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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.   

Guesthouse Gullsól
Our guesthouse stands in the heart of Grimsey island. We are located just above the harbor with amazing views thereover. Our house is 3 stories high and the top two stories host the guesthouse while the bottom floor hosts our small handicraft store and café.   The guesthouse offers 6 rooms: 3 single bedrooms Two rooms with 120cm beds (For 1-2 people) One room with two single sized beds.   We also offer a toddler travel bed available for our guests free of charge.   Our bathroom is on the top floor and is shared by all guests. Free WIFI is included for all guests. We exclusively offer made up beds with high-quality sheets and two pillows for each guest. Each guest also gets a big towel and a washcloth to use during their stay. More offered for longer stays if requested.   We have a fully prepared kitchen which can be shared and used by all of our guests. The kitchen includes a fridge, stovetop, oven, microwave, coffee maker, sandwich maker, toaster, tea kettle and more appliances. Our kitchen table seats 8 people and furthermore next to the kitchen is the living room with a couch and two lounge chairs as well as a tv and a little bookcase.   On the first floor of the house through a separate entrance, we have a split space with both a little coffee house offering waffles with whipped cream, chocolate, and home-made jam as well as tea, coffee, and hot cocoa. The other side has a little handicraft store with Grímsey island made handcrafted things like wool sweaters, gloves, and hats. Also, we offer souvenirs and a document stating you‘ve crossed over the arctic circle.   For bookings and other information visit our website www.gullsol.is or send us an email at gullsol@gullsol.is
Safnasafnið Museum
The Museum collects artworks by artists who have hitherto been seen as outside the cultural mainstream, often also called naïve or brut – artists who have a real and direct connection to an original creative spirit; true, unspoiled and free. The core collection consists today of about 140,000 artworks and sketches by over 300 artists, dating from the mid-19th century to the present. The Museum is located in North Iceland, on the eastern side of Eyjafjörður, just about 10 minutes’ drive from the town of Akureyri.  10 to 12 new exhibitions every year. Appartment to rent Opening hours: 10.oo - 17oo daily. folkart@simnet.is Phone 461-4066
Vogafjos Farm Resort
Welcome to Vogafjós Farm Resort The resort is located on the east coast of lake Mývatn. It consists of a cosy family-owned guesthouse, a restaurant next to a cowshed and a small boutique with unique local products. The guesthouse is located in a beautiful area, surrounded by lava rocks and birch trees. It is the perfect location for northern lights scouting. In good conditions the lights can be seen easily from outside the rooms. All our rooms have a private bathroom and a wireless internet connection. The reception is located on the other side of the road, inside Vogafjós Restaurant.   Restaurant Vogafjós Restaurant is located beside our cowshed. We offer homemade local food such as smoked trout, lamb shanks, beef burgers, mozzarella and salad cheese made from our own milk and our homemade Geysir rye bread which is baked in our underground bakery. The restaurant is fully licensed and specializes in high quality and healthy products. While enjoying your meal you can experience the great view of lake Mývatn or watch through a glass window when the cows are milked, at 7:30 am and 6:00 pm. Guests are also allowed to go inside the cowshed to pet the calves and even try the fresh milk.    Vogafjós Farm Resort is open all year round.   Vogafjós Resort Tel: (00354) 464 3800 vogafjos@vogafjos.is www.vogafjos.is facebook.com/vogafjosfarmresort www.instagram.com/vogafjosmyvatn
Hitt og Thetta Handverk - Gallery
Sells good quality products all made by locals in the Northwestern region.
Arnarnes Paradis
Arnarnes paradis - An organic experience with endless sunsets in the summer and gorgeous Northern lights in the winter The hosts, Eyglo and Josavin have lived in Arnarnes since 1981. For the first 18 years they were traditional farmers with cows, sheep and horses but have stopped farming altogether. Now they run a small B&B with a small restaurant and gallery. Their hobbies are many; Eyglo likes painting and practices alternative medicine, Josavin is a carpenter and does all carpentry work and building projects in Arnarnes along with turning wood in his little work shop. Arnarnes paradis  aims to maintain and preserve the nature. They are a part of the project Responsible tourism, a declaration endorsed by leaders from over 250 companies at Reykjavik University on January 10 2017 in the presence of the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, who is also patron of the project. Eygló is a yoga instructor, Reiki master and has finished studies in holistic medicine. During the winter season they offer a weekend health package where participants enjoy the peace and quiet of nature, yoga, organic meals and introduction on healthy lifestyle. Arnarnes paradis aims to make your breakfast as organic as possible. The tea is from the wild herbs from the grounds and all sugar added to the jams is organic. The salad and the vegetables come from the greenhouse. What they can’t grow or produce themselves they buy from a certified local supplier of organic produce. They also aim to make your sleeping experience as organic as possible. All linen is made from organic cotton and with fair trade commitment. It is also manufactured in Iceland . gps 65°51'48.2"N 18°13'53.6"W Note: During summer we also offer sleepingbags accommodation in 2 RVs and one camper.
Brúnir - Horse, Home food and Art
Brúnir Horse organises professional shows where the Icelandic horse is introduced in its natural environment and its history and unique qualities are brought to life with emphasis on the horse‘s multiple skills and diversity. Our guests can enjoy local cuisine on the premises, made primarily with fresh ingredients from our region. Brúnir Horse also houses a studio and an art gallery where guests can view the farmer‘s artwork that is on show and for sale. The art gallery also hosts other local artists‘ exhibitions from time to time. For opening hours, please see www.brunirhorse.is Find us by GPS: N65° 34' 0.392" W18° 3' 51.597"
Arctic Handcraft and Design
The Arctic Handcraft and Design About 100 individuals are selected to sell their exclusive handcraft, art and design that often is based on the old Icelandic traditions. Some of the favourite materials used is the legendary Icelandic wool, the delicate skin of lamb and reindeer not forgetting the luxurious fish leather. Spend the afternoon exploring the core of the Icelandic culture in the great environment of Reykárhverfi just 10 km. south of Akureyri, surrounded by the peaceful mountains of Eyjafjörður. Opening hours:  12-19 from Thu-Sun (4 days) starting on Thursday after the first weekend in August each year.
Sauðaneshús - The Old Vicarage Langanes
Sauðanes is an old church estate on Langanes peninsula, 7 kilometres north of the village of Þórshöfn.  It is believed that there has been a church in Sauðanes since the 12th century.  The church that now stands was built in 1889 and is currently being renovated.  The vicarage in Sauðanes, called Sauðaneshús, was built in 1879 from dolerite and is the oldest house made of stone in the north-east of Iceland.  The dolerite was moved to Sauðanes from afar and cut on site.  Rev. Vigfús Sigurðsson (1811-1889) oversaw the building of the house.  The builders were two brothers from Vopnafjörður; Sveinn Brynjólfsson and Björgólfur Brynjólfsson.  A large piece of driftwood, that washed ashore on Langanes, was used to make the doors in the house.  After Rev. Vigfús died, Arnljótur Ólafsson (1823-1904) became the vicar of Sauðanes.  He was a well-known politician and writer. Sauðaneshús was inhabited until 1955 when a new vicarage was built near the old one.  Sauðaneshús was under reconstruction from 1991 to 2003.  Today, it houses a folk museum, tourist information and a cafe.  The artefacts in the house provide insight into how locals lived a hundred years ago.  Sauðaneshús is owned by the Icelandic National Museum and run by the local cultural centre.  The house is open to tourists during summer. Open from 15th of June to 15th of August. Closed on Mondays. More info: http://www.husmus.is/index.php?lang=en
KIDKA Wool factory shop
Our company KIDKA is one of the biggest knitting factories in Iceland and its name stands for beautiful and high-quality wool products, which are fashionable, comfortable and genuine Icelandic. You can find our products in shops all over Iceland. Our factory is situated in the beautiful Miðfjörður area, in the small town Hvammstangi, halfway between Reykjavík and Akureyri, just 5 min from the main Road 1. KIDKA sweaters, cardigans, and accessories are knitted by knitting machines. If you stop by in Hvammstangi you are welcome to take a look at our factory and see it yourself.  A visit to the KIDKA Wool factory provides a unique insight into the genuine Icelandic way of knitwear production. We like to show you how your sweater is made.In our cozy factory shop, you can purchase our KIDKA wool products or buy some hand-knitted wool products for a good price. We are also in Reykjavík: KIDKA Wool ShopLaugavegur 54, 101 Reykjavík.kidka@simnet.is  www.kidka.com
Rúnalist Stórhól - Art craft and animals
Local hand craft for sale.  Natural Icelandic materials from Skagafjörður, leather, fish leather, hides and wool.
Daladýrð
Gjóska is an Icelandic design company run by the teacher and textile designer Birna Kristín Friðriksdóttir and her husband the farmer Guðbergur Egill Eyjólfsson. They live on the Farm Brúnagerði in North Iceland, where Gjóska‘s workshop is located but they also run a shop on Skólavörðustígur 20, downtown Reykjavík. On the farm they run a petting zoo where guests can enjoy Icelandic farm animals like horses, sheeps, puppies, kittens, goats, geese, ducks, and chickens and more. Also small cafe with emphasis on products from the farm.
Medieval Days at Gásir
3rd weekend in July
Hof Cultural and Conference Center
 In the spring of 2014 the representatives of the Akureyri Theatre Company (Leikfélag Akureyrar), the North Iceland Symphonic Orchestra (Sinfóníuhljómsveit Norðurlands) and the Hof Culture Society signed an agreement stating their participation in the establishment of a new institution, Akureyri Culture Society (ACS).  The aim is to create a strong scene for the three largest cultural institutions in North Iceland to cooperate, to further advance Akureyri´s cultural society and further strengthening the operations carried out by these parties.  All their work builds up to promoting and strengthening the operation, establish artistic independence, smaller superstructure and a more economical operation.  ACS objectives Strengthening occupational acting and symphonic music in Akureyri. Offering the best possible scene for music and stage performances, meetings and conferences. Contribute to a safe economical environment and good handling and utilization of public funds. Contribute to offering more cultural and artistic events in North Iceland and thus contribute to a more diverse cultural and artistic society in North Iceland. Ensure the cooperation and coordination of events between the three founders.

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Trade Museum Bardusa Brekkugata 4 530 Hvammstangi 451-2747
Greta´s House of Clay Litli-Ós 531 Hvammstangi 451-2482
Vatnsdæla on a tapestry Árbraut 31 540 Blönduós 898-4290
Womens Collage Exhibition Árbraut 31 540 Blönduós 892-4928
Herhusid - Artist in residence Norðurgata 7b 580 Siglufjörður
Flóra Hafnarstræti 90 600 Akureyri 661-0168
Vikingland Moldhaugar 601 Akureyri 899-1072
Dyngjan - listhús Fíflbrekka 605 Akureyri 899-8770