Eskifjörður

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Eskifjörður
Town
The port of Eskifjörður (in background) seen from the mine of Helgustaðir, in Reyðarfjörður
The port of Eskifjörður (in background) seen from the mine of Helgustaðir, in Reyðarfjörður
Location of the Municipality of Fjarðabyggð
Location of the Municipality of Fjarðabyggð
Eskifjörður is located in Iceland
Eskifjörður
Eskifjörður
Location in Iceland
Coordinates: 65°04′17.48″N 14°00′55.4″W / 65.0715222°N 14.015389°W / 65.0715222; -14.015389
Country  Iceland
Constituency[1] Northeast Constituency
Region[2] Eastern Region
Municipality COA Fjardabyggd.png Fjarðabyggð
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,043
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Website Official website

Eskifjörður (in original Icelandic spelling), or also Eskifjördur, is a town and port in eastern Iceland with a large fishing industry. It has a population of 1,043 and constitutes one of the most populated villages part of the municipality of Fjarðabyggð.

History[edit]

Eskifjörður joined Neskaupstaður and Reyðarfjörður in 1998 to form the new municipality of Fjarðabyggð ("fjords-settlement").

Geography[edit]

The other villages composing the municipality are: Fáskrúðsfjörður (662 inh.), Mjóifjörður (35 inh.), Neskaupstaður (1,437 inh.),[3] Reyðarfjörður (1,102 inh.) and Stöðvarfjörður (203 inh.).[4]

Main sights[edit]

A sculpture by Ragnar Kjartansson is located along the main road in Eskifjördur, commemorating the mariners who drowned at sea.[5]

Also, the mountain Hólmatindur is considered by the locals to be one of the most naturally beautiful in the area.

Eskifjordur has one of the most beautiful rare stone collections in iceland, with thousands of polished, cut and original stones from all over the island, Soren's and Sigurborgar Rare Stone Collection

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Political division
  2. ^ Mainly statistical division
  3. ^ Located in the Reyðarfjörður
  4. ^ (Icelandic) Infos on Fjarðabyggð municipal website
  5. ^ Becker, Kathleen (1 May 2009). Iceland. Baedeker. p. 162. ISBN 978-3-8297-6616-6. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Eskifjörður at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 65°04′17.48″N 14°00′55.4″W / 65.0715222°N 14.015389°W / 65.0715222; -14.015389