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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Ólafsfjörður

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Michal Gorski. Ólafsfjörður is a town in North Iceland with a population of approximate...

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Dalvík

Dalvík is a village within the municipality of Dalvíkurbyggð in North Iceland, with a population of approximately 1,400 people. ...

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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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Árskógssandur

Photo above from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Bromr Árskógssandur is a small community in north Iceland, nestled against the fjord E...

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Hauganes

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Allihjelm. Hauganes is a village, located within fjord Eyjafjörður in North Iceland with a&nbs...

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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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Tröllaskagi

Tröllaskagi is a dramatic peninsula in north Iceland, renowned for its enormous mountains and high population of Icelandic horses. It lies to ...

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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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Knútstaðaborg

Knútsstaðaborg hollow is an open cave, or lava chamber, about 10 square metres (107 square ft.) in size. It is a site surrounded by bea...

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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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Tours near Eyjafjörður

Whale Watching Adventure from Dalvik 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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Hunting Northern Lights by Snowcat on Mulakolla Mountain

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

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Akureyri Whale Watching | High Speed Boat Tour

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North Adventure Safari

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STO507 Snowmobile Tour from Akureyri

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

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Whale Watching Tour from Akureyri

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

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

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The Beer Spa from Akureyri | Transfer and Admission

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Grand Lake Myvatn Tour | Nature Baths & Lunch

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Whale Watching in Akureyri & Reykjavík | Two Port Ticket

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Winter Wonderland of the North | Christmas Tour from Akureyri

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Whale Watching & Bird Watching at Eyjafjordur

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Snowcat Sightseeing on Mulakolla Mountain

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Snowcat Skiing on Mulakolla Mountain

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North Iceland Snowmobile Adventure

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Akureyri Classic Whale Watching

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Around Trollaskagi | Nature, Culture and History trip

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

Experience the beauty of ‘the Waterfall of the Gods’, witness the Lake Mývatn area and bask in......

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

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

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Northern Lights Cruise From Akureyri Harbour

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Whale Watching from Hjalteyri

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Northern Lights Hunt from Akureyri

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Arctic Coastline & Micro Brewery | With Reykjavik-Akureyri Flights

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Akureyri Express Eyjafjord Humpbacks

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Akureyri Northern Lights Cruise

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