Eastern Region (Iceland)

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Eastern Region

Austurland
The Austurland area
The Austurland area
CountryIceland
SeatEgilsstaðir
Area
 • Total22,721 km2 (8,773 sq mi)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total13,173
 • Density0.6/km2 (2/sq mi)
Websitehttps://www.east.is/

Eastern Region (Icelandic: Austurland) is a region in eastern Iceland. Its area is 22,721 square kilometres (8,773 sq mi) and in 2020 its population was 13,173. The Eastern Regions has a jagged coastline of fjords, referred to as the Eastfjords (Austfirðir).

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, had a population of 470 in 2015.

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.

The region is home to the Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant. Among notable tourist destinations are the Helgustaðir mine, which is known for its Iceland spar, and Stuðlagil.

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