From pure waterfalls and picturesque mountains to historical sites and killer whales swimming in the bay, Vopnafjordur's attractions are almost endless.
Nature's seasonal light shows add a whole other layer to the experience. In summer, otherworldly bright nights and the lukewarm midnight sun take the stage, while in winter sunlight is limited and the northern lights transform the sky into the scene of the greatest light show on earth.
Icelandic-Americans and Icelandic-Canadians frequently visit to find their roots in this biggest port of Icelandic emigration to the New World in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 1100-year-old Viking history comes alive in the untouched landscape.
Beyond the local environment, an even wider range of sights awaits. Volcanoes, glacial rivers and black mountain deserts can all be found within a short drive.
Photos: Reindeer by Julia Fritzdottir (CC BY-SA)