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Borðeyri

This small settlement, once a flourishing trading centre, has seen its population and level of service decline in the last couple of decades. It has a garage and a school, but more importantly for travellers, both a guesthouse and a camping place. As one can imagine, personal service is of high importance there. On the list of must-sees is the oldest house, the Riis-house. It was home to a merchant by the name of; you guessed it, Riis, who lived in Borðeyri in the early 1900s. Other service is provided at the nearby Staðarskáli, at the crossroads between north, west and south.

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Borðeyri
GPS Points N64° 7' 5.608" W18° 29' 35.174"
Postal codes

530,531

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Dynhestar
Travel Agency
  • Bjargshóll
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2631
Guesthouse Staðarskáli
Hotels
  • Staðarskáli, Hrútafjörður
  • 500 Staður
  • 451-1190
Greta´s House of Clay
Exhibitions
  • Litli-Ós
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2482, 894-5591
Neðra-Vatnshorn guesthouse
Farm Holidays
  • Línakradalur
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 8667297, 866-7297
North Wind
Day Tours
  • Melavegur 6
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 893-4378
Ármann Pétursson
Day Tours
  • Neðri-Torfustaðir
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 894-8807
Vestur-Húnavatnssýsla Library and Archives
Libraries & Archives
  • Höfðabraut 6
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2607
Grettistak
Saga & Heritage
  • Laugabakka
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 451-0050
Laugarbakki Swimming Pool
Swimming Pools
  • Laugarbakki
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2987
Trade Museum Bardusa
Exhibitions
  • Brekkugata 4
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2747

Others

Guesthouse Staðarskáli
Hotels
  • Staðarskáli, Hrútafjörður
  • 500 Staður
  • 451-1190
Laxahvammur Lodge
Guesthouses
  • Miðfjörður
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 824-6460, 823-7555 , 451-2800
Hvammstangi Camping Ground
Camping
  • Brekkugata 12
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 899-0008
Guesthouse Tangahus Bordeyri
Guesthouses
  • Borðeyri
  • 500 Staður
  • 849-9852, 849-7891
Bordeyri Camping site
Camping
  • Borðeyri
  • 500 Staður
  • 849-7891
Hvammstangi Apartment
Apartments
  • Hvammstangabraut 25
  • 530 Hvammstangi
Hotel Hvitserkur
Hotels
  • Þorfinnsstaðir
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 583-5000
Mörk - Superior Cottages
Cottages
  • Mörk
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 862-5636, 862-5466
Neðra-Vatnshorn guesthouse
Farm Holidays
  • Línakradalur
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 8667297, 866-7297
Sindrastaðir
Apartments
  • Lækjamót 2
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 895-1146
Ytri-Árbakki
Guesthouses
  • Ytri-Árbakki
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 856-9531
Guesthouse Langafit
Guesthouses
  • Laugarbakki
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2987, 616-3304
Hvammstangi Cottages
Cottages
  • Kirkjuhvammur
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 860-7700
Sæberg HI Hostel
Hostels
  • Reykjaskóli, Hrútafjörður
  • 500 Staður
  • 894-5504
Hvammstangi Hostel
Guesthouses
  • Norðurbraut 22a
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 860-7700

Others

Hlaðan
Restaurants
  • Brekkugata 2
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 451-1110, 863-7339
Guesthouse Staðarskáli
Hotels
  • Staðarskáli, Hrútafjörður
  • 500 Staður
  • 451-1190
Söluskálinn / sjoppan
Restaurants
  • Hvammstangabraut 40
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2465
History and Culture
Bjarg í Miðfirði

Bjarg in Midfjordur, is the farm that belonged to Asdis, the mother of outlaw Grettir Asmundarson - Grettir the Strong, of Grettis Saga fame. Beneath a rock in the hayfield, Asdis buried Gretti´s head, which was presented to her by his killer. There´s now a monument in her honour on site.

Nature
Svalbarð Beach

A sign "Svalbarð" on the gravel road 711 indicates the beach that offers a good opportunity to observe seals. Please respect wildlife and keep a distance from the animals!

History and Culture
The Seal center

The Icelandic Seal Centre is housed in the historically interesting and attractive premises of VSP in Hvammstangi. Here you will find informative exhibitions on the seal and its habits, seal hunting and the utilisation of seal-related products, besides stories and folklore surrounding that fascinating creature.

The centre also plays the role of a tourist information bureau, providing visitors with details on the most interesting places in Húnaþing, and also where to find relaxation and leisure facilities. Souvenirs and hand crafted goods from the area are also on sale here.

Nature
Vatnsnes

Vatnsnes is an area of varied animal life, and it is here that we find the largest and most accessible seal sanctuary in Iceland, where the common seal (Phoca vitulina) can be seen at quite close range. Facilities for seal watching can also be found at Illugastaðir, Svalbarð and Ósar, but please note that the Hindisvík station has now closed.

The area offers a beautiful environment endowed with many pearls of nature such as Hvítserkur and Borgarvirki, as well as some famous historical trails and sites.

The ring road round Vatnsnes is about 90 km and is mostly dirt road, passable all year round.

Nature
Borgarvirki

Borgarvirki is a 10-15 metre high ridge of columnar rock. This phenomenon is a volcanic plug, and there is speculation as to whether it was, in ancient times, a district fortress and even, perhaps, a battleground.
From Borgarvirki there is a wide panoramic view over a large part of the region and a viewfinder is in place to help locate some of the important landmarks.
This is truly a unique natural phenomenon, but one which has also seen some improvements by the hand of man in bygone days.

Nature
Ánastaðastapi rock formation

A sign "Ánastaðastapi" on road No. 711 indicates the parking area. Cross the stairs at the fence and take a short walk down the hill along a little creek to the shore. Here you find the beautiful sea stack Ánastaðastapi. Please be aware that this place is closed until July due to lambing season.

Nature
Kolugjúfur

As you drive along Víðidalur, you will come to Kolugil Farm which stands beside the Víðidalsá river. Just below the farm, the waters flow peacefully downwards to plunge into the deep, rugged gorge called Kolugljúfur. Their journey then sends them cascading over many waterfalls which bear the name Kolufossar Falls in honour of the giantess, Kola.

It is a breathtaking sight to walk on the the viewing platform and watch the calm waters of the river suddenly leap and tumble onwards over so many impressive falls - a sight which will leave no one unmoved.
Nature
Hvítserkur

Hvítserkur is a 15 m-high sea stack just off shore on the eastern side of Vatnsnes. Good seal spotting place at the estuary of the Sigridarstadir lake, south from the stack.

North Iceland

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.

Explore map with pictures

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