While many people visit Iceland often stick to Reykjavik and environs or the South Coast, some choose to venture North on Iceland’s Ring Road. there’s plenty to see and do at the top part of the country including Akureyri and Godafoss waterfall. Another popular stop off is Dalvík, home to the famous fish festival and some of Iceland’s best skiing. Let’s look at all the things there are to see and do in this small Icelandic town.

White Church in downtown dalvik

With only 1,400  inhabitants, Dalvík is the definition of a cute, Icelandic fishing village. it really looks like something straight from a postcard. Clichés aside, Dalvík has some really special spots and activities. But first, a little bit about the small municipality. The town’s name means “valley bay” and should definitely be a part of your itinerary when exploring Northern Iceland.

Gísli, Eiríkur, Helgi Café in Dalvik – Home to the Best Fish Soup in Iceland?

This café is designed to make you feel right at home. Your hosts, Heiður and Bjarni, are extremely welcoming and Bjarni will regale you with his stories. The eclectic decor and beautiful views make this a favorite spot in Dalvík. In addition, the owners of this café also own the hostel across the street. If you’re traveling on a budget, maybe this could be a good accommodation option. Lastly, be sure to try the fish soup! You get to choose from three different homemade breads. Very filling and warming on those cold Icelandic nights.

Fish Soup, a traditional dish in dalvik

Go Horseback Riding on Icelandic Horses

Icelandic horses are very special as they were bred and developed here on the island. They are small and almost pony-sized but make no mistake, they are definitely horses. There is a large variety of tour operators and companies that will allow you to meet these lovely beasts and take a ride through the countryside.

Discover Iceland’s History at the Byggðasafnið Hvoll Folk Museum

Iceland may be a small nation, but they are proud of their culture, language and history. Learn about the history of Dalvík by viewing cultural artifacts at the town’s folk museum. One special display are the rooms dedicated to Jóhann K. Pétursson. He was Iceland’s tallest man and was known as the Icelandic giant.

Outdoor Activities in Dalvík – Whale Watching and Skiing

In the summer, North Iceland is a hotspot for many tours to watch the gentle giants breach the surface of the water. If you can’t make it all the way to Húsavik, both Dalvík and Akureyri are great places to book a whale watching excursion.

dalvik is a great port for whale watching

If you find yourself in Dalvík during the winter months, congratulations! You’re in the skiing capital of Iceland. The slopes nearby have state-of-the-art facilities are perfect for skiers and snowboarders alike.

Lastly, if you find yourself in Dalvík during the second weekend of August, be sure to stop by the harbor and take part in the local fish festival. This annual event features free seafood and is a fun way to spend the day.

Visiting Dalvík

Enjoy Dalvík, we hope you love it just as much as we do. The are lots of interesting activities to keep you occupied. Let us know how your trip goes and if you have any suggestions to add to this list. 

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