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EYRARBAKKI

Eyrarbakki, pop 526, is a friendly village that, in earlier times, used to be the largest commercial community and the main harbor on the South Coast of Iceland. A large number of preserved houses from the period 1890-1920 are situated in Eyrarbakki and therefore a visit is like reveriting a 100 years back in time. Other popular tourist attractions are The Eyrabakka Martime Museum and the Árnessýsla Folk Museum, located at legendary "The House" in Eyrarbakki, built in 1765. A fine campsite, hostel, guesthouses and restaurant, are also in Eyrarbakki. On the rocky shoreline you can witness an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as watching the surf break. It is an ideal spot for hiking and bird watching. The Flói Bird Reserve lies northwest of Eyrabakki. It is an important nesting area, especially for wetland birds and is listed in The Bird Life International Association.

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EYRARBAKKI
GPS Points N63° 51' 46.034" W21° 8' 55.016"
Postal codes

820

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Others

Óðinshús, art gallery
Exhibitions
  • v/Eyrargötu/Hjallavegur
  • 820 Eyrarbakki
  • 896-2866
Bakkahestar
Day Tour Provider
  • Stekkjarvað 5
  • 820 Eyrarbakki
  • 823-2205
Expedition South Coast
Travel Agency
  • Eyrargata 51-53
  • 820 Eyrarbakki
  • 788-8200

Others

Eyrarbakki Camping ground
Camping
  • v/Búðarstíg
  • 820 Eyrarbakki
  • 483-1408
History and Culture
The Village in Eyrarbakki

The Village museum is a reconstructed Icelandic seashore village from the turn of the century in 1900 located in the old fish freezing plant in Eyrarbakki. The Village museum will in addition to showing the architectural style and the people's way of life from that era also preserve the history of vocational education, technical culture and industry in Iceland. In an animate and creative manner the public will have an opportunity to return to the past and in a direct way be able to participate in the daily life of the villagers.
That way the link between each generation will be strengthened and historical traditions will be maintained so that the know-how and technical skills can be preserved generation after generation.

The turn of the century Village is presently in its drawing-board stage with a 1:20 scale model that has already been made. The buildings of the villages are:

Bookshop
Bank / Post office
The tailor / Women's dressmaker / Hatter's shop
Bakery / Pastry shop
Curiosity store
Antique store / Jewellry store
Farmhouse (buy directly from the farm, fine needlework objects)
Smoke house (open face sandwiches, fish, meat)
Smithy (blacksmith, saddlemaker)
The two Adventure Houses - children's houses
Reception house (tickets, souvenirs)
The Ale tavern
Storehouse (carpenter)

History and Culture
Eyrarbakki Maritime Museum

The museum takes the visitor back to old times in a small Icelandic fishing village. On display is a fine collection of artifacts connected with fisheries, crafts, social and cultural life of the common people durning the last 100 years.

Nature
Hallskot - Recreation Forest

A recreation area north of Eyrarbakki in supervision of the forestry community of Eyrarbakki, Skógræktarfélag Eyrarbakka. In Hallskot
is a perfect picnic area with benches and tables where one can always find a windless spot in the groves.

ADDRESS: 820 EYRARBAKKI / TEL: (+354) 660 6130, (+354) 847 5028
SKOGRAEKTARFELAGEYRARBAKKA@GMAIL.COM / GPS: 63°53'57.0"N 21°10'19.1"W

History and Culture
Eyrarbakkakirkja - church

The wooden church in Eyrarbakki was built in 1890 and one of the first churches in Iceland to have two floors. The altarpiece is a famous artifact and was painted by Queen Louise of Denmark, wife of King Christian IX.

South Iceland

Towns & Villages

The south of Iceland has several towns and villages, each with its own style, charm and points of interest. Selfoss is the largest town and has a variety of shops, services, many restaurants and fast food places. Most towns are close to the main route, making them accessible and enjoyable.

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