Hótel Framtíð of Djúpavogur
Accommodation for every budget
It’s rather rare in Iceland to find so many types of accommodation owned by just one company, but Hotel Framtíð has got it all covered; a kind of ‘one stop shop’ for all your accommodation needs, right in the centre of town. Facilities are centrally located within the vicinity of the main building at the Djúpivogur harbour: there is a camp site, a separate building for sleeping bag accommodation, 3 self-contained apartments which are great for families and small groups and 4 brand-new self contained cottages that sleep 2-3 persons each. The century-old main house boasts a new wing with 18 double rooms and en suite bathrooms, a large breakfast/meeting room, the restaurant and 8 cosy bedrooms with shared and private facilities on the upper floor.
The post-card setting for Hotel Framtíð couldn’t be more delightful. The restaurant overlooks a small harbour with colourful fishing boats and even the passing sailing yacht. We joke that the fish in the harbour are so close that they simply jump out of the water and land directly on our plates. Owner Thorir explains, “Well, its not too far from the truth, as the fishermen are only going maybe one kilometre from the harbour to fish”.
A favourite of tour guides in Iceland, the popular daily special at Hotel Framtíð is always the catch of the day, whether it be cod, trout, halibut, haddock, redfish or plaice. Other excellent menu items include starters such as mussels (local of course), cooked in white wine, an almost addictive goose breast carpaccio and main dishes such as the heavenly roast lamb fillet or grilled langoustine with garlic butter.
Now that you are comfortably settled into your lodging, you will want to spend a day or two exploring Djúpivogur and surroundings. The Island of Papey, believed to be the home of Irish monks and hermits before the Settlement makes for an interesting day trip. The 2 km-square island was inhabited until 1966 and is now home to many thousands of pairs of Puffins. Only reachable by boat, tours to the island leave the harbour daily at 13:00, returning at 17:00. Seals are often visible resting on the skerries and tours to the island include a guided hike and visit to Iceland’s oldest and smallest 18th century wooden church.
Just a few minutes drive from the harbour is a lovely area for walking and an excellent location to view many interesting species of birds, such as the Red-Throated Diver and the Slavonian Grebe. Special bird-watching huts or ‘hides’ have been set up to facilitate bird watching which are often used by the many bird-watching enthusiasts who frequent Djúpivogur in summer. A hike to the top of Búlandstindur is a wonderful way to get in some exercise and the view from the top is breathtaking. On a sunny day, the air is so clear and unpolluted that you can easily see for at least 100 km in all directions, making this an experience that you will not soon forget.
The Eggs of Merry Bay
A lovely walk along the water’s edge brings you to an outdoor sculpture, ‘The Eggs of Merry Bay’ which runs along the west side of Gleðivík (Merry Bay) about 900 metres from the main harbour. Created by the Icelandic artist Sigurður Guðmundsson, the exhibition contains 34 huge granite eggs, one for each of the species of local birds. The largest egg belongs to the colourful Red-Throated Diver, which was chosen as the official bird of Djúpivogur.