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Djúpivogur2016-10-24T14:51:45+00:00

Project Description

DJÚPIVOGUR

Djúpivogur is a pleasant municipality that extends across three fjords. While Berufjörður is a lengthy, narrow fjord, Hamarsfjördur and Álftafjörður have become broad lagoons teeming with birds. The pyramid-shaped Búlandstindur at 1069 m, dominates the landscape in the area, and according to legend, it can make wishes come true during the summer solstice.

Djúpivogur is a charming village, located in a place of striking natural beauty but the neat historic buildings and small harbour are also well worth exploring. It has a long history of trading that dates back to Viking times, but it received royal trading rights in 1589. Today the main industry is fishing but tourism has been increased rapidly in the recent years. Langabúð, which was constructed in 1790 is the oldest house in Djúpivogur, serves as a cultural and exhibition centre. It houses some of the works of sculptor Ríkarður Jónsson, a heritage museum along with a coffee shop and a display of local handicraft.

The Búlandsnes bird sanctuary allows you to observe most Icelandic species nesting in their natural habitats. Catching a boat to Papey and its bird multitudes also provide an excellent bird-watching environment. If you decide to go hiking in the fascinating mountains and valleys, you might even spot a reindeer.

WHAT TO DO IN DJÚPIVOGUR?

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Make sure to take some time out to see the outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík, by the internationally known artist Sigurður Guðmundsson. The sculpture consists of 34 eggs, each representing a local bird species. The eggs are all similar size, with one exception and that is the egg that belongs to the red-throated diver. That egg is significantly larger as the red-throated diver is the official bird of Djúpivogur. The sculpture is easily accessed and is located in Gleðivík about 1 km from the village centre.

HOW TO GET THERE

GPS: 64.7102903,-15.4037927

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