A nondescript fishing village 42km north of Akureyri with just 1400 inhabitants, DALVÍK enjoys a superbly sheltered location on the western shores of Eyjafjörður overlooking the island of Hrísey. Paradoxically, though, its poor natural harbour hampered the growth of the fishing industry here until a new harbour was built in 1939 to remedy matters, today used as the departure point for the ferry to Grímsey. A major shipbuilding and fish-curing centre early in the twentieth century, today Dalvík has lost its buzz, and its quiet harbour front, lined by the main road, Hafnarbraut, stands guard over the familiar cluster of uniformly shaped modern homes that are so prevalent in the country’s smaller communities. Dalvík’s lack of older buildings is due to a devastating earthquake of 1934, measuring 7.2 on the Richter Scale, which demolished half the structures in the village and caused serious damage to the ones that did survive – two thousand people lost their homes.

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