Blönduós is the most populated town by Húnaflói and is located by Road nr. 1. Through the town, runs one of the country's glacial rivers, Blanda and in the middle is the small island Hrútey, one of the area's natural wonders. The island is protected and closed due to bird nesting from April 20th to the 20th of June, but for the rest of the year you can cross a walking bridge to the island and there you can discover hiking trails. The walk along Blanda down to the shore is particularly romantic, overlooking the sea to the beautiful Strandafjöll.

In addition to nature viewing, there are other recreational activities to be found in the area, the swimming pool in Blönduós is one of the best in the country, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee in the hot tub while the children play in the pool or take a run in the water slides. Next to the swimming pool is the largest trampoline in Iceland, located on the school grounds, there you can also spend time in the climbing castle, football field and at the skateboard ramps. Angling is a popular activity in the area and in Blönduós there is a rod rental where you can get all the gear you need. In Blönduós there is also a horse rental and a golf course.

Heimilisiðnaðarsafnið holds some of the nation's textile and handcraft history showing how the development has been throughout the centuries. In the old women's school at Blönduós you can find Vatnsdæla tapestry and the Textílmiðstöð Íslands – Þekkingarsetur á Blönduósi.

There is a variety of accommodation options in the area, hotels, guesthouses, cottages with hot tubs and saunas, as well as a well-equipped camp site next to the river Blanda. Catering is available at restaurants, cafes and at the grocery store.

At Blönduós there are a variety of events such as Prjónagleði, Smábæjarleikarnir og Húnavaka. 

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Blönduós
GPS Points N65° 39' 38.055" W20° 17' 1.517"
Postal codes

540,541

Population

1000

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The Blönduós Academic Center
Exhibitions
  • Árbraut 31
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 452-4030
Geitaskarð
Farm Holidays
  • Langidalur
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-4341, 895-6224, 897-4341
Austur-Húnavatnssýsla Archive
Libraries & Archives
  • Hnjúkabyggð 30
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 452-4526
Ós Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Vatnahverfi
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 452-4980
Vatnsdæla on a tapestry
Exhibitions
  • Árbraut 31
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 898-4290
Horses and Tours
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hvammur 2
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-7174, 891-7863
Hunavellir Swimmingpool
Swimming Pools
  • Húnavellir
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 453-5600
Þingeyrar church
Museums
  • Þingeyrum
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 895-4473
Hæli - Horse Breeding and Riding Tours
Horse Activities
  • Hæli
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 898-9402
Húnaver
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Bólstaðarhlíðarhreppur
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-7110
Womens Collage Exhibition
Exhibitions
  • Árbraut 31
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 893-4341, 452-4310

Others

Blönduós HI Hostel
Guesthouses
  • Blöndubyggð 10
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 898-1832
Stóra-Giljá
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Ásar
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-4294
Ljón Norðursins
Cottages
  • Blöndubyggð 9
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 464-3455
Guesthouse Tilraun
Guesthouses
  • Aðalgata 10
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 583-5077
Guesthouse Svínavatn
Bed & Breakfast
  • Svínavatn
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-7123, 860-3790
Hotel Blanda
Hotels
  • Aðalgata 6
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 452-4205, 898-1832
Húnaver
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Bólstaðarhlíðarhreppur
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-7110
Huni Hótel
Hotels
  • Húnavallaskóli
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 456-4500, 691-2207
Blönduós HI Hostel
Hostels
  • Blöndubyggð 10
  • 540 Blönduós
Stekkjardalur Farm Holidays
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Stekkjardalur
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-7171, 893-1508
Horses and Tours
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hvammur 2
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-7174, 891-7863
Geitaskarð
Farm Holidays
  • Langidalur
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-4341, 895-6224, 897-4341

Others

N1 - Service Station
Cafés
  • Norðurlandsvegur 3
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 467-1010
Ljón Norðursins
Cottages
  • Blöndubyggð 9
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 464-3455
Hotel Blanda
Hotels
  • Aðalgata 6
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 452-4205, 898-1832
Nature
Hrútey

Hrútey Island is the real feather in the cap of Blönduós town, which is almost encircled by the river Blanda. Hrútey is blessed with a wide variety of vegetation and birdlife is abundant, being the habitat of geese and many other species. It is easily accessible and lies just off Highway 1.

There is a good parking area by the river bank and a trusty pedestrian bridge over to the island. Hrútey is an excellent place for outdoor exercise, or just to stop and take a break. There are good footpaths and a clearing with benches and picnic tables.

History and Culture
Þingeyrakirkja church

Þingeyrar was, in past times, one of the most famous estates in Húnaþing and also the site of a church. Now, the Þingeyrakirkja church commands one of the widest and most beautiful panoramic views in the county. It is said that no estate was as big as or endowed with such elegant buildings as Þingeyrar, which is probably not surprising as it was home to chieftains and the elite for many centuries. Þingeyrakirkja church was built of stone and consecrated in 1877. Þingeyrar was also the site of the Iceland's first monastery, founded in 1133.

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