Home to just over 1,500 souls, “the bay of the Svarfaðardalur valley," as per its Icelandic name, is located in the north-central part of the country in the splendid Tröllaskagi peninsula. The small settlement is flanked by dramatic mountains, formed by what is said to be the most beautiful and longest fjord in Iceland, Eyjafjörður. And thanks to this literally breathtaking landscape, hiking is one of the most popular activities in the area. There are plenty of well-marked hiking trails around the village, which consistently provide exceptional views of the fjord. Alternatively, Dalvik is also popular with alpine skiers largely due to the famous Böggvisstaðafjall ski area.
And although Dalvik is an important fishing harbor, with most of the municipality’s economy being based on fisheries and fish processing, the travel trade has been steadily growing over the past couple of years. Indeed, Dalvik has become an important starting point for many shore expeditions in the North Atlantic, whether for whale watching, foodie experiences or for exploring the remote Grímsey Island, which lies on the Arctic Circle.
Dalvik is located just 42 kilometers (26 miles) north of Akureyri, and can be reached via route 1 and 82 in 30 minutes by car.