Djúpavík is a small village located in the municipality Árneshreppur on Strandir coast in the Westfjords. The population of the municipality is about 50 people and Djupavik is best known for it abandoned herring factory.

The story of Djúpavík begins in the year 1917, when the herring factory was built there and people moved there from all over to work at the factory. Icelanders call it "the fairy tail of the herring", but it ended suddenly in the year 1919 when the factory became bankrupt. The next herring adventure began 15 years later in the year 1934 and the factory was fixed up and expanded. The operation went well, it was enough do to and many job opportunities for the people of the village. But then the herring began to disappear from the ocean and eventually the factory was closed in 1954. 

Today there is a hotel in Djúpavík that is run by a couple from the area and an exhibition about the history of Djúpavík has been displayed in the old herring factory.

Interesting fact: The movie Justice League (2017) was partly filmed in Djúpavík and Ben Affleck among other actors and the filming crew stayed there for few days during the summer.

Directions:

Djúpavík is located about 4 hours and 15 minutes (295 km) from Reykjavík and about 1,5 hours (65 km) from the village Drangsnes. From the village take road nr. 645 heading North and then road nr. 643 to Árneshreppur.

Djupavik in Strandir region
Inside the old herrind factory in Djupavik
Old ship wreck in Djupavik
The old herring factory in Djupavik
Djupavik in Strandir region
Inside the old herrind factory in Djupavik
Old ship wreck in Djupavik
The old herring factory in Djupavik

Djupavik in Strandir region

Inside the old herrind factory in Djupavik

Old ship wreck in Djupavik

The old herring factory in Djupavik