Informacje na temat Hjalteyri

Hjalteyri is a community of around 40 people, located on the western shores of Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. Until the early 20th century it was one of the centres for the herring industry in Iceland.

The best way to visit this area is on a relaxed self drive tour. One of the best options for doing so is this 7-day Arctic Coast Way self drive, available in the summer months.

History & economy

Norwegians started salting herring in the area around 1880 and the village became was confirmed by law as a trading post in 1897. Swedes, Scots and Germans would fish there  in the following years but all foreigners had left by 1914.

The Icelandic fishing company Kveldulfur was active there from 1914 and in 1937 built the largest herring factory in Europe at Hjalteyri, which ran until 1966. The company also built many of the beautiful residential buildings that still stand in the village, such as the house of Thor Jensen, the founder of the company, and Asgardur, where the head of the factory lived.

The herring disappeared from the fishing grounds in the 1960s and Kveldulfur thus left as well. Fishing from small boats increased.Today, Hjalteyri boasts a strong harbour and fishing, the drying of fishheads and aquaculture are the mainstay of the economy. 

Sights, services & accomodation

Along with the beautiful buildings at Hjalteyri, we recommend visiting the old herring factory, which now functions as a culture center for the community, with an active art and culture program and regular art exhibitions during the early summer months. Also make sure to visit the cozy Café Lisa, which also offers accommodation and opportunites for sea angling.

Last, but not least, it only takes about 5-10 minutes to sail from Hjalteyri to the Strytur underwater geothermal cones, and the Strytan Divecenter indeed operates a base at Hjalteyri, at the old herring factory. At the Strytur you may experience nothing less than one of the greatest dives in the world! 

Najbliższy serwis Hjalteyri

Cały serwis w 50km zasięg

Okoliczne atrakcje Hjalteyri

Strýtur

The Strytur in are giant submarine geothermal silica cones that rise like towers from the seafloor at Ystuvik and Arnarnes in the fjord Eyjafjordur in...

Zobacz

Hauganes

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Allihjelm. Hauganes is a village, located within fjord Eyjafjörður in North Iceland with a population o...

Zobacz

Laufás

Image credit: Regina Hronn Laufás is a turf house located in north Iceland. It is approximately 20 minute’s drive from the ‘Capital of the North’, Ak...

Zobacz

Svalbarðseyri

Svalbarðseyri is a village of approximately 245 inhabitants in the North Icelandic district of Svalbarðsströnd. Explore this area on a self drive tou...

Zobacz

Árskógssandur

Photo above from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Bromr Árskógssandur is a small community in north Iceland, nestled against the fjord Eyjafjörður. L...

Zobacz

Grenivík

Grenivik is a fishing village of about 300 people in the fjord Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. It has many attractions nearby and is near to some of the...

Zobacz

Svarfadardalur

Svarfaðardalur is a wide, fertile and densely populated valley in North Iceland, dotted with quintessential farmsteads, gurgling streams and surrounde...

Zobacz

Drekagil

Photo from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Pjt56 Drekagil is a canyon located in North Iceland. Its name translates to Dragon Gully, due to the impre...

Zobacz

Akureyri Christmas House

The Akureyri Christmas House, or Jólahúsið, is a shop and tourist attraction by the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri. For Sale at the Akureyri Ch...

Zobacz

Akureyri

Akureyri, ‘The Capital of the North’ is a town in the fjord Eyjafjörður in North Iceland. It lies just 100 kilometres (62 miles) away from the Arc...

Zobacz

Hof Cultural and Conference Centre

The Hof Cultural and Conference Centre, also known as Menningarhúsið Hof, is a beautiful building and attraction in the capital of north Iceland, Ak...

Zobacz

Hrísey

Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo by Smiley.toerist Hrísey is an island in the fjord Eyjafjörður of north Iceland of around 200 people. Widely hai...

Zobacz

Akureyrarkirkja

Akureyrarkirkja, of Akureyri Church, is a Lutheran church in the town Akureyri in North Iceland. It is one of the town’s most distinctive landmarks....

Zobacz

Fnjóskadalur

Fnjoskadalur is a valley in South-Thingeyjarsysla county in North Iceland. It is home to Vaglaskogur, the country's largest birch forest. The b...

Zobacz

Hlidarfjall

Hlíðarfjall is a ski resort in north Iceland, on a mountain of the same name. Enjoying the Hlidarfjall Ski Resort Hlíðarfjall is located in the mo...

Zobacz

Dalvík

Dalvík is a village within the municipality of Dalvíkurbyggð in North Iceland, with a population of approximately 1,400 people.  The municipality o...

Zobacz

Akureyri Botanical Gardens

The Akureyri Botanical Gardens, or Lystigarðurinn, are the world’s northernmost botanical gardens, sitting just 50 kilometres shy of the Arctic Circ...

Zobacz

Fossatún

Fossatún is a country hotel, renowned for being a centre to learn about Iceland’s troll folklore. Explore this area on a self drive tour in Icelan...

Zobacz

Akureyri Airport

Akureyri Airport is an airport in north Iceland. Facilities at Akureyri Airport Akureyri airport is the third largest airport in Iceland, after Ke...

Zobacz

Kjarnaskógur

Kjarnaskógur is a forest just outside Akureyri Township, and one of the largest forests in the country. It belongs to the Akureyri Municipal Council a...

Zobacz