Kálfshamarsvík is a small cove on the northwest shore of Skagi Peninsula in the north region in Iceland. The main attraction is the unusual and stunning formation of basalt columns at the bay as well the surrounding area.  The Cove is a spectacular sight, where the ocean meets the amazingly shaped rocks and small cliffs. The Cove Kálfhamarsvík is of particular interest to photographers as the area offers many angles with interesting views, foregrounds, and backgrounds.  Mind you, though, like in so many places by the shore in Iceland, how the high and low tides play a role as well as the time of day when photographing.  In the afternoon and the bright summer evening, the sun shines on the cliffs from the ocean side but reverse in the morning.

Kalfshamarsvik basalt column

Kálfshamarsvík could have developed into a village

Among the premises that most towns and villages in Iceland have in common is the fact that they lie near rich fishing grounds in addition to a good landing place for small boats.  This was in a time period before motorboats arrived and when the deprived and less fortunate part of the population were finding new options in employment in fishing while leaving the compulsive obligation of domestic service in agriculture. Kálfshamarsvík became a small fishing station and formed a tiny hamlet.  This was in the late 19th century and lasted only until the great depression and decline of markets in the middle of the 20th century. The premise was very much the same as applies to many towns and villages around Iceland and could have developed into a village.  At Kálfshamarsvík you can still see ruins of houses and items from that history.

Easy access but a long drive to Kálfshamarsvík

Kálfshamarsvík is easily accessible from the Ring Road in northern Iceland or the North Region of Iceland. From that road, you take a turn north on Road 74 and the drive is approximately 36 kilometers.  So if you are a great fan of Basalt Columns the 72 kilometers to Kálfshamarsvík and back is well worth it.  

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The main attraction at Kálfshamarsvík is the unusual and stunning formation of basalt columns at the bay as well the surrounding area.

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Lystigarðurinn (The Botanical Gardens) is Akureyri's pride and joy. It was a public park, opened in 1912, and a botanical garden opened in 1957. It has approximately 6600 alien taxa growing in beds and nursery, as well as, 430 species of the native taxa. Located a mere 50 kilometers from the Arctic Circle, developing and maintaining the beautiful Gardens has been no mean feat. It all started in 1910 when a number of women in Akureyri founded the Park Association to beautify their town.  A year earlier the town council had given them a hectare of land to play with, never realizing the ladies meant business. For the next forty-three years, the Gardens were run by the Park Society and increased to 3.6 hectares.

Apart from being tranquil and beautiful Gardens, the Botanical Gardens gradually became a place for scientific research. Many of the plants placed there were believed not to be able to survive on the Arctic edge. But, survive they did, and what's more: They prospered.

Within the Gardens, you'll also find fountains and tiny lakes where children like to play. At the southeast corner, you will find a few wooden buildings. One of them is a café/bistro with a large patio. It is the most delightful place to sit down and relax on a sunny day.

Lystigarðurinn (The Botanical Gardens) is Akureyri's pride and joy

The tiny village of Bakkafjörður is probably the smallest, most remote and most isolated village in Iceland.Both regarding activity and geography.  It is more or less a cluster of houses with a small harbour.  The population is less than 80 people, and everyone depends on fishing and fish processing.   As part of the Langanesbyggð municipality after merging with Þórshöfn in 2006, most of the se

Bakkafjörður is a tiny village in the Northern Region in Icedland

Þórshöfn is a small village in the Northeast region in Iceland, remote and far away from most places. Although Þórshöfn was never a large village, it reached its peak in the seventies, when around 500 people lived in the village. Since then, there has been a decline in the population and today less than 400 people live in the village.

Þórshöfn is a small village in the Northern Region in Iceland

It is hard to imagine when you come to this tiny village on the edge of becoming deserted, that it was once one of the largest export harbors in Iceland.

The church was designed by Iceland's most prominent architect, Guðjón Samúelsson and built in 1927


The Church in Húsavík is a timber building, built in 1906 and consecrate in 1907.

Grenivík is a tiny village on the east coast of Eyjafjörður, named after the bay in front of the town.  Although the bay and nearby places are mentioned in the Book of Settlement, the village has only been around for a few decades.  It is probably the newest and youngest village in Iceland.  Even in 1935, the town didn’t count more than 20 houses, and most of the inhabitants had their income fr

Grenivík is a tiny village in the Northern Region in Iceland

Akureyri is the largest town in Iceland outside the Reykjavík and the Capital City area.  Akureyri is also one of the few places around the coastline that formed a cluster of houses as early as the 17th century that developed into a town.

A walk up the stairs to the church that towers over the center is a must.

Visiting the neat small town of Dalvík is a joy.  Placed in a beautiful landscape on the west side of the deep fjord Eyjafjörður, it is like most towns and villages around the coastline in Iceland, a fishing town that developed from rich fishing grounds in the first decades of the 20th century.

Dalvík is a small town in the Northern Region in Iceland