Drangsnes is a fishing village, pure and simple. Conveniently located near the fishing grounds, it thrives in its minimalistic ways. In fact, the entrepreneur who runs the local restaurant and one of the guesthouses is a fisherman. He also runs the boat tours to Grímsey. Grímsey island, supposedly formed by a giant trying to dig the Westfjords apart from the rest of Iceland, is the biggest attraction in Drangsnes. The boat ride is only 10 minutes across. Grímsey boasts a rich bird life of puffins, fulmars and an interesting side story of fox farming.

It does not come as a surprise that in this small hamlet, the camping place is just by the municipality's office building, as synergy is always important in small villages. Lastly: although the new swimming pool in town is of top notch quality, the blend-in-with-the-locals way of bathing would be to dip into the small hot pools at the shore.

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Drangsnes
GPS Points N65° 41' 22.591" W21° 26' 16.313"
Postal codes

520

Population

105

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Sundhani ST-3
Tour Operators
  • Kvíabali 1
  • 520 Drangsnes
  • 451-3238, 899-4238
Reykjarfjörður Travel Service
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hornstrandir
  • 520 Drangsnes
  • 456-7545, 892-1545
Hotel Laugarholl
Hotels
  • Bjarnarfjörður
  • 520 Drangsnes
  • 451-3380, 698-5133
Reykjafjörður Swimming pool
Swimming Pools
  • Hornstrandir
  • 520 Drangsnes
  • 456-2662

Others

Hotel Laugarholl
Hotels
  • Bjarnarfjörður
  • 520 Drangsnes
  • 451-3380, 698-5133
Reykjarfjörður Travel Service
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hornstrandir
  • 520 Drangsnes
  • 456-7545, 892-1545
Guesthouse Malarhorn
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Grundargata 17
  • 520 Drangsnes
  • 451-3238, 896-0337
Gistiþjónusta Sunnu
Bed & Breakfast
  • Holtagata 10
  • 520 Drangsnes
  • 451-3230, 846-1640
Drangsnes camping site
Camping
  • Aðalbraut
  • 520 Drangsnes
  • 844-8701

Others

Guesthouse Malarhorn
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Grundargata 17
  • 520 Drangsnes
  • 451-3238, 896-0337
Hotel Laugarholl
Hotels
  • Bjarnarfjörður
  • 520 Drangsnes
  • 451-3380, 698-5133
For the Children
Drangsnes Hot Pots

The hot natural pools in Drangsnes are right along the shoreline in the middle of the village easily spotted from the road.

The pots are used throughout the year by locals and visitors. Even after a new swimming pool was built in town the attraction of the hot natural pot has yet to decrease.

The best way to meet the local and talk about everything and nothing is in the hot pots in Drangsnes.

Nature
Kerling the cliff

Kerling the cliff is situated in Drangsnes. The story says that this cliff once was a troll woman. This woman, along with two other trolls, had a dream of making the Westfjords an island. The tree of them started digging, one from the east and two from the west. The digging went well at first and the fjords became deeper and the landstrip shorter. When it was up to dawn and the Westfjords were still not an island the trolles aborted their mission and tried to find shelter for the sun. First they looked over the fjord in the west, which had become full of islands from all the land they had dug away. Then when they looked eastwards there was not a single island in the fjord. The two trolles that digged on the west side didn't like the fact that the troll woman didn't make any island so they went their seperate ways. The two you can find near the beach in Kollafjörður and the third one is situated in Drangsnes. When the troll woman realized that she couldn't find shelter she used all her strength that she had left to make one island outside Drangsnes. This island is now known to the world as Grímsey.

Nature
Grímsey

Situated just off shore from Drangsnes in Steingrímsfjörður, the island of Grímsey is a true gem of nature. From Drangsnes there are scheduled boat trips to the island, which take around 10 minutes. In Grímsey there is abundant birdlife and beautiful nature. We recommend at least 2 hours stay on the island to explore the island and it's birds. For more information about the boat trips, contact Malarhorn cafe.

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