Fáskrúðsfjörður

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Fáskrúðsfjöður (GPS 64°55’50.58″N  14° 0’44.89″W) is located in the east coast of Iceland with a  population of 670 people. The distance from Reykjavik is 660 km ( 410 miles ).

Accommodation

A list of hotels, guesthouses and camping can be found at : (http://tjalda.is/en/faskrudsfjordur/).

Service and Leisure

Services and leisure activities include resturants, coffee houses, swimming pool, 9 hole golf course, and tourist information. There is a gallery at Kolfreyja which showcases the work of dozens of craftswomen and men. They display and sell their local handicraft which are handmade souvenirs, knitted sweaters, caps and gloves, art made of silver and much more. Also there is a French seamen in Iceland museum there, “Fransmenn á Íslandi”.

Annual festival

French Days

In the late 19th century, French seaman started to use Fáskrúðsfjörður as a base for their fishing. They built a few houses and a hospital which they used until after the 1st World War. All of the houses are still standing today and are listed as a museum. The festival occurs on Bastille Day, 14th of July every year. There are various activities over the weekend for all including , live music, firework display, accordian dance, a memorial at the French chapel and much more.

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Natural attractions

Hellnar

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