Eastern Region (Iceland)

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Austurland
Austurfirðir
The Austurland area
The Austurland area
Country Iceland
Seat Egilsstaðir
Area
 • Total 22,721 km2 (8,773 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 15,300
 • Density 0.6/km2 (2/sq mi)

Eastern Region (Icelandic: Austurland, also known as Austfirðir: "Eastfjords") is a region in eastern Iceland. Its area is 22,721 square kilometres (8,773 sq mi) and in 2007 its population was 15,300.

The largest town in the region is Egilsstaðir, with a population of 2,300. The oldest municipality is Djúpivogur, which got their trading licence in 1589, with a population of 470 in 2015 and thereafter.

One of the best known spar mining quarries in the world is in “Helgustöðum” in Eskifjörður with its Iceland spar (solar stones).

The only car and passenger ferry that sails between Iceland and the European continent calls at Seyðisfjörður once a week in the summer months and intermittently the rest of the year.

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for East Iceland.

Coordinates: 65°17′N 14°23′W / 65.283°N 14.383°W / 65.283; -14.383