Eskifjordur is a branch of the larger bay Reyðarfjordur, which cuts into the mountainous area of the Eastfiords region. On it is the fishing village Eskifjordur. Originally it was a Danish trading post (from 1798). One of the old merchant houses, Gamlabud (1816), has been restored and houses The Maritime Museum. The village has been the seat of the district magistrate since 1853.
One of the places of interest in its proximity is an old mine, where Iceland Spar was mined for almost four centuries until the first part of the 20th century. Mt Holmatindur is one of the most prominent mountains on the bay and where its lower shoulder drops into the sea a nature reserve has been proclaimed. Fishing and fish processing are flourishing bases of livelihood and tourism is gaining ground.
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