Helgustadir Spar Mine

Helgustadir Spar Mine, Eskifjordur: Address, Helgustadir Spar Mine Reviews: 3.5/5

Helgustadir Spar Mine
3.5
Historic Sites • Historic Walking Areas • Lookouts • Mines
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Helgustaðir farther along the shore east of the village Eskifjorður, is world-famous. Polarizing light with Iceland spar from here, the 17th century Dutchman Huygens published discoveries on light as a phenomenon of waves. Evidence of former mining, Helgustaðanama, makes a visit worthwhile, note all relics of the area are protected.
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Gergo G
Budapest, Hungary5 contributions
Probably not the reason you visited Iceland, but a nice addition.
Jul. 2021 • Friends
If you like geology and history, this old mine is a great sight to see. It is just a short detour from the ring road and there is an amazing view onto the fjord along the drive. The nearest town is 10 kilometers away and the dirt roads leading to the mine may be rough depending on the weather. The site itself is a 5-minute walk uphill from the parking lot which has the cleanest public bathroom I have ever seen. The mine itself is completely depleted and abandoned but the surrounding area contains small pieces of feldspar in abundance. Keep in mind that taking these is illegal, so have fun responsibly.
Written 28 July 2021
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Pétur Bjarni Gíslason
Lake Myvatn, Iceland91 contributions
It is a little suprise
Aug. 2019
Well most of the mineral stuff are gone but you can see lot of small crystals outside of the mine. The mine it self is nice to see but you need a good light.
Written 6 August 2019
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JarMarJHM
Oakville, Canada345 contributions
If you are interested in minerals and mining
Jul. 2018 • Family
An out of the way spot but of interest if you like minerals and mining. It is an old quarry site with information boards telling of how it was during its production. Lovely drive and beautiful view from the roadside to get there.
Written 6 August 2018
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Thorsteinn_Valur_B
Mosfellsbaer, Iceland7 contributions
Leftovers of old glory
Oct. 2017
There's almost nothing left of this old quarry site, the locals and tourists have taken so much of the zeolites fragments that used to be there that its just a sad reminder of how Icelandic nature is bying exploited by the turistindustry, abused and tramped on.
It made me sad to come here again, knowing how this was before.
Written 25 December 2017
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Daphne v
22 contributions
When you are in the neighbourhood
Jun. 2017 • Family
There are signs at the spot to tell the story about the mine. There are new toilets and a baby changing facility. The view is beautiful when the weather is good.
Written 14 June 2017
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Elyn d
Ede, The Netherlands47 contributions
Not so sure about this one
May 2016 • Couples
We did a part of trail 6. Supposedly, there should be an interesting sight almost directly at the start of the hike, however we didn't see anything of particular interest. The climb up was quite challenging and there was a very cold wind. Although the view was very nice from up above, iceland has much more beautiful sights to see. Wouldn't recommend it, but nice if you have some spare time.
Written 4 May 2016
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Xanderga
St. Petersburg, Russia12 contributions
You should visit the mine as a part of the ring route
Jan. 2016 • Solo
The mine is situated 8 km to the east of the Eskifjörður. The coastal road is beautiful but If you are based in Eskifjörður then it may be boring to walk 8 km there and 8 km back.
I believe that In summer the best choice for the day-trip is the route over the Oddsskarð pass (with optional climbing to the Svartafjall), then again over the hills to the coast of Reyðarfjörður by the marked trail (trail #6), visit the mine and finally return to the Eskifjörður along the coast.
I have been there in January so the trail from the valley back to the fjord was covered with deep snow and infortunately I could not pass.
Written 18 April 2016
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