Vopnafjörður
Vopnafjörður is a wide fjord in the northeast sheltered by the Smjörfjöll  mountains to the south, rising to 1079 meters and exstensive moors  to the north. The coast is spectacular with cliffs and columnar basalt.  Along the route 917 Hellisheiði you pass through the ruins of an  old volcano, with colourful rocks and marked hiking trails, and there  is Gljúfurá a river in a deep gorge with a spectacular waterfall. The  geology is fascinating and here the only fossil of a mammal dating  prior to the ice age was found,  telling a tale of large forests with  deer that may have come across  from Scotland on a land-bridge  millions of years ago.  Vopnafjörður has three main  valleys, with world famous salmon  fishing rivers such as Selá and  Hofsá. Vopnafjörður is a haven  for birdwatchers, especially  the waders and ducks on the  ocean-facing lagoons to the north  of the village. There is Eider-down farming and visitors are welcome  at Syðri-Vík to see how the precious down is collected.  The small town of Vopnafjörður is a major fishing harbour. Fish and  agricultural processing form the backbone of the town’s economy.  The village provides all basic services for the surrounding community,  Information for travellers is available in the heart of town at  Kaupvangur, built in 1882  now renovated and  home to Kaupvangskaffi  (tourist info & coffee  house), Múlastofa,  and the East Iceland  Emigration Centre.    Things to do:  • Visit the Emigration Centre  • Enjoy the musical Múlastofa  • Soak in the hot spring pool in Selárdalur  • Walk path to Fuglabjarganes  • The Bustarfell Folk Museum and the Elves  • The coast at Skjólsfjörur

Vopnafjörður www.vopnafjardarhreppur.is 

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