East Iceland Village Walks

from £41
2 hours May-Sep
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Introduction

These two-hour village walks are led by friendly, knowledgeable locals in several of the East Fjords’ charming villages. As well as offering fascinating insights into traditional culture and local history, they will put you in touch with the region’s slower pace of life. Each walk is available from 15 May until 15th September and includes a meet-and-greet with a local as well as refreshments.

 

Mondays: Eskifjordur – Sea and history
Founded during the herring boom years of the late 1800s, Eskifjordur has a rich maritime heritage – you can still see some of the original wooden fishermen’s shacks along the waterfront. Your guided walk will reveal what life was like for these hardy souls.

Duration: 2 hours
Price: {CONVERT 41}
Departures: Mondays at 14:00

 

Tuesdays: Stodvarfjordur – The heart of art and craft
Renowned for its minerals and gems at Petra’s Stone Collection, this quirky village is situated in a small, scenic fjord between Breiddalsvik and Faskrudsfjordur. The Creative Centre is a focus for a range of arts and crafts, including ceramics, wood carving and metalwork.

Duration: 2 hours
Price: £41
Departures: Tuesdays at 14:00

 

Wednesday: Reydarfjordur – Travel back in time
Tucked into the crook of the longest of the East Fjords, the small town of Reydarfjordur was an Allied base during World War II. The old barracks now house an intriguing museum, while the surrounding mountains are full of stories from this little-known ‘occupation’.

Duration: 2 hours
Price: £41
Departures: Wednesdays at 13:00

 

Thursdays: Faskrudsfjordur – Little French town
Also known as Iceland’s ‘French Town’, Faskrudsjordur was home to some 5,000 French fishermen from the latter part of the 19th century until 1935. Once a hospital for sick seafarers, the Foss Hotel now contains a superb museum, while the village is full of poignant stories.

Duration: 2 hours
Price: £41
Departures: Thursdays at 14:00

 

Fridays: Egilsstadir – “There will be crossroads!”
The largest town in East Iceland, Eglisstadir is located at a crossroads with roads leading to many of the villages in the East Fjords. Find out about the history of the town, as well as the legend of the lake monster which is said to inhabit the depths of Lake Lagarfljot.

Duration: 2 hours
Price: £41
Departures: Fridays at 16:00

 

 

 

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