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Eskifjörður (Iceland)
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Coordinates 65 ° 4 ′  N , 14 ° 1 ′  W Coordinates: 65 ° 4 ′  N , 14 ° 1 ′  W
Basic data
Country Iceland


local community Fjarðabyggð
Residents 1040 (January 1, 2019)
Eskifjörður with a fishing trawler
Eskifjörður with a fishing trawler
View of town and Eskifjörður fjord in winter

Eskifjörður [ ˈɛscɪˌfjœrðʏr ] is a fishing village on the west bank of the fjord of the same name, part of Reyðarfjörður . The place belongs to the municipality of Fjarðabyggð and is 702 kilometers by road from Reykjavík .


There has been an estate here since the earliest times. a. Danish administrators lived.

From 1787 the place became known as a trading center and from 1798 mainly Danish traders were based here, with the Danish company Ørum & Wulff setting up the first trading house there.

The MP Jón Ólafsson (1850-1916) temporarily ran a local printer and published a newspaper.

But it was not until 1870 that an influx of residents was noticed, when the herring fishing began under the aegis of Norwegians. From 1905 the fishing from motor ships began and the population was finally around 1910 at 425. In 1911 the first power station was built.

In January 1942, a British Army detachment held winter maneuvers in the mountains above the town and got caught in a snow storm. Most of the soldiers were rescued by local residents, but nine men died.

Urban development

The place acquired its town charter in 1978, but now belongs to the municipality of Fjarðabyggð. On January 1, 2019 Eskifjörður had 1040 inhabitants.

Economy and Services

In addition to fishing and fish processing companies, the local government (since 1853, initially for the Suður-Múlasýsla district), a health center, a comprehensive school with a swimming pool and a sports hall are located on site. The school emerged from the Kvennaskóli founded in 1875, the second women’s and home economics school founded in the country.

A trading house from the end of the 18th century, Gamlabúð , is now the East Iceland Fisheries Museum.

The first free church in Iceland was built in Eskifjörður in 1884, the first Evangelical Lutheran church in 1900. The parish priest moved to Eskifjörður in 1930. The new church was consecrated in 2000.

Sons and daughters of the place

  • Einar Bragi (1921–2005), publisher, translator, poet from the group of atomic poets


Web links

Commons : Eskifjörður  - collection of images, videos and audio files

See also

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Íslandshandbókin. Náttúra, saga og sérkenni. 2. bindi. Edited by T. Einarsson, H. Magnússon. Örn og Örlygur, Reykjavík 1989, 620
  2. a b c Íslandshandbókin. Náttúra, saga og sérkenni. 2. bindi. Edited by T. Einarsson, H. Magnússon. Örn og Örlygur, Reykjavík 1989, 619
  3. a b c d e Vegahandbókin. Ed. Landmælingar Íslands, 2006, 409