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Blönduós

Through the town of Blönduós flows one of Iceland's greatest glacial rivers, Blanda, and taking the path along its banks, towards the mouth of the river, is a particularly romantic walk, with spectacular views of the open ocean.

There are other things to do around Blönduós besides exploring its natural beauty; e.g. golf, swimming in the town's swimming pool, angling and shooting, horse riding and visiting the unique Textile Museum.

Accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and summer chalets with hot pots and saunas is on offer for the visitor as well as excellent camping site facilities. There are a variety of eating places, ranging from cafés to grills and restaurants.

In the waters of the river Blanda lies the town's most treasured asset, Hrútey. Here you will find many good footpaths and a connecting bridge from the mainland to the island.

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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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Others

Pure Nature Travel
Tour Operators
  • Norðurlandsvegur 4
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 660-6161, 898-4685
Vatnsdæla on a tapestry
Exhibitions
  • Árbraut 31
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 898-4290
Womens Collage Exhibition
Exhibitions
  • Árbraut 31
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 893-4341, 452-4310
Húnaver
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Bólstaðarhlíðarhreppur
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-7110
Ós Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Vatnahverfi
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 452-4980
Austur-Húnavatnssýsla Archive
Libraries & Archives
  • Hnjúkabyggð 30
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 452-4526
Geitaskarð
Farm Holidays
  • Langidalur
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-4341, 895-6224, 897-4341
Sörlatunga
Tour Operators
  • Austurhlíð
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 552-8899, 892-1270
Hunavellir Swimmingpool
Swimming Pools
  • Húnavellir
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 453-5600
Horses and Tours
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hvammur 2
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-7174, 891-7863

Others

Hotel Blanda
Hotels
  • Aðalgata 6
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 452-4205, 898-1832
Ljón Norðursins
Cottages
  • Blöndubyggð 9
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 464-3455
Húnaver
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Bólstaðarhlíðarhreppur
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-7110
Guesthouse Svínavatn
Bed & Breakfast
  • Svínavatn
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-7123, 860-3790
Stóra-Giljá
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Ásar
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-4294
Geitaskarð
Farm Holidays
  • Langidalur
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 452-4341, 895-6224, 897-4341
Huni Hótel
Hotels
  • Húnavallaskóli
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 456-4500, 691-2207
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

Others

Við Árbakkann
Cafés
  • Húnabraut 2
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 452-4678
Hotel Blanda
Hotels
  • Aðalgata 6
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 452-4205, 898-1832
Blanda ehf.
Tourist Information Centres
  • Brautarhvammi
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 820-1300, 690-3130
Ljón Norðursins
Cottages
  • Blöndubyggð 9
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 464-3455
N1 - Service Station
Cafés
  • Norðurlandsvegur 3
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 467-1010
History and Culture
Textil museum

The Textile Museum in Blönduós houses a range of home crafted woven items, artistic handwork and textiles, as well as a display of beautiful national costumes. There are also examples of the kind of utensils and tools used in the making of these exhibits. The Textile Museum is the only one of its kind in Iceland and is well worth a visit.

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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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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