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 a large trampoline, 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. In Blönduós is also a good golf course.

Heimilisiðnaðarsafnið holds some of the nation's textile and handcraft history showing how the development has been throughout the centuries. The old women's school at Blönduós holds the Icelandic Textile Center but Blönduós is known for its history in textile.

The old town of Blönduós stands by the open sea, where there are still many of the original houses that were built when that part of the town was in bloom in years before. The tourist information center in East Hunavatnssysla is located in the old town. Also located there is Hillebrandshús, one of the oldest wooden houses in Iceland, erected in Blönduós in 1877 but previously it had been in Skagaströnd for 130 years.

There is a variety of accommodation options in the area, hotels, guesthouses, cottages with hot tubs and saunas, as well as a well-equipped campsite 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, where young kids compete in football and the town festival, 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
Womens Collage Exhibition
Exhibitions
  • Árbraut 31
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 893-4341, 452-4310
Ós Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Vatnahverfi
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 452-4980
Vatnsdæla on a tapestry
Exhibitions
  • Árbraut 31
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 898-4290
Þingeyrar church
Museums
  • Þingeyrum
  • 541 Blönduós
  • 895-4473
Austur-Húnavatnssýsla Archive
Libraries & Archives
  • Hnjúkabyggð 30
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 452-4526

Others

Blönduós HI Hostel
Hostels
  • Blöndubyggð 10
  • 540 Blönduós
Ljón Norðursins
Cottages
  • Blöndubyggð 9
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 464-3455
Hotel Blanda
Hotels
  • Aðalgata 6
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 452-4205, 898-1832
Guesthouse Tilraun
Guesthouses
  • Aðalgata 10
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 583-5077
Blönduós HI Hostel
Guesthouses
  • Blöndubyggð 10
  • 540 Blönduós
  • 898-1832

Others

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

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