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Djúpivogur

Djúpavogshreppur is the southern most district of the east. Álftafjörður and Hamarsfjörður are lagoons, rich in birdlife where as Berufjörður is a long and narrow fjord. The pyramid-shaped Búlandstindur at 1069 m, dominates the landscape, and according to legend it can make wishes come true during the summer solstice. Djúpivogur is a charming village with a long history of trading since 1589 located in a place of incomparable natural beauty. Today the main industry is fishing with tourism increasing rapidly in recent years. Langabúð, the oldest house in Djúpivogur was originally built in 1790, has been renovated and now serves as a cultural centre. It houses some of the works of sculptor Ríkarður Jónsson, a heritage museum and a coffee-shop with delicious homemade cakes and a display of local handicraft. Don't miss the outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík, by the world famous Icelandic artist Sigurður Guðmundsson, consisting

of 34 eggs. The artwork is on the coast, about 1 km from the centre of the village, in a convenient walking distance. The nature around Djupivogur is highly varied. The Búlandsnes bird sanctuary is renowned among bird lovers throughout the world, where you can observe most Icelandic birds nesting in their natural habitat close by. Join the Papey bird and seal watching boat tours or hike in the fascinating mountains and fjords in the vicinity.

Things to do:

  • Try the new swimming pool
  • Go bird watching
  • Visit Papey, with puffins and seal
  • View the Eggs
  • Climb the mountain Búlandstindur
  • The homemade cakes at Langabúð
  • Try the glorious fish at Hótel Framtíð

Click this link to see a video clip from Djúpivogur
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02uMUF7651o&list=UUcehMEANusIJVzXPj-2js_g&index=16

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Djúpivogur
GPS Points N64° 39' 37.558" W14° 16' 53.171"
Postal codes

765

Population

370

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Djúpivogur Library
Libraries & Archives
  • Varða 6
  • 765 Djúpivogur
  • 895-9750, 478-8836
Cultural Center - Langabúð
Museums
  • Búð I
  • 765 Djúpivogur
  • 478-8220
Nanna´s Memorial Museum
Museums
  • Berufjörður 1
  • 765 Djúpivogur
  • 478-8977, 478-8975
Adventura ehf.
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hlauphólar
  • 765 Djúpivogur
  • 843-9889, 863-8380
Guided Tours Djupivogur
Tour Operators
  • Varða 19
  • 765 Djúpivogur
  • 867-9182

Others

Eyjólfsstaðir
Guesthouses
  • Berufjörður
  • 765 Djúpivogur
  • 820-4379, 478-8971, 844-6485
Adventura ehf.
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hlauphólar
  • 765 Djúpivogur
  • 843-9889, 863-8380

Others

Cultural Center - Langabúð
Museums
  • Búð I
  • 765 Djúpivogur
  • 478-8220
History and Culture
Papey

For centuries Papey was the only inhabited island off Iceland's east coast. The name is a Celtic one, meaning "Friar's Island." Two 12th-century Icelandic sources affirm Irish monks founded a hermitage here, perhaps having been chased off the mainland by the Norse. However, excavations have not yet confirmed habitation prior to the 10th century.
Settlers led a self-sufficient life growing potatoes, tending sheep, sustaining themselves on birds, eggs, fish, seals, and sharks. Later generations harvested down from eider-duck nests.
Papey's population peaked in 1726, totalling 16 inhabitants. The last full-time resident left the island in1948. Prime time to visit is spring until mid summer, when Papey is overrun with guillemots. Puffins and other birds are seen until the end of August, though some birds are seen through summer as well as the seals.
Papeyjarferdir in Djúpivogur offer guided tours to Papey during the sommer.
The island boasts Iceland's oldest wooden church.

East Iceland

Towns & Villages

Each town in East Iceland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages the influence of North European neighbours is obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Fljótsdalshérað Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur