Highland farms

Now both residents and visitors of Vopnafjordur can enjoy hiking in the untouched nature of the highlands above Vopnafjordur and visit the old highland farms on the way, study the history of the farms and even put themselves in the shoes of our ancestors.

In the 19th century and into the 20th sixteen farms were built in the area called Jökuldalsheiði. Poor farmers were forced to look for land to farm in the mountains after it became too crowded to rent farms in the lowlands.

Residency lasted over a century, from 1841 to 1946. At the peak of settlement well over two hundred people lived in the highlands above Vopnafjordur and Jökuldalur. The total number of farms in this area was 16.


The Touring Club of Fljótsdalshérað, the municipality of Fljótsdalshérað, and the Kaupvangur Cultural and Educational Centre in Vopnafjordur have joined forces to increase cultural tourism services in Jökuldalsheiði and other nearby highlands.

The old highland farms in these areas are being connected to each other by hiking trails. Receptacles are located at each set of ruins, containing a guestbook and a stamp along with information about that farm, including its residents and history.

Cards for stamping at each site are sold at Sænautasel, the tourist information centres in Egilsstaðir and Vopnafjordur, Egilsstaðastofa by the camping place in Egilsstaðir and at the office of the Touring Club, Tjarnarás 8, Egilsstöðum.

Those who submit cards stamped at 10 farms will be publicly recognised and their names put into a raffle, from which winners will be drawn in September each year at the office of the Touring Club. Grand prizes will be awarded.

Guides and brochures are available at the same places as the stamp cards, and also at the website for the Highland farms that you see here on the side.

Contact:            Tourism representative in Vopnafjörður

Address:            Kaupvangi,  690 Vopnafjörður

Tel:                     473-1331

E-mail:               info@vopnafjardarhreppur.is

Website for the Highland farms:   Click here