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Vopnafjörður is a wide fjord separating the headlands of Digranes and Kollumuli. The fjord joins two large bays on both sides; Bakkaflói to the north and Heraðsfloi to the south. The village of Vopnafjordur lies on a spit called Kolbeinstangi, forming Nípsfjörður to the north and Vopnafjörður to the south. On the south side of the fjord is a mountain range which culminates at Mt. Krossavikurfjoll towering 1,079 m. above sea level. In the area to the north, several mountains dominate the landscape, rising nearly 1,000 meters over the surrounding moors. Kaupvangur in the heart of the town Vopnafjordur is a museum in remembrance of the thousands of emigrants who left the region for Canada and the U.S. in the wake of the disastrous Askja volcanic eruption in 1875.

There are numerous interesting sights in Vopnafjordur, e.g. Selárdalslaug, a geothermal swimming pool on the banks on the river Selá. Special mention should be made of the historic farm Bustarfell, a regional museum where history comes alive through storytelling and workshops each summer. Rising between Fljótsdalshérað and Vopnafjörður, the 655 m. high pass of Hellisheiði provides a spectacular view for travelers driving up its eastern slopes. Though the road is quite steep and windy it is passable for all vehicles during summer.

GPS Points N65° 45' 32.373" W14° 49' 58.521"
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Icelandic craft - Nema-Hvað
  • Hafnarbyggð 7
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 473-1565
Vopnafjordur - Ssaga & Heritage
Saga & Heritage
  • Hafnarbyggd 4a
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 473-1331
Kristín Brynjólfsdóttir / Marrgét Arthursdottir
Tour Operators
  • Syðri-Vík
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 473-1199, 848-0641, 869-0148
Tour Operators
  • Ytri-Nýpur
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 893-1437


Hotel Tangi
  • Hafnarbyggð 17, Vopnafjörður
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 473-1203 , 845-2269


Hotel Tangi
  • Hafnarbyggð 17, Vopnafjörður
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 473-1203 , 845-2269
  • Kolbeinsgata 35
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 473-1803
Hjáleigan Cafe Bustarfelli
  • Bustarfell
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 855-4511 , 691-7354
Kaupvangskaffi Cafe
  • Hafnarbyggð 4
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 473-1331, 662-3588
Gljúfursá river

The Gljúfursár waterfall runs down a colorful ravine just below our starting point. From there is a marked walking path that takes you along the river Gljúfursá, down to the sea and around Drangsnes.

Walking along the precipitous cliffs is a great experience and leaves few visitors unmoved. The trail goes past Krummsholt where you can see ancient ruins dating back to Viking times. In fact, a Viking named Þorsteinn Uxafótur is thought to have lived there. Looking at such ancient habitats leaves one wondering about the lives lived here centuries ago, wishing the earth could talk and tell us the stories of our ancestors.

Across the fjord, you can see glimpses of the village of Vopnafjordur standing on a peninsula reaching out in the fjord. The peninsula itself is called Kolbeinstangi.

The river Gljúfursá used to be a major obstacle to travelers heading east over Hellisheiði. Many accidents occurred when people tried to cross the river by foot or on horseback.

You can walk along the river to the old bridge over Gljúfursá, built around 1900 and at the time considered to be a great marvel. The story goes that construction began on the bridge after a man on horseback died while attempting to cross the river during winter.

Skjólfjorur beach

Be sure to visit Skjólfjörur beach when driving through Vopnafjordur! The beach is only a short walk from the road and offers a magnificent view of the open Atlantic sea. If you're lucky you might even see a whale. The beach has a rocky shore, with colorful stones that capture the eye. Driftwood which the waves have brought to land is a testament to the incredible force the sea possesses.

Please respect that it is forbidden to remove stones from the beach.

One of the characteristics of Vopnafjordur is the incredible rock pillars and cliffs that take on various forms, often resembling different creatures. Ljósastapi rock pillar stands out in the sea just off Skjólfjörur. It is often called "Fíllinn" or The Elephant by locals, as its form resembles that of an elephant.

The mountain Búrið stands to the right of Ljósastapi. Búrið is a part of the Fagradalur mountains, an ancient volcanic area. In the Fagradalur mountains, you can see colorful rhyolite rocks that certainly make their mark on the surrounding environment. A marked walking path takes you down to Þerribjörg, east of Hellisheiði Eystri, where the rhyolite is at its most beautiful. The walk is fairly difficult and long, but well worth it for experienced hikers.

Sandvik Black Beach

Sandvík is a long, black sandy beach in from the fjord. The coast is a paradise for birds, created by the hand of nature. There one may find seashells, take a walk, watch the birds, build a sand castle - or follow your own imagination.

Along with this coast, a supply ship ran aground on 2 October 1981. All the crew was rescued. At low tide, one can still see a glimpse of the wreckage.

Access to Sandvík is from the track lying down to the bay inland from the golf course.

We remind everyone to be careful along the beach. The surf can be dangerous and children must be carefully watched. The Hofsá river often flows over the sands in the spring, and as a result, quicksand can form along the beach.

Always walk the coastline with care, with respect for nature and the hidden dangers which can lie near the sea.

GPS: 65.735784 - 14.857769

Fuglabjargarnes cliffs

Fuglabjarganes is on the nature conservatory list of Iceland for its beautiful and diverse coast and great bird life. Walk along the beach to the headland where high bluffs reach down to the sea. From there you can see rock pillars that rise from the sea and enjoy the view across the open ocean all the way to the horizon. This is Icelandic nature at its best. Please be careful when walking along the cliffs and do not go too close to the edge.


Gljúfurárdalur is a vale west of Hellisheiði by Vopnafjörður. A hiking trail leads through it and a viewpoint allows for a perfect view of the imposing waterfall Neðrifoss. A marked trail leads towards the ocean, where ruins from the early settlement can be visited. The surroundings form a propitious natural harbor and vestiges of ancient fishing settlements - as well as the saga of the hero of days gone by, Þorsteinn uxafótur - lend historical importance to this scenic shore.


Múlastofa in Kaupvangur is a memorial exhibition featuring the works of the brothers Jón Múli and Jónas Árnason, both of whom were born in Vopnafjörður. In connection with the exhibition, an annual culture festival is held in August.

History and Culture

Bustarfell is one of the few remaining turf farms in East Iceland. It is located in Hofsárdalur in Vopnafjörður. The farmhouses were originally erected in 1770 but have undergone many changes over the years. The lodgings were inhabited until 1966. Since then they have been under the protection of the National Museum. Bustarfell is a very active heritage museum today, and on special occasions, workshops are set afoot to commemorate ways and workmanship of days of yore. Located next to the farm is the "Croft café." A hiking path takes visitors to the "Stone of the Elf lady," the source of a legendary tale.


Tverárgil canyon

The hiking path runs along Þverá river in Þverá canyon. The canyon is exceptionally beautiful as you can see colorful rock formations from an old volcano, a pleasant contrast to the otherwise dark rocks of the Smjörfjöll mountains.

There is a rich bird life in this area, especially Icelandic highland birds. The view is magnificent over the Hofsá valley and out to sea.

The path is about two hours long and is a little bit upward. Therefore we put two shoes on the difficulty of the hike.

The starting point of the walk is above the Þverá river on rd. 919 - Sunnudalur road.

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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 Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur