When it comes to enjoying outdoor pursuits and the history of Iceland in a beautiful landscape, Skagafjörður is a good place to visit.
Skagafjörður er kjörinn áfangastaður til að upplifa og njóta íslenskrar náttúru, hestamennsku, viðburða árið um kring og afþreyingar fyrir alla fjölskylduna. Sögustaðir eru fjölmargir, einnig söfn og sýningar. Í Skagafirði er einstakt tækifæri til að njóta bæði ríkulegs menningararfs og blómlegs menningarlífs.
Gisting / Accommodation
Fjölbreyttir gistimöguleikar eru í Skagafirði. Hægt er að dvelja í sumarhúsi, á hóteli, gistiheimili eða í bændagistingu. Það er gott að hafa í huga þegar stórviðburðir eins og Króksmót, Landsmót hestamanna, Landsbúnaðarsýning, Laufskálarétt og Sæluvika standa fyrir dyrum er gott að panta gistingu tímalega.
It is good to have in mind, when there is something big going on like Landsmót – The Horse Festival, then it is vise to book accommodation in advance.
You can find a wide variety of recreational opportunities in Skagafjörður. Whether you want to become acquainted with the Icelandic horse in its natural environment, learn at museums about the history of the country and its people, watch birds, take a 4WD trip or go river rafting on a glacial river in a boat, Skagafjörður is the place for you. If more leisurely outdoor activities appeal to you, you should also find something appropriate. A nine-hole golf course is set in attractive landscape at town of Sauðárkrókur. Of particular interest is bird-watching, because about 90% of the country’s nesting bird species breed in Skagafjörður.
History at every step!
Skagafjörður is known for its rich history and fine museums. The historical site Hólar, in Hjaltadalur valley, is an interesting place to visit, while at the Glaumbær Folk Museum the history of life in turf houses can be traced in an unforgettable way. The famed Icelandic Emigration Centre at Hofsós tells the story of those who travelled west over the ocean in search of a better life, and not far from Hofsós is the Transport Museum in Stóragerði, showing antique cars that have been renovated to their original appearance.
Fun, fun, fun!
As well as these, events occur year round in Skagafjörður: several traditional Þorrablót feasts in January and February, the Skagafjörður Easter Skiing Festival, International Horse Days in April, the week-long Sæluvika Culture and Arts Festival at the end of April, and the famous horse roundup Laufskálarétt in September. At these festivals you will find genuine Icelandic entertainment, with singing contributing to the atmosphere.
You can see from all this that there are enormous opportunities for outdoor pursuits in Skagafjörður, where everyone ought to find something to suit them. A wide variety of accommodation exists, from luxury hotels to sleeping-bag facilities. Contact the Tourist Information Centre in Varmahlíð ([email protected], tel: +354-455-6161) for more information.
Hvernig kemst ég í Skagafjörð?
Hringvegurinn liggur um Skagafjörð og það eru 90 km frá Akureyri í Varmahlíð. Ef farið er Þverárfjallsveg þá eru aðeins 290 km frá Reykjavík á Sauðárkrók. Áætlunaferðir eru til Skagafjarðar bæði með langferðabílum og flugvélum. Ágætis upplýsingar um ferðaáætlanir er hægt að nálgast her.
How to get to Skagafjordur?
Road connections are to Skagafjörður from Akureyri, Siglufjörður, Blönduós and from the highlands so it is easy to pay a visit to Skagafjörður while travelling through North-Iceland. It is possible to get to Skagafjordur by car, bus or a plane. A good website to find out more about transportation in Iceland you can find here. (Look for transportation to “Varmahlíð” or “Sauðárkrókur)