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“unique snap shot to the past” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Djupavik
off Route 643 in Westfjords | Djúpavík, Kjorvogur IS-522, Iceland   |  
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“unique snap shot to the past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

fantastic location, almost at the end of the gravel road. Tiny hamlet with collection of old buidlings, we stayed in Alfasteinn (red cottage) which was more than adequate for the 4 of us. Tiny kitchen with all the basics, bonus half bath on 2nd floor while full bath and bedroom on main level. We intended to make our own dinner but last minute had dinner in the dining room of main hotel - tasty home cooked meal. This place is more than just a place to stay...an atmospheric setting, I felt like Iceland 100 years ago when communities were isolated fishing villages. Time seemed to move at a different speed. Don't overlook the exhibition by Klause in the loft of factory. Drive another 30km to the ocean side pool at Krossnes. A remarkable memorable place for travellers looking for an authentic experience.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

I stayed at a hotel Djupavik twice in 2010. The rooms are really small and if you pick the wrong one you get a lot of noise from other guests going to the bathrooms etc. The house is very old and the walls between the rooms are just plywood , the bathrooms could also need a renovation.On my last stay there I think i had room 9 , which is the last in the hallway , it had a nice view of the fjord and was relativly quite.The people who run the Hotel are very friendly and they serve real good home cooked food which is rather unusual for the Westfjords . This is the only accomodation on the Strandir coast so one should not expect too much luxury. I just found out that they raised their price for a double to 9900,-Kroner (ca.€60,-) which for Iceland in summer is rather cheap !

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

Me and my friend drove on a Mazda 3 the 400 kilometers (250 miles) to Djupavik, a town, or rather, a place in the icelandic west fjords. Located at the beautiful shore we really felt like we had arrived somewhere. Nowhere. At old herring harbor there is the old factory, bigger than all of the other 6 houses together but still not overwhelming. There is a very interesting exhibition there right now(www.clausiniceland.com) which was opened the next morning especially for us as we needed to leave early.
The hotel can be highly recommended, offering a warm welcome, great service and excellent food. We stayed at another house as we had booked sleeping bag accommodation. What a choice! "Álfasteinn" (Elves-stone) was all ours with a hot shower, separate bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen and a lovely living room with a radio from the before war times which worked just perfectly.
The road leads on to other places which still needs to discovered but if you are looking for a place to feel good and just be, Djupavik is the place to be. I just can not wait to go again!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2009

Hotel Djupavik is in a stunning location right at the bottom of a fjord. The journey there is bumpy even in a 4WD, but if it's a reasonably clear day you'll enjoy some of the best views in Iceland.

The owners are friendly and it's very funny watching them try to control their exuberant puppy as it tries to play with the guests... I'm sure she'll be much better trained by the time you visit!

The food was pretty tasty and reasonably good value for Iceland.

The room was pretty basic but comfortable enough; if you're like me, you might want to bring a pair of earplugs when it's busy because the walls are quite thin.

If you want to get off the beaten track in Iceland, you can't get much better than visiting Djupavik. Overall, it's a great place to stay

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2009

We read about this place in the Lonely Planet which gave it rave reviews. This hotel is like staying with a rural family in Iceland. There were ups and downs. First it is really the only place to stay on the Strandir coast. To get anywhere you have to drive at least 4 hours either to Isafjordur or Reykjavik. The scenery around there is very nice, but not the most Iceland has to offer.
The family-runned hotel is led by the mother, who cooks, cleans does all the bookings, etc. It is very atmospheric. I would say it feels more like a very cluttered and messy home than a hotel or b and b, so be prepared. It also could have newer bedding and the place could have been cleaner. The whole time the house smelled like grandma's basement. The bathrooms are shared and a bit runned down. But for the price of just 70 USD I guess it makes sense.
They also served us soup one afternoon which had obviously had been recycled from the days before and tasted sour. All the other meals were in fairness, very fresh and delicious.
Overall it was pleasant and given the remoteness it was a nice break. However I would recommend coming here if you have serious time to kill on your vacation, because the western part of this region is much more stunning.

Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2008

Djupavik is on a remote and beautiful fjord. The village (current population 2) was founded in 1917 when a herring-salting station was installed, and the women's hostel is now the hotel. In 1935 the world's most modern herring processing factory was installed, but went broke in the 50s when herring disappeared. What we have now is a hotel, two self-catering houses, a derelict factory (used for concerts) and a beached accommodation ship from 1935.

We saw whales, and we saw the northern lights. The food was home cooking at its best. The hotel, which is shared with guests by its owners, is comfortable and homely (lack of en-suite facilities pales into insignificance). Great walking and fishing. This is Iceland: independent and immutable.

About 4 hours' drive from Reykjavik, along some wonderfully deserted roads.

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  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: off Route 643 in Westfjords | Djúpavík, Kjorvogur IS-522, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Westfjords Region > Kjorvogur
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