Flókalundur, is the perfect rest stop at the junction of the road leading towards the town of Ísafjörður and the bumpy road no. 62 to the southwestern peninsula. The name derives from the Viking Hrafna-Flóki, but the story goes that Hrafna Flóki, the first settler in Iceland, landed in Flókalundur and set up a winter camp.
The protected but sparsely vegetated lowlands location of Flókalundur is possibly the reason for its mild climate and sunny, warm summers.
The natural geothermal pool „Hellulaug“ lies about 500 m from Flókalundur, right by the sea-shore. It’s hidden away from the road, but there is a small parking lot and a nice path down to the beach, but the pool is located among the rocks. At high tide, you might want to jump into the ice cold sea, as the locals do, and then run quickly back to the pool to warm up.
Many popular hiking paths are in the area of Flókalundur, such as in Vatnsfjörður nature reserve, that was established to protect the area around Vatnsdalsvatn lake, a nesting site for harlequin ducks and great northern divers (loons).