Dalvik, one of Icelands hidden hotspots
Although the population of Dalvik is just under 2000, there is more going on than meets the eye. The new Berg Cultural House, for example, is one of the happening places in Dalvik, where one can enjoy various concerts, performances and exhibitions throughout the year. The cultural house also serves as the information centre for the community, where you can find all the information you need about area activities and events. Needing to go online? There is a computer available (for a small fee) in the library and a hot-spot for Internet access in the Cultural Centre’s café. The cultural house also serves as the information centre for the community, where you can find all the information you need about area activities and events. Needing to go online? There is a computer available (for a small fee) in the library and a hot-spot for Internet access in the Cultural Centre’s café.
Activities abound in and around Dalvik
You can go whale watching, bird watching, horse riding, swimming, do paint ball and laser tag or explore the local folk museum. More information on these activities can be found at the cultural centre.
Dalvik’s annual all-you-can-eat fish festival Fiskidagurinn Mikli
Dalvik is well known for its annual summer festival The Great Fish Day that will take place this year on August 6th. This popular event serves all sorts of traditional fish dishes free of charge. Various forms of entertainment enliven the festivities with local bands, musicians, a kids theatre, a puppet show, face painting & balloons, free boat rides on the fjord and even exhibitions of sea creatures. As the sun sets, fireworks light up the August sky, bringing The Great Fish Day to a close.
House to house soup tasting
If you happen to arrive in Dalvik on the Friday before The Great Fish Day, you are in for a treat. From about 8pm onwards, residents of the village open their homes for a very special fish soup tasting event which is free of charge.
The area around Dalvik is known for it’s phenomenal off-piste skiing and there is also a skiing area with ski lifts just above the town. Hiking is another activity that is gaining popularity in the local community. Ferðatröll Hiking Club offers a variety of organised hikes during their Hiking Week (24 June -3 July) with hikes into the surrounding Tröllaskagi mountains. Hikes range from easy to strenuous and you are welcome to join in.
Hrisey, a bird watchers paradise (pop. 200)
Just off the coast of Dalvik lies the 2nd largest island in Iceland. A ferry from Dalvik will get you there in 15 minutes and views of the surrounding mountains and fjord are incredible.
Access to Grimsey (pop. 100)
Dalvik is also the place where you can take a ferry to the island of Grimsey, which is a must if getting a certificate proving that you have crossed the Arctic Circle is on your list of things to do while in Iceland….and really, why not?
Goðabraut • 620 Dalvík
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