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East Iceland Guide May 9-16

By Staff

  • Puffins, kittiwakes and many other bird species are at home in the harbour at the town of  Borgarfjörður eystri. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

This is the East Iceland chapter of What to Do and See this Week Around Iceland, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.


Watch puffins and other birds from a special hideout
The Borgarfjörður eystri fjord area provides a number of excellent facilities for bird-watching. More specifically, a special hideout viewing location near the harbour of the town allows visitors to view a wide variety of unique bird species native to the area. At Hafnarhólmi, a spot located by the small-boat harbour, visitors can enjoy amazing conditions for bird-watching, including close-up views of puffins and kittiwakes of the seagull family.

Art students inspired by locals
Veldi is a group exhibition at Veldi visual art center in  Seyðisfjörður town by graduating students from the fine art department at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. The exhibition forms the conclusion of a two week long workshop in the town. The students got assistance by locals, who have provided them with insight into the town´s diverse industries, fishing, steel forging and wool processing to name a few. The group also got insight into the isolation and uncertainty caused by snowstorms and as a consequence mountain roads are being blocked.
Open until June 1 at Skaftfell visual art center, Seyðisfjörður town.

Art Without Borders Skriðuklaustur Culture Center
An exhibit by Aron Kale and Íris Lind will be opened in gallery Klaustur at Skriðuklaustur Center for Culture and History in Fljótsdalur valley as part of the art festival, Art Without Borders, which is a festival for all who want to be included, either as participants or spectators. The festival was first held in 2003 during the European Year of People with Disabilities. Its aim has been to improve accessibility, diversity and equality in cultural life and to tear down barriers between disabled and non-disabled artists.  The same day at 16.00 Anna Kristjánsdóttir, professor emerita, will make presentation about her ancestors from Fljótsdalur valley and the book that she is working on.
Skriðuklaustur Center for Culture and History,  Saturday 10th May at 14.00

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