"Dj˙pivogur fishing-village in East-Iceland." East Iceland Things to Do Tip by Regina1965

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  Langabúð 1790.
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  • Langabúð 1790. - East Iceland
      Langabúð 1790.
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  • Sjávarminni - in remembrance of seamen. - East Iceland
      Sjávarminni - in remembrance of seamen.
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  • Hótel Framtíð in Djúpivogur. - East Iceland
      Hótel Framtíð in Djúpivogur.
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  • Directions to the swimming pool and campsite. - East Iceland
      Directions to the swimming pool and campsite.
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  • A waterfall by the road from Höfn to Djúpivogur. - East Iceland
      A waterfall by the road from Höfn to Djúpivogur.
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Coming from Höfn and driving north-east you drive into the East-Fjords of Iceland with steep mountains and road-side waterfalls. The first town you will encounter is Djúpivogur. This lovely little fishing village has a history of trading since 1589 with both Danish and German (Hansa) traders, and the oldest house in Djúpavogur is the red Langabúð, which was built out of logs in 1790. It now serves as the Cultural center of Djúpivogur. Do pay it a visit, there is a coffee shop and local craft gallery and a museum of the art of the sculptor Ríkharður Jónsson.

The inhabitants here are ca 350.

At Hótel Framtíð you will be able to get information on organised sight-seeing tours in and around Djúpivogur, including an evening boat voyage in the fjords. There are also guided tours to Papey island, which is named after the Irish monks who were here in Iceland when the Vikings arrived. When the Vikings arrived the monks left (which is understandable, I say) and the Vikings are called the settlers of Iceland seeing that they had children and continued to live here.

Hovering over Djúpivogur is the mountain Búlandstindur (1069 m) which is in the shape of a pyramid and we believe it has special powers. When I was visiting it was very foggy so I couldn't take pictures of Búlandstindur.

Back in 1989 I went to Djúpivogur and travelled on a freight-ship carrying bacalao (salt cod) which left from Djúpivogur to Portugal and the journey took 5 days. Back then there was no tunnel through the mountains from Höfn so we had to drive up the steep mountain there. I'm very thankful for the tunnel!

When I visited again in the summer of 2014 I had to skip visiting Djúpivogur, but will be adding more tips on this lovely village after I visit it in 2015.

Address: 765 Djúpivogur, East-Iceland
Directions: Djúpivogur is 554 km from Reykjavík and 95 km away from Höfn in Hornafjörður, which is the closest town.
othercontact: djupivogur@djupivogur.is

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  • Updated Mar 11, 2015
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