Like everywhere in this world there are good places and there are less good places. The town of Reydarfjordur in the East of Iceland fits comfortably into the latter category.
Located at the end of the longest fjord in the Eastern part of the country this fishing village slash industrial place sits right by the old Ring Road route. Nowadays, this has changed a bit and to happen upon Reydarfjordur you´ll need to follow either road 92 from Egilsstadir town or coming from the South road number 96.
Once upon a time, or rather a few years ago, the Icelandic government was keen to harness our wilderness for the benefit of foreign companies and one of the results was a giant smelter right by the side of this town. But when you put a giant factory next to a small town you naturally take away any whiff of local charm along with it.
Truth be told this place was never very interesting at all but the smelter factory didn´t exactly help. It certainly didn´t better the air quality in the otherwise tranquil valley.
The deep valley itself is not bad at all. Surrounded by high mountains and creating an great shelter against the harsh winds from the sea. One could easily hike in most directions from here and find interesting and mostly untouched nature.
Should you take a liking to this place there are a few options for staying overnight. Guesthouse and restaurant Tærgesen is probably the most impressive located in an old building at Budargata road. Also here is Fjardahotel at Budareyri road and lastly Hja Marlin guesthouse. Although no one from team Total Iceland has stayed in any of those places the last place without a doubt the most cozy for a night or two. Also here is a nice campsite with all the requirements for caravan owners.
For cultural experiences here you are limited to visiting the World War 2 Museum at Spitalakampur road. Bit weird perhaps since that war never reached Iceland in any significant way. But Reydarfjordur was a base for British soldiers for a while and German fighter planes did a few times make a run over this area. The museum is interesting with lots of old photographs and memorabilia and it is housed in what was an army barrack at the time. The museum is only open during summertime between 13 and 17. A special festival in town is held each year to mark this occasion on July 1st.
Reydarfjordur has been getting some unusual exposure recently due to the television serious Fortitude. Those are supposed to take place near the Arctic but the show was mostly filmed here.
Most basic services are found here if a bit lacking in regular shops.