Djupivogur on the eastern coast of Iceland is a small fishing village surrounded by a beautiful, rugged landscape and dwarfed by the snow-capped Mt Bulandstindur nearby. Visitors here will find one of Iceland's most secluded areas, the perfect destination to lose yourself in the peace and quiet of this remarkable, untouched landscape.
Djupivogur's small size gives visitors a limited choice of things to do in the village itself, although the incredible surrounding coast and countryside offers some spectacular natural beauty. Visitors here can take a boat trip out to Papey Island, reputedly the first part of Iceland to be settled. Alternatively, you could pay a visit to the local cultural centre in the heart of the village, or take a tour of the magnificent lagoon of the Vatnajokull glacier:
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Lying on the borders of Vatnajokull National Park is the glacier's placid lagoon, where jagged white and blue bodies of ice jut up from the still surface of the water. Beyond, snow-covered mountain ranges and tundra create a dramatic backdrop in the distance. The surrounding green countryside is marked by tumbling waterfalls, isolated peaks and surreal rock faces of uniform structures, much like the Giant's Causeway. Visitors journey here to see the true beauty of Iceland – silent, secluded and wild.
Langa-Bud and the Church of Djupivogur
Built in 1790, Djupivogur's oldest house has since been renovated and turned into the village's cultural centre. Here in this bright red building you'll find a museum devoted to the locally-born sculptor Rikardur Jonsson, who began as an apprentice wood carver and went on to produce busts and reliefs of his fellow Icelanders. You'll also find a gallery here displaying locally-made crafts, as well as a coffee shop to relax in before heading to the village's own charming, diminutive church.
The tiny island of Papey lies out in the bay, and was once the site where Irish monks came ashore – supposedly the first people to settle Iceland. Today, you'll find the country's smallest church on the island in remembrance of these monks, and you may well find yourself alone but for the company of seals and countless sea birds – the perfect spot to enjoy complete seclusion amidst the natural beauty of Iceland.
Shopping in Djupivogur
Visitors to Djupivogur may find little in the way of shopping during their time in this small fishing community, but the cultural centre does deal in local arts and handicrafts for those looking for a souvenir during their time ashore.
Eating out in Djupivogur
Likewise when it comes to dining, the cultural centre's café is one of the few choices available to visitors during their time in Djupivogur. Tuck into a slice of cheesecake or a diamond-shaped kleina doughnut with your coffee, or head for the local steakhouse for a hot meal with the locals before you continue your adventures in Iceland's wilds.