The fjord of “Faskrudsfjordur” gets its name from an island near the fjord called Skrudur. Faskrudsfjordur is in the centre of the East Fjords of Iceland. Skrudur stouts of the worlds largest puffin cave, it has an abundance of bird life.
Faskrudsfjordur fjord is in between the peninsulas Vattarnes and Hafnarnes, and at the bottom of the fjord is a beautiful valley with scenic artic woodlands, mostly birch.
Birdlife and the ‘puffin cave’
Driving from Reydarfjordur fjord along the coast offers some great views and panoramic landscapes, where the island Skrudur is centric. Many different species of bird live in it, with the unique wonder the ‘puffin cave’ sheltering thousands of puffins and a great colony of gannets that can be seen plunging like arrows into the water.
In the inner end of Faskrudsfjordur is a village called Budir. It was the main station for French fishermen in the East of Iceland, both prior to and well after the turn of the century. Budir is best known for its French heritage and has a strong connection with its sister town Gravelines in France till this day. It is worth while to visit the French Museum and learn more about these historical connections. There used to be a French consul, a French hospital and a French chapel. It is also believed that France had a say in the fact that the district doctor was positioned in Budir. The french hospital is being renovated but many locals believe the old buildings to be haunted.
GPS: 64.929288 N, -14.012113 W