Information about Eyjafjörður

 

Eyjafjordur is a fjord in North Iceland, over 70 km in length from the mouth to the bottom of the fjord. There are high mountains on both sides, the highest being Kerling (1538 m). The capital of the North, Akureyri (ca. 18,000 inhabitants) lies at the bottom of the fjord.

Five smaller fishing villages are scattered on the shore and the agriculture in the countryside is lively. Big fishing companies are located in Akureyri and there is a university there. Higher education, tourism and services have become among the fastest growing sectors of the Akureyri's economy in recent years. Akureyri has a strong cultural scene and we particularly recommend strolling through the old part of the town and visiting its many interesting museums, such as Nonni Museum and Davidshus. If you like skiing or snowboarding one of the country's best skiing sites is located at Hlidarfjall by Akureyri.

The islands Hrisey and Grimsey, known as the 'Pearl of Eyjafjordur' and 'The Pearl on the Artic Circle' both belong to the municipality of Akureyri. These beautiful and peaceful islands should not be missed by those traveling to the North. 

One of Iceland's most beloved poets, Jonas Hallgrimsson, was born in Eyjafjordur, at Hraun in Oxnadalur. The knife-edged peaks over Hraun, formed by glaciers and frosty weather, are highly impressive sight. The best known of these is Hraundrangi ('Steeple Rock'), as one of Jonas's most famous poems, the love poem Ferdalok ('Journey's End') refers to the clouded love star over the peak.

The star of love
over Steeple Rock
is cloaked in clouds of night.
It laughed, once, from heaven
on the lad grieving
deep in the dark valley.

The poem ends on a more hopeful note, however:

The heavens part
the high planets,
blade parts back and edge;
not even eternity can part
souls that are sealed in love


Translation by Dick Ringler. Shared with kind permission.

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Attractions nearby Eyjafjörður

Hrísey

  In Eyjafordur in North Iceland there lies an island of around 200 people, called Hrisey, widely hailed as 'The Pearl of Eyjafjordur'. ...

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Kaldbakur

Kaldbakur is the highest mountain in the Westfjords. The mountain, located beween the fjords Arnarfjordur and Dyrafjordur, rises to 998 meters. From ...

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Grenivík

  Grenivik is a fishing village of about 300 people in the fjord Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. It has many attractions nearby and is near to som...

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Strýtur

  The Strytur in are giant submarine geothermal silica cones that rise like towers from the seafloor at Ystuvik and Arnarnes in the fjord E...

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Svarfadardalur

Svarfaðardalur is a wide, fertile and densely populated valley in north Iceland, dotted with quintessential farmsteads, gurgling streams and surro...

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Siglufjörður

Siglufjordur is a town of about 1300 people, located it North Iceland. It is the northernmost town of the mainland. Along with its natural beauty, its...

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Laufás

Laufas, in Eyjafjordur in North Iceland, is a unique turf farmhouse, built in the 19th century and a prime example of the old architecture. Laufas is...

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Hjalteyri

Hjalteyri is a community of around 40 people, located on the western shores of Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. Until the early 20th century it was one...

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Skjálfandafljót

Skjalfandafljot is a glacier river that has its source at Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier. It is 180 meters long, making it the fourth-longe...

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Fnjóskadalur

Fnjoskadalur is a valley in South-Thingeyjarsysla county in North Iceland. It is home to Vaglaskogur, the country's largest birch forest. The r...

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Drekagil

Drekagil is a beautiful canyon in the south part of volcanic mountain range Dyngjufjoll, in the south of Odadahraun lava field. By the gully is Drek...

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Akureyri

Akureyri, ‘The Capital of the North’ is a town in the fjord Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. It lies just 100 km away from the Arctic Circle....

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Akureyrarkirkja

Akureyrarkirkja is a Lutheran church in the town Akureyri in North Iceland. It is one of the town’s most distinctive landmarks. The...

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Höfði

Hofdi is a building in north Reykjavik, most famous for being the meeting point of then-presidents Ronald Reagan of the United States and Mikhail Gorb...

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Húsavík

Husavik in Skjalfandi Bay in North Iceland is called the whale watching capital of the world. Whale watching is highly recommended from H&ú...

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Hólar in Hjaltadalur

Holar in Hjaltadalur valley, in the east of Skagafjordur is an ancient bishop seat and an important historical site. It currently has a female ordaini...

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Hofsós

Located in the north-west, Hofsós is one of the oldest trading posts in Iceland, dating back to the 1500s. Today, it is a sleepy fishing villag...

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Öxnadalur

Oxnadalur is a magnificent valley in the fjord Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. Priest, poet and translator Jon Thorlaksson lived there in his later da...

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Grimsey

Grímsey Island, roughly 5 kilometres in size, can be located off the north coast of Iceland, nestled just by the arctic circle. It is part of t...

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Goðafoss

Goðafoss waterfall is located the river Skjálfandafljót in north Iceland, the fourth largest river in Iceland. It is one of the...

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Tours near Eyjafjörður

Arctic Coastline & Micro Brewery with Flight from Reykjavik

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The Northern Lights Tour from Akureyri

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Whale Watching from Dalvík in North Iceland

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Whale Watching and Sea Angling

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4x4 tour: Northern Lights Hunting in the Wilds Near Akureyri

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Snowcat Skiing on Múlakolla Mountain

Come along on an exhilarating cat skiing tour of the mountain Múlakolla. This is for any skier......

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Snowcat Sightseeing on Múlakolla Mountain

Scale the mountain in a powerful snowcat, typically used to smooth the snow for skiing resorts,......

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Hunting Northern Lights by Snowcat on Múlakolla Mountain

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Lake Myvatn, the Nature Baths, and Whale Watching | Departures from Akureyri and Reykjavík

Immerse yourself in North Iceland, with a combo trip to see the wonders of Lake Mývatn and the......

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Akureyri whale watching | High speed boat tour

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North Adventure Safari

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Whale Watching from Hjalteyri

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STO507 Snowmobile Tour from Akureyri

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The Ring Road with Whale Watching in Akureyri

Come along on an epic journey of the island of ice and fire, where you circumnavigate the most......

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Ring Road Tour - Winter Adventure with Northern Lights Hunt

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Waterfalls of Gods and Power | Dettifoss, Godafoss & Lake Myvatn

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Jeep Safari & Local Beer | Eyjafjorður fjord and the Kaldi Beer Baths

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Around Tröllaskagi | Nature, Culture and History trip

This trip starts from Akureyri town. We'll start by driving over the mountain road in Öxnardalur......

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Northern Lights Cruise From Akureyri Harbour

Witness the Northern Lights from the surface of the ocean on this boat tour from Akureyri. This......

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Whale Watching Tour from Akureyri

Come aboard a boat in Akureyri for a whale watching tour of the incredible Eyjafjörður fjord. On......

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Extreme Whale Watching Tour from Akureyri

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Arctic Circle Express | A visit to Grimsey Island

Visit the Arctic Circle by sailing to Grímsey island, the northernmost settlement of Iceland.......

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7 Day Guided Winter Tour | Half-Circle of Iceland and Flight back to Reykjavik

Jump aboard this seven-day winter minibus tour around Iceland. You will be driven from Reykjavík......

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Circle of Iceland with Snaefellsnes Peninsula | 10-Day Winter Package

Circle the incredible country of Iceland in the depth of winter with this exciting package. Over......

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The Beer Spa from Akureyri | Transfer and Admission

Embrace the bizarre with this unconventional spa tour, in which you revitalise your skin and......

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Goðafoss Waterfall and the Myvatn Nature Baths | Luxurious Day Tour from Akureyri

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Private Tour of North Iceland from Akureyri | Tailor Your Own Trip

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