Eskifjörður (in original Icelandic spelling), or also Eskifjördur, is a town and port in eastern Iceland with a large fishing industry. It has a population of 1,043 and constitutes one of the most populated small town part of the municipality of Fjarðabyggð.

Eskifjörður with cruise ship Prinsendam at its wharf, 2017
Location of the Municipality of Fjarðabyggð
Location in Iceland
Coordinates: 65°04′17.48″N 14°00′55.4″W
Country Iceland
Constituency[1]Northeast Constituency
Region[2]Eastern Region
Municipality Fjarðabyggð
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
WebsiteOfficial website


Eskifjörður joined Neskaupstaður and Reyðarfjörður in 1998 to form the new municipality of Fjarðabyggð ("fjords-settlement").


The other villages composing the municipality are: Fáskrúðsfjörður (662 inh.), Mjóifjörður (35 inh.), Neskaupstaður (1,437 inh.),[3] Reyðarfjörður (1,102 inh.) and Stöðvarfjörður (203 inh.).[4]

Main sights

A sculpture by Ragnar Kjartansson is located along the main road in Eskifjördur, commemorating the mariners who drowned at sea.[5]

The Maritime Museum of East Iceland is located in a commercial building, "Gamla búđ", which was built in 1816. The museum displays artefacts that illustrate the fishing and seafaring history of East Iceland. It also displays various reminders of local trade, industry and medicine from times past.[6]

Eskifjörður has one of the most beautiful rare stone collections in Iceland, with thousands of polished, cut and original stones from all over the island, privately owned but visitable.[7]

Notable people


  1. Political division
  2. Mainly statistical division
  3. Located in the Reyðarfjörður
  4. (in Icelandic) Infos on Fjarðabyggð municipal website Archived 2011-03-25 at the Wayback Machine
  5. Becker, Kathleen (1 May 2009). Iceland. Baedeker. p. 162. ISBN 978-3-8297-6616-6. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  6. "Maritime Museum". Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  7. "Rare Stone Collection". Visit Eskifjörður. 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2015-04-17.

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