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Culture

The locals of the Arctic North, whose genuine and friendly nature makes visitors feel at home, are proud of their history and eager to introduce visitors to their art of storytelling, poems and sagas stretching back to the Viking Age. The area has numerous sites of historic interest and a number of museums can be visited, each one presenting a specific part of Iceland’s history and culture. Art has a huge presence in the area and you can choose between visits to the artist in his studio or viewing larger art galleries and exhibitions. The culture and way of life of past centuries is commemorated in historical museums showing artefacts of olden days, mostly relating to the traditional occupations of agriculture and fishing. The traditional country architecture of natural stone and turf houses is also well represented. Natural science museums focus on representative samples and noteworthy characteristics of Iceland´s geology, flora and fauna. Be sure to check out the various musical events or theatre productions that are offered throughout the year. 

Seeing is believing. Take a look for yourself and enjoy the best of everything that North Iceland has to offer.

Museums

Every town has museums representing many different aspects of life in Iceland. The culture and way of life from past centuries is commemorated in historical museums showing artefacts of olden days, mostly relating to the traditional occupations of agriculture and fishing. Natural science museums focus on representative samples and noteworthy characteristics of Iceland´s geology, flora and fauna.

North Iceland

Towns & Villages

Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

Explore map with pictures

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