Sauðárkrókur lies on the South West shore of Skagafjörður Fjord. Sauðárkrókur is Skagafjörður's largest population centre and services the local municipality. The old town is very charming - there you will find museums, interactive exhibitions, restaurants specializing in local food, a well-renowned bakery, and a number of little retailers and accommodation options.

Sauðárkrókur combines a thriving fisheries operation with the processing of produce from the extensive agricultural area surrounding it and a very effective service system. The town is one of the busiest most important communities outside the capital, and it would be hard to find better services anywhere outside the Reykjavík area.

To the east of Sauðárkrókur stretches Borgarsandur, a long sweep of black sandy beach almost four km in length, and just to the south, on the shores of Áshildarholtsvatn lake, information boards give details on the rich variety of birds frequenting the area.

The most abundant birdlife is to be found at the mouth of the river Héraðsvötn and on the lakes Miklavatn and Áshildarholtsvatn, just to the south of Sauðárkrókur.

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Sauðárkrókur
GPS Points N65° 44' 45.788" W19° 38' 22.103"
Postal codes

550,551,560

Population

2640

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Chapel at Gröf
Museums
  • Skagafjörður
  • 566 Hofsós
  • 453-8373
Skagafjörður Archive
Libraries & Archives
  • Safnahúsið við Faxatorg
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-6075
Gimbur Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Reykjarhóll
  • 570 Fljót
  • 899-3183
Blacksmith´s Workshop
Exhibitions
  • Suðurgata 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5389, 453-5020
The Old Warehouse
Museums
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 530-2200, 453-7935
Hofsstaðir
Farm Holidays
  • Hofsstaðir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6555, 898-6665, 849-6655
Sauðárkrókur - Eagle Air
Domestic flights
  • Sauðárkróksflugvöllur
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 562-4200
Lynghorse
Day Tours
  • Lynghóll
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 868-7224
The Tannery Visitor Centre
Exhibitions
  • Borgarmýri 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 512-8031
Brunastadir
Cottages
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1020, 869-1024
Keldudalur
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hegranesi
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6233
Safnahúsið - Museum
Museums
  • Faxatorg
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6640
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Sólgarðar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 867-3164

Others

Brennigerði
Bed & Breakfast
  • Brennigerði
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5521, 867-5575, 847-0579
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Sólgarðar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 867-3164
Keldudalur
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hegranesi
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6233
Reykir Camping site
Camping
  • Reykir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 821-0090, 821-0091
Hegranes Camping ground
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Félagsheimilið Hegranes
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 899-3231
Gimbur Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Reykjarhóll
  • 570 Fljót
  • 899-3183
Guesthouse at Trod
Cottages
  • Tröð
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5225, 860-4100
Brunastadir
Cottages
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1020, 869-1024
Kolkuos Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Kolkuós
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 861-3474
Gil
Bed & Breakfast
  • 453-6780, 849-6701
The Old Post Office Holiday Apartments
Apartments
  • Kirkjutorg 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 892-3375
Glæsibær
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Skagafjörður
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 892-5530, 453-5530
Hofsstaðir
Farm Holidays
  • Hofsstaðir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6555, 898-6665, 849-6655
Deplar Farm
Hotels
  • Deplar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 349-7761
Lambanes-Reykir
Guesthouses
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljótum
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1020, 869-1024

Others

Blafell
Shopping
  • Skagfirðingabraut 29
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453 6666, 860 2088
Olís Varmahlíð
Diners
  • Varmahlíð
  • 560 Varmahlíð
Gil
Bed & Breakfast
  • 453-6780, 849-6701
Veitingastofan Sólvík
Restaurants
  • Sólvík
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 861-3463, 453-7930
Sauðárkróksbakarí
Cafés
  • Aðalgata 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-5000
N1 - Service Station
Cafés
  • Ártorg 4
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-7070
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Sólgarðar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 867-3164
Skagasel Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Hvalneslæk Skaga
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6740
KS Hofsós
Shopping
  • Suðurbraut 9
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 455-4692
KS Ketilási
Restaurants
  • Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1000
History and Culture
Hólar Cathedral

Hólar Cathedral is the oldest stone church in Iceland, constructed in 1763. The church is built with red sandstone from the mountain Hólabyrða. A number of historically important items are on display at the church.

The church tower is 27m long and stands beside the church. It was constructed on the 400-year anniversary of the death of the last Catholic Bishop of Iceland, Jón Arason.

Nature
Sauðárkrókur-Tindastóll Skiing Area

The ski area at Mt. Hlidarfjall lies at the bottom of one of the biggest fjords in Iceland surrounded by high mountains ranging from 1000 to 1538 meters over sea level. The ski area is 5 km above the town Akureyri. The area has 6 ski lifts, 23 alpine slopes and 15 km of cross country tracks, ski cafés, ski rental and a ski school. Snow production systems ensure a long season from end of November till beginning of May.

Nature
Drangey

The rocky island Drangey in the middle of Skagafjordur is a flat topped mass of tuff, rising almost 200 meters out of the ocean. The cliffs serve as nesting sites for around million sea birds and have been used throughout Iceland´s history for egg collection and bird netting.

Grettis Saga recounts that both Grettir and his brother Illugi lived on Drangey, for three years and were slain there. The island can only be ascended at one spot.

Over the summer months, 20.May - 20.August, we offer daily trips to Drangey from Sauðárkrókur at 10:00 am.

There are no scheduled tours during the winter months, but tours can be arranged on request.

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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.

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Map Akureyri Hrafnagil Grímsey Raufarhöfn Kópasker Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður Húsavík Mývatn Laugar Svalbarðseyri Grenivík Hjalteyri Hauganes Árskógssandur Dalvík Hrísey Ólafsfjörður Siglufjörður Hofsós Hólar Varmahlíð Sauðárkrókur Skagaströnd Blöndós Hvammstangi Laugarbakki Borðeyri