Welcome to Eyrarbakki
It’s hard to believe, but tiny Eyrarbakki was Iceland’s main port and a thriving trading town well into the 20th century. Farmers from all over the south once rode here to barter for supplies at the general store – crowds were so huge it could take three days to get served! Another of Eyrarbakki’s claims to fame is that it’s the birthplace of Bjarni Herjólfsson, who made a great sea voyage in AD 985 and was probably the first European to see America. Unfortunately, Bjarni turned back and sold his boat to Leifur Eiríksson, who went on to discover Vinland and ended up with all the glory. Today the seaside town is known for its prison – the largest in Iceland – and its good museums and nearby nature reserve.