The present-day municipality of Fjarðabyggð was formed by the union of nine formerly independent East Iceland communities. The name was first used in 1998 when Norðfjörður, Eskifjörður and Reyðarfjörður united, but the most recent expansion of the municipality took place in 2006. As of 1 January 2008 there were 4,660 residents in Fjarðabyggð.
Mjóifjörður, Norðfjörður, Eskifjörður, Reyðarfjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður developed on the basis of fishing. Today there are major fishing companies in Norðfjörður, Eskifjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður, and fishing is carried on in Stöðvarfjörður, though on a smaller scale.
At Reyðarfjörður, fishing has been replaced by service industries and aluminium production.
Fjarðabyggð's distinctive feature is its beautiful nature and the nearness of majestic mountains surrounding each community.
A period of major development in Fjarðabyggð is now ending and an exciting new era is taking over, an era in which the priority will be to strengthen the infrastructure of society, improve the environment and cultivate services.
Tourists and new residents are welcome for a Mountain Therapy
in Fjardabyggd. There you will find the right place to relax and enjoy remarkable Mountain scenery. You will see a new mountain in almost every direction, majestic peaks, mysterious ravines and deep valleys.
We have chosen to describe a visit to our vast region in the eastest part of Iceland as a mountain therapy because here are literally mountains everywhere you look. We believe that the mountains are especially good for body and soul. The mountains give us inspiration and unexplained energy and there is plenty to share with our most welcome guests. Accomplished hikers will find challenges that suite them and those who choose the easy way can hike the old gravel roads and enjoy the wonderful mountain scenery. For those who choose even less effort we recommend a boat trip around fjords as an excellent way to enjoy the mountains view and the ocean at the same time.
Fjardabyggd is a dream place for hikers and Gerpissvæði area is excellent hiking area.
Of course the best view is from the top of mountains and most of them have marked trails to guide you to the top. Ambitious hikers can gain the title Fjallagarpur of Fjardabyggd by hiking up five mountains; Kistufell 1.239 m, Goðaborg 1.132 m, Svartafjall 1.021 m, Hólmatindur 985 m og Hádegisfjall 809 m.
Please beware of the trolls and the elfs that live in cliffs, rocks and caves in the mountains. In the landscape you can see trolls that got caught by the sunlight and turned into rocks. Many of the imposing mountains farthest to the east bear the names of trolls. On a good day you might even see the Santa Clause taking a break from his hectic schedule, training reindeers and making toys.
The mountains in Fjarðabyggð are the oldest part of Iceland. The geology is unique and very interesting to explore. Most of the mountains are formed by layers of lava that have piled up through the millenniums. The edges of the land have risen creating the appearance that the mountains are stepping up from the ocean. The mountain Sandfell in Fáskruðsfjörður is a rhyolite laccolith and is quite unique geographical phenomenon similar to the famous Sugar Loaf in Rio de Janeiro.
Colorful rocks and semi precious stones can be found in the mountains and some rare rock specimens have been found here like Iceland spar, there the largest crystals discovered of this kind have been found here. In Fjarðabyggð there are three museums that display stone specimens that have been retrieved in the mountains here; Petras Stone Collection in Stöðvarfjörður, Sigurborg and Sörens Stone Collection in Eskifjörður and the Natural History Museum in Norðfjörður.
When it snows the mountains get all dressed up in white and become great for skiing. Oddskarð, the Alps of the East , is a great skiing area. You can see a snow in the mountains all year around and we even have a local glacier Fönn in Norðfjörður
Enjoy, Relax, Recharge,
You are in a good place
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