There are many reasons to stop at the pleasant village Hvammstangi in the Northern Region in Iceland.  Located at the Vatnsnes Peninsula, it is a neighbor to some stunning natural wonders.

The old church is located by the Camp Site and is in care of the National Museum

Djúpavík used to be one of the busiest villages in Iceland,  but only for a very short period. Located at the Reykjarjförður on the east coast of the Westfjords, it was never an ideal site for a village or a town, but it was worth the try.  The story goes back to 1917 when an entrepreneur named Elís Stefánsson decided to build a herring factory in Djúpavík.

Djúpavík is a tiny deserted village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Hólmavík is a small village located in Steingrímsfjörður on the east coastline of the West Fjords.

Hólmavík is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Unlike most towns and villages around the coast in Iceland, Súðavík was always more of an agricultural area.  Throughout the centuries until the late 19th century the area consisted mostly of farms and in the middle of that century it had 21 farms, and small estates and no cluster of houses were visible.  But then again, land for agriculture is limited in the West Fjords, and fishing grounds we

Súðavík is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Ísafjörður is the center town of the West Fjords in Iceland. It is also the largest town in the Westfjords, with a 2016 population of 3.623 people. Like many of the towns and villages around the coastline in Iceland, Ísafjörður was mentioned in the Book of Settlement; that, of course, is huge in Iceland.

Ísafjörður is the largest and a center town in the West Fjords in Iceland

The mention of Bolungarvík in the Icelandic Book of Settlement is both interesting and unusual.  It was a woman, Þuríður sundafyllir, not a man or a famous Viking, that settled in Bolungarvík around one thousand years ago.  From that time up to the second half of the nineteenth century, most of the inhabitants lived on farms in the two valleys so beautifully placed in between the three mountain

Bolungarvík is a small town in the West Fjords in Iceland

The tiny village of Súgandarfjörður is located in a narrow fjord surrounded by steep mountains.  Suðureyri is a relatively new village as it didn’t exist as a village at the beginning of the 20th century, and is thus new in historical terms.   Before that time, the inhabitable area in Súgandafjörður consisted of a few agricultural farms with access to good fishing grounds, scattered throughout

Suðureyrir is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Contrary to most small villages on the coastline in Iceland, Flateyri started as a trading post, not as a fishing farm.  At the end of the 18th century, the store at the nearby village of Þingeyri started an annex in Önundarfjörður.

Flateyri is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Þingeyri is a small village, located on the southern side of the fjord Dýrafjörður or Animal Fjord. It is one of the few small towns or villages in The West Fjords that doesn’t have a high, almost threatening mountain right above the village. On the contrary, the area around the village is wide, compared to many other communities.

Þingeyri is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland

Amazingly, in the second half of the 18th century, this tiny village was the home and center of operation for Iceland’s most prominent entrepreneur, Ólafur Thorlacius. Soon after the notorious Danish–Icelandic Trade Monopoly was abolished; Ólafur purchased all its assets and expanded his operation beyond anything comparable in Iceland at that time.

Bíldudalur is a small village in the West Fjords in Iceland