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Recreation

    

 

Our community has a lot to offer...

Sightseeing and attractions at Djúpivogur

  • Be guided around Djúpivogur with the Wapp, ready for downloading onto your IOS or android straightaway at www.wapp.is.
  • Swimmingpool. The swimmingpool and sports centre in Djúpivogur is open all year round. Have a nice warm swim in the pool or enjoy the gym and sauna.
  • Papey boat trips will take you from Djúpivogur at 1:00 p.m. daily in summer to an island paradise of seals, puffins and other seabirds, along with Iceland's smallest wooden church. 
  • Gleðivík Eggs, by the artist Sigurður Guðmundsson, are sculptures representing the eggs of 34 birds breeding locally.
  • Rolling Snowball, held in Djúpivogur's old fishmeal plant, exhibits the works of contemporary international artists in cooperation with the Chinese-European Art Centre in Xiamen, China and Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • Birdwatching The Búlandsnes peninsula is particularly suitable for birdwatching, with a wide variety of trails through habitats frequented by numerous avian species. The society behind www.birds.is has also built hides and provides birding information which is available at the information centre in the village.
  • Ruins of bygone times Walk landwards from the village among the ridges and low spots to view the long history of dry-stone and turf ruins.
  • Antique buildings One of Iceland's oldest trading stores, Langabúð (1790), now contains an exceptional collection of works by the sculptor Ríkarður Jónsson; a room commemorating a government minister from this area, Eysteinn Jónsson; a local heritage museum; and not least a pleasant coffee house. Other historical buildings include Geysir (1900), now home to the municipal offices, and the old part of the pretty Hótel Framtíð (1905). Faktorshúsið (the old trading manager's house, from 1848) and the former church (1893) are currently under renovation.
  • Bóndavarðan, the farmers’ cairn, stands high on a ridge just seawards of the village. It may have been erected by farmers keeping watch towards the sea after a severe raid by North African pirates in 1627. There is a view indicator up by the cairn.
  • Museums and collections Auðunn's stone collection has a unique assortment of East Iceland rocks and minerals. You should not miss the array of museums in Langabúð, where you can learn about local heritage, the minister Eysteinn Jónsson and the sculptor Ríkarður Jónsson.
  • Handicrafts by native artists and designers are exhibited and sold at Arfleifð and the JFS arts workshop.
  • Refreshments and fine meals are available at Hotel Framtíð, Við Voginn and Langabúð.
  • Short walks from the village: Rakkaberg - an elf church and cliff, just past Highway 1 west of the village. Fish-drying racks - also near the highway, a little farther than Rakkaberg from its Berufjörður side. Æðasteinn lighthouse - a pretty structure somewhat inland from the Gleðivík Eggs. White sands - a beach on the north shore of Búlandsnes, fairly close to the harbour, which gets its beautiful light colour from seashells

 

Enjoying our countryside

  • Be your own guide with the PocketGuide app, which you can download straightaway at www.easticeland.lp.pocketguideapp.com.
  • Hikes and walks take you to a whole range of shores, valleys, mountains and glaciers shown on the trail map from the tourist information centre in Djúpivogur.
  • Reindeer are seen fairly often even in summer, but are especially common in our lowlands during autumn, winter and spring.
  • Trout fishing with licences available from Bragðavellir farm for the Búlandsá, or from the information centre in Djúpivogur for the Hamarsá.
  • Beaches can be found black, red or light-coloured. Take a break to enjoy them, picking up shells or maybe bouncing stones out over the waves.
  • Lighthouses appear on the map and show up directly from Highway 1, but become even more striking if you let them entice you out into the fresh air and a stroll by the sea.
  • Waterfalls Graceful or awesome, they greet you even in series along the Fossá river and the Öxi road, or near Bragðavellir farm.
  • Blábjörg, or the blue cliffs, are a national monument by Berufjörður. Known internationally as the Berufjörður acid tuff, they are welded together of acidic ash from an explosive volcanic eruption. Their bluish green colour was acquired from chlorite in the metamorphic rock. Note that it is prohibited to disturb or damage the local formations in any manner.
  • Gautavík, on the north shore of Berufjörður, is an inlet which was one of East Iceland's main harbours during the first centuries of Icelandic history. A great deal of trading went on here, though the ruins still visible are all thought to date from before 1362. Situated under the slopes near the sea, the ruins lie on both sides of the Búðaá river and are under legal protection.
  • Búlandstindur, the king of our community's magnificent mountains, is easily recognised by its pyramid shape. It towers high above the peninsula between Berufjörður and Hamarsfjörður, and at 1,069 m is the highest mountain rising directly from the Icelandic coast.
  • Hálsaskógur woods are planted and tended by the local forestry association and in summer display art by children of the village kindergarten. You can also view archaeological remains from the former Búlandsnes farm, as well as environmental art which Vilmundur Þorgrímsson constructs using materials from the forest. The site is ideal for easy walks, while for picnicking you can hardly find any better outdoor shelter when the wind is chilly.
  • Þrándarjökull, a glacier jewel crowning the inner ends of Hamarsdalur and Geithellnadalur valleys, makes a wonderful goal for hikes from Geithellnadalur, through which most of the meltwater flows. 
  • Djáknadys is a loose burial mound (dys) on the north side of Hamarsfjörður. Legend has it that the pas­tor and deacon of the lo­cal church met at this place and began arguing so violently that they killed each other. The deacon was buried simply by piling rocks over him on the spot, but his grave­site is now under pro­tection and no more stones may be added.
  • Birdwatching The coastal lagoons and mud flats of Álftafjörður and Hamarsfjörður provide a wonderful venue for birdwatching, due to the numerous species feeding there.
  • Tröllatjörn pond fills a depression carved by the Geithellnaá river, which at some time in the past dug itself a new channel off to the side. The old one has largely become vegetated, offering unusual scenery for the visitor. Some of the rocks standing there look like trolls (tröll) and thus probably led to the name (tjörn = pond).
  • Þvottá means "washing river", because the first baptism in Iceland is thought to have occurred here. Late in the 900s, King Olav I of Norway sent a priest named Þangbrandur to convert Icelanders to Christianity. Þangbrandur spent his first winter in Álftafjörður, converting the farmer, Hallur, and then baptising him and everyone else on the farm. In 1000, the Althing (parliament) decided that the whole country would become Christian.
  • Stapinn sea stack at Stapavík is a unique part of the stunning coast south of Álftafjörður. You can park nearby.
  • Events which include the Hammond organ festival, Sheep Head Feast, Bulsur (vegan sausage) Feast, Independence Day, Sailors' Day, Cittaslow Sunday, Days of Darkness, etc., as scheduled at www.djupivogur.is (work in progress)

 

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