörður is largely reliant upon the aluminium industry due to the presence of a new aluminium smelter.
Fáskrúðsfjörður used to be a service centre for French fishermen in the late 19th and early 20th century. The village had a French hospital for the benefit of incoming French fishermen. Fáskrúðsfjörður still enjoys close connections with France through cultural cooperation.Stöðvarfjörður
This is an ideal place for enjoying nature, savouring the waterfalls, cliffs, rocks and mountains. Here you have the option of visiting a well-known collection of rocks and stones. You can even go on a sailing tour and place yourself in the shoes of Icelandic fishermen going after their catch.
Djúpivogur is an old trading centre where you have a rare chance to visit wooden buildings from the latter part of the 18th century, including Langabúð, a museum and cultural centre with art exhibitions. This village is blessed with imposing natural surroundings and is ideally situated by the sea.