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Here are a few examples of things you can do while staying in Djúpavík:
Hiking – The Djúpavík Circle
A short mountain walk (about 5 km) starting from Djúpavík. Walk to the waterfall and onward in an easterly direction to the high plateau. The magnificent views across the fjord make the ascent worthwhile. The whole circle takes about three hours (longer if you take breaks).
Hiking - Naustvík
An old footpath over the pass from Naustvík to Trékyllisvík in the neighbouring fjord of Norðurfjörður. The path on the slopes of Mt. Sætrafjall (561 m) was formerly used by local residents on their way to the trading post at Kúvíkur.
The 3.5 km walk will take 1-2 hours (one-way) or around
Stroll among the charming buildings in the old shark catchers village of Gjögur. There are no longer any permanent residents and the houses are used as summer cottages. There is a small airport with service to Reykjavík that flies twice a week. Gjögurströnd is a short stretch of coastline where fascinating geological formations create a surreal landscape along the seashore.
Krossnes swimming pool
Drive along the coastal road around the fjord of Norðurfjörður until you almost reach the end. You will only be a short boat trip from the Arctic Circle, but you can enjoy a dip in the Krossnes outdoor swimming pool down on the beach. Don’t worry! The water is pleasantly warm, extracted from a nearby geothermal spring. Relax and survey the wild landscape, where the ocean crashes relentlessly onto the rocky shore.
Next to the farm Arnes in Trékkyllisvík there is the small museum and handicrafts gallery called Kört. The exhibits and artefacts include textiles, puppets, woollen articles, bowls, vases and candlesticks - all made of driftwood and created by local residents. We recommend that you pay a visit to see this unique collection.
Norðurfjörður - Supermarket / petrol station / bank
Norðurfjörður is a small fishing community with a shop selling essential items, a petrol station and a bank. The small, solidly built harbour is home to a fleet of small boats.
Hiking in Hornstrandir
Hornstrandir is a long stretch of coastline further on north, which is a very popular hiking area. It is an
unspoiled wilderness with no roads (and therefore no traffic). It is only accessible on foot, or by boat in July from Norðurfjörður.
Information about sailing times can be found on the Internet: www.freydis.is.