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' 39.557" W19° 38' 18.886"
Postal codes

550,551,560

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Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Sólgarðar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 867-3164
Á Sturlungaslóð
Exhibitions
  • Frostastöðum
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 455 6161
Brunastadir
Cottages
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 8691024
Icelandic horseshows
Family & Fun Parks
  • Varmilækur
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8021, 898-7756
Gueasthous Himnasvalir - JRJ Super-Jeep- Travels
Guesthouses
  • Egilsá
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 4538219, 8921852
Safnahúsið - Museum
Museums
  • Faxatorg
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6640
The Old Warehouse
Museums
  • Suðurbraut
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 530-2200, 453-7935
Reykir Camping site
Camping
  • Reykir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 841-7313
The Icelandic Beer Center
Culinary experience
  • Hólar
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • -
Saurbaer
Farm Holidays
  • Saurbær v / Vindheimamela
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8012, 849-5654, 864-5337
Gimbur Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Reykjarhóll
  • 570 Fljót
  • 8993183
Keldudalur
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hegranesi
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 846-8185
Reynistaður
Museums
  • Reynistaður
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-6173, 455-6161
Chapel at Gröf
Museums
  • Skagafjörður
  • 566 Hofsós
  • 453-8373
Lynghorse
Day Tours
  • Lynghóll
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 868-7224
Hofsstaðir
Farm Holidays
  • Hofsstaðir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6555, 898-6665, 849-6655
Hólar Travel Service
Hotels
  • Hjaltadalur
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-6333
Lifandi leiðsögn
Day Tour Provider
  • Skagfirðingabraut 35
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 899-3551

Others

Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Sólgarðar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 867-3164
Keldudalur
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hegranesi
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 846-8185
Steinn Farm
Bed & Breakfast
  • Steini
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 853-5928
Gueasthous Himnasvalir - JRJ Super-Jeep- Travels
Guesthouses
  • Egilsá
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 4538219, 8921852
Hofsstaðir
Farm Holidays
  • Hofsstaðir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6555, 898-6665, 849-6655
Karuna Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Litla Gröf
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 6181917
The Old Post Office Holiday Apartments
Apartments
  • Kirkjutorg 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 8923375
Sydsta-Grund
Cottages
  • Syðsta-Grund
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8262, 846-9182
Kolkuos Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Kolkuós
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 861-3474
Saurbaer
Farm Holidays
  • Saurbær v / Vindheimamela
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8012, 849-5654, 864-5337
Guesthouse at Trod
Cottages
  • Tröð
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5225, 860-4100
Deplar Farm
Hotels
  • Deplar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 349-7761
Gimbur Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Reykjarhóll
  • 570 Fljót
  • 8993183
Glæsibær
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Skagafjörður
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 892-5530, 453-5530
Brunastadir
Cottages
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 8691024
Hólar Travel Service
Hotels
  • Hjaltadalur
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-6333
Reykir Camping site
Camping
  • Reykir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 841-7313
Syðra-Skörðugil Guesthouse
Farm Holidays
  • Syðra-Skörðugil
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 893-8140
Hegranes Camping ground
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Félagsheimilið Hegranes
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 899-3231
Lambanes-Reykir
Guesthouses
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljótum
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1020, 869-1024

Others

Olís Varmahlíð
Diners
  • Varmahlíð
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 478-1036
KS Hofsós
Shopping
  • Suðurbraut 9
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 455-4692
Sauðárkróksbakarí
Cafés
  • Aðalgata 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-5000
Blafell
Shopping
  • Skagfirðingabraut 29
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453 6666, 860 2088
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Sólgarðar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 867-3164
N1 - Service Station Sauðárkrókur
Gas station
  • Ártorg 4
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-7070
Hólar Travel Service
Hotels
  • Hjaltadalur
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-6333
Veitingastofan Sólvík
Restaurants
  • Sólvík
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 861-3463, 453-7930
KS Ketilási
Restaurants
  • Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1000
Hard Wok Café
Restaurants
  • Aðalgata 8
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 770-6368
Reykir Camping site
Camping
  • Reykir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 841-7313
Nature
Borgarsandur Beach

East of the town Sauðarkrókur lays the beautiful black sand beach with dunes and marram grass. It is easy to park the car at the west end of the beach and take a walk to enjoy the view over Skagafjörður.

Hot Natural Pools
Grettislaug

The historic Grettislaug geo-thermal pool, named after Grettir the Strong, gives you an opportunity to

relax while surrounded by the ocean and a black sand beach. In Húsavík, you can

unwind in hot seawater at GeoSea geothermal sea baths. While the warm sea

works its miracles, you can enjoy the view of the mountain range to the west and

Skjálfandi Bay beneath the cliffs, in close proximity to the Arctic Circle.

Nature
Staðarbjargarvík

Not to be missed on the coast just below Hofsós are the amazing basalt formations at Staðarbjargavík. It is said to have been the capital of the Skagafjörður elf population. Good access to the area is from just below The Hofsós Swimming Pool.

Nature
Reykjafoss

Reykjafoss waterfall is one of Skagafjörður's hidden treasures. It is the most beautiful waterfalls in Skagafjörður, located about 7 km from Varmahlíð at Vindheimamelar, along road 752.

Directions to Reykjafoss:

Reykjafoss is located about 7 kilometers south east of Varmahlíð. Off road nr. 1 turn to road nr. 752 and then turn to road nr. 753. Cross the bridge, then turn right and reach a small parking lot. Reykjafoss is about 5-minute walk from the parking lot.

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
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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