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
• The town of Djupavik and the old herring factory
• The remote Nordurfjordur village
• View of the Drangaskord peaks and Ingolfsfjordur from the Munadarnes peninsula
• Panoramic views of breathtaking mountains, fishing villages and driftwood beaches
• Optional: Dip in the Krossneslaug hot pool
• Optional: Hike up to the Reykjaneshyrna viewpoint
• Optional: Scenic detour around the Drangsnes peninsula on the way back
The northern part of the Strandir coastline is one of the most remote parts of Iceland. Arneshreppur, the least populous municipality of Iceland has less than 50 inhabitants.
The lonely unpaved road hugs the coastline for most of the way with scenic inlets, waterfalls and beaches strewn with Siberian driftwood.
Our first stop is Djupavik, a small hamlet that tells the tale of the boom and fall of the herring industry in Iceland. The former herring factory, which was the largest concrete building in Iceland when it was built in 1935, now serves as an exhibition centre. Behind the factory, the local waterfall plunges from a cliff overlooking the town.
By the shore is a rusty old shipwreck, which was sometimes used as staff quarters when the town could not accommodate all the people working at the factory.
If you’re interested in hiking, Strandir offers some spectacular options. The Reykjaneshyrna viewpoint is an easy one-hour add on to your tour with rewarding views over the coastline, fjords and stunning mountains of northern Strandir.
Further along the coast, we come to the remote Trekyllisvik cove. Surrounded by towering mountains, it is difficult to imagine that this special place was the main site for witch burnings in the 17th century.
We come to Nordurfjordur, from where we can take a short detour to Krossneslaug, one of the most remote and scenic hot pools in Iceland.
It is possible to add time to the tour for a dip in the pool and enjoy the views.
We continue over the mountain to the Munadarnes, the northern most inhabited farm. At the mouth of the deep and narrow Ingolfsfjordur Bay, the area surrounding the farm has some of the best views in the region, especially the peaks of Drangaskord on the horizon.
On the way back, it is possible to take the drive around the Drangsnes peninsula instead of the same road back.
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