Life in Bakkafjörður revolves mostly around the fish in the sea and the right to survive by catching it.

The old harbor has a long history, and there is a plan in place to renovate it and tell its story. Just before you arrive in town, there is a new small boat harbor on the left. A walking track takes you past Viðvíkurbjörg cliffs at Viðvík, then over to Álftavatn and so on to Bakkafjörður, where the birdlife is abundant and varied. A hike to the Digranesviti lighthouse is strongly recommended.

The swimming pool at Selárdalur is owned by the people of Vopnafjörður and is about 30 km from Bakkafjörður. The pool commands a magnificent view of the mountains, and in the salmon fishing season, you can watch the fishermen wrestle their catch from the waters of Selá river which flows only a little way below.

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Bakkafjörður
GPS Points N66° 2' 11.558" W14° 48' 14.895"
Postal codes

685,686

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Others

Ytra-Áland
Guesthouses
  • Þistilfjörður
  • 681 Þórshöfn
  • 468-1290, 863-1290
History and Culture
Digranesviti lighthouse

There is a marked trail from Bakkafjörður to Digranesviti. The lighthouse was built in 1943-1947 and is 18,4 m tall. It's good to park your car at Bakkafjörður and walk to the abandoned farm Steintún and then Digranesviti is a bit further or around 1 km. The hike is beautiful and so is the view from the lighthouse. Be careful when you walk across the cliffs to get to the lighthouse.

Nature
Raudanes peninsula

Rauðanes peninsula in Þistilfjörður is another example of exceptional natural beauty. There is a marked path which takes you along a circular route of about 7 km of easy walking. Heather moorland is the predominant type of vegetation, although there is also a fair amount of grassland. At the start of the walk, you will pass Háabjarg, a rocky outcrop 60 metres in height, whose layers of rock, built up over the centuries, are easily apparent. The extensive views from the peninsula are not to be missed.

Nature
Stórikarl

Langanes is a veritable outdoor paradise teeming with birdlife, great for nature study and hiking.

Skoruvíkurbjarg, located mid-way out on its northern shore, is a great place to view and photograph sea birds such as auks. A viewing platform extending some 10m out from the cliff offers a close range view of a colony of the magnificent Northern Gannets on the sea stack Stórikarl. It´s Iceland's second largest Gannet colony, while nearby are colonies of auks, including guillemots and puffins in the bird-filled cliffs at Skoruvíkurbjarg.

The Gannet is the largest seabird in the North Atlantic and has earned the nickname Queen of the Atlantic.

Langanes peninsula is a treat for birdwatchers.

History and Culture
Skalar in Langanes peninsula

What remains of the village of Skálar are remnants of a life that used to be: a thriving community whose livelihood depended on the sea. Changing conditions in the fishing industry and transportation, the explosions of maritime mines, and other factor led to the abandonment of the settlement in the 1950s. Interwined with the village´s history are the factors that made Skálar an appealing place to live, its role in World War II, changes in transportation, the lives of individual families, and much more.

Some of the ruins have been marked with a number and name.

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Towns & Villages

Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

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Map Akureyri Eyjafjarðarsveit Grímsey Raufarhöfn Kópasker Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður Húsavík Mývatn Laugar Svalbarðseyri Grenivík Hjalteyri Hauganes Árskógssandur Dalvík Hrísey Ólafsfjörður Siglufjörður Hofsós Hólar Varmahlíð Sauðárkrókur Skagaströnd Blöndós Hvammstangi Laugarbakki Borðeyri