Like any committed culture vulture will have you know, the architecture of a region tells multiple stories on a singular platform: stories of survival and ingenuity, of making the most of the raw materials available in that geography and time, of progress and hope and of man’s eternal quest to make himself a little more
Kaldalon & Isafjardardjup
• The serene Kaldalon glacial creek
• Iceland’s northern most glacier, Drangajokull
• Panoramic views of the Isafjordur Bay, its fjords and islands
• Optional: The Snjafjallasetur Heritage Centre
We start the tour with driving over the barren mountain pass of Steingrimsfjardarheidi to the beautiful Isafjordur Bay.
The bay is 53 kms long with three islands. There are eight fjords and several settlements along its southern shore but the northern coastline, which we visit on this tour, is uninhabited.
This is truly an off the beaten path experience of the incredible Icelandic wilderness.
Kaldalon is a remote and tranquil creek at the foot of Drangajokull glacier and has long been considered one of the most serene places in Iceland. The creek offers a spectacular view of the glacial tongue edge.
Iceland’s most beloved music composers, Sigvaldi, lived there for some time and took up the name Kaldalon in recognition of the influence that Kaldalon had on his music. He wrote one of Iceland’s most popular folk songs ‘Á Sprengisandi’.
Iceland’s northernmost glacier and the only one located below 1000m, Drangajokull is not shrinking like other glaciers and in fact increased in size since the beginning of the 21st century.
We’ll stop along the way for views of the fjords of the Isafjordur Bay, the islands of Aedey and Borgarey, and to learn more about the life in and history of the area.
At the end of the gravel road, we will come to the abandoned Unadsdalur farm and church.
It is also possible to stop at the Snjafjallasetur Heritage Centre, which hosts a very interesting exhibition about settlement of the area.
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• Pickup and dropoff from the port
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