Although a small village, Djúpivogur has been around for a long time. This village in the southernmost part of the Eastern Region is one of the oldest villages in Iceland. As early as late 16th century the Djúpivogur became an important a trading place for a large area in the Eastern Region as well as the south-east part of Iceland. Before the Danish Trading Monopoly was established in 1602 German traders sailed to Iceland and set up a trading post at Dúpivogur. The Danish Trading Monopoly organised its trading in the south-east region from Djúpivogur, and so did some of the companies successors.
The trading place Djúpivogur turned village
One of the trading firms that became a kind of national chain in the ninetieth century in Iceland, Örum and Wuff, had an impressive operation for more than a century at Djúpivogur. Some of their houses are still standing and have been renovated, and give the small village a beautiful historical reference.
Djúpivogur is possibly the first place in Iceland to tackle multiculturalism
The landscape around Djúpivogur is among the most impressive for any town or village in Iceland. The small Búlandspeninsula, where the village sits, is surrounded by fjords, sea cliffs and ocean rocks as well as black sands, vegetated mountains and valleys and low cliffs. It is a place worth visiting for both landscape and historical reasons. Djúpivogur was probably one of the first communities in Iceland that tackled multiculturalism when Hans Jónatan a black slave from St. Croix, another Danish colony, settled in Djúpivogur. Hans Jónatan arrived early in the 20th century and became a prominent citizen with good acceptance from the whole community.
Today a community of approximately 500 residents, Djúivogur is a progressive and thriving small village. Although mostly based on fishing and fish processing tourism and providing service to people traveling in Iceland is becoming a larger and larger part of the local economy. It is a nice village with good service for residents with an emphasis on quality of life. The community has good preschool, primary and secondary school. Good sports facilities and a swimming pool.
If you are going to visit the Eastern Region in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Djúpivogur region.