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Stay Where Reindeer Play
Experience Eskifjörður’s Nature at Mjóeyri 


Five quaint cottages and Askja Guesthouse dot Mjóeyri, the centre of accommodation in  Eskifjörður, a small town in the East Fjörds. The cottages are neighbouring the home of Sævar and Berglind, owners of Mjóeyri, who know Eskifjörður well and are often close at hand to help their guests plan their travels or simply have a friendly chat. Askja Guesthouse is only a few minutes down the road, offering single, double or triple rooms with a shared kitchen, living room and bathrooms. The cottages and guesthouse can easily accommodate all visitors whether individuals, groups, or families and all guests get complimentary breakfasts and wireless Internet access.

Though summers hold their own special beauty, winter has equal charm as days grow darker and snows begin to fall. Snow covers the mountain peaks which rise from the foot of the graceful fjörd to set the stage for a colourful play of Northern Lights. Reindeer often roam into town when food becomes difficult to find and they can often be spotted close to the road, while seldom-seen arctic foxes occasionally dart out to hunt.
Wildlife is close to Sævar and Berglind’s heart with the couple often taking in orphaned animals and raising them to adulthood. This year the couple found a young orphaned arctic fox which has won everyone’s heart. Respect for nature is also deeply rooted in the hunting culture where reindeer are hunted to maintain their population at a manageable size. Unlike recreational hunting, the entire reindeer is used to produce food and art characteristic of the region.
Mjóeyri has combined Eskifjörður’s history as a Norwegian fishing village with its tradition of hunting to create a restaurant which captures the spirit of the town.
Randulf’s Sea House was built by a Norwegian man named Peter Randulf in 1890 to handle the herring catches that Eskifjörður was renowed for. When large fishing trawlers began to replace smaller vessels and forced the industry to move to larger ports, the house was closed and remained shut for the next 75 years.
After a joint project in cooperation with the East Iceland Museum Society, Mjóeyri helped open the house as a restaurant and museum in 2008. Visitors have poured in to see the maritime traditions of a small fishing village while trying reindeer meatballs and fish straight from Eskifjörður.
For guests interested in exploring the fjörd Mjóeyri provides boat rentals at Randulf’s Sea House.


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