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Culture and heritage

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.

Exhibitions

Be sure to check out the various exhibitions available in North Iceland throughout the year. The locals of the Arctic North 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 historical interest sites and museums, presenting a specific part of Iceland's history and culture.

Crafts and design

This is your chance to look at and get to know Icelandic craft and design. Visit locals and learn first hand about unique and special design from North Iceland.   

Saga and heritage

In North Iceland, you can travel around the area and get to know historical places, whether it is related to settlement, battles, poets, or the way of life of the past. 

Churches

There are more than 100 churches in North Iceland, each one has its own charm and character and they are all certainly worth a closer look.
Christianity in Iceland can be traced back to the settlement and Icelanders officially became Christians in the year 1000. An episcopal see was founded at Hólar in Hjaltadalur valley in 1106. 
It’s an old custom when people get up in the morning to go outside, turn east and make the sign of the cross. This was called collecting the day. This is why churches have been built facing east since ancient times.

Lighthouses

Take a nice and easy hike to the lighthouses and listen to the waves and birdlife all around. The lighthouses are yellow, orange or white, and in different shapes. You will find many different lighthouses while traveling the Arctic Coast Way.  

Historic Places

In North Iceland, you can travel around the area and get to know historical places, whether it is related to settlement, battles, poets, or the way of life of the past.