One of the biggest communities in East Iceland is Neskaupstadur. It was not until 1949 that Neskaupstadur got a road linked to the outside world and became an accessible area, before that time it was only reached by sea because of the high mountains and really bad roads.
Neskaupstadur is and has always been a fishing village, there is one of Iceland’s biggest fishing industry, boats and ships are going in the harbour all year round. Fish is the towns main employment and source and has been for decades.
A tunnel to the outside world
Until 1949, the town was only accessible by boat. Now it is connected through a 626-meter long single-lane tunnel that passes through the Oddsskard mountains. The tunnel is 632 meters above the sea level. The tunnel was built in the late 70’s.
Many people moved away in the 90’s and the town suffered huge depopulation, but this has been reversed as a result of the building of an aluminum smelter and a new hydroelectric power-plant in East Iceland.
Eistnaflug – the biggest metal festival in Iceland
Neskaupstadur is also the home to Eistnaflug, an annual metal festival held in July. The festival has been growing in popularity each year, with more and more prominent international bands being added to the line-up, such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bloodbath and Neurosis. If you’re travelling in east Iceland in July and like metal music, make sure you don’t miss out on this awesome festival!
GPS: 65.152425 N, -13.684965 W