Djúpivogur is a small fishing village with a laid-back vibe that dates back to the 16th century. Stop here on your tour of East Iceland and you’ll be treated to its rich artsy heritage and breathtaking natural attractions. The first one you’ll see is Búlandstindur – a striking pyramid-shaped mountain towering over the town.
Djúpivogur is located on Iceland’s Ring Road (Route 1), surrounded by Berufjörður and Hamarsfjörður, two bays on the Búlandsnes peninsula.
The town of Djúpivogur is a perfect base for exploring the natural beauty of the Eastfjords. Just a 5-minute drive from town you’ll find Úlfseyjarsandur, a black sand beach with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Or why not take the chance to spot Atlantic puffins on a summer boat trip to the island of Papey?
For a small town, Djúpivogur also packs in cultural sights. Take a stroll down to the harbor to see its most famous one: Eggin í Gleðivík, or ‘The Eggs of Merry Bay’. This outdoor sculpture, by Icelandic artist Sigurður Guðmundsson, features 34 massive granite-egg replicas of different nesting birds in the area.
Then, head to the Langabúð cultural center, the town’s oldest building. Inside, you can visit the Heritage Museum and admire a stunning collection of sculptures by renowned artist Ríkarður Jónsson.
Fun fact: Djúpivogur is the only Cittaslow town in Iceland, meaning it focuses on sustainability and an improved, slower pace of life.
So if you want to recharge your batteries before heading back on the road, you’ve come to the right place. Embrace the Cittaslow life and take a dip in the local swimming pool, or enjoy a meal made with locally sourced ingredients.
You’ll find Djúpivogur on Route 1, around 103 km (64 mi) east of Höfn í Hornafirði.