Fáskrúðsfjörður often surprises its visitors with its somewhat different appearance since the area has a strong historical connection to France which is still quite visible in the village. Fáskrúðsfjörður became an official trading point in 1880 and from the late 19th century until 1935 it was a central hub for French sailors who fished off the east coast of Iceland. The town’s central point is the French hospital that was moved from Hafnarnes and reconstructed as a hotel and restaurant. There’s also the French Museum which provides a unique perspective into the lives of the French sailors.
Fáskrúðsfjörður’s elementary school now has approx. 100 students and Kæribær preschool has approx. 40 students. There’s also a music school that serves children in Fáskrúðsfjörður, Stöðvarfjörður and Breiðdalsvík.
The economy is mostly based on fishing and fish processing as well as smaller companies in industry and commerce. All primary services are available in Fáskrúðsfjörður, such as a healthcare center. Public transportation services are also good.
Fáskrúðsfjörður is part of the municipality Fjarðabyggð and has ample public transportation in all directions with the fjord’s tunnel playing a key role. The old road over Vattarnesskriður is still there and is a scenic route on clear days, offering views of the island Skrúður, which the fjord is named after. The area has a rich birdlife, mostly consisting of puffins and gannets.
As well as the French Museum, Fáskrúðsfjörður offers visitors the Northern Lights Museum and an arts and crafts shop. There are a few restaurants in town, some open all year round. Accommodation is available at the French Hospital during the summer months.
A number of active organizations and volunteer clubs are operated in Fáskrúðsfjörður;