Dalvík is a rural community of 2,000 inhabitants on the edge of Eyjafjörður. It is close to major transport routes and has a great deal to offer tourists in both summer and winter. The natural splendour of the Tröllaskagi peninsula is renowned - long, deep, grassy valleys between high peaks (1,200 - 1,400 m) provide a whole host of hiking routes in the summer and cross-country skiing routes in the winter. The peninsula is a paradise for people on snowmobiles.
The bird life is extremely varied in the protected Svarfaðardalur valley and Eyjafjörður is close by for those who want to try their hand at fishing. In fact there's no need to go out to sea because the rivers Þorvaldsdalsá and Svarfaðardalsá and the lake Hrísatjörn offer excellent trout fishing. In the autumn the mountainsides become dark with berries.
Economic activity is flourishing in Dalvík. There is a mixture of traditional activities, agriculture and fishing, and modern industry. There is an active educational and cultural life with the town boasting excellent schools, an active and ambitious theatre group, a nationally famous quartet and no fewer than five choirs, not to mention other kinds of music.
There is a folk museum displaying various exhibits which bring the area's past to life. In one section there is a display of birds and other animals, including a polar bear, stuffed by Steingrímur Þorsteinsson. There are also sections dedicated to the memory of two of Svarfaðardalur's most famous sons: President Kristján Eldjárn and Jóhann Pétursson, Iceland's tallest ever person.
Dalvík offers a wide variety of services. There are three car repair workshops, petrol stations, restaurants, handicraft galleries, chemists, a health centre, a liquor store, savings banks, hairdressing salons, grocery stores and a printing works. There is a range of accommodation, including campsites, farmhouse accommodation, guest houses, some of which are open all year.
Tourists visiting Dalvík have a wide choice of leisure activities. There are excellent sports facilities, including a sports ground, a running track and a new swimming pool. On the mountain above the town there is a park, the perfect place to spend a summer's day, and in winter time it is one of the best skiing areas in the country with slopes for beginners and experts alike and cross-country skiing trails.There is a 9-hole golf course on the banks of a river in Svarfaðardalur. Iceland's oldest indoor swimming pool is located in Dalvík and every school in the community (in Dalvík, Árskógur and Húsabakki in Svarfaðardalur) has a sports hall. Tourists can also go on boat trips from Dalvík and Hauganes, go whale watching, sea-fishing or just enjoy the sea air and the view. There is a regular ferry connection between Árskógssandur, on the mainland, and the island of Hrísey. The island of Grímsey is reached by ferry from Dalvík.
Summer visitors to Dalvík should not miss out on an evening trip to the headland Ólafsfjarðarmúli which affords stunning views of the midnight sun. The sun sinks into the ocean and then rises once more in a splendour of colours.