It is a sad fact that apart from the Western fjords the area least visited by foreigners and locals alike in Iceland is the Eastern part of which the village of Djupavogur belongs.
Here like everywhere else in Iceland you will hardly be taken aback by the sheer beauty of the village or the amazing array of entertainment options here. The village is very small and downright ugly in a cute kind of way. Fishing is the main thing here although quite a few locals now make their living off tourists.[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”right”]the old church is cuddly as hell[/blockquote]
But you will be taken aback by the raw beauty of the surrounding nature of Djupavogur. Not only does pyramid-shaped Bulandstindur mountain, one of the more symbolic in Iceland, tower over the town but also less than an hour away by boat is the small island of Papey. Papey is according to the legends the very first place in Iceland ever settled and by Irish monks of all people. It remains a mystery why those monks never attempted to visit the gigantic landmass they could very well see from the small island.
As for the village you will cover all the interesting parts and indeed the whole village in half an hour walking. Your starting point could be the small harbor where you might well ask the fishermen if they are willing to take you for a short sailing.
Should you really be interesting in visiting Papey island the boat leaves from here. The tour to and fro takes four hours and is worth it should the weather be nice. You will go ashore the island and amongst other things find there the oldest and smallest church in Iceland. Lots of birds to see and usually some seals too. It is quite expensive though at 53$ / 42€. More information regarding trips to Papey island here but only one scheduled trip daily and only over summer. One last thing regarding Papey island; you can camp there overnight and truly be alone in the world on your own island. A fantastic experience indeed.
From the harbor area you can see all there is to see in this village. There is the local hotel, Hotel Framtid, partly located in a beautifully rebuilt old house. Some rooms here offer really nice views over the sea and a small fast food restaurant onsite. Should you care to make camp in Djupivogur the hotel also runs the camping area.
That´s it for accommodations in the town itself although two guesthouses are run in farms not too far from Djupivogur. For these you will need a car to get around.
Right above the harbor you will find fast food restaurant Vid Voginn and you should also see an old building called Langabud. This has been turned into a decent museum dedicated to the works of the sculptor Rikhard Jonsson. In one end is a nice coffeeshop. Both the museum and coffeeshop close up for the winter but there is varied local activity here on weekends.
The small church pictured above is the old church of Djupivogur and there is a new and slightly bigger one in use today. However the old church is cuddly as hell and worth taking a look.
Last but not least. Djupivogur is the home of a rather peculiar festival: The Hammond organ festival. Celebrating that particular music instrument is the highlight of a weekend-long festival where often very good local artists take to the stage and perform. Very limited availability but more about this here (in Icelandic).[reveal title=”De Facto” ]Fishermen have been coming here for centuries as evidenced by the mention of Djupivog in the famous Sagas of Iceland[/reveal] [reveal title=”Getting here” ]The village is by the Ring Road and therefore most buses from most places on the way stop here. [/reveal] [reveal title=”Our humble opinion” ]This is a nice place to unwind and a good base for nature-lovers. Very easy to meet the locals and people generally helpful. We recommend a day or two.[/reveal]
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