The Arctic Bow
Amazing range of scenes, history and nature
The Arctic Bow is the name of the remarkable 184 km scenic and historic route along Tröllaskagi (Troll Peninsula) on the north coast of Iceland, stretching from Varmahlíð in the west to Akureyri in the east, passing through the recently built 11 km long tunnels between the towns of Siglufjörður and Ólafsfjörður. Along this route, there’s beautiful nature, excellent accommodation, fresh local food and a variety of activities to enjoy.
A small university community and episcopal see started in the early 12h century. The current cathedral dates back to 1763 and those interested in Icelandic horses will surely enjoy the Icelandic Horse History Centre. The nearby village of Hofsós hosts the Icelandic Emigration Centre and an award-winning swimming pool, neatly located on the seaboard.
Best known for its ‘Herring Era’ in the 40’s and 50’s. Visitors can watch local boats bringing in the catch of the day from the comfort of one of Rauðka’s excellent harbour-side restaurants with stunning views of nature.
Also known for its stunningly beautiful surroundings, it is best enjoyed on foot. Visitors can choose to hike with a map and a compass, or make use of one of the sign-posted hiking routes. Scheduled whale watching trips are available in summer and kayaks and bikes can be rented at the quiet Brimnes hotel and bungalows by the town’s beautiful lake.
In Eyjafjörður, Dalvík’s annual August event, The Great Fish Soup Day, is attended by thousands who enjoy the free seafood soup and entertainment for the whole family.
Dalvik’s Hvoll Folk Museum provides insight into the life and work of the local people. Amongst other things, it commemorates ‘Jói the Giant’, the tallest Icelander ever, thought to have been 231 cm. Sea angling and whale watching tours are available from Dalvik’s pier; horseriding tours can be taken in the Svarfadardalur nature reserve and a ferry sails from Árskógsandur to the beautiful island of Hrísey.
Grímsey Island is the northernmost settlement of Iceland. The Arctic Circle crosses this small island whose 90 inhabitants depend on the fishing industry. The island can be reached by ferry from Dalvík and by air from Akureyri.
The Photographers’ dream
The Trollaskagi peninsula, and its islands of Hrísey, Grímsey, Málmey and Drangey are renowned for an amazing birdlife. Photographers interested in photographing the birds should register and participate in the ‘Bird for a million’ photo contest. There is a ISK 1 million cash price for the winner. Visit www.birdforamillion.com for more information about the contest. – SHV