Drangsnes. Population: 65
The hills between Steingrímsfjörður and Bjarnarfjörður are unlike any area in the Westfjords. They rarely reach a height over 200m and in the undulating landscape you’ll find grassy meadows, wetlands and innumerable lakes and ponds between rocky ridges. A haven for bird-lovers, especially in early summer, this area offers easy hiking treks for everyone in summer and winter alike.

At the eastern end stands Bæjarfell mountain, 345m, offering fantastic views over the vicinity. Sheltering beneath it is Drangsnes, a fishing village of fewer than one hundred inhabitants with a general store and a campsite by the town hall. In Drangsnes one can also find hot tubs by the shore and 2 km away Grímsey Island teems with millions of nesting puffins and other seabirds.

Annually in mid July, inhabitants of Drangsnes throw Bryggjuhátíð (i.e., harbour festival), which is a great entertainment for the whole family. It’s usually launched with jig-angling contest for the youngsters in the morning and following that is a non-stop program throughout the day.

To many the highlight of the festival is the seafood-tasting, where you’ll find the grill maestros of the parish cooking highly unusual food that is not served on a daily basis, for instance, lumpfish, salt cod, crab and other marine monsters!

Photo and historic exhibitions are to be found in the schoolhouse, during the festival and the finale of Bryggjuhátíð consists of a bonfire and a dance until dawn.

Official website: www.drangsnes.is

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