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Vopnafjörður

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. abovve 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 rememberance 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. Selár dalslaug, a geothermal swimming pool on the banks on the river Selá. Special mention should me 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 travellers driving up its eastern slopes. Though the road is quite steep and windy it is passable for all vehicles during summer.

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Vopnafjörður
GPS Points N65° 45' 32.373" W14° 49' 58.521"
Postal codes

690

Population

550

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Vopnafjordur - Ssaga & Heritage
Saga & Heritage
  • Hafnarbyggd 4a
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 473-1331
Icelandic craft - Nema-Hvað
Museums
  • Hafnarbyggð 7
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 473-1565
Kristín Brynjólfsdóttir / Marrgét Arthursdottir
Tour Operators
  • Syðri-Vík
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 473-1199, 848-0641, 869-0148
EiderdownComforters.com
Tour Operators
  • Ytri-Nýpur
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 893-1437

Others

Mávahlíð Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hafnarbyggð 26
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 695-2952
Hotel Tangi
Hotels
  • Hafnarbyggð 17, Vopnafjörður
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 473-1203 , 845-2269

Others

Ollasjoppa
Restaurants
  • Kolbeinsgata 35
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 473-1803
Hjáleigan Cafe Bustarfelli
Cafés
  • Bustarfell
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 855-4511 , 691-7354
Kaupvangskaffi Cafe
Cafés
  • Hafnarbyggð 4
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 473-1331, 662-3588
Hotel Tangi
Hotels
  • Hafnarbyggð 17, Vopnafjörður
  • 690 Vopnafjörður
  • 473-1203 , 845-2269
Nature
Gljúfurárdalur

Gljúfurárdalur is a vale west of Hellisheiði by Vopnafjörður. A hiking trail leads through it and a wiew point allows for a perfect view of the imposing waterfall Neðrifoss. A marked trail leads towards the ocean, where ruins from early settlement can be visited. The surroundings form a propicious 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.

History and Culture
Bustarfell

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 has undergone many changes through 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 hertiage museum today and on special occasions worksops 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.

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Highlights
Múlastofa

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.

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