Located on a peninsula in eastern Iceland, the quaint fishing village and port of Djúpivogur offers convenient access to a palate of exquisite islands, fjords and mountains. From the picturesque Hamarsfjörður and Berufjörður fjords and Papey Island to the towering, pyramid-shaped Búlandstindur Mountain, Djúpivogur is an ideal gateway for exploring the region's stunning natural splendour via land and water.
The history of Djúpivogur and its environs were believed to have pre-dated the settlement of the Nordic people in Iceland. Roman coins dating from the 1st century A.D. were found near Djúpivogur. Sagas Irish hermits, or Papar, were also believed to have already settled in Djúpivogur by the time the Vikings arrived in the late-8th century. Centuries later, in 1589, Djúpivogur was established as an official trading post and commercial centre. By the early-19th century, Iceland prospered due to herring fishing and whaling, and a small fishing port with a Danish Colonial trading base was established in Djúpivogur. Today, the main industry in Djúpivogur is fishing, with tourism increasing rapidly in recent years.
Djúpivogur's abundant natural beauty makes it a popular tourist destination for outdoor and nature enthusiasts alike. The Búlandsnes Bird Sanctuary is world-renowned, and offers a unique opportunity to observe most Icelandic birds nesting in their natural habitat. You can also hike the imposing Búlandstindur Mountain, or any of the other majestic mountains and fjords in-and-around Djúpivogur, and take in breath-taking panoramic vistas in all directions. Fishing, boating, sailing and sea-kayaking are ideally-suited for exploring the teeming waters and pristine coast of Djúpivogur. There are also a number of reefs and islets off the Bulandsnes coast, the largest being Papey Island, a popular destination for seal- and bird-watching tours. Alternatively, the eastern part of the coast is home to widespread sand dunes and small vegetated islets.
Djúpivogur's history and culture can be experienced during a visit to Langabúð, the oldest house in Djúpivogur. Originally built in 1790, it was renovated in the mid-19th century and now serves as a cultural centre. Langabúð houses some of the works of sculptor Ríkarður Jónsson, a heritage museum, display of local handicrafts and a coffee-shop with delicious homemade cakes. Other historic sites and buildings include the old Cooperative House, Framtíð Hotel, Dalir, the Church, Hraun, and Sólhóll; all were built in the late-19th century. At Teigarhorn's Sólhóll Farm stands the Weyvadts House, built 1880-1883. The merchant's office has been preserved there exactly the way it was when he left it in 1883.
Due to its compact size, Djupivogur can be easily explored in just a single day.
Going Ashore in Djúpivogur
The ship may be at anchor. Guests will tender ashore to Gledivikurhofn Pier. Djúpivogur's town centre can be reached via a 109-yard (100 metre) walk on-foot.
Djúpavogur is home to several souvenir and craft shops. Among them are JFS Handcraft, which offers locally-made handcrafted creations made from tree, stones, sheep bones and reindeer horns. You can also visit Bakkabud for a selection of handicraft items and souvenirs, and browse Arfleifd for high-quality handcrafted apparel and accessories made entirely from Icelandic materials such as reindeer, lamb and fish leather, horns, bones, wool, feathers, and horsehair.
The cold, clear, abundant waters along the coast of Djúpavogur offer a mouth-watering selection of seafood, including such longstanding favourites as fresh cod, haddock, capelin, and other seafood dishes, along with lamb, soups, crepes, and cakes. Popular restaurants in-and-around Djúpavogur include those of the Hotel Framtíð, which features delectable fish dishes, and historic Langabúð Museum Café, which is renowned for its homemade cakes.
Djúpavogur's accessibility makes it easy to discover some of the natural jewels of East Iceland, including the Hamarsfjörður Fjord, Berufjörður Fjord, Bay and Farm, Papey Island, Búlandstindur Mountain, Búlandsnes Peninsula and Bird Sanctuary, Bóndavarda Cairn, and the Grunnasundsey, Ulfsey, Kálkur and Sandey islets.
Learn about the earliest arrivals to Djúpavogur, including Greeks, Romans and the mysterious Papar, the Irish hermit monks, at the Djúpivogur Historical Centre. The Langabúð Museum is the oldest house in Djúpivogur, and now serves as a cultural centre. Langabúð houses some of the works of sculptor Ríkarður Jónsson, a heritage museum, and display of local handicrafts. You can also explore the bird species and minerals of Djúpavogur at the Bird and Mineral Museum, and relive the area's Old World atmosphere and architecture at the Hotel Framtíð.
Built in 1922 and automated in 1987, the 33-foot (10-metre) Æðarstein Lighthouse is located on a rocky point on the west side of the port of Djúpivogur. The lighthouse consists of a square concrete tower, painted orange, with a red metal lantern house atop the tower. The site's exterior is open to visitors.
Don't miss the unique outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík, which was created by the world-famous Icelandic artist Sigurður Guðmundsson and consists of 34 eggs.
Located approximately 2.5 miles (about four kilometres) west of Djupivogur, Teigarhorn Farm has become world-famous for its crystals, and houses an exhibition of them. In addition, Teigarhorn probably is the most zeolite-rich spot in the world. Zeolites usually are created in the pores of the basaltic rock; those at Teigarhorn are eroded from the cliffs on the coastline by the sea.
Búlandstindur is easily recognisable by its pyramidal form above the south shore of the Berufiord Fjord. Rising to a height of 3,507 feet (1,069 metres) Búlandstindur is among the most beautifully shaped mountains of the country, and the symbol of Djupivogur between the bays of Berufjörður and Hamarsfjörður.
The Fossa River is the discharge of the Corpse Lake. The river cascades down the valley over several lovely waterfalls en route to the Fossa Cove on the southern shores of Berufjörður Bay.
Djúpavogur's breath-taking natural beauty and diverse topography combine to create a wonderful array of outdoor activities, including nature-watching, bird-watching, hiking, mountain-climbing, and more. Djúpavogur's teeming coastal waters embody the village's maritime history, and provide the ideal setting for a scenic and relaxing day of boating, fishing, seal-watching and sea-kayaking amidst spectacular icebergs, fjords, mountains and waterfalls.
Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship.