Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Fishing village worth exploring
We have big news for those who love exploring places "off the beaten track" and far away from crowds. Today, we want to let you know that a big step in tourism of Dalvík - a small fishing village in the longest fjord of North Iceland - has happened recently. Local whale-watching company has just opened a small and very comfortable center for tourists which we encourage you to check out, even if you don´t necessarily fancy booking a whale watching tour. WHY? - because, you can check out old black and white photos taken around half a century ago that takes you back to the atmosphere around the Dalvík harbour and on boats back then, - because, you can enjoy looking at localy made handicraft and eventually buying it if you wish so, - because you can get a ticket for a ferry that takes passengers 3 times a week all the way above the Arctic circle, - because, you can just chill out and have some snack a chat with staff advising you on what is there to do and explore once in Dalvík. We´ve been watching tourism development in Dalvík closely for the past few years and must admit that we see this brave move of a local whale-watching company as a huge step, helping you - local travellers - find local handicraft, enjoy local horse-back riding, get advise on what is there to explore and stay away from the big crowd. Now, a few words about the whale-watching in Dalvík. In opposition to well promoted whale-watching destinations of Húsavík and Reykjavík, whale-watching in Dalvík stays more personal and is still less crowded. Freyr, the captain of this all, is very clear on his uniqueness when it comes to personal service and we hope and keep the fingers crossed that his visions of authentic tourism will stay that way in years to come. I would like to share my personal experience here, when I was invited to the tour 2 years ago. Before saying yes, I was cautiously double checking with Freyr (the captain) sea conditions. Having been sea sick a few times before, I really didn't feel like vomitting over the whales... The answer I got was: 'Don´t worry, the sea is like a mirror today, you´re really lucky', and yes, lucky I was, both with the calm sea and with playful whales who didn´t hesitate a minute to show off and splash their tales in all its glory. And last but not least, Freyr has a surprise ready for his customers, which I won´t tell you more about, as it would not be a surprise anymore. OK, that´s it for today. More about Dalvík and tips on what to explore here, in the upcoming posts, so stay tuned. For now, I just say that Dalvík is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and hiking is one of very enjoyable activities to do here to feel the area and get to know it better. last but not least, worthwhile article about how to buy icelandair miles cheaply and travel to Alaska for example.