Vopnafjörður

Vopnafjörður is a wide fjord in the northeast sheltered by the Smjörfjöll mountains to the south, rising to 1079 meters and exstensive moors to the north. The coast is spectacular with cliffs and columnar basalt. Along the route 917 Hellisheiði you pass through the ruins of an old volcano, with colourful rocks and marked hiking trails, and there is Gljúfurá a river in a deep gorge with a spectacular waterfall. The geology is fascinating and here the only fossil of a mammal dating prior to the ice age was found, telling a tale of large forests with deer that may have come across from Scotland on a land-bridge millions of years ago.

Vopnafjörður has three main valleys, with world famous salmon fishing rivers such as Selá and Hofsá. Vopnafjörður is a haven for birdwatchers, especially the waders and ducks on the ocean-facing lagoons to the north of the village. There is Eider-down farming and visitors are welcome at Syðri-Vík to see how the precious down is collected. The small town of Vopnafjörður is a major fishing harbour. Fish and agricultural processing form the backbone of the town’s economy. The village provides all basic services for the surrounding community, Information for travellers is available in the heart of town at Kaupvangur, built in 1882 now renovated and home to Kaupvangskaffi(tourist info & coffee house), Múlastofa, and the East Iceland Emigration Centre.

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