"Fáskrúðsfjörður - The French town." Fáskrùðsfjörður Things to Do Tip by Regina1965
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Fáskrúðsfjörður is a lovely little fishing-town in the Icelandic East-fjords with ca 650 inhabitants. It was the main base for French sea-men in the 19th and 20th century and all the sign-posts are written both in Icelandic and French. It's hard to find another town in Iceland with so many French relics making it a town well worth visiting while travelling in the East-fjords of Iceland.
There was even a French hospital there, a French consul and a French chapel. There is a French grave-yard in Fáskrúðsfjörður with the names of 49 French and Belgien sea-men who lost their lives at sea here. The French hospital has now been renovated and a Fosshotel is now located in this old hospital. In the hotel there is an exhibition on the French seamen in Fáskrúðsfjörður.
During the last weekend in July there is a French Festival "Franskir dagar" at Fáskrúðsfjörður, which has been held here since 1996.
There is an island outside of Fáskrúðsfjörður called Skrúður, 160 m high with bird-cliffs. Legend has it that in Skrúður resides the supernatural being "Skrúðsbóndinn" or the Farmer of Skrúður. He stole the sheep of farmers, who let their sheep roam on the island. Once the Farmer of Skrúður enchanted a farmer´s daughter, but there are also tales of the Farmer of Skrúður rescuing people who met with the dangers at sea.
A tunnel now connects Fáskrúðsfjörður to Reyðarfjörður. It was opened in 2005 and is 5.850 metres long.
Address: 750 Fáskrúðsfjörður, East-Iceland
Directions: Fáskrúðsfjörður is in East-Iceland on road 96. Take road 956 if you want to go through the tunnel to Reyðarfjörður.
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