Eistnaflug is an annual music festival held in Neskaupsstaður. Every year, on the second weekend of July, the population of the town doubles, as hard-rock and metal lovers flock into the peaceful town to celebrate rock in all its forms. The first festival was held on 27th of August in 2005 and has since grown immensely and is now a four-day festival where metal, hardcore, punk, rock and indie bands perform. Due to popularity, the festival was moved to a larger venue in 2015 to make room for the guests looking to watch 60 bands take the stage. Eistnaflug is a remarkable melting pot, with a few selected, prime foreign acts stacking up against a massive selection of all the great bands the Icelandic music scene has to offer each year.
A renovated building worth admiring in its own right as well as for the history linked to it. The Museum House is beautifully situated by the sea and is home to three excellent and contrasting collections: those of the Museum of Natural History, Tryggvi Ólafsson’s Art Collection and Jósafat Hinriksson’s Seafaring and Smithy Museum.
The East Iceland Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History holds an excellent collection of the Icelandic fauna, including a large collection of birds, a collection of fish, along with some rarer species, and some interesting creatures from the bottom of the sea. The wild Icelandic mammals also have their own representatives. Guests will also be able to inspect collections of minerals, plants, and insects.
Jósafat Hinriksson’s Seafaring and Smithy Museum
This museum was founded by the mechanic and entrepreneur Jósefat Hinriksson from NeskaupsstaÃ°. In this museum, you will be able to explore interesting objects linked to fishing, blacksmithing, boat building, as well as to uniquely Icelandic working practices of earlier times. In addition, the museum displays a replication of Josefat’s father’s old smithy where Josefat studied and started his career. The exhibition serves as an important documentation for the building techniques of earlier times.
Tryggvi Ólafsson Art Collection
Tryggvi Ólafsson was born in Norðfjörður in 1940 and therefore it is appropriate to celebrate his works in his hometown. He studied at the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts and in Copenhagen. He spent most of his working career in Copenhagen and early on adapted his unique and easily recognisable style that gave him an edge and quickly put him amongst Iceland’s best-known contemporary artists.