Traveling along road #643 through the Árneshreppur municipality is one of the most scenic drives you could ever take. Besides the breathtaking nature, you are bound to be captivated by the tiny settlements that greet you on the way. The historical village of Djúpavík dates back to 1917, when a herring factory was established in this small creek by the fjord Reykjarfjörður. The first attempt was short lived but in 1934 a new factory was erected, the largest concrete house in Iceland at the time. The factory operated until 1954, but today it serves as an exhibition building. The houses in Djúpavík are only used as summer dwellings today, except for the hotel, Hótel Djúpavík, which is open all year.

Djúpavík is a part of Árneshreppur the least populous municipality in Iceland, with only 53 inhabitants. It stretches over a wide area, though, covering some 780 km2. The population density is thus only 0, 07 individuals per km2. The area does not enjoy any public transport, apart from one to two weekly flights from Reykjavik to Gjögur, a small settlement which is only inhabited during the summertime. Most visitors travel by car. Please note, though, that if you are traveling during the winter it is necessary to check the weather and road conditions before you visit the area.

GPS Points N65° 56' 39.209" W21° 33' 26.138"
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Memorial Museum Kört
  • Árnes II, Trékyllisvík
  • 524 Árneshreppur
  • 4514025
Gjögur - Eagle Air
Domestic flights
  • Gjögurflugvöllur
  • 524 Árneshreppur
  • 562-4200


Guesthouse Bergistangi
  • Bergistangi
  • 524 Árneshreppur
  • 451-4003, 842-5779
Norðurfjörður - Iceland Touring Association
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Valgeirsstaðir
  • 524 Árneshreppur
  • 568-2533, 862-3363


Norðurfjörður Café
  • Norðurfjörður
  • 524 Árneshreppur
  • 451-4034, 691-1186

Reykjaneshyrna is a beautiful mountain situated between Ingólfsfjörður and Norðurfjörður. The mountain looks beautiful and stands alone where the fjord starts to scar the land. It's not that high but it gives you magnificent views of Drangaskörð in the north, the whole Húnaflói bay and then the Árneshreppur municipality. Þórðarhellir is a nice cave in Reykjanesyrna. It's situated under a high cliff and it can get quite difficult to get into the cave. The legend speaks that the cave is a hideout for outlaws.

History and Culture
The deserted Herring Factory in Ingólfsfjörður

The factory was constructed by the company Ingólfur hf. during the years of 1942-1944. The main reason why the factory was built was because of the growing herring stock coming in to Húnaflói bay.

The fishing failed some years after the factory was built and therefore the factory was closed in 1952.

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