The factory floor was filled with modern machinery for processing herring to produce fishmeal and oil. The oil was filtered in a series of six separators to extract the water and then stored in large heated tanks outside the factory, with a capacity of 5,600 tons. A production process of this kind had never been used in Iceland at that time.
However, times changed. The last big catches in the area of Djúpavík were landed in 1944 – stocks dwindled rapidly. After some unsuccessful attempts to use the factory for other purposes, it was finally closed in 1954.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”112″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vcex_heading text=”Djúpavík Today”][vc_column_text]Today, the herring factory is home to a small exhibition recalling the golden era. You can also take part in guided tours of the herring processing plant.
Nobel author Halldór Laxness set his novel Guðsgjafaþula(not yet translated into English) in the Djúpavík area. The book follows the fortunes of the herring entrepreneurs and their employees.
You can also download The Story of Djúpavík (PDF, 20pp, about 3.5 Mb).
In 2006, the world famous post-rock group Sigur Rós held a concert in the factory.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]