The black sand beach between the mountains
The cove of Vöðlavík is one of those hidden gems in East Iceland that far too few visit. The cove was last inhabited in 1968 but now serves as a retreat for those looking to escape the noise of the world. It is a place adored by locals for its tranquility and natural beauty.
The deserted cove of Vöðlavík sits just beyond the little fishing village of Eskifjörður. Inhabited until1968, many of the descendants of the families that lived in Vöðlavík still own their family estates there. Remote and secluded, in later years the cove has become a haven for those seeking tranquility and inspiration from nature. A road was laid to the cove in 1940 and although not easy to travel, still serves its purpose as the main gateway to Vöðlavík. Coming down the hillside into Vöðlavík a pristine river runs alongside the road and forms many small waterfalls on its way down. You can leave the worries of the world behind as there is no cell phone reception in the cove. Down by the sea, you’ll find a black sand beach wedged between two mountains. Loved by the locals and seldom visited by guest from overseas, Vöðlavík is the perfect spot for those looking to get off the beaten path and experience something different.
Reasons to go
Waterfalls, history, nature, tranquility and good hiking trails.
When to go
The road to Vöðlavík is usually impassable until early to mid-June and until autumn. It is also quite rough and should only be traveled by experienced drivers in super jeeps.
From 20th of June until the 15th of September.