A visit to some of the unusual places in Iceland sometimes depend on a few factors, like time of year, if the road is open all year round, weather and vehicle, etc. But then again some of those places are pearls both as a sanctuary and as a scenic spot to enjoy the magnificent and peaceful wonders of nature. One such place is the small bay Vöðlavík in the Eastern Region north of the large and long fjord Reyðarfjörður. It is a place you can only visit from the beginning of July until the middle of September, and you also need a good 4WD vehicle to visit Vaðlavík.
Vöðlavík was a difficult place for living throughout the centuries
Although the bay Vöðlavík was mentioned in the Book of Settlement, written over a thousand years ago, it has always been isolated and a difficult place to live in. The bay is open to the Atlantic ocean, and it's only defense is the sandy beach. Building a harbor in the bay is impossible. Throughout the centuries four farms have been occupied in the valley that extends from the bay to the surrounding mountains, although all of them have been deserted, and the farms are now used for recreational activities in summer.
Recant strands in winter
In October in 1996 in severe weather, a fishing boat from the Vesman Islands stranded on the beach at Vöðlavík. From the moment the boat stranded it was obvious that the five fishermen aboard were in live threatening danger. It proved impossible for other fishing boats to throw them a lifeline and due to the weather and snow, it was extremely difficult to bring rescue teams from the nearby towns of Eskifjörður and Reyðarfjörður. In the end, after hours of finding their way over the mountains and through the snow and snowstorm, the courageous members of the rescue team made it to the beach. Fortunately, all the fishermen were rescued from this strand. Another strand that claimed one life occurred in 1993 when a Rescue boat on a rescue mission was struck by a large wave. Those two incidents only prove and demonstrate the harsh weather that can hit this otherwise beautiful place.
Nearby places of interest
Álftafjörður - Beljandi - Blábjörg cliffs - Eystrahorn - Fardagafoss waterfall - Flögufoss - Hallormsstaðarskógur - Helgustaðanáma - Hengifoss waterfall - Klifbrekkufossar waterfall - Mjóifjörður fjord - Papey island - Streitishvarf - Stuðlafoss waterfall - Stuðlagil canyon