The abandoned village of Adalvik lies in a short but wide cove facing the open seas just north of Isafjordur Bay on the Isafjordur Peninsula. It is about 4-5 miles wide with impressive mountains on both sides falling steeply into the ocean. The hill to the south of the split valley is called Kleifarhals. Below it is a sanded, eternal patch of snow from where the fishermen fetched ice to keep their catch fresh. In the north corner of the cove, a hamlet of 80-100 people developed during the first decades of the 20th century.
Quite a few of its houses still stand and are maintained by the descendants of their original owners and occupied by them during summer. As in so many other places along the coastline of the country, there is also an emergency hut there for shipwrecked sailors and fishermen.
Adalvik gives access to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. As sheep no longer graze here and the human impacts are minimal, fauna and flora thrive on a scale unknown in other parts of Iceland.
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