A Nature Paradise
Hotel Djupavík, comfort and care at the edge of the world
Untouched nature and interesting history are among the attractions of Djupavik at Strandir. In this remote part of Iceland, a special breed of people found a way to live off the land and, when all the fjords were filled with herring, this quiet cove became important in the hunt for the ‘silver of the sea’. Now it is a paradise for walkers and nature lovers who fill up Hotel Djupavík from early spring till autumn.
Old factory and dormitory
Hotel Djupavik was established in 1985 when Eva Sigurbjörnsdóttir and her husband Ásbjörn Þorgilsson, decided to cultivate guests rather than fish. “We had planned to start a fish farm but were unable to get a loan,” says Eva. “We had bought the women’s dormitory along with the old herring factory and the hotel started there.”
Most of the guests staying at Hotel Djupavík are in search of a nature experience. Many walk from one fjord to another but others use cars, kayaks or boats to get from place to place. Eva and Asbjörn provide guidance and advice on what to see and how to get
there along with comfort and rest after a long day’s exploration.
A Historical Exhibition
The Herring Factory is now the site of Djupavík’s Historical Exhibition where old photographs and texts lead viewers through the life and times of people in this quiet cove at the edge of the world.