Many people simply drive through the north-western part of Iceland without taking the time of stopping and exploring the area. Compared to the Westfjords the northwest seems at first glance gentler and softer than the rough wildness of the fjords.
Fields and meadows with farmhouses and barns dominate the northwest, but there are still impressive mountains and coastlines to be found.
Take a look at the Vatnsnes peninsula where you will find several seal colonies relaxing on the beaches or just off the coast. Visit the Icelandic Seal Centre in Hvammstangi to learn more about these adorable animals and Iceland´s history with them. In the east of the Vatnsnes peninsula is Hvítserkur, an impressive 15-metre high basalt rock formation located just off the shore. The base of the rock has been reinforced with concrete in order to protect its foundation from erosion.
The biggest town is Sauðárkrókur, with a population of 3000, in the Skagafjörður region. Skagafjörður is one of Iceland’s most flourishing agricultural areas, with dairy and sheep farming and it is famous for its horse breeding. In the Skagafjörður area, horses outnumber people. The region also offers a wide range of activities, from hiking, heli-skiing, horseback riding, wild-water rafting and canoeing, to beautiful warm swimming pools and golf.
In addition to its unique landscape, Skagafjörður is also home to several important historical sights. The turf farm at Glaumbær served as a family home until 1947. Today it is one of the most popular and visited heritage museums of Iceland with an exhibition about rural life during the 18th century.
Víðimýri church is one of the few turf churches of Iceland that have been completely preserved and are open for visitors.
Take your time and explore the northwest with its rich historical heritage and green fields and you will not regret it.
»It is a wonderful place here, warm welcoming atmosphere. Relaxing in the hot pot was a great pleasure.«
Ina & Hanna from Germany