Vopnafjörður, a town on the eastern part of Kolbeinstangi spit, has its roots as a trading centre from times long past, and at the end of the 19th century a village began forming. An adjacent heath is the locale for many of novelist Gunnar Gunnarsson's (1889-1975) works. At the 100th anniversary of the writer's birthday in 1989, a memorial to him was unveiled in Vopnafjörður: a bust by sculptor Sigurjón Ólafsson. Some of the countryís best-known salmon fishing rivers are in the vicinity of Vopnafjörður, and there is a local museum at Bustafell where the same family has lived for about 500 years.


Farm and folk museum in Hofsárdalur valley, Vopnafjörður: an extremely well-preserved old turf building. The turfhouse farm is originally from 1770, but has been extended and renovated inside for every generation since that time. The house was lived in until 1966 but the National Museum has owned the building since 1942. The Old Artefact Museum mainly consists of artefacts which originally belong in the building and other artefacts. A café and sanitary facilities are located behind the old farmhouse.


is a mountain range located between Vopnafjörður and Jökulsárhlíð. It is composed of tall and steep mountains, rising to a height of some 1,250 metres. North of the Smjörfjöll range is Hellisheiði heath, over which the road between Vopnafjörður and Hérað lies. The heath receives heavy snowfall in winter and the road is high, some 730 metres, making it one of the highest mountain roads in the country. From the heath a stunning view to all directions is visible.

Fuglabjarganes headland is on the northern coast of Vopnafjörður is a scenic marked hiking path. The headland is on the border of Ljósaland and Hámundarstaðir frams, a marked hiking path from the Strandhafnarvegur road, along the river Fugla. The headland itself is an even plain with stone sheep fences, white beaches, rock caverns and pillars and magnificent cliffs.

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